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Cottages in the Lake District

If you’re a fan of stunning scenery and like a bit of culture thrown in for good measure, then book one of our Lake District cottages for your next holiday. Whether you’re travelling with the whole clan or it’s a week away with that special someone, the Lake District is a superb destination with plenty to get up to. But don’t just take our word for it - the region has inspired artists and writers alike – perhaps the most famous of which was Beatrix Potter. Both Squirrel Nutkin and Peter Rabbit were conceived in the Lake District, inspired by its beautiful countryside and the bounty of wildlife that has made its home there.

Although the region is known as the Lake District, you might be surprised to know that there’s only one official lake there, in the form of Lake Bassenthwaite, near Cockermouth. Although the other 15 bodies of water look pretty big, they haven’t been given lake status- some of them are known as ‘waters’, such as Wastwater and Ullswater, others are known as ‘meres’, such as Windemere, and anything on the really small side is known as a ‘tarn’. However, whether they actually qualify as lakes or not, these bodies of water are big enough to offer plenty of opportunity for watersports and boating, in truly fabulous surroundings. Many of our Lake District Cottages are nearby, so pack your wetsuits!

What can I do on my holiday to the Lake District?

If you’ve booked one of our holiday cottages in the Lake District for the whole family, you’ll need to have some days out planned for the kids. The World of Beatrix Potter is a popular attraction, where children can learn about the story behind the stories. For something rooted firmly in the present, the Lakes Aquarium is a great day out, allowing your kids to get to grips with a variety of animals, from fish and birds to more exotic beasties, including marmosets and caiman.

Within our range of holiday cottages in the Lake District, you’ll find a good selection designed for couples getting away from it all. In addition to the bevy of attractions on offer, you’ll also find that the Lake District is littered with great places to eat out, from characterful pubs and inns to fine-dining establishments, for those special nights out.

Lake District Cottages

  • Last Minute Cottages - Nokka
  • Last Minute Cottages - Nokka
  • Last Minute Cottages - Nokka
  • Last Minute Cottages - Nokka
  • Last Minute Cottages - Nokka

Rosthwaite

Nokka

Ref: S85070

Reviews 8

4
9

  • Last Minute Cottages - West View
  • Last Minute Cottages - West View
  • Last Minute Cottages - West View
  • Last Minute Cottages - West View
  • Last Minute Cottages - West View

Bowness-on-Windermere

West View

Ref: S24412

Reviews 2

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Forrest's Yard Apartment 2 - UK10707
2

Kendal

Forrest's Yard Apartment 2 - UK10707

Ref: S171632

4
8

  • Last Minute Cottages - Forrest's Yard Apartment - 1 - UK10705
2

Kendal

Forrest's Yard Apartment - 1 - UK10705

Ref: S171633

4
8

  • Last Minute Cottages - Applegarth
  • Last Minute Cottages - Applegarth
  • Last Minute Cottages - Applegarth
  • Last Minute Cottages - Applegarth
  • Last Minute Cottages - Applegarth

Ambleside

Applegarth

Ref: S72873

Reviews 14

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Alice Howe
  • Last Minute Cottages - Alice Howe
  • Last Minute Cottages - Alice Howe
  • Last Minute Cottages - Alice Howe
  • Last Minute Cottages - Alice Howe
2

Windermere

Alice Howe

Ref: S73970

Reviews 15

7
14

  • Last Minute Cottages - Rose Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rose Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rose Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rose Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rose Cottage
1

The Green

Rose Cottage

Ref: S135844

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Main House
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Main House
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Main House
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Main House
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Main House

Winster

The Main House

Ref: S24439

Reviews 4

3
7

  • Last Minute Cottages - 1 Gillbanks Cottages
  • Last Minute Cottages - 1 Gillbanks Cottages
  • Last Minute Cottages - 1 Gillbanks Cottages
  • Last Minute Cottages - 1 Gillbanks Cottages
  • Last Minute Cottages - 1 Gillbanks Cottages
1

Clifton

1 Gillbanks Cottages

Ref: S89451

Reviews 13

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft

Windermere

The Croft

Ref: S100791

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Cloverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cloverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cloverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cloverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cloverley

Bowness-on-Windermere

Cloverley

Ref: S50211

Reviews 5

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - 6 Fell Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - 6 Fell Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - 6 Fell Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - 6 Fell Croft
  • Last Minute Cottages - 6 Fell Croft

Pooley Bridge

6 Fell Croft

Ref: S85058

Reviews 4

3
8

  • Last Minute Cottages - Creldan House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Creldan House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Creldan House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Creldan House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Creldan House

