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Christmas Breaks in the Lake District

Christmas Cottages

A Great Lake District Christmas Holiday

Comfort and joy awaits you in one of our hand-picked Christmas cottages. The Lake District is a truly magical place to visit over the festive holidays. Season’s greetings are shared in the welcoming local country pub and the yuletide lights of villages and towns twinkle against the silent night of the starry Lake District sky. Visit Santa in a winter wonderland grotto, enjoy a tea party with Father Christmas at The World of Beatrix Potter or aboard a Santa Cruise on Lake Windermere.

A stylish self-catering cottage, that is a home from home, set in the most beautiful and tranquil scenery in the UK is truly the best way to spend your Christmas and New Year holiday.

 

All The Trimmings

Whilst our festive elves are busy preparing our Christmas cottages, if you’re wanting a ‘dressed’ cottage for your Christmas or New Year holiday this year, get in touch so that our festive helpers can arrange this for you, so all you have to bring is yourselves.

Choose a cottage with an open fire of woodburning stove and order a Fire Box from our online booking service to create a cosy country cottage Christmas atmosphere. The crackle of a fire, scent of Christmas spices and relaxed time with loved ones is what Lakelovers Christmas holiday cottages are all about.

If you’re staying with us into the New Year, don’t forget some coal to carry out of the back door and into the front, as per the traditions of Northern English folklore.

Pâté and Parfaits

Our self-catering kitchens are beautifully designed and outstandingly fitted for sharing delicious food over the festive period. Keep bubbles chilled, ready to pop once the pressie wrapping starts.

We can almost smell sprouts bubbling away, and the crackle of a three bird roast in the oven as guests enjoy bacon-wrapped cocktail sausages and canapés as they wait.

Our luxurious lounge spaces are designed for families, friends and couples to share a warm mince pie and sherry or port. TV entertainment packages have Christmas movies at your fingertips and hot tubs provide that extra element of occasion and celebration to you Christmas cottage, especially with a warming mulled wine and the fresh winter Lake District air and scenery around you.

Peace For All

Whilst we’re dusting off our Christmas jumpers ready to raise some festive cheer this year, there are many Christmas fairs across the Lake District selling crafts and local produce to raise money for local charities. Our hand-picked Christmas holiday cottages are all ideally placed to best enjoy these. In the north Lake District, the Keswick Victorian Fayre welcomes 30 not-for-profit organisations and you’ll be able to pick up some truly unique gifts and enjoy some special festive food and entertainment.

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Lake District have beautiful ranges of Christmas cards and 2018 calendars that can be picked up in shops across the region. They feature stunning photography celebrating the region’s delightful wildlife and landscapes. What better way to spread ‘Season’s Greetings’ than with a photo of snow-capped Skiddaw or a cheeky red squirrel?

For the person who has everything, why not dedicate a tree this Christmas with the Woodland Trust. How Tun Woods, in Barrow in Furness just outside the south Lake District, is a newly planted woodland of oak, ash and birch, overlooking Walney Island and Morcambe Bay, and you can buy a tree or acre of woodland as a gift. If you decide to visit, this is a particularly nice spot to walk your dog.

Advent is the beginning of the church’s year and reminds us to slow down and appreciate all that we have as we look forward to the coming celebrations of Christmas and New Year. This Christmas, why not visit the Wordsworth family church, St. Oswald’s Church, in Grasmere or one of Wordworth’s much-loved churches, St Michael and All Angels Church in Hawkshead, and enjoy some time to reflect and rejoice in the family and friends around us.

Lakelovers Christmas holiday cottages are ideally located to enjoy a peaceful Christmas in the Lake District and we look forward to welcoming you with a “ho, ho, ho”.

‘Tis The Season

A Boxing Day or New Year’s Day walk from your Christmas cottage is a much-loved tradition in the Lake District and for many includes a stop at a local pub to spread tidings of good will. The illuminated Lake District towns and villages twinkle against the wintry starry skies and are a magical place to be during the Christmas holidays.

