Holiday cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria or ‘vacation rentals’ offer the ultimate country retreat with self-catering cottages representing one of the most popular choices of accommodation for Lake District holidays. Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway cottage with a cosy log fire, exposed beams and original fireplace, a spacious holiday barn conversion or a log cabin/ holiday lodge ideal for groups and families, you’ll find them all here and more in the Lake District National Park. Great value holidays are assured in a self-catering Lake District holiday cottage which offers flexibility and all the comforts of home from fully fitted kitchens and digital television to family bathrooms and secure off road parking. Holiday cottages in spectacular landscapes are numerous in this picture-postcard rural region popular for walking and activity holidays. Choose a luxury 5 star cottage in Keswick with walks up Skiddaw and Blencathra straight from the door or discover your perfect group holiday cottage alongside one of the Lake District’s beautiful lakes, perfect as an activity base.
Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a great location right in the heart of the National Park will find a holiday cottage the perfect choice. Properties include great onsite facilities such as bike storage, drying rooms and plenty of space, even room for boat parking on-site! Most cottages offer short breaks, minimum 3 night stays, making them perfect for that extra special rural retreat or activity getaway. Whether you’re looking for a luxury romantic lodge with hot tub, a great walking and activity cottage with private hot tub at the foot of Coniston Old Man or Skiddaw, a cosy cottage for two in Windermere close to best restaurants and specialist shops, or a family friendly holiday cottage on a lakeside leisure complex, find it here with iknow and book online.
Family Friendly Cottages
Family friendly cottages are a Lake District and Cumbria speciality, spread across the National Park and along the Cumbrian Coast. Family attractions are never far away. Stay in a family cottage near Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway or base yourself in the heart of the National Park in a cottage around Ambleside and Lake Windermere – perfect for boat trips. A huge choice of family cottages are available in the Central Lakes in and around popular tourist hotspots like Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston, Lake Windermere and Keswick. Choose a family holiday or short break base right in the heart of these bustling locations. There’s a plentiful choice of stunning town house holiday homes and terraced cottages with parking permits in popular spots like Keswick and Windermere.
A wealth of family activities and attractions are in this central area. Choose a Bowness or Windermere family friendly cottage and be close to free entry Brockhole, the National Park’s visitor centre on the lake shore with tree top experiences, cycling, family walks and a fantastic outdoor playground. Opt for a Coniston family cottage and be close to great watersports opportunities on Coniston Water and family cycling in Grizedale Forest Park. Keswick in the North Lakes is another top spot for family cottages, close to cycling in Whinlatter Forest Park, boat trips on Derwentwater and great attractions like the Pencil Museum. The Lake District has one of the best choices of family friendly cottage complexes where several cottages are located within a beautiful rural or lakeside leisure park featuring onsite facilities including restaurants, inns, cycle hire, dog exercising areas, tearooms, games rooms, friendly farm animals, fishing, play areas and a range of activities. Lake District family cottages will feature essentials such as cots, highchairs and stairgates as standard. Free WiFi is usually inclusive and the family pet is most often welcome too.
If you’re looking for that all inclusive rural leisure holiday, browse the Lake District’s extensive choice of cottage complexes located on leisure parks and farms, perfect for activity holidays and short breaks. These are a great option for families, with facilities onsite including restaurants, inns, cafes and tearooms. Farm cottage complexes are perfect for large groups, whether a family group, activity or corporate/ team building group. You’ll find various types across the lakes. Discover fantastic group cottage complexes in the Coniston Fells with views of Coniston Water and Old Man from your luxury hot tub. Mountain cottage clusters cater for large groups of up to around 30 and are perfect for a range of group gatherings, celebrations and corporate meetings.
The Windermere area features some luxurious cottage leisure complexes with playgrounds and family areas, laundry facilities, communal internet enabled guest lounges, bike hire and a range of activities including some unique ones like electric bike tours around lakes! Self-catering holiday homes in Cumbria and the Lakes come in various shapes, sizes and styles. Prefer a rural or lakeside holiday lodge. Find them here on iknow, with an outstanding choice of holiday lodges available within award-winning leisure parks. Most lodges are pet friendly and open plan with modern facilities like free WiFi, Sky TV, private parking and fully fitted kitchens all included. They’ll be no hidden costs too, with cots, highchairs, BBQs and use of a range of onsite facilities from playgrounds to picnic areas, pools and dog walking exercise areas all included in the price.
Cottages for Groups/ Celebrations
Some of the most spectacularly situated large manor houses, mountain cottage clusters and huge rural farmhouses can be found here in Cumbria & the Lake District. Perfect if you’re looking for that unique location for a business meeting, wedding party or that totally unique Stag or Hen activity group weekend! Cottage clusters for example in the Coniston mountains will offer extra services such as marquees, catering services and private hot tubs. You’ve the option of booking several cottages together – all situated close to each other – or book a vast manor house sleeping 11 to 20 guests, with fantastic dining and entertainment space. Stand alone farmhouses and manor houses also often sit within their own private grounds, perfect for that family gathering or wedding party.
Pet Friendly Cottages
Choose from 100s of pet friendly cottages across Cumbria and the Lake District National Park. This spectacular rural playground is one of Britain’s top spots for holidays with dogs, featuring a wealth of dog friendly walks without stiles direct from your cottage door. Find useful advice on walking with your dog in the area on the Lake District National Park’s website. If you are walking on a public right of way in Cumbria you don’t have to keep your dog on a lead unless you are in the Copeland borough (far west area and the Cumbria coast). Dogs must also be supervised on short leads when in open access land. You may have a well behaved dog, but care will always need to be taken near sensitive wildlife and farm animals.
Many dog friendly cottages in the Lake District will welcome more than one pet – check each individual property and confirm when booking. Enclosed gardens and pet pack extras are often inclusive, with items such as dog waste packs and bowls provided. Some cottages welcome pets free or for a small extra charge. Double check things like whether dog size is specified (some cottages only welcome small well trained pets).They’ll also often be a specification not to leave dogs unattended in properties. Numerous attractions in the Lakes welcome furry friends from famous estates like Holker Hall and lakeside Brantwood to most of the Lake Cruises, steam railways and 100s of Lakeland real ale inns.
Choose from hundreds of beautifully restored heritage cottages in the Lake District & Cumbria. Offering that perfect romantic package of stunning property set in magnificent landscapes, the Lake District is one of England’s most romantic regions. Exposed beams, old inglenook fireplaces with cosy woodburners, magical views and your own private hot tub under the stars aren’t hard to find amongst the Lake District’s fabulous choice of romantic escapes. Many are available for short breaks and weekly bookings, feature pretty cottage gardens with BBQs and a range of extras on request such as champagne, flowers and chocolates.