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

  • Beautiful experience - reminded us of the south of France. Good to know that we have this beauty up north from where we live. Yes, this is our first visit to the Lake District! We took simple walks around the area - Waterfall in Ambleside was lovely & a w

    / Spring Cottage
  • Our first stay in Printers Cottage & we loved it. Very warm, comfy & well-equipped. Excellent location. We enjoyed a gentle walk around Tarn Hows.

    / Printers Cottage
  • We've had an excellent all round holiday at Long Mire Yeat...see you again

    / Longmire Yeat Cottage
  • Lovely stay, great location & very well equipped kitchen. Thank you for the wine.

    / Brantside
  • We have loved our week in the Lakes, made special by this wonderful cottage; by far the best accommodation we have had the pleasure to stay in.

    / Grisedale Cottage
  • We've had a lovely week, I think this is the nicest cottage we've had in the Lakes. Pity we couldn't walk as usual but this didn't spoil our stay - still loads to do.

    / Rushbrook Cottage
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ashness. Had two treatments in Oxley's and ate in the Bistro ...all very enjoyable.

    / Ashness
  • Going home very happy and hoping to visit Heart of the Lakes again. Everyone very helpful.

    / Park Cottage
  • Always good to come back to the cottage and get the fire going. Great cottage in a spectacular location.

    / Middlefell Farm Cottage
  • Accommodation first class. Very comfortable. We will return

    / Riverside Park 6
  • We have been holidaying in the Lakes a few times a year for some time now & always book a different cottage. This cottage has exceeded all of the others & is the only place we want to stay in future - not only a fabulous cottage but wonderful gardens too.

    / Spring Cottage
  • Jenkins Crag is a lovely, clean apartment - excellent accommodation! Thank you.

    / Jenkins Crag
  • We have really enjoyed our holiday in this cosy & comfortable cottage & the location is absolutely wonderful - both the village & the surrounding countryside. Our walk to Ill Bell was marvellous & the view up there was spectacular.

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

    / Riverside Park 5
  • This flat is really super.

    / Swallowdale
  • A most enjoyable stay. The apartment was very comfortable.

    / Swallowdale
  • Our 7th year running in Keswick and we have stayed in many cottages but this is by far THE BEST in Keswick.

    The decor and the balcony are amazing and the beds so comfy ... we will be coming back

    / Riverside Park 2
  • Excellent cottage - very comfortable & superbly equipped. Brilliant location - terrific scenery, great walks, fantastic wildlife - ospreys & red squirrels. All the ingredients for a great holiday. Thanks.

    / Cygnet Cottage
  • Lovely spacious house in a quiet location. Beautifully decorated throughout and comfy beds. Fabulous holiday!

    / Silver How
  • Have stayed in the Lake District countless times & have to say Briery Lodge is at the top of my list. Love the underfloor heating & the shower is great. Had a brilliant time here & hope to come back soon.

    / Briery Lodge
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