Historic Holiday Cottages

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The Lake District and Cumbria is bursting with history, from Roman forts and bath houses to Arthurian legend, castles and industrial heritage. If you want to really immerse yourself in a historic self-catering holiday, then take a look at a selection of some of our historic holiday cottages below. For more inspiration, enjoy a browse with our cottage search.

Dalegarth Hall, Eskdale

Dalegarth Hall in Eskdale, the Lake DistrictDalegarth Hall is an ancient manor house that has belonged to the Stanley family since 1345. Thanks to its age, it offers fascinating historical glimpses into the surrounding area of Eskdale and into the family itself. The thick walls, deep fireplaces, and lots of nooks and crannies are everything you would expect from such a house while family portraits, unique furniture, and other family possessions offer a world of interest to peruse. You will even find reference to letters sent by Oliver Cromwell in the 16th century!

Sleeps 6/8, 2 pets
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Cockley Moor Cottage, Dockray

Cockley Moor Cottage near Ullswater in the Lake DistrictCockley Moor Cottage is found to the west of Ullswater and enjoys beautiful mountaintop views from its elevated position. The height of this holiday cottage forms part of its historical interest, as it was once the servants' quarters for the adjoining house of Cockley Moor, which is mentioned in the Wainwright guides as the highest inhabited house in the Lake District. Its position amongst stunning scenery and in a wonderful place for stargazing means it has provided inspiration in the past for important artists, poets and astronomers. Once owned by Helen Sutherland, it has also hosted the likes of Norman Nicholson and T. S. Eliot.

Sleeps 6, 2 pets
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Winder Hall, Lorton

Winder Hall in Lorton in the Lake DistrictYou will be in good company with a stay at Winder Hall in the Lorton Vale. Having entertained royalty in the past, this grand house is also mentioned in the Domesday Book! You can try the lifestyle for yourself here, thanks to its luxurious offerings that include large formal gardens, four-poster beds, and even a sauna and hot tub! There are large fireplaces, romantic window seats, a baby grand piano, and historical details to be discovered throughout. If you want a taste of Winder Hall's history but have a smaller party, you could stay at The Lodge, a two-bedroomed bungalow that was built to serve the large manor house.

Sleeps 14/16, 3 pets
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Key Moss Farmhouse, Witherslack

Kitchen at Key Moss Farmhouse in WItherslack, the Lake DistrictKey Moss is an 18th century farmhouse in the south east of the Lake District. Carefully brought up-to-date by the owners, it offers luxurious modern comforts amongst original features and historic touches. Antiques, a subtle heritage colour scheme and original wooden floors really help you soak up the history. There are also interesting references to the family history on the walls and bookshelves, as well as original fireplaces (now with wood burners), exposed beams and even an old smoking house outside! If you want to fill your holiday with more history, there is also a selection of fascinating history books to keep you entertained.

Sleeps 9, 2 pets
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Oak Lodge, Keswick

Lounge at Oak Lodge in Keswick, the Lake DistrictOak Lodge, in an enviable location in the centre of Keswick, is a distinctive 200-year-old former coach house. The Grade II listed building maintains many original features and has been sensitively restored to provide elegant accommodation that offers both modern comforts and nods to the history of the building.

Sleeps 12, 2 pets
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Ona Ash, Kirkoswald

Ona Ash in Kirkoswald in the Lake DistrictOna Ash, in Kirkoswald in the Eden Valley, is a real rarity. It is one of only two known Cumbrian longhouses with a thatched roof and has the special honour of being a Grade II* listed building. The historic interest doesn't end there, though! The interior serves up an abundance of original and fascinating features including exposed oak beams, undulating floors, and a curved stone staircase.

Sleeps 6, 3 pets
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Brewery House, High Lorton

Lounge at Brewery House in Lorton, the Lake DistrictBrewery House was originally built in the 1830s as part of Jennings Brewery (which still offers tours and tastings in Cockermouth). Situated on the outskirts of the village of Lorton, the cottage once provided accommodation for the workers and stabling for the shire horses. Nowadays, beautiful exposed slate walls and elegant artwork sits happily alongside colourful furniture and modern appliances. The cottage's position right next to the river offers another delightful aspect.

Sleeps 7, 1 pet
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Forge Cottage, Keswick

Forge Cottage in Keswick, the Lake DistrictForge Cottage in Keswick has an interesting history, with parts dating back to the 1400s and reference to its past lives as a smelting house in the 18th century and a chapel in the early 20th century. It is a Grade II listed building that has been refurbished to a high, modern standard whilst retaining plenty of its historical character. You enter via the old chapel's stable door and are welcomed into an open plan living room with prominent exposed wooden beams. Keep an eye out for quirky historical details such as faces carved into the walls!

Sleeps 4, 0 pets
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Daweswood, Patterdale

Daweswood in Patterdale in the Lake DistrictDaweswood in Patterdale is an Edwardian Arts and Crafts former hunting lodge with quirky features and a magical feel. You enter the grounds via iron gates and follow a wooded driveway to the house itself. The grand home was built in 1909 from local materials and boasts ornate fireplaces, wood panelling, stained glass windows, "hidden" rooms, studded doors and servant bells, as well as much more just waiting to be discovered.

Sleeps 10, 0 pets
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Hewthwaite Hall, Cockermouth

Hewthwaite Hall near Cockermouth in the Lake DistrictHewthwaite Hall, near Cockermouth, is a 16th century manor farmhouse set amidst beautiful countryside and next to a working farm. The building boasts historical features with undulating floors, deep sandstone window seats, and wonderful fireplaces. From the landing you can admire the views through the triple-arched sandstone window before exploring the large bedrooms, one of which includes a grand four poster bed. If you want to discover more of this property, enjoy a wander around the formal gardens.

Sleeps 6, 1 pet
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For an even larger selection of holiday cottages across the Lake District and Cumbria, see our cottage search.

If you would like to choose your perfect location for a historic holiday, take a look at our following guides: