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Self-catering holiday cottages in the Rusland Valley

The Rusland Valley is in the south Lake District, nestled between the southern tip of Windermere and Coniston. It consists of a network of pretty Lakeland hamlets, coppiced woodland and pastoral fields – perfect for exploring on foot or bike. A break in our Rusland Valley Cottages takes in the popular Lake District attractions of Grizedale Forest, Lakeside Railway, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeland Motor Museum and Old Hall Farm. Arthur Ransome is said to have claimed that St Paul’s churchyard, in the heart of the Rusland Valley, was one of the most peaceful places on earth. Yet this part of the Lakes remains relatively undiscovered, making it a real holiday find for those looking for quiet and tranquillity. Read on for more information about things to do in the area for families, for walking holidays and for relaxing self-catering breaks in the Rusland Valley. There are many surprising treasures.

Self-catering accommodation near Rusland Valley

We have a small collection of hugely memorable Rusland Valley cottages in beautiful villages like Force Forge and Satterthwaite. Some of our most unique and luxurious cottages are found in the Rusland Valley, making the region even more of a holiday must!

From converted Bobbin Mills and riverside retreats to beautifully renovated farmhouses, these properties are oozing traditional Lakeland charm. We have dog friendly cottages in our Rusland Valley collection as well as family friendly accommodation with school holiday availability. Dogs holiday for free with Lakelovers too and the low traffic country lanes of the Rusland Valley makes for a great pet friendly break. Some of our Rusland Valley self-catering cottages offer short breaks for a long weekend escape to the country.

A Little of Rusland’s History

A well-preserved 16th century chest lies in the re-built 19th century church in the Rusland Valley village of Satterthwaite and is a reminder of this area’s ancient past, where the valley was first owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. Today the tranquillity of the area makes it hard to imagine, but historically, the Rusland Valley was a hive of industrial activity, where full advantage was taken of the valley’s natural resources. Coppice woodlands, of which there were over 8, supported the local craft industries of leather tanning, iron smelting and gunpowder production into the 19th century.

Holidaymakers can step back in time as you explore the Rusland Valley’s picturesque woodland landscape, which is dotted with some of Britain’s best-preserved remains of the area’s important industrial past, such as the medieval Satterthwaite Bloomery, Cunsey Forge and the 18th century Rusland Tannery.

Getting There

The Rusland Valley is in the south Lake District and by car, most easily accessed via the A590 from Junction 36 of the M6.  Enter the tranquil 8-mile long valley of meadows, farm and woodland at Newby Bridge, on the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Alternatively, enjoy the heritage journey from Windermere with Windermere Ferry (check before travel that this service is running) where you enter the head of Rusland Valley via Near Sawrey.

Out and About in the Rusland valley

Whilst this part of the Lake District is not on the typical tourist trail, there are plenty of attractions, walks, events and gastro hospitality for suit even the active of holidaymakers. Here’s our journey for getting out and about in the Rusland Valley.

Only 2.5-miles from Newby Bridge on the A590 is Haverthwaite, the southern point of interest in the Rusland Valley and where the Lakeside Railway travels to.

Heading up the valley there’s a scattering of idyllic Rusland hamlets along the many rivers and tributaries running down the valley into Morecambe Bay.

Only a 10-minute drive from Newby Bridge and you’ll find yourself in one of the most popular villages in the Rusland Valley, Bouth. There’s plenty to do here and it is a must during a self-catering break in this little-known part of the Lakes. Here the White Hart Inn is popular, where they serve home cooked food and local ales in a traditional setting. Opposite, there’s a small but well-kept kids playground and next door to the village pub is the top Lake District family attraction, Old Hall Farm. This is open daily over the spring and summer months, March to November. Delicious salted caramel and chocolate orange are two popular ice cream flavours from the onsite Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour – if you’re lucky enough you can see the ice cream being made from the farm’s own Jersey herd milk. Visitors like to grab some fresh farm eggs, Old Hall Farm pork sausages and some raw or pasteurised milk from their Chicken Shed Tea Room and Shop before heading back to their self-catering retreat.

For walkers, the recently opened Greenwood Trail is a nice walk which starts at Old Hall Farm and takes in Rusland Moss and Hay Bridge Nature Reserve.

