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Lyth Valley Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages in the Lyth Valley

Holiday with all of your senses in the charming Lyth Valley in the South Lake District. Sitting between Windermere and Kendal, it is a sheltered, mild valley off the main thoroughfare into the South Lakes, that is rich in pleasures sure to delight you, mind, body and soul. Our cottages in the Lyth Valley are some of the very best in the Lake District, in this highly sought-after location. Feast your eyes on picturesque, pastoral countryside flanked by the protective limestone ridges of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar. Gorge your senses with the heady fragrance of the damson white blossom of which this valley famed.

 

And feed your soul with some of the very best pubs and restaurants in the Lake District, that are dotted along this delightful valley. It is no wonder Lonely Planet readers have voted the Lyth Valley as one of the top most beautiful places in the world, number 200 to be precise.

Self-Catering in the Lyth Valley
Prepare for rich relaxation when staying in the Lyth Valley. Cottages in this area reflect the smouldering charm of this part of the Lake District. The panoramic views of rich, rolling countryside out towards Morecambe Bay are complimented by luxuriously fitted properties with all the mod cons needed to make for a super relaxing home from home.

In our Lyth Valley self-catering properties there’s state of the art kitchens with range cookers, American style fridge freezers and underfloor heating. Designer bathrooms are filled with indulgence; statement tubs, wet rooms and power showers. Luxurious soft furnishings and interior design that has been thoughtfully considered for maximum relaxation. After all, a window seat perfectly positioned to enjoy the magical views and soft lighting for romantic entertaining or cosy nights in are what makes your holiday one you’ll not forget.

Chic styling sits alongside traditional Lake District vernacular so the charm and warmth of the Lakes fills not only your Lyth Valley self-catering cottage but your holiday. Nowhere else in the UK do you get that special feeling from staying in the Lakes; from the unique sense of other worldliness that is so unique to this ice-carved landscape.

We have traditional stone cottages for romantic getaways in idyllic rural locations yet only a short stroll from a local gastro eatery. Chic barn conversions that impress the instant you walk inside are wrapped in traditional exteriors and surrounded by postcard pastoral countryside that the Lyth Valley is famed for.

A car is handy when self-catering in the Lyth and Winster Valley. Enjoy scenic day trips to some of the excellent country pubs as well as historic attractions such as Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall and gardens. Kendal has a convenient mixture of independent retailers as well as known high street shops and supermarkets for you to keep your cottage fridge and wine rack well stocked. The art scene in Kendal is thriving and the Brewery Arts Centre is worth a visit, even if just stopping for a coffee. The buzz easily has you feeling you are in a cosmopolitan European city.

A Little of Lyth Valley’s History
The limestone ridges of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar on either side of the Lyth valley dominate the landscape and also the area’s history, whereby the name of the valley ‘Lyth’ means ‘sloping hillside’ in Old Norse. Whilst there was substantial Roman occupancy across the Lake District, there is no such evidence in the Lyth Valley. Signs of 7th Century monks has been found in the village of Crosthwaite, and although nothing can be seen today, a limestone cross, made form stone from Whitbarrow, marks the site of the original cross.

Getting There
Enter the Lyth Valley from Junction 36 of the M6 – the ‘gateway of the English Lakes’ – signposted for the A590 Kendal. Follow the A590 on to the A5074, towards Bowness and Windermere. From here you can peel off into the Lyth Valley villages of Crosthwaite, Underbarrow and Bowland Bridge.

From the northern Lakes head down the east side of Windermere along the A591 from Ambleside. Pass through both Windermere and Bowness to join the A5074, passing through Winster to reach Lyth.

Less than 15 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6 you find yourself in the pastoral bliss of the Lyth Valley. Cottages here offer a rural retreat within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of Windermere and beyond.

Out and About in the Lyth Valley

From our Lyth Valley self-catering cottages, to get views of this unspoilt landscape head to Scout Scar. From this craggy limestone outcrop you can see the true beauty of this valley laid out before you – a blanket of damson orchards, marked out by dry stone walls. Broad-leafed woodland cascades from the side of the ridge. On a clear day, look north to views of High Street at the top of the Kentmere Valley and south down the valley to Morecame Bay. Wainwright included Cunswick Scar as part of this rewarding walk and enjoy at picnic beneath ‘The Mushroom’ shelter at the summit of Scout Scar.

For a broader outlook of the Lyth Valley and beyond, including Langdale crags and Coniston fells, head up Whitbarrow Scar, or ‘white hill’, on the valley’s western side. A memorial to Canon G.A.K. Hervey, founder of the Lake District Naturalist Trust, can be found at the summit.

Heading down into the pastoral idyll, there’s lots to enjoy.

