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 wonderful cottage - 5 star luxury all the way !! No complaints hope to be back soon.  

    / Oak Bank
  • Second time at the cottage, yet again had a lovely time here, weather ouststanding thanks for the cake and the milk. Hope to be back in November.

    / Studio Cottage
  • We loved the central location and the whole cottage was lovely. Everything was spotless on arrival

    / Hazelnut Cottage
  • This is a lovely quiet retreat, just what we needed.

    / Brimbles
  • A delightful cottage with walks straight from the door. Thank you for the Lakeland books. We certainly hope to come back.

    / Broad Oak
  • We have had a wonderful rest here - what a beautiful spot! Wildlife watchers paradise- we kept feeding the badgers and were rewarded with a visit from the whole set!

    / Hodge How Cottage
  • Coming back to Peggy Hill Cottage was like re-visiting an old friend.

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

    / Fellside Cottage
  • Another wonderful week in the lakes made all the more special coming back to this cosy warm comfortable cottage after a day walking on the fells. Thank you again for the chance to stay in Grisedale Cottage.

    / Grisedale Cottage
  • Our stay at The Granary was everything we hoped for and more. This "home away from home" was just what we needed. If possible we will come back or let others know about this lovely spot.   Thank you.

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

    / Rose Cottage
  • A beautiful peaceful spot to spend our first week of marriage - cosy, warm and quiet!

    / High Borrans
  • An excellent apartment of the best we have stayed in. It has everything you could need for a wonderful holiday....ideal walking weather that showed the Lake District at its best. We hope to return as soon as possible.

    / The Gallery
  • The scenery is spectacular, the people warm and friendly and the peace and tranquillity means you don't want to leave.

    Thank you so much for letting us stay...we hope to be back soon.

    / Skelwith Force
  • A very well equipped cottage in a great location - the view was fantastic. 

    / Bandol
  • Apartment is superb. More than we expected. Thank you.

    / Fairview
  • Cosy cottage, sun trap garden very private, good weather and good location. Ticks all the boxes.

    / Bank Foot
  • 1st stay, lovely spacious house with excellent views and all facilities very good.

    / Brantside
  • Thanks for a lovely apartment - warm & secure. Visit The Glasshouse - best restaurant in the UK! Thanks for the wine as well!

    / Over Ghyll
  • Lovely well equipped cottage in every way. Ideal base and garden is a bonus. Back next year.

    / Bank Foot
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