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Tethera: Passivhaus on Ullswater

Enjoy breathtaking views and tranquility in a space built with natural, eco-friendly materials. Tethera isn’t just a stay; it’s a sustainable retreat where luxury meets green living.


4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

Relax in modern comfort on a cosy sofa, part of a meticulously designed Passivhaus by architects who’ve thought of every detail. Immerse yourself in a space crafted with materials and suppliers from around the Lakes, blending local charm with contemporary style.
Indulge in serenity with a freestanding bathtub, offering panoramic views of Ullswater Lake and the mountains. Experience a blissful soak in nature’s embrace, a perfect blend of luxury and tranquility.
Enjoy an open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area, bathed in natural light from large windows. Step out to the garden for breathtaking views, and watch sheep graze in the fields for half the year, adding a peaceful, rural charm to your stay.

Property details

Tethera stands as a unique detached house in the peaceful Ullswater area, offering guests an exceptional stay in a Passivhaus – a building standard that represents the pinnacle of energy efficiency, providing a comfortable living environment through passive solar gains and excellent insulation. This two-bedroom home is not only a retreat into nature but also an immersion into a world where eco-luxury and architectural innovation meet.

Master Bedroom & Ensuite: The master bedroom, a soothing space of comfort and tranquility, features an elegant ensuite bathroom with a bath, perfect for unwinding.

Second Bedroom: Offering comfort and peace, the second bedroom is ideal for a restorative sleep.

Open-Plan Kitchen & Dining: The heart of Tethera lies in its open-plan kitchen and dining area. Combining modern appliances with a welcoming dining space, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy culinary delights against a backdrop of natural beauty.

Mezzanine Level: The mezzanine offers a versatile space for relaxation and productivity. With its cosy sitting area and dedicated workspace, it caters to both leisure and work-from-home needs.

Outdoor Area and Parking: Tethera boasts a charming outdoor area, ideal for enjoying the serene surroundings. Convenient on-site parking adds to the ease of your stay.

Passivhaus Design: Tethera’s design aligns with the Passivhaus standard, focusing on energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability. The home’s walls and roof are heavily insulated, and its construction is remarkably airtight, complemented by triple-glazed windows for maximum thermal efficiency. The use of natural and sustainable materials, including Graphenstone paint and sheep’s wool insulation, underscores its commitment to the environment.

The Experience: At Tethera, you experience more than just a stay in an eco-friendly house. It’s a journey into sustainable living where luxury and environmental consciousness coexist. Enjoy the the clarity of natural light through quadruple-glazed rooflights, all within a home that exemplifies modern, sustainable living.

In Tethera, you find not just a place to stay but a unique opportunity to experience the Lake District through the lens of innovative, eco-conscious architecture.

Guest access

At Tethera, guests are welcomed into a space where every corner is crafted for comfort and sustainability. Here’s what you can expect during your stay:

Full Access: Guests have full access to the entire house, including the master and second bedrooms, open-plan kitchen, dining and living area , and the versatile mezzanine level with its cosy sitting area and workspace.

The outdoor area of Tethera is also yours to enjoy, offering a serene spot to relax and soak in the natural beauty of the Lake District.

Privacy and Peace: As a detached property, Tethera offers complete privacy, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the tranquility of your surroundings.

Parking: Convenient on-site parking is available, making your stay and travel in the area hassle-free.

Things to know

Check-in: 4:00 pm

Check-out: 10:00 am

Pets: Pets Not Allowed

Smoking inside: Not Allowed

Parties & events: Not Allowed

💳 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.

1. Neighbourhood Respect: The Lake District is known for its peaceful ambiance. We kindly ask that you respect this serenity and consider our neighbours during your stay.

2.Boundary Restrictions: Please do not venture beyond the gates to the Outward Bound Centre at the end of the lane. They have strict safeguarding policies for the children visiting the centre. Trespassing could lead to being asked to leave.

3.Private Fields: The surrounding fields are private property. We request that you respect these boundaries and note that there is no direct access to them or the lake from Tethera.

4.Security: Ensure all doors are securely closed and locked when you leave the property.

Washing Machine
Garden or backyard
Free WiFi
Hair Dryer
Heating (towel rails)
Laptop Friendly workspace
Iron board
Hot water
Private entrance
Cooking basics
Clothing storage
Drying rack for clothing
Travel cot

Free parking

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

Smoke detector
Fire blanket
Outdoor lighting

Cleaning products
Body soap
Shower gel
Rain Shower

Car recommended

Board games
Smart TV

Paddle boating
Wildlife viewing


Outdoor furniture

Heating: Tethera is a special type of home known as a Passivhaus. This means you might notice a few differences from typical houses, especially when it comes to heating:

  • Innovative Heating: Tethera’s heating primarily comes from two towel rails, supplemented by its eco-conscious design. The house harnesses passive solar gains, capturing and utilising sunlight for natural warmth.
  • Comfortable Environment: The Passivhaus design ensures a draft-free, pleasant indoor climate. While the temperature can fluctuate slightly, the house’s insulation and airtight construction maintain overall comfort.
  • Eco-Friendly Features: Expect a different approach to temperature control, with less reliance on traditional heating systems and more on sustainable, natural heat sources.

Security: There is a security camera in the door bell (it is recorded but not monitored).

Parking: Please park on the gravel by the drystone wall. There is space for two cars.

Where you'll be

Tethera sits snugly at the edge of the hamlet of Knotts, a peaceful little spot near Watermillock. Right near Ullswater in the Lake District, it’s the perfect place for chilling out and soaking in some amazing views. Whether you love nature or just want to escape the hustle and bustle, you’ll find your slice of calm here.

Highlights of Watermillock and Surrounding Areas:

  1. Ullswater Lake: Just a stone’s throw from Tethera, Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District, known for its clear waters and scenic beauty. It’s a popular spot for boating, kayaking, and enjoying leisurely lake cruises.
  2. Walking and Hiking Trails: The area boasts a multitude of walking paths, ranging from leisurely lakeside strolls to challenging mountain hikes, including the famous Ullswater Way.
  3. Historic Attractions: Nearby is Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, a beautiful country house with award-winning gardens, and the ancient Aira Force waterfall, offering stunning views and a delightful walking experience.
  4. Local Gastronomy: Watermillock and the surrounding area host a variety of delightful eateries, from traditional pubs serving local ales and hearty meals to elegant restaurants offering fine dining experiences.
  5. Community and Events: The local community often hosts events and festivals, especially during the summer months, providing a great opportunity to experience local culture and hospitality.
  6. Wildlife and Nature: The area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with opportunities to spot native birds, red squirrels, and if you’re lucky, roe deer in their natural habitat.
  7. Accessibility and Convenience: Despite its tranquil setting, Watermillock area is conveniently located, with easy access to the amenities of Penrith town and the M6 motorway, making it an ideal base for exploring the wider Lake District area.


Staying near Watermillock offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District, making it an ideal destination for families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts.


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