by Jane Watson
You’ve already made the first great choice – to buy a holiday let in the Lake District which is the UK’s Number One Holiday destination for self-catering holidays (Source: Visit Britain 2020). The next thing to consider is the actual location in the Lakes to choose.
‘Honey Pot’ locations which are very popular will attract bookings all year round. Many of our small villages and towns are also foodie destinations, and we have 7 Michelin-star restaurants here as well as award-winning bakeries and artisan producers. Here’s some idea for you to consider.
Bowness-on-Windermere sits right on England’s longest lake, home to one of the top 10 visitor attractions – Windermere Lake Cruises, and Windermere village is 1 mile up the road.
With great transport links via train, bus and car, these two bustling and cosmopolitan towns are popular with tourists all year round. With a fantastic array of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, you’ll attract international holidaymakers as well as UK guests. You would enjoy high demand whatever the season, or weather!
Further north is the bustling town of Ambleside a lively hub for hikers, walkers and cyclists and all outdoor lovers. With a great selection of outdoor shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, many holiday-makers use Ambleside as a base for their adventures all year round.
A short drive from Ambleside is the Langdale Valley – wild and rugged and a favourite haunt of hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, and with some great traditional pubs like the Old Dungeon Ghyll, and Sticklebarn. A cottage here would be popular with outdoor types all year round.
Local resident, the Herdwick Sheep, in the Langdale valley.
Grasmere and Rydal are two gorgeous small meres, and the beautiful village of Grasmere sits in the iconic countryside, as described by Wordsworth and painted by the Heaton-Cooper family. It’s a busy but quiet spot, if that makes sense, with the traditional stone cottages, cosy pubs, and the impressive backdrop of the surrounding Lakeland fells.
Further north still is the attractive market town of Keswick – the ‘capital of the North Lakes’ There’s a scenic bus route from Windermere, or easily accessed from the M6, Keswick is always a top choice with tourists. This bustling town is a great base for hiking, boating, and sight-seeing and has won awards for its twice-weekly market and for being one of the most dog-friendly towns in the UK so a dog-friendly property here would be very busy indeed. There are a number of annual events that take place here too, including Keswick Mountain Festival, which draws crowds in year after year.
Head east a little to the beautiful lake of Ullswater, and you can choose from Glenridding, Patterdale or Pooley Bridge, along the shores of the lake – and a hub for walkers and water sports. Many people start the iconic Helvellyn walks from here. With great pubs and bars for relaxing in, makes these areas popular with guests all year round, and the historic Ullswater steamers glide elegantly up and down the lake and can drop guests at different places to walk the beautiful Ullswater Way.
Head west and you’ll find the bustling town of Coniston, perched on the shores of Coniston Water. Popular with walkers looking to climb the famous Old Man of Coniston, or take part in any number of water-sports, or cycle trails, this thriving community has seen increasing demand for holiday homes over the last few years. An ideal location for families, couples & groups of friends, this busy place is another cracking location with pubs, shops, and restaurants galore.
The pedestrianised traditional village of Hawkshead, synonymous with Beatrix Potter, cobbled streets, and ancient buildings, is always a popular location. Nearby is Latterbarrow – a walk from the town, and further out the wonderful Tarn Hows as well as further afield the mighty Langdale peaks can be seen. It’s popular as a romantic break, home to the famous Hawkshead Relish Company, and a real Lakeland gem.
Further to the south of Lake Windermere, the area around Lakeside & Newby Bridge would be a great spot for a holiday let, next to the lake, with easy access to the coast, and Hawkshead. With the Aquarium of the Lakes and the Haverthwaite steam railway and Fell Foot Park, there are lots to do, along with nice bars and restaurants too. Windermere Lake Cruises come and go from the jetty at Lakeside too.
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