Further up the valley, get a feel for the area’s industrial past at Rusland Tannery, which is the best preserved in England and the grounds are open to the public. This historical attraction is in Rusland village, in the heart of the valley, where arty folk may want to look out for leather craft classes offered from Rusland Reading Rooms by community project, Rusland Horizons.

On your journey through the Rusland Valley towards Grisedale, take in Oxen Park and Coulton. And a must is a lunch or pint stop at the famous Eagles Head in the village of Satterthwaite. Better still, park the car at Bird Lane car park and take the Public Bridleway to Satterthwaite.

The best views when staying in the Rusland Valley has to be from leaving the Grizedale Forest Information Centre and walking up to Carron Crag.

Enjoyed on foot, there are spectacular views down to Lake Windermere from High Dam, where you can also drop down to the pretty village of Finsthwaite. Those with a nose for history will be pleased to find the English Heritage owned Stott Park Bobbin Mill here also, which is a working mill offering tours for visitors.

For day trips, we’d recommend the short drive from your Rusland Valley cottage to Lakeside, on the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Here you will find Lakes Aquarium, which is so much more than your typical sea life attraction and a great wet-weather activity. The Lakeside Railway station is also here, and the 8-mile steam train journey along the River Leven is a delight.

Cafe Ambio at The Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, is a generous-sized place to head to for a coffee or lunch. There’s lots of outside and inside seating, with lovely riverside views. Just off the A590 it is a handy meeting place or pitstop for hungry travellers. Continue on the B5278 to visit Holker Hall and Gardens.

Heading further south, exploring further afield of the Rusland Valley, we’d strongly recommend a visit to the medieval village of Cartmel – this is a must for foodies, as you’ll find L’Enclume, Rogan & Co pub, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Cartmel Cheeses. The 800-year-old priory offers guided tours as well as a gift shop, and so Cartmel makes for a great day trip.

The greatest gift you’ll give yourselves will be a relaxing self-catering holiday in the unspoilt Rusland Valley. Let our Customer Service team on 015394 88855 answer any questions you may have on this are or email enquiries@lakelovers.co.uk for Rusland Valley cottage availability.

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Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £645 to £548
Stable End Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set in the beautiful Rusland Valley, between Windermere and Coniston, in the pretty hamlet of Crosslands, Stable End is a beautiful barn conversion that is finished to a very high standard and offers great quality in a beautiful location. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen and cosy sitting room, Stable End is ideal for friends and families wanting to relax and enjoy the beautiful Lakeland countryside

Available From£425
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

A simply gorgeous and luxurious detached 17th century Period farmhouse in the sleepy hamlet of Satterthwaite. Located between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere, it is blissfully secluded and surrounded by glorious open countryside, yet only a stone's throw from the village pub.

Available From£895
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The Lodge Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set in a secluded location looking out across the Rusland Valley, The Lodge is a contemporary romantic retreat to relax and unwind and enjoy each other's company. Presented to a very high standard this cosy hideaway offers quality accommodation and not only benefits from lovely views, it is complemented by a hot tub and elevated patio where you can sit, with a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful views across this pretty and tranquil area of the Lake District

Available From£299
Special Offer
Greystones Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

Greystones is a special find in this simply magical setting, once a bobbin mill and proudly standing alongside a soothing river in the sleepy hamlet of Force Forge, between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere on the edge of Grizedale Forest, blissfully secluded yet only a mile from the village pub.

Available From£645
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Bank Barn Rusland Valley
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Bank Barn is an exceptional property most recently developed in the 1990's and has been very well maintained by the owners, it means this property has retro feel but is one of the most beautiful places to take a holiday. The property has never been let before and is a truly unique home from home.

Available From£695
Special Offer
2 Rose Cottages Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Enjoying a beautiful location overlooking the surrounding countryside in the pretty Lakeland village of Bouth, No 2 Rose Cottage is a real delight. This beautifully presented cottage offers a welcoming retreat with many period feature complemented with a contemporary finish. For those seeking peace and quite, quality and privacy, No2 Rose Cottages is an excellent choice at any time of the year.

