Over the last 20 years the tourism industry has grown, Cumbria has developed and is now a hotbed for outdoor leisure, sports and activities, as well as having a rich catalogue of cultural events to suit all. Cumbria has an exciting blend of town and country and traditional meets contemporary, where you will experience the best of both worlds. This blend is reflected in the unique range of Cumbrian cottages we offer at Lakelovers.
With such a wide selection of holiday cottages to choose from, we will find the right property for you quickly and easily. Expect to find exclusive locations, state-of-the-art features and most of all, a selection of cottages that ooze quality and the very best in Lake District hospitality. In fact, Lakelovers have the largest selection of VisitEngland Gold Award winning luxury homes in the Lake District!
Open fires for cosy romantic nights in are a feature of many of our cottages, as are private gardens and parking. If you’re looking for something a bit different we have properties with outdoor hot tubs, games rooms and views that are simply breathtaking, as well as cottages that accommodate large groups of guests, ideal for family parties, reunions or get-togethers. If it’s just you and the dog, no problem, we have around 200 holiday cottages for you to choose from that are dog friendly so Rusty can enjoy a break in the countryside right along with you and what’s more, with Lakelovers pets go free!
All the Cumbrian cottages we offer have their own unique character and charm, but rest assured they are all exceptional in quality, kept to the highest standards and provide everything you will need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. We provide free towels, leaving you one less thing to pack and many of our luxury properties come with free toiletries and welcome hampers!
However you choose to explore this region, in the Lake District there’s something for everyone; explore the dramatic landscapes of Helvellyn or Stickle Gill, take in the cycle routes and bridal ways along gentle hills and ancient woodland, relax alongside or on the tranquil waters of Ullswater or Coniston; pottering around in the hustle bustle of one of Cumbria’s vibrant towns like Windermere or Keswick.
Our Cumbrian cottages in Keswick make for an ideal holiday for dog-lovers, with the Lake District town being voted the most dog friendly in the UK by the Kennel Club. With more dog friendly cafes, pubs and shops per square mile than any other town in the UK, and so many walks to chose from for all walking needs, from short lakeside strolls to ambitious fell scrambles, Keswick is the ideal location for pet lovers.
Cumbria foodie scene
In recent years Cumbria has become renowned for being a place of culinary excellence and has developed quite a ‘foodie’ scene, attracting many famous chefs and restaurateurs.
Whilst staying at one of our Cumbrian self catering holiday cottages, you will be in close vicinity to a tantalising choice of cosy cafes, gastropubs and high end restaurants, including the regions famous Michelin star restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel and the Gilpin restaurant, Windermere, as featured in the BBC Two series ‘Chefs on Trial’, to name but a couple.
Many of these eateries celebrate Cumbrian produce and ‘source to plate’ dining, using the most local and freshest ingredients on offer and what a plentiful bounty is available!
You can, of course buy the best local food while you are out and about during the day and cook a feast right in the comfort of your own self-catering Cumbrian cottage. Whether eating out or eating in, here are some things to look out for.
June through to August is the best time to eat Cumbrian lamb, and breeds like Herdwick are a popular choice amongst both professional and amateur cooks. Delicious local cheeses include the Eden Smokie produced by the Appleby Creamery and Tovey produced at the Thornby Moor Dairy – both are very popular examples of local cheeses and are great as part of a picnic or lunch. Rare breed Cumbrian beef like Belted Galloway is good to eat all year around and is noted for its excellent flavour – what better centerpiece to a Sunday roast? Cumbrian pork is also excellent and is used in the famous Cumberland sausages that are sure to bring to life any cooked breakfast. Needless to say you’ll also have your pick of lots of lovely fresh fruit and vegetables as well as game, smoked fish and meats, all produced close by to our cottages, giving you a real taste of the region.
Cumbria season by season
The summertime is by far the most popular time to visit Cumbria, the countryside is in full bloom and the weather allows easy access to the fells and waters. This is a time when you may wish to embark on family picnics or to hire a rowing boat for a romantic trip on the water. In the evening, towns and villages are busy with diners and people out to sample a bit of Cumbrian entertainment and hospitality. Cumbria is, however an all season holiday destination, in winter, romantic getaways are popular – just the two of you in a rural hideaway, enjoying views of the snow-capped hills around you and clear starlit skies. Spring is as picturesque as autumn is dramatic and both are great times of year for walking or more technical pursuits like climbing and scrambling.
So as you can see there is never a bad time to go self-catering in Cumbria. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need further information, please contact us and one of our highly experienced staff will help you find the perfect holiday experience!