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

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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

  • This was our second visit to Grisedale View - another wonderful week. Great apartment, just as good as we remembered & we will be back again soon.

    / Grisedale View
  • Our second visit here. We find spending time in this very peaceful & comfortable house most enjoyable! The gardens are lovely too! Look forward to returning next year.

    / Glenburn
  • We used the on-site pool, bar and restaurant during our stay and had an excellent all round holiday.

    / Brackenburn
  • Another excellent stay. Well done to those who cleared the snow during our visit.

    / Watendlath
  • Great holiday, wonderful walks leading to weary legs but oh so welcomingly refreshed by bacon butties just round the corner.

    / The Old Police House
  • Another excellent week - our fourth in total! Can't imagine finding a better property than Grisedale View. Added 10 more Wainwrights to our total (now 85). A matinée at the theatre was very enjoyable too.

    / Grisedale View
  • Parkwood is an absolute gem of a find - lots of special and thoughtful little things make it an ideal home from home. we will be staying again

    / Parkwood
  • Great to be back - fifth visit!

    / Acorns
  • Ideal location for lots of walks. Cottage perfect. Thanks for the Welcome Pack. Will be back with friends as another ideal cottage next door for them (Lakeside Cottage).

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • Our second visit to Studio Cottage & it was great to be back - the cottage was just as lovely as the first time. Done lots of exploring - climbed The Old Man of Consiton & Catbells. Hiring a small motor boat on Windermere was good fun.

    / Studio Cottage
  • Returned again for  the 3rd time. Just love the house. Thank-you once again

    / Merewood Lodge
  • Great, stunning views. Hot tub amazing. Weather not fantastic but house made up for it...spacious. Best holiday ever!!! GREAT - 10/10.

    / High Biggin
  • ...cont.....If you are looking for a place away from the tourist hustle but close enough to get around the district then Gowan Bank Farm is the perfect place. We hope to be back very soon 

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
  • Another wonderful stay here and amazing weather- four days of walking, meals out, Christmas shopping....We feel so at home here. Thanks again

    / Fairview
  • A great week as always. Thank-you

    / Catbells
  • ......hard to imagine it used to be a 17thC pub with cloaked gentlemen eating bread and drinking ale.

    Couldn't think of a better place to celebrate my 50th birthday.

    / Fell Yeat
  • Love it here in the Lakes and having such a fantastic place to stay makes it really special.

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Fandazeedoobee! Great stay! Warm and cosy, fabulous views...and a red squirrel in the tree. What more could you want, apart from to stay longer!

    / Grisedale Cottage
  • An excellent all-round stay in Grisedale. We used everything except the gym - good food and good treatments in Oxley's.

    / Grisedale
  • Excellent accommodation, very well equipped, catering for every need and beautifully located.

    / Fairfield
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