This intriguing rural character property is a former Lakeland chapel; a stunning blend of olde worlde character and 21st century chic. Only a 10 minute drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere, The Old Chapel enjoys a blissful countryside setting; only a stroll from an excellent country pub yet in complete seclusion at the foot of a gated road.
Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located cottage has been stunningly refurbished to provide a truly contemporary Lakeland retreat. Tucked away in a peaceful backwater, close to both Windermere and Bowness villages and the shores of the lake.
If you're looking for that dream romantic holiday cottage in the Lake District, you'll search long and hard to find a more perfect place than Gingerbread Cottage. Full of character, luxuriously presented and boasting an enviable location; tucked down a peaceful lane just minutes from quaint cobbled streets, charming tea rooms and cosy country pubs in Hawkshead village.
This pretty romantic Lakeland cottage would look good on any chocolate box with lovely outlook over rolling countryside in the picturesque rural hamlet of Crook, a few miles from the tourist centre of Bowness and Lake Windermere. Take refreshing or bracing walks starting straight from your door, pop into the very nearby Sun Inn for a drink or make the most of the beautiful location by walking through to Staveley to visit The Hawkshead Brewery and Wilf's Cafe.
Premier Self-Catering Holiday Cottages in the Lake District
So, you want to stroll alongside a lake, scale a mountain, soak up some culture or curl up by a roaring fire in one of our Lake District cottages surrounded by stunning and picturesque world-famous views? Whatever the reason for your visit, you’ll make amazing memories while staying in one of our fine, hand-picked Lake District holiday cottages.
Lakelovers have cottages that are scattered throughout the breathtaking Lake District National Park and are surrounded by stunning, picturesque world-famous views. Whatever the reason for your visit, you will be sure to leave with plenty of amazing memories after spending time in one of our fine, hand-picked Lakeland cottages. Not only that, the experience you have will be one that you will want to repeat time and again.
What do you fancy? Being in a remote location, tucked away at the foot of a fell soaking up peace, quiet and harmony; residing lakeside for serenity or within easy striking distance of a bustling town. Whatever it is, your dream getaway in one of our Lake District cottages awaits.
We are the oldest and most prestigious holiday letting agency in the area with more than 460 beautiful cottages in the most sought after locations from Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick, to Ullswater – just to name a few!
Your stay is going to be unique, stylish and in a superb setting. Choose to step back in time with one of our charming, traditional or period cottages and you will find features such as oak beamed ceilings and open fires. These cosy spaces are unique and you cannot help but we swept away by their charm. Enjoy a bottle of wine on your terrace or cosy up by a log burner and let yourself be whisked away with the warming aroma and crackles of the locally sourced firewood.
If, however, you prefer an experience that is altogether a little more contemporary, then you need look no further. Many of our Luxury Lakeland Cottages are either properties that have been built recently or beautifully renovated cottages to give you a super chic experience that encompasses all that twenty first century living has to offer. Enjoy a luxury boat house on the tranquil shores of a lake, with stylish kitchens that combine smart design and cutting edge technology with grace and panache. Relax in spaces that have been luxuriously crafted to make you feel at home and more. Properties that are home to stylishly selected furniture, are adorned with bespoke pieces of artwork, wrapped in sumptuous and comfortable furnishings and soothingly lit to melt away any worries or stress. If you’re looking to share your holiday with your pooch, you can, as we have over 175 Dog Friendly Cottages
A self-catering cottage is the ideal way for large groups to celebrate in style and comfort. Lakelovers have a superb range of large and impressive Lake District cottages, perfect for entertaining or getting together with family and friends. In these properties, enjoying a break away with a large group is easy and you can also enjoy the same luxurious standards of smaller properties. From ample parking and acres of private land, fun outdoor hot tubs, BBQs and al fresco dining, to spacious socialising spaces, games and boot rooms, grand kitchens, multiple lounges and plenty of toilets! With our unique large properties, you can relax with good friends, make family reunions smooth and memorable for the right reasons or celebrate in style. Our large cottages come in a variety of styles, from traditional stone farms to modern architect designed properties, so you are sure to find the one to suit you and your group. Just don’t forget your camera to capture treasured memories.
As the oldest self-catering letting agency in the region, creating dream Lake District getaways are what we do best. So for those extra special moments, maybe an important birthday, an anniversary or another precious milestone in your life journey, then you will get the very best with one of our luxury cottages. This collection of self-catering holiday cottages in the Lake District really is beyond compare and if you can’t find it here, then you won’t find it anywhere. What you will find in our luxury collection are properties of all shapes and sizes and in locations across the Lake District, but what our unique and truly spectacular properties do have in common is their pedigree. Lakelovers have the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold Award properties in the Lake District and all of our properties are 3-5 star rated. Combined with our experience, providing quality self-catering holidays in the Lake District for over 39 years, you’re guaranteed the very best of self-catering with Lakelovers holiday cottages in the Lakes.