Keswick

Creldan House

Ref: S72878

Reviews 12

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Knaifan Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Knaifan Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Knaifan Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Knaifan Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Knaifan Cottage
1

Uldale

Knaifan Cottage

Ref: S85211

Reviews 5

2
5

  • Last Minute Cottages - Gates Bridge Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gates Bridge Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gates Bridge Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gates Bridge Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gates Bridge Cottage
1

Caldbeck

Gates Bridge Cottage

Ref: S85207

Reviews 9

1
2

  • Last Minute Cottages - Rickerby House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rickerby House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rickerby House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rickerby House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rickerby House
1

Portinscale

Rickerby House

Ref: S85030

Reviews 4

4
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Blease Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Blease Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Blease Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Blease Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Blease Cottage

Threlkeld

Blease Cottage

Ref: S85086

Reviews 8

2
3

  • Last Minute Cottages - Foxhole
  • Last Minute Cottages - Foxhole
  • Last Minute Cottages - Foxhole
  • Last Minute Cottages - Foxhole
  • Last Minute Cottages - Foxhole
1

Threlkeld

Foxhole

Ref: S85082

Reviews 5

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Gutherscale Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gutherscale Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gutherscale Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gutherscale Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Gutherscale Lodge

Newlands Valley

Gutherscale Lodge

Ref: S72877

Reviews 3

4
8

  • Last Minute Cottages - Stables
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stables
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stables
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stables
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stables

Braithwaite

Stables

Ref: S85127

Reviews 8

4
9

  • Last Minute Cottages - 4 The Plosh
  • Last Minute Cottages - 4 The Plosh
  • Last Minute Cottages - 4 The Plosh
  • Last Minute Cottages - 4 The Plosh
  • Last Minute Cottages - 4 The Plosh

Keswick

4 The Plosh

Ref: S84859

Reviews 3

1
2

  • Last Minute Cottages - Netherend
  • Last Minute Cottages - Netherend
  • Last Minute Cottages - Netherend
  • Last Minute Cottages - Netherend
  • Last Minute Cottages - Netherend

Guardhouse

Netherend

Ref: S85087

Reviews 10

4
10

  • Last Minute Cottages - Damson Cottage - LM1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Damson Cottage - LM1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Damson Cottage - LM1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Damson Cottage - LM1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Damson Cottage - LM1

Waberthwaite

Damson Cottage - LM1

Ref: S18460

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Meadowcroft No 7
  • Last Minute Cottages - Meadowcroft No 7
  • Last Minute Cottages - Meadowcroft No 7
  • Last Minute Cottages - Meadowcroft No 7
  • Last Minute Cottages - Meadowcroft No 7

Bowness on Windermere

Meadowcroft No 7

Ref: S84604

Reviews 11

2
4

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Keith - verified booking

"We booked Rickerby House to treat our family to a holiday. The location of Portinscale is fantastic and the local amenities are fabulous. The house itself has brilliant parking capacity and looks impressive from the outside but that's as good as our experience got.The rooms are spacious and it has some lovely period features. Most of the beds were comfortable. The owners have obviously spent a lot on fittings (sinks, taps, log burning stove etc) but have not maintained or given the property a deep clean for many years.The furniture looks like it's from a student bedsit. Old, dirty and literally coming apart. (I have photos unfortunately not able to attach them here-will send by email)The floor had been laid on top of a previous floor, so the creaking noise was unbearable. Especially when you have little ones to put to bed.One of the rooms with a king-size bed has a door that does not shut. We had to keep it shut with a bin or handbag. Isn't ideal when there's many people in the house. Windows don't stay open as the cords have been cut. We were fortunate to have lovely weather but roasted inside the house. We ended up propping up one window with a coaster for some air. The same window had a nail sticking out of the blind pull chord so I was injured from that. ( have a photo)Wardrobes in master bedroom don't shut and again we had to prop it closed using cardboard. The tap in the main bathroom woke everyone up a couple of mornings as it produced a high pitched screech. (Again I have evidence but unable to attach)The general standard of cleanliness was unacceptable. The rug was full of grey fluff and balls of hair which caught on your feet. (Again I have a photo). We actually hoovered it ourselves daily but the hoover smelled and didn't pick anything up. The replacement 'plug' for the broken bath plug was covered in mould as was the bath mat, as was the washing machine and dryer. The walls are damp and peeling in places. Someone seems to have painted halfway up the walls and stopped when they can't reach. Luckily the bed linen and towels were clean or we would have walked out. There is some nice artwork on the walls but the money would be better spent on a deep clean and maintenance. There seems to be no regular dusting or cleaning around the house in general though as the house was covered in dust. The kitchen table was full of crumbs and sticky. I really feel like this house was massively overpriced for the state it was in. Also unsure of why we needed to pay a damage deposit as there's not much in there to damage. A hostel would be cleaner. Very disappointed because this could be a stunning house with a little bit of care. We were all glad to get home.There was no comment book in the house so I do wonder how long these issues have been left unattended to. The caretakers number was in the kitchen but we didn't go on holiday to wait in all day for someone to fix someone else's house. Also the amount of issues would be impossible to fix in one day.Such a shame as it could be perfect if someone actually showed the house some care."
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Alasdair - verified booking

