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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Kentrigg Windermere
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Kentrigg is an incredible 5 Bedroom detached property situated a stone's throw from Carus Green Golf Club and restaurant on the Burneside village road.

Available From£2000
Special Offer
Hygge at No.8 Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

The Danish art of 'Hygge' is to acknowledge a feeling or a moment, a warmth, a contentment with your loved one, at home or away and although there is no literal translation for this vibe, the concept is displayed perfectly here at Hygge @ no. 8, Applethwaite Hall. The original Hall, completed in 1901 is the epitome of the Arts and Crafts movement and many original features have been retained echoing its historic past throughout the twelve, very individual apartments that were cleverly created during 2017. But walk into Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) and you're instantly cocooned in an elegant, intimate and luxurious lifestyle apartment and quickly into 'holiday mode'.

Available From£365
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £365 to £329
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

The epitome of luxurious loft style living, Robyn's Nest is one of only a dozen properties set in arguably the most prestigious development of recent years, Applethwaite Hall. Located on the second floor of this Art and Crafts building and one of only a dozen careful created homes, Robyn's Nest is an extremely fashionable abode, bang on trend in terms of styling and facilities and ideal for a couple looking for a romantic and special hideaway, whatever the time of year you choose to visit.

Available From£365
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Forming part of the prestigious Applethwaite Hall development, The Mulberry At Applethwaite Hall provides a contemporary, luxurious retreat for those wishing to be within striking distance of the Lakeland town of Windermere and her busier neighbour, Bowness yet far enough away to appreciate a peaceful, countryside location. One of the exclusive apartments created within a stunning former Arts and Crafts country house, this first floor, spacious apartment offers some superb views across the manicured grounds to the Langdales beyond and an unforgettable self-catering experience in the very heart of the Lakes. The owners are life-long lovers of the Lake District and have created a stylish and comfortable space complimented by artwork and crafts by local artists.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £325 to £293
Stoat Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi

The very charming Stoat Cottage enjoys a central location in the heart of Staveley, a thriving village that has quietly gained a reputation as a destination village for foodie retreats and everything outdoors making it the perfect base to explore the lakes. This mid-18th century cottage has just been beautifully re-worked to offer quality, stylish accommodation with the theme very much on comfort.

Available From£325
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Built around the turn of the century at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, Applethwaite Hall is one of the Lake District's most remarkable country houses. Recently, and sensitively, redeveloped to an extremely high standard, the Hall benefits from a wealth of period features.

Available From£585
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Silver Birches Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Just a short walk from the centre of Windermere Village, Silver Birches is a beautifully presented, contemporary bungalow, with beautiful garden, summer house and hot tub making it a superb choice for those looking to holiday with friends or family.

Available From£525
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £325 to £293
Mulberry Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Nestled along a short terrace within the conservation area of this quiet, Lakeland village,that Dorothy Wordsworth considered to be a place she dearly loved to think of, Mulberry Cottage provides a most welcome retreat and holiday destination within this traditional community where you'll find the butchers, the bakers and yes, even a candlestick maker and is ideal for the smaller party, be it a couple, small family and your dog. Easy access to the busier resorts of Windermere and Bowness is readily available by way of a short train journey from the village station or open top bus ride, both just a short stroll from the door of the cottage. The Dales Way walkers amongst you will appreciate what's referred to as one of the best section of the route whilst outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the numerous 'on the doorstep' opportunities to explore the beautiful Kentmere Valley.

Available From£325
Special Offer
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
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set separately, this boutique designer cottage oozes luxury and Lakeland style with walls of glass admiring the tranquil setting, and a spacious, covered balcony overlooking the peaceful view. The cottage lies at the foot of the Kentmere Valley and is set in the secluded informal three-acre gardens of Mirefoot, complete with arboretum and wildlife pond and meadow. If searching for romantic relaxation and escapism on the doorstep of ever popular Windermere, look no more?

Available From£960
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £525 to £473
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set just a mile from the centre of Windermere town, Deer Wood forms part of the prestigious Applethwaite Hall, designed by none other than Thomas Muirhead whose other works include Old Trafford and Kensington Oval cricket pavilions. One of only 12 luxury apartments within this stunning former country house, the building displays a wealth of original features from the Arts and Craft movement and has been sympathetically reworked to combine modern day facilities with early 20th century heritage.

Available From£425
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

A stylishly appointed cottage themed on a lake-house, with exposed oak beams and dark wood flooring. This unique architect-designed luxury cottage lies at the foot of the Kentmere valley and is set in the secluded informal three-acre gardens of Mirefoot, complete with arboretum and wildlife pond. If searching for sublime relaxation and escapism on the doorstep of ever popular Windermere, look no more?

Available From£960
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 From£890
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Oozing contemporary minimalist design; a fusion of wood, glass and slate combine at this luxury self-catering hideaway evoking a rustic Lakeland's shepherd's bothy. 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 From£890
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

We all know luxury comes with a price. Nature of course doesn't have to pay for it and Twitchers Cottage ethos certainly echoes this. 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 From£890

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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.