Lake District holiday cottages
Why go on holiday to the Lake District National Park?
A truly stunning mountainous region in the north of England, the Lake District is home to England’s deepest lake, Wastwater, its longest lake, Windermere and its highest mountain, Scafell Pike. If you’re the adventurous type, need we say any more?
Up until 1847 when a railway was installed at Windermere, the Lake District was a vast landscape that was rarely visited by tourists. The national park is now visited by 15 million people every year with Windermere remaining the main entry point and where many base themselves.
The national park is considered the most scenic place in England by many. The region of fells, forests and dramatic landscapers reflected on the clear, still lakes attract sightseers, walkers and those in search of heritage and outdoor activities.
Things to do on holiday in the Lake District
It will come as no surprise that hiking is the number one thing to do in the Lake District. There are over 200 official fells in the Lake District but the most well-known and the highest peak in England is Scafell Pike. Standing at 978m, the hike will take around seven hours to complete but once you’re at the top, it’ll all be worth it. Something more suitable for youngsters and families is Catbells, a short climb on the west side on Derwentwater.
And if, after a hard day of exploring you fancy relaxing over a coffee or locally brewed beer, then the towns of Keswick, Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere are all definitely worth a visit.
For families, there is the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness, an attraction filled with themed areas of her famous stories, and The Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway, a 40-minute journey from the Eskdale valley to the Scafell range.
What to see on holiday in the Lake District
Many have been drawn to the Lake District by the books of Alfred Wainwright, William Wordsworth and children’s author Beatrix Potter. For those interested in the authors, trips can be made to Potter’s old home, a 17th-century farmhouse in Hawkshead, where much of her work was inspired; Wordsworth’s school in Hawkshead or his old home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where he penned some of the greatest poetry ever written; and the walking routes that Wainwright included in his book titled Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Aside from walking, there is a host of other ways to enjoy the outdoors, including mountain biking, climbing, gorge walking and water sports.
For photographers and artists, the setting of Tarn Hows, an artificial lake surrounded by woodland is ideal – keep your eyes peeled for the endangered red squirrel, and a wide range of bird species, including Ospreys and England’s only resident Golden Eagle.
The best holiday cottages in the Lake District
We want to make sure that you book the cottage that is perfect for you, so that your holiday in the Lake District is the best that it can be. We give you so much variety and choice that it’s easy to find exactly what it is you’re looking for.
There are superb holiday cottages across the Lake District for all budgets with picturesque views.
Whether you want a relaxing hot tub, dog-friendly accommodation or an enclosed garden, the choice is yours. Take a closer look at our stunning collection of self-catering cottages and holiday apartments in the Lake District below.
Booking a holiday cottage in the Lake District
A selection of the holiday lets that are available in the Lake District are displayed below. To find the best one for you, use our filter options to the left, to narrow down what’s available until you find your favourite.
The bulk of accommodation is in the four main towns of Bowness, Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick but almost every village has some accommodation options.
At any point, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about booking a holiday cottage in the Lake District – we’re happy to help with questions about the cottages and to give you advice before you go ahead and book.
You may also like to consider one of our holiday cottages in Keswick.
The Lake District is just one of 15 National Parks in Britain. Learn more about it here along with the other 14 National Parks.