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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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Chapel How Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This unique and luxurious Lake District character cottage forms part of an elegantly converted Grade II listed chapel, in Ambleside's peaceful conservation area. Dating back to 1550, this romantic property retains its period features; arched church windows, striking exposed beams and even such delights as a church pew featured in the dining area. Three decadent bedroom suites, including the truly special 'Belfry' bedroom, allow families or even 3 couples to share this unique Ambleside property.

Available From£445.00
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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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Ambleside View Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Situated in and elevated position, just a short walk from the centre of Ambleside Village, this well-appointed first floor apartment takes full advantage of its position and offers breath-taking views across the southern Lakeland. From the distant Coniston Fells, Langdale, Loughrigg, Rydal and the Vale of Grasmere and around to Fairfield to the north.

Available From£365.00
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Ambleside Haven Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

As the name suggests, Ambleside Haven is a great retreat for couples or small families who'd like to explore Ambleside village, stroll to the shores of Lake Windermere and walk in the surrounding area. This attractive ground floor apartment is all on one level and is very comfortably furnished making it the perfect retreat to relax and unwind.

Available From£335.00
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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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Millbeck Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£450.00
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Merewood Lodge Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This luxurious Lakeland cottage combines contemporary living with cosy styling set only a five minute stroll away from the shores of Lake Windermere - what a breath-taking setting and with glorious views of the stunning surrounding scenery. Soaking up the very best of both worlds; strolling distance from the shores of the lake, yet in a peaceful spot perfect for exploring straight from your doorstep, with Ambleside only 5 minutes away by car.

Available From£525.00
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Woolly End Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

An ideal Ambleside bolt hole in every sense. This lovely Lakeland stone cottage is at the heart of the village with shops, restaurants and pubs just around the corner. Given the central location, you'll enjoy views to Wansfell from the front room and easy access to an abundance of walking routes. Recently redecorated, the interior is cosy, comfortable and perfectly formed for holiday living.

Available From£375.00
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Rolton House Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Please note change; This property will be moving to a Friday arrival day from 4th January 2019.

Available From£495.00
Special Offer Enjoy Christmas here with 20% off!
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available

Once you're inside this beautifully traditional cottage, you'll be charmed by those gorgeous old beams and cute little doors, but impressed by the level of style and sheen throughout the cottage. Ingenious design makes the most of the petite but perfectly formed living space, and a romantic double bedroom is made truly special by an attractive vaulted ceiling.

Available From£245.00
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  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

One of several truly romantic retreats within the historic 'Stepping Stones' residence, home to Wordsworth's family for more than a century. This property stands at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. It overlooks the famous Stepping Stones crossing the river Rothay which leads to close-by Rydal Water and is surrounded by stunning countryside scenes that inspired the famous poetry.

Available From£499.00
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Ecclerigg Garth Ambleside
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

You'll be speechless on arrival at this outstanding Lake District barn conversion off the shores of Lake Windermere. With style and sophistication running throughout the contemporary living space, indoors and out, Ecclerigg Garth has something special for every guest. Fabulous bedrooms and jacuzzi bathrooms, an absolute treat of a kitchen, gracious dining room with woodburning stove and a breathtaking first floor living room with separate viewpoint day room and balcony.

Available From£1850.00
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £695 to now £560
Wansfell Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Wansfell is in one of the best locations in Ambleside. Set in a conservation area, a few minutes' walk from the town centre, from its elevated position it sits in large gardens that offer views to Lake Windermere. This modern, detached property in its own grounds, has been finished to a high standard by its current owner to offer a high quality retreat in one of the Lake District's most desirable locations whatever the time of year you choose to visit.

Available From£695.00
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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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High Gale Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

High above Ambleside on the lower slopes of Wansfell, this spacious Lakeland cottage enjoys breathtaking views over the village to Loughrigg Fell and beyond. It's a place to relax away from everyday life, or recover after a day on the fells, with light and airy rooms, sumptuous furnishings and pretty, traditional features.

Available From£375.00
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Apple Tree Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • 1 pet allowed

Located close to the centre of the bustling village of Ambleside, in the heart of the Lake District, Appletree Cottage, has been beautifully developed by the current owners to offer quality accommodation, and a cottage garden all just a few minutes' walk from all the village amenities.

Available From£375.00
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Bracken Howe Ambleside
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private 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£1650.00
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Swallows Nest Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

In a truly romantic rural setting outside Ambleside village, Swallows Nest is an enchanting hideaway within a contemporary Lakeland barn and complete with roses around the door. Escape together and soak up the atmosphere of panoramic fell views and glimpses of Lake Windermere. You'll fall in love with the interior of this topsy turvy, sumptuous and cosy retreat.

Available From£360.00
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Ivy Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Private parking for 1 car

Approached by a 75 yard pathway on the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell, this luxury cottage in Clappersgate is well worth the stroll. Gazing out to Lake Windermere and beyond, Ivy Cottage is an enchanting retreat for a couple or family close to the mouth of the Langdale Valley and only a short stroll from Ambleside's vibrant village centre.

Available From£399.00

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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.