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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 [email protected] to discover yours.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This sophisticated detached Lakeland cottage truly enjoys the very best of both worlds; strolling distance from bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere, yet in absolute peace and quiet, commanding outstanding views. Abbotsgarth Heights commands a gently elevated position providing breathtaking views to the Lakeland Fells, and when the leaves fall the view over Lake Windermere is magnificent.

Available From£435.00
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Glen Bank Ullswater
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Glen Bank is a striking 5 star Gold Award property situated in the centre of the charming village of Brampton in the picturesque rural Eden Valley area of Cumbria, with easy access and one mile from the market town of Appleby.

Available From£1695.00
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Hawkshead Hideaway Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Hawkshead Hideaway nestles within a beautiful 17th Century Grade II listed Tudor/Georgian Period property and boasts fantastic views over Beatrix Potter's countryside to the Lakeland Fells. Roger Ground House & Hawkshead Hideaway stands on the edge of Hawkshead, with a footpath leading directly from the garden gate to the village. The entrance to this enchanting retreat is via a private garden.

Available From£425.00
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Teal Beck Grasmere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars

This Lakeland cottage with cosy styling is set only a 2 minutes stroll away from the absolute heart of picturesque Grasmere village centre- what a breath taking setting and with 360 glorious views of the stunning surrounding scenery. Soaking up the very best of both worlds; strolling distance from bustling Grasmere and the shores of the lake, yet in a peaceful spot perfect for exploring straight from your doorstep. Teal Beck also has private access to the Lake, via a private walk at the end of Lake View Drive.

Available From£695.00
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

The Swans Nests is an exclusive development of four contemporary and luxurious cottages situated next door to the acclaimed Swan Hotel and Spa at Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

Available From£2000.00
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Busk Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This wonderfully romantic Lake District cottage nestles in a pretty row just a short stroll from the shops and restaurants of Ambleside and the shores of Lake Windermere. Tucked away in a quiet elevated postition, at Busk Cottage you'll savour your contemporary creature comforts, including a well fitted bathroom and Wi-Fi.

Available From£335.00
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

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

Available From£995.00
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Hazel Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Car Park Available
  • 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. Completely renovated from the ground up, this property has been decorated to an incredible standard creating a holiday home of the highest quality and presented in calm neutral tones. The inviting oak front door leads you into the hallway where lovely Victorian hooks offer the perfect spot for coats and scarves. Oak floors run throughout the ground floor and lead you into the open plan living and dining room, with its large comfortable sofas, inviting wood burner and solid oak dining table - this is the perfect spot for socialising or just relaxing when the evenings draw in.

Available From£495.00
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North Highfield Windermere
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Is this the most enviable abode in the country? We think so and so did Harriet Martineau in her 1855 works, A complete guide to the English Lakes.

Available From£1195.00
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Stable End Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

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

Available From£435.00
Special Offer 7 NIGHTS REDUCED FROM £2695 - £2425!
The Firs Bowness
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

A stay at The Firs will create truly memorable family holidays, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just for spending time together. This magnificent 19th century Lakeland house with high ceilings and character is spread over three floors and sleeps ten with five modern and spacious bedrooms 4 ensuite and 1 family shower room. A stylish well equipped kitchen/dining area, lounge and separate sitting room, The Firs is everything you need, offering accommodation you will want to come back to with friends or family! It also has ample parking for 5 cars. The Firs is set in a great location, just off the centre of the ever popular village of Bowness on Windermere and is within an easy stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere

Available From£1195.00
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Gardenside Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Private parking for 1 car

This ground floor apartment is found in a surprisingly peaceful location, just off the bustling centre of Bowness village and only a few minutes' stroll from Lake Windermere's shores. The accommodation is fresh, comfortable and ideally placed for families or friends to explore this popular Lake District destination at any time of year.

Available From£285.00
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Swallows Cottage Grasmere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

This detached Grasmere cottage is an absolute gem; within strolling distance of the village centre, surrounding by wonderful walking opportunities, and with the benefit of a delightful garden and furnished open air patio. Once parked, you could easily leave the car unused for the entire holiday.

Available From£475.00
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Horrockwood Farm Ullswater
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set close to the northern shores of Ullswater , Horrockwood is a splendid traditional Lakeland farmhouse offering views across the terrace and a wonderful outlook across the valley.

Available From£1045.00
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Westwood Windermere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This wonderfully spacious, 18th century Lakeland property sits in a peaceful location at the foot of Orrest Head. It's a mere half mile from Windermere village, and close to the spectacular scenery and famous country pubs of the Troutbeck Valley. Substantial and stylish, Westwood is ideal for family and friends blends the traditional feel of wooden beams with comfortable, modern furnishings.

Available From£535.00
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £545 to £450!
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Private parking for 1 car

We were overjoyed to find this truly romantic, traditional Lakeland cottage so close to the heart of Bowness village and retaining its charming original features despite a decadent 4 star refurbishment. Fellside Cottage is a romantic Lake District retreat if ever there was one; full of 'olde worlde' charm with eclectic nooks and crannies, and cosy to the point that you might not want to leave.

Available From£365.00
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Butt Hill Cottage Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Inclusive leisure for all guests compliments this luxurious 4 star accommodation in the fabulous Troutbeck Valley. Lovingly designed to reflect the character and charm of traditional Lakeland. Butt Hill Cottage was built incorporating traditional slate and exposed oak within a distinctly contemporary living space. Panoramic views pour in through enormous picture windows, and a feature fireplace with multifuel stove provides warmth for cosy evenings in.

Available From£595.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 20
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 8 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This grand period property, with two acres of gardens and grounds, offers a unique opportunity for larger groups to experience a Lakeland country house. Highly flexible accommodation for up to 20, offering tremendous value and set in a gorgeous countryside setting only 2 miles from Bowness and Lake Windermere.

Available From£1385.00

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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 [email protected] to discover yours.