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Rydal Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages in Rydal

The picturesque village of Rydal is situated a mile or so north of Ambleside and just under a mile to the south east of Grasmere. This means that our Rydal cottages are located in the perfect spot for you to take full advantage of some of the Lake District’s best countryside and attractions. Rydal Water, which nestles just to the east of the village, is small compared to many of the Lake District’s other bodies of water and measures less than a mile squared. Staying at Rydal means you are in the heart of the Lake District and perfectly placed to have the adventure of a lifetime or simply shut up shop and get away from it all. Lakelovers have a splendid range of cottages in and around the Rydal area, making it easy to find something that is perfect for you.

Self-Catering in Rydal

Take your pick from fully modernised, cosy stone cottages, breathtaking barn conversions with hot tubs and intimate wooden lodges that sit amongst picturesque woodlands. The options for a cottage holiday in Rydal really will leave you spoilt for choice. However, one thing is for sure, no matter which of our properties you decide to spend time in, the quality you’ll find will be unrivaled. Lakelovers have the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold Award properties in the region.

We also have a superb selection of dog friendly holiday cottages in Rydal and the surrounding areas. Whilst our focus is on quality this does not mean that pooch has to stay at home. In fact, with Lakelovers pets holiday for free!  So, don’t leave your four-legged family members behind on a holiday in Rydal.

Lots of our cottages seamlessly mix the more traditional features of country living with modern facilities that enhance them without taking away from their natural charm; open fires or log burning stoves, juxtaposed with LED televisions or digital sound systems; open range cookers surrounded by the latest time saving kitchen devices and country gardens with bespoke garden furniture that blends in with its surroundings.

Once you arrive at your Rydal cottage, you can expect to find comfort and luxury galore. Lush living spaces, large and small, where you can relax after a day on the fells or spend a romantic evening with a bottle of wine and some locally blended chocolate. Bedrooms that will see you well rested, in style, for tomorrow’s big adventure and that’s not to mention the beautiful bathrooms and designer kitchens that whisper “cook in me”.

Self-catering at Rydal is a real treat, not only do you get to eat in a luxurious cottage, but you get to cook with some of the country’s best local meats and produce. Why not try some Herdwick Hogget or Mutton? The Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District and are left to graze on grass and heather until mature. This really is something special and makes for a deliciously and natural tasting meat – perfect for a candlelit dinner!

If you prefer to eat like a king at breakfast time, then you can take your pick of fine cuts of bacon and of course some Cumberland sausage, served with eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. All enjoyed with table of family and friends – who could ask for more?

All Lakelovers cottages are chosen for their remarkably high standards, both inside, outside and because of their amazing locations. Browse our holiday cottages near Rydal Water to see what we mean.

A Little of Rydal’s History

Rydal is rich in the history of English romantic literature, Rydal Mount was home to William Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850 and it was here that he wrote, what some consider to be his most famous poem, Daffodils. Other connections to English literature come in the shape of Thomas Quincey and Hartley Coleridge. While walking the lanes and fells of the surrounding area, it is easy to imagine how the land around them inspired such writers and to maybe ingest some of that energy for yourself.

Getting There

Rydal is extremely easy to access, whether you are traveling by car or on public transport. If you are coming from the south, the easiest way to get to Rydal by car is to head for the M6 motorway, exit at junction 36, onto the A591 and head for Windermere. Once at Windermere, just keep following the A591 and you will soon arrive at Rydal. From the north, exit the M6 at junction 40, take the A56 until you hit the A591 and then head south to Rydal.

By train; travel to Windermere and then a short bus or taxi ride will have you in Rydal within minutes. If you are using a bus service, then remember to check the times in advance, so you are not left standing around waiting for too long.

Out and About in Rydal

The options for fun and adventure are limitless when staying in one of our luxury Rydal cottages. Exploring the immediate vicinity is, without a doubt, the best place to start. For your first port of call, Rydal Mount house and gardens is hard to beat. Your first few footsteps into this beautiful house will transport you to a romantic haven virtually untouched by time. If that wasn’t enough, the gardens are a blaze of colour and lush wonderment.

