Luxury, romantic boathouse on the shores of Lake Ullswater, perfect for special occasions.

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1 bedroom, iron/ironing board, bed sheets
TV, fireplace

Overview of Luxury, romantic boathouse on the shores of Lake Ullswater, perfect for special occasions.

Entire home

Luxury, romantic boathouse on the shores of Lake Ullswater, perfect for special occasions.

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire home

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 2

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Fireplace
Penrith, Cumbria

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationDalemain3 min drive
  • Popular LocationRheged9 min drive
  • Popular LocationGowbarrow Fall21 min drive
  • AirportCarlisle (CAX)42 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Luxury, romantic boathouse on the shores of Lake Ullswater, perfect for special occasions.

Adults-only cottage in Penrith
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 viewed 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! It's location at the top of Ullswater gives it superb, unparalleled views across this beautiful lake.

It is one of the most iconic and most photographed buildings in the Lake District. The boathouse originally belonged to the 3rd Duke of Portland in the 18th century but he had to sell it 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 cruick 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, 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. Unwind in the 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 relax in the slipper bath sipping a glass of champagne! Double doors open onto the balcony from which you can truly experience the breathtaking views! 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 for fine dining. Alternatively there are traditional Cumbrian pubs in nearby Pooley Bridge.PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are not accepted at this property.
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and an iron/ironing board. Rooms open to balconies. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Property amenities


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • TV

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board


  • Sleeps 2
  • Unit size: 10764 sq ft (1000 sq m)
  • Property does not allow children

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Property is also known as

Vrbo Property

About this area


This cottage is located in Penrith. Mayburgh Henge and Penrith & Eden Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre and Rookin House Activity Centre.

What's nearby

  • Dalemain - 3 min drive
  • Rheged - 9 min drive
  • Lowther Castle and Gardens - 19 min drive
  • Gowbarrow Fall - 21 min drive
  • Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre - 22 min drive

Getting around

  • Penrith Station - 11 min drive
  • Carlisle (CAX) - 42 min drive


  • Granny Dowbekins Tea Rooms - 11 min walk
  • Treetops - 13 min walk
  • Kings Arms - 5 min drive
  • The Rooster - 6 min drive
  • Brunswick Yard - 7 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



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5/5 Excellent

Duke of Portland
Incredible place to stay. Absolutely perfect!
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2021

5/5 Excellent

Outstanding Location
The Boathouse is amazing & in such a beautiful location. It’s furnished to the highest standard although we did think that a little more effort could have been put into the cleaning of the property prior to our arrival - especially during the CoVid-19 crisis - especially so in the shower room where dirty water stains could easily be seen on the wall next to the shower cubicle. Also, please note that the postcode for the property when put into our sat nav took us to Pooley Bridge village & not the Boathouse itself & with the bridge being under construction the detour was frustrating. I don’t know why the correspondence that we received before our stay didn’t make reference to this. We arrived late on the Friday - around 10.30 & 11.00 - so decided to phone the “emergency” phone numbers quoted in the correspondence, neither of which were answered! My partner sent a text message and didn’t receive a reply until the next morning! I accept that the reason for our call may not have been a genuine emergency, but what if it had been? Our overall experience was a really good one - the property is amazing - we just felt a little let down with the administrative support which, for a property which charges premium prices, we both felt could have been better.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2020

5/5 Excellent

amazing location
the property was beautiful and we will remember our time there as long as we live

5/5 Excellent

The most beautiful stay ever!! We had the most amazing stay!! Absolutely loved it, from start to finish - didn’t want it to end! We will definitely be back. The most perfect hideaway!! Thank you x
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Magical lakehouse
As soon as my partner and I pulled around the corner and saw the boathouse, we were in total awe. Upon opening the front door we almost couldn't contain our excitment. The house was breathtaking. Everything clean and decorated beautifully, with rose petals sprinkled on the bed for that extra touch of romance. We truly enjoyed everything about our stay here, and I dont think we could ever imagine anywhere more perfect. Dave was also polite and easy to get in contact with when needed. Thank you so much.
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019