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

  • What a beautiful place. The love and care you have put into this house is clear to see from the moment you step through the door. We look forward to coming again soon.

    / Mountain View
  • Great cottage, good walking, great beer. Relaxed Thanks.

    / Nurses Cottage
  • Our Christmas present to ourselves this year was to escape the hustle and bustle of a commercial Christmas and enjoy a peaceful getaway...we would have struggled to find a better cottage had we searched all year.

    / Fell Foot Cottage
  • Amazing holiday yet again. Birthday celebrations for 40th and 6th Birthdays. Perfect location in our favourite holiday home. Already planning our next visit.

    / Riggside
  • Our third stay in Glenburn. We have again enjoyed this warm peaceful and well equipped house. Thank you.

    / Glenburn
  • We have been self catering for over 45 years & this cottage is one of the very best (excellent facilities & location). Have had two wonderful weeks - the Lakes never fail to work their magic.

    / Four Seasons Cottage
  • Once again 'Heart of the Lakes' has found us a lovely cottage for our Golden Wedding 'honeymoon'. Beautifully equipped. Had a great, quiet 2 weeks with memories of when we walked the hills here - now we take things easy!

    / Cygnet Cottage
  • Had a lovely week loved the new bathroom. We will be back yet again.

    / Altar End
  • A good stay in the Lakes yet again. This cottage makes a perfect base and Fiona's welcome touches make it extra special.

    / Bank Foot
  • We've had an excellent all round holiday at Long Mire Yeat...see you again

    / Longmire Yeat Cottage
  • We have been here lots of times, but this is the first time since it was refurbished, its lovely and we had a great time. Hope to come back soon.

    / Brathay View Cottage
  • What a beautiful cottage. So nice to come back to at the end of the day. What more could you ask for. Thank you so much.

    / Little Hallgarth
  • A wonderful family Christmas, cosy cottage, great walks and super pubs just a quick stroll away.

    / Hillside Cottage
  • This place is home from home, the best cottage we have had the pleasure to stay in, loved the four poster bed & the luxurious bathroom, we will be back!! Thank you.

    / Breckon Cottage
  • The Barn is easily the best self catering place we have ever stayed, it could not be in a more picturesque place. Very well equipped & beautifully fitted out. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    / Walker Ground Barn
  • Another wonderful stay here and amazing weather- four days of walking, meals out, Christmas shopping....We feel so at home here. Thanks again

    / Fairview
  • Our 3rd time in this lovely little cottage - a real home from home...can't wait until our next visit.

    / Cringol Cottage
  • The standard of accommodation is excellent, very comfortable and ideally laid out for two couples.

    / Woodside
  • If you ever consider selling the cottage please can we have first refusal! Perfectly equipped and great décor.

    / Wren Cottage
  • Splendid cottage, great weather, pleanty of food and drink, whats not to like.

    / Riverside Retreat
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