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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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Rosegarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

Literally a stone's throw from the steamer pier at Bowness Bay, Rosegarth enjoys a most enviable position in the very heart of one of Lakeland's tourist hotspots, the perfect destination for a memorable family holiday.

Available From£750
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £425 to £361
Stable End Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set in the beautiful Rusland Valley, between Windermere and Coniston, in the pretty hamlet 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 idea for friends and families wanting to relax and enjoy the beautiful Lakeland counrtyside

Available From£425
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Kentrigg Windermere
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Kentrigg is an incredible 5 Bedroom detached property situated a stone's throw from Carus Green Golf Club and restaurant on the Burneside village road.

Available From£2000
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Hygge at No.8 Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

The Danish art of 'Hygge' is to acknowledge a feeling or a moment, a warmth, a contentment with your loved one, at home or away and although there is no literal translation for this vibe, the concept is displayed perfectly here at Hygge @ no. 8, Applethwaite Hall. The original Hall, completed in 1901 is the epitome of the Arts and Crafts movement and many original features have been retained echoing its historic past throughout the twelve, very individual apartments that were cleverly created during 2017. But walk into Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) and you're instantly cocooned in an elegant, intimate and luxurious lifestyle apartment and quickly into 'holiday mode'.

Available From£365
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Farrier House Keswick
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Just a short walk from the shores of Derwentwater, in the village of Portinscale and less than a ten minute drive from the popular market town of Keswick, Farrier House is a beautiful boutique residence that oozes quality from the moment you step through the door. The owners have lovingly created a stunning property, with great attention to detail and a wonderful collection of Lakeland artwork and that offers fantastic accommodation ideal for family or friends whatever the time of year.

Available From£520
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Oak Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Oak Cottage is a superb Victorian Lakeland terrace cottage that has been fully refurbished to a very high standard in the heart of the popular village of Bowness-On-Windermere. Offering quality accommodation, Oak Cottage is well located for all the village has to offer including shops, bars and restaurants, is in easy walk of the Lake Windermere and is an ideal base from which to explore the whole of the Lake District. The cottage is situated just a few minutes' walk from Biskey Howe which offers stunning views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding area and is a perfect place to enjoy the sunsets across the lake in an evening.

Available From£395
Special Offer Special offer 4 nights for £550 Please call 015394 88855 to book
Hazel Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

This charming cottage is located in a fantastic position on Compston Road, just a stone's throw away from the historic town centre of Ambleside which is situated at the head of Lake Windermere. Just perfect for those looking to explore the Lake District whatever the occasion or time of year.

Available From£475
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £365 to £329
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

The epitome of luxurious loft style living, Robyn's Nest is one of only a dozen properties set in arguably the most prestigious development of recent years, Applethwaite Hall. Located on the second floor of this Art and Crafts building and one of only a dozen careful created homes, Robyn's Nest is an extremely fashionable abode, bang on trend in terms of styling and facilities and ideal for a couple looking for a romantic and special hideaway, whatever the time of year you choose to visit.

Available From£365
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Lauron’s View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Step inside this recently re-styled residence and catch your breath as you gaze through contemporary walls of glass over Lake Windermere towards the Lakeland Fells. Sip your drinks on the spectacular balcony, take your lazy Sunday lunch to the elegantly furnished garden terrace. However you spend your time here, don't forget to bring your camera and have it to hand at all times as the panoramic views are incredible, making for an awesome shot, particularly when an RAF Typhoon or Hurcules make a fly-past! Lauron's View is an ingeniously designed property, displaying the height of Lakeland luxury throughout with freshly updated furnishings and colour palate to bring the styling right up to date.

Available From£675
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

An excellent pair of Lakeland cottages that are all set on either side of courtyard. Perched high in the hills of the beautiful Duddon Valley, with breathtaking views to the Coniston Fells, and Harter Fell rising majestically to the north, Grass Guards is set in an amazing location.

Available From£1470
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £445 to £401
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Stonecliffe is a large, traditionally built residence which sits in a prominent position within the heart of Bowness on Windermere. Dedicated parking is provided for one car, but once here you will find excellent restaurants, bars and visitor attractions within easy walking distance.

Available From£445
Special Offer
The Cats Bield Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Close to the centre of the popular town of Keswick and just one minute from the market square, The Cats Bield is a beautiful cottage that offers quality accommodation, in a handy location and makes the ideal base for getting out and about but also enjoying having everything you need on the doorstep. Within easy walk of all the local shops bars, restaurants and cafes and the twice weekly award winning market.

Available From£365
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Perched high in the hills of the beautiful Duddon Valley, with breathtaking views to the Coniston Fells, and Harter Fell rising majestically to the north, Grass Guards is set in an amazing location. This secluded farm dates back over 500 years and has been loving refurbished to create a high quality retreat for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life and to relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful corners of the Lake District.

Available From£875
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Forming part of the prestigious Applethwaite Hall development, The Mulberry At Applethwaite Hall provides a contemporary, luxurious retreat for those wishing to be within striking distance of the Lakeland town of Windermere and her busier neighbour, Bowness yet far enough away to appreciate a peaceful, countryside location. One of the exclusive apartments created within a stunning former Arts and Crafts country house, this first floor, spacious apartment offers some superb views across the manicured grounds to the Langdales beyond and an unforgettable self-catering experience in the very heart of the Lakes. The owners are life-long lovers of the Lake District and have created a stylish and comfortable space complimented by artwork and crafts by local artists.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £325 to £293
Stoat Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi

The very charming Stoat Cottage enjoys a central location in the heart of Staveley, a thriving village that has quietly gained a reputation as a destination village for foodie retreats and everything outdoors making it the perfect base to explore the lakes. This mid-18th century cottage has just been beautifully re-worked to offer quality, stylish accommodation with the theme very much on comfort.

Available From£325

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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.