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Beautiful Cottage, stunning views, set 1250ft / 381m above Ullswater,



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
The ultimate Peaceful Place, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom cottage. Fell walking onto Dodds from the doorstep, keswick 15 mins. a walkers paradise.

A traditional Lakeland stone cottage set high up in the fells above Ullswater. The ultimate peaceful place for complete stillness and silence. Only the sounds of nature to nurture your soul set 380 meters above Matterdale in the very remote valley of Dowthwaite in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Stunning views all around. Walk directly onto the fells and leave the car behind for the week.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

Richard and Gina have lived in the Lake District since 1984 and enjoy all the outdoor activities that the Park has to offer, sailing, climbing, mountain walking and breath taking scenery. Richard works as a physio in Penrith and Gina is an artist with her studio in the village of Dockray, sounds very grand but its a corrugated shed! The locals call it "The Studio Shed". We planted and have nurtured a 25 acre woodland ..its now 19 years old and it looks magnificent. a great place to walk through on way to the village pub or round for an energetic walk. The Aira beck flows through it, and in summer its a wonderful place for wild skinny dipping.

And we enjoy sharing our wood with our guests and friends. and once a year we put on a mini music festival, probably the highest and smallest music festival in the UK! all donations go to charity.

The wood is bursting with nature, roe and red deer, red squirrels, otters in the beck, easy to write but its true! and numerous bird species.

Gina has just completed an art course at Leith School of Art, the effects of this course are sprinkled around Crookwath, many of the paintings are for sale. Just Ask.

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Speaks English, French, Italian

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From the Owner

Crookwath cottage is probably one of the quietest and highest locations anywhere. It is set at 1250 feet or 381m high in a remote mountain valley above Ullswater. And it is down a cul de sac so it is unlikely you would ever hear a car engine apart from the postman. We enjoy living in a place where one can walk directly from the doorstep and out onto the fells and not have to get into a car. There are enough places to walk to from the front door step to last weeks.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Manchester at 120 Miles Nearest Barpub : Dockray at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Penrith/Keswick at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Penrith at 9 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Dockray at 1 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walk straight onto the fell from Crookwath Cottage and leave the car behind for a week! Many walks from the doorstep, Helvellyn, the Dodds, Gowbarrow, Birket Fell and Lucy's Wood.

Nearby world famous Sharrow Bay for a memorable meal - worth pre-booking the table in the bay window with views down Ullswater and stunning views of Helvellyn! Their number is 017684-86301.

Dinner party cooked for you by local gastronomic cook Anna, and she can also fill your freezer with delicious home cooked meals. Baby sitting service available.

Fell horse riding, fishing with Hemmingways, quad biking available, only 2 miles from Crookwath cottage.

A Gem - Theatre by the Lake offers great entertainment in Keswick throughout the year, including Mountain Film Festival, Book Festival, Jazz Festival.

Your host, Richard - offers orthopaedic remedial massage therapy for aching bodies, either in Penrith at the clinic or by arrangement in the cottage.


You will need to have a car here. You could arrive by train to Penrith station and then hire a car, we are only 15 mins away by car.

All our airports are about 2 hours plus, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, or Edinburgh are all within 3 hours.


Keswick is a 15-20 min drive as is Penrith. They are both equidistant from Crookwath, both towns have excellent food stores and Keswick is renowned for its incredible range of outdoor clothing shops.

Ullswater is only 5 mins away by car. Our pub is a 15 mins walk through our woodland or 3 mins in the car.

Mountains available from the doorstep, and leave your car keys behind for the week!

Further Details:

Eating Out:

Your nearest pub is the Royal Hotel in the village, a couple of minutes in the car, or a 15-20 min walk across the fields on the footpath and down the road. Good food at the Mill Inn, Mungrisedale. Main courses £9.00-£12.00. About 10 mins in the car. Best to book ahead here.

Excellent food at the Horse & Farrier, Threlkeld. Main courses £10.00-£15.00. About 10 mins in the car. Essential to book ahead.

The Brackenrigg Inn, Watermillock. Overlooks Ullswater, great views! Good food and local beers. Again best to book.

