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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 undulating valleys; shimmering, picturesque lakes and dramatic mountains is the perfect backdrop for a breakaway from it all.
There’s so much to do – and our cottages in the Lakes are right on the doorstep of the fabulous fells, wonderful lakes and the top Lake District attractions.
For keen walkers, there’s always the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of famed fell walker Alfred Wainwright and get ticking off his world-renowned walks.
There’s really no end to the variety of hikes and strolls, which take-in the picturesque patchwork of the Lake District – there’s anything from a flat and push-chair-friendly few-mile stroll along the shores of Tarn Hows to a Helvellyn hike, testing strength and fitness.
And, who could resist sitting and gazing at a magnificent, tumbling waterfall – particularly one such as Aira Force, near Ullswater, one of the finest waterfalls in the Lake District.
The beauty of a self catering holiday in the Lake District – particularly if it will be walking focussed – is that you can come and go as you please and you can cook up a picnic treat to keep you fuelled up for a full day walk.
If you’ve never walked a fell before, you’ll never forget walking up your first one in the Lake District as the views from the tops – even on easier walks such as Orrest Head, in Windermere – are unrivalled with each giving its own unique perspective over the landscape.
And, because the walks and routes are aplenty, it means there are lots suitable for children too.
The Lake District is a hotbed for literary lovers (whatever your age!)– from Beatrix Potter to Arthur Ransome to Wordsworth.
And, because many of our holiday cottages in Cumbria are traditional Lakeland stone cottages, you really can feel like you are stepping back in time to when Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth were being inspired by the beauty of the Lake District.
Many of our self catering cottages in the Lake District are on the doorstep of such places.
We’ve beautiful homes close to Hill Top Farm – the former home of Beatrix Potter and near Sawry where Peter Rabbit was created or Derwent Water, which gave Beatrix Potter the inspiration for Squirrel Nutkin.
And, not forgetting the Beatrix Potter gallery – with displays of Potter’s fine artwork.
And, in Ullswater, where William Wordsworth was given the inspiration to write many of his poems – including Daffodils – and in Grasmere, where you can visit his Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House and Garden.
The Lake District is rich in history, heritage, art and culture. So, self catering cottages in the Lake District are a great way to soak up Lake District life.
Whether its buildings, trains, boats or forts, you’ll get your fill with a holiday in the Lake District – and there will still be plenty to see the next time you visit!
Again, we’ve hand-picked our homes so that they are conveniently close to sampling the rich Lake District culture.
In the south Lakes we have lots of beautiful homes close to attractions such as the Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal, one of Britain’s finest independent art galleries.
And, also in the north Lakes within easy reach of historic homes, such as Hutton In The Forest historic house, in Penrith – based on a medieval pele towers with 17th, 18th and 19th Century additions.
Plus, it’s not so far to travel to learn about the history of pencil making at the Pencil Museum in Keswick.
And also, The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway where you can travel on a steam engine from sea to mountains, is another great way to see the Lake District.
And, for keen foodies, the Lake District offers up a real feast – from the gastro-restaurants of bustling towns, to ‘out-in-the-sticks’ village pubs serving wholesome Cumbrian food and real ales, the Lake District is perfect for the palette too!
Self catering breaks in the Lake District can be filled with luxury. How?
Well, think chinking champagne glasses while relaxing in the hot tub with your special person to celebrate your mile-stone wedding anniversary, spending quality time catching up with good friends having a little party in the games room, or before breakfast on your indulgent break, hopping into the sauna because, well you just can.
And, indulgent doesn’t have to mean raiding the savings – take a look, you’ll be surprised.
Our luxury homes include 3 Star Gold Award right through to luxury 5 star Gold Awarded corrafes and so however much or little you have to spend, there’s a place for you.
The Lake District isn’t just all hills and hikes – there’s plenty indoor and outdoor to keep the kids occupied, with attractions aplenty for the family and so the kids will love staying at cottages in the lakes.
Let them loose to swing from the trees like Tarzan at Go Ape in Grizedale and Whinlatter, or let them got lost in the wonderful tales of Peter Rabbit at The World of Beatrix Potter or Wray Castle, or go on adventure with the Predator Experience – that’s just to name a few.
You may already have had a long journey to the Lake District with your children and don’t want to spend your holiday cooping them up in the car for days on end.
And with a stay at one of our homes, you won’t have to as they are right on the doorstep of some of the area’s top attractions – plus, we can get you priority tickets to some of the most well-known too.
Our children and baby-friendly cottages come with everything you need for home-to-home comfort, meaning you won’t have to pack the kitchen sink.
What’s the point in dishing out money to put your favourite pal in kennels while you have a break away, when you can bring them to stay for free at our cottages?
The Lake District is a pooch playground – with so much open space to exercise in, woods to play fetch in and lakes to paddle in.
Cosy cottages or grand 5-star period homes, you have plenty you choose from if you bring your pooch to one of our holiday cottages in Cumbria.
If you’re considering a ‘staycation’ – then the Lake District surely has to be at the top of the list for an escape away from the daily grind.
Because, not only is it one of Britain’s most cherished national gems, but there’s so much to do, that you will be guaranteed to get everything you want out of your holiday – whether action-packing it in or kicking it back to relax.
And, you can experience it all with a stay in one of our beautiful, hand-picked homes.