The Lake District is a national treasure and area of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. With some of the highest peaks in the UK, 16 lakes, over 70 miles of coastline and a vast network of valleys and unique landscape, for many the Lake District is a place to get back to nature. Our log cabins and eco barn conversions offer a chance to do just that. Find yourself settling down to an evening meal with deer for neighbours or looking out onto classic Lake District farmland. Simply bliss!
Pets stay free with Lakelovers! With such superb locations, a Lakelovers cottage puts you at the foot of some of the very best walks in the UK. ‘Walkies’ for your four-legged family member back home won’t be the same as a splash in Ullswater or a hike up Coniston Old Man. The Lake District really is pet friendly territory where the warm welcome that Cumbria is so famous for extends to the dog community too, with local watering holes serving up treats and water to well-walked dogs before their owners enjoy a refreshing local ale.
The English Lake District has so much to offer and so do we. Self-catering with our Lakeland cottages isn’t just a do-it-yourself holiday, you are welcomed with hampers, get special priority tickets to top attractions, private dining, at-home spa treatments…and more with total privacy and the assurance of the best customer service from the moment you book to the minute you are back in your car busily chatting about your next visit.
Of course, many people book cottage holidays in the Lake district as the perfect way to enjoy a romantic getaway, just you and that extra special person that you share your life and your heart with. In this instance, somewhere that gives you privacy, intimacy and a place that makes you feel special is required. Finding the perfect place for spending time with your other half couldn’t be easier, Lakelovers have handpicked a selection of romantic cottages in awe-inspiring locations that are simply irresistible.
The Lake District is famous for its fells and mountains and has been put on the map by outdoor adventurers like Alfred Wainwright. Head to Great Langdale if you are a seasoned rock climber looking for a new challenge or wanting to revisit a former glory; Grasmere for charming woodland wonders; Keswick for a quiet walk where you may be lucky enough to have a ridge to yourself; and Ambleside for classic Lake District hiking.
Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in and around the beautiful Lake District. Whilst staying in one of our holiday properties, why not get ‘out and about’ and experience some of the many sights or activities on offer. To get you started, why not take a look at our local area guide? This allows you to get a much better look at what is going on in each location.
If it’s the picture postcard villages you’re after, many of our homes in places such as Grasmere, Cartmel or Coniston, will tick that box. If you want to stay amongst the buzz of boutique towns, such as Bowness-on-Windermere, with great gastro eateries and enough shopping to satisfy even the most ardent of shoppers, we’ve plenty of places for you too.
But, if it’s culture that you’re craving, we have holiday cottages to put you right at the heart of the Lake District’s famous history – perhaps Beatrix Potter’s orchard, the home of author Arthur Ransome or a stones-throw from William Wordsworth’s former home? Sounds good doesn’t it? Why not book today for a wonderful stay you’ll never forget.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two, a family holiday, or a group break away for up to 20 – your stay will be stress-free in one of our Lake District cottages because they are all VisitEngland graded and we only accept 3 stars or higher into our collection.
Lake District accommodation and culture is revered worldwide. From Michelin restaurants and award-winning local produce, adrenaline-fuelled adventures like river kayaking, gorge scrambling and tree top nets, to international art and music festivals. The Lakes is also home to some of the oldest landscape in Europe, inspiring world-famous writers and artists for centuries. Book a holiday with Lakelovers and make the Lake District a holiday home from home.
Self-catering with Lakelovers gives you the comfort, privacy and flexibility of home with hotel luxuries. For a walking holiday, a celebration or a relaxing break, having your very own slice of the Lake District will recharge batteries, unleash the inner-explorer and wash away stresses. And getting the very best from a break in the Lake District is simple, no stress, no fuss, just leave it to us, just leave it to Lakelovers.
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You can’t talk about Coniston Water or visit it without thinking about legendary speed ace Donald Campbell. And, next month marks the anniversary of his death attempting a World Speed Record in the Lake District. The world-renowned ace was killed instantly on January 4, 1967, in a spectacular crash. He was attempting to beat his […]
Be it walking, indulgent spa time, mountain biking or sharing a bottle of wine, we may have different thoughts on what we do to relax on holiday, but we all know that feeling when you can let go and truly relax. Sink into a deep bathtub; catch the mist rising on an early morning dog walk; gulp in fresh air as you head up a summit; feel alive on horseback with a coastal breeze on your back; or let the evening get away from you as you catch up with friends. And that is what we do best here at Lakelovers holidays in the North Lakes - we relax.
