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Crosthwaite Cottages

Crosthwaite Cottages

Secluded in the blooming pastures of the Lyth Valley, Crosthwaite is a beautiful and often overlooked area of the Lake District that many pass through on the way to more well-known destinations. Take time to discover this hidden gem, and you will be rewarded with damson tree orchards, wild bluebell woodlands and picturesque villages offering plenty of Lakeland charm. A country escape in the heart of the Lyth Valley will feel off the beaten track, allowing you to get back to nature and relax. But in Crosthwaite, you are in the ideal location to explore all the excitement and beauty the Southern Lakes has to offer. The vibrant hubs of Bowness and Kendal are only 5 miles away, and you can enjoy the grandeur of the majestic Lake Windermere in only a 15-minute drive.

Self-Catering Accommodation Near Crosthwaite

Choosing your rural retreat could not be easier with Lakelovers’ fantastic range of specially-selected self-catering properties in Crosthwaite. Get ready to immerse yourself in the astonishing beauty of the valley; our cottages enjoy panoramic views of the rolling fells and luscious farmland outside. Picture that morning cup of coffee on your own private balcony listening to birdsong and the breeze rippling through the trees.

Whether you are a looking for a cosy abode for a romantic retreat, or a spacious barn conversion to accommodate a large group of family and friends, our luxury cottages in Crosthwaite will indulge your every need. If you’re looking for somewhere with charming period features, choose one of our traditional properties with exposed beams and original flooring. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, take a look at our beautifully-renovated Victorian terraces, styled tastefully with all the mod cons. From roll top bathtubs to roaring open fires, our cottages have all the unique touches that will make Crosthwaite feel like your home away from home. With WiFi, HD televisions and state-of-the-art kitchens, you will love the comfort and ease that our 3-5 star VisitEngland rated properties provide.

From suntrap courtyards to extensive gardens, many of our Crosthwaite cottages have glorious outdoor spaces that help you to soak up the greenery, even when you’re at home. After a day walking in the fresh air, there can be no better place to relax with a glass of wine or refuel with a summertime barbecue.

A Little of Crosthwaite’s History

If we think about the geography of the Lyth Valley, we get a sense of just how old the landscape of the Southern Lakes is. During the Ice Age, glaciers carved through the valley, leaving behind the iconic limestone escarpments of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar on either side. Head to Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve to get a closer look at one of the impressive limestone pavements and catch a glimpse of the birds of prey that roam overhead.

The name Crosthwaite gives us a clue about who has inhabited the town throughout history. Surprisingly, there is no evidence to suggest that the Romans ever set foot in the valley. ‘Thwaite’ comes from Old Norse, meaning a clearing in a forest, and was combined with ‘Cross’, which is thought to derive from the village’s 6th Century links to Christian missionaries.

Getting There

Although our Crosthwaite cottages will feel like a rural retreat, secluded from the hustle and bustle, the village is easily-accessible by car. To arrive at your Lakeland getaway, take the Junction 36 exit of the M6. Follow the A590 to Kendal and then take the A5074, following signs for Windermere, which passes through Crosthwaite and surrounding villages.

Exploring this region is ideal by car so that you can explore all the region’s highlights and enjoy delightful day trips to the nearby towns.

Out and About in Crosthwaite

Visitors to Crosthwaite will delight in the unspoiled rolling countryside, which in springtime becomes particularly beautiful due to the blossoming damson trees.  The damson orchards are an iconic part of Lyth Valley landscape, and you won’t be able to resist the charming roadside jam stalls that appear after the Autumn harvest. A springtime trip to Crosthwaite should include the annual Damson Day in mid-April which celebrates the arrival of spring and the damson blossom. You can sample a whole range of damson products at this quaint country fair, including jellies, chutney’s, and gin, as well as enjoy crafts and photography displays.

The gentle undulations of the Lyth Valley make it the perfect place to get the whole family on their bikes and enjoy the quiet country lanes and footpaths. A particularly pleasant ride begins at the gates of Sizergh Castle and sets out along the gentle farmland and woodland trails.  There will be no end of opportunities to stop for that picture-perfect photo of the delightful meadows, or refuel with a picnic in the picturesque forests.

