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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
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

This perfect Lake District Cottage has recently been sympathetically transformed to a contemporary and chic escape. Set in the heart of the Village of Bowness, this beautiful stone built cottage also feels very private yet is only a stone's throw from the bustling bars and restaurants.

Available From£425
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Brunton Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This delightful 4 star Lake District holiday home is a wonderful find for families or groups. Close to Bowness, Lake Windermere and the Windermere Golf Club, you'll enjoy the privacy of a stunning garden which can also be enjoyed from your spacious conservatory. Inside, the property is truly homely and beautifully presented throughout. Relax by the open fire, eat well in the elegant dining room, sleep well in comfortable bedrooms, and take advantage of free Wifi.

Available From£525
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £665 to £599
Ash Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

This delightful Lakeland cottage displays sumptuous Victorian design and atmosphere. The rich blend of Period features throughout mix perfectly with the modern contemporary finish and as soon as you step inside Ash Cottage you will marvel at the sheer attention to sophisticated detail.

Available From£399
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1266 to £1139
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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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Mosslea Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Private parking for 1 car

This peaceful ground floor apartment lies only a stone's throw from the centre of Bowness village and the elegant shores of Lake Windermere. It has a pretty, colourful patio garden, and offers elegant space for couples to spread out and relax. The attractive double bedroom opens out to a raised sitting area overlooking the garden - a treat for lazy mornings.

Available From£299
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Abbotsgarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This contemporary, boutique-style Lakeland cottage stands strolling distance from bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere. Abbotsgarth's gently elevated position provides breathtaking views to the Lakeland Fells, and offers a fantastic base from which to explore this vibrant village, the magic of Lake Windermere and also the wider Lake District.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £425 to £383
Woodside West Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Although centrally located, this contemporary modern cottage enjoys views over the village bowling green towards Lake Windermere. The accommodation is stylish yet comfortable; colourful boutique meets sophisticated retreat. There's ample space for sociable meals in, an air of relaxation thanks to the views, and of course the treat of Bowness and Lake Windermere on your doorstep and even better Woodside West takes short breaks so that you can enjoy all the lakes have to offer.

Available From£425
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Oak Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£425
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Jasmine Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Infants welcome

This cosy, convenient and superbly stylish holiday cottage in Bowness-on-Windermere offers a quiet location, away from the crowds yet only a short stroll from both the village and the lake itself. For all its charm and Lakeland character; cosy with open fire, woodburner and traditional stripped floor boards, Jasmine Cottage has been lovingly refurbished with an attention and flair for the pretty details.

Available From£375
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Lauron’s View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Step inside this recently re-styled residence and catch your breath as you gaze through contemporary walls of glass over Lake Windermere towards the Lakeland Fells. Sip your drinks on the spectacular balcony, take your lazy Sunday lunch to the elegantly furnished garden terrace. However you spend your time here, don't forget to bring your camera and have it to hand at all times as the panoramic views are incredible, making for an awesome shot, particularly when an RAF Typhoon or Hurcules make a fly-past! Lauron's View is an ingeniously designed property, displaying the height of Lakeland luxury throughout with newly updated furnishings and colour palate to bring the styling right up to date.

Available From£725
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Silverholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

With impressive views over Lake Windermere, this delightful apartment offers high class, chic decor with a restful and romantic atmosphere! Whether you are planning your honeymoon or a special occasion, longing to explore the great outdoors or simply fancy getting away from it all, Silverholme is the ideal retreat in one of the most desirable Lake District locations.

Available From£765
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1199 to £1019
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This 17th century Westmorland 'longhouse' is what we'd describe as a dream Lake District holiday home. Elegantly refurbished to 5 star luxury, unforgettable for its 'olde worlde' charms and part of a picture-postcard rural scene - overlooking the lush Lyth Valley, a mile from the acclaimed Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank only a few miles from the shores of Lake Windermere.

Available From£525
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  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A pretty name for a very pretty, traditional double-fronted Lakeland end cottage, peacefully located on the edge of National Trust land but still only a few minutes downhill stroll to the centre of Bowness. Step inside and you'll find a charming retreat, perfect for a couple or small family at any time of year.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £799 to £679
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Quintessential Lakeland on the outside, chic and luxurious within, this converted barn in the Lyth Valley has been refurbished with undeniable contemporary flair. You'll never forget the character of the place, with its old oak beams, vaulted ceilings and traditional gas fire log effect stove to complete the cosy country lifestyle.

Available From£425
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Scar View Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Commanding the most outstanding views as far as the eye can see over the picturesque Lyth Valley, Scar View occupies a truly idyllic spot on the outskirts of Underbarrow hamlet, nestled in rural bliss. This superb bolt hole has been lovingly designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Sumptuous furnishings, oak floorings, a chic bedroom and substantial bathroom and not forgetting the large garden, perfect for lazy summer days.

Available From£335
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £575 to £519
Goswick Hall Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This beautiful converted barn resides in a picturesque setting overlooking this lush green valley, only a few hundred yards from the renowned Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank, within an original farm. Characterful Lakeland externally yet step inside to see contemporary finish throughout.

Available From£375
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Thorndale Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Property Update: Please note that the lounge and two of the bedrooms are currently being refurbished – additional photography will be added during the autumn when the work is complete.

Available From£695
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Pretty as a picture, this central Bowness holiday cottage is perfectly placed for exploring the village and the boating activities in Bowness Bay. Even better, the property provides central private parking - making touring by car a breeze - and a delightful, enclosed and furnished patio for meals al-fresco on sunny days.

Available From£395
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Silver Howe Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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
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Lake Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 3 pets allowed

A luxury Lake District lodge with hot tub, in a superbly romantic setting. With panoramic views through full length windows and overlooking Lake Windermere, Lake Lodge is a unique retreat for a special occasion or honeymoon in the Lake District. It's perfect for exploring the Lakeland countryside, but equally well-placed to enjoy the delights of Bowness village which is only a couple of miles away.

Available From£465

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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.