In a land of superlatives - deepest lake, highest mountain, greatest view - Waternook adds another: a sublime waterside setting with ‘designer homes decorated to five star hotel standards’. Such was the view of judges as Waternook was named Best Serviced Accommodation in the UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2019. 

Set in 27 acres of grounds, with half a mile of lakeshore, Waternook Lakeside Accommodation comprises two luxurious properties, one sleeping 12 people, the other eight. To complement there is also a concierge service where guests can organise chefs, butlers, housekeeping, beauty treatments, yoga sessions, heli-tours, sailing lessons, fishing tuition, pony trekking and more.

No wonder Waternook won a Visit England ROSE Award in 2018, those awards given to  ‘places where the owners, managers and staff really know how to delight their customers’. It was also Self-catering Holiday of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2016.

‘Amazing location’, ‘gorgeous accommodation’, ‘sumptuous furnishings’, ‘totally peaceful’ are some of the thoughts of guests who have either followed the little road that goes down the south east side of Ullswater to get here or flown in by helicopter over Lakeland’s second largest lake.

The biggest of the two properties is Waternook itself, once a farmhouse but now an opulent retreat with six individually furnished suites, a ‘magnificent kitchen with two walls of windows’ overlooking the lake, an outdoor terrace, a wellness sanctuary with spa and laconium, a bar and a private cinema.

Nearby, a former agricultural building, The Great Barn, has been converted into four suites with a living area that doubles as a party space, complete with dance floor. The two properties can be rented exclusively as a whole - perfect for wedding parties, family reunions or corporate meetings -  or individually.

Bedrooms are named after nearby fells and valleys such as Fusedale, Martindale, Bonscale, Boredale, Pikeawassa, Loadpot and Butterwick. Mood lighting, surround sound systems, original beams and stonework, photographs of Herdwick sheep by Ian Lawson, Garry Jones ceramics, Villeroy and Boch bathrooms and beds from luxury bed company And So To Bed are some of the features. 

And when you fall asleep you can dream of the views from the outside terrace, the boathouse or any number of rooms - the ripple of water as the pretty steamer pulls into Howtown just across the bay from Waternook, your well known neighbour of Hallin Fell or the long and exhilarating stretch of Ullswater as you gaze up the lake towards the village of Pooley Bridge.

Waternook, Howtown, Ullswater CA10 2ND: 07709 098507, www.waternookonullswater.com Waternook has a drying room and a dog-friendly utility room. Owners of Waternook also have a luxurious self-catering property in Oxford called Greyfriars Hideaway: www.greyfriarshideawayoxford.com

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