Duke of Portland

Ullswater, Lake District


This unique, iconic, luxury Lake District Cottage is an ideal honeymoon cottage in a location to die for. Stunning views of Lake Ullswater and the fells can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on the balcony of this traditional boathouse or from the bedroom through the patio doors.

Unsurprisingly, The Duke of Portland Boathouse has been voted “the best waterside retreat” by BBC Countryfile Magazine! Its location at the top of Ullswater gives it superb, unparalleled views across this beautiful lake.

The boathouse is one of the most iconic and most photographed buildings in the Lake District. It originally belonged to the 3rd Duke of Portland in the 18th century, who was Prime Minister twice and was in constant dispute with the Earl of Lowther. Unfortunately, the Duke of Portland had to sell the boathouse along with his Cumberland estates to pay his legal bills. His loss is our gain!

Park beside the boathouse and climb the steps to enter a unique, romantic and cosy interior that provides everything needed for a perfect stay at every time of the year. Shades of Farrow and Ball are mixed with sumptuous furnishings and luxury fabrics.

The boathouse has an open plan layout with magnificent beams and underfloor heating beneath a rustic oak floor and comprises: –

The bespoke painted kitchen with granite work tops provides all you need with a generous breakfast bar and comfortable stools for intimate dining a deux. There is an LPG oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, and coffee machine (accepts Nespresso coffee pods, not provided).

After dining you can sit back and relax on a sumptuous leather sofa in front of the wood burning stove. TV, DVD and Bluetooth sound system are all provided for your entertainment.

Luxurious slate shower room with overhead shower, WC and hand basin. Fluffy towels and bathrobes are provided together with a range of toiletries.

Enjoy the views down the length of the lake from the romantic bedroom. You can gaze out at a starlit sky from the comfortable king size bed with luxurious Egyptian Cotton bedding or unwind in the bathtub in the bedroom with views over Lake Ullswater.

Double doors open onto the balcony from which you can truly experience the breath-taking views! This is an amazing place to enjoy breakfast or just sit and contemplate the beautiful surroundings and its wildlife. Cosy rugs are provided for chillier evenings!

The boathouse also has its own private jetty and owns a quarter of a mile of lakeshore with fishing rights.

If you are tempted out of the boathouse, the renowned Another Place Hotel is a short drive down the lakeside, renowned for fine dining. Alternatively, there are traditional Cumbrian pubs in nearby Pooley Bridge.

Alternatively you could charter your own skippered motor yacht (see pictures below) and explore Lake Ullswater with a glass of prosecco at your leisure (click here for more details).




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You will not be surprised once you visit this area that Ullswater is known as England’s most beautiful lake. Being the second largest lake in England there is a tremendous amount of things to see and do, whether you want to be on the lake, close to it or even above it on the surrounding mountains and fells.

Once the home of William Wordsworth, this is a picturesque, unspoilt part of the Lake District National Park. Whether you want to try your hand at sailing, kayaking, fishing or simply hire a rowing boat this area will keep you coming back again and again. There are many activities in the area including horse riding, cycling, mountain walking and rock climbing.

Ullswater is situated 10 miles north of Ambleside, 5 miles south of Penrith and 15 miles east of Keswick and within easy reach of each of these local towns.