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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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54.368032, -3.077685

Tarn Hows is one of two delightful holiday apartments furnished in a traditional cottage-style, each with its own secluded garden patio, ideally located in a quiet spot on the edge of Coniston. Just a short walk from the shops and inns in the village centre, and only a 5 minute walk to the lake, Tarn Hows is an ideal centre for walking and touring the stunning Lakeland countryside. Tourist board rating: 4 Star AA

Weekly guide price:
£470 to £780
Short breaks from £350 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star AA

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: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

The Loft

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 18th Mar 2024 for 4 nights, £300Save £20"Great value for midweek break in a cosy apartment overlooking Lake Windermere. Further discount available for couples - just ask"
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

54.352415, -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

54.560445, -2.716165

Fieldgate Farmstead is perfect for big groups. Whether you're hosting a family reunion, accommodating guests or a wedding party, or planning to celebrate a milestone event, the late Georgian farmhouse and beautifully converted barn in Bampton near Shap is an ideal destination. There is space for 30 people to sleep in 15 stylish bedrooms, each with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. The northern Lakeland fells are a favourite for walking and mountain biking. You're close to the River Lowther for fly fishing, and to Penrith, Carlisle, Ullswater, and the Scottish border for sightseeing. The farmhouse can be booked on its own for smaller groups of up to 16 people. 

Weekly guide price:
£665 to £9995
Short breaks from £598 per night

up to  |   15  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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

Westward House

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 4th Mar 2024 for 4 nights, £995"Winter mid-week break. 5 star luxury lakeside house, open fire & welcome pack. Fabulous east shore location, stunning views & extensive gardens - yet close to Bowness! Weekends & weeks also available."
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

54.707405, -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

54.377396, -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:
£450 to £1750
Short breaks from £450 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

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

54.364926, -2.919961

Quarry House is a stylish self-catering holiday home in the Lake District town of Bowness-on-Windermere. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms. Accommodation is over three levels with a layout that suits families, extended families, and friends. You're a stone's throw from shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and a short stroll from ferries, boat hire, and the beautiful water of Windermere. Beauty spots like Orrest Head are walkable from the cottage, and with popular attractions no more than a few miles away, it's straightforward to plan a fun-filled Lake District holiday in any season. 

Weekly guide price:
£819 to £1870

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.365438, -2.918867

Stay in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere in this first-floor apartment. You don't have to be a fan of Peter Rabbit to appreciate its location above The World of Beatrix Potter, as it's wonderfully convenient for cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and only a short walk from the water, ferry and boat hire. The two-bedroom holiday home sleeps four people and is ideal for a self-catering break with your partner, family or friends. It's beautifully decorated in a fresh, modern style with comfortable furnishings and open-plan living. There's off-street parking for one car, a massive bonus in the busy summer season. Bookings, including extended stays, are available all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1100
Short breaks from £124 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.364926, -2.919961

When it comes to a self-catering holiday in the Lake District, it's hard to beat Bowness-on-Windermere as a place to stay. The pretty lakeside town has an array of terrific amenities and gorgeous walks to places like Orrest Head and Brant Fell. It is close to Scafell Pike, High Top, Grizedale Forest and other favourite Lakes attractions. Bank Chambers is a beautifully furnished holiday home with a private roof terrace and space to sleep six people in three bedrooms with three bathrooms. Its layout and location are ideal for families or friends. Holiday bookings are available all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£1300 to £2600
Short breaks from £347 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.636830, -2.891879

4 Mell Fell View is a beautiful holiday cottage with fantastic views of Little Mell Fell, Great Mell Fell and Helton Fell that surround Lake Ullswater. The owners have carefully restored the 17th Century property to provide very comfortable accommodation for four people with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is in the quiet Lake District village of Penruddock, close to Ullswater, Keswick and Penrith and within walking distance of the excellent Herdwick Inn. The cottage is dog-friendly and available all year round, providing a lovely holiday home for families, friends and couples. 

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £995
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.221655, -2.796749

Waterside Retreat is a welcoming holiday cottage with views over Morecambe Bay to the mountains of the Lake District. It is in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within easy reach of the southern shore of Windermere, the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The property sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is ideal for couples or families, being just across the road from the water and enjoying spectacular views. The owners have recently refurbished the cottage, decorating it with a subtle nautical theme to suit the environment. 

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £805
Short breaks from £130 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.448002, -2.559886

Large Cumbrian Holiday Cottage sleeps 16 guests (or 20 using sofa beds), this 1794 grade 2 listed self-catering retreat is just perfect for large groups for milestone events, birthdays or anniversary celebrations & get togethers and is located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park  and alongside the Lake District National Park with easy access to the attractions of both . Full of country charm, Fawcett Mill beautifully combines fabulous original features such as a old style range and log burner & open fires, wooden beams, & 4 poster beds  with modern comforts including a sauna, seven bedrooms and internet access ensuring the whole party can relax in comfort. In a picturesque setting with water fall and a stream running through the grounds, this welcoming holiday rental for large groups is just perfect for celebrating milestone birthday, anniversaries, family events & for walking , cycling, relaxing and catching up with friends and family.

Weekly guide price:
£2295 to £2795
Short breaks from £600 per night

16+4  |   7  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.422712, -2.986026

1 Brathay Fell is an opulent, ground floor apartment that offers magnificent accommodation and bids the perfect abode for your time in The Lake District. Nestled at the foot of Loughrigg Fell and with views from the apartment towards the northern end of our best-known lake, Windermere, 1 Brathay Fell is ideal.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.384983, -3.000479

Rose Barn is an immaculately appointed barn conversion sleeping 6, providing modern day accommodation less than 1 mile from Hawkshead village, and even closer to the quaint hamlet of Outgate.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £1200
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.308375, -3.094570

With private lake access and an abundance of character, this charming Lakeland cottage is the perfect base to explore some of The Lake District hidden gems. Ideal for those who love an adventure!

Weekly guide price:
£570 to £900
Short breaks from £106 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   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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