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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.

Landower, Ambleside

Wonderfully modern in style, this four-bed property is just a five-minute walk from the centre of Ambleside. Enjoy a bright and welcoming space, including a beautiful open-plan lounge with log-burning stove where guests can sit back and take in the Lakeland scenery.

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.

Oakbank, Elterwater

This magical cottage occupies a spellbinding setting above Elterwater in the heart of the Langdale Valley. Inside, highlights include spacious bedrooms, a craftsman-made bespoke kitchen, and a stylish living area. Step outside, and some of the area’s most scenic walks are accessible straight from the doorstep.

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.

High Hill Farm Cottage, Keswick

With both the bustle of Keswick and the peaceful shores of Derwentwater just a short stroll away, this pet-friendly 3-bed cottage is ideally situated for a relaxing holiday with friends or family. Inside, the large dual-aspect lounge offers plenty of space for everyone to relax and admire the views across the valley.

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.

Haystacks, Troutbeck

Haystacks has been furnished with relaxation in mind. Fabulously eclectic in style, the contemporary-yet-rustic interior makes for an impressive living space. Step through the bi-folding walls doors onto the balcony, where you’ll find an unbeatable spot for your morning coffee or evening tipple.

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