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Mellguards Cottage

A newly renovated, luxurious 4-bedroom retreat with stunning lake and mountain views, perfect for a serene Lake District escape.


8 Guests

4 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

Cook, dine, and entertain in an exquisite setting.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the countryside, visible right from the cottage. This image features a stunning view of the rolling hills that promise an escape to nature and an invitation to explore the wonders beyond your doorstep.
Experience the majestic beauty of Ullswater Lake, captured from above. This drone shot reveals the proximity of our Hotown cottage to one of the Lake District’s most beautiful lakes, offering guests unparalleled access to its serene waters and picturesque surroundings.

Property details

Nestled in the tranquil village of Howtown, Mellguards Cottage is a newly renovated 4-bedroom retreat that promises both relaxation and adventure in the heart of the Lake District. This property, steeped in family heritage, has been exquisitely modernised to blend traditional charm with contemporary luxury, making it the perfect backdrop for your getaway.

Where You’ll Be: Mellguards Cottage sits amidst rolling fields and against the dramatic backdrop of the Lakeland fells, offering a peaceful escape from the daily grind. Just a short walk from the shimmering waters of Ullswater Lake, the cottage is ideally placed for guests to enjoy lakeside strolls, scenic boat rides, or simply soaking up the stunning views. With easy access to the wider Lake District, it’s an excellent base for exploring hiking trails, picturesque villages, and historical sites.

Living Spaces: The heart of the cottage is a beautifully designed open-plan kitchen, diner, and living area. The space features a brand new kitchen with all modern appliances, a large smart TV for streaming (please use your own accounts), and a cosy log burner for chilly evenings. Large windows offer panoramic views across the fields to the mountains, flooding the room with natural light.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms: Mellguards Cottage comfortably sleeps guests in four beautifully appointed large bedrooms, each offering ample storage. One bedroom boasts a charming ensuite, enhancing privacy and convenience. The property also includes two additional family bathrooms, one equipped with a shower and freestanding bath, and another with a shower, ensuring that all your needs are met with style and comfort.

Outdoor Living: The conservatory provides a serene second sitting area with calming views, perfect for relaxation. Outside, a private space allows guests to enjoy peaceful moments in the open air, whether dining al fresco or simply relaxing with a book.

Guest access

Guests have full access to the entire house including the garden. 

Ground Floor:

Main Entrance Hallway: Offers ample storage for shoes and coats.

Living Room and Open Plan Kitchen & Dining Room: Features a log burner, patio doors, and a large window facing the garden.

Two Double Bedrooms : Both overlook the back garden. One with en suite.

Family Bathroom: Equipped with a shower, freestanding bath, WC, and sink.

Second Sitting Area: With doors to the front garden.


Third bathroom: Equipped with a shower,  WC, and sink.

Two Bedroom: Accessible via stairs, one double and one king. Both with fell views.

Utility Room: here you’ll find the washing machine, iron and ironing board.


Things to know

Check-in: 4:00 pm

Check-out: 10:00 am

Pets: Pet Friendly

Smoking inside: Not Allowed

Parties & events: Not Allowed

🐕 Pet-Friendly (£25 per stay): two well-behaved dogs are welcome to join the adventure, ensuring the entire family can enjoy the beauty of the Lakes together (just remember to keep the furniture paw-free).

💳 Damage Deposit: At Laik, we place a £200 deposit hold on your card as a safety measure, ensuring a carefree stay for both you and us. This isn’t a charge, just a temporary hold. Expect this to be set up either the day before you arrive or on your check-in date.

Once you’ve checked out and we’ve made sure everything’s as lovely as when you arrived, we’ll promptly release the hold, freeing up those funds for you. It’s all part of making your stay smooth and secure.

Washing Machine
Free WiFi
Hair Dryer
Iron board
Hot water
Private entrance
Cooking basics
Smart TV
Clothing storage
Drying rack for clothing
Travel cot

Free parking

Kitchen & dining
Electric kettle
Krups coffee machine
Cooking Stove
Dining room
Kitchen utensils
Dining area
Dining table
Wine glasses

Smoke detector
Outdoor lighting

Body soap
Shower gel
Rain Shower

Car recommended

Log burners

Paddle boating
Wildlife viewing


Outdoor bench

  • 🌲 Serene Escape: Managed by us at Laik, Mellguards Cottage is your perfect retreat in the remote Lake District. 🚗 Car recommended.
  • 🔥 Cosy Comforts: Logs and kindling provided by the owner to enhance your cosy evenings by the fire.
  • 📺 Entertainment: Equipped with a Smart TV for streaming services (note: no terrestrial TV).
  • 🛁Luxury toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, plus towels and linens provided for your comfort.

Where you'll be

Howtown, a hidden gem in the Lake District, offers tranquility and a sense of escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Surrounded by rolling fields where sheep graze peacefully and set against the backdrop of the majestic fells.

Just a stone’s throw away from the shimmering waters of Ullswater Lake, guests can enjoy leisurely lakeside walks, scenic boat rides, or simply bask in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the cottage.

While a car is recommended for reaching Mellguards Cottage, ample parking is available, and once settled, alternative transportation options abound. The Ullswater Bus (UB1) and local ferry services offer sustainable ways to explore, connecting on weekends and Bank Holidays between Aira Force, Pooley Bridge, and Howtown. With fares starting at £2 and connections to Ullswater Steamers, exploring the scenic surroundings becomes effortless and eco-friendly. Let the bus take the fuss out of your travel!

Howtown serves as the perfect base for exploring the wider Lake District, with its wealth of hiking trails, picturesque villages, and historical sites.


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