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South Lakes Cottages

South Lakes Cottages

Our holiday cottages in the South Lakes invite you to explore the most famous parts of the Lake District as well as perhaps try something new. From Hawaiian-style Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Lake Windermere to a beach or fell horsehide on a magnificent Clydesdale, there’s lots going on throughout the year in the South Lakes.

Step back in time and discover the village of Near Sawrey, with the white-washed Tower Bank Arms and picturesque countryside around Claife Heights, as featured in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales. Enjoy tranquillity like no-other aboard a unique lake steamer or yacht gondola on Coniston Water or Lake Windermere. And find the scenic views that inspired some of the greatest literary minds in the world, such as Wordsworth’s Seat looking over Rydal Water. There’s so much to see and do in the South Lake District.

Of course, with Lakelovers South Lakes holiday cottages you return from a day exploring the area to a cottage of sublime quality. And you don’t have to take our word for it. We work closely with VisitEngland to make sure that all of our South Lakes cottages are a minimum of 3-5 star rating, and with Lakelovers you can choose from the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold award rated properties across the Lake District.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

Of course, with Lakelovers South Lakes holiday cottages you return from a day exploring the area to a cottage of sublime quality. And you don’t have to take our word for it. We work closely with VisitEngland to make sure that all of our South Lakes cottages are a minimum of 3-5 star rating, and with Lakelovers you can choose from the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold award rated properties across the Lake District.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

South Lake District Accommodation

Windermere is an extremely popular location in the South Lakes because of its attractions as well as proximity to the M6. Here you’ll find some of the most desirable properties in the region, from luxurious 2 bed apartments set within grand shoreside estates to converted boathouses and large cottages set back from Windermere, designed with grounds and to take in the views.

South of Lake Windermere, in Lakeside you get some very unique South Lakes holiday cottages, many of which were residences of the formerly thriving Bobbin Mill industry that occupied the western side of Lake Windermere.

We also have cottages in other popular locations in the South Lakes. Ambleside is a busy Lakeland town with superb independent shops, restaurants, arthouse cinema, bistros and bars and puts you in the heart of the Lake District. Here we have around 150 stunning holiday retreats in Ambleside for you to choose from.

Nearby, you’ll find our large range of Grasmere cottage, which are picturesque beyond compare and offer a quieter cottage holiday. Deep in the homeland of our greatest poet and former resident, William Wordsworth, Grasmere offers upmarket dining alongside some of the most picturesque scenery in the region.

Head into climbing territory, and bask in the seclusion and drama that is the Langdale valley where we have walking boltholes as well as impressive architect-designed holiday homes inspired by the stunning backdrop.

Head to the western Lakes to the old coppermines of Coniston, where our cottages are seeped in history and renovated with luxurious mod-cons. Looking for a cosy wood burner, luxurious bathroom and bedroom suites combined with period features like low ceilings and exposed beams, then head to Coniston.

West of Lake Windermere you’ll find the scenic village of Hawkshead, where Wordsworth attended the Grammar school. The nearby villages of Near and Far Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote her famous Peter Rabbit Tales. Here you’ll find a particularly impressive collection of holiday cottages, from large period residences, lavishly refurbished to charming, quintessential Lakeland cottages that are welcoming and comfortable and evoke nostalgia.

Leaving our South Lakes cottages behind, to enjoy a quieter part of the Lake District, head to the ‘Queen of the Lakes’ – Derwentwater, which has the award-winning market town of Keswick on it’s shore, as well as the great bulk of Skiddaw. Here we have convenient central holiday homes, with WiFi, parking and spacious family accommodation. You can also choose smaller, more traditional country cottages with secluded garden for an aperitif and walking distance to a country pub.

