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Lake District Cottages

The Lake District is one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations and is famed for being the largest national park in England, along with having the country’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike), its largest natural lake (Windermere) and its deepest lake (Wastwater).

Where is the Lake District?

Located in the North West of England in Cumbria, the Lake District boasts a simply stunning landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a place that has inspired writers, artists and poets alike including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and Beatrix Potter, and a holiday destination you will want to return to time and time again. Read more

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54.256864, -3.172045

A delightful Lakeland holiday cottage converted from a former Watermill with a cottage garden that provides an ideal place to relax and unwind. Located on the outskirts of a small village close to Grizebeck, The Watermill is ideally situated for exploring the Southern Lakes and its popular attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £765

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.406409, -2.717368

Enjoy the wonderful year-round hospitality of this recently refurbished self-catering apartment in Selside, close to both the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's dog-friendly, with a spacious bedroom that accommodates couples or individuals. Walking, mountain biking and potholing are just three of the many ways to explore the incredible landscape, with local attractions including Sizergh Castle, Lowther Castle, Ullswater and the Ullswater Steamers, while Bowness on Windermere is only 25-minutes away. Kendal is a short drive from the apartment, with an excellent variety of places to eat, drink and shop.

Weekly guide price:
£310 to £470
Short breaks from £75 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.263607, -3.050656

Forest Field is a delightful holiday cottage within the Rusland Valley providing the perfect self-catering base for couples to relax and explore the beautiful Lake District and its many attractions. Set within unspoilt rolling countryside, the views are simply stunning and the walks are equally as lovely. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £580

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.348328, -2.926558

Sitting in large gardens (with tennis court!), this welcoming bright and airy holiday apartment is perfectly placed in a tranquil location overlooking lake Windermere, yet within just a mile of Bowness-on-Windermere with its shops and eating establishments. The Loft offers the best of both worlds for those who want to relax and unwind whilst being within easy reach of the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £900

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

10 Meadowcroft

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 27th Aug 2022 for 7 nights, £850Save £150"This week is now available after a late cancellation. Fabulous apartment with private patio leading onto gardens, use of tennis court and putting green, and views over Lake Windermere"
54.348328, -2.926558

Ideally placed with views over Lake Windermere, this modern stylish holiday apartment sits in extensive grounds where guests can enjoy peace and tranquility, along with an all-weather tennis court, putting area and croquet lawn. The many amenities of Bowness-on-Windermere are just a mile away. A perfect retreat to enjoy the many attractions of the Lake District.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £1250

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.377396, -3.312295

With stunning views over the fells and surrounding Eskdale Valley, this large airy holiday home sleeps five guests and is an ideal self-catering choice for those who like peace, tranquility and outdoor activities with great walks, cycling, climbing and canoeing amongst the many adventures on offer. Brantrake House is a great base for exploring the Western Lake District and Central Fells. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £1750

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.620767, -3.142096

Croftside in Applethwaite village sleeps four with magnificent, panoramic fell views on all sides. Just a mile from Keswick, Croftside is ideal for two couples or a family (there is both a bathroom and a shower room). Prepared with care for guest comfort with WiFi and parking. There are no less than seven lakes each within a thirty minute drive and Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite are only minutes away by car. Fell walks from the door and restaurants to walk to. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£470 to £890

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

54.620767, -3.142096

A welcoming cottage in Applethwaite village (1 mile from Keswick) with ground floor accommodation and spectacular views to Skiddaw and Latrigg. Croft Corner is just a few minutes drive to Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake and there are seven other lakes within a thirty minute drive. Carefully prepared for your comfort, WiFi, parking, fell walks on hand and restaurants within walking distance. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£370 to £660

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

54.423824, -3.013773

A cosy welcoming self-catering log cabin ideally positioned within an eighteen acre private secluded woodland estate in the Langdale Valley near to Ambleside in central Lake District. A perfect base for exploring the areas many attractions and an ideal base for walkers, cyclists, or those who want to simply relax.

Weekly guide price:
£390 to £715

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.352415, -2.917418

A delightful Lakeland cottage ideally situated in a tranquil position near the popular village of Bowness-on-Windermere within the Lake District National Park. Ferry View Cottage provides a cosy base from which to explore all this stunning area has to offer with super walking opportunities and an abundance of attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£390 to £630
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.610330, -3.258058

Located within an acre of land with a stream running through it, 1 Swinside Cottages is a comfortable Cumbrian holiday cottage with beautiful scenery all around and wonderful forest and fell walks from the front door. Whinlatter Forest Centre is nearby and there are lovely bike rides and plenty of attractions throughout the Lake District for days out.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £600

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.372182, -3.265119

Located in an exceptional position in Eskdale within the Lake District National Park with stunning scenery all around, this dog-friendly holiday cottage not only provides a tranquil haven to 'get away from it' but is also within easy reach of the many Lakeland attractions. Spectacular walks from the front door, stunning views from every window and a log burner in the farmhouse kitchen plus open fire in the sitting room for cosy nights.

