Howtown holiday cottages are surrounded by mountains, on the shores of an enchanting lake. The hamlet of Howtown is located in the Lake District National Park, in the county of Cumbria. Overlooking a small harbour on the eastern shore of Ullswater, it is an idyllic base for sailing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Ullswater is widely considered one of the Lake District’s most beautiful lakes, stretching for more than seven miles, and surrounded by wild countryside. Howtown is roughly three miles from the village of Pooley Bridge, in the parish of Martindale. Visitors who wish to arrive by water can book a trip on one of the Victorian Ullswater Steamers, which make regular stops there and are equipped with saloon bars serving refreshments.

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Take a wander from your Howtown holiday cottage and you will find that the hamlet consists of little more than a scattering of historic homes, near the lake shore. There is a hotel housed in a 16th century farmhouse where you can enjoy a drink or a delicious meal, prepared with fresh ingredients from the Cumbrian countryside. There are several excellent places to eat near Howtown, including the White Lion, a lovely pub in Glenridding, serving a selection of real ales. The Martindale restaurant serves Cumbrian-influenced dishes such as slow-cooked Stainton belly pork.

Self-catering holidays in Howtown would be incomplete without walking along the shores of Ullswater, where the trees are blanketed in mosses, lichens and ferns, and there are spectacular views across the water to the mountains beyond. There are several picturesque beaches where you can stop for a picnic of an invigorating swim in the lake. Howtown Outdoor Activity Centre offers various activities including climbing, kayaking, and sailing. There are a number of family-friendly attractions within a short distance of Howtown, including the Lakes Aquarium, where you can meet sharks, rays and Asian otters.