South Lakeland Holidays Out and About

From Lakelovers holiday cottages in the South Lakes, there’s more than just the well-known towns of Windermere and Bowness to explore. The ancient village of Cartmel, famed for its 12th century priory and only 2 miles from the coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands, has become quite the foodie haven. Stock up your cottage kitchen at Unsworth’s Yard; there’s the new Cartmel microbrewery or try the award-winning Higginson’s Meat from the 450-year-old Cavendish Arms coaching inn. Holker Hall and Gardens, owned by Lord and Lady Cavendish, is a short 15 minute drive away and have a busy events calendar including their famous Chilli Festival, amongst others.

For some alternative activities when staying in Cartmel try a scenic Segdeway tour, where you’ll glide through the parkland around Cartmel. Getting your Segeway ‘stripes’ is a great group activity and then you can go on to try the off-road adventure tour. For a more romantic activity, take in a tour of this historic village from atop a carriage ride with the famous Black Horses.

The sleepy holiday destination of Lakeside actually has lots to do considering its comparatively small size and distinct lack of crowds. Here you’ll find the Lakes Aquarium, home to sharks as well as native Lake District marine wonders. The Lakeside railway station, which initially brought tourist to this delightful spot, has been re-opened as a heritage steam train experience, with superb 18 minute trip from Lakeside to the village of Haverthwaite.

There are plenty of opportunities to experience something new when staying in one of our South Lakes holiday cottages. A little bit of Hawaiian-cool comes to the shores of Lake Windermere with the latest watersport, SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding). It is a surf inspired sport and requires little skill so anyone can have a go. Offered by Total Adventure, this is an exciting alternative to the more traditional Windermere Lake Cruises and 45 minute taster sessions are available – ideal for groups looking for a bit of fun. For a more tranquil experience of Lake Windermere, hire a kayak or canoe and glide along the coves looking for a peaceful picnic spot. If you’re hungry for more water-based action, Coniston Boating Centre is a less than 13 miles away and from here the Steam Yacht Gondola experience is one to try.

Use pedal power hiring bikes, also from Total Adventure in Windermere, to try out the new South Lake District Cycle Trail network. Hop on the Hawkshead Ferry from Bowness and cycle the traffic-free Windermere Trail, which is an 8 mile route to Ambleside, but takes in Claife Viewing Station and Wray Castle on the way. Both have cafes and Windermere Lake Cruises accept bikes and stop at Wray Castle if you decide to return by boat. Or, alternatively take a detour to join the gentle cycle route to Hawkshead.

Taking adventure levels up a notch, off-road 4×4 experiences are available from Kankku in Windermere and will leave you will some very memorable holiday snaps!

South Lakeland holidays are also seeped in a rich culture and heritage that’s not to be missed. To name a few; a treasure trove from the turn of the last century, Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, off the tiny B5360, is an unexpected gem as you head along Windermere’s eastern shore towards Newby Bridge and Lakeside; there’s the superb gardens at Holehird Gardens Lakeland Horticultural Society, Troutbeck; for families, Brockhole Visitor Centre on Windermere is a must, with free outdoor adventure playground; and culture vultures will love the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood historic house and art centre at Coniston.

Whilst myths and legends and remote landscapes populate the north Lakes, the South Lake District is a pleasant topography of English country estates, gentle hills and lush valleys with lots going on. Plus, there’s easy connection to the challenges and dramatic landscape of the central Lakeland fells. A welcoming world of adventure and relaxation awaits you with our South Lakeland holidays. Contact us on 015394 88855 or bookings@lakelovers.co.uk to discover yours.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

This delightful Lakeland character cottage is part of a row in the hamlet of Crook, surrounded by scenic strolls and country pub lunches, yet only a few miles from Bowness village and the shores of Lake Windermere. Traditional features such as original fireplace and cosy woodburning stove give warmth and magic to a stylish and contemporary interior, which provides a pleasant base for up to 4 people.

Available From£325
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £395 to £357
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Infants welcome

This contemporary Lakeland cottage nestles in a row of pretty cottages within a peaceful setting yet is only a short stroll to the absolute heart of bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere. Fern Bank Cottage is sophisticatedly and traditionally themed throughout - this is a place to relax, spend precious time together and enjoy all offered in this ever popular destination.