September is a superb time to visit as the famous Lyth Valley damson’s have ripened in the orchards and the hedgerows are heavily laden. The riches of their bounty are sold from local shops, roadside stalls and fill local restaurant menus. Damson jam makes for a great holiday souvenir if you can manage not to eat I before getting home!

For walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Lyth Valley puts on a very unique display in Spring, when the billowy Damson flowers are in full bloom. And as the days lengthen and warm up over the Summer months, you can easily spend entire days out when staying in our Lyth Valley cottages, sheltered by the limestone ridges of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar. It is not only the damsons that enjoy this valley’s unique micro climate, it makes for a truly relaxing holiday in the Lake District.

Enjoy the manicured landscape as well as wildlife of the superb garden and estate at the National Trust owned Sizergh Castle.

Part of the charm of this valley is its tranquillity. However, thanks to it’s location you can easily head west to the vibrant holiday towns of Windermere and Bowness, 15 minutes away, and you have the market town of Kendal only 5 miles east.

So you can easily enjoy trips out on Windermere Lakes Cruises, taking in Ambleside and the central fells, or hoping on the ferry to Beatrix Potter territory of Hawkshead and Sawrey.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining
Along the 1.5 mile wide and 7 mile long valley there’s a surprising number of some of the best pubs and restaurants in Cumbria.

Enjoy a hearty yet sophisticated meal and refreshing drink in front of an open fire at The Maison Arms at the foot of Cartmel Fell, Bowland Bridge. Just remember to book a table at this very popular pub to avoid disappoint.

In neighbouring Winster, the Brown Horse 1850’s coaching inn is an almost self-sufficient restaurant and pub with an exciting regional menu whereby most of the vegetables and meat are grown and reared on the Brown Horse Estate. You’re also sure of a good pint here from their own microbrewery, Winster Valley Brewery.

For a fine dining experience, afternoon tea or upmarket cocktails, head to Lyth Valley Country Inn. The swish restaurant and bar is the ideal place for a celebratory meal or drinks.

Follow the windy roads and past the farmhouses and cottages of the Lyth Valley for more foodie delights. In the charming village of Crosthwaite, the Punch Bowl draws people from all around. Whether you’re after a foodie experience from award-winning chef, formerly of Albert Roux’s three-Micheline starred Le Gavroche, attentive service for a romantic or special occasion meal, or simply a bowl of soup after a morning stroll, this is one pub you’re sure to want to return to.

At only 82 miles from Manchester, 5 miles from the M6, 5 miles west of Kendal and 5 from Windermere the Lyth Valley is a secluded rural getaway which is easily accessible and convenient for a relaxing self-catering holiday.

Let your senses be delighted. Take them on a holiday to the Lyth Valley and return home with them rejuvenated.

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Silver Howe Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Hidden from the hustle and bustle of Bowness, step through the gates at Silver Howe and you discover a beautiful home nestled into a rocky outcrop surrounded by mature trees, offering a unique property that makes this the ideal holiday cottage for both family and friends.

Available From£525
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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£695
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  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 2 cars

Few people, travelling on the road running south along the shore of Lake Windermere, will have never noticed the small gateway to Tower Wood Cottage but to those who know this cottage this gateway is the entrance to a secret corner of the Lake District that is much loved by the family that have owned it for many years.

Available From£395
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Antrona Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • 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£355
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £695 to £627
Richmond Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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£550
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £375 to £319
The Bobbin Loft Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Starnthwaite Ghyll, once a thriving bobbin mill sits in the heart of the spectacularly beautiful Lyth Valley. Close by and within perfect leisurely walking distance sits the picturesque village of Crosthwaite. Take a 20 minute stroll along quiet tree laden country lanes to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine at the well renowned Punch Bowl Pub, visit the impressive 13th Century church and absorb the peace and serenity of the farmland and woods of the area.

Available From£375
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Cragholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed

With astonishing views over Lake Windermere, this charming apartment offers stylish and contemporary accommodation with a snug, romantic atmosphere!

Available From£475
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Otterholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Assembling part of the old Lakeside stone mill and set in the age old woodland within the luxury and exclusive setting of the Hill of Oaks Park, in a prime lakeside location, with picturesque views across Windermere. Otterholme takes full advantage of the privacy that the Park has to offer, yet still only being a 10 minute drive from Bowness village – therefore providing something for everyone.

Available From£475
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Silverholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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£699
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Ladyholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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£475
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Looking for something special - where in the Lake District is the perfect place to stay? How about your very own lakefront cottage in a sublime setting on Windermere itself? Wow - what a view - wake up every morning and gaze at that simply breath-taking view - spend precious time together and relax. Here you not only truly experience Lake District life - you actually live on England's largest and most famous lake!

