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Rural Escapes

Rural Escapes

Remote cottages in the Lake District – We would like to share a secret with you. Lakelovers’ collection of remote cottages in the Lake District is the finest in the Lake District. Arriving down an unknown track and through a picturesque hamlet, you’ll find luxury, quality and style that you were not expecting. Yes, our secluded Lake District cottages may be out in the sticks but stick houses they are not. You’ll find underfloor heating, luxury bathrooms with romantic bathtubs, garden hot tubs, state-of-the-art media systems and bespoke kitchens.

Lakelovers have hand-picked the finest collection of rural escapes to bring you the very best experience of a remote holiday break: intimate spaces for planning a romantic surprise, sprawling accommodation for large groups to spread out, well-quipped home from homes for families to relax and breath in the tranquilly of a rural setting.

With over 2362 square kilometres and a population density per square kilometre of only 18, there’s space and tranquillity a plenty with our stunning collection of isolated holiday cottages.

Whilst our cottages are very well equipped with quality washers and dryers, you can pack light for a stay in one of our secluded Lake District cottages, leaving behind the dress codes of work and the formalities of daily routines. Self-catering gives you the privacy to stay in your pyjamas until midday and walk the dog at any time of day or night, should you so wish!

Blissful Locations

If you’re looking to embrace the informalities of country life, a remote location like Troutbeck may appeal. You can walk from of our secluded Troutbeck Cottages up onto Wansfell, along to the village shop, tearoom or popular village pub, the Mortal Man Inn. Take to horseback to explore the historic valley at a trot or experience a bygone era at the National trust owned 17th Century farmhouse, Townend.

Put your ‘out of office’ on and make your home a snug cottage for two in the majestic Langdale Valley. Browse our remote Langdale Cottages and find yourself perched on a fell side, where you can stock up in Ambleside up on the way and not venture further than the sublime surrounding scenery on your doorstep for the rest of your holiday.

Ditch the car and playing ‘taxi’ for the week and opt for a family friendly cottage, with conveniences like relaxed restaurants, shop, cinema and theatres a stroll away. Have a look at our rural escapes in Ambleside and Keswick for secluded properties with local conveniences nearby.

If after a few days hiding away some members of your party want to dress up for an impromptu evening of cocktails or a spot of theatre, then the hotpots of Keswick, Ambleside and Bowness have super day and evening entertainment and have superb local transport links so can be enjoyed from one of our rural cottages.

Whilst it’s nice to escape the 24-hour living of urban life, we don’t want you to miss home from home conveniences when enjoying one of our secluded Lake District cottages. Fear not, you don’t need to be concerned about being too cut off. Most of our properties have WiFi so you can still share holiday snaps and plan trips out. We have gold award cottages with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, including Sky and Freeview, surround sound, HD and curved wall-mounted screens, plus additional smart TVs in bedroom and bathroom suites. Movie nights are one of the top activities enjoyed from our remote holiday cottages in the Lake District.

Alternatively, you could plan a ‘digital detox’, throwing yourselves fully into a relaxing and rejuvenating break in the county. Many of our cottages have library and reading spaces as well as games and of course walks straight form your idyllic rural cottage doorstep. We have superb kitchens and al fresco dining spaces for enjoying the important things in life, which of course is your loved ones.

Don’t forget the excellent service that Lakelovers are proud of includes free towels, welcome packs as well as inclusive leisure facility passes for some properties, for when you really want some pampering ‘me time’.

The woodlands, rivers and mountains of our rural escapes in the Lake District are also ideal retreats for pooch too and we remind you that with Lakelovers’ cottages that welcome pets, dog stay free!

Out and About on a Rural Escape in the Lakes

If you’re worried about keeping guests occupied when booking from our more isolated holiday cottages, but you’re keen to stay away from the crowds, here are some of the less crowded places to visit in the Lake District so you get the best of both worlds.