WindermereKeswick, Kendal and Ambleside are the places to go for magical Christmas light displays and the illuminated windows of Keswick Live Advent is a great way to get into the seasonal spirit.

When walking off the Christmas pud, be wise this season and come prepared with waterproofs, maps and torches. If you need to stock up, head to Ambleside or Keswick for the best selection of shops selling outdoor gear.

Pocket Tourist Map is a great app that will help you to easily navigate the Lake District fells – just remember to charge your phone before setting off.

Whilst it is rare that major lakes freeze over in the Lake District, the best snow conditions in the region are in the north at the Lake District Ski Club, next to Helvellyn. These wintry conditions make Keswick and Derwentwater a particularly beautiful place to visit over the winter months. Across the region, however, frost and snow on the high fell tops turns the Lake District into a natural winter wonderland like no other and is a great time to get out walking, with care.

In case frosty the snowman doesn’t deliver that sprinkling of snow during your stay, enjoy a winter wonderland in one of the Lake District’s top attractions. You can meet huskies at Brockhole on Windermere, visit ‘Santa in the Forest’ at Rheged, in Penrith. There’s ‘Snow Play’ theatrics this year at Keswick’s famous Theatre by the Lake, a ‘Jingle Bell Jog’ in Bowness and Hayes Garden World in Ambleside is an interactive, fun world of snowballs and woodland animals that all will love.

Alternatively, step back in time and enjoy an enchanted traditional Christmas at Sizergh Castle, Kendal. Also in the south Lakes, and offering Dickensian style festivities is the Ulverston Christmas Festival, where Victorian costumes, horse-drawn carriages and carol signers set the scene perfectly. The Lake District certainly ‘tis the place to be jolly this Christmas.

Holly, Jolly Holiday

The Lake District’s famous friendly country pubs are filled with Christmas spirit over the festive holidays. Our 3-5 star self-catering cottages for Christmas and the New Year are a great way to get into the heart of country life and soak up some of the region’s heart-warming ambience and cheer throughout the festive period.

Self-catering gives you the flexibility of coming and going as you please, sampling the very best of the region’s gastro wonders at your leisure.

Eat, drink and be merry after a visit to a Cumbrian farmer’s market, of which there are many and you’ll pick up a stocking-load of Christmas delights.

From the people who know a thing about puddings, try a very special Christmas Pudding from the world-famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding company. Whilst in Cartmel, stock up at the Unsworth’s Yard Christmas Food Market for some of the finest food from the region’s specialty producers.

Christmas is all wrapped up at Booths supermarket, Windermere, which is open across the season (closed Christmas Day only). This high quality supermarket is brimming with Christmas treats and deliver across the region. From farm assured turkeys to everything you need for the ultimate ‘Northern Christmas Dinner’, Booths will deliver.

Tummies enjoying a self-catering holiday in the Lakes are very well looked after indeed.

Why not mix it up and indulge in some dining out at the Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite, this Christmas, where carols and the cheer of spirits past, future and present will hit the spot. On Derwentwater, Keswick, Christmas trees will be on sale at The Lingholm Estate, and the newly opened and award-winning kitchen and octagonal walled garden are offering exclusive festive dining’s options too.

Find more information about  Christmas Markets in the Lake District, including the region’s famous Santa Express at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and top Santa’s Grottos.

Christmas Giving

Christmas is the season of peace, love, joy and of course giving. Hopefully you’ll have a boot filled with the crinkling and sparkle of Christmas wrap, in preparation for meeting loved ones and exchanging gifts. Bed linen and towels are free with Lakelovers, as we’re sure you’ll be pleased of the extra car space. We all know that a dog is not just for Christmas, so please bring pooch along for free with Lakelovers. Look out for the paw print and choose from over 160 dog friendly cottages that welcome up to 3 dogs.

We hope you enjoy browsing our collection of cottages available for Christmas and New Year. Get in touch if you don’t find what you are looking for or if your dates are not available. Our excellent customer service team are available Monday to Saturday on 015394 88855 or email [email protected] to help get your festive escape started.

