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

  • Another super week. Hope to be back next year. Thank-you

    / Oak Bank
  • Our second visit to Wordsworth.  Great place, facilities spot on. Location being central to the lakes ideal.  We've had a superb time and hope to be back again.

    / Wordsworth
  • I love this cottage!!  Lovely bedrooms and amazing views. I would recommend this cottage to every one.

    / Kent Cottage
  • Absolutely exceptional stay in Mountain View, so many things to do.  Will definately book again. Thank you

    / Mountain View
  • If you ever consider selling the cottage please can we have first refusal! Perfectly equipped and great décor.

    / Wren Cottage
  • This is our first time together in a holiday cottage, and we have been so happy here and had such an amazing time. We are actually feeling relaxed and hope to be back soon.  Thank you so much.

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • Cottage very cosy yet spacious. well equipped and loved the open fire

    / Ecclerigg Old Farm
  • Had a fabulous week. This house is just lovely and has been brilliant in terms of location, views and comfort.

    / Drumlin
  • Having stayed in several cottages throughout the Lakes Patterdale/Glenridding is by far our favourite place and Grassthwaite How the perfect retreat.

    / Grassthwaite How
  • Spacious warm cottage in a great location.  Lovely to have somewhere to sit out on a sunny evening.

    / Yew Tree Cottage
  • Very impressed with the cottage and the wonderful views from so many rooms. We appreciated the warmth and the cosy atmosphere of the cottage.

    / Park Cottage
  • Enjoyed our week & the cottage was excellent & perfectly situated. Would come again.

    / Briery Lodge
  • Beautiful cottage and you seem to have thought of everything  Its extremely well equipped. A week isn't enough we will be back.

    / Hannakin Barn
  • Lovely cottage, well situated in the village. Had a really good week. Will be looking to come back. Thank you.

    / Hillside Cottage
  • Lovely cottage, nice atmosphere, great location from which to explore the local area. Thank you.

    / The Lodge
  • Third year here and have loved it again.  A very comfortable interior, thank you and hopefully will see you soon.

    / Brantside
  • We have had a really good week again in lovely Ambleside. Our first time in this apartment - well appointed and comfortable,with a great view.

    Whatever the weather this is a good base from which to explore - and parking too!

    / Loughrigg View
  • 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
  • Lovely cottage in a perfect setting - love the refurbishment. Will come again soon.

    / Daffodils
  • 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
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