Self-Catering Lake District Cottages - Enjoy in the Heart of the Lakes

Here at Heart of the Lakes we offer you a fine selection of Lake District cottages sleeping from just two up to the largest sleeping ten. Whatever time of year you choose to stay you will find one of our self-catering cottages in the Lake District that fits the bill. Our Lake District cottages come in all shapes and sizes with a range of quality to suit every taste and pocket. Locations vary from village centre to remote and rural but all are in the most sought after parts of the National Park.

Many of our guests return year after year to their favourite cottages in the Lake District so, if this is your first visit to the Lake District, we hope you will enjoy exploring our website to maybe find your own favourite cottage in which to enjoy many delightful holidays.

The area abounds in places to visit, beautiful scenery, lakes and mountains, wonderful food, country pubs, pretty villages, lake cruises and boat hire. In fact there is so much to do that you may not have time to fit it all in... but make the most of your busy days out and return to your comfortable Lake District cottage to relax and plan your next activity.

Every holiday booked with Heart of the Lakes includes free Leisure Club membership in the price - a facility much enjoyed by our guests. Many of our Lake District cottages are pet friendly and most are family friendly. Don't miss our fine selection of luxury cottages in the Lake District for couples, perfect for that romantic break or just simply for a relaxing getaway at any time of the year.

If you have any queries please do contact us for individual attention. Our expert booking staff will be able to answer any questions to make sure that you choose the most perfect spot your holiday in one of our delightful Lake District cottages.

Lake District Cottages - Short Breaks

Short Breaks in the Lake District | Lake District cottages for Short Breaks


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Heart of the Lakes has a number of cottages that take short breaks of either three or four nights. With so much to do in the Lake District a short break in one of our cottages guarantees you a busy few days exploring the National Park and making the most of your visit. Imagine a few days walking in the hills, taking leisurely country rambles with friends or family – back to the cottage for afternoon tea or to relax with a good film, a glass of wine and a log fire. This could be the moment to get away spoil yourselves with a little bit of downtime - A short break could be just what you need to recharge the batteries and feel the fresh air on your face.


We can offer a 3 or 4 night stay in any of the cottages below. A short break can only be booked 7-10 days before the holiday start date. A 3 night stay will cost 67% of the weekly rent and a 4 night stay will cost 84% of the weekly rent. PLEASE TELEPHONE 015394 32321 TO BOOK........

Studio Cottage

This delightful single-storey cottage for two is tucked away yet right in the centre of Ambleside to give easy access to the fells and the village amenities without the need to use your car - ideal for a couple looking for plenty to do! Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £300 per week

Wren Cottage


Wren Cottage is located just off the centre of Ambleside in a quiet pedestrian-only byway, in one of the quaintest and oldest parts of the village and will appeal to those looking for a high quality pied-a-terre with all village amenities close to hand. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £317 per week

High Borrans

A delightful apartment for two with lake views from all main windows and a very pleasant air of comfort ideal for a relaxing holiday. High Borrans is just a short stroll from the lake shore and will suit couples looking for a quiet retreat. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £320 per week

How Head Cottage

A Grade II listed cottage dating from 1548, one of the oldest recorded buildings in Ambleside and reputedly built of cobbles taken from the Roman Fort at Waterhead. How Head Cottage sits in a pretty hillside location away from the centre of the village. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £266 per week

Briardale Cottage

This charming stone-built cottage is one of six in a short, early 20thC terrace set in a little cul-de-sac close to the centre of Ambleside and handy for all the village amenities. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £348 per week



The lasting impression of this welcoming first floor apartment for two will be of the wonderful sound of the waters of Stock Ghyll Beck as they tumble past below the property. This enjoyable location is handy for Ambleside's restaurants, pubs and shops. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £253 per week

Squirrel Bank

Good properties for two are always sought after and we feel that Squirrel Bank will make a popular venue for couples - set on the outskirts of Ambleside in the quiet residential area known as 'The Falls', Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £334 per week



A delightful ground floor apartment with a quiet air of luxury very close to Lake Windermere at Waterhead - an ideal place for a relaxing holiday in the very heart of the Lake District. There are views of the lake from the main rooms and from the garden. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £379 per week


Arthur Ransome readers will know all about 'Swallowdale' - a fine hiding place indeed - and this comfortable ground floor apartment close to the centre of Ambleside could be just that. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £313 per week


Set in a quiet and peaceful loation, 'Troutbeck' is a well decorated and furnished ground floor apartment in an ideal location. A leisurely three-minute stroll down Peggy Hill will bring you to the village centre. Read more >

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

Prices from £314 per week

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What our guests say

  • Molly's Cottage is a spacious and comfortable place to stay. It is very central but tucked away and peaceful.

    / Mollys Cottage
  • Couldn't stay away any longer than a year so have returned for a week of wonderful walking...thank-you for renting this beautiful place.

    / Daffodils
  • The Lodge is lovely - this is our second time here. Will be back in the future & will recommend to family & friends. Thanks.

    / Briery Lodge
  • I've had a lovely stay in the past few weeks. It has made working in the area that bit better! The place has been beautifully renovated and is great value so I will definitely be staying again.

    / Brackenrigg Toll House
  • We have had a fantastic holiday. Thank-you

    / Fir Howe
  • Staff in the bistro are very helpful and professional. An excellent holiday.

    / Great Gable
  • 4th or 5th time here. Brilliant comfortable and warm cottage. Better than any we have tried elsewhere in UK, France, Italy etc. We have had a wonderful time - great walks, even good weather and very cosy in the winter.

    / Loughrigg
  • Altar End is a great place to stay...we've had a good holiday and would love to come again

    / Altar End
  • Just what we wanted! Hope to be back soon

    / Gale House Cottage
  • Loved coming back after long walks to a warm modern place with great facilities

    / Riverside Park 6
  • A glorious week in the Lakes, so much to do, so little time to do it! A beautiful cottage - a true home from home. A holiday we will always remember!

    / Rose Cottage
  • Beautiful place, fantastic. We will be back!

    / Rushbrook Cottage
  • We have had an excellent stay in Skiddaw and found everyone to be very welcoming and helpful. we'll be back.

    / Skiddaw
  • Our 7th stay at the wonderful Glenburn. Already booked for next year. Done lots of great walks and thank you for the wine.

    / Glenburn
  • Loved the apartment. Riverside 6 is our favourite place to stay

    Mary in the Keswick office is lovely and helpful

    / Riverside Park 6
  • We have both had a lovely stay in this cosy cottage. It had everything that we needed and was a perfect place to return to after a long walk. We will definately be returning.

    / Longsyke
  • Thank you so much for letting us stay in this beautiful house, with the stunning views.  You have made us feel so welcome and at home so that we could truly relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding country side.

    / Greenside House
  • We have chilled out, mesmerised by the view and feel fit to face the business world again with renewed vigour.

    / Romney Grange
  • Lovely location near our favourite lake - Ullswater. One of the best cottages we've stayed in over 20+years of visiting the lakes. Thank-you

    / Spring Garth Cottage
  • We were so looking forward to our 3rd visit to Merewood and delighted to find the high standard continuing. So nice to have a warm,cosy property and so clean.

    / Merewood Stables
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