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.
A stunning cottage with fabulous views over Scandale Beck and the surrounding countryside, just a short level walk from the centre of Ambleside. Stylish and luxurious interiors make it an idyllic retreat, especially for walkers.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoying a fabulous location north of Ullswater, Bank Barn is ideal for larger families or groups of friends, and makes a great base for exploring this part of the Lake District. An idyllic spot with beautiful views.
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.
Set on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Daleside Farm Cottages are on a 500-acre sheep farm. This area is perfect for anyone who loves walks through woods and fields, spotting wildlife and just getting away from modern life. There are four cottages, all full of character and original features in a truly stunning location.
This super cottage is near the north-east shore of Coniston Water, with Coniston village just a short way around the top of the lake. Built in traditional Lakeland style, the cottage is completely modern in every other respect, with a Jacuzzi spa tub outside.
Set in the Lake District National Park, Mirefoot Cottages consist of five bespoke luxury cottages. Part of the deal is a breathtaking spa, which operates on a single-cottage use system allowing you access to facilities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. There are also stunning walks from the front door.
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.
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.
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.