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Boathouse at Knotts End

From $243 Night United Kingdom, North West, Cumbria

Why so chic? Why our travel experts chose this hotel

  • Idyllic romantic retreat

  • Serene location with lake views

  • Stylish private room for two

Chic Treats Only when you book with Chic

Welcome pack

Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)

Welcome drinks



20% off

all reamining dates in September and October 2017


Surrounded by the very best of the Lake District, the Boathouse at Knotts End is a 150-year old luxury boathouse which comes complete with its own private jetty. This unique Chic Retreat is the ideal honeymoon hideaway, and the perfect spot for a romantic getaway for two at any time of the year. Once part of the Leeming Estate, it sits on Lake Ullswater in Cumbria, a 15 minute drive from the town of Penrith.

Backed by acres of deciduous woodland and overlooking a sweep of private lake, the Boathouse at Knotts End has been decorated in the style of a small boutique hotel. Its slate and sturdy English oak is in keeping with the property's natural stone exterior, creating a luxurious and authentic atmosphere.

Nonetheless, the boathouse has been thoughtfully appointed for modern living. The slivers of flat screen technology (due to lack of reception there is no SKY, digital tv or television stations, however there is a DVD player so guests may bring along their own DVDs) bring the small boutique hotel's interiors bang up-to-date.


There's plenty to do here, especially for outdoorsy types. Choose from swimming and sailing on the lake, exploring Cumbria's many hiking trails, and fishing. After a long day, the sitting room is stocked with board games to wind down, and there are many guidebooks to peruse.


The Boathouse's kitchen comes complete with a fridge, dishwasher, fan oven, ceramic hob and a combination microwave oven with grill; there's an outdoor barbeque for warmer months. Le Crusset crockery, Villeroy & Boch glassware and kitchen utensils are provided, as well as a Nespresso coffee machine. 

Guests can enjoy dining indoors or al fresco at a teak table on the terrace by the jetty, on the balcony or at the picnic table on the lake front. Teak loungers with comfortable bespoke cushions are located on the terrace, where guests are invited to soak up the sun's rays and the views over the lake. 


Address: Nr Watermillock, Ullswater, , United Kingdom

Nearest airport:

Newcastle Airport is a 1 hour 40 minute drive from the boathouse (78 miles)

How to get there:

The Boathouse is on the western shore of Ullswater in the northeastern Lake District. It is a 15-minute drive from Junction 40 of the M6, and 5km south of Pooley Bridge, the village at the northern head of the lake, just after Watermillock.


With just one double bedroom, the Boathouse at Knotts End was made for romantic weekends and makes a great alternative to a boutique hotel. It is light and airy, with a queen-size bed decked out in 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, feather pillows and duvets. Waffle cotton bathrobes and fluffy towels are provided too, of course, alongside covetable Aromatherapy Associates products. The Boathouse at Knotts End's balcony offers sweeping views of the surrounding fells, the ideal setting for incurable romantics.


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  • Max 2 persons

  • 1 Queen bed
Amenities: balcony/terrace, cookware / utensils, kitchen, flat screen TV

The Boathouse at Knotts End has a fantastic lake front location with stunning views over Lake Ullswater. It offers spaciously designed open-plan accommodation, furnished to an extremely high standard with Chinese and Indonesian antiques and handmade silks.



Payments policy

All payments to be made by Bank Transfer

Cancellation policy

If a cancellation is made more than 90 days prior to arrival, there is a full refund of the deposit.
If a cancellation is made less than 90 days prior to arrival, there is a 50% refund of the total amount owing.
If a cancellation is made less than 60 days from the arrival date, there is no refund.

Check-in/check-out policy

Check-in: 3pm
Check-out: 11am

Early check-in: no

Late check-out: no

Pets policy

Pets are not permitted.

Please note

2 night minimum stay 3 nights during Christmas and New Year
Rates are per night (incl VAT) and include all amenities and maid service (1 visit for a 2-3 nights stay; 2 visits for a 5-7 night stay).
Chic treat - Welcome Pack includes a sleeve of Nespresso capsules and Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products.


Room Type Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018
Boathouse $371 $371 $250 $250 - - - - - - - - -
weekends rate $411 $411 $290 $290 - - - - - - - - -

Rates indicate cheapest price for the given period and may differ dependent on number of guests. Prices have been converted from GBP at the current exchange rate of = provided by European inter banking rates. Please note: The hotel will quote prices to you in GBP.

A minimum 2 night stay is required and 3 nights during Christmas and New Year and August Bank Holiday. 

Rates at the Boathouse at Knotts End are per night (incl VAT) and include all amenities and maid service (1 visit for a 2-3 nights stay; 2 visits for a 5-7 night stay).

2016/7: Valentine's dates, the May Bank Holiday weekends, Easter weekend, Christmas and New Year - £305/night

Strictly no smoking. 

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