Weekly guide price:
£1550 to £2150
Short breaks from £221 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.322136, -2.870486

Sitting in a peaceful hamlet within easy reach of Windermere and under a mile from an excellent pub, this traditional pet-friendly Lakeland holiday cottage is perfect for walkers and those wanting to relax and explore the Lake District National Park. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£480 to £1150

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

54.238358, -2.938929

Surrounded by glorious Cumbrian countryside, Granary Cottage is an excellent base for exploring the Lake District National Park and the Cumbrian Coast. Sandwiched between Cartmel and Newby Bridge, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere, the cottage is surrounded by stunning scenery with wonderful walks, cycle rides and a wealth of attractions within easy reach. A popular choice for families and friends at any time of the year with a large garden, dining sun room and log burning stove for cosy winter breaks.

Weekly guide price:
£569 to £1169
Short breaks from £185 per night

6  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.284838, -2.965054

Woodside is a charming stone holiday cottage in a gorgeous location within walking distance of Lake Windermere and High Dam. The former mill worker's cottage dates back 250 years, and the owners have kept original features like the exposed beams and inglenook fireplace while creating a welcoming retreat where up to six people can sleep in three bedrooms. The property is dog-friendly and a particular favourite with families who appreciate the lovely gardens and child-friendly features.

Weekly guide price:
£680 to £1400

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.255022, -3.084154

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in England for its incredible landscape which is breathtaking in every season. Tucked quietly away in the pretty hamlet of Lowick and close to Coniston Water and Ulverston, Otley Beck Cottage is a beautifully crafted romantic holiday retreat for couples or solo travellers. It's on the doorstep of fantastic footpaths, and close to Grizedale Forest, Windermere, Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands. With no noise or light pollution, you'll sleep soundly and awake refreshed and full of energy.

Weekly guide price:
£540 to £590
Short breaks from £110 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.282715, -3.371244

Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery in this peaceful spot in the Lake District National Park. The Old Bank is located in the quiet village of Bootle and sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms making it perfect for families and friends. Blow the cobwebs away with a walk along the coastal path, scale England's highest peak, or enjoy gentle lakeside strolls and leisurely pub lunches. Other local attractions include Munster Castle, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and days on the beach. The Old Bank can be booked together with the Old House next door to accommodate groups of up to 15 people. 

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £600
Short breaks from £80 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

The Saplings

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 27th Aug 2022 for 7 nights, £550"set in woodland with a rural location near to Bassenthwaite and the local town of Cockermouth"
54.716658, -3.285298

Tucked away in 88 acres of woodlands near the village of Bothel on the edge of the Lake District National Park, 1 and 2 The Saplings are cosy holiday cottages at any time of the year. Each sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, and with accommodation all on one level, they are perfect for families, friends or couples looking to get away on a self-catering holiday. Ideally placed for walking and cycling, as well as conveniently located to explore all the attractions in the Lake District, you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you please. 

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £595

2-4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.638140, -2.726137

Carleton House is a spacious period holiday home two miles from Penrith and just five miles from Ullswater. It's recently been fully refurbished inside and out to provide very comfortable accommodation for families and friends. It sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms and is child and pet friendly. The location on the edge of Clifton village is perfect for exploring the Lake District, Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall. Carleton House is available for holidays all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£1049 to £2269
Short breaks from £260 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

The Loft

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 12th Sep 2022 for 4 nights, £400"Fancy a mid week break in lovely accomodation, with everything you fancy on the doorstep. Great pubs, restaurants, and walks."
54.194413, -2.957758

The Loft is a top floor self-catering holiday apartment that sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms. It puts guests in the centre of one of the prettiest villages in Cumbria, Cartmel, and within walking distance of excellent pubs and restaurants like L'Enclume and Rogans Bistro (both with Michelin stars!). Only three miles from the coast and a 15-minute drive from Lake Windermere and the Lake District National Park, The Loft provides plenty of opportunities for fell walking, sailing, cycling and enjoying stunning views.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £950

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Holiday Cottages in the Lake District

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Where to stay in the Lake District

The most popular tourist spot is Bowness-on-Windermere, where many head for boat trips, cobbled streets and great restaurants. This beautiful town never gets old, no matter how many times you visit.

