Lake District cottages

Amanda's verdict
Renting a cottage in the Lake District is the gateway to unforgettable family adventures – whether you’ve got teens hell-bent on conquering Helvellyn or tots dabbling their toes in Rydal Water. The choice of activities is boundless – from canoeing and sailing to riding steam trains and exploring slate mines.

Recommended company: Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages says

The Lake District, well known for Wainwright’s walks, rolling hills and scenic lakes, has all the ingredients for a wonderful outdoors family holiday at any time of year. Enjoy the freedom, space and comfort of a Lake District holiday cottage to make the most of your stay, whether it’s a short break over the weekend or exploring the sights on a longer holiday.

We have handpicked more than 1,000 holiday cottages in the Lake District, catering for everyone from romantic couples to large groups looking to escape everyday routine and find a new adventure. You’ll find luxurious apartments, rambling stone cottages, characterful converted barns and grand country houses, with each cottage catering for your individual needs. Some also accept pets, ensuring no family member gets left behind.

  • lovely settings
  • pet friendly
  • plenty of choice

There is so much to see and do in the Lake District. Younger children will love seeing the post office that provided the inspiration for Postman Pat, and the Beatrix Potter Attraction where they can meet Peter Rabbit and other favourite characters. We also recommend a visit to the Pencil Museum in Keswick, especially for children with an interest in art and drawing.

Take to the great outdoors with a boat trip on Lake Windermere, go mountain biking in Grizedale Forest or try kayaking and water-skiing on one of the many lakes. There are hundreds of walks and hiking trails.

You will find plenty of choice when it comes to eating out, or you can stock up at farm shops and create something delicious in your fully equipped kitchen back at your base (there is also a barbecue in some properties for alfresco dining in the summer months).

With 25 years’ experience, our inspectors have selected more than 15,000 cottages across the UK and Ireland. We are rated ‘excellent’ by TripAdvisor – over 96% of our reviews are rated with 4 or 5 stars.

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