"Location was superb. Easy walk down to the shops, cafes and river of Pooley Bridge, and the ferry terminal. Easy car access to much of that area of the Lake District. The view from the kitchen door is superb, and the one from the sitting room and dining room is OK.The exterior is nothing to write home about. Indeed, the outside area is virtually non-existent. The front is a tiny patch of paving slabs with a few shrubs and a bench (with a little step in front of it, not a big drop as they seemed so keen to warn us about in the listing). Other than that there is the tarmac drive and a bare paving slab path squeezing along the side to a hard area at the back for hanging out laundry, all surrounded by a shabby, falling-down fence. Previous visitors have obviously also come expecting space for children to run around and play, which has led to a big sign near the door warning not to play on the road or anywhere else other than the village sports field behind one of the pubs. This was fine for us given the weather, but I feel it is worth warning people who are attracted by the bunk beds into thinking it is perfect for children.It was possible to get a good wind through the bungalow, which was wonderful in the heatwave we were experiencing.The interior is very dated, to be polite. Actually, it is old enough to give the feel of being dirty and grubby even though it was actually clean. The free-standing fridge behind the kitchen door led to many collisions as opening the fridge door blocked the opening of the door to the rest of the house. The en-suite furnishings were a depressing brown and the majority of furniture throughout looked like a mismatch of things picked up in cheap auctions. The beds in the twin room were seriously uncomfortable, leaving me with back pain every morning (and this from someone who is happy camping). The shower in the main bathroom had the knob on backwards; I spent a very long time trying to work out why it was running cold before I found it mentioned in the visitors' book by a previous holiday-maker.Only one small roll of toilet paper was left in each bathroom, so you should remember to bring your own. Similarly, be prepared with your own cooking oil and all other kitchen staples.In summary, it is in a good location for visiting that part of the Lakes, but you'll want to spend as little time in the actual bungalow as possible."
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Val - verified booking

"Generally good holiday property for a large party, good space, furnishings and equipment.Too close to a noisy busy road, which meant sitting outside in the small garden area was not pleasant, so we moved the garden furniture to the front, which worked, although it was not private from other residents at The Terrace. It was also noisy during the night and particularly in the morning, for people who were sleeping on that side of the house.Major irritation was the cleaning team! When some of our party arrived early and wanted to park at the property, they were told that the parking spaces wouldn't be available until 4pm and that their cars would be in the way. This might be acceptable, if it wasn't for the fact that on the day of departure, when our departure time was 10am, some of the cleaning/maintenance team arrived before 9am. One parked his van right in front of the cottage, in a space we had intended to use for loading one of our vehicles. He then sat in the van and stared into the front door watching as we all moved around loading our vehicles. Eventually he sat at the table outside the front, and other cleaning people arrived early also. It felt like vultures were swirling overhead waiting for us to go, and definitely spoiled the last hour of our visit. When we were saying goodbye to other family members at 10am, people who we wouldn't see for another year, they were already in the house and stripping the beds."
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Ellie - verified booking

"Absolutely fantastic house. Spotlessly clean, super modern and renovated to a really high standard. Very cosy (we only needed the heating on downstairs and the whole house stayed warm). Right in the centre of Ambleside but not aware of noise from traffic either during the day or at night. Bathrooms were especially lovely. Car park right across the street and permits provided. Front entrance up steps but back entrance up a slope so could get the pram in and out easily. Loads of equipment provided for cooking. Only tiny downside was no downstairs loo (but that’s just because we are used to one and a bit lazy!) and internet was a little bit intermittent. Otherwise no faults at all."
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Anne - verified booking

"1 Gillbanks Cottages suited my purposes exceptionally well. It is exceptionally well furnished and equipped and extremely comfortable, even in one of the coldest weeks of the winter. The owners have gone out of their way in their detailed and helpful instructions to make sure that visitors feel able to use the cottage as their own during their stay. If there is a complaint, which is more of a need to know rather than a complaint, there was no welcome pack or any of the other things such as hand soap, condiments, tea and coffee in the house. Toilet rolls, a dishcloth and scourer and washing up liquid was provided, but visitors need to take everything else."
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