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Brantwood Jetty, Coniston Water, Lake District
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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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54.371426, -3.074798

The Beech Tree is a very welcoming traditional house located in the village of Coniston (with all its facilities) within the Lake District National park. It sleeps 8 to 16- people  comfortably (giving plenty of room in communal areas) in 10 bedrooms. ( thus allowing for a few rooms to be used as single.). More than 16 people only on request. The house has large attractive gardens and plenty of parking space. The house gives views of all the local mountain scapes and hills.   

Weekly price:
£3280 all year
Short breaks from £580 per night

18  |   10  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.363393, -2.917489

Situated in the most desirable area of Bowness-on-Windermere, less than 200m to Lake Windermere, Richmond House is a newly refurbished 5 Star - Unique Grand Design Style Property. Nominated for Cumbria's most stylish 2 bedroom property, if you're looking for a house that is of the highest quality, compromises on nothing and has a perfect peaceful location yet is within just a few metres of the vibrant village of Bowness. Richmond House truly is an outstanding holiday retreat!

Weekly guide price:
£975 to £2285
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.363393, -2.917489

Situated in the most desirable area of Bowness-on-Windermere, Mayfair House is a newly refurbished 5 Star Luxury Lake View Property. If you're looking for a house that is of the highest quality, offers stunning lake views and a perfect peaceful location yet is within just a few metres of the vibrant village of Bowness......This is it! Less than 200m from the shores of Lake Windermere, the super stylish Mayfair House offers guests everything you would want for a perfect holiday. 

Weekly guide price:
£1030 to £2500
Short breaks from £195 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.176909, -2.831606

For enquires, online bookings and more details please google our Tripadvisor Website   Google - Bayview house Silverdale Tripadvisor

Weekly guide price:
£2400 to £3200
Short breaks from £500 per night

24  |   11  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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, 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  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.589947, -3.155903

Beatrix Potter adored The Lingholm Estate so much that she holidayed at the lakefront property ten times, taking inspiration from the gardens to create some of her most beloved characters. You'll love Rosetrees, a spacious Victorian house with incredible views of Derwentwater and space for 12 people to sleep in six ensuite bedrooms. Families and friends have all they could wish for, including a games room and a well positioned patio with a brick built bbq and lake views. Stroll through the private estate grounds to the jetty, adventure playground or head north for half an hour to reach the popular lakeland town of Keswick. 

Weekly guide price:
£3160 to £4900
Short breaks from £679 per night

12  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Monday

54.459550, -3.021950

Grasmere is arguably the loveliest village in the Lake District, which is saying something in a place so beautiful it's protected as a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rowan at Grasmere is a luxurious self-catering holiday home sleeping six people in three ensuite bedrooms with landscaped gardens and stunning views. You can walk to shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and other amenities and access fantastic footpaths and cycling routes from the door. William Wordsworth immortalised his love for Grasmere in his writing, calling it "...the loveliest spot that man hath ever found." We think you'll agree that Rowan and Grasmere are a joy.

Weekly guide price:
£1300 to £2600

6  |   3  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.429509, -2.962654

Hidden down a quiet track, Clover Cottage is a secret holiday cottage in Ambleside with a private garden and parking. This one-bedroom property is ideal for couples or individuals, including those with a dog, and is very well-equipped for a self-catering Lake District holiday. It's so wonderfully peaceful that you'll hardly believe you're within strolling distance of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and other amenities. Ambleside is on the northern shore of Windermere with easy access to spectacular walks, fantastic cycling routes, and the sights and attractions that bring millions of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site every year. 

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1200
Short breaks from £105 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.378592, -2.937348

A holiday home in the heart of Windermere (the village, not the lake!) will make your self-catering break in the Lake District even more special. Rose Cottage has recently been refurbished from top to bottom, sleeping four people in two bedrooms with lots of luxuries like a superking bed with an integrated TV in the master bedroom. It comes with storage for your SUP or kayak, and a permit for street parking. Shops, bars, cafes and attractions are just steps away, as is the scenic shore of England's biggest lake, Winderemere. 

Weekly guide price:
£675 to £1530

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.385277, -2.916827

Luxuriate in elegant surroundings with stunning views in this Windermere lakeside holiday home. North Highfield was built as a gentleman's residence and boasts beautiful Victorian details with modern comforts. It sleeps 12 people in six well-appointed bedrooms, with four reception rooms, five bathrooms, and extensive grounds. It's a fantastic location for your next family reunion or get together with friends. Windermere village and Bowness-on-Windermere are both within easy reach, as are places like Scafell Pike and Orrest Head. 

Weekly guide price:
£1700 to £4200
Short breaks from £570 per night

12  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.532963, -2.338583

Chapel Cottage is a wonderful holiday home in a beautiful location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines and within easy reach of the Lake District. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is furnished to a very high standard to be welcoming for families and friends, including those with children and dogs. Winton Common and the village pub are 100 metres from the door, with more amenities just over a mile away in the market town of Kirkby Stephen. It's a fantastic area for walking, cycling and mountain biking, with lots of sights and attractions to enjoy all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £1370
Short breaks from £132 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.229189, -2.941549

Your comfort is at the forefront of every decorating decision in this gorgeous Lake District holiday home. Brambly Hedge is a fantastic cottage with space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms, rolling views over fields and countryside, and a quiet location that's close to Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands and Windermere. It's ideal for families and friends who enjoy exploring and being active, yet who love their own space and having a quiet retreat where they can relax in privacy. Facilities include a log burner, an HD Smart TV in every bedroom, and bike wash and storage. 

