Rural retreats in the Lake District

What could be more relaxing?

Lake District Rural Retreat

The Lake District is the UK’s foremost destination when it comes to rural retreats. Its 14 sparkling lakes and countless fells offer tourists the opportunity to be as relaxed or active as they like: you can go hillwalking and try water sports, or simply laze on the grass and enjoy watching the wildlife. Described as boasting ‘the finest scenery that ever was’, the Lake District’s a truly unmissable destination. After all, if it was good enough to inspire the likes of John Constable, William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter in past centuries, then it’s good enough for us now!

But where to stay when you’re holidaying in the Lake District? Well, that’s where HomeAway comes in, with hundreds of beautiful Lake District retreats, spanning each and every corner of the region. Our properties come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s always something to suit whether you’re travelling as a couple or in a large group of friends. You’re afforded more privacy, space and freedom than a typical B&B or hotel room, and you save money in the process! So whatever your budget, need or desire, browse through HomeAway today: you’ll find your home from home in no time.


Top places to visit in the Lake District


Kendal and the South Lakes Kendal and the South Lakes

The Lake District is known for its abundance of outdoor sports opportunities, but the Kendal and South Lakes area is a particularly great spot for hiking. Dozens of companies organise walking tours here, which can take you through the most beautiful parts of the area, and to the best-loved historic attractions. Make sure to visit the St. James Church in Stavely and the Holy Ghost Church in Middleton, and don’t forget a trip to picturesque village of Cartmel, which houses a 12th century priory next to the magnificent Holker Hall, set amidst beautiful, formal gardens.


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Keswick and the North Lakes Keswick and the North Lakes

The North Lakes area is as perfect for walking as it is water-sports, with so much to do in the area. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy some of the finest scenic views from the fells, with spots like Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite just ideal for long rambles, while those interested in power boating and fishing will be perfectly placed in Derwentwater. Keswick is also particularly suited to bargain hunting when the weather’s wet: you’ll find dozens of independent boutiques and antique shops, selling everything from arts and crafts to books, local delicacies and vintage clothing!


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Lakes Peninsula Lakes Peninsula

The Lakes Peninsula is located in the south of the Lake District, and encompasses some of the loveliest attractions in the region. There are picturesque villages where you can get to grips with local life, but also more rural areas where you can really escape those everyday stresses. Budding photographers and artists will be spoilt for choice with the landscapes and lakes, but of course, those looking to get active will find plenty to keep them busy too: from sailing and horse-riding to golf and fishing, sports enthusiasts will fall in love with the Lake District’s great outdoors.


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West Lakes and the Cumbrian Coast West Lakes and the Cumbrian Coast

From Eksdale and Ravenglass to Maryport and Silloth, the Cumbrian Coast and West Lakes area is awash with idyllic towns. And the best bit? You can see a number of them, when you jump on the miniature railway (which first ran in 1875) and take the pleasant 7 mile journey across some of the Lake District’s unspoilt landscapes. Of course, there’s so much more to see and do in the area, that you’ll need more time to enjoy it all! Why not take a trip to Lake Derwent Water and see if you can spot the resident ospreys? Little ones with love the running around the beautiful woodland surrounding.


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Windermere and the Central Lakes Windermere and the Central Lakes

Windermere and the Central Lakes is the premier destination for rural retreats in the Lake District. It offers a seemingly endless list of outdoor activities (such as rock climbing, boating, mountain-biking and hiking), and there are dozens of great attractions in the immediate area. Little ones and grown-ups alike will love the World of Beatrix Potter exhibition, which boasts a dedicated gallery honouring her manuscripts and illustrations: Potter wrote many of her stories near Sawrey here, at Hill Top, so it’s certainly worth a look! Afterwards, why not spend the afternoon at Walby Farm Park?


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Sarah's Cottage, Pooley Bridge With Stunning Riverside Garden

This beautifully renovated Lakeland Cottage features the most idyllic gardens which stretch down to the River Eamont which in turn leads onto Ullswater Lake. The end terrace cottage is situated at the end of a quiet lane with a selection of three ...

Luxury Holiday Cottage with FREE Pool & Leisure Club

Set on the edge of meadowland with stunning views over an expanse of open countryside, Lark Meadow cottage is a special place to enjoy your self catering holiday at any time of year. Lark Meadows is set in the heart of the Lune Valley adjacent to...

Honey Pot Cottage. Super Cozy. Lake District National Park.

This unique cottage circa 1565 lies within a small Cumbrian Estate. The extensive grounds also include two tarns, and sixty acres of private woodland which guest can use at their leisure the old country gardens are a pleasure all the year round. F...

Charming Grade II Listed Cottage In The Ancient Heart Of Cockermouth

Quietly tucked away and accessed by listed Georgian cobbled lanes, the cottage looks out onto All Saints Church where William Wordsworth's father, John Wordsworth, is buried. La'al Cottage has been newly refurbished and furnished to a high standar...


Whitestone Cottage has had a makeover for 2014 season. Newly fitted Oak style windows and doors that keep with the historic character and charm of the cottage. Decorated throughout with new carpets and curtains that give a modern and contemporary ...
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