Available From£595
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £325 to £293
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

You want somewhere special to stay in the Lake District, with a little bit of history to it? How do you feel about a charming lakeside cottage set on Windermere Lake itself? Wake up daily, and have your breath stolen by the views. Not only does this property have a wonderful location, it gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse of what life really is like in, and on, the Lakes.

Available From£325
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A romantic lakeside bolt hole, a place to relax and unwind, spend time together and gaze at the magnificent views, life doesn't get any better! In Macan you don't just experience contemporary Lake District life, you actually live on England's most famous stretch of Water – Lake Windermere…

Available From£325
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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.

Available From£595
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £575 to £519
Crag View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Enjoying lovely views over the picturesque Lyth Valley, Crag View occupies a idyllic spot on the outskirts of Underbarrow hamlet, nestled in rural bliss within a cluster of similar modern properties a short drive away from bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere.

Available From£485
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £535 to £483
Sherwood Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This superb detached residence commands beautiful views through walls of glass, from a peaceful setting only a 5 minute stroll from Bowness village and the shores of Lake Windermere. Presented with an eye for style, Sherwood promises breathing space and sociable gathering for couples, friends or families.

Available From£465
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High Stile Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Located midway between Windermere and Bowness, this luxurious ground floor apartment offers a very high quality retreat, whilst being only ten minutes easy walk from either of these two popular and vibrant villages and the shores of Lake Windermere.

Available From£395
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Croft Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Travelling south of Bowness on Windermere you reach the highly desirable residential area of Storrs Park which includes some of the Lake District's most prestigious properties and so Croft Cottage finds itself in very good company! It is located across the road from Broad Leys, the now head quarters of Windermere Motor Boat Club and was the original butler's residence for the big house when it was privately owned.

Available From£695

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Lyth Valley Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages in the Lyth Valley

Holiday with all of your senses in the charming Lyth Valley in the South Lake District. Sitting between Windermere and Kendal, it is a sheltered, mild valley off the main thoroughfare into the South Lakes, that is rich in pleasures sure to delight you, mind, body and soul. Our cottages in the Lyth Valley are some of the very best in the Lake District, in this highly sought-after location. Feast your eyes on picturesque, pastoral countryside flanked by the protective limestone ridges of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar. Gorge your senses with the heady fragrance of the damson white blossom of which this valley famed.

 

And feed your soul with some of the very best pubs and restaurants in the Lake District, that are dotted along this delightful valley. It is no wonder Lonely Planet readers have voted the Lyth Valley as one of the top most beautiful places in the world, number 200 to be precise.

Self-Catering in the Lyth Valley
Prepare for rich relaxation when staying in the Lyth Valley. Cottages in this area reflect the smouldering charm of this part of the Lake District. The panoramic views of rich, rolling countryside out towards Morecambe Bay are complimented by luxuriously fitted properties with all the mod cons needed to make for a super relaxing home from home.

In our Lyth Valley self-catering properties there’s state of the art kitchens with range cookers, American style fridge freezers and underfloor heating. Designer bathrooms are filled with indulgence; statement tubs, wet rooms and power showers. Luxurious soft furnishings and interior design that has been thoughtfully considered for maximum relaxation. After all, a window seat perfectly positioned to enjoy the magical views and soft lighting for romantic entertaining or cosy nights in are what makes your holiday one you’ll not forget.

Chic styling sits alongside traditional Lake District vernacular so the charm and warmth of the Lakes fills not only your Lyth Valley self-catering cottage but your holiday. Nowhere else in the UK do you get that special feeling from staying in the Lakes; from the unique sense of other worldliness that is so unique to this ice-carved landscape.

We have traditional stone cottages for romantic getaways in idyllic rural locations yet only a short stroll from a local gastro eatery. Chic barn conversions that impress the instant you walk inside are wrapped in traditional exteriors and surrounded by postcard pastoral countryside that the Lyth Valley is famed for.

A car is handy when self-catering in the Lyth and Winster Valley. Enjoy scenic day trips to some of the excellent country pubs as well as historic attractions such as Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall and gardens. Kendal has a convenient mixture of independent retailers as well as known high street shops and supermarkets for you to keep your cottage fridge and wine rack well stocked. The art scene in Kendal is thriving and the Brewery Arts Centre is worth a visit, even if just stopping for a coffee. The buzz easily has you feeling you are in a cosmopolitan European city.

