David, Julia and Family

Holgarth family

We were the founders of Cumbrian Cottages, and more recently Lakes Cottage Holidays, and have a wealth of experience of the self-catering market, so we know what our guests want from their holiday experience, whether it’s a full week or a one night stay.

They want a memorable experience both in the quality of accommodation and the location.

We feel we provide this in the iconic Duke of Portland Boathouse, perched over the majestic, serene Ullswater in the World Heritage Site of the Lake District.

From the moment you arrive at the Lakeside property you will feel the hustle and bustle of today’s busy lifestyle disappear.

Julia has used her interior design skills to source an eclectic range of furnishings, with input from our 3 daughters Rachael, Caroline and Sarah, to add a contemporary twist to the traditional Boathouse.
Rachael and Sarah use their marketing skills to promote the Boathouse on social media and the new website, of which we are very proud.

Caroline runs her own property development business and has helped with the refurbishment following Storm Desmond.

The Boathouse has provided an opportunity to work together as a family to provide memorable, romantic occasions and anniversaries for guests throughout the UK, and continues to excite and reward us by reading the glowing reports from guests in the visitor book.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Duke of Portland Boathouse.