Ullswater Heights holiday home & lodge park
A luxury, dog friendly experience. We were lucky enough to be invited to stay at the brand new Ullswater Heights holiday home & lodge park for a weekend to check out their dog friendly lodges and facilities. Ullswater Heights is located in the North Lakes and is set around their very own lake.
We were late for our arrival and were greeted by a lovely cheerful and quite humorous security guard who was very informative and provided us with directions to our lodge. You’re given a little flash light to help you find your lodge number in the dark as there are very few lights around the park. We were allocated a simply stunning Escape Plus lodge which could accommodate 4 people and 2 cars. The lodge was gated, which we believe is very important when you have dogs.. you can relax and not have to worry that they have escaped!
Stepping through the door we noticed how bright, modern and clean the lodge was, I was instantly drawn to the décor and noticed that there were some thoughtful ideas for dogs. My dog Oscar, was provided with a super comfy and thick bed of his own, along with a bowl for his meals and also a free present for him! We have never stayed anywhere before where this was provided for dogs- and we have visited many lodges, so it was such a lovely surprise. What we liked was that there were no ‘specific’ rules in relation to dogs, we are normally greeted with a ‘no dogs this, no dogs that’ letter and a towel for dirty paws. Some places say that they’re dog friendly but don’t really think about the dogs staying there, it was really nice to see somewhere think about what a dog would like and how a dog can be comfortable during their stay.
The lodges have excellent Wi-Fi, I know how important this is and it was so simple to access. I really appreciated the hygiene package which was left for us on the sink containing tea towels and bin bags. There were also washing machine and dishwasher tablets and mini bottles of washing up liquid, super helpful and a great way of reducing the product being wasted. A bottle of fresh milk was left in the fridge and on the side we found tea, coffee, sugar and some very delicious biscuits displayed for us. In the bathroom there were pumps for shampoo and body wash, these smelt lovely and were of a good quality.
The living space of the Escape Plus lodge was really light and airy, huge windows and doors open onto the decking. The sofa was really big and comfortable and we loved the grey and mustard colours used.
The kitchen was also a wonderful open plan space with all the mod cons and safety equipment. The bathrooms had rainfall showers and were extremely clean. There were two bedrooms, a double and a twin. Both were quite compact but enough space to move around in and plenty of storage. We really appreciated the slippers and dressing gowns, a really nice luxury touch.
Opening the doors onto the decking, we saw a beautiful sunken hot tub for 4 and I cannot stress how clean it was. The hot tub was checked daily by part of the maintenance team and had a really easy lid on it with a device to help you pull it up and down.. 1. It saved on space and 2. It was easier than trying to lift it yourself and move it around. The decking area was pristine, no dirt or leaves. There was an outdoor table which could seat 4 and plenty other space if you needed it. Stylish black fencing surrounded the decking area to make them into private spaces.
The grounds of Ullswater Heights are really peaceful and set out in a really organised way. We enjoyed taking Oscar for a wander around and went to have a look at the lake. The park also has safari tents for glamping, some of these also have hot tubs too. We noticed during our walk that there were lots of waste bins and doggy poo bags provided which I think is a great feature in case you forget your own. Chloe Ann’s farm is lovely with rabbits, alpacas, goats, sheep and more for children and has hand washing facilities, there is also a well maintained children’s playground attached to the bar and restaurant.
During our stay we were invited to have dinner onsite at The Lake House bar and restaurant to enjoy homemade food made with locally sourced ingredients. This bar and restaurant is dog friendly so Oscar came with us. The greeting we received was lovely and so much attention was paid to Oscar which he loved, they also gave him water and treats. The restaurant was small but intimate and had a really good outdoor decking space backing onto the lake for the summer time. The food and drinks that we received were of a really high standard and were extremely tasty. It’s a really relaxing place to drink and dine and is also family friendly. Its nice not to have to leave your dog behind when you want to go out.
During our days we liked to go out and explore the area, there are so many things that are close to Ullswater Heights. We hiked Glenridding, Patterdale & Rooking round. There is the Aira Force waterfall in the woods- perfect for photographers, Ullswater Steamers which have been operating for over 150 years on the lake or maybe hire your own boat or canoe from Lakeland Boat Hire and have an exciting adventure of your own! There are, of course, many other things to do too.
We would like to thank the Ullswater Heights team for being so kind, generous, professional and most importantly, dog friendly! We hope to visit your other parks in the future after experiencing what Ullswater Heights has to offer and recommend to anybody with dogs and family to visit here for an unforgettable trip.