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

  • A really enjoyable week - great fell walking on 4 days - Robinson & Hindscarth, Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Glaramara, Allen Crags & Millbrook. Brilliant, relaxing, quality accommodation.

    / Grisedale View
  • Another excellent stay at Manesty. We so appreciated the Sunday Roast dinner in the bistro - the food was excellent on all three occasions we ate 'in' 

    / Manesty
  • ...we would highly recommend Heart of the Lakes and Thrang End. Well done and Thank-you to all involved. 

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

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Two great weeks in our favourite apartment. As always the accommodation was simply outstanding, a real home from home. Thank you.

    / Loughrigg Suite
  • Thank you. An idyllic location and very comfortable flat. Beautiful weather helped.

    / Betamere
  • Another great holiday in the Lake District. Lovely house in a perfect location.

    / The Old Police House
  • What wonderful accommodation, every little detail thought of and catered for.

    / The Lookout
  • Our third visit to Beckside Studio and we've ebjoyed it just as much as our first two. Have seen some beautiful sights up on the tops and found perfect spots for our picnics! Thank you once again for an idyllic week.

    / Beckside Studio
  • A perfect retreat, we will come again soon. 

    / Nurses Cottage
  • What a superb cottage to enjoy living in and watching wildlife - to see so much in such a small area is amazing.

    / Hodge How Cottage
  • Excellent - good to see that the red squirrels are being cared for.

    / Grisedale
  • Our stay was really enjoyable and will surely visit again.

    / Loughrigg Suite
  • Our third visit and just as good as ever. We hope to be back again and again.

    / Grisedale Cottage
  • Our second visit to Rawfell. An excellent place for our family reunion. House very well equipped and comfortable.

    / Rawfell
  • Your cottage is beautifully renovated, with lovely thought for detail.

    / Brackenrigg Toll House
  • Great cosy cottage-perfect for nights infront of the fire!

    / Tabithas Cottage
  • We have thoroughly enjoyed our first holiday in the Lake District and found this cottage very comfortable and relaxing.  Thank You.

    / Kent Cottage
  • Grasmere as ever was beautiful. This cottage is comfortable and warm and the best we have ever stayed at.

    / Croft
  • Back for the fifth time and still love it.

    / Romney Grange
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