Available From£835
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Originally built for the local gamekeeper, Low Dog Kennel Cottage offers a wonderful blend of charm and character alongside stylish and contemporary living. Enjoy the walk through the open countryside to the neighbouring village of Cartmel with its historic 12th Century priory and a great range of village pubs and popular eateries including the acclaimed Michelin Star restaurant, L'Enclume; artesian local shops including the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop and

Available From£350
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £450 to £360
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

A gorgeous and sophisticated cottage in the sleepy hamlet of Satterthwaite, between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere, blissfully secluded yet only a stone's throw from the village pub. A true character yet contemporary barn, Cherry Tree is captivating throughout; 2 double bedrooms and a beautiful bathroom, spacious open plan living space on the first floor with access to the delightful patio garden.

Available From£375
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £625 to £563
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • 2 pets allowed

Bobbin Beck Cottage is captivating contemporary traditional Lakeland cottage on the banks of a soothing picturesque river in the sleepy hamlet of Force Forge, between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere on the edge of Grizedale Forest, blissfully secluded yet only a mile from the village pub.

Available From£499
Special Offer
1 Rose Cottages Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Finished to the highest possible standard, No 1 Rose Cottage is set in the unspoilt village of Bouth just a few minutes drive from Lake Windermere in the heart of the pretty Rusland Valley. This superb romantic retreats offers is something special and offers you're the opportunity to enjoy time together and for your holiday to be as active or relaxing as you wish.

Available From£795
Special Offer
Beck Cottage Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Beck Cottage is an enchanting traditional old Lakeland cottage on the banks of a soothing picturesque beck (Viking name for stream) in the sleepy hamlet of Force Forge. It is on the site of and was part of an old Bobbin Mill and lies between Hawkshead and Newby Bridge, equi-distant between Lakes Windermere and Coniston, on the edge of Grizedale Forest, blissfully secluded yet only a mile from the village pub in Satterthwaite.

Available From£545

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Rusland Valley Holiday Cottages

Self-catering holiday cottages in the Rusland Valley

The Rusland Valley is in the south Lake District, nestled between the southern tip of Windermere and Coniston. It consists of a network of pretty Lakeland hamlets, coppiced woodland and pastoral fields – perfect for exploring on foot or bike. A break in our Rusland Valley Cottages takes in the popular Lake District attractions of Grizedale Forest, Lakeside Railway, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeland Motor Museum and Old Hall Farm. Arthur Ransome is said to have claimed that St Paul’s churchyard, in the heart of the Rusland Valley, was one of the most peaceful places on earth. Yet this part of the Lakes remains relatively undiscovered, making it a real holiday find for those looking for quiet and tranquillity. Read on for more information about things to do in the area for families, for walking holidays and for relaxing self-catering breaks in the Rusland Valley. There are many surprising treasures.

Self-catering accommodation near Rusland Valley

We have a small collection of hugely memorable Rusland Valley cottages in beautiful villages like Force Forge and Satterthwaite. Some of our most unique and luxurious cottages are found in the Rusland Valley, making the region even more of a holiday must!

From converted Bobbin Mills and riverside retreats to beautifully renovated farmhouses, these properties are oozing traditional Lakeland charm. We have dog friendly cottages in our Rusland Valley collection as well as family friendly accommodation with school holiday availability. Dogs holiday for free with Lakelovers too and the low traffic country lanes of the Rusland Valley makes for a great pet friendly break. Some of our Rusland Valley self-catering cottages offer short breaks for a long weekend escape to the country.

A Little of Rusland’s History

A well-preserved 16th century chest lies in the re-built 19th century church in the Rusland Valley village of Satterthwaite and is a reminder of this area’s ancient past, where the valley was first owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. Today the tranquillity of the area makes it hard to imagine, but historically, the Rusland Valley was a hive of industrial activity, where full advantage was taken of the valley’s natural resources. Coppice woodlands, of which there were over 8, supported the local craft industries of leather tanning, iron smelting and gunpowder production into the 19th century.

Holidaymakers can step back in time as you explore the Rusland Valley’s picturesque woodland landscape, which is dotted with some of Britain’s best-preserved remains of the area’s important industrial past, such as the medieval Satterthwaite Bloomery, Cunsey Forge and the 18th century Rusland Tannery.