Situated just off the A590, the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place to wile the day away. The reserve is home to the Whitbarrow Scar, a limestone escarpment, an unusual feature in the Lakeland landscape. Explore the rich flora and fauna, as you amble through bluebell woodlands and fields of wildflowers. Nature-lovers should keep their eyes peeled for the resident red and roe deer, buzzards and great spotted woodpeckers. Described by Wainwright as ‘beautiful every step of the way’, a 7-mile route starting at Mill Side climbs Whitbarrow Scar up to ‘Lord’s Seat’. From this elevated position, soak up the panoramic views over the Cumbrian Fells and out over Morecambe Bay.

If you’ve soaked up enough tranquillity and wish to head to some of the region’s most popular spots, take a day trip to nearby Kendal or Bowness. As a bustling market town, Kendal is a fantastic location to explore the range of independent stores selling an eclectic range of regional products. Kendal offers such a diverse selection of delightful cafes, restaurants, and pubs that you could spend a whole day eating your way down the high streets. Be sure to sample the world-famous Kendal Mint Cake while you’re there!

Bowness-on-Windermere is a beautiful town, perched at the side of the largest lake in the national park. Visitors to the town shouldn’t miss a trip to the World of Beatrix Potter, an attraction for the whole family which will ignite the imagination of those wishing to learn the story of one of the region’s best loved authors. From Bowness, you can hop aboard the Windermere Steamer and enjoy the breathtaking vistas from the lake of the surrounding mountains. A cruise around the whole lake takes about 3 hours, although you might prefer to get off and explore. Why not spend an afternoon soaking up the charm of the picturesque town of Ambleside?

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

No trip to Crosthwaite would be complete without a trip to the village’s country inn, The Punch Bowl. With elegant interiors and period features, this pub offers heaps of traditional charm with special touches that make enjoying a glass of champagne by the fire or a Sunday roast in the lounge feel like quite an occasion. Dogs are welcome in the bar and the outdoor seating is the ideal place to soak up the verdant pastures while supping a pint of real ale.

The Black Labrador in nearby Underbarrow is another charming pub offering hearty grub in cosy surrounds. This eatery is particularly popular for lunches, when it serves everything from Lamb Henry to hake in lobster bisque. The Lyth Valley Country Inn is another firm favourite for traditional Lakeland fayre.

There is no shortage of wonderful dining options in Kendal, and whether you want to sample regional produce or try some international cuisine, you will definitely fill your boots with a trip to the town. 2 Sisters Café at Plumgarth’s is renowned for its delicious homemade cakes and artisan breakfasts. With its exquisite coffees, inventive salads and slow-cooked comfort food, Baba Ganoush is a treasure trove for foodies. Check out its Bakehouse for freshly-baked breads and quiches that you can take away to enjoy in the comfort of your self-catering cottage in Crosthwaite.

There are plenty of places to grab a pint of real ale at the many country pubs dotted along the lanes of the Lyth Valley, but if you’re looking for something a little fancier, head to Burgundy’s Wine Bar in the centre of Kendal. With its own microbrewery, a fantastic selection of wines, Burgundy’s makes for a great evening out, especially on the midweek jazz nights. In nearby Bowness, Bodega is a rustic Mediterranean-style bar serving delicious tapas and Spanish wines.

We think Crosthwaite is the perfect rural location to relax in the tranquillity of the Lyth Valley, but if you’re flexible on location and want a holiday closer to the hustle and bustle, then you could check out our range of beautiful properties in the lively town of Keswick.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Camellia Cottage is a picture perfect Lakeland Cottage, set in the quite hamlet of Crook just a few minutes' drive from the shores of Lake Windermere and within relatively easy reach of the Central Lakes. The Cottage is an ideal place to relax or engage in a wide range of activities. You may want to sail on the lakes, play golf (a 13 hole course is available in the village and two 18 hole courses are nearby), fish, cycle or simply walk from the door or on accessible Lakeland fells. The range of activities, together with access to great places to eat and drink make Camellia Cottage a prefect Lakeland retreat.

