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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 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£455.00
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Richmond Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£575.00
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Antrona Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • 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£395.00
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Tree Tops Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Families or groups of friends will love the views from the top floor of this town house and balcony. The sun floods in through the patio doors by the living/dining room, with wooden beams overhead. Although just a few steps from bustling Bowness, you'll feel miles away from the rush when relaxing at home. Wander to Lake Windermere for the day, enjoy yourself on the water, then return to watch the sunset on the balcony.

Available From£375.00
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Lakeside View Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Every ingredient for a perfect Lake District holiday, family or friends, at any time of year. Through spectacular full wall windows and from a slightly elevated position, Lakeside View gazes out over Bowness Bay and Lake Windermere to the famous Lakeland Fells beyond. Only a stroll away are the vibrant village centre, the boating activities of the bay, and the contemporary high street of the Lake District's most popular destination.

Available From£445.00
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Skyfall Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

A private drive meanders up to the apartment which is set in private grounds and guarantees a little bit of exclusivity for you and your family. Situated on the first floor, this modern apartment offers a luxurious and convenient retreat for those wanting to relax. The owners have ensured Skyfall has been finished to the highest standard with great attention to detail from the inviting lounge with quality furnishings, comfy and relaxing sofas and a tasteful breakfast bar from which to enjoy a morning coffee or tea whilst taking in the relaxing atmosphere. The centre of the popular village of Bowness has a great collection of traditional and modern restaurants, pubs, wine bars and cafes in addition to some of the best shopping in the Lake District, Skyfall is the ideal choice for everything from a romantic weekend away, a few days to explore Lake Windermere or those wanting to visit some of the Lake District's most popular attractions and if you want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Available From£445.00
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Gardenside Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Private parking for 1 car

This ground floor apartment is found in a surprisingly peaceful location, just off the bustling centre of Bowness village and only a few minutes' stroll from Lake Windermere's shores. The accommodation is fresh, comfortable and ideally placed for families or friends to explore this popular Lake District destination at any time of year.

Available From£285.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Ellerbeck Bridge is situated in the sweet village of Underbarrow, on the edge of the Lyth Valley. This stunning property has been recently extended to create a suitable base for any occasion, Ellerbeck bridge prides itself on being finished to a high standard throughout, offering plenty of living space and beautiful views, you really do get the best of both worlds. Complimenting the location of this property is the village pub, 'The Black Labrador' which is only a few minutes' walk down the road, there are also many other country pubs within driving distance. Ellerbeck Bridge has an excellent location, there are plenty of laid back country walks and it is also close to the market town of Kendal, or the foodie village of Cartmel, famous for Cartmel Races. Why not try our virtual walkthrough of the property. Simply click here or follow the floorplan link above.

Available From£715.00
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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 From£645.00
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Ladyholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Hill of Oaks is a luxurious Park situated on the Eastern Shore of Lake Windermere, structuring part of the Old Lakeside Stone Mill. Ladyholme is one of the apartments this Park has to offer. Ladyholme presents a modern yet cosy and romantic atmosphere so whether you are coming to explore the infinite beauty of the Lake District, to celebrate your honeymoon or just to simply escape your life for a short while, Ladyholme is perfect to do all that and more!

Available From£515.00
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North Highfield Windermere
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Is this the most enviable abode in the country? We think so and so did Harriet Martineau in her 1855 works, A complete guide to the English Lakes.

Available From£1195.00
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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£415.00
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Lexington House Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Standing proud, in one of the best residential roads in Bowness-On-Windermere, Lexington House is a superb detached house formally an agricultural barn originally built in the early 1900’s. From its elevated position in one of the most desirable areas of Bowness, Lexington House benefits from views to the hills, whilst being less than 250 metres from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant village of Bowness and just 500 metres from the shores of Lake Windermere, with its eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants.

Available From£995.00
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Jaspers Retreat Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 3 pets allowed

From the moment you walk into this outstanding detached property you will be impressed by the quality, the open plan living but most of all the stunning views from every room. Located on Brantfell, only a five minute walk from the lively centre of Bowness-On-Windermere, the stunning architect designed house takes full advantage of its elevated hillside location. Spread over three floors, every room offers beautiful panoramic views to Lake Windermere, Claife Heights and the Coniston Fells beyond.

Available From£1195.00
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Claife View Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This stylish, contemporary and central Bowness apartment takes one of the most envied locations within the Quarry Rigg development. Claife View is at the heart of buzzing Bowness, but set back from the road to enjoy a pretty outlook from the first floor living room towards Claife Heights.

Available From£315.00
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Clover Nook Bowness
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

This traditional Lakeland detached residence simple has it all - sophisticated Lakeland luxury, a special place to spend precious time together in a peaceful spot, occupying an idyllic setting literally only a stone's throw from the village centre and the shores of Lake Windermere. The ingenious design and attention to detail has to be seen to be fully appreciated - even large families or groups of friends will find places to escape here. Special and memorable holidays stay with you for life and here at Clover Nook you will not be disappointed.A few minutes' stroll into the heart of this popular setting, lots of en-suite facilities, sleek bedrooms, contemporary yet traditional gracious living, more reception rooms than you can use and a fabulous open plan kitchen / conservatory room opening onto the garden with decking and terrace, all wrapped up in sophisticated technology, are but a few things to mention, come and live here for a week.

Available From£999.00
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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£795.00
Special Offer Book a 3 night short break commencing 7th May 2019 for £788
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£725.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

Luxurious Windermere Lodge is set within Fallbarrow Park, nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere and just a few minutes' walk from the popular town of Bowness-On-Windermere . 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 a lakeside location offers boat launching and a small marina. Windermere Lodge is a finished in a contemporary and sophisticated style and to a very high standard and is the ideal place to enjoy time away with friends or family. The large decked area that wraps around the lodge is the ideal spot to relax with a glass of wine or a morning coffee and to enjoy glimpses of Lake Windermere through the surrounding woodland..

Available From£565.00

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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.