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.

Follow the Lakelovers blog for a more detailed guide to Christmas 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 bookings@lakelovers.co.uk to help get your festive escape started.

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Pineview Bowness
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Located in its elevated position, Pineview benefits from its convenient situation in Bowness village. Situated on the first floor, this modern apartment offers a luxurious and convenient retreat for those wanting to relax, enjoy some of the most popular bars and restaurants in the Lake District whilst being within easy reach of all the Lake District has to offer.

Available For£355on Friday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £999 to £899
Drummermire Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

What a setting for this fairytale 5-bedroom rural farmhouse; picture perfect with its traditional whitewashed walls and a stunning outlook down the Troutbeck Valley towards Lake Windermere. Refurbished with an air of sophistication, Drummermire remains quite the quintessential 17th century Lakeland farmhouse. You'll be charmed by the dramatic oak beams, the quirky alcoved walls, the magnificent woodburner fireplace and the deep-silled cottage windows.

Available For£899on Friday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £625 to £531
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located on the edge of the Lyth Valley, in the pretty village of Underbarrow, Ellerbeck Bridge offers excellent accommodation, with beautiful views in an excellent location. Recently extended, the owners have created a fantastic property suitable for every occasion that is finished to a high standard throughout. The cottage offers plenty of living space with a large lounge / diner, a great family kitchen, a cosy snug / reading room and a generous conservatory. Outside, the landscaping has created not only two large patios, but also a terrace by the beck. Heading out to explore, the village pub, 'The Black Labrador' is only a five minute stroll away and there are a great selection of country pubs all within a few minutes' Drive. Recently included within Lonely Planet's list of “the most beautiful places on earth”, the Lyth Valley is a rural idyll whatever the time of year and offers a great selection of country rambles. For those wanting to explore further afield, the central Lake District, with all it has to offer is within easy reach, the market town of Kendal is just down the road and the foodie village of Cartmel is just across the valley. Why not try our virtual walkthrough of the property. Simply click here or follow the floorplan link above.

Available For£595on Friday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £350 to £280
Millrace Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Once part of a thriving bobbin mill, this delightful Lakeland barn conversion is surrounded by acres of wooded valley, alongside the River Gowan. It's part of the select Ings Mill Park development, a stroll from the award-winning Watermill Inn and microbrewery at Ings, and 2 miles from Windermere village. Staveley village is also within walking distance, forming your gateway to the stunning Kentmere Valley.

Available For£355on Saturday
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Westwood Windermere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This wonderfully spacious, 18th century Lakeland property sits in a peaceful location at the foot of Orrest Head. It's a mere half mile from Windermere village, and close to the spectacular scenery and famous country pubs of the Troutbeck Valley. Substantial and stylish, Westwood is ideal for family and friends blends the traditional feel of wooden beams with comfortable, modern furnishings.

Available For£499on Saturday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £775 to £699
Hillhead Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Hillhead Cottage, as the name suggests, is set in an elevated position within a conservation area just a ten minute walk from the centre of Ambleside Village. This really is one of the most desirable locations in Ambleside and this modern, semi-detached property has been finished to a high standard and offers quality accommodation in a first class location and is a popular property whatever the time of year.

Available For£725on Friday
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Underheron Grasmere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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 For£775on Friday
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

A boutique old shippon designed with romance in mind, The Shippon is externally a traditional Lakeland bolthole with a modern Italian twist. Amidst a secluded private 17th century estate, circumscribed by landscaped informal gardens leading to an arboretum and tarn at the foot of the Kentmere valley lies this dynamic and unique architect-designed luxury cottage.

Available For£645on Friday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £425 to £361
Stable End Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set in the beautiful Rusland Valley, between Windermere and Coniston, in the pretty hamlet Crosslands, Stable End is a beautiful barn conversion that is finished to a very high standard and offers great quality in a beautiful location. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen and cosy sitting room Stable End is idea for friends and families wanting to relax and enjoy the beautiful Lakeland counrtyside

Available For£on Friday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £425 to £361
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This outstanding Lake District cottage enjoys a tranquil setting with magnificent views in every direction especially from the lounge with gable wall of glass. Elegant living space for your sociable gathering, Highbeck Cottage stands alongside Highbeck within a secluded 3 acres of gardens and grounds, a stroll from the village of Crosthwaite and the award-winning Punchbowl Inn.

