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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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54.352415, -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:
£420 to £660

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

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:
£530 to £735

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.515448, -3.154759

Longthwaite Farmhouse, is a Grade II listed traditional seventeenth century farmhouse at the head of the Borrowdale.  The house’s unique location makes it a perfect base for walkers and climbers as it offers immediate access by foot to the best loved Lakeland peaks, Scafell, Great Gable, the Langdale Pikes and Buttermere Fells. Great on and off road cycling routes and access to both rowing & sailing on nearby Derwentwater ensures that there is something for everyone. Its riverside location offers endless paddling and dam-building opportunities for children (and adults) and many species of birds to spot. 

Weekly guide price:
£800 to £1050
Short breaks from £250 per night

9  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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 £1249
Short breaks from £185 per night

6  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.707405, -2.934883

Meadow View is positioned in a tranquil setting on the edge of the National Park, between Keswick and Penrith, within a small group of similar lodges. It is four miles from the village of Greystoke, with a traditional country pub and shop. This very comfortable Scandinavian style lodge, with a wood burning stove, has floor-to-ceiling windows providing extensive open views over the countryside with Blencathra in the distance. It is a haven for wildlife, including red squirrels, rabbits and many species of birds. 

Weekly guide price:
£756 to £882
Short breaks from £120 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.736713, -3.374740

Made just for two, this dog-friendly self-catering cottages offers all the right ingredients to relax and unwind. Lovely walks by day with the use of a hot tub to bubble your aches away afterwards. A great base for exploring the tranquil beautiful Ellen Vale sandwiched between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast, as well as the many attractions of the nearby Lake District. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£371 to £497
Short breaks from £115 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.736713, -3.374740

Tailor-made for two, Parlour Cottage is a romantic retreat in the peaceful Ellen Vale between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast in Cumbria. Within easy driving distance of the Lake District National Park, there are an abundance of great days out for couples as well as lovely walks on the doorstep. Sit back in the hot tub and enjoy the peace, tranquility and bird song! Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£322 to £434
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.736713, -3.374740

A Tailor-made romantic holiday retreat for two in the peaceful Ellen Vale, in Cumbria, between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast and within easy distance of the Lakes. With the use of a hot tub, couples are sure to get lots of relaxation on holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £462
Short breaks from £110 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.418516, -3.433459

No.2 Roseville - If you would like a cosy and homely stay in the Western Lakes, look no further. No.2 Roseville is a Victorian terraced cottage in the lovely village of Gosforth in the Lake District National Park, close to the beautiful valleys of Eskdale and Wasdale, home to England's highest mountain Scafell Pike, and the amazing, unspoilt beaches of the western coastline. Offering accommodation for up to four guests in a double and a twin room, plus additional infant. It’s a great base for couples, friends and families. I work hard to meet guest needs and make each trip a special one.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £790
Short breaks from £99 per night

4 +1  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Granton Lodge

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 29th Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £1295Save £400"Late availability - now reduced! Luxury detached Lakeland cottage. Excellent, 99% reviews. Tranquil location yet close to Bowness, great lake views, welcome pack. Dogs invited."
54.341939, -2.933047

Exceptional both inside and out, this stylish well presented lodge sits in one of the most enviable positions in the Lake District with lovely views over Lake Windermere. Enjoy an alfresco meal on the terrace watching the sun set over the lake by night, and by day discover the many attractions of nearby Bowness and Windermere.

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £1995

4  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.341939, -2.933047

This fabulous holiday home, with its own private jetty, affords an exceptional position overlooking Lake Windermere in the very heart of the Lake District National Park. Enjoying a truly magical setting overlooking Lake Windermere, this exceptional holiday home offers guests the chance to enjoy an abundance of attractions, superb lakeland walks and plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind. Just a short drive from Bowness with excellent amenities close to hand and perfect for boaters with its own private jetty for mooring (you can launch just half a mile away).

Weekly guide price:
£1750 to £2835

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

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

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 £1300

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.389221, -2.429981

A comfortable cosy holiday cottage in a lovely rural location within Cumbria & the Yorkshire Dales National Park near the unspoilt village of Ravenstonedale. Conveniently located for exploring the many attractions of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, ideal for walkers and bird watching. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£399 to £760

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

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 £50 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.329070, -3.399572

Eskmeals House is an impressive country holiday home in the Lake District national park, sleeping large groups of up to twenty one guests in nine bedrooms. Plenty of space inside and out with seven acres of grounds, and an ideal base for exploring Cumbria's lovely coastline and the whole of the lake district

Weekly guide price:
£1400 to £2600
Short breaks from £400 per night

21  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.410264, -2.934713

Beautifully presented, this delightful detached holiday home with log burner enjoys an enviable position in the popular Lakeland town of Windermere. Fantastic location for a luxury break with a country house hotel serving fine food just a two minute stroll away. Whether you want to relax, walk or explore the national park and its many attractions, this is an ideal retreat. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£690 to £2190

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.433633, -2.962954

A traditional Lakeland cottage ideally placed in the village of Ambleside near Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District National Park. With a host of attractions within easy reach and superb opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts on the doorstep, this is an ideal retreat for active people or those who want to explore the national park and Cumbria.

Weekly guide price:
£270 to £620
Short breaks from £54 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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:
£525 to £650

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.298752, -3.095666

Chester's Lodge is a stunning contemporary holiday home in a wonderful location. With space for eight guests in four bedrooms, it enjoys an enviable location just 300 metres from the southern shore of Lake Coniston, surrounded by six acres of private land. It's a fantastic place to get away from it all with family or friends yet is close enough to places like Hawkshead, Ambleside and Ulverston, so you don't feel too remote from attractions and amenities. Spend your days exploring the Lake District National Park, walking and cycling around lakes and mountains, admiring stately homes and charming towns and villages, and your nights sitting around the outdoor fire pit with a glass of local beer while you count the stars, or relaxing in the luxurious living room where your every comfort is catered for.

Weekly guide price:
£875 to £1950

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Holiday Cottages in the Lake District

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.

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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