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Hutton John, near Ullswater, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely holiday in a fabulous house."

    What a brilliant place for a family gathering. It had everything we needed, and more. Very comfortable, warm, and spacious. Easy access by car with plenty of parking. A great location for all The Lake District has to offer.

    Hello Helen, Thank you for making the effort to review Highgate, we genuinely do appreciate it. We’re really pleased you and your family enjoyed staying there. Hope to see you all return one day! All the best, Kate and the team, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "A beautifully converted property - extremely spacious and superbly equipped, luxury fixtures and furnishings, a real home from home."

    Loved the welcome basket , a great personal touch. Great location for exploring the Lakes - so many places to go all within 10 miles or so.

    Hello Michael, Thanks so much for your kind review. We do try and make guest feel like they are in a home from home, so they can relax and use the house as a base to explore our lovely part of the world. Hope you can come back one day and have some more adventures! All the best, Kate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Oct 2023

  • "We absolutely loved this property and would come back again."

    It was very well equipped and comfortable we had a great time despite the dreadful weather. The welcome basket was very much appreciated. Our dog was the most chilled he has ever been away from home! He loved to sleep in the downstairs bedroom sitting area where we put his bed and he could get away from the usual family noise. The closeness to the road was not an issue and we couldn't hear the traffic in the house. The only downside was the strong smell of damp in the downstairs bedroom/sitting area and ensuite, presumably because part of that part of the house is below ground level. It improved with heating but did not dissipate completely. Our party also reported a smell of damp in the 2 ensures upstairs. If these issues could be addressed it wild make a great improvement, however it would definitely not stop us staying here again. Also the outside seating area (not used due to poor weather) does not match up to the photos online which were obviously taken some time ago, so was a bit disappointing, The pile of dog poo bags at the gate to the garden was not ours and were pointed out to the housekeeper on check-out; a shame some people can't clear up properly after their dogs.

    Thanks so much for your feedback and we’d love to welcome you back any time. It’s some times difficult as an owner getting a balance between making guests feel at home and giving them too many instructions! Highgate is an old house but when it was renovated, the downstairs bedroom was damp-proofed and tanked. I’ve had it checked and it’s not damp. However I accept that it and the en-suites rooms might smell damp to some people at times. I’ve now put in the guest information some suggestions to help; eg don’t turn the fans off in the en-suites and open doors and or windows where appropriate to allow the water vapour to evaporate. Also it can be helpful to open windows as if you have the heating turned up and and lots of people having shower, (there are 5 shower/bathrooms); it might feel damp. Some times one set of guests turn the heating off in rooms, but it can mean that room takes a little bit of time to heat back up for the next guests. Apologies for the long response but as you’d been kind enough to give a comprehensive review, I felt you deserved a full response. As to the garden, that hasn’t been up to our usual standard, just for the last few months. My gardener has to have an operation so we have had to manage without a professional gardener. Fortunately although my gardener is too ill to return, I have got someone for next season. All the best, Kate and the team, minus a gardener! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous holiday cottage!"

    A large, welcoming and nicely dressed space with everything you could possibly need. Kate (our host) was so helpful and friendly too, giving lots of handy info on the local area.Thanks for a lovely weekend in the lakes, we would 100% book again.

    Thank you so much for your feedback, it so lovely to hear that guests have had such a great time. Hope to see you all again, All the best, Kate and the team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent place for a large family and furry friends, good sized enclosed garden and courtyard ."

    Huge house with everyyyou could need in it. Great stuff

    Reviewed by Steven4.7May 2023

  • "On arrival we found a warm and welcoming home from home with a welcome basket from Kate and her team at Highgate."

    Highgate was spotless, warm, comfy and just what you want when you are relaxing after a day visiting the many sights the Lake district has to offer. Highgate is a fabulous place to spend time with extended family. It has everything you could ask for and more in terms of space and all the household items you could need. Thank you Kate for a family holiday to remember x Just a note even though we did actually have an issue during our stay it didn’t spoil a thing. Once Kate was made aware of it, it was dealt with ,with speed and professionalism which is all you can ask for as a guest.