Available For£399on Saturday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £765 to £689
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

Situated just off the market square in the centre of the popular market town of Keswick and only a few minutes' walk from the shores of Derwentwater, Lake Road Apartment is ideally situated to enjoy this popular town with a great selection of bars and restaurants in addition to its award winning twice weekly market and excellent theatre but it is also ideal for getting out and about on land or water to explore the stunning scenery of the neighbouring Borrowdale Valley, the lake and the high fells that surround the town.

Available For£595on Friday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £599 to £479
Buttonhole Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner

Every corner of this romantic cottage is as pretty as a picture; delicately refurbished with leather furnishings and French-style painted furniture, but retaining the irreplaceable charm of old exposed beams and traditional feature fireplace. Buttonhole Cottage is a perfect retreat for couples; cosy up by the woodburning stove after an exhilarating day on the fells, dine-in in style or by candle light in the delightful patio area.

Available For£379on Saturday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £495 to £421
Waterfall Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Originally forming part of the old bobbin mill, standing on the side of the cascading Stockghyll, Waterfall is one of a select few luxury residences that forms part of the prestigious 'Falls' development which has been finished to a very high standard by its owners who have created a contemporary and comfortable Lakeland retreat situated only a few minutes' walk from the centre of the bustling village of Ambleside.

Available For£425on Friday
Special Offer
Pye Howe Langdale
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This rustic 17th century cottage is thought to be the oldest in the Langdale Valley. Today it stands beautifully refurbished in its sublime rural setting; a genuine walkers' paradise with breathtaking views to the famous Langdale Pikes. Step inside and you'll instantly feel at home in the cosy ambience of traditional Lakeland; stone flagged floors downstairs, gorgeous stripped wood upstairs, picture cottage windows and original exposed beams.

Available For£499on Saturday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £370 to £333
Riggeswood Cottage Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Facing west over tranquil Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead village, you'll find two distinctive whitewashed cottages, one of which is Riggeswood Cottage. The serene beauty of Esthwaite Water has inspired many over the years - William Wordsworth based a famous poem here, while children's author Beatrix Potter made the pretty tarn the fictional home of her character 'Jeremy Fisher'.

Available For£359on Saturday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £370 to £333
Columbine Cottage Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Hawkshead is famous for its charming whitewashed cottages, and this one fits right into the picture! Columbine Cottage is nestled in a courtyard with a cluster of similar properties, with enviable private parking on the fringe of Hawkshead's picturesque car-free centre, yet only 2 minutes walk from the village shops, pubs and cafes.

Available For£360on Saturday
Special Offer
March House Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Built by the current owners, this fine detached Lakeland House is conveniently located a mile from the centre of the bustling village of Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. March House commands beautiful views across the fields to the central Lakeland Fells and enjoys beautiful evening sunsets.

Available For£485on Friday
Special Offer
Sunbeam Cottage Coniston
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

A short stroll from the shores of Coniston water, this traditional gamekeeper's cottage is full of the character of Lakeland stone-flagged floors, old oak beams, heartwarming fires and adorable cottage windows -all wrapped up with tasteful decor and furnishings. Views are to the lake and the Coniston fells, taking in Brantwood - famous home of John Ruskin. Sunbeam Cottage has an intriguing link with this famous writer and thinker - find out more when you arrive!

Available For£375on Saturday
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £420 to £336
Lower Wansfell Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars

This beautifully presented detached bungalow resides in a peaceful setting on the lower slopes of Wansfell, just a 5 minute stroll from the centre of Ambleside. From its gently elevated position, the property enjoys wonderful views over Ambleside to Loughrigg and the distant Langdale Pikes to the front and Wansfell Pike from the back garden.

Available For£399on Saturday

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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.

Follow the Lakelovers blog for a more detailed guide to Christmas 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 bookings@lakelovers.co.uk to help get your festive escape started.