Holehird Gardens is close to Brockhole Visitor Centre, which is right on the shore of Lake Windermere and attracts the crowds from the popular Lake Windermere Steamers. This makes nearby Holehird, an extraordinary horticultural paradise, a great place to escape whilst still enjoying the wonder of Lake Windermere. The views from Holehird onto Windermere are all the better as they feel private.

When visiting a popular place like the National Trust’s Wray Castle, also on Windermere, it is worth getting behind the scenes and booking onto the tour where you can hear untold stories that the throng of daily visitor’s miss. A garden tour at Beatrix Potter’s house, Hill Top near Hawkshead, is also an alternative and quiet way to take in this national treasure.

Rather than Windermere or Ullswater Steamers, enjoy the Lake District’s famous clear waters from the smaller Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston, which is much quieter.

In the north Lakes, enjoy Bassenthwaite rather than the busier Derwentwater and Ullswater. On Bassenthwaite, you can visit a live Osprey’s watch, let off some steam at Whinlatter Forest’s GoApe or mountain bike trails, take in an up-close animal encounters at the Lake District Wildlife Park and eat at the upmarket Lakes Distillery.

Whilst a walk around Grasmere and Rydal water is a delight, why not head away from this Wordsworth trail towards the less busy 2-hour walk around Buttermere with enchanting views of Crummock Water and Loweswater.

For traditional county pub lunches enjoy a drive or bike ride in the quiet country lanes of the Lyth Valley, outside of bustling Windermere and Bowness. Our Lyth Valley Cottages are set in a working pastoral landscape dotted with 17th century farms. You’ll just as easily share a pint in one of the several upmarket village pubs with a local famer as you will with other holidaymakers.

The Lake District is a very seasonal holiday destination, with the hot spots of Windermere and Ambleside upbeat and vibrant over the summer months. With a little planning, you can enjoy these superb towns but without the crowds. Windermere bonfire is a well-organised community event and in November the beautiful boutiques of Bowness turn their attention to Christmas and so off-season can be a great time to visit the Lake District’s hot spots.

For your walking fix, avoid the pull of Scafell, Helvellyn or the Old Man of Coniston and head to the eastern fells. Haweswater is the perfect mix of beauty, views and has the bonus of being secluded. There’s an abundance of wildlife, making this spot a buzz of natural life, rather than chattering walkers.

Lakelovers remote holiday cottages in the Lake District deliver on peace and quiet and the rejuvenating quality of slowing down to the Lake District’s rhythm of tricking waterfalls and zig-zagging fell paths is like no other.

Whether your rural escape is a secret, surprise or simply a well-deserved break, we look forward to quietly welcoming you to a personalised and intimate escape to the Lake District.

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Miyanli Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£650.00
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Fair Rigg Old Farm is a superb example of a quintessential 17th century Lakeland country farmhouse which offers a fantastic opportunity to experience this beautiful and historic property that has been refurbished by the current owners to create high quality and luxurious accommodation whilst retain so many of the original features from oak beams, feature fireplace, characterful staircase and the occasional sloping floor! With carefully chosen antique furnishings throughout this amazing farmhouse is ideal for family celebrations, special occasions and simply spending time with family and friends

Available From£745.00
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Thrang View Langdale
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

A spacious bolthole for groups of up to six, this bungalow is set in a prime location with views over the famous Langdale Valley. In the shadow of Lingmoor Fell, Thrang View is a haven for walkers who can start easy strolls or challenging hikes from the doorstep. Inside, the bungalow is designed to offer maximum comfort and make the best of the unforgettable views.

Available From£565.00
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Byways Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

Situated on the hillside, with fell views, a few minutes' walk from the centre of the popular village of Ambleside, Byways is a lovingly restored, traditional stone built two bedroom cottage. The cottage offers a seamless blend of original character, contemporary living and a high quality finish, complemented by a pretty cottage garden and patio copmplete with summer house and garden furniture.