    Thank you so much for your very positive feedback. Highgate is a great place for a family get together! We do genuinely want our guests to have a lovely stay and always try to fix any issues as soon as we can. Hope you come back again. All the best, Kate and the rest of my team, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2023

  • "This cottage was perfect, extremely well equipped, beautifully decorated, warm, comfortable and spacious."

    The owner Kate left us a beautiful welcome pack, everything was very straight forward with ease to follow instructions regarding rubbish disposal and general information. I would highly recommend this cottage, we had fabulous Christmas here and would love to come back in the summer to make use of the beautifully looked after gardens. Thank you Kate, for a fabulous holiday.

    That’s such a lovely review. We think Highgate is a great place for a family get together and we’re glad you had a great Christmas there. We genuinely do appreciate when guests take the time to tell us they’d like to come back. Hopefully see you next year! All the best, Kate and the rest of the team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Dec 2022

  • "A great house, exactly as we wanted."

    The road noise is not an issue as the windows keep virtually all the noise out. All rooms were tastefully decorated and comfortable. Wood for the log burner would have been a nice touch but all in all, a fab 3 days! I would thoroughly recommend

    Thank you for your kind review. It’s great that you had such an enjoyable stay at Highgate. All the best, Kate and the rest of the team, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    Our son was over from Australia, but would be returning before December, so we made it a Christmas themed weekend with the extended family. It was an ideal facility for this purpose, and many a wonderful memories were made. I would certainly recommend his house for a family get together.

    How lovely you were able to have an early Christmas with your son. And thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review, it is very much appreciated. All the best, Kate and the rest of the team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2022

  • "Couldn't fault it."

    It's in a great location with some great walks and places to eat and I would be happy to go back for a third visit

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We would be very happy to welcome you back for your third visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Property on the verge of the A66 which I will say didn’t spoil the holiday but I would have preferred to be aware of this information before booking."

    Thank you for your feedback. The property description does state Highgate is next to a main road, please see below for what it says: “Please note that Highgate is located close to a small working farm and a main road. The owner has, however, developed the property to minimise any road noise at the property and to separate access to the house from the farm.” Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea4.4Aug 2022

  • "Really enjoyable week for all the family."

    My son & family were here for the first time in seven years, a great time was had by them & the rest of my family. We all love the Lake District had lovely trips out all made extra special by the beautiful home we stayed in for the week. Would hesitate to visit again.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Jul 2022

  • "Such a lovely stay in a gorgeous house!"

    Really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely very spacious, clean and well presented cottage."

    Fully equipped and perfect for all ages . We had ages 3,18,23,40,50s and 90 staying and suited everyone oh and the dog. Nice walks behind the cottage. Mature front garden enclosed. Ample parking . We did BBQ in back garden. House located in main road but with the D/Glazing it’s not noticeable and didn’t bother us. Good location for getting around the Lakes. Kate the owner very helpful. Fantastic stay all round .

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2022

  • "Excellent cottage with lovely en-suites with walk in showers."

    . Position with Road not a problem

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Apr 2022

  • "I booked highgate for a weekend away for my partners 30th birthday."

    Both sides of the family came and this was the first time we had all been away together, we really couldn't have wished for anything better. The property is very spacious which was great as it meant you had the option of some alone time. The lounge, kitchen and dining room where perfect for a group. We had 2 children with us who loved the outdoor space. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Brilliant stay, perfect location, very helpful on any queries and very well presented upon arrival."

    Thanks very much for a lovely week. Not as many of us as originally booked so had spare space which wasn't needed as this place is massive.

    Thank you for your review and so lovely to hear you had a fantastic time. Kind regards, Kate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage which was large yet felt homely."

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Dec 2021

  • "House was airy and roomy."

    Lots of space for family to chill and nice countryside within walking distance close to ullswater and northern lakes.

    Reviewed by Ray4.7Jun 2021

  • "Highgate was everything we expected, with the added bonus of Kate who we met when we arrived and solved a problem for us with a tv within 24hrs, and was easily contactable, so a special thank you to her."

