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

  • Have enjoyed another lovely week in this lovely apartment. Looking forward to returning in the Autumn.


    / Rydal Suite
  • Lovely week, gorgeous surroundings. Very comfy accommodation. We will return.

    / Sunnydene
  • Beautiful cottage, very cosy & comfortable. Wish we could stay another week! Will hopefully come again as we enjoyed our stay so much.

    / Fellside Cottage
  • Beautiful, quaint cottage, Steeped in history and with glorious walks from the door.

    / Orchard Cottage
  • Lovely cottage had a great week.

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • We have really enjoyed our week here in Riverside Retreat in the wonderful Lake District. The property is very comfortable, spacious and pleasant to return to after a day out. Thank you.

    / Riverside Retreat
  • Another enjoyable stay and some great weather.

    / Edenbridge
  • Thank-you to everyone at Underscar for the work they put in to achieve such high standards, and for making our stay so enjoyable.

    / Great Gable
  • Thank you for your excellent service over many years

    / Lowfold Barn
  • What a lovely cottage, perfect for a much needed holiday. We loved the walks and sitting in the garden with a good book.

    / Larch Cottage
  • Amazing! Our first stay here and everyone has been really helpful. The restaurant team are excellent - great customer service and very welcoming.

    / Seatoller
  • Words are simply inadequate to describe how privelaged we feel to be able to stay in such a beuatiful and historic house. Everything has been truly wonderful. A real treat and a tonic from urban life to wake up to a working Lakeland Farm. Thank you.

    / Yew Tree Farm
  • A great stay in Derwent. Used the gym, bar and bistro which were all excellent.

    / Derwent
  • We had a wonderful, family holiday with our two daughters, husbands and grandchildren. Views from the hot tub are amazing. Weather was beautiful, so we dined on the terrace most evenings. Many thanks.

    / High Biggin
  • This was our first visit to the Lakes and we have just loved it. The apartment is wonderful and felt like a home from home, we will definately be back.

    / Loughrigg Suite
  • This has been a wonderful place to come home to after days on the high fells. Great accommodation with all mod cons......

    / Riverside Park 4
  • Had an amazing short break, very conveniently situated and a very cosy cottage.

    / Elterwater
  • A really interesting and fun house, comfortable and spacious and perfectly located for a walking week away from home.  Thank you very much for lending it to us.

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

    / Romney Grange
  • Second stay in this lovely cottage, just as good as the first, thank you.

    / Kent Cottage
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