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Watergate Farm

nr Cockermouth, Lake District, Cumbria

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This typical Lake District farmhouse stands right by the southern end of Loweswater in the peaceful north-west corner of the National Park. It is full of charm and character with spacious rooms including a large farmhouse kitchen that makes it ideal for family holidays.

The local National Trust Ranger lives next door and is on hand to help with boats and local advice. The cottage is set well away from the road and is surrounded by woodland and open farmland with gorgeous views across the valley.

There are lovely walks straight from the doorstep, including the four mile walk around the lake or to Kirkstile Inn just two miles away. If feeling more energetic, a strenuous hike, to the top of Melbreak offers panoramic views of the Buttermere valley.

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
Large kitchen/dining room and sitting room with open fire.
First floor
three bedrooms (1 double with ensuite shower and lavatory, 2 twins), bathroom with separate shower cubicle and lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: The cottage is heated by a ground source heat pump.

Garden: There is an outside seating area for use by visitors to the holiday cottage. The cottage and lake

are surrounded by plenty of open space where children can play under adult supervision.

Parking: There is parking available next to the cottage.

Television/Signal: A television and DVD player are provided but there is no television reception. Visitors may wish to bring their own DVD's.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Logs/Charcoal: Fuel for the fire can be bought from the warden who lives in the adjoining cottage.

Short breaks book able within 4 weeks of the start date all year at this cottage.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

North West England
A view over Derwentwater in autumn, Lake District, Cumbria © Paul Harris

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 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 and visit
National Trust places to visit
Buttermere and Ennerdale
Buttermere, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes
Borrowdale: Force Crag Mine
Last mineral mine processing mill to operate in the Lake District
Wordsworth House and Garden
Wordsworth House and Garden Birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth -- a 'living' 1770s townhouse
Borrowdale Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater
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
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Louise Kerbiriou
    • January 2015
    • UK
    Fantastic location

    The location is fantastic. Wonderful spacious property

  • Steve & Jane Greaves, Lin & Mark Giddings
    Our second visit to this lovely cottage

    Our second visit to this lovely cottage in the most fabulous setting you could wish for. The last visit was over Christmas 15 years ago when our kids were small and it was superb. This visit was without children but accompanied by our dogs and was equally wonderful! We have NO hesitation in recommending this idyllic retreat for anyone who values peace and tranquility

  • Paula Baranski
    We all had an excellent time

    We all had an excellent time at Watergate farm last week. The house is very comfortable set amongst glorious country side. Cannot fault it at all, and will definately going back!

  • Charlie Bagot
    We couldn't wait to return to Watergate Farm for our second visit.

    We couldn't wait to return to Watergate Farm for our second visit. The location is idyllic on the shores of unspoilt Loweswater with excellent walking in all directions from the door. There are few visitors to Loweswater even in July/August. The neighbouring woods offer red squirrels, deer and birdlife in abundance. The cottage is spacious, well equipped and characterful. Good luck with the Rayburn. Mark (NT warden living next door) and family are helpful and friendly.

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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.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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