A break in the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a good walk. Heading off to discover the stepping stones that cross the river Rothay is a must for anyone staying in Rydal. There are several approaches to the stepping stones and no matter which route you opt for, you won’t be disappointed by the ambiance and the spectacular views you will encounter along the way.

A relaxing walk is one thing, but if you want something a little more adventurous, then hold on to your hat. There are activities that you can enjoy all year round, that will give you the exhilaration and adrenaline you crave – and why not?

Rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, dips in plunge pools and intrepid ridge walks are yours for the taking, if you want to accept the challenge. Advanced and experienced climbers need look no further than the Langdale valley for thrills and spills. The Pike o’ Stickle is a 709m moderate graded climb and is a must for any serious climber. Jakes Rake, on the other hand, is a grade 1 scramble that is doable for most adults with a modicum of fitness and a head for heights.

If you prefer something altogether more aquatic, then the Lake District has some of the best plunge pools in the UK. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a dip in cold, clear, fresh water, the likes of which can be found just outside Borrowdale. Galleny Force comprises of two pools underneath cascades. It is surrounded by woodland and open green land – this location is perfect for a splash around, followed by a picnic.

Of course one of the best things about visiting the Lake District is that you get to spend time outdoors. No matter what type of activity you decide to pursue this makes for health and happy break in the countryside.

Going just a little further afield, you can visit Ambleside, one of the most popular Lake District tourist destinations. Here you can treat yourself, or a loved one, to something special in one of its myriad of boutique shops. Ambleside has become synonymous for great shopping and for its well respected restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Our holiday cottages near Rydal Water have some wonderful eating and drinking haunts right on the doorstep. The Fulling Mill is one such place, that consistently receives high praise from those who frequent it. Here you can choose from local delights, such as Cartmel Valley smoked salmon and braised shank of lamb served with pan-roasted potatoes and vegetables. There is plenty to choose from on the reasonably priced menu and there’s a children’s menu too.

If you prefer the atmosphere of a traditional Lake District inn, then maybe Glen Rothay is the place to head for. This beautiful old inn has a lovely garden and you can enjoy a range of ales, wines and spirits as well as great home cooked style food.

Heading further afield, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The Lake District has become a mecca for those with a penchant for all things gastronomic or for those who just enjoy a hearty meal.

The Jumble Room with its Bohemian styling is situated in Grasmere and is well worth a visit. Popular amongst ‘foodies’, The Jumble Room serves dishes with intriguing titles like Crofton Bon-Bon’s and The Thriller from Manilla. Try the Jumble Room if you are looking for something just a little bit different.

It does of course go without saying that, whatever your tastes and food preferences are, you’ll find something extraordinary in the Lake District.

There are many reasons to book a self-catering cottage in Rydal, but perhaps the most significant one, is that you are located in an area of outstanding beauty that is set away from some of the busy areas of the Lake District, but at the same time you are within striking distance of some the most vibrant and popular destinations. With Rydal you really have the best of both worlds.

Browse our collection of luxury cottages in Rydal and the surrounding area to find your dream getaway in the Lakes.

 

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Cosy Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi

Tucked away amongst some of the oldest and prettiest cottages in Ambleside, Cosy Cottage is a beautifully refurbished traditional Lakeland cottage which, as the name suggests, offers a cosy and homely retreat, in a convenient location.

Available From£395
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Mountain View Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Step inside and catch your breath, as you gaze through walls of glass over the magnificent backdrop of the Lakeland Fells. Sip your drinks in the spectacular garden, take your lazy Sunday lunch or breakfast in wonderful dining areas overlooking the majestic mountains. However you spend your time here, don't forget to bring your camera as the panoramic views are hard to believe!

Available From£499
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Waterfall Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Originally forming part of the old bobbin mill, standing on the side of the cascading Stockghyll, Waterfall is one of a select few luxury residences that forms part of the prestigious 'Falls' development which has been finished to a very high standard by its owners who have created a contemporary and comfortable Lakeland retreat situated only a few minutes' walk from the centre of the bustling village of Ambleside.

