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Winter Crag Farmhouse, an Airbnb in the Lake District, is in just about the most picturesque location you could imagine. Nestled deep in a valley with stunning 360 views of the Lakeland Fells, it’s a perfect place for those looking for a proper escape far away from the bustling tourist spots.
Winter Crag Farmhouse is situated in the Martindale area in the hills above Ullswater and it certainly feels like you’re out in the wilds. The drive into Martindale follows the winding lakeside road from Pooley Bridge, eventually rising steeply over the mountain pass and into the valley on the other side. Here you’ll find a quaint collection of old cottages, the village church, and Winter Crag Farmhouse.
The accommodation comprises the entire upper floor of the farmhouse and has three bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a large kitchen. There is one king-sized bed, one double and two singles, sleeping a maximum of six guests.
Outside there is private parking and a garden area with a barbecue and seating area. Howgrain Beck runs through the bottom of the garden and it’s a beautiful place to sit and relax while taking in the view along the valley.
I stayed at Winter Crag Farmhouse for two nights last summer when I was taking part in the Lake District Mighty Hike – a 26-mile charity walk organised by Macmillan. I was blown away by how beautiful the area was and would have loved to have stayed for longer and explored more and walked some of the many routes up the nearby fells.
The accommodation was full of charm and was everything you’d expect a quaint old farmhouse to be (creaky floorboards and patchwork quilts included).
One drawback to the property was the lack of a living room. The only place to sit and socialise was around the kitchen table. That suited us for a couple of summer days in which we spent most of our time outside, but for a longer stay, or a stay with bad weather, and you might start to miss a big comfy sofa where you could sit and read or watch TV.
For those looking for a base for a weekend of walking in the fells, this could be the perfect place to stay – quiet, remote, picturesque, and charming.
Winter Crag Farmhouse is far enough away from the tourist hot spots to make it feel like a real escape, but close enough that you can drive out for the shops, pubs and restaurants should you want to.