Available From£350
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Juniper Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Only 25 minutes from the M6 and within easy reach of both Bowness and Windermere (and a range of award winning restaurants and country pubs), Juniper Cottage offers contemporary standards of comfort in a 1920's Lakeland character property, in a truly enviable location, with breath-taking views across meadows and woods to the Fells, beyond. It is an ideal setting for a totally relaxing holiday,

Available From£700
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Annisgarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

Conveniently situated five minutes' walk from the centre of the popular village of Bowness, Annisgarth is a superb, well presented, terraced property that offers great accommodation in and excellent location.

Available From£625
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Ada’s Retreat Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Located just a few minutes' easy walk from the popular village of Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere, Ada's Retreat is a luxurious hideaway from which to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. From the spacious and very private wing of this beautiful Lakeland home, with over an acre of secluded garden, Ada's Retreat is a high quality and luxurious hideaway for two. The owners of Ada's Retreat have flexible changeover days and offer shortbreaks all year round – please telephone us for more details.

Available From£700
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Rosegarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Literally a stone's throw from the steamer pier at Bowness Bay, Rosegarth enjoys a most enviable position in the very heart of one of Lakeland's tourist hotspots, the perfect destination for a memorable family holiday.

Available From£595
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Oak Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Oak Cottage is a superb Victorian Lakeland terrace cottage that has been fully refurbished to a very high standard in the heart of the popular village of Bowness-On-Windermere. Offering quality accommodation, Oak Cottage is well located for all the village has to offer including shops, bars and restaurants, is in easy walk of the Lake Windermere and is an ideal base from which to explore the whole of the Lake District. The cottage is situated just a few minutes' walk from Biskey Howe which offers stunning views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding area and is a perfect place to enjoy the sunsets across the lake in an evening.

Available From£395
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Lauron’s View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

The property has gone under recent refurbishments with updated photographs coming at the beginning of May 2018.

Available From£675
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Stonecliffe is a large, traditionally built residence occupying a prominent position within the heart of Bowness on Windermere.

Available From£445
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Stonecliffe is a large, traditionally built residence which sits in a prominent position within the heart of Bowness on Windermere. Dedicated parking is provided for one car, but once here you will find excellent restaurants, bars and visitor attractions within easy walking distance.

Available From£445
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Biskey Nest Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi

Located in the heart of Bowness and situated on the first floor, Biskey Nest is a smart and convenient retreat for those who want to relax and enjoy the popular bars, cafes and restaurants that Bowness has to offer and perfectly positioned for easy access of to the whole of the Lake District

Available From£295
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Silver Howe Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Hidden from the hustle and bustle of Bowness, step through the gates at Silver Howe and you discover a beautiful home nestled into a rocky outcrop surrounded by mature trees, offering a unique property that makes this the ideal holiday cottage for both family and friends.

Available From£525
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £850 to £765
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Nestled in a small development of individual exclusive lodges this luxurious Lakeland Lodge is conveniently situated on the shores of Lake Windermere and only a few minutes' walk from the popular town of Bowness-On-Windermere. Set within Fallbarrow Park, its five star facilities include a popular bar and restaurant, a well-stocked deli and shop, children's play area, games area and of course with a lakeside location the park offers boat launching and a small marina.

Available From£550
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Antrona Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located just a five minute walk from the centre of Windermere, Antrona is a contemporary and stylish apartment with a quirky feel that has been created to offer a good standard of accommodation in a superb location.

Available From£365
Special Offer
Richmond Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Located on the south east corner of the Lake District national park, just a ten minute drive from Windermere, five minutes from the market town of Kendal and less than half an hour from the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond is the eastern wing of the magnificent Bannel Head House, a stunning Victorian country residence built in 1900.

Available From£567
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £425 to £404
The Bobbin Loft Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Starnthwaite Ghyll, once a thriving bobbin mill sits in the heart of the spectacularly beautiful Lyth Valley. Close by and within perfect leisurely walking distance sits the picturesque village of Crosthwaite. Take a 20 minute stroll along quiet tree laden country lanes to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine at the well renowned Punch Bowl Pub, visit the impressive 13th Century church and absorb the peace and serenity of the farmland and woods of the area.

Available From£375
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £485 to £437
Burrow Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Dating back to 1640, this romantic Lake District cottage is a dream inside and out, with a picture postcard white exterior, deep-silled cottage windows, open fire and old oak beams.This chocolate box cottage is an ideal place to relax and unwind and is something really special for couples.

