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We’re throwing open the doors to the very best spring breaks for you with £25 off with code 25LAKE18 over March (expires 31st March and conditions apply).
Spring is, for many, the best time of year to head to the Lakes to relax and unwind. The countryside is filled with the new sights, scents and sounds of spring that have been dormant over winter. What better time than now to shake off the winter shackles, to relax the mind and body, unfurling with the countryside from a restorative winter slumber.
Awaken your senses and watch the countryside come alive with this collection of 5 spring break cottages where you’ll find blossom budding on the trees at Flowertree Cottage or the tempting pull of historical charm at Gingerbread Cottage. The sight of playful lambs in the fields surrounding Thyme Out, afternoon birdsong from the cottage garden at Honey Cottage and the heady scents within a garden bathed in warm spring sun from the patio at Jasmine Cottage.
We’re throwing the doors open and saying “hello spring”.
Sleeps 8 | 5 Star | 2 Dogs Welcome
If you can drag yourself away from the bright and airy, luxurious furnishings of this stunning 17th century barn conversion, you’ll fling open one of two sets of French windows, letting the spring breeze flow through, and enter a sun trap patio and glorious gardens backing right onto the sublime countryside at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. This chic and luxurious, dog friendly large holiday cottage is designed to get the most out of the garden and indeed the surrounding beautiful July flowering sycamore’s, for which Flowertree owes its namesake.
Set in the sleepy hamlet of Finsthwaite, with beautiful gardens, paddock and walk around High Dam from your garden, this is a tranquil location offering privacy for get-togethers and family holidays. Guests are only a short mile away from Lakeside, where you’ll find perfectly distracting luxury spa facilities as well as family friendly attractions like Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and Windermere Lake Cruises for exploring further afield car-free. Within your cottage, there are 3 relaxing rooms, a sociable open-plan kitchen/dining space and media room, all wrapped up in state-of-the-art technology and plenty of space inside and out for all generations to relax.
Sleeps 4 | 5 Star GOLD | Garden and Views
Book yourself some well-deserved ‘Thyme Out’ here and enjoy this immaculate contemporary holiday accommodation in a truly enviable setting and with one of the very best views in the quiet Troutbeck hamlet.
Designed with comfort, relaxation and soaking up the tranquil ambience in mind, Thyme Out is the place to go feel a million miles away from everything. Beatrix Potter made Troutbeck the home of her award-winning Herdwick farm and many of the farming traditions still carry on today. Soaking up the natural pace of life in Troutbeck is a wonderful way to see spring unfurl.
The downstairs bedroom and bathroom is handy for those looking for easy access holiday accommodation and also for families wanting some privacy. At Thyme Out you can enjoy all the creature comforts of a hotel suite – bedroom TVs, monsoon showers, stylish interior design, modern kitchen and all with the privacy, flexibility and setting of a Lakeland cottage.
Life is easy breezy at Thyme Out, as guests while away in this excellently furbished cottage with private garden and beautiful terrace patio looking out onto fields .
On a warm spring day we couldn’t think of any better place to be to take in the tranquillity of the Lake District as she wakes from her winter slumber. Yet, if you so wish, you are only a short drive away from all the bustle and conveniences of both Windermere and Ambleside, so some of your party can head for an evening of fine dining or a day trip on Lake Windermere.
Sleeps 2 | 4 Star | Central Location in Chocolate-box Village
Gingerbread Cottage is a romantic 17th century home-from-home oozing the unique moreish appeal of a magical gingerbread house. A tempting gingerbread trail will take you along cobbled streets of the car-free hamlet of Hawkshead to this cottage tucked away behind the quaint tea rooms, traditional ale houses and award-wining local shops. From here guests enjoy a quiet and cosy cottage, ideally located for exploring the Lake District.
Whether it is the challenge of bagging Scarfell Pike, cycling in Grizedale Forest or taking in the realm of Beatrix Potter, which lies on this side of Windermere, Gingerbread Cottage is in the perfect location. Enjoy the charm of this beautiful cottage, with woodburner, window seats, mahogany Macintosh dressing room, low ceilings and beautiful wooden beams that all tell of stories of yesteryear. A 1 minute walk from your cottage and you can explore the unique stories that this tiny and ancient hamlet holds: discover original letters and illustrations at The Beatrix Potter Gallery, find Ann Tyson’s cottage where William Wordsworth lodged whilst attending the historic Hawkshead Grammar School. For a peaceful fishing holiday the nearby Esthwaite Water is perfect and wonderful for a quite romantic stroll too.
Sleeps 4 | 4 Star | 2 Dogs Welcome
A characterful 17th century cottage conveniently located in the heart of Ambleside, where we urge you to head through the sitting and dining rooms to throw open the French doors onto a secure cottage garden. Honey cottage is a sweetheart of a cottage, where it is not just the garden butterflies and bees that are attracted to its warmth and charm.
On sunny spring days a coffee and a good book whilst pooch takes in the sunshine and new spring scents from this delightful garden is a real bonus. Then, as relaxed as can be, open your front door and stroll into Ambleside centre, where you have world-class dinning, art-house cinema Zeffirelli’s, the superb Armitt Gallery and Museum, Hayes Garden World and lots of independent shops.
A visit to the quirky Bridge House over the River Rothay and up into the woods to see Stock Ghyll Force is as relaxing as can be. Everything that you need is right on your doorstep during your stay at Honey Cottage. You can even explore more of the Lakes by enjoying a relaxing jaunt with Windermere Lake Cruise at Waterhead Pier. Ambleside on Lake Windermere is a tranquil place to visit in the spring, with the spring sunshine sparkling off the water and the shoreside a wonderful verdant green.
Sleeps 6 | 4 Star | Convenient Location
A superb family home-from-home, Jasmin Cottage provides all that is needed for a beautiful spring break in the Lakes. With the heady scent of spring flowers warmed by the sun, now is the perfect time to enjoy Jasmine Cottage conveniently located within the blissful boutique lakeshore resort of Bowness.
Wander down the hillside, passing by excellent dining options and upmarket shops to the Victorian promenade on Lake Windermere that is brimming with activity at this time of year. In spring, there’s already a holiday feel with temptations likes ice creams and fish and chips on offer. Hop on-board a ferry or steam cruise to enjoy the quieter western shore of Lake Windermere, which is particularly nice for cycling. The Windermere Lake Cruise piers of Wray Castle and Brockhole are great places to head to with kids. For adult fun Windermere Golf Club is nearby and Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, is a must-see. Returning back to the peace and quiet of Jasmine Cottage you’ll want to throw open the patio doors, as guests enjoy the sun trap terrace leading from the cosy family dining/living area, with wood burner and open fire, books, games and WiFi – heavenly for some well-deserved r & r time.