Sharrow Bay Hotel. If you are feeling generous, and want to splash out then you are only a stones throw away from one of the countries top hotels and restaurant, the famous Sharrow Bay. Bookings essential.


We have Sky TV. Always turn the telly on with its button. Then use the sky remote. Press the top right black button twice pointing it at the digibox below the telly. (Make sure the doors are open) You should now be on Sky.Press 998 on the remote and this will tell you about how to use Sky TV. We get BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel5. Once you are on Sky – use the blue button to scroll through channels and when you see something that you like: press "select". Please don’t touch or remove the digibox card. Always switch off at the TV.

Music Center:

Use remote, instruction book under unit.

Mobile Phones:

There is good Vodophone reception here at Crookwath Cottage a new mast has recently gone up. Orange is intermittent and you have to go up the hill to our chicken hut to receive texts - no yoke!


Supermarkets. Equidistant from Penrith (Morrison’s, Booth's, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Aldi) and Keswick (Booths, Co-op) Every other shop in Keswick sells outdoor gear!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
6 Jan 2017 - 4 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Feb 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £35
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To book Crookwath Cottage, please first ring or email us to make sure that the dates you require are free. We will hold these dates up to 7 days whilst we await the completed Booking Form with the deposit or full payment from you (if your holiday is within 6 weeks of booking). The final balance for your holiday is due 6 weeks prior to the start date of your holiday. Please note holiday weeks are Friday to Friday.

Changeover Day:
Crookwath Cottage changeover day is Friday (unless otherwise stated). Arrival time 4pm. Departure is 10am on day of departure. We ask that the cottage is left cleaned as you found it, if assistance is required please ask about cleaning.

Notes on prices:
We offer 3 night weekends from Friday to Monday, and also mid week breaks from Monday to Friday.

Check our web site for short breaks and look at the Availability and Tariff pages for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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From the Owner

This is possibly one of the Lake District's highest cottages and it consequently has dramatic views from all it's windows of the surrounding fell. An opportunity to live in a traditional 300 year old stone long house, with beams an original range that was used up until the 1960's for heating the water, bread oven, and range ovens plus the open fire for cooking. Inside it is full of homely comforts, a warm Aga to greet you, and a wood burning fire, 2 bathrooms shared by 3 bedrooms. With over 600 books and 60 paintings there is really no reason to venture out! sculptures dotted around the cottage created by Richard and Gina. Our unique 25 acre wood is utterly beautiful with the Aira Beck flowing through it and a traditional stone barn in the center with a BBQ area beside it, and many other attractions to draw you round the wood.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • forests
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bedroom 1 en-suite Bathroom: Bath, basin and toilet. 2nd Bathroom: Bath, basin and toilet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: King size bed, fitted cupboards, en-suite bath/basin and toilet, solid oak floor and views from the bed up towards Great Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd and Birkett Fell.Bedrooms 2 and 3: Both share views of Gowbarrow Fells and High Street and Place Fell. We hve a full size cot and a travel cot available.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Includes towels & drying up cloths. Crookwath Cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 plus cot. High chair, cot (bedding not included) and push buggy available, note on Booking Form if you require any or all of these items. The cottage is totally non smoking. We regret we do not accept dogs. We reserve the right to amend the above prices at any time, however this does not affect bookings already made. Outside: Please enjoy the walks and benches above the cottage and the veranda of the hut. The garden in front below the cottage is private. You have use of barn for BBQ’s and an outside open fire in Lucy's Wood. Enjoy our 25 Acre woodland, find 12 seats dotted around it! Walk the spiral! Utility Room: Our kitchen is extremely well equipped and it is best to see a full list if required on our main web page. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The prices are all inclusive: bedlinen, 100% cotton The White Company, heating, lighting, hot water, wood for fire, oil for Aga, Wireless broadband connection. We ask that you leave the cottage clean as you found it, a cleaner is available if required. Other: Over 65 original works of art throughout the cottage, and with over 600 books from the cottage's eclectic library, enough to satisfy any voracious bookworm.There is Sky TV, a kitchen filled with all mod cons, video and stereo radio, and books and games.

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