The Lake District is made for lovers. The national park is ranked as the second most romantic place in Britain, just beaten to the top spot by the Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye. But with far more Michelin starred restaurants in Cumbria offering irresistibly intimate candlelit dinners for two, we think date night might be better here.
As the weather grows colder, and cuddling up with your special someone becomes even cosier, we thought it was time to help you plan the perfect romantic break. So, read on to find the ten most luxury Lake District cottages for couples.
Luxury Lake District cottages for couples
- Garden Cottage
- Croft Cottage
- Bank View Cottage
- Carus Green Golf Apartment
- Brantfield House
- Lake Bank Lodge
- Little Beeches
- 19 Packhorse Court
- Lake View Shepherds Hut
- Low Brow Barn
Best for: Starlit picnics
Sat on the outskirts of the market town of Keswick, this refurbished cottage is part of a former farmhouse. From the garden, you’re treated to spectacular views of the Lake District, the perfect accompaniment to a late-night glass of wine. Best of all, the night’s sky is so clear round here, you may not even need candles to enjoy your drinks. You’ll get all the light you need from the immaculately clear night’s sky.
If you do one thing: Nestled near Keswick, Castlerigg Stone Circle is perhaps the most atmospheric of all the stone circles in Britain. Dripping with magic and mystery, and with incredible panoramic views all around, it’s amazing this attraction is still free to visit.
Where to eat: Sometimes, it can be hard to choose between the decadence of fine-dining or the cosy feel of comfort food. Well at Fellpack, you don’t have to, as you’re treated to gourmet twists on wholesome classics.
Best for: Mixing past and present
Located in the heart of the Lake District, in the quaint hamlet of Clappersgate, Ambleside, this pet friendly property retreat blends old-world charm with modern-day comfort. Built in the 18th century, the cottage combines a gorgeous Georgian aesthetic with luxuries like underfloor heating and a cosy wood burner. Best of all, the furnished patio area offers outstanding views out toward Lake Windermere.
If you do one thing: Even by the Lake District’s high standards, Loughrigg Fell is a particularly picturesque location. The area’s rocky-hills and mist-covered lakes make for some of the best walks in Cumbria. We recommend a three and a half-hour stroll up from Ambleside, which takes in the areas most photogenic views.
Where to eat: Amongst sleek, stylish furnishings, Fellinis serves vegetarian cuisine with a modern Mediterranean twist. Best of all, you can have a complete date night here as a digital cinema upstairs shows the latest arthouse and niche film releases.
Bank View Cottage
Best for: Indoor intimacy
This cosy cottage doesn’t just seem like it was made to be as romantic as possible, it really was. Specially designed and furnished with couple’s retreats in mind, everything from the warm and welcoming layout to the window-side breakfast table to the wood-floored bed and bathroom, makes for an intimate getaway, just for two.
If you do one thing: Few places in the Lake District are better for fishing than the Langdale Valleys. If you’re after a lazy afternoon by the lakes, grab a couple of rods and head to the water’s edge.
Where to eat: When it comes to eating out in the rural village of Chapel Stile, you have to go to a traditional lakeland pub. Wainwrights Inn offers stripped stone walls, roaring open fires, wood-beamed ceilings and a comforting assortment of utterly English food.
Carus Green Golf Apartment
Best for: Sleek, modern style
Set in Kendal in a luxury golf resort, this stylish holiday cottage is perfect for couples searching for the finer things. Boasting sleek modern furnishings throughout, you’re treated to everything from a smart 3D TV to a super king-size double bed.
If you do one thing: Set inside a Grade I listed Georgian Manor House, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a gallery where the building is almost as beautiful as the art. For couples looking for a classy day out, you can’t beat strolling hand-in-hand past some of the most stunning images man has ever made.
Where to eat: Small, secluded and family-run, Joshua Tree Bistro is one of Kendal’s hidden gems. Home to an exceptionally warm and welcoming atmosphere, all the food is locally sourced and prepared by chefs with experience in some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants.
Best for: Making the most of the town
Bowness-on-Windermere is the most popular place in the Lake District. Home to classic country pubs, vintage boutiques and charming tea rooms, it welcomes more tourists each year than any other part of Cumbria. Sat five minutes from the town centre, this romantic cottage is the ideal base for couples who want to soak up all the local splendour.
If you do one thing: While the town is full of fantastic days out, if you only do one thing in Windermere, it has to be visiting the iconic lake. Rent a boat and cruise along the tranquil water, and grab some local wine and cheese for the nearby market, and picnic on the banks.
Where to eat: Quaint, quiet and unassuming, Hooked is a restaurant that’s easy to walk past. Of course, this in no way means you should. Serving an array of locally caught seafood, this secluded eatery is one of Windermere’s secrets, you may not be able to keep.
