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

  • The holiday has been amazing and have had lots of fun and the weather has not been bad at all, just cold on some days. The cottage was very nice and warm.  Thank you for the eggs and welcome pack.

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • Another great week. Oxley's restaurant was excellent - fantastic food!

    / Skiddaw
  • We've just had an excellent holiday at The Lookout and we loved having the Low Wood Leisure club included. See you again ....

    / The Lookout
  • We had a fantastic week once again

    / Littledale
  • Another lovely Easter week in our favourite place.

    / Croft
  • Brilliant time, excellent house, had lots of fun, we will come back. Thank you.

    / Gillercombe
  • Another great week in this wonderful apartment

    / Riverside Park 6
  • Lovely spacious house in a quiet location. Beautifully decorated throughout and comfy beds. Fabulous holiday!

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

    / Orchard Cottage
  • A really really nice stay will definately return.

    / Gildabrook Cottage
  • Thank-you for putting on the holiday-let market such a beautifully appointed and welcoming cottage.

    / Brackenrigg Toll House
  • Great location.  A lovely find to enjoy our first wedding anniversary.

    / The Coach House
  • Many thanks for another very enjoyable visit.

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


    / Rydal Suite
  • A wonderful return visit to Broadrayne Farm. Can't wait to come back.

    / The Woolloft
  • We again enjoyed our stay. Three  bathrooms are a real bonus for six people.

    / Holly Cottage
  • We'd like first refusal if you ever consider selling!

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

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • Loved it here on the riverside ......Kids enjoyed the pool and the climbing wall.


    Hope to be back

    / Riverside Park 2
  • Lovely feeling as we walked in. Can we buy it please!!!! What can we say except yes to everyone's compliments. No complaints. Very relaxing certainly recommend to anyone. Counting the days until we can come back.

    / School Cottage
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