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Lake District Holiday Cottages
These companies provide a wide selection of Lake District cottages and self catering properties. Visit the sites for the latest deals and information about availability. Please note that the prices and numbers listed below are correct at the time of publication. However these are subject to change based on seasonal demand.
Cottages 4 You
- More than 200 Lake District holiday cottages
from Cottages 4 You, all of which lie within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park. Each cottage property is rated according amenities and price. Virtual tours are available for certain cottages.
- Another 200 cottages in the Lake District
and Cumbria, ranging from modern to traditional holiday properties in places like Keswick, Kendal and the Duddon Valley. Visit the site for a wide selection of late and early deals.
- Sykes also provide an impressive array of self catering cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria, all of which are individually rated. Their holiday cottages can be found in towns such as Bassenthwaite, Alston Kendal with weekly bookings available for as low as £170.
- A small collection of Lake District cottages from Hoseasons with a further 90 in the Cumbria region. Many of their properties are traditional, all are well-located. Weekly booking prices are between £200 and £1700 depending on size.
The Lake District
Lake District holiday cottages bring visitors closer to the contrasting landscapes of stony ruggedness and tranquil scenery prevalent in the region. From the white limestone outcrops of the Furness Peninsula to the fen covered hillsides of the Duddon Estuary, the Lake District offers a dramatic beauty that has inspired the likes of Wordsworth.
There are 16 major lakes varying in size from Windermere
at 10 miles, to the tiny Brother's Water which is less than half a mile. Towering above them are great brooding mountains like 3210ft Scaffell Pike, Britain's highest peak. Roads and pathways carry travellers high up into the surrounding mountain passes towards Esk Hause, Sticks Pass and Nan Bield Pass.
Cartmel, a cathedral town in miniature dates back to 1188 and offers treasures such as a 14th century gatehouse and 12th century church. Some of the best walking country surrounds this little town with footpaths winding their way through bracken and holly covered hillsides. Hawkshead, another countryside gem, with its stone cottages is one of The Lake District's finest beauty spots and epitomises the character of these parts.
The 'Old Man of Coniston
', rising to 2635 ft looks over the waterfalls and green hills of Furness Fells and affords some majestic views out across the distinctive landscape. See below for information about notable tourist attractions and places of interest. Details are also included of leading restaurants and pubs in the Lake District
Lake District visitor attractions
To keep you occupied during your Lake District cottage holiday, we've provided a summary of activities and visitor attractions in the region. This includes historical and cultural sites, top restaurants
, live entertainment and outdoor activities for the whole family.
There's a rich variety of outdoor activities in the Lake District. The region is ideal for walking and there are a number of centres that offer professional guided walks: www.mickledore.co.uk
. Sailing and boat hire is also available on most of the lakes and is relatively cheap; see the Lake District National Park Authority for further information about boat rentals.
Food, drink and entertainment
The award winning L'enclume Restaurant
in Cartmel is a must-visit for those looking to take a night off from cooking during their cottage break in the Lake District. It's owned by world-class chef Simon Rogan who utilises local produce for his award-winning dishes.
Opening hours are 12pm - 1.30pm and 7pm - 9pm. The Brewery Arts Centre
, in Kendal is also a popular cultural attraction and runs shows which embrace the disciplines of theatre, dance, comedy and visual art. There's also a collection of craft studios and galleries. Visit www.breweryarts.co.uk
for further information.
History and Culture
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery provides a history of the town and houses original manuscripts of the Lake Poets, William Wordsworth, Hugh Walpole and Robert Southay. Brougham Castl
e is another notable historical site and is a well-restored 13th century keep which is owned by the English Heritage. It also has a small gift shop - admission is free.