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

  • Thank you, really appreciated the comfort and location. Great weather was a bonus.

    / Wastwater
  • Wonderful break in excellent accommodation. The house and the way it has been decorated and furnished is a credit to the owners. However the most praise should be for their choice of location - fabulous!

    / Woodside
  • Wow we all loved the house and the beautiful art work and family photographs. A perfect location in the heart of Grasmere. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

    / Croft
  • Always good to come back to the cottage and get the fire going. Great cottage in a spectacular location.

    / Middlefell Farm Cottage
  • What a relaxing comfortable place to return to after climbing the Old Man of Coniston and various peaks en route.

    / Cringol Cottage
  • A very happy week at Hillside Cottage with daughters & friends. Loved our visit to Wordsworth's Dove Cottage & picnic overlooking Loughrigg Tarn. We hope to return soon.

    / Hillside Cottage
  • Very cosy cottage - smart kitchen! The Coffin Trail is brilliant. So quiet. Really enjoyed our stay.

    / Daffodils
  • Very nice cottage - perfect location, perfect weather - hope to be back. Thank you.

    / Four Seasons Cottage
  • Had a glorious break in this beautiful retreat, stunning scenery and gardens an added treat. Enjoyed by all a marvelous like, can't wait to come back to you.

    / Mere Syke
  • Well we didn't expect that, a lovely warm welcome from Amanda, fire cake and wine. We have had a great week exploring the lakes and fells in the area. We hope to come back and enjoy this lovely cottage again. Many thanks for your hospitality.

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
  • The apartment is very comfortable and a lovely base in an excellent area for walks and just watching the world go by.

    / Old Mill Cottage
  • Lovely cosy cottage, great location, fantastic views, perfect for our first trip to the lakes.

    / Elterwater
  • We are back again. Hannakin is still calling us back. We are addicted. A place of solice and happiness, we love it.

    / Hannakin Barn
  • We have found all the on-site facilities to be excellent. We used the bar, the restaurant, the gym and the pool.

    Very impressed

    / Whinlatter
  • Our 6th visit to Sawrey Knotts, relaxing and restful as ever. Hope to be back next year.

    / The Delft Suite
  • Superb bungalow - lovely views from all windows

    / Greenside Garth
  • This property definitely has the 'wow' factor. Love all the rooms especially the kitchen/dining room. Lovely location, feels very private.

    / The Mews
  • Had a lovely stay in this beautiful cottage. Thank you.

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • Loved the atmosphere of this old barn - thanks a bunch!

    / Croft Foot Barn
  • This is one of the most charming and comfortable properties of the many that we've rented in Ambleside.

    / The Gables
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