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The Lake District: the perfect setting for your next holiday

Situated in the northwest of England, the area is renowned for its stunning beauty. With lush forest, stunning valley after valley, mountains and, of course lakes aplenty, the Lake District is an ideal place to spend your holiday, particularly if you enjoy being outdoors and connecting with nature.

The Lake District also has the distinction of being the home of the tallest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. In fact, if you want to get higher than 910m above sea level in England, the only place to do this is the Lake District. And the records held by this area don't stop there: the deepest body of water as well as the longest body of water in England can also both be found in the Lake District, namely Wastwater and Windermere, respectively.

The Lake District National Park accounts for nearly all of the Lake District, giving the area protected status. It was officially designated a national park in 1951, barely a month after the UK started designating national parks. Another interesting point of fact: the Lake District National Park has the highest number of visitors each year, with nearly 16 million people visiting each year.

What's interesting about the national park is that, in contrast to many other national parks in the UK and around the world, there are actually people living within the borders of the national park. In fact, the villages in the Lake District are as picturesque as their natural surroundings. A trip to the Lake District National Park would be as incomplete without taking in the natural beauties as it would be without visits to the many villages.

A land of plenty and diversity

As the name would suggest, the Lake District is dotted with lakes. In total there are about 20 large bodies of water spread across the Lake District. But the natural beauty of the Lake District does not stop there. The woodlands are home to many types of flora and fauna, and the fact that some areas of the Lake District see more rain annually than any other place in England means you'll find some types of plants here that you can't see in other places in the United Kingdom.

Of course, the Lake District is not just a place of woodlands and water. The mountains and hills - and correspondingly the valleys - are fantastic places to explore. The trees disappear once you go high enough, and where once were lush greenery and blue waters, now you'll find only rocks, snow, and greys and browns. And it's not just the mountains that add to the appeal of the Lake District: the view from the top is nothing less than awe-inspiring. On a clear day, from the top of Scafell Pike you can see as far away as the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland, and as far south as Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales.

Meander along the trails and pathways that take you through one valley after another, to the top of peak after peak, and to each of the lakes. Without a doubt, you can spend your entire family holiday exploring the national park without being able to see all the natural beauty on display. If you're search for holiday locations is focused on getting away from the city, then the Lake District is perfect for you and your family. The fun to be had in the Lake District is certainly not limited to the bountiful landscapes that surround our Lake District cottages.

Beyond nature: more top attractions in the Lake District

As mentioned above, there are several villages within the boundaries of the Lake District area. Our Lake District cottages are spread throughout these villages, and the few listed below are by no means the only places you'll find our Lake District cottages.

Ambleside A quaint a charming village, Ambleside has much to offer. Check out Wordsworth's Lakeland cottage and gardens to see this fine example of local architecture, or head to Wray Castle for a fun walk and a unique view. Beatrix Potter - renowned for the story The Tale of Peter Rabbit as well as her other children's books and her work as a natural scientist - lived in the area, and her 17thcentury cottage is a fun walk through history. You can also head to the Beatrix Potter Gallery to see some of her original drawings.

The Ambleside Roman Fort, showcasing the Roman's involvement in the Lake District's rich history, also provides an interesting attraction for young and old alike. If you are looking for an adventure, head to the cave at Loughrigg Fell or hike up to the waterfall at Rydal Hall. The Lakes Aquarium in Ambleside is home to many types of sharks and reptiles, as educational as it is exciting no matter how old you are.

Keswick Perhaps one of the most fascinating things you'll see in Keswick is the Castlerigg stone circle. This monument was built in 3000BC, yet it still stands today, bearing testament to traditions from a bygone era. The Honister Slate Mine is a fun trip - particularly on rainy days - that delves deep into the area's mining past, as does the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum.

The Cumberland Pencil Museum offers insight into this commonplace household item, while The Puzzling Place will mess with your head with its family-friendly optical illusions. If you enjoy getting to know the places you visit, then consider a day at the Keswick Museum, where you will learn about the rich history of Keswick and the Lake District in general.

Windermere Windermere is the largest natural lake in all of England. You can go for walks around the lake or sail across its waters, but there is also man-made beauty here to explore; the Holehird Gardens are exquisitely manicured and a great place to take a relaxing stroll.

Here, too, you will find homage to Beatrix Potter. The World of Beatrix Potter showcases modern displays that help you learn more about this fascinating personality. Blackwell is a fun country house where you can spend some time with arts and crafts, something the whole family will enjoy. Though perhaps not for everyone, there is also a shooting range in the Windermere area where you can take lessons and workshops for those who like shooting as a hobby.

Lake District cottages: the benefits of our offers

With so many fascinating things to do in the Lake District area, having the right accommodation is key. Our Lake District cottages and holiday property options are the perfect solution to your holiday accommodation. Our family-friendly cottages catering to groups of all sizes become your home away from home, a place where you feel as comfortable and relaxed as in your permanent residence. What's more, you can easily save money when you book one of our cottages; as opposed to a hotel, when you book a holiday cottage you get your own private kitchen, allowing you to prepare your own meals. This by itself is a fantastic way to save money, ideal for families and groups on a budget.

