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

  • Third time at no5 .....Best ever accommodation we have had in the Lakes.

    Many Thanks 

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Superb apartment, more sunshine than rain, glorious holiday.

    / The Conservatory
  • Nice and modern apartment, great location we'll definately recommend this place to our family and friends.

    / Wansfell
  • Lovely cottage.....Excellent value for money and we'll definitely be staying here again.

    / Skelwith Force
  • As soon as we set foot in Fell Foot Cottage we felt relaxed and 'at home'. It has been a wonderful week of R and R, reading, driving in amazing scenery etc,etc.......

    / Fell Foot Cottage
  • Fabulous apartment - loved being so close to the town.

    / Riverside Park 5
  • Fabulous home, gorgeous weather, wonderful walks, great location, don't want to go home. Will miss the sheep!

    / Silver How
  • Staff in the bistro are very helpful and professional. An excellent holiday.

    / Great Gable
  • Brantside never disappoints! Our eighth visit. A great week and great weather.

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

    / Brantside
  • A lovely autumn holiday. Very comfortable. Sad to leave this part of England. Thank you.

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • Wow cottage - loved our stay, sorry we are leaving would love to stay longer.

    / The Toffee Loft
  • Cottage is just perfect, location perfect and the garden lovely. two wonderful weeks and managed to do lots of walks from the cottage - did not move the car for a week.

    Don't want to go home - looking forward to returning next year.

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

    / Drumlin
  • Great to be back.  Wish we were here for longer. Love and thanks to Gilly and Chris for your care and understanding. Hope its not to long until our next visit to this wonderful place.  Many thanks.

    / Elind
  • This flat is really super.

    / Swallowdale
  • We booked off the website and everything was just as we expected. Very clean and comfortable with everything we needed for a great holiday.

    / Orchard House
  • Thank you for another wonderful stay in The Granary, we love it here, cosy, warm and welcomming with every essesntial available. Really is a home from home.  Thank you once again for some fantastic memories.

    / The Granary
  • Fabulous as usual. Everyone so helpful and friendly both on arrival and in Oxley's.

    / Grisedale
  • The family enjoyed a wonderful week. The cottage very comfortable and well equipped.

    / Riversdale
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