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

  • Lovely cottage, lovely week... wonderful!

    / Croft Foot Barn
  • We've had an excellent week here. The apartment was better than we expected, very well equipped, roomy clean and tidy. We will recommend this to our friends as a base for the vast number of walks in the area. 

    / Fairfield
  • Another great and relaxing stay, its great to see all the improvements. The bathroom is out of this world. All home from home comforts in this great cosy cottage. We hope to be back very soon

    / Altar End
  • We have had a brilliant week here at Deer Corner. The weather has been amazing every day.  The cottage is beautiful and we would stay here again.  Thank you.

    / Deer Corner, Pullwood Bay
  • A wonderful cosy cottage in a fantastic location.

    / Wendin Cottage
  • Returned to our favorite cottage and had a wondeful week with lots of sunshine.

    / Nurses Cottage
  • Thanks to Heart of the Lakes for a super cottage - very clean & great value for money too! Hope to return.

    / Thirlmere Cottage
  • We've had a great week in this lovely house, enjoyed every minute. Thanks

    / Merewood Lodge
  • We had a wonderful stay in this cosy cottage. Loved the fireplace and the stone floors, not to mention the rock feature in the bathroom. It was the perfect pre-Christmas getaway.

    / Lowfold Cottage
  • Swallows Nest is a very good place and I suspect we will be back again next year.

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

    / Broadrayne Farm Cottage
  • Beautiful cottage, great location, fab holiday, thanks.

    / Wastwater
  • This is our second visit to Gategill in Threlkeld and once again it has lived up to our expectations, and would like to thank you for all the little extras that got our holiday off to a super start.

    / Gategill
  • This is our third visit which we thoroughly enjoyed. Weather hot, see you again.

    / Betamere
  • Super time had by all. Ideal cottage, so near to Ambleside for restaurants and walks from the door. 

    / Bobbin Mill Cottage
  • Happy memories, what a fabulous place to spend the weekend with close family and friends.

    / Derwentwater House
  • Thank you for an enjoyable stay at Swallows Nest. It was clean, comfortable and lovely and cool in the hot weather.  Peaceful location and great views.

    / Swallows Nest
  • The house is amazing, the staff fantastic! Can't wait to tell everybody and come back soon.

    / High Biggin
  • Back for the fifth time and still love it.

    / Romney Grange
  • Its the nicest holiday cottage we have stayed in. Thank you we have had a marvelous holiday.

    / Bank Foot
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