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Fernleigh Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • On Street Parking
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Elegance and light are the keywords for this most spacious traditional Lakeland stone built cottage. The recently completed stunning refurbishment has produced arguably one of the very best terraced cottages and only a minute from the town centre. Laid out over three floors it is large enough for families but cosy enough for a couple. The house is made for relaxation - especially the fabulous house-bathroom with roll-top slipper bath and drench shower. The rear orchard garden provides security for a pet or children and covered storage for bicycles - perfect for secluded dining or relaxing. Unrestricted parking may be possible outside the front of the property, but is not guaranteed. 2 visitor's parking permits are provided for vehicles for the surrounding streets. There are wonderful views of Loughrigg and Wansfell from this property. This is a very popular property which persuades visitors to return.

Available From£465.00on Saturday
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Todd Crag House Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

A sumptuous Lakeland hideaway being part of a traditional colour washed gentleman's residence located at the foot of Loughrigg Fell - on the outskirts of Ambleside. Taking its name from the rocky outcrop behind the 400 year old property Todd Crag House will delight. This two bedroom, two bathroom cottage apartment has been carefully designed to marry the original features with current expectations. Luxurious soft furnishings and tasteful palettes have been carefully chosen for your comfort. Although only a two bedroom property it is surprisingly large with a spacious lounge, fully fitted dining kitchen, two bedrooms with king size beds and views of the fells, a bathroom with powerful shower and a further en-suite shower room. This property has a fabulous second west facing sitting room with bay window and rosewood dining table for 4. In addition this property has exclusive use of the extensive garden to the rear with garden furniture and views of the fells.

Available From£435.00on Saturday
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Honister Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

With breathtaking views from almost every window, this contemporary country cottage is part of the select Bracken Fell development at Outgate - a small village within easy reach of both Ambleside and Hawkshead. Although modern and stylish in presentation, Honister Cottage retains the charms of Lakeland with traditional stone exterior details and cosy stove within. You'll find comfortable space for 2 or 3 people. There's a super dining area within the cottage and both the Outgate Inn and the acclaimed Drunken Duck Inn and Restaurant are within enviably easy reach. If you're struggling to choose between rural and central, this might just be your ideal choice.

Available From£365.00on Saturday
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Tipsy Gin Cottage Crosthwaite
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Tipsy Gin Cottage takes its name from the wonderful, albeit potent, damson gin that was made, to a special family recipe, every autumn by the current owners Mother from the plentiful supply of damsons that grow in the numerous orchards across the valley.

Available From£365.00on Saturday
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Bay Tree Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously refurbished double-fronted cottage is everything to every lover of Lakeland life. It's only a stroll away from the vibrant shops, restaurants and traditional pubs of Ambleside, and also the shores of Lake Windermere where cruisers depart to ferry you the full length of the lake. The cottage is gently elevated to give superb fell and valley views from both bedrooms and garden.

Available From£410.00on Saturday
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£630.00on Saturday
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Courtyard Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Car Park Available
  • 1 pet allowed

A secluded and romantic retreat, with a village centre location that's hard to beat... Ambleside is bustling and vibrant throughout the year and from Courtyard Cottage you never have far to go to reach your favourite restaurant or bar or see the latest films. Convenient yet secluded from the hustle and bustle, Courtyard Cottage is a real find.

Available From£425.00on Friday
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Pottery Gate Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • On Street Parking
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Pottery Gate, is under new ownership and is a beautifully refurbished Victorian terrace offering quality accommodation located just a minutes' walk from the heart of the vibrant village of Bowness-On-Windermere. This welcoming cottage is presented with a contemporary finish and is ideal for friends and family.

Available From£415.00on Friday
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Car Park Available

You can sense the history in this luxurious and romantic Grasmere cottage, providing the perfect romantic retreat for a couple. Almost neighbour to the former home of William Wordsworth, Dove Holme Cottage is beautifully presented, displaying the most elegant of traditional features; adorning oak beams, woodburning fireplace and gorgeous modern bedroom.

