Beautiful ‘Balla Wray’

More mansion than cottage, Wellies & Wine checks out LakeLovers' latest 5* addition to their holiday cottage portfolio.

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & WineFor those of us that live and work in the Lakes, it’s sometimes easy to take the stunning views for granted.  More often than not I can drive past Lake Windermere and almost forget it’s there.  But sometimes, in the tedium of a tourist traffic jam, it passes the time to take in more than just the lakes and fells which surround us and imagine life living in one of the many beautiful mansion houses hidden amongst the trees; the epitome of Lakeland opulence and the apple of the high end realtor’s eye…

So if, like me, you’ve always fancied a peek inside the grandeur of a luxurious Cumbrian retreat, then take a look at this latest addition to Lakelovers’ upmarket portfolio.  Beautiful Balla Wray takes the whole notion of ‘holiday cottage’ to another level.  Together with their other 5 star property, the Waternook at Ullswater, this rather grand and imposing manor house is certainly more mansion than cottage.  With 5 bedrooms, all en-suite and amazing lake views, you can rent the fabulous Balla Wray from a mere £6,995 per week.

What I loved most about this amazing bolt-hole overlooking Lake Windermere was the sumptuous interiors.  Often with high-end properties it’s all about the bling – modern glass and gleaming chrome shimmer in stark contrast to even the oldest of buildings – but here at Balla Wray, the decor is expensively understated.  Comfortable traditional Chesterfields and solid wood sideboards sit perfectly alongside classic marble bathrooms.  Muted Farrow & Ball painted sideboards complement the earthiness of solid wood doors and natural floor tiles.  The feel is reassuringly ‘old money’ combined with maximum comfort – totally in keeping with its wonderful location nestled within a rocky outcrop next to the lakeshore.  Do take a look and dream away…

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & WineThe grand hallway leads through to an understated but luxurious kitchen.

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

Instead of all-gleaming stainless steel and floor-to-ceiling glamorous glass, Balla Wray’s kitchen has a homely, family feel – expensive, yes but honest and inviting.

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & WineThe main living area combines huge comfy Chesterfields with a rather decadent pool table.  Dark colours and minimalist decor is a modern reminder of gentlemen’s residences from times gone by.

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & WineThe bedrooms are huge and decorated with neutral colours.

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Fancy a bath?  Here at Balla Wray, taking a relaxing soak is an experience in itself. Choose your favourite tub…

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine… and if you need that little bit of extra room, make sure you choose the master bedroom.  With amazing views of the Lake, this room is most certainly la pièce de la résistance.  A huge bedroom is part-lounge area leading through into a vast dressing room and colossal en suite bathroom – it would not be unreasonable to fit an entire family in these living quarters alone.

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & Wine

 

Balla Wray 5 star Lake District Cottage, Cumbria from Lakelovers: Wellies & WineSo, if you’ve got the cash to splash and fancy a luxurious week-end away in sumptuous comfort on the Lake shore, then book your stay at Balla Wray.  If, like me, you can only dream of such high-end dalliance, take a look at alternative, *coughs*, more compact, bijou options available at LakeLovers.  After all, size isn’t everything… is it?!

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