Available From£395.00
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Hart Head Barn Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Magical Lakeland converted barns don't come better than this, occupying a sublime setting with simply breathtaking views in every direction towards Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Words can't truly describe the magic of this setting high above the tiny hamlet of Rydal with panoramic views in all directions - here the mountains appear so close you can almost reach out and touch them.

Available From£795.00
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Grange House Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This captivating Grade II listed residence stands proudly at the foot of the Troutbeck Valley, only a stroll away from Windermere village and the shores of the lake. The spacious, gracious accommodation is flooded with light through gothic arched windows, full of relaxed window seats for quiet reading, but perfect for memorable social gatherings.

Available From£825.00
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

With a fine view from nearly every window, this treasure of a topsy turvy Grasmere cottage is full of character and unexpected charm. Tucked away down private drive and peaceful lane, sheep graze valley pastures in the foreground, while breathtaking fells create an inspiring backdrop. A short distance from Grasmere village, this is true Wordsworth country.

Available From£499.00
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The Cosy Peacock Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

The Cosy Peacock is a truly unique luxury cottage, superbly nestled in the heart of classic Lake District scenery, with breathtaking panoramic views. Wind along the peaceful Troutbeck Valley, which sits mid-way between the vibrant holiday towns of Windermere and Ambleside, and you take in panoramic views as you approach your holiday home.

Available From£617.00
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Luke’s Hoose Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

The elevated setting of this stylish Lakeland cottage provides spectacular views to the Lake District mountains from almost every room. Nestled in a peaceful conservation area, only a minute's stroll from Ambleside village centre, Luke's Hoose achieves a perfect combination of traditional charms and contemporary indulgence.

Available From£465.00
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The Mews Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A short walk from Ambleside, you'll find this fabulous character property on the banks of the River Rothay. The setting is sublime with breathtaking panoramic views, and the property itself is a retreat to write home about. Once a coachman's cottage and stables, the property was later owned by Queen Victoria's physician, then more recently by a local artist.

Available From£695.00
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Number Twenty Keswick
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Situated in the residential area, just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Keswick, Number Twenty is a tastefully refurbished Victorian Lakeland slate terrace house. Benefiting from ample parking for four cars, five ensuite bedrooms, two log burning stoves and a large patio this excellent property offers great accommodation in easy reach of the popular shops, bars, cafes and pubs to be found around the market square in the heart of Keswick.

Available From£795.00
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Holly Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

All the romance of a traditional Lakeland cottage, luxuriously restored in chic country house style and nestling in a queit backwater just off the centre of this popular village. Every room feels special, from the elegant living room with open fire to the decadent bathroom and the charming bedroom with Laura Ashley bed and feature fireplace. Outdoor relaxation is achieved in the secluded paved garden.

Available From£355.00
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Built around the turn of the century at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, Applethwaite Hall is one of the Lake District's most remarkable country houses. Recently, and sensitively, redeveloped to an extremely high standard, the Hall benefits from a wealth of period features.

Available From£585.00
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Wynford Ambleside
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

For those considering cottages for family celebrations, socialising with friends, extended family holidays, Wynford offers the ideal property in a superb location. Finished to the highest standard, this smart contemporary Lakeland home offers high quality, comfortable accommodation, within a few minutes’ walk of the hustle, bustle, shops and bars of the village of Ambleside, lovely views from just about every room, and easy access to walks (the iconic “Fairfield Horseshoe” walk goes past the front door!) and mountain bike routes of all standards.

Available From£1245.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere in the very heart of the Lake District, Owls House which sleeps 4, is situated in the Skiptory Howe area, of White Cross Bay and is in a lovely location set amongst the trees with many birds and a variety of wildlife, be sure to keep to keep an eye out for the deer’s. A perfect retreat for family and friends with use of the on site leisure facilities

Available From£645.00
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Old Village Shop Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • Infants welcome

Located in the very heart of historic Ambleside The Old Village Shop is a large spacious apartment the perfect mix of traditional character along with contemporary modern living, with all the amenities you could need within walking distance. This large ground floor property is ideal for couples with a sumptuous and spacious bedroom and is incredibly well designed with high quality furnishings and décor. The bedroom can comfortably accommodate a cot for an infant - both cot and high chair are available.

