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

  • 7th annual visit. Another brilliant week with the best weather yet! See you next year.

    / Walker Ground Barn
  • A wonderful week of weather - no rain and very warm. Enjoyed excellent walks every day. It is our 8th visit to this lovely house, but first time in September.

    / Le Tholonet
  • Home from Home, beautiful cottage, excellent location, tastefully decorated. Would stay again.

    / Bowman Cottage
  • Very comfortable and enjoyable stay, the house is in a superb location so we were able to access different areas. Very clean and tidy. Thank you.

    / Ivyholme
  • Absolutely fantastic, everything we could wish for, Fantastic accommodation, we hope to come back, Thank you.

    / Wansfell
  • Had a lovely time here. House very spacious and comfortable and beautifully warm. Will return

    / Mollys Cottage
  • Another lovely week at High Spy

    / High Spy
  • Return visit to the Lakes - completed many pleasant walks, none too arduous, but nevertheless beautiful & varied. Cottage very cosy & clean - no complaints!!

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

    / Romney Grange
  • An all round excellent return visit.

    / Scafell
  • Warm and comfortable accommodation.  Thank you.

    / Hazeldene
  • Thank you for a warm welcome. A wonderful fully equipped cottage, thank you.

    / Gale House Cottage
  • After ten years of visiting The Lakes we have found the perfect cottage.

    / Peggy Hill Cottage
  • A great week in this lovely cottage, comfy beds and power shower much appreciated, especially after climbing Skiddaw, a perfect stay.

    / Kent Cottage
  • Our second stay here, a lovely cottage. Can't wait to return.

    / High Fold
  • This last holiday we have returned from was simply outstanding ..Thrang End is quite simply the best UK holiday destination we have ever had the pleasure of renting. 

    / Thrang End
  • Had a fantastic week, cottage is lovely and very well equipped.

    / The Granary
  • We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you. It is a comfortable flat and the view is superb. A real treat to sit out on the balcony.

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

    / Spring Garth Cottage
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