Holiday cottages in the Lake District

Dollywaggon Pike, Gobling Beck and Darling Fell are just some of the majestic names given to the lakes and fells in the Lake District. No wonder why so many writers found inspiration in the fairy-tale-like lands of The Lakes.

From its mountain tops, mystical worlds emerge from the clouds that drift in and hover below its peaks. And on the grounds below away from civilization, wild and craggy landscapes open out to serene lakes, glistening with the reflection of its panoramic backdrops.

Its scenery is truly spellbinding and a must-visit for anyone wishing to hike, climb, cycle, swim, canoe or simply gaze upon the landscape.

The picturesque exterior of Trees, nr Ambleside, Lake District

Trees, Ambleside 

Be at one with nature and live amongst the tree-tops in this cabin-like, 1930s holiday home. Elevated above Lake Windermere, it provides captivating views from the sun terrace that wraps around the cottage. A true rural retreat, it’s not unusual to see deer and other wildlife in the surrounding woods.

The exterior of Millbeck Towers, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria

Millbeck Towers, Keswick 

You'll really feel like King of the land in this castle-like property with its imposing exterior and all-encompassing views over the Northern Lakes. Its interiors are not short of impressive either with intricate stained glass windows, roaring open fires and large decadent rooms. Plus it’s close to the bustling small town of Keswick and has direct access to Skiddaw Range.

The exterior of Wasdale Hall Lodge, Gosforth, Lake District, Cumbria

Wasdale Hall Lodge, Gosforth 

This charming stone cottage sits in the remote and tranquil hamlet of Wasdale. It’s a few minutes’ walk from the south-western end of Wastwater, providing some of the Lake District’s best lake shore walks where Scafell Pike and Great Gabel provide the backdrop.

The exterior of Low and High Strawberry Gardens, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria

Low Strawberry Gardens, Hawkshead 

Once flourishing with freshly grown strawberries in its walled garden, this early 19th-century cottage sits on the water’s edge on the west shore of Lake Windermere. It’s an idyllic setting with the lake at your feet and sailing boats bobbing against the mountainous backdrop.

The exterior of Rose Castle Cottage, Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria

Rose Castle Cottage, Coniston 

Sitting high above Tarn Hows, this remote cottage is the perfect antidote to the concrete jungles we spend our days in. With no neighbours in sight and vast amounts of greenery as far as the eye can see, this rural abode is truly off-the-beaten-track. It’s not just a shelter though; its log burning stove and 19th-century quirks provide a truly comfortable stay.

The exterior of Bird How, nr Gosforth, Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria

Bird How, Holmrook 

This miniature dolls-house-like cottage nestles on the fellside above the River Esk. Rustic, cosy rooms are based on the first floor and an old cow shippon on the ground floor. Its remoteness makes it the perfect base for hikers with challenging walks on its doorstep and Scafell Pike nearby.

The exterior and garden at Silverthwaite, Ambleside, Cumbria

Silverthwaite, Ambleside 

This grand Arts and Crafts inspired house was built by Amy Sharp, a suffragist. You can see why she chose this spot overlooking the Langdale valley – it’s truly inspiring. Set in a woodland, rich in flora with inter-linking paths, it’s ideal for a holiday of adventure.

The exterior at Thrang, Seathwaite, Lake District, Cumbria

Thrang, Seathwaite 

Tucked away amongst the streams and fells is rural hideaway Thrang. A former farmhouse, it has all the quirks and comforts of a traditional rustic cottage. It sits at the head of Duddon Valley, so miles of walking trails are guaranteed.

The exterior of The Summer House, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria

The Summer House, Ambleside 

Peering out over the western shore of Lake Windermere is this former summer house. It’s based in the old kitchen garden of Wray Castle, which you can catch a glimpse of in the distance. The house is compact but cosy and encloses you into its cabin-like, wood-panelled walls – perfect for those blustery days hiking the nearby Lakes.

The exterior of Bank Wood, nr Penrith, Cumbria

Bank Wood, nr Penrith 

Enjoy some green therapy when you stay amongst the sweeping parklands and glorious gardens of Acorn Bank. Its Grade I listed mansion houses one bedroom apartment, Bank Wood, where guests can relish in the tranquillity of the estate when it closes to visitors.