Available From£621.00
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Fell View Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car

This quintessential Lake District cottage is wonderfully cosy and oozes traditional character, sitting pretty only a 2 minute stroll from the heart of Ambleside village and a few minutes more from the shores of Lake Windermere. A romantic hideaway or family retreat at any time of year, Fell View Cottage enjoys enviable fell views from the master bedroom and the little patio garden.

Available From£325.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

PROPERTY UPDATE: Rowan Cottage is currently undergoing major refurbishment and is due to be released during the autumn of 2017 with availability from early 2018.

Available From£295.00
Special Offer CHRISTMAS OFFER: 7 nights reduced from £1075 to £975
Brunton Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

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

Available From£525.00
Special Offer Enjoy Christmas here with 20% off!
Loughrigg Hide Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • Infants welcome

Aptly named, this contemporary cottage apartment looks straight towards Loughrigg Fell from its central setting. Found opposite Hayes Garden World, adjacent to Lake Road, only 2 minutes from the absolute heart of Ambleside, we think this is a perfect base for a holiday at any time of the year. Modern and sophisticated sum up this little hide and if you yearn for somewhere beautiful on the doorstep of Lakeland's most picturesque and visited village - look no further.

Available From£365.00

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Grass Guard Rural Escapes

Rural Escapes

Rural Escapes

Remote cottages in the Lake District – We would like to share a secret with you. Lakelovers’ collection of remote cottages in the Lake District is the finest in the Lake District. Arriving down an unknown track and through a picturesque hamlet, you’ll find luxury, quality and style that you were not expecting. Yes, our secluded Lake District cottages may be out in the sticks but stick houses they are not. You’ll find underfloor heating, luxury bathrooms with romantic bathtubs, garden hot tubs, state-of-the-art media systems and bespoke kitchens.

Lakelovers have hand-picked the finest collection of rural escapes to bring you the very best experience of a remote holiday break: intimate spaces for planning a romantic surprise, sprawling accommodation for large groups to spread out, well-quipped home from homes for families to relax and breath in the tranquilly of a rural setting.

With over 2362 square kilometres and a population density per square kilometre of only 18, there’s space and tranquillity a plenty with our stunning collection of isolated holiday cottages.

Whilst our cottages are very well equipped with quality washers and dryers, you can pack light for a stay in one of our secluded Lake District cottages, leaving behind the dress codes of work and the formalities of daily routines. Self-catering gives you the privacy to stay in your pyjamas until midday and walk the dog at any time of day or night, should you so wish!

Blissful Locations

If you’re looking to embrace the informalities of country life, a remote location like Troutbeck may appeal. You can walk from of our secluded Troutbeck Cottages up onto Wansfell, along to the village shop, tearoom or popular village pub, the Mortal Man Inn. Take to horseback to explore the historic valley at a trot or experience a bygone era at the National trust owned 17th Century farmhouse, Townend.

Put your ‘out of office’ on and make your home a snug cottage for two in the majestic Langdale Valley. Browse our remote Langdale Cottages and find yourself perched on a fell side, where you can stock up in Ambleside up on the way and not venture further than the sublime surrounding scenery on your doorstep for the rest of your holiday.

Ditch the car and playing ‘taxi’ for the week and opt for a family friendly cottage, with conveniences like relaxed restaurants, shop, cinema and theatres a stroll away. Have a look at our rural escapes in Ambleside and Keswick for secluded properties with local conveniences nearby.

If after a few days hiding away some members of your party want to dress up for an impromptu evening of cocktails or a spot of theatre, then the hotpots of Keswick, Ambleside and Bowness have super day and evening entertainment and have superb local transport links so can be enjoyed from one of our rural cottages.

