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The Lake District, Cumbria

Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria © Joe Cornish

The Lake District is home to a special selection of National Trust holiday cottages and over 15 million people a year flood to the Lake District. Our holiday cottages are a popular choice for enjoying Cumbria and the Trust have an exceptional collection of Lake District cottages that are perfect for an escape to one of Britain’s most cherished havens.

The Lake District is one of the UK’s largest National Parks and houses an empire of natural green beauty. The millions of visitors become immersed in a wonderland of wildlife and unwind in a realm of charming landscapes and our cottages are ideally located right in the heart of the Lake District. 

The Park has been looked after since 1951 and some of England’s finest authors, poets and artists have been immensely influenced by the grand character of the Lake District. Home to one of the nation’s most admired children’s authors, Beatrix Potter, during the early 20th century, which inspired the setting of the famous Peter Rabbit books. Do not fear, Mr McGregor is long gone!

We look after a quarter of the Lake District, one of the England's most beloved escapes and we still can’t get over how lovely the fells, valleys, lakes, woodland and farmland are! Our Cumbrian holiday cottages are right in the middle of some of the most wonderfully wide open spaces and sweeping panoramic vistas.

A special little trip here is an opportunity to interact with some exclusive wildlife and nature where no two days are ever the same. When you stay with the Trust there is a sense or alluring novelty and our getaways enhance every aspect of a traditional UK holiday with our cute Cumbrian cottages and awe-inspiring locations that only the Lake District can offer.

Our unique holiday cottages in the Lake District will leave you encapsulated in the rich culture of Cumbria. We have an array of delightful cottages tucked away in the wealth of the Cumbrian countryside, ranging from lovely lakeside properties to vast country homes surrounded by a sphere of artistic scenery. Our holiday cottages are second to none and the Lake District’s landscape will only amplify your experience in one Britain’s most popular destinations.   

Wherever and whenever you visit, you can take a deep breath and bask in the freedom of some of our glorious locations and seriously sit back and lounge around the grace of the Lake District.

We have cottages that sleep 2 for a romantic break, right up to 12 for a large family together. We have an intriguing, castle-esque Mill boasting an enchanting character, perfect for a magical getaway. The Trust have an exceptional range of grand and luxurious properties like this early 1900’s abode in Cumbria at the head of the largest lake in the England, and you could not be any closer to the lakes than in this glorious shoreside cottage.

The 885-square-mile national park that forms the Lake District is home to an abundance of natural heritage that relentlessly calls out for more and more exploration.

The tranquil setting of the North West’s surroundings is beckoning out for adventure. At ten and a half miles long, Windermere, the inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons', is the largest natural lake in the whole of England and what a sublime sight it is. Windermere was formed from melting glaciers over 10,000 years ago during the last significant ice age and now the lake is perfect for boating and taking ferry trips. There is a spooky myth of a lake monster too, so keep an eye out!

Further west, in the Wasdale valley, is the Trust owned Wastwater, which is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, so this is a sight that surely should not be missed! The lake is, in fact, the deepest in the country at 258 feet deep.

There are plenty of exquisite walking trails available so you can spend all day on an adventure and discover the hidden gems off the beaten track. And if you’ve ever held a place in your heart for her stories, it’s worth discovering Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th century home, which is only four miles away from Windermere. Potter was an ardent supporter of the National Trust and conservation work and she benevolently left all her property and land to the Trust post her death in 1943.

Take some time to explore the dense woodlands, walled garden and play area at Acorn Bank in Penrith, Cumbria, with its traditional orchards and fascinating world famous herb garden. Home of one of England’s most prominent ever poets, William Wordsworth, Allan Bank offers a chance to soak up the atmosphere and wild natural beauty of its river setting.

Let loose your inner Sir Ranulph Fiennes and venture up the fells. The mountainous terrain is what makes the Lake District perfect for exploring. The four highest mountains all peak above 3,000 feet (well over 900 meters), featuring Scafell Pike which is the tallest of the four and almost reaches 1,000 meters, Scafell, Helvellyn, and Skiddaw.

The Lake District is populated by many indigenous creatures and plants. It is home to the largest red squirrel population in the country and is considered a major sanctuary for the acorn lovers. If you are lucky, you may even spot a northwestern native: the wild fell pony. The national park is focused on recolonisation in Britain and has reintroduced a great number of birds and fish back into the area.

The Lake District is a special place in the North West and our valued customers return year after year. Perfect for family holidays, we see our holiday cottages full of life and we know you have a favourite place to stay!

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The Trust are exceedingly proud of our guest feedback and know that people love to keep returning to their special cottage and enjoy its pleasure time and time again. Many of our properties get booked very early for busy periods so click here to find your next holiday destination.

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  • The exterior of Silverthwaite, Great Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria © Mike Henton


    Ambleside , Cumbria

    A grand house dating from the early 1900s stands in an elevated position in the Langdale valley.

  • The exterior of The Summer House, Hawkeshead, Lake District, Cumbria. © Mike Henton

    The Summer House

    Ambleside , Cumbria

    Former summer house in the old kitchen garden of Wray Castle on the western shore of Windermere.

  • The exterior of Rose Castle Cottage, Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria © Sarah Anderson

    Rose Castle Cottage

    Coniston, Lake District , Cumbria

    Delightful C19th Grade II listed cottage set in one of the most picturesque Lake District locations.

  • The exterior of Millbeck Towers, Keswick, Cumbria © National Trust

    Millbeck Towers

    Keswick, Lake District , Cumbria

    An imposing and spacious house with huge views across to Derwentwater.

  • Low and High Strawberry Gardens, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria © Mike Henton

    Low Strawberry Gardens

    Hawkshead, Lake District , Cumbria

    A charming cottage just ten yards from the edge of Lake Windermere.

  • Trees, Windermere, Cumbria  © Mike Henton


    Ambleside, Lake District , Cumbria

    A log cottage in a peaceful setting close to the shores of Lake Windermere.