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North West England Cottages
These companies offer North West England cottage properties for rent and have been arranged according to the amount they offer. Most of their cottages are individually inspected and graded according to location and amenities. Visit the sites to check for availability and booking information.
Cottages 4 You
- Over 400 North West England cottages
situated in regions such as the Lake District and Cumbria. Virtual tours are available for some of the holiday cottages while others have attained gold awards for their location and standards. Weekly bookings are between £300-£1300.
- This company also rents out a large range of North West England holiday cottages
offered by Holiday Lettings ranging from renovated rural buildings to modern holiday apartments. Locations include Windermere, Penrith, Ambleside and Bowness.
- More than 100 cottages in the North West, many with 3 star ratings or above. A good number of the self catering cottages on offer allow for pets and smokers are welcome for a small selection. Booking prices are as low as £180 but increase according to season.
- 50 or so North West self catering properties from Holiday Rentals. Although a smaller outfit, visitors will fine a good range of cottage properties throughout the North West region. Many of these are modern in style and accompanied by user reviews.
The North West
North West England consists of five counties; Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cumbria. The region lies between the North Sea and the Pennines and consists of dramatic, awe-inspiring landscapes that are largely unmatched in the rest of the United Kingdom.
Despite the significant impact of the Industrial Revolution on these parts, large swathes of North West England remain unspoilt. The Lake District
, which is set in the Cumbrian Mountains, is perhaps the most distinctive, featuring 16 major lakes and 4 mountains, one of which (Scaffell Pike) stands at over 3000 ft.
Lancashire, despite the mills, factories and mines that once dominated the area, is actually one of the most varied of the north western counties. The Lancashire
Plain for example, is a rural, wooded country with sheltered hamlets and villages that pepper the countryside near Pendle Hill. Further north, visitors will find the Bowland Forest and the plush green valley of the River Lune.
The main holiday resorts of the North West are Southport, Blackpoo
l and Morecombe. These towns draw huge numbers of visitors each year. Despite the large volume of tourists that visit, they possess an undeniable charm that is quintessentially Northern. The Blackpool tower and Southport Pier are the most notable attractions.
See our section belwo for more detailed information about popular visitor attractions and historical places of interest in the North West region.
North West England visitor attractions
We've provided details of the most notable activities and visitor attractions in the North West England area. This guide is intended for those taking a North West England self-catering holiday.
The rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District is well-suited to outdoor pursuits. Mountain biking
, in particular is a popular activity and there are a number of trails that wind through the region. The purpose-built Altura Trail, in Keswick, is one of the longest and stretches for 19kms. It's a challenging trail that reaches an altitude of 500m - the views are spectacular however. The region is also popular amongst adventure activity enthusiasts and a number of companies
offer packages for the North West region.
Food and drink
The North West caters for all tastes. The bustling nightlife
of Blackpool or Manchester is ideal for those looking to party the night away. Blackpool has a diverse range of bars and clubs including the Beat Nightclub, the Comedy Club and a Rock Cafe.
Manchester too is a mecca for party-goers and boasts some of the most popular party spots in England, including 5th Avenue and The Venue. Top restaurants include the michelin-rated Fraiche
, which is located in the Wirral
, and the Northcote
in Lancashire. Both are critically acclaimed and serve award-winning cuisine made from local produce.
History and Culture
There are a number of museums throughout the North West region, including the award-winning Beamish Open Air Museum
. Set in over 200 acres of private gardens, it recreates 18th and 19th century life in Northern England through various re-enactments. It's usually open from 10am until 4pm and admission is £5.00.
North West England is also home to a number of historic houses and properties
including Addlington Hall (Cheshire), Brantwood (Cumbria), which is the former home of John Ruskin and the 16th Century Speke Hall in Merseyside.