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

  • Lovely cottage, great location. We would definately recommend it to our friends and also come again our selves. Thank you.

    / Yew Tree Cottage
  • Another great stay, thank you once again for the welcome pack. Nice to see you again will be returning for another visit soon.

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • Lovely comfy cottage in a great location. Good week of walking - King's Seat & Barf, Binsey, Sale Fell, Castle Crag - all half-days & a full day on Grisedale Pike from Whinlatter Pass. Look forward to returning.

    / Cygnet Cottage
  • Back for our third visit to The Sheilings and we still love it. It was so lovely to be able to settle right back in and not have to worry about a thing.

    / Sheilings
  • Really enjoyed our visit to Gildabrook Cottage. All we needed comfortable accommodation and very central for all attractions.

    / Gildabrook Cottage
  • This accommodation is at the top of the properties we have stayed in.

    / Rose Barn
  • Our second stay in this lovely quaint cottage. Hope to return again next year!

    / Rose Cottage
  • Lovely cosy cottage have really enjoyed our stay even though weather bitterly cold. Will definately return, the best eqipped cottage we have stayed in.

    / Gildabrook Cottage
  • Great few days. The Lakes looks wonderful with snow on the high fells. 

    / Mollys Cottage
  • Well appointed, very comfortable and quiet, Enjoyed our visit, Thanks.

    / Elterwater
  • Our 7th visit. Brilliant as always, see you again soon.

    / Loughrigg Suite
  • Wonderful cottage, very comfortable.

    / The Mews
  • This is our first stay at Oakbank and we loved it - it is one of the most peaceful places we have ever stayed.

    / Oak Bank
  • We enjoyed our stay at Gillybeck & definitely hope to return.

    / Gillybeck
  • A real home from home in the most beautiful location. Looking forward to our next visit already.

    / Larch Cottage
  • Fab location to re-charge batteries. Loved the sound of the church clock chiming!!

    / Church Corner
  • Lovely weather, lovely cottage had a fab time. Thank you very much.

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • This apartment is the best we have stayed in in The Lake District on our many visits here.

    First class in every way.

    Can't wait to come back.

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Our 5th year running to Holly Cottage and we still love it. Great walks from the door. A great place for all our family to get together.

    / Holly Cottage
  • Thank you so much for a wonderful two weeks. Beautiful cottage and a wonderful friendly welcome. Thank you again

    / Yew Tree Farm
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