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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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Miyanli Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This traditional Lakeland detached residence simply has it all - sophisticated Lakeland luxury, a special place to spend precious time together in a peaceful elevated setting, yet literally only a stone's throw from the village centre and the shores of Lake Windermere. Aptly named this wonderful property is surrounded by intoxicating colour from within its dreamy garden.

Available From£650
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Lake View Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Gaze out over Lake Windermere and the Lakeland Fells from the comfort of this beautifully presented Bowness holiday home, still only a short walk from the vibrant village centre and lake shore. With a wall of glass in the top floor living area, opening to a furnished balcony, Lake View absolutely lives up to its name and provides an unforgettable retreat for one or two couples, family or friendly gatherings.

Available From£399
Special Offer 7 Nights reduced from £585 to £495
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Cherry Tree Cottage is a lovely, spacious and convenient holiday cottage situated in Bowness-on-Windermere. It offers a quiet location, away from the crowds yet only a short stroll from the village of Bowness and Windermere Lake itself. Set over 3 floors, this property provides plenty of space for family and couples. If you're looking for a cottage with generous sized bedrooms and living space which is set within a quiet area of Bowness, then this is the place for you to relax and recharge your batteries. The delights of Bowness village are only a 10 minutes' walk away. An absolute bonus for this property is that you don't even require a car to get here; it is within easy reach by using local public transport; buses and railway to and from Windermere, Lake District daily.

Available From£399
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The Low House Bowness
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

The Low House is a property of exceptional character, furnished to an excellent standard and the perfect place for that special get together. Offering oodles of private space and lots of rooms to entertain the whole group with the main lounge featuring wood-burning stove, the garden room with fabulous views and the cosy TV lounge also with wood-burning stove. A very sociable open plan kitchen / dining room is the perfect place to spend the evening and outdoors with an al-fresco dining and BBQ area and acres of beautiful lawns leading straight onto the surrounding fells.

Available From£1250
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Waterside Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • 3 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

What a magical find - we fell in love with this detached contemporary Lakeland treat, which nestles in a secluded sublime country setting overlooking a private tarn. If searching for somewhere special to escape from the everyday and spend precious time together then you have found it here, a quintessential Lakeland setting but full of eclectic surprises. A place of luxury is one where every detail is taken care of and here at Waterside, it certainly lives up to this reputation.

Available From£795
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Lake Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • 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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Mere View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars

Arriving at Mere View, the temptation is to look up and to try and work out what the cottage has in store but resist that temptation and walk quickly through the front door, climb the two flights of stairs to the top floor and emerge to the most stunning view of Lake Windermere!

Available From£425
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Foxdene Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously refurbished 17th century cottage takes a sublime rural setting; nestled down a leafy lane, backing onto woodland glade and gazing out over the lush Lyth Valley. Wonderful walking and cycling begins on the doorstep, and at the end of a long day you'll choose from two excellent country pubs close by.

Available From£499
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  • 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£375
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Bow Peak Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

This stylish and sophisticated Lakeland treat, occupying a peaceful yet central position within this ever popular lakeside village destination, commands a superb view towards the Langdale Pikes with a glimpse of Lake Windermere. With private parking right outside, this contemporary bolt-hole is literally a stone's throw from the centre of the village and only a five minute stroll to the shores of Lake Windermere where a plethora of water-borne activities can be enjoyed.

Available From£325
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Overlooking the lake and mountains, this former coach house in the heart of the Lake District has been transformed with sensitivity and flair into an airy inviting retreat full of character and charm. Emanating warmth and comfort, an eclectic mix of vintage and modern creates a style that flows through each room and creates a lovely atmosphere in which to socialize with your friends and family.

Available From£495
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

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

Available From£625
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

A true 'picture postcard' cottage in sublime open countryside, less than a mile from two outstanding country pubs and only a short drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere. Lavender Cottage is a divine retreat for your precious time away, with family or friends. Retaining charming original features in its old oak beams, inset woodburning fireplace and enchanting cottage windows, the accommodation has been tastefully refurbished to stylish 4 star standards.

Available From£425
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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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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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£695
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1075 to £860
Brunton Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

An outstanding lakeside residence with breathtaking panoramic views set on Lake Windermere. Step inside and catch your breath as you gaze through walls of glass out over Lake Windermere. This attached Period Gentleman's residence was designed to take full advantage of the view and it does!

Available From£850
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Tall Trees Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously eclectic detached Lakeland residence occupies a sublime setting within woodland glade surrounded by 'tall trees' only a short walk from the shores of Lake Windermere alongside Storrs Park, known locally as 'Millionaires' Mile'. Please be aware that there are some building works being carried out next door to Tall Trees for the duration of 2018 & into 2019. The owner has therefore reflected this in their advertised rates for any disruption caused.

Available From£765
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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.

Available From£1095
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £795 to £717
Crag View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Crag View is a beautiful family-friendly holiday cottage that sleeps 6 and welcomes dogs. Nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Underbarrow, it is just a quick walk from the delightful Black Labrador pub, renowned for a great menu. Crag View is a short 15 minute drive to Bowness and Kendal. Overlooking the picturesque Lyth Valley, it is also ideal for a walking holiday. There is a magnificent range of local walks to suit all abilities, from a hike over nearby Cunswick Scar (steep in places and well worth the effort) to fun walks with young children, for example the walk over Scout Scar. This is one of the 'Miles Without Stiles' walks and is suitable for pushchairs.

Available From£495

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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.