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

  • Brilliant time, excellent house, had lots of fun, we will come back. Thank you.

    / Gillercombe
  • A glorious week of family and friends, great walks, long conversations, wonderful meals and lots of laughs.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. The deck was our favourite meeting place.

    / Le Tholonet
  • Very enjoyable stay with great weather! Plenty to do & friendly atmosphere everywhere. Good comfortable cottage - we will definitely come again.

    / Cringol Cottage
  • Another enjoyable stay and some great weather.

    / Edenbridge
  • Always tweaks here and there to make our return more exciting.

    / Romney Grange
  • Found all the information we needed on the website. Good accommodation & very clean on arrival. We thought that Ghyllstead offered really good value for money & definitely hope to return.

    / Ghyllstead
  • This is our 5th 'Heart of the Lakes' accom. and this is definitely 5star! Been coming to The Lakes for over 29years and bever disappointed...Merewood Stables is very well equipped.

    / Merewood Stables
  • A cosy well-equipped cottage in a perfect location. 

    / Orchard Cottage
  • 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
  • Another great stay at Riverside ...great walking in between the showers...see you soon

    / Riverside Park 2
  • Another great week in Number 3. Thank-you so much for the wonderful facilities...looking forward to our next visit.

    / Riverside Park 3
  • Enjoyed our week at Four Seasons & our walks every day.

    / Four Seasons Cottage
  • Incredible, never to be forgotten week of snow, scenery and walking...looking to come back later in the year.

    / Spring Garth Cottage
  • Super holiday accommodation, very well equipped and presented. ideal location for touring the lakes. Very peaceful surroundings, many thanks

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

    / Watendlath
  • Thanks for a lovely apartment - warm & secure. Visit The Glasshouse - best restaurant in the UK! Thanks for the wine as well!

    / Over Ghyll
  • Wonderful cottage, very comfortable.

    / The Mews
  • The best place we have stayed in the Lake District. That View!   

    / South View
  • Really comfortable beds, best night's sleep in ages. Games room was a great touch

    Really great stay.

    / Fell Yeat
  • Our first visit to your lovely tranquil home and we have so enjoyed our stay. Thank you so much.

    / Rawfell
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