Available From£395.00on Friday
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Holiday cottage accommodation rarely comes in a more picturesque setting. Riverbank is set within Stepping Stones House which is an historic country property, which was once owned by William Wordsworth's son and overlooks the famous stepping stones across the River Rothay.

Available From£465.00on Friday
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Fir Trees Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Luxury Lake District lifestyle! This superb detached residence is in a peaceful setting only a 5 minute stroll from Bowness village and close to Windermere Golf Club. Presented with an impeccable eye for style, Fir Trees promises breathing space and sociable gathering for couples, friends or families.

Available From£545.00on Saturday
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Bowfell Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Wow! Fall in love with this peaceful yet central Lakeland Cottage, fully refurbished to the height of modern luxury yet oozing traditional character. Bowfell Cottage is a gem of a Lake District holiday cottage with rare ample parking and only a two minute stroll from the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere. Up to 6 people will find comfort, relaxation and sophisticated charm in this perfect base for family or friends.

Available From£465.00on Saturday
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  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 7 cars
  • 6 pets allowed

An adorable group of four Lakeland properties that are all set within a pretty courtyard amongst two acres of grounds, including a natural woodland and ponds in this picturesque and sleepy setting between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere, circumscribed by glorious open countryside.

Available From£1295.00on Friday
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Dove Tail Barn Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

What a find! This chic and unique couples' hideaway takes the form of a converted Lakeland barn, nestled in rural bliss and overlooking the lush Lyth Valley. Found down a leafy lane, backing onto 'bluebell carpeted' woodland, Dove Tail Barn has been lovingly designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Sumptuous furnishings, warm rugs on elegant slate floors, Villeroy & Bosch wet room and a superbly romantic sky-lit bedroom.

Available From£415.00on Saturday
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Wheatlands Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary detached Lakeland cottage has been stylishly refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lake District retreat. This pretty Lakeland slate cottage is only a stone's throw from the absolute heart of Windermere village and short walk to the shores of the lake.

Available From£425.00on Friday
Special Offer Enjoy a short break here for £499!
Malvern Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

A fantastic Lakeland cottage, in a peaceful location just off the absolute heart of vibrant Ambleside. Beautifully refurbished and presented to contemporary 4 star standards, with spacious open plan living space and 3 stylish double bedrooms, Malvern provides an excellent base for family, couples or friends. Relax together, take scenic walks from your doorstep, or stroll to the shores of Lake Windermere to take a cruise from Waterhead Pier.

Available From£445.00on Friday
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Underheron Grasmere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Just a stroll from Grasmere village at the foot of Heron Pike, this much-loved holiday home stands secluded within a large fellside garden, surrounded by mature trees and creating a haven for wildlife. Step inside, and you'll discover a superb venue for gatherings. Light pours into the elegant living space - equipped with such contemporary luxuries as Sky TV and iPod dock.

Available From£925.00on Friday
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Woodbank Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This fabulous family residence (also a treat for several couples) offers views to Lake Windermere from its slightly elevated position, amid wonderful scenery. A private drive meanders up to the house and guarantees a little bit of exclusivity for you and your gathering. Yet, being just a short stroll from the attractions of Bowness and Lake Windermere, Woodbank is right at the heart of some of the best the region has to offer.

Available From£525.00on Saturday
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The Lodge Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set in a secluded location looking out across the Rusland Valley, The Lodge is a contemporary romantic retreat to relax and unwind and enjoy each other's company. Presented to a very high standard this cosy hideaway offers quality accommodation and not only benefits from lovely views, it is complemented by a hot tub and elevated patio where you can sit, with a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful views across this pretty and tranquil area of the Lake District

Available From£425.00on Friday
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

As one of the highest properties in the village of Troutbeck, just five minutes drive from Windermere, Hilltop At Troutbeck is set in an enviable location with beautiful views across the valley to Lake Windermere beyond. Close to the popular Queens Head and Mortal Man, the cottage is a comfortable retreat where you can relax and enjoy living in this most beautiful of Lakeland village of cottages and farmsteads.

