Lake District Holiday Cottages

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Foxdene Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously refurbished 17th century cottage takes a sublime rural setting; nestled down a leafy lane, backing onto woodland glade and gazing out over the lush Lyth Valley. Wonderful walking and cycling begins on the doorstep, and at the end of a long day you'll choose from two excellent country pubs close by.

Available For£485on Tuesday
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Holme Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi

Contemporary style and Lakeland character are perfectly combined in this traditional Ambleside cottage. Holme Cottage is a treat for a couple or small family, and a romantic choice for a honeymoon in the Lake District. It nestles in a peaceful spot just a stroll away from Ambleside village centre and the shores of Lake Windermere.

Available For£365on Tuesday
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Croft Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Travelling south of Bowness on Windermere you reach the highly desirable residential area of Storrs Park which includes some of the Lake District's most prestigious properties and so Croft Cottage finds itself in very good company! It is located across the road from Broad Leys, the now head quarters of Windermere Motor Boat Club and was the original butler's residence for the big house when it was privately owned.

Available For£695on Monday
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Birkwray Barn Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously eclectic detached Lakeland barn conversion occupies a sublime setting within gorgeous countryside between Ambleside and Hawkshead, set in beautiful gardens commanding simply breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic views as far as the eye can see... For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries.

Available For£899on Tuesday

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Lake District Cottages

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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Why Holiday in the Lake District? By Lakelovers

Number one on most people’s list of reasons to book self-catering breaks in the Lake District would be to spend time outdoors, amongst beautiful countryside that makes your heart sing. This reason is the backbone of why most people visit the Lakes, but the human body has 206 bones and being outdoors, albeit top of the list, is followed by many more reasons to visit the beautiful 2,362 km² National Park, and each and every one is just as important as the one preceding it.

So, explore the land at will, but then sample all the others tastes that the Lake District has to offer too.

Wonderful Walking
There are Lake District walks to suit bodies and wills of all types; the young, the old, the super fit, the not so fit and let’s not forget the dog walkers. Renting a self-catering cottage in the stunning Lakes National Park gives you the freedom to come and go as you please and therefore set your own adventure agenda. From cosy boltholes to impressive barn conversions, Lakelovers Cumbrian self-catering cottages are in the best walking locations, whether it is for hitting the fells every day or a family romp along a lake shore.

If you’ve never walked a fell in the Lake District before, you’ll not forget walking up your first one, as the views from the summit, even on easier walks such as Orrest Head, in Windermere, are unrivalled and each fell gives its own unique perspective over the landscape.

Here is a selection of walks for you to consider:

Aira Force, Ullswater - The Aira Force walk, in Ullswater, is a short meander that will certainly get the leg muscles going but has plenty of interest along the way so you can take as long as you like. Once at the top, you’re greeted by a spectacular waterfall where you can spend a little time gazing in awe at its power and beauty.

Helvelyn, Ullswater - An exhilarating ridge walk that will leave you hungry for some good pub grub and for more adventure.

Stickle Ghyll, Langdale - Track the running water all the way from the start point at the New Dungeon Ghyll pub in Great Langdale to its summit where Stickle Tarn awaits.

Tarn Hows, Coniston - Pack a picnic and head to Tarn Hows for a relaxing stomp which is accessible for all the family, including prams and mobility scooters.

Puff-Free Outdoors
If walking is not for you, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fresh air without having to get out of puff yourself.

Lakelovers Holiday Cottages in Cumbria and the Lakes are handpicked for their accessibility to some of the top attractions across the National Park.

Head onto England’s largest lake with Windermere Lakes Cruises, include a stop at Brockhole Visitor Centre for GoApe and a superb outdoor adventure playground or a gentle stroll around the gardens. Alternatively, head for some outdoor gear retail therapy in Ambleside, north of Windermere and then onto Wray Castle, which is a great family and wet day attraction. During the Summer months hop off the cruise at Lakeside and step back in time aboard The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway steam train.

For water lovers, join the legacy of the record breaking Bluebird K7 hydroplane at Coniston Boating Centre, where there’s a range of more approachable boats for hire. The motor boat is particularly fun and a great way to enjoy the scenery at your own pace and agenda. Or where better to test your sailing skills than on the lake where author of Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome, learnt his tacking from his jibing.