Available From£395
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Noble Cottage Keswick
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located in one of the most sought after locations in Keswick, close to the Market Square, Noble Cottage is a traditional Victorian Lakeland slate terrace house which has been refurbished to a high standard whilst retaining so much of its period charm.

Available From£495
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Oakbank Langdale
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This is a magical cottage in the Lake District, occupying a sublime setting above picturesque Elterwater, a sleepy hamlet at the heart of the magnificent Langdale valley, commanding breath-taking views.

Available From£595
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Pavement Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • Infants welcome

This Victorian cottage enjoys a prime central Ambleside location in the heart of the village. It is set in a quiet side lane with amenities just around the corner. Guests can enjoy the local area without a need to use the car on a daily basis. There are great local walks for all ages and abilities, or you can take a stroll to the lake for cruises and boat hire. You can sample excellent places to eat and first-rate cinemas, plus welcoming pubs and a variety of outdoor activities all within walking distance.

Available From£425
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The Bowery Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

This gorgeous boutique apartment is spread over first and second floors; a romantic retreat at the heart of the Lake District's most cosmopolitan village, with a wealth of exhilarating walks and lake shore attractions to explore close by. The breathtaking panoramic views from The Bowery have to be seen to be fully appreciated, creating a stunning Lakeland backdrop for the luxurious interior.

Available From£345
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Todd Fell Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Even in the context of the Lake District, Longsleddale, a mere twelve minutes from Kendal and twenty-five from Windermere, is recognized as outstandingly peaceful and stunningly beautiful.

Available From£825
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Mountain View Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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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Riggeswood Cottage Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Facing west over tranquil Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead village, you'll find two distinctive whitewashed cottages, one of which is Riggeswood Cottage. The serene beauty of Esthwaite Water has inspired many over the years - William Wordsworth based a famous poem here, while children's author Beatrix Potter made the pretty tarn the fictional home of her character 'Jeremy Fisher'.

Available From£370
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £630 to £567
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£630
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Charlottes Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

Arrive at this picture-perfect traditional Lake District cottage, right at the heart of Windermere village, and you'll be surprised by the sophistication within. Spread over three floors, Charlotte's Cottage is decadent yet relaxed; finished with Farrow & Ball colours, plumped up with sumptuous Laura Ashley furnishings and oozing Lakeland cottage charm.

Available From£365
Special Offer
Raisthwaite Farm Coniston
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

What a setting for this 17th century detached traditional farmhouse found in an enviable secluded position surrounded by 25 acres of glorious Lake District countryside. Close by to the southern tip of Coniston Water alongside a working Lakeland farm, blissfully picturesque in every sense.

Available From£550
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Honey Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

An adorable Lake District cottage, ideally suited to one or two couples, in a peaceful yet very handy setting just a stone's throw from Ambleside village centre. You'll be impressed by the creature comforts, which include two bathroom facilities plus downstairs cloakroom, an enviable view towards Loughrigg Fell and lots of character in this original 17th century beautiful cottage.

Available From£359
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Honister Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

With breathtaking views from almost every window, this contemporary country cottage is part of the select Bracken Fell development at Outgate - a small village within easy reach of both Ambleside and Hawkshead. Although modern and stylish in presentation, Honister Cottage retains the charms of Lakeland with traditional stone exterior details and cosy stove within. You'll find comfortable space for 2 or 3 people.

Available From£356
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 7 cars
  • 6 pets allowed

An adorable group of four Lakeland properties that are all set within a pretty courtyard amongst two acres of grounds, including a natural woodland and ponds in this picturesque and sleepy setting between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere, circumscribed by glorious open countryside.

Available From£1265
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Birch Knoll Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

A beautifully presented Lakeland bungalow with private gardens and fell views, only 5 minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside and close to Waterhead Pier. Birch Knoll has been recently refurbished and boasts a stylish, contemporary interior with bright, airy living space and elegant dining area. This is a wonderfully convenient Lake District holiday home, a stroll away from lake cruises on Windermere and with vibrant village life close by.

