The scenic majesty of the Lake District is difficult to comprehend unless you actually pay a visit. Its landscape of rugged mountains and ridges, punctuated by great lakes such as Windermere, have inspired the likes of Wordsworth and Coleridge. To help you choose a short break property, we’ve included a collection of hand-picked Lake District holiday cottages that can be found near some of the region’s many beauty spots. As ever, each property has attained high ratings from previous occupants.
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This stone-built wing of a Victorian house is suitable for medium-sized groups and features three bedrooms (1 king-size double, 1 ground-floor double, 1 twin) which afford some inspiring views of the surrounding countryside. The spacious, well-renovated interior is set out over the ground and first floors. The bedrooms are on the first floor while on the ground-floor is a bathroom with bath and separate shower and an open-plan living space consisting of a modern, suitably-equipped kitchen with breakfast table and sitting area. 3 Boddencroft is located in the centre of the peaceful seaside town of Grange-over-Sands and is just eight miles from Lake Windermere. Morecambe Bay is also in the vicinity as well as popular attractions such as Sizergh House and Levens Hall – a great base from which to explore this beautiful region.
Beautifully-presented end-of-terrace Lake District cottage in Coniston with three large bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single) – tastefully furnished throughout, it includes a bathroom with bath and shower over, a spacious, comfortable living room with open log-fire and a well-equipped kitchen with dining table, from which five steps lead down to a patio garden with furniture. The property is set deep within the majestic Lake District National Park and is a short walk from Coniston Water. A shop and pub are also close-by. Top visitor attractions in the area include the picturesque village of Hawkshead, home to the famous Beatrix Potter Gallery, as well as notable local beauty spot, Tarn Hows.
Modern holiday property that’s suitable for people searching for self catering holiday cottages in the Lake District. Although furnished in a contemporary style, the well-presented interior, which occupies three floors, includes character features such as exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. It’s able to accommodate large groups of up to 10 guests with four bedrooms (1 king-size double, 1 twin, 2 doubles) with en-suite facilities. There’s also a large kitchen with breakfast table, a utility room, living room with wood-burner and three bathrooms. Outside is an enclosed tiered garden with decking, furniture and a barbecue. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the dramatic fells that surround this Lake District cottage with numerous trails in close proximity. Coniston Water is also nearby as are the pretty villages of Hawkshead (4 miles) and Ambleside (8 miles).
This well-renovated barn conversion is located near Lake Windermere and the village of Hawkshead and offers self catering accommodation for two guests. The stylish interior is set out over a single storey and has one double bedroom with en-suite facilities as well as an open-plan layout comprising a kitchen with dining area and stable door as well as a sitting area with a wood-burner stove that’s set in a slate fireplace. Outside the property is a private sitting area together with a shared patio with furniture and barbecue. Guests also have shared access to the expansive estate grounds complete with children’s play area, a fitness suite and a heated indoor swimming pool. Can Brow is near an assortment of visitor attractions such as the Lakeland Motor Museum, Beatrix Potter Gallery as well as the charming cobbled market town of Ulverston.
Those looking to rent self catering holiday cottages in the Lake District should take a look at this charming 18th century property. Located in the traditional fell village of Caldbeck, it’s ideal for medium sized groups and has three large bedrooms (2 twins, 1 double). The rustic, elegant interior features a comfy living room with wood-burning stove, a separate dining room with six-seat dining table and a well-presented modern kitchen that’s equipped with the usual modern conveniences. The exterior comprises an enclosed garden with patio furniture for six as well as a barbecue and fire pit. Elwood House nestles on the fringes of the Lake District National Park and is a short drive from attractions such as Threlkeld Mining Museum and the Howk Waterfall.
Situated just outside Keswick, this holiday apartment has been converted from a farmhouse and is ideal for couples with one double bedroom. Affording wonderful Lake District vistas, the well-presented ground-floor interior consists of a bathroom with shower over bath and an open-plan living configuration that comprises a modern, roomy kitchen with dining table for two and a comfortable sitting area. The exterior features a private patio area with furniture and guests also have shared access of the owner’s grounds. The bustling market town of Keswick is well-served by a good collection of shops and restaurants, while local beauty spots are within close proximity. These include the picturesque Newlands Valley, Skiddaw Mountain, the Cat Bells fell and the Lake District Wildlife Park. In addition, popular towns such as Bassenthwaite (7 miles), Ullswater (17 miles) and Cockermouth (13 miles) are a short drive away.
This elevated stone-built Lake District cottage property is set on a private estate in the Lake District National Park and offers some inspiring views of Windermere and beyond. It has three bedrooms (1 king-size double with en-suite facilities, 2 twins). Converted from a 17th century building, the well-furnished cosy interior retains many character features such as beamed ceilings and a slate fire-place. There are also plenty of modern conveniences including bio-mass central heating and a stylish, well-equipped kitchen and dining area. There are two sitting areas, one of which has French doors that lead out to a private courtyard patio with furniture, hot tub and barbecue. The nearby Backbarrow nestles on the River Leven and includes a shop and pub. Guests are also within easy access of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway which runs near the village.
Poppy Cottage is situated in the 17th century village of Greystoke, around ten miles from Penrith. This delightful Lake District cottage property includes traditional character features such as beamed ceilings and an exposed brick fireplace with wood-burner. There’s one double bedroom with en-suite shower-rooms that provides outstanding countryside views, a shaker kitchen, dining area and laundry room with washing machine. The living room has French doors that lead out to a paddock area with furniture and a shared-use barbecue. The vibrant town of Penrith with its medieval castle is a short drive away and includes a variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Ullswater and Keswick are also a short car drive from the property.
Former Grade II listed barn that’s been superbly converted to offer self catering holiday accommodation for up to six guests. Suitable for medium-sized groups, the two-storey interior includes three bedrooms – double and twin bedrooms are on the ground floor and another double is to be found on the first floor. There are numerous character features throughout the property such as vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The modern kitchen includes a dining area with table for six while the beautiful beamed living room has an electric wood-effect stove. Outside is a private patio area with seating, a lawn and barbecue. Set about six miles from the traditional fell village, Caldbeck, Stockwell Hall Cottage offers easy access to this wonderful part of the world with Ullswater, as well as the peaks of Blencartha and Skiddaw, a short drive away.
Traditional stone cottage set in beautiful surroundings near the village of Stonethwaite – set on a working farm, it has four bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 twin, 1 single), one of which has en-suite facilities. A traditional Lakeland property in every sense of the word, its charming rustic interior comprises exposed ceiling beams, shelf windows and an open-fire. The kitchen includes the usual mod-cons and has a dining room, while the comfortable living room looks out over the farm grounds. To the rear of this Lake District cottage is a private sitting area. A shop is about a mile from the property and there’s also a country inn that’s a mere two-minute walk away. Stonethwaite Cottage is situated in the Lake District National Park and is surrounded on all sides by a truly breathtaking landscape that includes the brooding Scafell Pike. Within a relatively short drive are local attractions like Keswick, Langdale, Lorton and Thirlmere.