Available From£395.00on Friday

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Christmas Breaks in the Lake District

Christmas Cottages

A Great Lake District Christmas Holiday

Comfort and joy awaits you in one of our hand-picked Christmas cottages. The Lake District is a truly magical place to visit over the festive holidays. Season’s greetings are shared in the welcoming local country pub and the yuletide lights of villages and towns twinkle against the silent night of the starry Lake District sky. Visit Santa in a winter wonderland grotto, enjoy a tea party with Father Christmas at The World of Beatrix Potter or aboard a Santa Cruise on Lake Windermere.

A stylish self-catering cottage, that is a home from home, set in the most beautiful and tranquil scenery in the UK is truly the best way to spend your Christmas and New Year holiday.

 

All The Trimmings

Whilst our festive elves are busy preparing our Christmas cottages, if you’re wanting a ‘dressed’ cottage for your Christmas or New Year holiday this year, get in touch so that our festive helpers can arrange this for you, so all you have to bring is yourselves.

Choose a cottage with an open fire of woodburning stove and order a Fire Box from our online booking service to create a cosy country cottage Christmas atmosphere. The crackle of a fire, scent of Christmas spices and relaxed time with loved ones is what Lakelovers Christmas holiday cottages are all about.

If you’re staying with us into the New Year, don’t forget some coal to carry out of the back door and into the front, as per the traditions of Northern English folklore.

Pâté and Parfaits

Our self-catering kitchens are beautifully designed and outstandingly fitted for sharing delicious food over the festive period. Keep bubbles chilled, ready to pop once the pressie wrapping starts.

We can almost smell sprouts bubbling away, and the crackle of a three bird roast in the oven as guests enjoy bacon-wrapped cocktail sausages and canapés as they wait.

Our luxurious lounge spaces are designed for families, friends and couples to share a warm mince pie and sherry or port. TV entertainment packages have Christmas movies at your fingertips and hot tubs provide that extra element of occasion and celebration to you Christmas cottage, especially with a warming mulled wine and the fresh winter Lake District air and scenery around you.

Peace For All

Whilst we’re dusting off our Christmas jumpers ready to raise some festive cheer this year, there are many Christmas fairs across the Lake District selling crafts and local produce to raise money for local charities. Our hand-picked Christmas holiday cottages are all ideally placed to best enjoy these. In the north Lake District, the Keswick Victorian Fayre welcomes 30 not-for-profit organisations and you’ll be able to pick up some truly unique gifts and enjoy some special festive food and entertainment.

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Lake District have beautiful ranges of Christmas cards and 2018 calendars that can be picked up in shops across the region. They feature stunning photography celebrating the region’s delightful wildlife and landscapes. What better way to spread ‘Season’s Greetings’ than with a photo of snow-capped Skiddaw or a cheeky red squirrel?

For the person who has everything, why not dedicate a tree this Christmas with the Woodland Trust. How Tun Woods, in Barrow in Furness just outside the south Lake District, is a newly planted woodland of oak, ash and birch, overlooking Walney Island and Morcambe Bay, and you can buy a tree or acre of woodland as a gift. If you decide to visit, this is a particularly nice spot to walk your dog.

Advent is the beginning of the church’s year and reminds us to slow down and appreciate all that we have as we look forward to the coming celebrations of Christmas and New Year. This Christmas, why not visit the Wordsworth family church, St. Oswald’s Church, in Grasmere or one of Wordworth’s much-loved churches, St Michael and All Angels Church in Hawkshead, and enjoy some time to reflect and rejoice in the family and friends around us.

Lakelovers Christmas holiday cottages are ideally located to enjoy a peaceful Christmas in the Lake District and we look forward to welcoming you with a “ho, ho, ho”.

‘Tis The Season

A Boxing Day or New Year’s Day walk from your Christmas cottage is a much-loved tradition in the Lake District and for many includes a stop at a local pub to spread tidings of good will. The illuminated Lake District towns and villages twinkle against the wintry starry skies and are a magical place to be during the Christmas holidays.