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "The accommodation was excellent and the closeness of the dual carriageway was not a problem."

    Would have liked a few more areas to walk but this did not from our enjoyment.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2021

  • "We had a really good family holiday, weather really improved from previous week."

    The house was everything we expected and more, Kate was brilliant! Thanks! Kids loved the little room (snug) just for them.

    CopelandMay 2021

  • "Enjoyed a lovely family holiday."

    Excellent accommodation. Hopefully returning next year.

    Swallows FamilyMay 2021

  • "My family and I enjoyed our stay, the weather was good, spacious, comfy beds, would come again."

    Thank you for the welcome gifts.

    CurranMay 2021

  • "Lovely house and very comfortable."

    Had everything we needed and had a very enjoyable visit. Would definitely come back again. The garden and open space made the visit as did the sun! Thank you!

    EatonApr 2021

  • "Christmas at Highgate Farm We had a fantastic holiday at Highgate, we arrived on the 23rd it was -3 outside but the house was lovely and warm."

    Highgate is very private and not overlooked by another property. The kitchen is very well equipped which was great when cooking Christmas dinner. When we first arrived and saw how close the house was to the road I was concerned about the potential of road noise, this was not a factor. You could hardly hear anything in the house. I would definitely stay again. Mr & Mrs Ellison

    Reviewed by Shaun4.7Dec 2020

  • "Amazing house in a fantastic location."

    Had a great holiday completing walks over to Barrow and Rydal caves and Aira Force. Recommend the Horse & Farrier Pub, head diagonally across the fields. Will book again.

    Carr FamilyOct 2019

  • "What a beautiful part of the world to stay in."

    We have had a great time exploring the Lakes, it’s such a lovely house too. We hope to be back again.

    S HarrisSep 2019

  • "We have had a fantastic time together staying at Highgate farm and exploring The Lakes."

    The house was lovely and we especially enjoyed Ullswater and Black Moss Pot. May Thanks!

    Mr HydeAug 2019

  • "It has been a lovely stay in the farmhouse and the dogs have enjoyed it especially."

    And it was very central for everything we wanted to visit, beautiful location. Thank you for letting us this place for a week.

    Mr SouthworthAug 2019

  • "Lovely time especially with good weather!"

    Enjoyed the house very much, lots of room for children to play. Look forward to coming back. Thank you.

    Mr BensonJun 2019

  • "Had a Wonderful week and this lovely house only added to my enjoyment of it."

    Mr Alexander + FriendsMay 2019

  • "Have enjoyed a wonderful week in this delightful house, also the weather was perfect!"

    The walks to the horse and farrier in Dacre was a regular treat. Brilliant access to the Northern Lakes. Very disappointed to be leaving!

    Mr Wdowczyk & FamilyApr 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Five bedrooms: 3 x king-size (two with en-suite shower rooms with basin and WC, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, seperate shower and basin and WC), 2 x twin, one ground floor with en-suite shower room with basin and WC(Please bear in mind there is one small step down to the ground floor bedroom)
  • Kitchen
  • Boot room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Second sitting room / family dayroom with TV
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range cooker, electric double oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Boot room and bike store
  • Off-road parking
  • Farmhouse garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Pub 1.3 miles
  • Shop 3.5 miles
  • Watermillock 3.5 miles
  • Pooley Bridge 4.5miles
  • Ullswater 6 miles
  • Please note that Highgate is located close to a small working farm and a main road
  • The owner has, however, developed the property to minimise any road noise at the property and to separate access to the house from the farm
  • Please note:There are 3 steps up to the main sitting room

The property

Highgate is an impressive, large farmhouse that dates to the 19th century, having been beautifully refurbished to create a fantastic holiday cottage that’s perfect for large groups or families.

Boasting five spacious bedrooms, and exquisite bathrooms, along with a well-furnished sitting room, where you can sit down and relax in front of the roaring fire, whilst the children play or enjoy a film in the family dayroom.