Hit the Lakes’ trails on a bike and cover lots of ground in a day. With over 200 peaks, the Lake District is a mountain biker’s paradise. If it’s not just the thrill of a hair-rising downhill decent that you’re looking for, exploring the Lakes on bike is a environmentally great way to see a lot in a day. Plus, many of the routes have superb country pubs along the way to refuel a thirsty rider! The Lakes is home to England’s only true Mountain Forest, Whinlatter Forest, and has some of the most popular trails in the country too.

Whilst the wilds of Scafell Pike or seclusion of the Langdale Valley are what many look for when heading to the Lake District, there’s some examples of the finest manicured gardens in the UK on offer too. Holker Hall, Levens Halls, Sizergh Castle, Brantwood House, Holehird Gardens and Lowther Castle are some of the superb home and grounds where you can enjoy some of the very best gardens designed for and by the rich and gentry who made the Lake District their own private haven.

Wining and Dining
Couples, walkers, families and pet owners are being wooed by Cumbria’s self-catering cottages. The Lake District is in particular the place to take loved ones for a special occasion. Cumbria has become quite the foodie mecca with the trend for source to plate cuisine and rise of eating sustainably. Many of today’s food trends are quite organic to the Cumbrian way of life. As a farming region Cumbrian’s have been eating nose to tail, seasonally and ‘foraging’ for some time.

We’re not sure the ‘healthy’ food trend has made it to Cumbria yet, however, as most hikes or cycle trails end with a pint, or several, of a local ale rather than a kale smoothie!

Because Cumbria is a farming region and is home to one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, the Lake District National Park, farmers have become ‘local producer extraordinaire’ and are serving up some of the finest products around. From Morecambe Bay shrimps, the world-famous Herdwick Lamb and Cumberland Sausage to Mr Vikki's sweet and spicy chilli jam and Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, there’s so many award-winning and globally recognised products to sample. So popular are Cumbrian producers that they are becoming destinations themselves, like More? The Artisan Bakery, Cranstons Food Hall and Low Sizergh Farm.

Cumbria is also home to top restaurants, including several Michelin starred restaurants, L’enclume, The Samling, Holbeck Ghyll and Gilpin, and so not short on places to raise a toast or create memories.

With the rise of farmers’ markets, Cumbria are leading the way and a trip around a regional market to stock up your holiday cottage is the perfect way to taste local food. There’s nothing better than speaking to producers at the market and getting family recipes and cooking advice, like how to cook veal with a blackberry vodka just, to try back at your cottage.

There’s also a plethora of upmarket foodie events across the Lake District, including Taste Cumbria, Holker Chilli Festival and The World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival, to rival those in cosmopolitan holiday locations. And of course, it is hard to stay in the Lakes, especially throughout the Summer months, and not come across a beer festival. With so many superb breweries and now lots of micro-breweries, why would the region not celebrate. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Culture Vulture
Whilst the likes of poet William Wordsworth and children’s book author Beatrix Potter wrote some of the greatest English Literature works in the Lake District, hiding from the crowds and away from London publishers, today, many flock to the Lakes to walk in the footsteps of these literary masterminds. What does a ‘host of a thousand daffodils’ swaying in the Cumbrian breeze really look like? What were the locations and wildlife that brought Peter Rabbit to life and into one of the most loved children’s character worldwide? Visit the only place in the world where you can see Wordworth’s everyday belongings, at his first home Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top home, which is also preserved as a ‘time-capsule of her life’.

For those with a nose for history, there are many historic houses and museums across the Lake District telling the tales of famous names, like Arthur Ranson, John Ruskin and the Arts and Craft movement, as well as the rich history of the region, including tales of Gunpowder Factories, Coniston Coppermines and spectacular geology.

Film buffs like to track down movie locations, such as Cathedral Cave, where Snow White and The Huntsman shot scenes, or head to Derwentwater and Thirlmere which provided the backdrop for the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Kendal Calling music festival attracts big headliners, like Noel Gallagher. And the region welcomes other big music names such as Jools Holland who has played at Cartmel Racecourse and Sir Elton John who débuted the Lake District at the Westmorland Country Show. The Theatre by the Lake, sitting on the shores of Derwentwater is plauded as one of the best theatre locations in the UK and the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal is a buzz of year-round culture and events.

So, to look after mind, body and soul, a holiday or short break in the Lake District is hard to beat. Fresh air, perhaps a little exercise and fantastic food with a luxurious bed at the end of it, will leave you feeling like a new person – make no bones about it.

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