Available From£325
Special Offer
Cragholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed

With astonishing views over Lake Windermere, this charming apartment offers stylish and contemporary accommodation with a snug, romantic atmosphere!

Available From£522
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £795 to £717
Otterholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Assembling part of the old Lakeside stone mill and set in the age old woodland within the luxury and exclusive setting of the Hill of Oaks Park, in a prime lakeside location, with picturesque views across Windermere. Otterholme takes full advantage of the privacy that the Park has to offer, yet still only being a 10 minute drive from Bowness village – therefore providing something for everyone.

Available From£522

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Crosthwaite Cottages

Crosthwaite Cottages

Secluded in the blooming pastures of the Lyth Valley, Crosthwaite is a beautiful and often overlooked area of the Lake District that many pass through on the way to more well-known destinations. Take time to discover this hidden gem, and you will be rewarded with damson tree orchards, wild bluebell woodlands and picturesque villages offering plenty of Lakeland charm. A country escape in the heart of the Lyth Valley will feel off the beaten track, allowing you to get back to nature and relax. But in Crosthwaite, you are in the ideal location to explore all the excitement and beauty the Southern Lakes has to offer. The vibrant hubs of Bowness and Kendal are only 5 miles away, and you can enjoy the grandeur of the majestic Lake Windermere in only a 15-minute drive.

Self-Catering Accommodation Near Crosthwaite

Choosing your rural retreat could not be easier with Lakelovers’ fantastic range of specially-selected self-catering properties in Crosthwaite. Get ready to immerse yourself in the astonishing beauty of the valley; our cottages enjoy panoramic views of the rolling fells and luscious farmland outside. Picture that morning cup of coffee on your own private balcony listening to birdsong and the breeze rippling through the trees.

Whether you are a looking for a cosy abode for a romantic retreat, or a spacious barn conversion to accommodate a large group of family and friends, our luxury cottages in Crosthwaite will indulge your every need. If you’re looking for somewhere with charming period features, choose one of our traditional properties with exposed beams and original flooring. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, take a look at our beautifully-renovated Victorian terraces, styled tastefully with all the mod cons. From roll top bathtubs to roaring open fires, our cottages have all the unique touches that will make Crosthwaite feel like your home away from home. With WiFi, HD televisions and state-of-the-art kitchens, you will love the comfort and ease that our 3-5 star VisitEngland rated properties provide.

From suntrap courtyards to extensive gardens, many of our Crosthwaite cottages have glorious outdoor spaces that help you to soak up the greenery, even when you’re at home. After a day walking in the fresh air, there can be no better place to relax with a glass of wine or refuel with a summertime barbecue.

A Little of Crosthwaite’s History

If we think about the geography of the Lyth Valley, we get a sense of just how old the landscape of the Southern Lakes is. During the Ice Age, glaciers carved through the valley, leaving behind the iconic limestone escarpments of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar on either side. Head to Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve to get a closer look at one of the impressive limestone pavements and catch a glimpse of the birds of prey that roam overhead.

The name Crosthwaite gives us a clue about who has inhabited the town throughout history. Surprisingly, there is no evidence to suggest that the Romans ever set foot in the valley. ‘Thwaite’ comes from Old Norse, meaning a clearing in a forest, and was combined with ‘Cross’, which is thought to derive from the village’s 6th Century links to Christian missionaries.

Getting There

Although our Crosthwaite cottages will feel like a rural retreat, secluded from the hustle and bustle, the village is easily-accessible by car. To arrive at your Lakeland getaway, take the Junction 36 exit of the M6. Follow the A590 to Kendal and then take the A5074, following signs for Windermere, which passes through Crosthwaite and surrounding villages.

Exploring this region is ideal by car so that you can explore all the region’s highlights and enjoy delightful day trips to the nearby towns.