WindermereKeswick, Kendal and Ambleside are the places to go for magical Christmas light displays and the illuminated windows of Keswick Live Advent is a great way to get into the seasonal spirit.

When walking off the Christmas pud, be wise this season and come prepared with waterproofs, maps and torches. If you need to stock up, head to Ambleside or Keswick for the best selection of shops selling outdoor gear.

Pocket Tourist Map is a great app that will help you to easily navigate the Lake District fells – just remember to charge your phone before setting off.

Whilst it is rare that major lakes freeze over in the Lake District, the best snow conditions in the region are in the north at the Lake District Ski Club, next to Helvellyn. These wintry conditions make Keswick and Derwentwater a particularly beautiful place to visit over the winter months. Across the region, however, frost and snow on the high fell tops turns the Lake District into a natural winter wonderland like no other and is a great time to get out walking, with care.

In case frosty the snowman doesn’t deliver that sprinkling of snow during your stay, enjoy a winter wonderland in one of the Lake District’s top attractions. You can meet huskies at Brockhole on Windermere, visit ‘Santa in the Forest’ at Rheged, in Penrith. There’s ‘Snow Play’ theatrics this year at Keswick’s famous Theatre by the Lake, a ‘Jingle Bell Jog’ in Bowness and Hayes Garden World in Ambleside is an interactive, fun world of snowballs and woodland animals that all will love.

Alternatively, step back in time and enjoy an enchanted traditional Christmas at Sizergh Castle, Kendal. Also in the south Lakes, and offering Dickensian style festivities is the Ulverston Christmas Festival, where Victorian costumes, horse-drawn carriages and carol signers set the scene perfectly. The Lake District certainly ‘tis the place to be jolly this Christmas.

Holly, Jolly Holiday

The Lake District’s famous friendly country pubs are filled with Christmas spirit over the festive holidays. Our 3-5 star self-catering cottages for Christmas and the New Year are a great way to get into the heart of country life and soak up some of the region’s heart-warming ambience and cheer throughout the festive period.

Self-catering gives you the flexibility of coming and going as you please, sampling the very best of the region’s gastro wonders at your leisure.

Eat, drink and be merry after a visit to a Cumbrian farmer’s market, of which there are many and you’ll pick up a stocking-load of Christmas delights.

From the people who know a thing about puddings, try a very special Christmas Pudding from the world-famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding company. Whilst in Cartmel, stock up at the Unsworth’s Yard Christmas Food Market for some of the finest food from the region’s specialty producers.

Christmas is all wrapped up at Booths supermarket, Windermere, which is open across the season (closed Christmas Day only). This high quality supermarket is brimming with Christmas treats and deliver across the region. From farm assured turkeys to everything you need for the ultimate ‘Northern Christmas Dinner’, Booths will deliver.

Tummies enjoying a self-catering holiday in the Lakes are very well looked after indeed.

Why not mix it up and indulge in some dining out at the Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite, this Christmas, where carols and the cheer of spirits past, future and present will hit the spot. On Derwentwater, Keswick, Christmas trees will be on sale at The Lingholm Estate, and the newly opened and award-winning kitchen and octagonal walled garden are offering exclusive festive dining’s options too.

Find more information about  Christmas Markets in the Lake District, including the region’s famous Santa Express at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and top Santa’s Grottos.

Christmas Giving

Christmas is the season of peace, love, joy and of course giving. Hopefully you’ll have a boot filled with the crinkling and sparkle of Christmas wrap, in preparation for meeting loved ones and exchanging gifts. Bed linen and towels are free with Lakelovers, as we’re sure you’ll be pleased of the extra car space. We all know that a dog is not just for Christmas, so please bring pooch along for free with Lakelovers. Look out for the paw print and choose from over 160 dog friendly cottages that welcome up to 3 dogs.

We hope you enjoy browsing our collection of cottages available for Christmas and New Year. Get in touch if you don’t find what you are looking for or if your dates are not available. Our excellent customer service team are available Monday to Saturday on 015394 88855 or email [email protected] to help get your festive escape started.