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Bowderdale is a charming, early nineteenth century, semi-detached cottage situated at the end of a remote farmhouse in an elevated position in Wasdale. This is a tranquil and beautiful part of the Lake District National Park.

The cottage is on a working fell side farm and has breathtaking views of Wastwater and the magnificent Wasdale screes. It is ideal for active families or groups of friends especially with England’s deepest lake in front of it and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike across the lake. It is the perfect starting point for climbers wanting to tackle the high fells or just walk along the lake shore. Wasdale was the birthplace of rock climbing and the small church at Wasdale Head celebrates this in one of its stained glass windows.

For a change of scenery the Cumbrian coast and shingle beach at Ravenglass are within easy reach. There are opportunities for salmon and trout fishing on the nearby River Irt.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen, dining room with glazed door into the garden, sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
First floor
Three bedrooms (2 twins and 1 double with en-suite shower room and lavatory), bathroom with separate lavatory. All bedrooms have views towards the garden and Wastwater.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating is included in the rental. The fire will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started.

Parking: Parking is limited to 3 cars maximum, which is situated behind the farmhouse.

Garden: There is an informal garden, which is unfenced from the adjoining farmhouse. There is a seating area to enjoy the splendid views of Wastwater and the Screes. The garden area is shared with the farmhouse next door.

Accessibility: The house is situated at the top of a fairly steep, stony drive with a tight bend; this may cause access problems in severe weather. Arrival in daylight is recommended. There is access to open woodland, several streams and to the road.

Television: FreeSat is provided at the cottage.

Please Note: The cottage adjoins a farmhouse and is situated on a working farm where machinery is in use, children should be watched.

Due to sheep being present on the farm, no dogs or fireworks will be allowed. The farmer has access to the sheep shed to the side of the cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages, campsites and bunkhouses are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Visit
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock climbing and visit
National Trust places to visit
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon Vast area of open country -- valleys, mountains, rivers and lake -- from wild Wasdale to the Duddon Estuary
Buttermere and Ennerdale
Buttermere, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections
Borrowdale Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater
Borrowdale: Force Crag Mine
Last mineral mine processing mill to operate in the Lake District
Coniston and Tarn Hows
Landscape of fell, meadow and woodland around Coniston Water


Comments from past visitors

  • Ms Rudkin
    • May 2017
    • Suffolk
    Good location

    The location (Wast Water) was incomproable. We are keen hill walkers and made the best of the location and exceptional weather. My elderly parents loved the views and the cottage too. We always use NT cottages as we value the fact that the NT holds its properties in common for everyone to enjoy and benefit from. Thank you.

  • Mr Broughton
    • March 2017
    • Nottingham
    Beautiful location

    A beautiful location. Excellent walking. Quiet, no crowds. Walking from the house every day made our stay enjoyable. We did not move the car all week.

  • Mr Beams
    • August 2016
    • Dorset
    Comfortable cottage

    Comfortable cottage in great location.

  • Fanny Janssen
    • March 2016
    • London
    Beautiful location

    Beautiful location, perfectly situated for good views, peaceful mornings and relaxing evenings in. We enjoyed the farm next door and being visited by the chickens and followed by the sheep. Everywhere you turned there was a breathtaking sight to see. Excellent walking excursions, mountains to climb, and lakes to visit.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
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