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 dreamy weekend in a dreamy house - thank you. One to remember for next time.

    / Brathay View Cottage
  • We've had a fantastic week in the Lake District & Jasmine Cottage. Enjoyed visiting all our favourite places & can't wait to come back in March!

    / Jasmine Cottage
  • We have stayed in a few different properties in Grasmere over the last ten years, but The Old Police House is by far the best. We love its centrality, the beautiful views and the very comfortable and luxurious house.

    / The Old Police House
  • Beautiful comfortable cottage away from it all! Have enjoyed good weather, great walks and fantastic views.

    / Bog House
  • We had a wonderful, family holiday with our two daughters, husbands and grandchildren. Views from the hot tub are amazing. Weather was beautiful, so we dined on the terrace most evenings. Many thanks.

    / High Biggin
  • A beautiful cottage, a real home from home.

    / Merewood Stables
  • Another great week with fantastic weather, best yet, in great cottage. Thank You.

    / Kent Cottage
  • A beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings perfect for a relaxing week, thank you.

    / Hannakin Barn
  • Another excellent stay. Well done to those who cleared the snow during our visit.

    / Watendlath
  • Fabulous accommodation, very enjoyable stay, peaceful and lovely surroundings. Will be back again soon.

    / Rydal Suite
  • A wonderful location to see in the New Year. Cottage very well equipped and incredibly comfortable....

    / Crowmire Cottage
  • Jolly good time had by all, plenty of room in the cottage, location great.

    / Holly Cottage
  • Our second visit, views still fantastic. Weather mixed but still had a wonderful time.  Deer in the garden.

    / The Conservatory
  • Excellent all round holiday. Thanks to all and see you again soon

    / Bell Foot
  • Our third visit to Silverthwaite Cottage and we love the location and the cosy facilities- we will certainly look forward to returning again

    / Silverthwaite Cottage
  • Explored lots of beautiful surroundings and ticked of some more Wainwrights. The cottage really well located and peaceful, with every thing yoiu need for a fantastic holiday even with mixed weather.

    / Kent Cottage
  • Thank you for a nice stay, the house was one of the best we have stayed in, with a view to die for. We will miss that from our bedroom window every morning. Hope to come back soon.

    / Low House
  • Sad to be leaving our beloved Rawfell today. We have already booked our two week summer holiday at Rawfell.

    / Rawfell
  • Returned to the ideally situated cottage, very comfortable. Thank you for the use of your lovely home, I am sure we will be back again next year.

    / The Mews
  • Had a brilliant week at Fellside, thank you. The cottage had everything we needed & it was great to be able to walk from here & not have to use the car. We shall definitely recommend HOTL to our friends.

    / Fellside Cottage
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