A Little of Lyth Valley’s History
The limestone ridges of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar on either side of the Lyth valley dominate the landscape and also the area’s history, whereby the name of the valley ‘Lyth’ means ‘sloping hillside’ in Old Norse. Whilst there was substantial Roman occupancy across the Lake District, there is no such evidence in the Lyth Valley. Signs of 7th Century monks has been found in the village of Crosthwaite, and although nothing can be seen today, a limestone cross, made form stone from Whitbarrow, marks the site of the original cross.

Getting There
Enter the Lyth Valley from Junction 36 of the M6 – the ‘gateway of the English Lakes’ – signposted for the A590 Kendal. Follow the A590 on to the A5074, towards Bowness and Windermere. From here you can peel off into the Lyth Valley villages of Crosthwaite, Underbarrow and Bowland Bridge.

From the northern Lakes head down the east side of Windermere along the A591 from Ambleside. Pass through both Windermere and Bowness to join the A5074, passing through Winster to reach Lyth.

Less than 15 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6 you find yourself in the pastoral bliss of the Lyth Valley. Cottages here offer a rural retreat within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of Windermere and beyond.

Out and About in the Lyth Valley

From our Lyth Valley self-catering cottages, to get views of this unspoilt landscape head to Scout Scar. From this craggy limestone outcrop you can see the true beauty of this valley laid out before you – a blanket of damson orchards, marked out by dry stone walls. Broad-leafed woodland cascades from the side of the ridge. On a clear day, look north to views of High Street at the top of the Kentmere Valley and south down the valley to Morecame Bay. Wainwright included Cunswick Scar as part of this rewarding walk and enjoy at picnic beneath ‘The Mushroom’ shelter at the summit of Scout Scar.

For a broader outlook of the Lyth Valley and beyond, including Langdale crags and Coniston fells, head up Whitbarrow Scar, or ‘white hill’, on the valley’s western side. A memorial to Canon G.A.K. Hervey, founder of the Lake District Naturalist Trust, can be found at the summit.

Heading down into the pastoral idyll, there’s lots to enjoy.

September is a superb time to visit as the famous Lyth Valley damson’s have ripened in the orchards and the hedgerows are heavily laden. The riches of their bounty are sold from local shops, roadside stalls and fill local restaurant menus. Damson jam makes for a great holiday souvenir if you can manage not to eat I before getting home!

For walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Lyth Valley puts on a very unique display in Spring, when the billowy Damson flowers are in full bloom. And as the days lengthen and warm up over the Summer months, you can easily spend entire days out when staying in our Lyth Valley cottages, sheltered by the limestone ridges of Whitbarrow and Scout Scar. It is not only the damsons that enjoy this valley’s unique micro climate, it makes for a truly relaxing holiday in the Lake District.

Enjoy the manicured landscape as well as wildlife of the superb garden and estate at the National Trust owned Sizergh Castle.

Part of the charm of this valley is its tranquillity. However, thanks to it’s location you can easily head west to the vibrant holiday towns of Windermere and Bowness, 15 minutes away, and you have the market town of Kendal only 5 miles east.

So you can easily enjoy trips out on Windermere Lakes Cruises, taking in Ambleside and the central fells, or hoping on the ferry to Beatrix Potter territory of Hawkshead and Sawrey.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining
Along the 1.5 mile wide and 7 mile long valley there’s a surprising number of some of the best pubs and restaurants in Cumbria.

Enjoy a hearty yet sophisticated meal and refreshing drink in front of an open fire at The Maison Arms at the foot of Cartmel Fell, Bowland Bridge. Just remember to book a table at this very popular pub to avoid disappoint.

In neighbouring Winster, the Brown Horse 1850’s coaching inn is an almost self-sufficient restaurant and pub with an exciting regional menu whereby most of the vegetables and meat are grown and reared on the Brown Horse Estate. You’re also sure of a good pint here from their own microbrewery, Winster Valley Brewery.

For a fine dining experience, afternoon tea or upmarket cocktails, head to Lyth Valley Country Inn. The swish restaurant and bar is the ideal place for a celebratory meal or drinks.

Follow the windy roads and past the farmhouses and cottages of the Lyth Valley for more foodie delights. In the charming village of Crosthwaite, the Punch Bowl draws people from all around. Whether you’re after a foodie experience from award-winning chef, formerly of Albert Roux’s three-Micheline starred Le Gavroche, attentive service for a romantic or special occasion meal, or simply a bowl of soup after a morning stroll, this is one pub you’re sure to want to return to.

At only 82 miles from Manchester, 5 miles from the M6, 5 miles west of Kendal and 5 from Windermere the Lyth Valley is a secluded rural getaway which is easily accessible and convenient for a relaxing self-catering holiday.

Let your senses be delighted. Take them on a holiday to the Lyth Valley and return home with them rejuvenated.