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.


When William Oxley built his country house on the southern slopes of Skiddaw in the late 19th century he chose his site well. This spectacular Italianate mansion with its manicured gardens and breathtaking lake and mountain views must have offered the busy Victorian industrialist a rural retreat beyond compare - the story goes that the gardens were even designed to allow him an uninterrupted view of his paramour's house down in the valley below. William was obviously a romantic at heart!

Over a century later Underscar now provides you with the chance to escape to an unhurried destination where you can relax amid glorious scenery and pamper yourself in superior comfort. Underscar offers a small number of exclusive holiday homes which occasionally become available for rental and which will appeal to discerning clients looking for something special in this beautiful part of the Lake District National Park.

For those who appreciate beauty, tranquillity and the unbounded freedom of hill walking, the Northern Lakes is a delightful venue in any season. With its unique setting and unsurpassed all round quality, Underscar must surely offer the very best self-catering accommodation available in the north of England.

Underscar's wonderful location seems a million miles from the stresses of urban life, and yet it is so easy to reach by road.

Simply leave the M6 motorway at Junction 40, turn on to the A66 dual carriageway, and you will arrive at your Lakeland holiday home within 15 miles.

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What our guests say

  • Have enjoyed another lovely week in this lovely apartment. Looking forward to returning in the Autumn.


    / Rydal Suite
  • Second time at the cottage, yet again had a lovely time here, weather ouststanding thanks for the cake and the milk. Hope to be back in November.

    / Studio Cottage
  • Great Cottage, great walks despite the weather.

    / Wastwater
  • Cozy cottage with perfect location. Beautiful interior carefully put together to produce something that little bit special. Original features well balanced with modern sound and heating.  The bathrooms were a triumph. Thanks for sharing Bowmans with us.  P.S. can we come again please.

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

    / Watendlath
  • We're already looking forward to our next stay in The Windermere Suite.

    / Windermere Suite
  • Our annual get-together in The Lakes - great weather for walking and a comfortable house to return to each day...

    / Church Corner
  • Another excellent stay at Manesty. We so appreciated the Sunday Roast dinner in the bistro - the food was excellent on all three occasions we ate 'in' 

    / Manesty
  • Another great week. Oxley's restaurant was excellent - fantastic food!

    / Skiddaw
  • The family enjoyed a wonderful week. The cottage very comfortable and well equipped.

    / Riversdale
  • 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
  • A really enjoyable week - great fell walking on 4 days - Robinson & Hindscarth, Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Glaramara, Allen Crags & Millbrook. Brilliant, relaxing, quality accommodation.

    / Grisedale View
  • A return visit to Waterhead Cottage, we feel very comfortable here. Thanks again for the welcome pack and fresh eggs. Hope to return soon.

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • We enjoyed our stay at Gillybeck & definitely hope to return.

    / Gillybeck
  • Absolutely lovely cottage, so well done that it makes one feel at home the moment you step in ....congratulations to the owners for this lovely set-up

    / Parkwood 2014
  • ...a beautiful home from home which we've all fallen in love with - bagsy first dibs if it ever goes on the market!

    / Peggy Hill Cottage
  • Had a brilliant week at Fellside, thank you. The cottage had everything we needed & it was great to be able to walk from here & not have to use the car. We shall definitely recommend HOTL to our friends.

    / Fellside Cottage
  • We have been coming to The Lake district for 15 years and this is the best accommodation we have ever stayed in.

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Thank-you for putting on the holiday-let market such a beautifully appointed and welcoming cottage.

    / Brackenrigg Toll House
  • Fantastic stay, really comfortable and in great surroundings

    / Wansfell
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