Stone Cottage

Patterdale, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 482647

Perfectly placed in the heart of the Lake District, you’ll find fabulous attention to detail: fresh flowers, fizz, local arts and crafts...


4 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Two miles from Ullswater, up a narrow lane, a cluster of old farm dwellings and a delightful semi-detached cottage come into view – a little slice of heaven. Stone and wood have been brought to life with a flourish, and slate and Herdwick wool added for authenticity – along with fresh flowers, natural handmade toiletries, wonderful old photographs. The owners’ attention to detail is exemplary. The sitting room’s creamy walls are flooded with sunlight from windows running along one wall, and huge trusses reclaimed from a Cumbrian barn feature in the kitchen. A fireplace sits under a stone lintel in the separate dining room; a slate-lined shower room sparkles at the foot of the stairs. Upstairs are white cotton bedcovers, red butterflies fluttering across a blind and a big white double-ended bath tub from which you may gaze on the shimmering fells. The semi-wild garden at the back runs up the hill, the smaller sunny enclosed one at the front overlooks fields of lambs, and there’s a bottle of prosecco and cakes waiting on arrival. Never mind a week’s let: we’d move in tomorrow!


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £110
Weekly price
from £750
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 6
From £1104 beds4 bedrooms


This is a really special cottage in a beautiful location. The attention to detail throughout the cottage is second to none and the fixtures and fittings are of an exceptional quality, using local materials and craftsmen wherever possible. Every possible thing has been thought about and provided for. We have been lucky enough to stay here multiple times and will continue to do so. It is the best cottage we've ever stayed in and truly deserves its 5 star rating.

Rebecca, Bristol

We have been fortunate enough to have been guests at Stone Cottage since 2014 and now look forward with much excitement to our annual pilgrimage to this wondrous slice of heaven in the most incredibly unspoilt part of the world. The hosts, Helen and Richard can't do enough for their guests and what awaits is something, quite frankly, out of Homes and Gardens - this is the type of place that mere mortals such as we only dream of. Every whim is catered for and the cottage, decorated and finished to the most exacting of standards is nothing short of divine. Book now, you won't be disappointed!

Janina, Hazlemere

I have been vising Stone Cottage for a decade - and for good reason. It's in the most beautiful place with amazing views of the hills and fields of herdwick sheep - and you can do some outstanding walks from the back garden (Place Fell, High Street, St Sunday Crags ...). The Cottage is immaculate, comfortable, warm and - frankly - I never want to leave. The gardens are super too - a little stream runs through the back garden and I try and be there to enjoy the daffodils at Easter. It's pretty much perfect.

Louise, London

We have been coming to Stone Cottage since Spring 2007 when it first became available. A beautifully restored, decorated and furnished cottage, it's in a gorgeous, tranquil setting. The gardens back and front give a sense of privacy, and regardless of the time of year, there is plenty of wildlife about. Spring is particularly special as the garden is covered in snowdrops and daffodils. All needs are catered for and there is always a bottle of fizz and a home-baked cake (by Helen) waiting upon arrival. Regardless of season, this is a special place to stay.

Lizzie, Glasgow

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Helen Griffiths

  • You're in the heart of the Lake District National Park and absolutely spoilt for walks: no need to use the car with Helvellyn, High Street, Fairfield, Place Fell all on the doorstep. A 20 min stroll into Patterdale where you catch the steamers on Ullswater
  • Really secluded location with no passing traffic: the cottage is set back 1/4 mile from the nearest road on a private track and there ample parking for 3-4 cars. The panoramic views of the fells are breath-taking from the cottage and its beautiful garden.
  • Village Shop and pub within a mile's walk. Ambleside with its great independent cinema (try a Zeffirellis meal deal - brilliant value!), shops and restaurants is just a 20 minute drive.
  • Order local produce for your arrival including lovely artisan cheeses as well as meals prepared by award-winning farmshop, Low Sizergh Barn. Helen bakes you a cake (and takes requests!) plus fills the house with fresh flowers and other lovely touches.
  • Pony trekking, boat hire and cycle hire all available locally and fishing days with a ghillie can be arranged. Also spa days - pampering with a lake view, perfect for a rainy day or special occasion treat.
  • We can provide an extensive toddler/baby pack including cot, high chair, bed rail, waterproof protectors, nighlights - all free of charge.


Helen Griffiths

Hart Barn was designed by Richard who is an architect but also undertook much of the building work. Helen, formerly a marketing professional in London, provides the interior flare (and a few headaches for Richard) and is always on the look-out for new artists and designers who can contribute something to the properties. Richard and Helen are passionate about the Lakes and love discovering new places to visit and, as keen fell walkers, foodies and lovers of cake, they are happy to help plan your trips.