Available From£375
Special Offer
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 ccot and high chair are available.

Available From£621
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Haystacks Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

Haystacks is quite simply a gorgeous eclectic Lakeland find occupying a picture postcard outstanding setting with breath-taking panoramic views towards Lake Windermere.

Available From£595
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

Church View At Troutbeck, dating back to the 17th Century, is a charming semi-detached traditional Lakeland Cottage located in the pretty and picturesque conservation village of Troutbeck. The cottage has been refurbished to a very high standard to create a beautiful cottage which incorporates many traditional features, including the oak beams and lintels which are complimented by a bright and airy modern finish.

Available From£465

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Photo of Koru At Ambleside

South Lakes Cottages

South Lakes Cottages

Our holiday cottages in the South Lakes invite you to explore the most famous parts of the Lake District as well as perhaps try something new. From Hawaiian-style Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Lake Windermere to a beach or fell horsehide on a magnificent Clydesdale, there’s lots going on throughout the year in the South Lakes.

Step back in time and discover the village of Near Sawrey, with the white-washed Tower Bank Arms and picturesque countryside around Claife Heights, as featured in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales. Enjoy tranquillity like no-other aboard a unique lake steamer or yacht gondola on Coniston Water or Lake Windermere. And find the scenic views that inspired some of the greatest literary minds in the world, such as Wordsworth’s Seat looking over Rydal Water. There’s so much to see and do in the South Lake District.

Of course, with Lakelovers South Lakes holiday cottages you return from a day exploring the area to a cottage of sublime quality. And you don’t have to take our word for it. We work closely with VisitEngland to make sure that all of our South Lakes cottages are a minimum of 3-5 star rating, and with Lakelovers you can choose from the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold award rated properties across the Lake District.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

Of course, with Lakelovers South Lakes holiday cottages you return from a day exploring the area to a cottage of sublime quality. And you don’t have to take our word for it. We work closely with VisitEngland to make sure that all of our South Lakes cottages are a minimum of 3-5 star rating, and with Lakelovers you can choose from the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold award rated properties across the Lake District.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

South Lake District Accommodation

Windermere is an extremely popular location in the South Lakes because of its attractions as well as proximity to the M6. Here you’ll find some of the most desirable properties in the region, from luxurious 2 bed apartments set within grand shoreside estates to converted boathouses and large cottages set back from Windermere, designed with grounds and to take in the views.

South of Lake Windermere, in Lakeside you get some very unique South Lakes holiday cottages, many of which were residences of the formerly thriving Bobbin Mill industry that occupied the western side of Lake Windermere.

We also have cottages in other popular locations in the South Lakes. Ambleside is a busy Lakeland town with superb independent shops, restaurants, arthouse cinema, bistros and bars and puts you in the heart of the Lake District. Here we have around 150 stunning holiday retreats in Ambleside for you to choose from.

Nearby, you’ll find our large range of Grasmere cottage, which are picturesque beyond compare and offer a quieter cottage holiday. Deep in the homeland of our greatest poet and former resident, William Wordsworth, Grasmere offers upmarket dining alongside some of the most picturesque scenery in the region.

Head into climbing territory, and bask in the seclusion and drama that is the Langdale valley where we have walking boltholes as well as impressive architect-designed holiday homes inspired by the stunning backdrop.

Head to the western Lakes to the old coppermines of Coniston, where our cottages are seeped in history and renovated with luxurious mod-cons. Looking for a cosy wood burner, luxurious bathroom and bedroom suites combined with period features like low ceilings and exposed beams, then head to Coniston.

West of Lake Windermere you’ll find the scenic village of Hawkshead, where Wordsworth attended the Grammar school. The nearby villages of Near and Far Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote her famous Peter Rabbit Tales. Here you’ll find a particularly impressive collection of holiday cottages, from large period residences, lavishly refurbished to charming, quintessential Lakeland cottages that are welcoming and comfortable and evoke nostalgia.