Lake Bank Lodge
Best for: Stunning sunsets
The Lake District is home to some of the most spectacular sunsets in Britain, and this romantic hideaway is the perfect place to see them. Sat 300 yards from the shores of Lake Coniston, amongst woodland that holds a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, whichever direction you face, you’ll be treated to the Lake District at its finest. Best of all, you can soak up the stunning sights from the perfectly heated privacy of your outdoor hot tub.
If you do one thing: Travel across Coniston Water in style, aboard a Victorian steam yacht gondola. Rebuilt by the National Trust, these eye-catching vessels are as incredible as they sound and let you tour the lakes the way the upper classes would have, over 100 years ago.
Where to eat: Quaint, quiet, and incredibly cosy, the Green Housekeeper is a real family-run business. Owned and run by one couple and their seven children, having a meal here feels like you’ve been invited to join the Sunday dinner table.
Best for: Days that plan themselves
Nestled at the foot of Butter Crags, a stay at this gorgeous holiday home practically plans itself. Start with the gentle, woodland stroll toward the stunning village of Grasmere, ranked by Mills and Boon as one of the ten most romantic places in the UK. After a day amongst the locals, head to dinner at the Michelin star restaurant which sits just half a mile from your front door. Afterwards, head back to the cottage for a nighttime tipple in the garden, overlooking toward the nearby mountains.
If you do one thing: Over the centuries, the beauty of the Lake District has inspired countless writers and been featured in hundreds of prolific poems. However, none are quite as famous as William Wordsworth and his piece, ‘Daffodils’. Today, tourists can visit Wordsworth’s home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and see the fells that so inspired him.
Where to eat: Sat just half a mile from the cottage, the Michelin star Forest Side Hotel is a must-visit for anyone staying in Little Beeches. However, convenience is not the only reason to come. This fairytale gothic mansion plucks its ingredients from across the Lake District’s magical landscape and serves some of the freshest flavours in Cumbria.
19 Packhorse Court
Best for: Gourmet meals
While the Lake District is best known for its unrivalled views, its lush green fields and wild woodland are also the ideal environments for growing gourmet ingredients. Thanks to its fertile land, the Lake District is home to hundreds of award-winning restaurants, many of which sit right outside this holiday apartment’s front door, in the bustling centre of Keswick. For those who think a night out means fine dining and fantastic wine, there’s no better place to base yourself than here.
If you do one thing: With so many excellent eateries around you, why not try your hand at whipping up your own Michelin star-worthy meal at the Keswick Cookery School. Offering seasonal classes, teaching you to use whatever ingredients are in harvest, it’s the ideal way to get hands-on with the Lake District.
Where to eat: Blending Keswick’s gastronomical flair with the Lake District’s talent for creating cosy country pubs, our must-visit restaurant has to be The Dog and Gun. Nestled in the bustling Market Square, the pub’s speciality is ‘cow pie’, a significant slab of meaty pastry, perfect for refuelling after a long day in the fells.
Lake View Shepherds Hut
Best for: Complete tranquillity
If you think a romantic holiday means just you, your special someone, and the sound of the great outdoors, this secluded Shepherds hut is for you. Quirky, compact and unbelievably peaceful, you’ll be alone amongst the Lake District’s emerald green hills. But moving closer to nature doesn’t mean leaving your creature comforts behind. This luxury shepherd’s hut comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, TV and even a fully fitted shower.
If you do one thing: Helvellyn is one of the Lake District’s most famous mountains. With the third-highest peak in England, reaching the top earns any climber their fair share of bragging rights. What’s more, compared to England’s two higher peaks, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell, Helvellyn is a relatively easy climb.
Where to eat: When choosing a secluded escape, the best place to eat has got to be beside your nearest lake, away from the noise of the high street. Head to Keswick Market, on every Thursday to Sunday, and pick up a hamper of local goodies, to enjoy beside the water’s edge.
Low Brow Barn
Best for: Having a little extra space
Conjure up an image of an idyllic lakeside lodge and you’ll likely see something similar to this. Sat on the shores of Lake Windermere, at the base Wansfell, this roomy 17th century barn conversion caters to two couples planning a romantic retreat together, or one pair who enjoy a little extra space. Home to stone walls, vaulted ceilings and oak floors throughout, it’s the definition of a secluded woodland cabin.
If you do one thing: A gothic giant on the shores of Lake Windermere, it’s hard to look at Wray Castle and not think you’re in the middle of an English fairytale. If you’re visiting the Lake District on Valentine’s Day, keep an eye out for romantic walks through the grounds, organised by the national trust.
Where to eat: Home to three AA rosettes and a five-course tasting menu to rival almost anywhere in the country, Rothay Manor is a masterclass in fine dining. While they offer an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes, the head chef is most skilled when cooking with lamb.