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Swarthbeck House

Sleeps 14
Bedrooms 7
Dog Friendly
Swarthbeck House is a newly refurbished 7-bedroom house situated on the eastern shores of Ullswater, near Howtown. It has lake access and plenty of walks right from the doorstep, including Bonscale Pike and Arthur's Pike.
The historic farmhouse is in the final stages of an extensive refurbishment to modernise the property and add a few brilliant extras, including a games room with a pool table. It will be ready to welcome guests for the 2024 summer holidays.

The extensive ground floor comprises the grand entrance hallway and staircase, from which you have the spacious lounge with dual-aspect windows, three large three-seat sofas and a 50" Freeview Smart TV. The modern electric fireplace gives a sense of luxury and comfort.

The games room is next door to the living room and is a great space for watching sports or a film on the large TV. Why not challenge other guests to a pool or foosball game, especially if the weather isn't so good and you can't get out walking or exploring the area (it is the Lake District, after all)?

Family meals—the fabulous kitchen, fitted with modern appliances and beautifully decorated with William Morris tiles, will cater to your needs. The large dining room is opposite the kitchen, so it'll be easy to prepare hearty meals for everyone to enjoy around the large square dining table!

Now for upstairs—seven gorgeous bedrooms, including single, twin, triple, and double bedrooms, one of which has an en suite! Each bedroom has been tastefully decorated, and the large double-glazed windows allow you to enjoy the views.

While the inside is gorgeous, the outside space is equally as special - the property sits on the banks of Swarth Beck with a steady flow of water from the fells behind down to Ullswater below. The front of the house has a large paved patio area surrounded by established shrubbery with views of Ullswater. Picnic benches and a BBQ make this space ideal for alfresco dining. Another slightly larger garden sits at the rear of the house. This space is equally special with views of Ullswater.

LAKE ACCESS: Guests at the house also benefit from access to Ullswater, a gorgeous stretch of private lakeshore (shared only with residents of two other nearby holiday cottages) perfect for picnics and water-related activities. Guests are welcome to swim, so why not bring your kayaks, SUP boards, or canoes?

We highly recommend this beautiful house for families, friends or walking groups.
Dogs Permitted Dogs Permitted
Wireless Internet Wireless Internet
Family Friendly Family Friendly
Garden / Patio Garden / Patio
Parking Parking
Bed Linen Provided Bed Linen Provided
Towels Provided Towels Provided
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer Tumble Dryer
Dishwasher Dishwasher
Baby and Toddler Friendly Baby and Toddler Friendly
Hairdryer Hairdryer
Contactless Check-in Contactless Check-in
Walks nearby Walks nearby
Sleeps 10+ Sleeps 10+


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Take a closer look at Swarthbeck House

Ground Floor:
  • Entrance Hallway leading to:
  • Living Room - 3x three-seat sofas, electric fireplace, large 50" Freeview smart TV
  • Games Room - Large L-shaped sofa, Freeview smart TV, pool table and a foosball table.
  • Shower Room - Shower cubicle with electric shower, toilet and a basin.
  • Boot Room / Utility Room - Large American double-door fridge & freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and coat hooks for walking gear. The rear door leads to the back of the property and the rear garden.
  • Kitchen - Electric oven & hob, fridge, dishwasher, double sink, plenty of fitted cupboards decorated with William Morris tiles.
  • Dining Room - Large square dining table with matching chairs and a feature fireplace.
First Floor:
  • Bedroom 1 - Two single beds & bedside tables. Views to the rear garden.
  • Bedroom 2 - Single bunk beds. Views to the rear garden.
  • Bedroom 3 - Single bed. Views to the front of the property and the fells.
  • Bedroom 4 - Single bed and single bunk beds. Views to the rear garden.
  • Bedroom 5 - King-size zip & link double bed & bedside tables (Can be a twin on request). Views to the side and rear garden.
  • Bedroom 6 - King-size double bed with bedside tables. Views to the side and front of the property and the fells.
  • Bedroom 7 - King-size double bed with bedside tables and en-suite with shower, toilet and basin. Views to the side and the front of the property and the fells.
  • Bathroom - Bathtub with handheld shower, basin, toilet and decorated with William Morris tiles.
  • Large paved patio space with BBQ facilities at the front, overlooking the beck that flows down from the fells to Ullswater.
  • Large grassed garden area to the rear with garden furniture.
  • Bed linen, towels, services and a starter supply of guest consumables are included in the rental price.
  • Swarthbeck House is accessible via a gravel driveway, shared with the farm cottages further up the drive.
  • One dog is permitted; additional dogs are by prior arrangement, subject to breed and size. Please contact us before booking to enquire. 
  • Guests are welcome to use the lakefront area for swimming or enjoyment; however, there are no lifeguards, and its use is entirely at your own risk. The lakefront area is not exclusive and is shared with guests of a neighbouring holiday property.
  • There is no oil or gas at the property. The house benefits from modern electric radiators throughout, with double-glazed windows. All the fireplaces are now decorative only.
  • Charging of electric vehicles is strictly prohibited due to the rural electricity supply.
  • While this property offers WiFi, it is currently rural broadband ±15Mb down/5Mb up, suitable for streaming services, but speeds may reduce when many guests connect. 

About the location

Howtown is a small hamlet, nestled on the eastern shores of the picturesque Ullswater in the Lake District National Park! Howtown offers stunning views of Ullswater, England's second largest lake, with its tranquil waters reflecting the surrounding fells and woodlands. It's truly a haven for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Howtown maintains a traditional rural feel, with its stone cottages, winding country lanes, and friendly locals. It's the perfect retreat for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Now, let's talk about the nearby attractions. Howtown serves as an excellent base for exploring the Lake District, with several notable sights just a short distance away:
  • Ullswater Steamers: Howtown Pier is one mile from Swarthbeck House. From here, you can hop aboard one of the historic Ullswater Steamers for a scenic cruise. These elegant vessels offer a leisurely way to admire the landscape from the water and provide access to Pooley Bridge to the north of Ullswater or Glenridding to the south.Both villages offer a good choice of pubs, cafes and attractions.
  • Place Fell: If you're up for a hike, Place Fell beckons south of Howtown. Once you reach its summit, this majestic fell rewards adventurers with sweeping views of Ullswater and the surrounding mountains.
  • Glenridding: A short distance to the south lies Glenridding, another charming village on the shores of Ullswater. Here, you can explore quaint shops, enjoy a meal at a cosy pub, or embark on more outdoor adventures, such as kayaking or mountain biking. A popular lakeside walking path links Howtown to Patterdale and Glenridding, making it a great walking route.
  • Aira Force Waterfall: Not far from Howtown, on the western shore, you'll find Aira Force, a stunning waterfall nestled in ancient woodland. Take a leisurely stroll through the forest trails and marvel at the beauty of this natural wonder.
  • Helvellyn: For the more adventurous souls, Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England, is within easy reach from Howtown. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a challenge, conquering Helvellyn promises unforgettable vistas and a sense of achievement.
So, whether you're seeking relaxation, outdoor adventures, or simply a connection with nature, Howtown and its surrounding attractions have something to offer every visitor. Prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of the Lake District and the warmth of its welcoming communities.
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