If you seek less hustle and bustle and more of the great outdoors, then perhaps Ambleside is the one for you? With cottage-style shops and a town encompassed beautifully by mountains, there is plenty of exploring to do here.

For thrill-seekers aiming to tackle Scafell Pike, Keswick is where you want to go. Twinkling waters paired with mighty mountains make this a very popular destination in the Lakes.

The Lake District is home to many impressive lakes, the second largest being in Ullswater. If you seek rolling hills, a magnificent National Park and plenty of water to explore then Ullswater is the perfect place.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Check out all the other popular towns in and around the Lake District below:

Appleby
Cartmel
Cockermouth
Coniston
Grange-over-Sands
Grasmere
Grizebeck
Hawkshead
Kirkby Stephen
Penrith
Ulverston
Wasdale
Windermere


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Lake District Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in the Lake District, you can find here all the information you need for your trip.

For more tips, be sure to check out our complete guide to the Lake District.


When to Visit the Lake District

The Lake Districts’ dramatic and rugged landscape is its main attraction, with noble peaks, heather-clad moors, tumbling waterfalls, sparkling lakes and dense forests. Ever-changing, each season has something incredibly special to offer.

In the spring the landscape bursts into life with lush green pastures alive with playful Herdwick lambs. In the autumn, the trees are ablaze with colour making it incredibly photogenic.

The summer months attract plenty of visitors to the hills, villages and lakes, but the warm weather provides the ideal climate for wild swimming and long days of walking.

The winter months are breathtaking, with snow-capped mountains and friendly Lakeland pubs serving hearty traditional food with a roaring fire crackling in the background.


What to Do in the Lake District

Being one of the country's largest outdoor playgrounds, the Lake District attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all types who visit to enjoy incredible walking opportunities, climbing, sailing, mountain biking, kayaking and winter mountaineering.

It also has plenty of options for family days out (including lots of things to do on a rainy day) and is great for those seeking relaxation and a quieter time with its beautiful tranquil landscape providing the perfect setting for bird watching, painting, photography and lazy lake cruises.

If you happen to be visiting the Lake District for the weekend, there is still plenty to do! Whether you choose to have a night with the stars or take a cruise atop one of the many lakes, check out our essential weekend guide to visiting the Lake District.

How to Travel to the Lake District

If you are travelling from one of the major cities situated in the UK, below shows an average distance from the town of Bowness-on-Windermere, so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 275 miles
Birmingham: 159 miles
Glasgow: 150 miles
Liverpool: 88 miles
Bristol: 240 miles
Manchester: 86 miles
Leeds: 81 miles
Edinburgh: 155 miles
Newcastle: 110 miles

There are many ways in which you can travel to the Lake District. With its great public transport, you can journey from many of the major UK cities by train. If you choose to travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.


Learn More About the Region

Cumbria is a part of the Lake District and is a county with a unique and diverse character. It has miles of wonderful scenic coastline, pretty villages and historic towns and is steeped in history with ancient forts, disused mines, historic homes, castles and literary attractions. This is an area that is also exceptionally pet-friendly with many Lakeland cottages and attractions welcoming dogs.

It is also famed for its culinary specialities, including the sticky toffee pudding, Grasmere Gingerbread, the Cumberland sausage and Kendal Mint Cake – the perfect energy boost for hillwalkers!A popular destination for both short breaks and longer holidays, we offer a huge selection of Cumbrian cottages.


FAQ about the Lake District

  • Which part of the Lake District is the best?

Finding the best part of the Lake District to visit will all depend on what you are looking for. Bowness-on-Windermere is definitely the most popular for tourists and day-trippers, however, there are many other great towns to visit such as Keswick, Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston.If you are looking to spend more of your trip to the Lake District adventuring then places like Ullswater, Wasdale and Great Langdale are perfect for their impressive mountains and scenery.

  • Why is the Lake District famous?

The Lake District is famous for its huge lake offering, rugged landscape and dense forests. Many famous artists have come from the Lake District, names such as Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and John Ruskin all created some of their best works here.

  • Is the Lake District expensive?

Being a unique and beautiful spot is what makes the Lake District more expensive than other UK holiday locations. With some of the highest peaks and best hiking trails here, it is a very popular destination for people all over the UK. The prices are higher than some other holiday locations in the UK, but you get to explore a diverse range of terrains and activities in a unique part of the country, which is well worth the price.

  • Which is the prettiest lake in the Lake District?

Derwentwater has been labelled as the most charming lake in the Lake District as it offers impressive fells and is surrounded by outstanding peaks. However, there are many other lakes and hidden waterfalls that are all situated around the Lake District, all of which will take your breath away with their beauty.

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