Out and About in Crosthwaite

Visitors to Crosthwaite will delight in the unspoiled rolling countryside, which in springtime becomes particularly beautiful due to the blossoming damson trees.  The damson orchards are an iconic part of Lyth Valley landscape, and you won’t be able to resist the charming roadside jam stalls that appear after the Autumn harvest. A springtime trip to Crosthwaite should include the annual Damson Day in mid-April which celebrates the arrival of spring and the damson blossom. You can sample a whole range of damson products at this quaint country fair, including jellies, chutney’s, and gin, as well as enjoy crafts and photography displays.

The gentle undulations of the Lyth Valley make it the perfect place to get the whole family on their bikes and enjoy the quiet country lanes and footpaths. A particularly pleasant ride begins at the gates of Sizergh Castle and sets out along the gentle farmland and woodland trails.  There will be no end of opportunities to stop for that picture-perfect photo of the delightful meadows, or refuel with a picnic in the picturesque forests.

Situated just off the A590, the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place to wile the day away. The reserve is home to the Whitbarrow Scar, a limestone escarpment, an unusual feature in the Lakeland landscape. Explore the rich flora and fauna, as you amble through bluebell woodlands and fields of wildflowers. Nature-lovers should keep their eyes peeled for the resident red and roe deer, buzzards and great spotted woodpeckers. Described by Wainwright as ‘beautiful every step of the way’, a 7-mile route starting at Mill Side climbs Whitbarrow Scar up to ‘Lord’s Seat’. From this elevated position, soak up the panoramic views over the Cumbrian Fells and out over Morecambe Bay.

If you’ve soaked up enough tranquillity and wish to head to some of the region’s most popular spots, take a day trip to nearby Kendal or Bowness. As a bustling market town, Kendal is a fantastic location to explore the range of independent stores selling an eclectic range of regional products. Kendal offers such a diverse selection of delightful cafes, restaurants, and pubs that you could spend a whole day eating your way down the high streets. Be sure to sample the world-famous Kendal Mint Cake while you’re there!

Bowness-on-Windermere is a beautiful town, perched at the side of the largest lake in the national park. Visitors to the town shouldn’t miss a trip to the World of Beatrix Potter, an attraction for the whole family which will ignite the imagination of those wishing to learn the story of one of the region’s best loved authors. From Bowness, you can hop aboard the Windermere Steamer and enjoy the breathtaking vistas from the lake of the surrounding mountains. A cruise around the whole lake takes about 3 hours, although you might prefer to get off and explore. Why not spend an afternoon soaking up the charm of the picturesque town of Ambleside?

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

No trip to Crosthwaite would be complete without a trip to the village’s country inn, The Punch Bowl. With elegant interiors and period features, this pub offers heaps of traditional charm with special touches that make enjoying a glass of champagne by the fire or a Sunday roast in the lounge feel like quite an occasion. Dogs are welcome in the bar and the outdoor seating is the ideal place to soak up the verdant pastures while supping a pint of real ale.

The Black Labrador in nearby Underbarrow is another charming pub offering hearty grub in cosy surrounds. This eatery is particularly popular for lunches, when it serves everything from Lamb Henry to hake in lobster bisque. The Lyth Valley Country Inn is another firm favourite for traditional Lakeland fayre.

There is no shortage of wonderful dining options in Kendal, and whether you want to sample regional produce or try some international cuisine, you will definitely fill your boots with a trip to the town. 2 Sisters Café at Plumgarth’s is renowned for its delicious homemade cakes and artisan breakfasts. With its exquisite coffees, inventive salads and slow-cooked comfort food, Baba Ganoush is a treasure trove for foodies. Check out its Bakehouse for freshly-baked breads and quiches that you can take away to enjoy in the comfort of your self-catering cottage in Crosthwaite.

There are plenty of places to grab a pint of real ale at the many country pubs dotted along the lanes of the Lyth Valley, but if you’re looking for something a little fancier, head to Burgundy’s Wine Bar in the centre of Kendal. With its own microbrewery, a fantastic selection of wines, Burgundy’s makes for a great evening out, especially on the midweek jazz nights. In nearby Bowness, Bodega is a rustic Mediterranean-style bar serving delicious tapas and Spanish wines.

We think Crosthwaite is the perfect rural location to relax in the tranquillity of the Lyth Valley, but if you’re flexible on location and want a holiday closer to the hustle and bustle, then you could check out our range of beautiful properties in the lively town of Keswick.