Martindale Estate Ullswater Lake District (2)

Martindale House North of England

Ultimate Lake District luxury for peace and seclusion

There are some who say that Martindale Estate is the most prestigious self-catering experience in the Lake District. Who are we to argue? The Estate is made up of the main house (sleeps 12) and a luxury barn (sleeps 8) sleeping a total of 20 people. There are 26 acres of secluded private grounds and half a mile of lake shoreline. As you can imagine, the views are stunning. But the reality will outstrip your imagination with breath-taking views all round.

The main property, Martindale House, has six stunning double bedrooms providing ultimate luxury for up to twelve guests. Five of the rooms have lake views and they all have en suite facilities ranging from the luxurious to the outrageously luxurious! There is a spa and wellness centre, a bar, a private cinema, with outside terraces and a BBQ area as well as the boathouse and private jetty. Inside you can choose to spread out and relax in the drawing room, which exudes comfort and warmth as you cosy up around the wood-burning stove. The mezzanine has soft seating with great views over the fell. The large kitchen, dining room and infinity terrace look out overthe lake, Ullswater and the fells beyond. The kitchen is fully fitted with: electric ovens and induction hob; microwave, dishwashers, coffee machine; fridge and freezer; wine temperature storage and an instant hot water tap. And there is WiFi throughout along with Bluetooth allowing you to play your own music, or choose from Ullswater’s database of great tunes.

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Guest reviews

Wow what a house! Absolutely stunning location and the facilities and specification of the house could not have been any better! The layout of the house is very well planned and makes the most of the spectacular views! I particularly liked using the hot tub on the balcony. We had a family holiday with 8 adults and 4 kids age 3 - 7 who absolutely loved the cinema room in the evening! Everybody loved it and we all hope to return!

Laura, Chorley

Imagine waking every morning in a Japanese water colour, such is the calm beauty of views from Martindale Estate. It is in an insanely beautiful location that is secluded yet nestled in the foothills of Helvellyn. The house has clearly been developed to a very high standard and is big enough to swallow large parties without them being on top of each other. We appreciated the house being clean - not just self-catering clean, it was 5 star hotel clean. If you want the most comfortable and luxurious self-catering in the Lakes then book Martindale Estate, it is hard to imagine anyone being disappointed.

Helena, London

What a fantastic spot! Accommodation immaculate and to a very high standard. Fantastic views over the lake and surrounding landscape. We will be returning again in the near future that is for sure. Nothing more to say than try it for yourselves and I am sure you will have the same experience.

Matthew, Grimsby

The Great Barn

This 17th century converted barn, with its enviable views over Ullswater lake outstanding quality and luxury with true flair and sophistication. It fits comfortably into the landscape and its split level layout boasts walls of glass that appear to bring the outside in! It has four double bedrooms, three with lake views and an enormous lounge with fine furnishings and even a minstrel’s gallery! There is WiFi throughout and Bluetooth allowing you to play your own music, or choose from Ullswater’s own database. It is a great facility for family gatherings, or birthday celebrations The kitchen features: an electric oven and induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and kettle tap and the dining room is light and airy with spectacular views over Ullswater.

Complete Exclusivity

Exclusive use of the estate provides you with accommodation for up to twenty people and includes the boathouse and jetty; spa and wellness sanctuary featuring a Laconium and bar; the infinity terrace and hot tub; the function suite with the minstrel’s gallery in the Lake Room; the cinema; and the barbecue terrace. With 26 acres of private grounds to explore and ½ mile of lake shoreline to enjoy, this truly is a little bit of paradise.

What to expect

We’ve tried to think about everything to make your stay at Martindale Estate just perfect. In all of our big houses to rent, we provide all the essential features to cater for a large group. Here’s a list of all the practical provisions we have at the house.  If there’s anything you can’t see here but need, just ask as we’ll see what we can do.