Available From£495
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £585 to £468
The Gallery Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Lovingly converted from an old coach house, this fabulous 5 star studio apartment enjoys stunning view towards Lake Windermere. The Gallery is found in a peaceful, pretty location at the head of a private country lane - one of a few select dwellings. Close to Ambleside, you'll enjoy the best of both worlds; explore the delights of the lively village and lake shore, or hide away in blissful tranquility.

Available From£350
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Azalea Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This romantic detached Lakeland cottage is steeped in history and is believed to be 400 years old.

Available From£395
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Luke’s Hoose Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
Special Offer Reduced from £859 to £595!
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

This outstanding luxurious riverside detached residence, which has been professionally interior designed and renovated to the highest standards, occupies a sublime setting alongside the picturesque Skelwith Bridge, a sleepy hamlet at the opening to the magnificent Langdale valley. This eclectic architect-designed retreat sits on the banks of the River Brathay, what a soothing way to unwind and soak up the sheer luxury this wonderful place offers.

Available From£1095
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  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

If you are looking for a property with one of the most spectacular views in the British Isles, set in large grounds but can't decide if you want a traditional or contemporary property then we might just have found the property you were looking for!

Available From£895
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1145 to £1031
Hillhead Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Hillhead Cottage, as the name suggests, is set in an elevated position within a conservation area just a ten minute walk from the centre of Ambleside Village. This really is one of the most desirable locations in Ambleside and this modern, semi-detached property has been finished to a high standard and offers quality accommodation in a first class location and is a popular property whatever the time of year.

Available From£775
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Stone Howe Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This breathtaking Ambleside home enjoys an elevated setting with dramatic mountain views through every window. Stone How is spacious, full of character and ingeniously designed on a single level to make the most of the outlook. Every room brings the outside in, with an abundance of windows and glass panels. The living areas are spacious and stylish, extending to a relaxed conservatory and decked patio - perfect for pre-dinner drinks!

Available From£370
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Brantside Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi

This beautifully appointed Gold Award winning property sits in a gently elevated position in the historic conservation area of Ambleside and provides spectacular views to the magnificent Lake District mountains from almost every room. Every creature comfort is provided with lots of thoughtful touches above and beyond the expected.

Available From£395
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Loughrigg Brow Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Parking for 1 car

A few minutes stroll from Lake Windermere's Waterhead Pier, this superb ground floor apartment enjoys stunning views to Loughrigg and the Lakeland Fells. Loughrigg Brow forms part of an impressive Lakeland residence, set within private grounds, and the apartment certainly shares in the elegance of the traditional building.

Available From£325
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £825 to £701
Millbeck Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Millbeck Cottage is located in a quiet corner on the select Falls development just a short walk from Ambleside village. This spacious apartment style property is set over two floors with a particularly well appointed lounge / dining room with bay window. Furnishings throughout are comfortable, contemporary and coordinated. You will also enjoy a balcony to the front to admire the views on long summer evenings. Endless walking opportunities straight from the door means you may never need to use your car during your stay.

Available From£450
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Walter’s Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

This enchanting Lakeland cottage nestles in a row of similar pretty cottages at the head of Stockghyll Waterfalls entrance in a peaceful setting by open countryside yet only a few minutes' walk into the heart of Ambleside itself. Once a bobbin mill workers cottage and we suspect by the name of Walter, we think you will agree this delightful cottage is perfect for a holiday in this popular setting at any time of the year.

Available From£395
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River Lodge Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Overlooking the River Rothay, this impressive house is enviably located only a short riverside walk away from Ambleside Village. River Lodge takes the lion's share of an impressive Lakeland residence, once home to Queen Victoria's physician. Now sympathetically restored, extended and styled with immaculate country house chic and Farrow & Ball colours, River Lodge provides luxurious holiday living in this fantastic location.

Available From£865
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Bay Tree Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously refurbished double-fronted cottage is everything to every lover of Lakeland life. It's only a stroll away from the vibrant shops, restaurants and traditional pubs of Ambleside, and also the shores of Lake Windermere where cruisers depart to ferry you the full length of the lake. The cottage is gently elevated to give superb fell and valley views from both bedrooms and garden.