Weekly guide price:
£756 to £1700
Short breaks from £160 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.602044, -2.709302

Daisypop Cottage is a comfortable Cumbrian holiday cottage for families who want to explore not only the Lake District but who also want access to the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales. It's only a stone's throw from the National Park border, 15 minutes from Ullswater and Penrith, and half an hour from Keswick and Derwentwater. The cottage is in the peaceful village of Hackthorpe, within walking distance of the Lowther Castle Estate and Lowther Castle Inn. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is dog-friendly, with bookings available all year round.  

Weekly guide price:
£780 to £1095
Short breaks from £90 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.475209, -2.349336

Stable Cottage is a pretty 17th century detached holiday cottage in the heart of the market town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. With the town centre just a short stroll away you have everything on your doorstep including shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants and cafes. Sandwiched between the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two National Parks, walkers, cyclists and adventure seekers will be spoilt for choice with the huge number of things to do. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms Stable Cottage is the perfect self-catering retreat for families, friends or even couples looking to explore this magical part of the country. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£665 to £1000
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.145018, -2.767862

Warton is the Clarke Kent of holiday locations. On the surface, it's a seemingly normal village with excellent pubs, cafes and shops, but its location makes it a holiday superhero. Within an easy drive, you can be strolling around the coast of Morecambe Bay, sailing on Windermere, hiking through the fells or climbing a mountain. The Stables is a delightful stone holiday cottage on a quiet street in the village, a short walk from all the action with a walled courtyard garden and space to sleep six people in three bedrooms (plus one additional person on a sofabed in the sunroom). Families, couples and friends love it here because it's relaxed without being boring, with lots to see and do throughout the year.

Weekly guide price:
£560 to £900
Short breaks from £140 per night

6+1  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.683263, -3.194855

Rivendell is a family-friendly holiday cottage in the Lake District village of Bassenthwaite, sleeping six people in three bedrooms. The recently renovated farmhouse is close to Bassenthwaite Lake and the Skiddaw range with lots of indoor and outdoor space. Guests enjoy a wide variety of activities that include fell walking and mountain biking and easy access to places like Keswick, Penrith, Ullswater and Windermere. A holiday in the Lakes can be as relaxing or adventurous as your heart desires, yet it will always leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1200
Short breaks from £300 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.166923, -2.818840

Tucked away on the outskirts of Silverdale, this Cumbrian cottage is ideally located for walking and cycling not only through the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also the Forest of Bowland AONB and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park. If that's not enough space for you, Morecambe Bay is only a few miles away, giving you the potential to alternate days at the seaside with fell walking, climbing mountains and exploring charming towns and villages with the odd stately home thrown in for good measure. Virginia Cottage is a beautiful Victorian cottage in a quiet location. Its spacious master bedroom is ideal for couples, while the second bedroom can accommodate a third adult, teenager, or older child.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £640

3  |   2  |   3+  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.742659, -3.186574

Stay within sight of the Lakeland Fells and within easy reach of the beautiful Cumbrian coast at this charming Victorian cottage in Ireby, within walking distance of the village pub with footpaths and cycling routes from the door. The holiday cottage, which sleeps up to three people in two bedrooms and is ideal for a couple or a small family, is in the grounds of Woodlands Country House, where nothing but birdsong will disturb the peace and quiet. Bassenthwaite Lake is less than five miles away, and the Solway Coast AONB, Cockermouth and Keswick are all within a half hour's drive.

Weekly guide price:
£580 to £680

3  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.402069, -2.426551

The versatile layout at Street Farm makes it ideal for large groups, giving guests the option of spending time socialising and celebrating together or relaxing on their own. Five luxurious properties sleep between two and thirty people, and there is also a spa suite with hot tub. The farm sits within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a 10-minute stroll through meadows to the Fat Lamb Inn and just over half an hour's drive to the Lake District National Park. With fantastic opportunities for outdoor adventure on the doorstep and a luxurious setting, Street Farm is the perfect venue if you are looking to celebrate and have fun away with friends or family.

Weekly guide price:
£1995 to £4990
Short breaks from £500 per night

29  |   11  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.410737, -2.397135

Stoneheights is just perfect for couples but can also accommodate small families with a king-size bedroom plus single fold-up bed. Enjoying an idyllic position nestling amongst the glorious countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the cottage is one of a collection of five and just perfect for those who enjoy outdoor adventure with endless opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. The Lake District National Park is only half an hour away by car and The Fat Lamb Inn is a ten minute stroll away through the meadows. Plenty of attractions, beautiful scenery and an abundance of fresh air await!

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £895
Short breaks from £75 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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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