Getting There

The Rusland Valley is in the south Lake District and by car, most easily accessed via the A590 from Junction 36 of the M6.  Enter the tranquil 8-mile long valley of meadows, farm and woodland at Newby Bridge, on the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Alternatively, enjoy the heritage journey from Windermere with Windermere Ferry (check before travel that this service is running) where you enter the head of Rusland Valley via Near Sawrey.

Out and About in the Rusland valley

Whilst this part of the Lake District is not on the typical tourist trail, there are plenty of attractions, walks, events and gastro hospitality for suit even the active of holidaymakers. Here’s our journey for getting out and about in the Rusland Valley.

Only 2.5-miles from Newby Bridge on the A590 is Haverthwaite, the southern point of interest in the Rusland Valley and where the Lakeside Railway travels to.

Heading up the valley there’s a scattering of idyllic Rusland hamlets along the many rivers and tributaries running down the valley into Morecambe Bay.

Only a 10-minute drive from Newby Bridge and you’ll find yourself in one of the most popular villages in the Rusland Valley, Bouth. There’s plenty to do here and it is a must during a self-catering break in this little-known part of the Lakes. Here the White Hart Inn is popular, where they serve home cooked food and local ales in a traditional setting. Opposite, there’s a small but well-kept kids playground and next door to the village pub is the top Lake District family attraction, Old Hall Farm. This is open daily over the spring and summer months, March to November. Delicious salted caramel and chocolate orange are two popular ice cream flavours from the onsite Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour – if you’re lucky enough you can see the ice cream being made from the farm’s own Jersey herd milk. Visitors like to grab some fresh farm eggs, Old Hall Farm pork sausages and some raw or pasteurised milk from their Chicken Shed Tea Room and Shop before heading back to their self-catering retreat.

For walkers, the recently opened Greenwood Trail is a nice walk which starts at Old Hall Farm and takes in Rusland Moss and Hay Bridge Nature Reserve.

Further up the valley, get a feel for the area’s industrial past at Rusland Tannery, which is the best preserved in England and the grounds are open to the public. This historical attraction is in Rusland village, in the heart of the valley, where arty folk may want to look out for leather craft classes offered from Rusland Reading Rooms by community project, Rusland Horizons.

On your journey through the Rusland Valley towards Grisedale, take in Oxen Park and Coulton. And a must is a lunch or pint stop at the famous Eagles Head in the village of Satterthwaite. Better still, park the car at Bird Lane car park and take the Public Bridleway to Satterthwaite.

The best views when staying in the Rusland Valley has to be from leaving the Grizedale Forest Information Centre and walking up to Carron Crag.

Enjoyed on foot, there are spectacular views down to Lake Windermere from High Dam, where you can also drop down to the pretty village of Finsthwaite. Those with a nose for history will be pleased to find the English Heritage owned Stott Park Bobbin Mill here also, which is a working mill offering tours for visitors.

For day trips, we’d recommend the short drive from your Rusland Valley cottage to Lakeside, on the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Here you will find Lakes Aquarium, which is so much more than your typical sea life attraction and a great wet-weather activity. The Lakeside Railway station is also here, and the 8-mile steam train journey along the River Leven is a delight.

Cafe Ambio at The Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, is a generous-sized place to head to for a coffee or lunch. There’s lots of outside and inside seating, with lovely riverside views. Just off the A590 it is a handy meeting place or pitstop for hungry travellers. Continue on the B5278 to visit Holker Hall and Gardens.

Heading further south, exploring further afield of the Rusland Valley, we’d strongly recommend a visit to the medieval village of Cartmel – this is a must for foodies, as you’ll find L’Enclume, Rogan & Co pub, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Cartmel Cheeses. The 800-year-old priory offers guided tours as well as a gift shop, and so Cartmel makes for a great day trip.

The greatest gift you’ll give yourselves will be a relaxing self-catering holiday in the unspoilt Rusland Valley. Let our Customer Service team on 015394 88855 answer any questions you may have on this are or email enquiries@lakelovers.co.uk for Rusland Valley cottage availability.