A Cottage Holiday in the North Lakes
Our Keswick and surrounding area properties are a home from home, with oodles of luxurious extras, like hot tubs and en-suites, saunas and Aga’s.
On holiday in the North Lakes, the local pub, village shop and town centre stores become your local community. The majestic landscape, farming way of life and clear night skies become daily pleasures that you never tire of. In fact, you feel you could just stay forever. And this is the effect that the North Lake District has been having on holidaymakers since visitors first began to explore this wonderful landscape.
With the best collection of lakes, six in total, many of the highest peaks, including Skiddaw and Helvellyn, and surprising tranquillity, the Northern Lakes has been attracting wealthy and high-heeled visitors since the 18th Century. And many successful industrialists of the past fell in love and planted roots here, using the North Lake District as their luxury country retreat to wash away the grind of ever-growing city life.
In fact, the market town of Keswick, which is at the heart of the Northern Lake District, has been leading the vanguard for UK tourism for more than 150 years and was the Lake District’s first ‘resort for gentry visiting the great romantic lakes and mountains’.
Whilst today we don’t have the physical grime of the industrial revolution to escape from, the pace of life up in the Northern Lake District valleys is distinctly slower from other parts of England’s most-loved National Park. Time doesn’t quite stand still but it feels as though it almost does, especially for holidaymakers, which is just as good.
North Lake District Holiday Treats
So, if time were to stand still what would you be doing? Well, we’re pretty sure that a stay in our North Lakes holiday cottages will have the right ingredients . . . let’s take a look at some of the escapist delights on offer in Keswick and the surrounding area.
From post World War II travelling theatre, made up of a convoy of dressing room wagons, to today’s famous theatre, the much talked about Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is a destination itself, drawing a regular stream of culture lovers from around the UK all year round.
Be whisked away to another time, and as its namesake alludes, enjoy some of the UK’s very best theatre, from comedy and drama to festive treats, in a stunning theatre on the shores of Derwentwater. Whilst we are sure that the performances will have you feeling lost in high drama stories and fantastical stage design, we know how important location is and this theatre has to bag one of the best settings in the UK. Indeed, The Independent hails it as "the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain".
So why not make a night of it and perhaps enjoy a relaxing pre-theatre dinner in one of the many mouth-watering Keswick restaurants, such as Morrels. This is a very grown-up Mediterranean restaurant for a grown-up night out. And of course, a sophisticated evening should not end there. After some post-theatre drinks or a stroll along Derwentwater, just imagine heading back to one of our Keswick luxury cottages where the delights continue.
For some, simply being away from the humdrum of daily life is enough to give us some extra get up and go. With no jobs awaiting you, get up with the sun and watch it rise atop of Catbells or have a picnic breakfast with some herdies at the site of Skiddaw’s old ‘tea hut’. The sixth-highest in England, Skiddaw can be one of the coldest peaks in the Lake District and is steep from the get go. Go prepared for changeable weather and with lots of spirit and you’ll be rewarded with some of the very best views of the Lake District that you only get from atop the blue-grey slate of this 500 million year old rock, the oldest in the park.
Whilst the South Lake District has attractions galore, from the World of Beatrix Potter and Lakes Aquarium to Windermere Lakes Cruises and Muncaster Castle, the night skies of the quiet and remote North Lake District puts on a magical display like no other. The vastness of the dark sky and sheer number of stars never ceases to impress. Life on the Northern Lakes are much quieter than the busier Southern waters and the still reflections are magical.
Has your pet pooch long had dreams of life on a cat, or should we say dog, walk? How about ideas above their station where they expect to be served in the local pub before their owners, or demand to be treated like top dog with a personalised coat fitting service.
Where else, other than the North Lake District, will you find a dog fashion show and pet store offering a coat fitting service, where they will even offer private out of hours service, landlords who will make sure a thirsty pooch has a treat and bowl of water before their owner can decide between a pint of Cumberland or Hawkshead Gold and the award for the most Dog Friendly town. Keswick, where almost all eateries and shops, pubs and cafes, welcome dogs, proudly holds this title. And set amidst a landscape of endless walks and water fun, this really is pooch paradise.
So, plan that walk, book a spa treatment or get your mountain bike ready. A perfect cottage holiday in the North Lake District awaits you. From foodie heaven and outdoor paradise, warm welcome and home from home luxury cottages, Keswick and the North Lakes has it all.
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Self catering Lake District holidays and short breaks with Lakelovers are the best way to see the Lake District. Why? Because our holiday cottages in Cumbria are in the best locations whether you want to do some sightseeing or get your foot on the beautiful fells. Without a doubt the Lake District, with its lush […]