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Luxury Lake District cottages

Enjoy a five-star getaway with our pick of the region’s finest self-catering cottages

Lakeland luxury

The Lake District is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations – and it’s easy to see why.

Here’s our round-up of some of our favourite five-star cottages in the region – rated by the AA and VisitEngland – where an unforgettable stay is guaranteed.

Hillhead, Ambleside

A quick stroll from the town centre, Hillhead has an elevated location allowing views far into the distance. There's a footpath nearby that goes to the Fairfield Horseshoe, a favourite Lakeland ramble.

High Biggin, Bowness-on-Windermere

This luxury four-bedroom, five-bathroom holiday cottage boasts breath-taking views of Lake Windermere – which are even better when enjoyed from the private hot tub on the terrace. The rooms are beautifully appointed and furnished, with beamed ceilings adding to the property’s character.

Monkhouse Hill Cottages, Caldbeck

Cumbrian craftsmen and contemporary local artists have combined to create nine unique living spaces, all centred round a picturesque courtyard at this 17th-century former farmstead. Positioned on the border of the Northern Fells and Eden Valley, there’s lots to explore in the local area.

The Dairy, Coniston

This gorgeous dog-friendly cottage sleeps two and promises an idyllic stay for couples. The traditional is expertly blended with the contemporary here – from the exposed beams and peaceful neutral tones to the sleek appliances and tasteful furnishings.

Stone Cottage, Deepdale

If you’re looking for traditional Lakeland character, this 300-year-old cottage more than delivers. Original features have been painstakingly refurbished – and new additions thoughtfully chosen – to create a sense of place that perfectly complements the glorious views from every window.

Holemire Barn, High Lorton

Set in a charming Lake District village, well inside the National Park, this converted barn is perfect for a walking holiday. Bassenthwaite Lake is only a couple of miles away.

Stone Arthur Cottage, Grasmere

Refurbished to the highest standards, this 17th-century stone cottage has a real homely feel. Step through the gothic cathedral doors and be greeted by oak beams, vaulted ceilings and stone-flagged floors. Its location is also second-to-none, with unforgettable scenery in every direction.

The Cottage at Hill Top, Haverthwaite

Arthur Ransome, famous for his children’s stories, lived in this beautiful cottage on the southern tip of Lake Windermere. True its name, Hill Top takes full advantage of its awe-inspiring setting. Inside has just as much wow factor, with the purpose-built Pavilion Games Room and unique display of ‘Lakeland Luminaries’ memorabilia proving real highlights.

Shepherds View at Mirefoot, Kendal

This unique architect-designed luxury cottage is a masterclass in contemporary minimalist design. Chic and modern, the approach to space and light welcomes the outside in – the summer room with its wall of glass is particularly spectacular. For an added treat, a spa facility is just a few yards from the doorstep.

Bawd Hall, Keswick

Bawd Hall has beautiful views over nearby fells, and it's very well equipped and spacious. A great base for activity holidays, or group or family celebrations.

Wordsworth Barn, Patterdale

This stunning one-bed barn conversion offers a wonderfully tranquil environment for those seeking a retreat. Furnished with stylish accessories and local materials, modern living meets authentic character here – guests also receive a welcome pack and bottle of Prosecco on arrival.

Crummockwater Cottages, Loweswater

These converted barns and stables enjoy stunning views of Crummock Water and the surrounding fells. Nicely grouped around a courtyard, they make an excellent base for exploring the north-western and western fells by foot, by bike or car.

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