Leaving our South Lakes cottages behind, to enjoy a quieter part of the Lake District, head to the ‘Queen of the Lakes’ – Derwentwater, which has the award-winning market town of Keswick on it’s shore, as well as the great bulk of Skiddaw. Here we have convenient central holiday homes, with WiFi, parking and spacious family accommodation. You can also choose smaller, more traditional country cottages with secluded garden for an aperitif and walking distance to a country pub.

South Lakeland Holidays Out and About

From Lakelovers holiday cottages in the South Lakes, there’s more than just the well-known towns of Windermere and Bowness to explore. The ancient village of Cartmel, famed for its 12th century priory and only 2 miles from the coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands, has become quite the foodie haven. Stock up your cottage kitchen at Unsworth’s Yard; there’s the new Cartmel microbrewery or try the award-winning Higginson’s Meat from the 450-year-old Cavendish Arms coaching inn. Holker Hall and Gardens, owned by Lord and Lady Cavendish, is a short 15 minute drive away and have a busy events calendar including their famous Chilli Festival, amongst others.

For some alternative activities when staying in Cartmel try a scenic Segdeway tour, where you’ll glide through the parkland around Cartmel. Getting your Segeway ‘stripes’ is a great group activity and then you can go on to try the off-road adventure tour. For a more romantic activity, take in a tour of this historic village from atop a carriage ride with the famous Black Horses.

The sleepy holiday destination of Lakeside actually has lots to do considering its comparatively small size and distinct lack of crowds. Here you’ll find the Lakes Aquarium, home to sharks as well as native Lake District marine wonders. The Lakeside railway station, which initially brought tourist to this delightful spot, has been re-opened as a heritage steam train experience, with superb 18 minute trip from Lakeside to the village of Haverthwaite.

There are plenty of opportunities to experience something new when staying in one of our South Lakes holiday cottages. A little bit of Hawaiian-cool comes to the shores of Lake Windermere with the latest watersport, SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding). It is a surf inspired sport and requires little skill so anyone can have a go. Offered by Total Adventure, this is an exciting alternative to the more traditional Windermere Lake Cruises and 45 minute taster sessions are available – ideal for groups looking for a bit of fun. For a more tranquil experience of Lake Windermere, hire a kayak or canoe and glide along the coves looking for a peaceful picnic spot. If you’re hungry for more water-based action, Coniston Boating Centre is a less than 13 miles away and from here the Steam Yacht Gondola experience is one to try.

Use pedal power hiring bikes, also from Total Adventure in Windermere, to try out the new South Lake District Cycle Trail network. Hop on the Hawkshead Ferry from Bowness and cycle the traffic-free Windermere Trail, which is an 8 mile route to Ambleside, but takes in Claife Viewing Station and Wray Castle on the way. Both have cafes and Windermere Lake Cruises accept bikes and stop at Wray Castle if you decide to return by boat. Or, alternatively take a detour to join the gentle cycle route to Hawkshead.

Taking adventure levels up a notch, off-road 4×4 experiences are available from Kankku in Windermere and will leave you will some very memorable holiday snaps!

South Lakeland holidays are also seeped in a rich culture and heritage that’s not to be missed. To name a few; a treasure trove from the turn of the last century, Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, off the tiny B5360, is an unexpected gem as you head along Windermere’s eastern shore towards Newby Bridge and Lakeside; there’s the superb gardens at Holehird Gardens Lakeland Horticultural Society, Troutbeck; for families, Brockhole Visitor Centre on Windermere is a must, with free outdoor adventure playground; and culture vultures will love the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood historic house and art centre at Coniston.

Whilst myths and legends and remote landscapes populate the north Lakes, the South Lake District is a pleasant topography of English country estates, gentle hills and lush valleys with lots going on. Plus, there’s easy connection to the challenges and dramatic landscape of the central Lakeland fells. A welcoming world of adventure and relaxation awaits you with our South Lakeland holidays. Contact us on 015394 88855 or bookings@lakelovers.co.uk to discover yours.