Lake District Cottages

There is a wealth of alternatives available for people looking for holiday cottages in the Lake District and in the Cumbria countryside nearby, with all the flexibility of temporarily having one’s own home in a beautiful Lake District setting. Lake District cottages range from converted barns and miners’ cottages to substantial terraced properties and even country manor houses. You may be amazed at the choice, and many are pet friendly.

What kind of Lake District cottage are you looking for?

What kind of holiday are you planning? Doing a lot of mountain walking? Then you might want something away from the towns and handy for the mountain paths or fellsides you have in mind to walk. Taking the children on the water and to visitor attractions? Maybe something in a town would attract you. Do you want to be in the tourism heart of the Lake District, or out on the quieter rural fringe? Central Windermere? Or over near the Lune Gorge or the Eden Valley?

Look at these three examples:

Cottage in the Lake District - Irton Hall  near WastwaterWilliam Court Cottage, Irton Hall, near Wastwater - Details

Irton Hall in West Cumbria is close to Ravenglass, well known for the narrow-gauge Ravenglass Railway that climbs up nearby Eskdale towards England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Muncaster Castle, with its World Owl Centre, is also nearby and Wastwater only four miles away.
Lake District Cottages - Thorneyfield Cottage CrookThorneyfield Cottage, Crook, near Windermere and Kendal - Details

Crook, in the Winster Valley, is close to Bowness-on-Windermere and not far from Kendal. Beautiful countryside very convenient for major tourist centres (and for the Windermere ferry) but hidden away in quiet seclusion.
Lake District Cottages - Orton Hall PenthouseThe Penthouse, Orton Hall, Orton (between Appleby and Kendal) - Details

Orton is a small village beautifully located between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks and convenient for Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley.

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An Appeal especially to Self-Catering Visitors

Please bear with me in making this appeal. If you’re staying in a small village please use the village shops. Many of them depend on visitors like yourself to stay in existence. Since in many places much of the younger family population has moved away, unable to afford local property prices, the local shop and village post office (if you’re lucky enough still to find one) have to make most of their income during the visitor season to survive around the year. For the sake of the community please drive the many miles to a superstore only when absolutely necessary.

Other Lake District Accommodation

We have pages on other types of accommodation in the Lake District. Hotels, B&B, camping, all are (or will shortly) be covered in our Lake District Directory. Click here for more on Lake District Accommodation.

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