Cottages with Unique Features


We’re proud that every one of our Lake District cottages has something a little special about it. But certain features are just that bit more unusual and add extra charm to your Lake District stay! Continue reading to discover the unique and rare features of some of our holiday cottages, which include boat parking, historical connections, and even a private bar!

The Hideaway, Lakeside – boat parking and launching

Lake access at The Hideaway, Lakeside in High Stott ParkIn a grand house that sits just a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere, The Hideaway, Lakeside is perfect for sailors thanks to its boat parking space on site. You can then launch it from the beach in front of the house and enjoy Windermere from the water! Add that to lake views and gorgeous, modern décor, and The Hideaway, Lakeside is a wonderful place for a break. Find out more.

Kirkbank – outside bath and a Kawai Grand Piano

Outside bath at Kirkbank in EskdaleLuxury is the name of the game at Kirkbank in Eskdale! Not only does it have all the hi-tech gadgets you could ask for, unique bedrooms, and stunning views, but there is also a gorgeous outside bath – perfect for romantic summer evenings – and a wonderful Kawai Grand Piano for all you music-lovers out there. Find out more.

Dalegarth Hall – Oliver Cromwell connections

Family history at Dalegarth Hall in EskdaleDalegarth Hall in Eskdale is just oozing with fascinating family and local history, but what makes it really special is references to letters sent by Oliver Cromwell to John Stanley, an ancestor of the current owners and an ardent royalist! The Stanley family have lived at Dalegarth Hall since 1345 and the welcoming home is a must-visit for history buffs. Find out more.

Otley Beck (Howe Foot) – beautifully built by the owners

Kitchen at Otley Beck (Howe Foot) in Lowick GreenIf you like to feel the love and care that has gone into every part of your holiday home, then head to Otley Beck and the neighbouring Garden Cottage. Set in an acre of private land below Lowick Common, each room is stunning with sculptured walls, slate flooring and quirky oak beams. Find out more.

Ona Ash – Cumbrian thatched longhouse

Ona Ash in the Eden ValleyOna Ash is one of only two known thatched Cumbrian longhouses, making it a truly special holiday home! Built in 1693, it is Grade II* listed and sits in the wonderful Eden Valley. You will feel the charm as soon as you walk through the door thanks to its wooden floors, exposed beams and historic features. Find out more.

The Warren – lake frontage garden

Derwentwater from garden at The WarrenThere are only a few cottages with lake-frontage gardens on Derwentwater, and The Warren just happens to be one of those! Its unique location tucked away in woodland at the foot of Catbells means you are surrounded by the best scenery of the Lake District and have unrivalled access to the lake. Find out more.

Colwith (Neaum Crag) – a fairytale manor house

Colwith (Neaum Crag) near AmblesideLooking just like something out of a fairytale, Neaum Crag near Ambleside is a former manor house believed to date back to the 1500s. Colwith forms part of the unique property and its unusual design and stunning views make it an indulgent place to relax during your Lake District holiday. To add even more to your stay, you will have access to Neaum Crag's indoor leisure facilities, which are less than 100 metres away and include a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna (open April-October). Find out more.

Lady of the Lake – shared private access to Windermere

Lady of the Lake holiday cottage by WindermereThis perfect little bolthole for two is a wonderful romantic getaway just a short distance away from Bowness and with views of England's longest lake, Windermere! Access to the lake is through lovely communal grounds, along a woodland path, and to the water's edge with its jetty and beach! Find out more.

Wood Hall – Gardens by Thomas Mawson

Gardens at Wood Hall near CockermouthOne for the gardening enthusiasts amongst you! Wood Hall is a breathtaking property just outside Cockermouth. With an elevated position, stunning views, and luxurious features, there’s plenty to love here. However, the real standout feature is the six acres of landscaped gardens, designed by renowned international landscape and garden designer Thomas Mawson in 1910. Find out more.

Latrigg View – climbing heritage

Mountaineering artwork at Latrigg View in ApplethwaiteOnce the home of climbing and mountain rescue pioneer Richard Fisher (twin brother of George Fisher), Latrigg View in Applethwaite is steeped in mountaineering history. The Fisher family still owns the property and have updated the 17th century farmhouse into a light and welcoming space while retaining its wonderful original character. There are nods throughout to its mountaineering connections through original artwork and vintage equipment. Find out more.

Cubben House – The Cubben Arms

Bar at Cubben House in EskdaleHow do you fancy having your own bar in the back garden? You can at Cubben House, an indulgent cottage in Eskdale! On the edge of woodland and at the foot of three valleys, you can step out of the backdoor and practically straight into “The Cubben Arms”, a large summerhouse with pub games and a bar! Find out more.

Lowmoor Farmhouse – handmade furniture and eco-friendly features

Kitchen at Lowmoor Farmhouse in BothelBuilt in the 1820s for a Cockermouth mill-owner, Lowmoor Farmhouse in Bothel is a luxurious property with plenty of unique features. Sympathetically restored, you can find handmade furniture, original artwork, and traditional features throughout. There are also 7,500 native trees – planted by the owner – on the surrounding land as well as a small wind turbine and photovoltaic panels, so you can be sure of an eco-friendly stay, too! Find out more.


Whatever your taste in holiday cottages, we have a wonderful selection of self-catering holiday homes for you to browse through. Take a look at our cottage search to find your perfect cottage, or contact us on 01768 780 571 or

You might also enjoy: