Inspired ideas for Lake District weekend breaks

Planning the perfect romantic getaway? Organising a get-together for a bigger group? Just hoping for a last-minute weekend away? Whatever you've got in mind, a Lake District holiday rental is the right move.

Holiday homes with hot tubs in the Lake District

For a relaxing weekend away, book a Lake District holiday rental with a hot tub. After a long day exploring England's largest national park, come back and soak away your cares before venturing out into the many towns and villages that dot the area.

Lake District rentals with hot tubs near Keswick

For a charming stay, holiday cottages with hot tubs around Keswick make for a great home base for your Lake District getaway. Holiday lettings in the area offer easy access to hiking on Skiddaw, 3,054-foot-high mountain, as well as boating and other water sports on the Derwent Water, one of the largest lakes in the region. After a soak in the hot tub, explore the town's pubs and restaurants – or plan a visit to the Derwent Pencil Museum, where you'll find exhibits on the history of pencil manufacturing.

Lake District holiday lettings in Grasmere and Ambleside

Named after nearby Grasmere lake, Grasmere is a popular Lake District town known for its association with William Wordsworth, the Romantic poet who lived here from 1799–1808. Take a tour of Dove Cottage, the poet's former home, then head down the A591 to Ambleside, where Wordsworth later settled at Rydal Mount. Places to stay in the area are conveniently located for access to both sites, as well as nearby attractions like Wray Castle and Windermere, England's largest lake.

Romantic retreats in the Lake District

The ideal destination for that laid-back couple's getaway, the Lake District offers plenty of snug rentals that are just the right size for 2. For maximum cosiness, consider booking a Lake District retreat with a hot tub or fireplace.

Cosy Lake District cottages for couples

Nature lovers will find plenty to like in the Lake District. Start by hiking Scafell Pike – at 3,209 feet, it's England's highest mountain – then enjoy a picnic for 2 while admiring scenic views of Wast Water below. If you're staying in one of the more populous areas, such as Ambeleside or Windermere, visit one of the charming pubs or restaurants for a quiet night out in town, or stay in and enjoy a blazing fire in the hearth.

Seaside getaways for two in the Lake District

If you're looking for a secluded seaside spot, Ravenglass – a tiny coastal village along the River Esk on western side of the Lake District – could be just the thing. The only coastal town in the Lake District National Park, Ravenglass offers scenic views along the Irish Sea, and it's also home to the Ravenglass Roman Bath House. It's a quick trip from Muncaster Castle, a medieval fortress that's now home to gardens and event space.

Family-friendly holidays in the Lake District

Known for its association with children's author Beatrix Potter, the Lake District has plenty to do for visitors of all ages. If you're in town with the little ones in tow, consider these ideas for a family-friendly Lake District break.

Villa rentals for families in Windermere

Home to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction – a whimsical destination with interactive exhibits based on the author's popular children's books – Windermere is a no-brainer for travellers arriving with younger guests. Holiday homes in Windermere range from snug cottages to modern properties with full kitchens and all the comforts of home. A short trip away, Treetop Treks offers ropes courses geared to slightly older visitors, while canoeing and kayaking on Windermere lake promises a fun day out for the whole family.

Take an all-ages hike in the Lake District

Hiking in Lake District National Park isn't just for adults – you'll find plenty of moderate trails that are ideal for hikers of all skill and age levels. Near Coniston, the Tarn Hows trail is an easy pick, offering picturesque mountain views and plenty of woodland that doubles as an impromptu play area. Book a holiday rental in the area for easy access, or stay further afield and enjoy a scenic drive as you make your way to the trailhead.