Whilst it’s nice to escape the 24-hour living of urban life, we don’t want you to miss home from home conveniences when enjoying one of our secluded Lake District cottages. Fear not, you don’t need to be concerned about being too cut off. Most of our properties have WiFi so you can still share holiday snaps and plan trips out. We have gold award cottages with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, including Sky and Freeview, surround sound, HD and curved wall-mounted screens, plus additional smart TVs in bedroom and bathroom suites. Movie nights are one of the top activities enjoyed from our remote holiday cottages in the Lake District.

Alternatively, you could plan a ‘digital detox’, throwing yourselves fully into a relaxing and rejuvenating break in the county. Many of our cottages have library and reading spaces as well as games and of course walks straight form your idyllic rural cottage doorstep. We have superb kitchens and al fresco dining spaces for enjoying the important things in life, which of course is your loved ones.

Don’t forget the excellent service that Lakelovers are proud of includes free towels, welcome packs as well as inclusive leisure facility passes for some properties, for when you really want some pampering ‘me time’.

The woodlands, rivers and mountains of our rural escapes in the Lake District are also ideal retreats for pooch too and we remind you that with Lakelovers’ cottages that welcome pets, dog stay free!

Out and About on a Rural Escape in the Lakes

If you’re worried about keeping guests occupied when booking from our more isolated holiday cottages, but you’re keen to stay away from the crowds, here are some of the less crowded places to visit in the Lake District so you get the best of both worlds.

Holehird Gardens is close to Brockhole Visitor Centre, which is right on the shore of Lake Windermere and attracts the crowds from the popular Lake Windermere Steamers. This makes nearby Holehird, an extraordinary horticultural paradise, a great place to escape whilst still enjoying the wonder of Lake Windermere. The views from Holehird onto Windermere are all the better as they feel private.

When visiting a popular place like the National Trust’s Wray Castle, also on Windermere, it is worth getting behind the scenes and booking onto the tour where you can hear untold stories that the throng of daily visitor’s miss. A garden tour at Beatrix Potter’s house, Hill Top near Hawkshead, is also an alternative and quiet way to take in this national treasure.

Rather than Windermere or Ullswater Steamers, enjoy the Lake District’s famous clear waters from the smaller Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston, which is much quieter.

In the north Lakes, enjoy Bassenthwaite rather than the busier Derwentwater and Ullswater. On Bassenthwaite, you can visit a live Osprey’s watch, let off some steam at Whinlatter Forest’s GoApe or mountain bike trails, take in an up-close animal encounters at the Lake District Wildlife Park and eat at the upmarket Lakes Distillery.

Whilst a walk around Grasmere and Rydal water is a delight, why not head away from this Wordsworth trail towards the less busy 2-hour walk around Buttermere with enchanting views of Crummock Water and Loweswater.

For traditional county pub lunches enjoy a drive or bike ride in the quiet country lanes of the Lyth Valley, outside of bustling Windermere and Bowness. Our Lyth Valley Cottages are set in a working pastoral landscape dotted with 17th century farms. You’ll just as easily share a pint in one of the several upmarket village pubs with a local famer as you will with other holidaymakers.

The Lake District is a very seasonal holiday destination, with the hot spots of Windermere and Ambleside upbeat and vibrant over the summer months. With a little planning, you can enjoy these superb towns but without the crowds. Windermere bonfire is a well-organised community event and in November the beautiful boutiques of Bowness turn their attention to Christmas and so off-season can be a great time to visit the Lake District’s hot spots.

For your walking fix, avoid the pull of Scafell, Helvellyn or the Old Man of Coniston and head to the eastern fells. Haweswater is the perfect mix of beauty, views and has the bonus of being secluded. There’s an abundance of wildlife, making this spot a buzz of natural life, rather than chattering walkers.

Lakelovers remote holiday cottages in the Lake District deliver on peace and quiet and the rejuvenating quality of slowing down to the Lake District’s rhythm of tricking waterfalls and zig-zagging fell paths is like no other.

Whether your rural escape is a secret, surprise or simply a well-deserved break, we look forward to quietly welcoming you to a personalised and intimate escape to the Lake District.