The search for holiday accommodation that sleeps your entire group is particularly enjoyable when you opt to stay in cottages. The search through our family-friendly property listings reveals a diverse range of cottages, from the quaint cottage with a view across the lake to the cottage nestled amongst the trees with a private garden, from a cottage that sleeps a small family to one that sleeps larger groups, our properties come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, ensuring you find something that is the perfect fit for you and yours.

Regardless of whether you prefer a cosy cottage that sleeps a family with small kids or a larger property for a big group, catering to your needs is a must in each cottage. As such, you can expect the same modern comforts that you've come to rely on at home. Whether you use your cottage as a home base as you branch out and explore the entirety of the Lake District or as a home away from home as you bunker down for some much-needed rest and relaxation, choosing to stay in a cottage is a great first step in preparing for your next holiday.

What are you waiting for? Browse our extensive selection of holiday cottages and homes in the Lake District. In no time at all you'll have just the right family-friendly property for you and your family, and after that the only thing left to do is pack and to jump feet first into a holiday you will remember far into the future!

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    Cottage #1968656
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      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
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      Cottage #1964386
      Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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        • 3 BR
        • 1 BA
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        House #8123199
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          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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          • 2 BR
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          Cottage #8173458
          5
          Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
            Excellent! 4.6/5
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
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            Cottage #1879216
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            Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.7/5
              (7 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 1 BA
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              Cottage #1883269
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              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
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                House #6468634
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                Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  Cottage #6711936
                  3
                  Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                    (8 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Cottage #8112380
                    8
                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                      • 7 BR
                      • 4 BA
                      • Separate Toilet
                      • Sleeps 13
                      House #8157900
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                      Viewed 77 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
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                        Cottage #8159153
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                          • 2 BR
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                          Cottage #8150281
                          4
                          Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
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                            Multiple rentals Barn #471083
                            2 Reviews
                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
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                              • Sleeps 8
                              Farmhouse #8121637
                              Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
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                                Apartment #1099721
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                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
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                                  Bungalow #8146970
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                                  Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Very Good! 4.2/5
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
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                                    Cottage #8164989
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                                    Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Cottage #8113477
                                      5
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                                        • 2 BA
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                                        Cottage #8145867
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                                        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 5 BR
                                          • 4 BA
                                          • Sleeps 10
                                          Cottage #8162058
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
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                                            House #1780340
                                            2 Reviews
                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Cottage #452313
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                                              Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
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                                                Cottage #8078250
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                                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  Cottage #8088447
                                                  13
                                                  Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #8147128
                                                    3
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                      Apartment #8162913
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                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Barn #1880940
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                                                        Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                          Cottage #1887600
                                                          14
                                                          Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                            • 4 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                            Bungalow #1905885
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                                                            Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                              Apartment #6472092
                                                              4
                                                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                (7 reviews)
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                                                                • 6 BR
                                                                • 4 BA
                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                • Sleeps 12
                                                                House #6467838
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                                                                Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                  (25 reviews)
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                  Barn #1834723
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                                                                  Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Cottage #8168988
                                                                    14
                                                                    Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                      Barn #8123761
                                                                      4
                                                                      Viewed 56 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Cottage #1853649
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                                                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                          (5 reviews)
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                                                                          • 5 BR
                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 11
                                                                          Cottage #8140990
                                                                          5
                                                                          Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            House #8169090
                                                                            5
                                                                            Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (24 reviews)
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Barn #8147022
                                                                              24
                                                                              Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                (36 reviews)
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                                                                                • 5 BR
                                                                                • 4 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 10
                                                                                House #419288
                                                                                36
                                                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  Cottage #6557380
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                    (7 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Cottage #6492026
                                                                                    7
                                                                                    Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (5 reviews)
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                                                                                      • Studio
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Caravan #6728256
                                                                                      5
                                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • Studio
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        Multiple rentals Caravan #6728256
                                                                                        4
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                          (12 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          Cottage #1072557
                                                                                          12
                                                                                          Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 4 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                                            Cottage #6557384
                                                                                            2 Reviews
                                                                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 7 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 12
                                                                                              Multiple rentals House #8151892
                                                                                              Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (26 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                House #1793994
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                                                                                                Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #8140344
                                                                                                  5
                                                                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (13 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 6 BR
                                                                                                    • 4 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                                                                    Farmhouse #1083326
                                                                                                    13
                                                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                      (14 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 7 BR
                                                                                                      • 4 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 14
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals House #8140344
                                                                                                      14
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Studio was welcoming

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Studio was clean, bright and quiet. We loved the soft bed and shower was superb with high quality power. The kitchen had all the facilities for our breakfast. The best part is that the Studio is walking distance (2 mins) to town. The only downside was the TV remote control was not working & we had to use the buttons on the side. In summary we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Well presented cabin in an excellent location

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We were really pleased with the location right by Lake Windermere and the site has all the amenities you could possibly need. Cabin was modern and well presented, with welcomed heating in the chilly weather. Would visit again
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Great Stay will go again

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a beautiful place to stay. We felt at home immediately. Everything you need is there and very well looked after. Loved the log fire.The surrounding land is lovely and the whole experience was very relaxing. It's an ideal place from which to explore the Lake District and surrounding areas.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016