As seasoned Lake District specialists, we’re frequently asked for insider tips and expertise to help travellers plan an exceptional cottage holiday in this beautiful region of northwest England. From choosing the ideal village location to must-do activities, here are our expert recommendations for making the most of your upcoming Lake District escape:
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Choosing the Right Lake District Base

With charming towns and villages scattered all around the Lake District National Park, we always suggest choosing your accommodation based on the experiences and attractions you most want to enjoy. Discover Your Perfect Home Away from Home by considering your desired activities and attractions.

For example, if hiking is a priority, Grasmere makes an excellent base with its proximity to scenic trails and fells like Helm Crag. Literary lovers may enjoy staying in Grasmere as well, former home of poet William Wordsworth. For Beatrix Potter fans, opt for holiday cottage in Grasmere or Hawkshead.

Boating enthusiasts are best suited to Bowness-on-Windermere with its bustling marina and water sports. Ambleside offers easy access to hiking, cycling, waterfalls, and more right from town.

Think about your must-do list before booking a Lake District cottage and let our experts advise the ideal village location to meet your needs.

Booking the Perfect Cottage

Beyond location, choosing the right Lake District cottage is hugely important. We recommend prioritising size, amenities, budget and availability when searching rentals. From cosy spaces to luxurious abodes, Top-Rated Cottages to Stay in the Lake District offer a range of options to suit all preferences and budgets.

For size, consider your group and sleeping requirements. Amenities like WiFi, parking, gardens or lake views also impact choice. Define your budget and search options in that luxury cottage in the Lake District or affordable range.

If booking last-minute, we can help identify potential last-minute Lake District cottage deals to maximise value. Leaving flexibility on location also improves availability.

Our goal is matching travellers to their perfect cottage for an amazing Lake District stay. Let our expertise guide you to just the right rental property.

Top Activities for Your Holiday

Once you’ve booked an idyllic cottage, it’s time to start Planning Your Perfect Lake District Cottage Vacation by curating a selection of activities to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area. Here are our recommendations for making the most of your Lake District escape:
  • Hike the fells and breathe incredible mountain views
  • Cruise or row across breathtaking lakes
  • Ramble through picturesque villages with slate cottages and cosy pubs
  • Tour stately homes for gardens and history
  • Ride mountain bikes on rugged trails
  • Appreciate nature watching birds and spotting wildlife
  • Visit Beatrix Potter attractions
  • Sample tasty local fare like cream teas, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding and craft beer
With so much to see and do, the Lake District promises an unforgettable active holiday. We’re happy to suggest personalised itineraries based on your cottage location and interests.

Booking Local Experiences

Enhance your Lake District holiday by booking locally run tours and experiences. We highly recommend:
  • Guided hikes of Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and other peaks
  • Boat tours and cruises on Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwentwater
  • Mountain biking tours through countryside and forests
  • Photography workshops capturing lakes and fells
  • Cookery classes on traditional cuisine
  • Visit working hill farms
  • Cart, kayak and canoe adventures
  • Falconry encounters with hawks and owls
  • Literary tours in Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter’s steps
Booking experiences with local Lake District experts ensures insider access and impactful memories. Let us help arrange special tours and activities for your upcoming cottage stay.

With the Lake District’s beauty, range of cottages, and abundance of things to do, an unforgettable holiday awaits. Get in touch with the experts at The Lakes Escape today to start planning your perfect Lake District getaway!