Available From£410
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1 Oaklands Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Located on the northern shores of Lake Windermere, and set in the heart of the ever-popular Ambleside, 1 Oaklands is the ground floor of an impressive Victorian Lakeland residence, which has been beautifully and sympathetically re-modelled by the current owners. It offers unrivalled stylish and quality accommodation in a peaceful setting with surrounding fell views, but which is literally around the corner from the centre of the village, with its interesting shops, cafes and bars and a host of local eateries, attractions and amenities.

Available From£435
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Bracken Howe Ambleside
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously elegant Period Lakeland residence occupies a perfect and peaceful setting just off the centre of the ever popular village of Ambleside and only a short stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere at Waterhead. For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries.

Available From£1650
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Balla Wray Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

For those looking for a sublime luxury exclusive holiday home experience in secluded surroundings, Balla Wray is quite simply an outstanding Period lakeside residence circumscribed by glorious landscaped gardens leading into substantial lake frontage with private boathouse, commanding panoramic breath-taking views over Lake Windermere and surrounding majestic mountains.

Available From£6995

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Rydal Cottages

Rydal Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages in Rydal

The picturesque village of Rydal is situated a mile or so north of Ambleside and just under a mile to the south east of Grasmere. This means that our Rydal cottages are located in the perfect spot for you to take full advantage of some of the Lake District’s best countryside and attractions. Rydal Water, which nestles just to the east of the village, is small compared to many of the Lake District’s other bodies of water and measures less than a mile squared. Staying at Rydal means you are in the heart of the Lake District and perfectly placed to have the adventure of a lifetime or simply shut up shop and get away from it all. Lakelovers have a splendid range of cottages in and around the Rydal area, making it easy to find something that is perfect for you.

Self-Catering in Rydal

Take your pick from fully modernised, cosy stone cottages, breathtaking barn conversions with hot tubs and intimate wooden lodges that sit amongst picturesque woodlands. The options for a cottage holiday in Rydal really will leave you spoilt for choice. However, one thing is for sure, no matter which of our properties you decide to spend time in, the quality you’ll find will be unrivaled. Lakelovers have the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold Award properties in the region.

We also have a superb selection of dog friendly holiday cottages in Rydal and the surrounding areas. Whilst our focus is on quality this does not mean that pooch has to stay at home. In fact, with Lakelovers pets holiday for free!  So, don’t leave your four-legged family members behind on a holiday in Rydal.

Lots of our cottages seamlessly mix the more traditional features of country living with modern facilities that enhance them without taking away from their natural charm; open fires or log burning stoves, juxtaposed with LED televisions or digital sound systems; open range cookers surrounded by the latest time saving kitchen devices and country gardens with bespoke garden furniture that blends in with its surroundings.

Once you arrive at your Rydal cottage, you can expect to find comfort and luxury galore. Lush living spaces, large and small, where you can relax after a day on the fells or spend a romantic evening with a bottle of wine and some locally blended chocolate. Bedrooms that will see you well rested, in style, for tomorrow’s big adventure and that’s not to mention the beautiful bathrooms and designer kitchens that whisper “cook in me”.

Self-catering at Rydal is a real treat, not only do you get to eat in a luxurious cottage, but you get to cook with some of the country’s best local meats and produce. Why not try some Herdwick Hogget or Mutton? The Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District and are left to graze on grass and heather until mature. This really is something special and makes for a deliciously and natural tasting meat – perfect for a candlelit dinner!

If you prefer to eat like a king at breakfast time, then you can take your pick of fine cuts of bacon and of course some Cumberland sausage, served with eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. All enjoyed with table of family and friends – who could ask for more?

All Lakelovers cottages are chosen for their remarkably high standards, both inside, outside and because of their amazing locations. Browse our holiday cottages near Rydal Water to see what we mean.

A Little of Rydal’s History

Rydal is rich in the history of English romantic literature, Rydal Mount was home to William Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850 and it was here that he wrote, what some consider to be his most famous poem, Daffodils. Other connections to English literature come in the shape of Thomas Quincey and Hartley Coleridge. While walking the lanes and fells of the surrounding area, it is easy to imagine how the land around them inspired such writers and to maybe ingest some of that energy for yourself.

