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The Lake District has a wealth of self-catering accommodation, from cosy Lakeland cottages and contemporary farmhouse conversions, to chic boathouses, impressive manors and stunning architect designed retreats.
Holiday homes are no longer quaint, tumble-down cottages in remote locations. Today, they are award-winning, avant-garde, and often decedent examples of holiday accommodation.
Including concierge services, helipads and spa’s, holiday cottages have become the new boutique hotel, offering privacy and exclusivity as well as state-of-the-art design, fixtures and fittings. And, as you can see from these pictures, they are as stylish as any boutique hotel.
Here is our pick of the some of the top luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District at the moment.
Recently rated ‘Top 3 in England’ by VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, this ‘party pad’ is gaining quite a reputation for itself. Formerly a traditional B&B, following a multi-million-pound facelift, today, this 26-acre estate consists of accommodation for 20. This includes the renovated 17th Century Waternook House and separate Great Barn, a boathouse and jetty, half a mile of private lake shoreline, extensive grounds and an outside BBQ kitchen and dining area, helipad and security gated entrance. Inside, you’ll find a luxuriously equipped spa, bar, cinema and a high-class concierge service, to boot. Oh, and the boot room even has heated underflooring for precious pooch!
If you’re looking for somewhere very exclusive to celebrate a momentous occasion in private, then this is fast becoming the venue to bag. Set on the very quiet eastern shore of Ullswater, north Lake District, this unique property is not only exclusive but extremely private.
Everything about this property is special – not least the spectacular mountain views, that look as though they’ve almost been assembled for your pleasure.
With a concierge service that arranges exclusive firework displays and private catering to personalised sailing and yoga lessons, this self-catering accommodation beats any hotel hands down.
Visit this renovated Victorian gentleman’s retreat set in the Langdale Valley and enjoy England’s ‘Himalayas in miniature’, as the Langdale Pikes were once described by Alfred Wainwright.
Even when compared to impressive Himalayan temples, this VisitEngland 5 star Gold award property is far from a shrinking violet.
Brunt House is one of three very spacious properties, converted from one large residence in the 1960s, and it very much has the feel of a grand house.
Spread over 2,400 sq. ft. and with high Victorian ceilings and extremely large, vertical pane windows in every room, this is a very spacious slice of Victorian opulence with a cool, modern air as created by the renovation interior designer.
The windows really are the eyes looking out from this unique holiday house.
And there are several relaxing areas that have been superbly designed to take advantage of every view; the landing is like an art gallery come library, bathed in light; from each huge bed you can gaze out across the wooded, verdant landscape or enjoy the views from the bay windows dressed with inviting scatter cushions; sit almost within the grand 10 panelled recessed bay window of the open plan kitchen and dinner and let your eyes feast on the views.
It is not just the presentation of this property that gives it a grand boutique hotel feel, but the accommodation offering of three spacious bedroom suites, one suitably named the Penthouse Bedroom, seems borrowed from a chic hotel. Each bedroom suite has a spacious bathroom, HD TV and Blu-ray player, Bose music system, hairdryer, Egyptian cotton bed linen, towels and bathrobes. Dusty holiday cottage this is not.
There’s a Penthouse ‘games and entertainment’ Den, welcome hamper of local food, wines and concierge service. All very hotel-esque and we love it.
If a period property and grandeur is not your thing, but a private hot tub and sauna set within a tranquil landscape is appealing, then Bracken Ground is for you. What was once a typical Lakeland holiday home, today, following an exciting year-long extension, is far from traditional.
Not ideal for young families because of the natural tarn that this property sits on, for groups with older kids the 7 acres of private woodland and stream running through, is an adventure playground.
For adults, Bracken Ground is a peaceful haven. It enjoys a remote and secluded position within a private slice of Lake District woodland, which is best enjoyed from the open-plan kitchen and dinner, where the wall of glass opens on to your very own secluded nature reserve.
Or, enjoy the unique wildlife from the bubbling outdoor hot tub, and as your mind is soothed by the natural surroundings, ease muscles in the large outdoor sauna. It is difficult to find a reason to leave Bracken Ground when staying here. In fact, we might just stay.
This swiss-designed chalet, which has six bedrooms, each with en suite, is where the iconic Lake District landscape meets iconic swiss design, just perfectly.
And this unique Lake District property is not the only association the region has with the famous design conscious country, Switzerland. In the North Lake District, Ullswater is often compared to Switzerland’s Lake Lucene – both unusual shaped bodies of water set to a dreamy mountainscape.
If you’re looking for an uber-cool pad to reunite with family or friends, Le Chalet will awaken the designer in you.
Whilst the healing powers of mystical dragons from medieval legends living on the Swiss peaks have not been spotted in and around Le Chalet, the restorative nature of its easy, cool design is unquestionable. Not to mention how you’ll feel following an amble along to the luxury spa down the country lane at the Langdale Estate.
You don’t have a to be a mountaineer to enjoy the vast power of the Langdale Valley either. A couple of hours hike up Pike O’ Stickle, where you follow gushing clearwater and waterfalls and sometimes needing hands to traverse the rocky path, you’ll find yourself on the edge of the natural Stickle Tarn, perfect for a cool off in warm weather, and within the jaws of some of the most dramatic landscape in the world.
This is the place to stay to feel alive and awakened.
This is a highly sought-after property in one of the most desirable locations imaginable. It’s one of those, “I wonder who owns that house,” kind of properties.
An imposing, detached 5 bedroom, with a “somebody important lives here” mystic oozing from its whitewashed, symmetrical Period frontage – a visible clue that this now holiday house has had an important past. In fact, the listed building of Loughrigg Cottage has had some impressive tenants, including the Wordsworth family and American President Woodrow Wilson, who rented it as a holiday house for the summer of 1906.
Originally built as a typical 18th Century 2-up, 2-down Lakeland cottage, today, following several alterations, it can sleep ten, and successfully combines the period charm and character enjoyed by Wilson with contemporary luxuries, like smart TVs, beautiful bathrooms and a custom-made kitchen.
Beautiful Arts & Crafts features like the wood-panelled dining room, large bay windows and inglenook fireplace are a unique pleasure that fill the property.
This is a very special place to stay in the very heart of the Lake District, where unlike a designer hotel, you can enjoy luxurious king size beds, crisp linen and monsoon showers whilst walking in the footsteps of some of the greatest English poets to ever live.