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Eating, drinking, walking and cycling are amongst the top things to do in Staveley, Kentmere and Longsleddale – plus holidaymakers find themselves just a short walk or drive from the holiday buzz of Windermere and the convenience and culture of Kendal. The remote valleys of Kentmere and Longsleddale are idea places to enjoy a restful holiday home-from-home. They are Lakelovers go-to if you’re looking for peace and quiet on school and bank holidays as they are less frequented than better known parts of the Lakes and still offer outstanding scenery. Plus, they are so easy to get to!?
The village of Staveley in the lower Kentmere Valley is slightly busier, softly brimming with some of the Lake District’s best, but lesser-known, hospitality. Hawkshead Brewery beerhall, More? The Artisan Bakery, the Lake’s top cycle shop Wheelbase, Wilf’s Café, the Eagle and Child pub, Mr Duffin’s Coffee – all filled with a mix of locals and holidaymakers, soaking up the best of the regions produce.
Browse our selection of luxuriously renovated 3, 4 and 6-bed barn conversions and romantic cottages for 2 in this unspoilt and quiet part of the South Lakes.
A Self-Catering Holiday in Staveley
Enjoying the relaxation of a car-free holiday is something we’d recommend when staying in one of our Staveley cottages. Staveley train station connects with Manchester, Preston, Lancaster and hourly to Windermere. There’s cycle hire in the village centre too and footpaths to Kendal and Windermere from the village as well as straight up on to the nearby fells.
In our Staveley cottages you’ll find romantic 1 and 2-bed holiday cottages, filled with charm and perfect for taking in all that Staveley village has to offer.
The River Kent and River Gowan run through the village of Staveley and a riverside cottage makes for a special kind of holiday. The delightful Staveley village riverside walk is a must when staying in the area. There are lots of walks from your Staveley cottage door and we’d recommend heading up into the Kentmere Valley to Potter and Gurnal Tarn.
For views head up Hugill Fell and Reston Scar. A low-level circular walk to Littlewood Farm and Birk Field takes in Craggy Wood on its return. Or heading south, the gentle walk to Crook from Stavely village is well worth the effort.
A Self-Catering Break in Kentmere and Longsleddale
Heading away from the pubs, brewery, artisan bakehouse and popular cafes that Staveley has become famed for, follow the River Kent to its source up the narrow Kentmere Valley to the village of Kentmere. Here you’ll find yourselves cocooned in one of the most scenic valleys in the Lake District. The notorious Kentmere Horseshoe walk is a popular challenge when staying in and around Kentmere, taking in the fells of Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and up to the famous Roman road of High Street, returning back via Mardale Ill Bell and Kentmere Pike. Alternatively, head west and take the Garburn route to drop down into the historic village of Troutbeck. And the low-level walk from Kentmere village to Kentmere Reservoir is a nice and accessible walk.
Whichever walking route you take, eyes will be drawn skywards when taking in the spectacular scenery of the Kentmere Valley, up the craggy-sides where you may see buzzards, ravens and peregrine falcons.
Next we hop east, over to the neighbouring valley of Longsleddale and browse our Longsleddale cottages. Here visitors are surprised by this little-known but very picturesque valley. In fact, the twisty roads, stone walls and stone bridge of Longsleddale were the inspiration for the fictional village of Greendale in Postman Pat. Following the River Sprint up through the even narrower Longsleddale Valley takes visitors to Haweswater Reservoir, which is a haven of wildlife, including red deer and red squirrels. Visit during a dry spell and look out for the remains of the flooded village of Mardale and take in the impressive dam, which is part of the engineering effort supporting the 56-mile underground aqueduct carrying water to Manchester.
The unspoilt valleys of Kentmere and Longsleddale are accessed only via no-through roads making this part of the Lake’s particularly quiet. Step back in time as you travel up either of these remote valleys, passing traditional farmhouses, village halls and churches. Life is slow in this part of the Lake’s, drumming to the seasonal beat of the farming way of life. However, step inside our Kentmere cottages or Lonsleddale self-catering accommodation and find a world of luxury. 18th century farmhouses luxuriously refurbished to meet the high standards of discerning holidaymakers. You’ll find holiday cottages with a hot tub, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, super-king size bedrooms with en suites and designer kitchens with coffee machines and range cookers.
You’ll find very generous size holiday cottages in Kentmere and Lonsleddale. Large 3, 4 and 6-bedroom barn conversions with huge impressive views and sprawling gardens that roll into the nearby countryside
Whilst you may not have a pub nearby, outdoor terraces, snugs and conservatories give you no reason to leave your dream holiday home.
Why Choose Staveley, Kentmere and Longsleddale
The South Lakes is the most popular place for a self-catering holiday in the Lake District. And the vibrant town of Windermere is rightly dubbed the ‘capital of the Lakes’, awarded this plaudit due to being home to England’s largest lake, as well as its ease of accessibility for exploring the rest of the Lake District.
Windermere has a train station that connects with Preston, Manchester and London and on to Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick, in the north Lake District. The delightful small town is twinned with the upmarket lakeside resort of Bowness-on-Windermere. Windermere also sits on the A591, the main thoroughfare passing through the heart of the mountainous Lake District landscape. Then there is the Windermere ferry and cruise passing’s to also mention, that give easy access to the western lakes; Hawkshead and Coniston and of course Beatrix Potter country.
Just imagine all of that accessibility combined with the charm and tranquillity of a secluded valley, and you’ll find yourself in Staveley, Kentmere or Longsleddale.