Getting There

Rydal is extremely easy to access, whether you are traveling by car or on public transport. If you are coming from the south, the easiest way to get to Rydal by car is to head for the M6 motorway, exit at junction 36, onto the A591 and head for Windermere. Once at Windermere, just keep following the A591 and you will soon arrive at Rydal. From the north, exit the M6 at junction 40, take the A56 until you hit the A591 and then head south to Rydal.

By train; travel to Windermere and then a short bus or taxi ride will have you in Rydal within minutes. If you are using a bus service, then remember to check the times in advance, so you are not left standing around waiting for too long.

Out and About in Rydal

The options for fun and adventure are limitless when staying in one of our luxury Rydal cottages. Exploring the immediate vicinity is, without a doubt, the best place to start. For your first port of call, Rydal Mount house and gardens is hard to beat. Your first few footsteps into this beautiful house will transport you to a romantic haven virtually untouched by time. If that wasn’t enough, the gardens are a blaze of colour and lush wonderment.

A break in the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a good walk. Heading off to discover the stepping stones that cross the river Rothay is a must for anyone staying in Rydal. There are several approaches to the stepping stones and no matter which route you opt for, you won’t be disappointed by the ambiance and the spectacular views you will encounter along the way.

A relaxing walk is one thing, but if you want something a little more adventurous, then hold on to your hat. There are activities that you can enjoy all year round, that will give you the exhilaration and adrenaline you crave – and why not?

Rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, dips in plunge pools and intrepid ridge walks are yours for the taking, if you want to accept the challenge. Advanced and experienced climbers need look no further than the Langdale valley for thrills and spills. The Pike o’ Stickle is a 709m moderate graded climb and is a must for any serious climber. Jakes Rake, on the other hand, is a grade 1 scramble that is doable for most adults with a modicum of fitness and a head for heights.

If you prefer something altogether more aquatic, then the Lake District has some of the best plunge pools in the UK. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a dip in cold, clear, fresh water, the likes of which can be found just outside Borrowdale. Galleny Force comprises of two pools underneath cascades. It is surrounded by woodland and open green land – this location is perfect for a splash around, followed by a picnic.

Of course one of the best things about visiting the Lake District is that you get to spend time outdoors. No matter what type of activity you decide to pursue this makes for health and happy break in the countryside.

Going just a little further afield, you can visit Ambleside, one of the most popular Lake District tourist destinations. Here you can treat yourself, or a loved one, to something special in one of its myriad of boutique shops. Ambleside has become synonymous for great shopping and for its well respected restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Our holiday cottages near Rydal Water have some wonderful eating and drinking haunts right on the doorstep. The Fulling Mill is one such place, that consistently receives high praise from those who frequent it. Here you can choose from local delights, such as Cartmel Valley smoked salmon and braised shank of lamb served with pan-roasted potatoes and vegetables. There is plenty to choose from on the reasonably priced menu and there’s a children’s menu too.

If you prefer the atmosphere of a traditional Lake District inn, then maybe Glen Rothay is the place to head for. This beautiful old inn has a lovely garden and you can enjoy a range of ales, wines and spirits as well as great home cooked style food.

Heading further afield, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The Lake District has become a mecca for those with a penchant for all things gastronomic or for those who just enjoy a hearty meal.

The Jumble Room with its Bohemian styling is situated in Grasmere and is well worth a visit. Popular amongst ‘foodies’, The Jumble Room serves dishes with intriguing titles like Crofton Bon-Bon’s and The Thriller from Manilla. Try the Jumble Room if you are looking for something just a little bit different.

It does of course go without saying that, whatever your tastes and food preferences are, you’ll find something extraordinary in the Lake District.

There are many reasons to book a self-catering cottage in Rydal, but perhaps the most significant one, is that you are located in an area of outstanding beauty that is set away from some of the busy areas of the Lake District, but at the same time you are within striking distance of some the most vibrant and popular destinations. With Rydal you really have the best of both worlds.

Browse our collection of luxury cottages in Rydal and the surrounding area to find your dream getaway in the Lakes.