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  • Sumptuous “And So To Bed” hand-crafted beds in all 10 bedrooms
  • Beds with Vi-Spring Elite mattress, boutique quality linen and Brinkhaus Pyrenean duck down pillows
  • 10 bedrooms with Flat Screen TV, Bluetooth Media Hub, KEF Surround Sound, Systemline 7 music system (uses WIFI)
  • Luxury stone and porcelain bathrooms with invigorating monsoon or rain showers
  • ½ mile of Lake Frontage and 26 acres of private estate grounds
  • Boathouse with private jetty
  • Breath-taking panoramic views of lake and mountains
  • Spa & Wellness Sanctuary
  • Infinity terrace with lake-view hot tub
  • Wood burning stove
  • Private cinema room with Sky Movies and Sports
  • Integrated music system and iPad control
  • Microwave, 2 dishwashers, 2 ovens, Induction hob, Coffee machine
  • 2 fridges, freezer, salad drawer and warming drawer
  • Red & white wine temperature storage
  • Utility room / boot room with washing machine, tumble drier and sink
  • Secure bike and canoe storage
  • Lake view terraced gardens with seating
  • Barbeque terrace with all you require – just add food and drink!
  • Sweeping private drive with secure parking. Security gate entry system
  • Pet-friendly room with underfloor heating
  • Helicopter landing available


The Lake District is one of the most fantastic locations in the country for walking. If strenuous hill walking is your thing, it’s all there, but there also plenty of opportunities for gentle country strolls with stunning views and, if your party includes a wheelchair or buddy, check out the Miles without Stiles routes. If you want we can arrange private guided walking or pony trekking. Why not try sailing or canoeing on the lake, or indulge in some private fishing lessons, or spend a day shooting, all of which we can arrange for you? We can even provide private flying lessons in a gyrocopter! Or we can arrange for a massage, Pilates or yoga classes in the comfort of the house.


Set on the shores of Ullswater, the second largest lake in The Lake District a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

House FAQs

  • Are pets allowed?

    Yes, in Martindale House there is a pet-friendly room with underfloor heating.

  • What are the check in and check out times?

    Check in is at 4pm on the day of your arrival at Martindale Estate, and check out is at 10am.

    We're often asked if check-in and out times can be extended. It is occasionally possible, but it depends on the arrangements made for cleaning between bookings.

  • Will you hold a damage deposit during our stay?

    Yes, we ask to hold a cautionary deposit of £1,500 during your stay at Martindale Estate. This is requested just two weeks prior to your stay, and is returned shortly after, assuming no damage to the property or its contents (see our Booking T&Cs for more information).

  • Are there local pubs you can recommend?

    Yes. We'd the following pubs are within a short drive of Martindale Estate:


    The Sun Inn

    The Sun Inn Pooley Bridge is a family run, Lake District pub serving fantastic food and award winning ales. With cosy fireplace, large beer garden and children’s play area.


    Pooley Bridge Inn

    This wonderful inn is located in the centre of the pretty little village of Pooley Bridge only moments away from Ullswater.


    Queens Head Inn

    The Queen's Head Inn set in the centre of the village of Tirril, nestled on the edge of the Lake District National Park, is the epitome of an English Country I


    George and Dragon

    What makes the George and Dragon so special is that its source of inspiration, history, passion and produce comes from the owners family Estates, right on its doorstep, where food has been produced for more than 800 years.


    1863 Bar & Bistro

    For over 150 years, 1863 has quite literally been a cornerstone of the village. The property is set in the heart of Pooley Bridge


    Highland Drove

    Recognised by Les Routiers as Northern Dining Pub Of The Year and The Good Pub Guide called it Cumbria Dining Pub Of The Year. 


    Yanwath Gate Inn

    A gorgeous 17thc Lake District country inn with oak beams, open fires, romantic nooks, sunny cottage garden and fabulous food.


    The Drunken Duck Inn 

    As described by The Telegraph: "This much-loved Lake District pub has a quirky, contemporary-country style that feels smart yet relaxed and with a real sense of place. Food is serious but not pretentious and the bar, with own-brew beer, is still a locals' favourite".


    Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

    Recognised as one of the best restaurants in the North, Holbeck Ghyll's fine dining experience is not to be missed on any visit to The Lake District.


    Sharrow Bay

    Sharrow Bay is renowned for its award-winning fine-dining, in the most magnificent setting - toes almost touching the lake as you look along the Ullswater Valley. 

  • How many guests can sit at the dining table?

    The dining table at Martindale Estate can seat 20 guests comfortably.

  • Are there any house rules we need to be aware of?

    Yes, to ensure you have a wonderful and memorable stay at Martindale Estate, we ask that you understand the following important house rules:

    • No fireworks please
    • Not suitable for stag or hen parties

  • Is the house suitable for children?

    Yes, children are very welcome at Martindale Estate. The following are provided for children:

    • Two cots available (please bring your own bedding)
    • Two high chairs available

  • How do I book?

    You can check availability and pricing for Martindale Estate, and place your booking request online, or by calling our team on 01242 352 747.

Call to book

01242 352 747