Ullswater Self-catering Accommodation on Dalemain Estate

Why visit?

The Bungalow is a unique, self-catering property in the heart of the Lake District with no electricity. It was constructed in 1910 as a shooting lodge for Hugh Lowther, Earl of Lonsdale, in a colonial style to host a visit from the German Kaiser who had previously stayed at Lowther Castle. There are old fashioned baths and wooden walls with a corrugated iron exterior. The open veranda gives panoramic views of Martindale and the red roof can be seen from far away. The house has been carefully maintained to not damage this heritage and the atmosphere is unique.

As well as the history, you are at the deep in the high Lake District Fells. From the veranda you can see up the valley towards High Street and the Nab; across to Beda Fell; and down towards Hallin Fell. Other walks towards Place Fell, Helvelyn or the Ullswater Way might be combined with a cruise on the Ullswater Steamers which creates a loop. It is ideal to use as a base for walking holidays. The wildlife is extraordinary with the indigenous Red Deer, which graze across the Northern Lake District, favoring Martindale Forest near to The Bungalow. This is an excellent place for bird watching as well. As part of the Lake District World Heritage Site, Martindale is rich in farming culture with beautiful drystone walls and the sheep hefted to the fell.

There are also places to eat out within easy reach including Howtown Hotel or Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, a number of pubs and restaurants in Pooley Bridge and of course the Dalemain Tearoom. There are lots of attractions to visit within the Lake District should you wish to leave the valley.

Practical issues

The Bungalow sleeps 12 with 3 double beds and 6 single beds. It offers a very private, self-catering accommodation. It is ideal for a large or extended family or perhaps two families. This is not for commercial use. For an idea of the lay out and space click Floor Plan to Scale.

This would be an ideal get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life but to do this you should be aware that there is no internet, mobile signal or a landline. There is no electricity and so no TV. Lighting, heating and cooking is done by gas. Water supply is from a stream and so guests must bring their own bottled drinking water. It is furnished in a comfortable but basic style in keeping with the property. The building is over 100 years old and is maintained on the basis that we do not want to damage its atmosphere. It is deep in the Lake District and visitors have to understand the more basic nature of the accommodation before they book. The Bungalow is in an isolated position at the end of a farm track. The final 40m climb up the hill is only accessible by 4×4 or walking and we advise visitors to bring a vehicle that is suitable.

The above should be considered before booking, particularly if your party includes elderly or disabled guests or those with a medical condition. The Dalemain Estate Office will provide any further explanation or assistance.

Detailed information regarding your stay can be found HERE.

How to book your holiday at The Bungalow, Martindale

Choose your preferred dates (all weeks run from Saturday to Saturday). View Availability Table »
Telephone Dalemain Estate Office (Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) to find out if those dates are still available and to give your details. You can read Booking Terms and Conditions HERE.

If the dates you want are available, your holiday will be reserved for you with a credit/debit card payment of your deposit. Alternatively, your booking will be held for seven days until we receive a cheque payment of your deposit. Send your form to the Estate Office.

If you have any queries after booking, please telephone the Estate Office.

Whichever way you pay your deposit, please complete the booking form for 2020/21 or this booking form for 2021/22 and return to Dalemain Estate Office to confirm your booking.

Please make cheques payable to E J Hasell-McCosh Bungalow Business A/C, ensure they are fully completed before posting and put your Booking Reference Number or week commencement date on the back, to ensure your payment is correctly attributed to your holiday, as bookings are often made in a different name to that on the cheque.

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If you have any questions please telephone: +44 (0)17684 86450 or email: estateadmin@dalemain.com