I never take for granted living in the Lake District. So glad my ex made me run away to the lakes all those years ago. It’s nice staying away for the night so near to home, playing tourist in your home county. 

I was lucky to have an offer to stay a night at The Duke of Portland Boathouse on the shores of Ullswater.   I have driven past it many times and stopped to take its pic. I was intrigued to see what it was like inside. 

It originally belonged to the 3rd Duke of Portland (1738-1809), but he became involved in a nine-year legal battle with Sir James Lowther over lands in Carlisle they both claimed, and had to sell his Cumbrian assets to save himself from bankruptcy.

Ullswater is my favourite lake, so tranquil and not as busy as its cousins. Wordsworth called Ullswater “the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the lakes affords”.  He was right. 

The boathouse has been beautifully renovated. I loved the deep Japanese teak wooden bath, when filled with bubbles I needed a life buoy! 

No better view from the bedroom window. 

Amazing view to wake up to. 

   Luckily I did the naked shot before the hoards of photographers were on the shore at dawn to photograph the house. If you can’t beat them, join them! 

A truly wonderful stay, thank you David from Lake District Holidays for letting me stay at this wonderful property.

A few more snaps, then back to reality to adult day care. 



  1. shazza says:

    wow, i see this a lot.My Mum lives in the village of Askham near Pooley Bridge.I’ve always wondered what it was like inside.Looks fab.:)

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