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

  • Our first visit to Underscar and we have loved it...found everyone to be helpful and welcoming. An all round excellent stay.

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

    / Middlefell Farm Cottage
  • Many thanks for another very enjoyable visit.

    / Ecclerigg Old Farm
  • A great week in this lovely house and stunning area. Plenty of room for the children and all to enjoy.

    / Scutcheon House
  • Lovely flat with everything we needed. Overall a good holiday, hope to come again soon.

    / Over Ghyll
  • Had a wonderful week in this lovely area.  Thank you for the lovely welcome, see you again next year.

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • The Old Police House was perfect for five people in our group. The vews from the windows made it difficult to get out each morning. We would enjoy coming back at any time of the year.

    / The Old Police House
  • The cottage is fantastic. A truly luxurious place to relax and recharge our batteries. My husband will remember spending his fiftieth birthday here for many years. 

    / Brackenrigg Toll House
  • We can honestly say this is the best cottage we have ever stayed in, comfortable, cosy, well equipped and with beautiful views.  We love it.

    / High Corner
  • We loved our holiday at Babbling Brook. thanks for a great holiday in this excellent apartment.

    / Babbling Brook
  • Beautiful cottage photographs do not do it justice. Perfect location, everything you need is on the doorstep.  The patio is a lovely sun trap in late afternoon to drink wine and people watch. Would recommend it to any one.

    / High Corner
  • What a fantastic place ...very clean and beautiful decor. Loved the sound of the river.

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Our second stay in this wonderful cottage - can't praise it enough! Looking forward to our next visit.

    / Breckon Cottage
  • Stayed in the Lakes many times, Tethera is by far the best. The quality of fixtures and fittings is excellent and the location is so peaceful and tranquil.

    / Tethera
  • We have had another lovely visit to Grisedale Cottage - our forth.

    / Grisedale Cottage
  • Very enjoyable week, cottage and owners first class. No complaints. Hope to be back.

    / The Woolloft
  • Had a great facial in the health spa. Thank-you

    / Seatoller
  • We have loved being in your cosy cottage and want to come back. We have had a splendid two weeks.

    / St Giles
  • Enjoyed our week in this cosy bungalow with superb views. Love the conservatory and watching the wild life in the garden.  

    / Grisedale
  • Lovely Lodge beautifully clean and tidy, it had everything we could possibly need, including a great choice of books. Thank you.

    / How Beck
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