Cottages Close to Honister Slate Mine


Honister Slate Mine sits high up the stunning and winding Honister Pass in Borrowdale. Producing much of the iconic slate that is seen on the houses in the area, it is also the last working slate mine in England.

Honister Slate Mine in the Lake DistrictIt’s the perfect visitor attraction for history lovers and adrenaline junkies alike: mine tours offer a fascinating insight into the past of the area while the fabulous Via Ferrata and Climb the Mine experiences give you a unique adventure.

Read on for a selection of our cottages close to Honister Pass and Honister Slate Mine. You can also see all of our self-catering properties in Borrowdale.


Bowderbeck holiday cottage in ButtermereOn the western end of Honister Pass is beautiful Buttermere, a small lake and pretty village that includes Wainwright’s favourite fell, Haystacks. Bowderbeck is a gorgeous whitewashed, stonebuilt holiday cottage with traditional features and modern comforts. From the slate flagged floors to the decking with lake views, it’s the perfect Lake District retreat.

Sleeps 8, pet-free
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Gratitude holiday cottage in BorrowdaleIf you’re on the lookout for the finer things in life, then your search could be over with a stay at Gratitude! With an elegant living room, wood burner, spacious bedrooms, and gorgeous views, this is a cottage that you’ll want to return to again and again! In the village of Grange in Borrowdale, close to the southern tip of Derwentwater, Gratitude has easy access to walking, water activities, and Honister Slate Mine itself.

Sleeps 8, 1 dog
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Yew Tree

Yew Tree self-catering cottage in ButtermereA wonderfully romantic bolthole, Yew Tree is a sweet cottage tucked away on a working form close to Buttermere. With views of the lake and the surrounding fells, it’s an idyllic retreat that will help your cares just melt away. It’s just a short drive to Honister Slate Mine and you’re also close to the lovely Sykes Farm Tea Room and the wonderful walks around Buttermere and Crummock.

Sleeps 2, 0 pets
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Kiln How – Castle Crag

Kiln How - Castle Crag in BorrowdaleThis spacious, one-bed apartment in Rosthwaite is a gorgeous spot to stay. It forms part of a large Victorian house that has been divided into several self-catering apartments that can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests and 5 dogs: perfect if you have a large party of people who also want their own space. Kiln How itself is wonderfully modern, spacious and bright and is just a short drive from Honister Slate Mine.

Sleeps 4, 1 dog
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Foxwood Cottage

Foxwood Cottage in BorrowdaleIn a valley of beautiful, picturesque scenery, the village of Longthwaite occupies one of the most unspoilt spots. Foxwood Cottage, found in the village, is a traditional home of exposed wooden beams, a glorious open fire, and a lovely lawned garden. The timeless views surrounding the cottage will take your breath away and the two living areas give you plenty of space to spread out in after a day out.

Sleeps 4, pet-free
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Larch Cottage

Mountain views from Larch Cottage in BorrowdaleUnfussy and functional, Larch Cottage in the village of Rosthwaite is the perfect location for a spot of walking! You can drive all the way up to Honister Slate Mine where you can both explore the attraction and head out on some stunning hikes that open up incredible views of the valley. After a busy day, head back to Larch Cottage to warm your toes on the crackling open fire!

Sleeps 4, 0 pets
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Bell Crags

Open fire at Bell Crags in BorrowdaleYou can’t get closer to Honister Pass than at Bell Crags, a stonebuilt cottage that sits right at the base of the famous pass! Originally a miner’s cottage, Bell Crags is now a lovely, bright holiday home with an open fire and peaceful countryside views. Outside, a patio provides a spot to sit and a small stream flows past the end of the lawed garden. It’s a truly idyllic spot!

Sleeps 4, 1 dog
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Greenbank Country House           

Lounge at Greenbank Country House in BorrowdalePerfect for a larger party, Greenbank Country House is a large and characterful Victorian building clad in the famous slate from Honister Slate Mine. All bedrooms are en suite and the elevated position of the house means you have a fabulous outlook over the valley. Enjoy the views from inside or out in the wonderful gardens. When you head to Honister Slate Mine for an adventure or a tour, you can get a group discount for your whole party (groups of 12 or more)!

Sleeps 19, pet-free
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Crag Lea

Garden at Crag Lea in BorrowdaleSituated in the pretty Borrowdale village of Grange, Crag Lea is a detached house with stunning mountain views from both the garden and every room. There are two churches and two tearooms within Grange and plenty of pubs and hotel bars in the surrounding villages. After your day at Honister Slate Mine, you can continue your explorations by heading to the market town of Keswick, just a 10-minute drive from the cottage.

Sleeps 6, 2 dogs
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Honister Slate Mine makes a fantastic day out for all the family. Take a look at all of our cottages in Borrowdale and Buttermere, or use the cottage search for even more choice.

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