The farmhouse kitchen, which serves as the heart of the home, is both welcoming and equipped with quality fittings and all the appliances you could possibly need to cater to large groups. A utility room houses a large fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, whilst a boot room can be found by the back door, the perfect spot to kick off your shoes and hang your outerwear.

As the evening draws to a close, find five bedrooms to choose from with the master suite notable for its king-size bed and stunning en-suite, complete with a bath and shower.

Other first-floor bedrooms comprise of two king-size bedrooms with en-suites, whilst the ground floor boasts a twin bedroom complete with its own en-suite.

Outside, a courtyard at the rear of the property offers parking for four cars, while a raised private patio is an ideal spot for BBQs and alfresco drinking in the warmer months.

If you can tear yourself away from your lovely new lodgings, be sure to explore everything the local area has to offer.

A short drive from the quaint hamlet of Hutton John will bring you to an array of exciting locations and landmarks, such as the gorgeous Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, found just east in Dalemain, whilst the scenic greens of Eycott hill can be located just a brief car trip in the opposite direction. In the popular village of Pooley Bridge at the northernmost tip of Ullswater, visitors can find a great selection of pubs, cafes and shops to enjoy, as well as the tranquil running waters of the River Eamont that run directly through the settlement.

For those feeling energetic, the awe-inspiring mountain range of Kirkstone Pass awaits those wanting to spend an afternoon traversing one of the Lake District’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Be sure to stop off at the magnificent spots of the Aira Force Waterfall and Ullswater lake, two National Trust landmarks that can be enjoyed on your trip south towards Ambleside.

The impressive, man-made Rydal Cave is worth a stop at before you enter the lakeside town, which is positively brimming with must-visit attractions, including the remains of the Ambleside Roman Fort, the serene grounds of the Stagshaw Gardens, and the amazing 70ft tall Stock Ghyll Force waterfall. A getaway to the Lake District would be incomplete without a day spent roaming the around the famous town of Windermere, a bustling location home to the famous World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy; the beautiful vantage point of Orrest Head Viewpoint; as well as the awe-inspiring location of the eponymous Lake Windermere, with daily cruises set upon the pristine waters of this landmark provided by the Windermere Jetty Museum.

Whatever you choose to do during your stay in the Lake District, be sure to do it from the wonderful base that is Highgate. Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1040847, 1041463, 1113726, 1113729, & 1128654, together sleeping up to 26 guests.

Hutton John Holiday Cottages

Hutton John Holiday Cottages consists of a beautiful selection of cottages near Pooley Bridge in Cumbria. The Hutton John Estate is made up of 550 acres and is nestled in the northern Lake District with spectacular views of the fells. The estate boasts three lovely holiday homes, there is also Brow Wood Cabin which is aptly named after the ancient woodland it sits adjacent to; all four holiday homes have been individually designed by the owners giving it a personal and unique touch. The collection benefits from local pubs including the Horse and Farrier and Herdwick Hall where you can treat your loved ones to delicious pub fare and a variety of drinks. Pooley Bridge overlooks Ullswater lake where guests can take leisurely strolls around its beautiful perimeter, take boat rides on the lake or try their hand at an array of watersports including paddleboard, hydro bikes and wakesurfing. Penrith lies a short drive from Hutton John Holiday Cottages, explore the impressive 14th century Penrith Castle or Brougham Castle, a 13th century riverside ruin with plenty to traverse; those looking to delve into local history can visit Penrith Museum. Outdoor enthusiasts can delight in the variety of walks and trails woven throughout the town, climb to the summit of Beacon Hill to admire the breath-taking panoramic views across the countryside. Hutton John Holiday Homes are perfectly located for those looking to unlock the wonders of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.

The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District, the Westmoorland Dales and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle, Brougham Hall (The Windsor of the North), Lowther Castle and Gardens, Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

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Please note that Highgate is located close to a small working farm and a main road. The owner has, however, developed the property to minimise any road noise at the property and to separate access to the house from the farm.

This property only accepts Friday or Monday change days. Please bear this in mind upon booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas