20 Holiday Cottages with Beautiful Gardens

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The gardens at our wonderful holiday cottages are currently bursting with life with beautifully coloured flowers scenting the air and birds flitting back and forth between trees and feeders. It’s a great time of year to sit out with a drink and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings or to take a turn around the larger gardens. In some places you may even spot red squirrels or deer – what a treat!

So today I’m sharing some of my favourite holiday cottage gardens for you to enjoy!

Wood Hall, Cockermouth

Garden at Wood Hall in CockermouthThe spectacular gardens at Wood Hall were designed by renowned international landscape and garden designer Thomas Mawson, so you know they’re going to be good! He was also responsible for beautiful designs at Brockhole and Holker Hall.

Covering 6 acres, there are numerous views towards the Lake District and River Derwent, two summerhouses, a large orchard, and even a children’s play area! You could quite easily spend your whole visit exploring the many corners of this lovely spot.

Sleeps 18, 2 dogs
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Inglewood, the Eden Valley

Gardens at Inglewood in the Eden ValleyThe stunning award-winning gardens surrounding Inglewood are truly wonderful! You can choose to spend your time in your own private lawned area, which is full of flowers and shrubs, or head into the shared gardens to find a seating spot and take in the views of the Renwick fells.

Sleeps 4, 2 dogs
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The Retreat, near Cockermouth

Garden and meadow at The Retreat near CockermouthThe Retreat is well named and its garden really makes the most of the tranquil location. The main garden faces southeast, is surrounded by flower borders, and enjoys views of the distant fells. To the side of this is a small meadow full of orchids and other wild flowers, and this leads towards a wooded area with other 500 trees planted by the owner in 2010.

Sleeps 6, 0 dogs
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Dalegarth Hall, Eskdale

Azaleas in the garden at Dalegarth Hall in EskdaleEnclosed by wonky stone walls, the grounds and mature gardens of Dalegarth Hall are just beautiful. Colourful azaleas burst into life in the spring alongside many other flowers, and wisteria dangles gloriously from the building. There are multiple areas to explore, including a small pond, terraced seating areas, and open lawns. Delightful!

Sleeps 6/8, 2 dogs
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Park View, Bothel

Stone circle in the garden at Park View in BothelPark View’s garden offers something truly unique in the form of a miniature stone circle built with 16th-century stones from a previous dwelling on the site. A large lawn is complemented by a herb garden, vegetable patch, stream, and hens clucking about.

Sleeps 8, 3 dogs
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The Hayloft, Windermere

Fire pit in the garden at The Hayloft in WindermereThe large garden at The Hayloft in Windermere has open views onto the surrounding hills and fields. This is the perfect place for your party to spend some quality time together: a patio immediately outside the house is the perfect spot for a BBQ, or you could wander down to the other end where you’ll find a fire pit. The ideal place to gather of a warm evening!

Sleeps 6, 1 dog
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The Parrock, Newlands Valley

Garden at The Parrock in the Newlands ValleyIn a stunning location, The Parrock is surrounded by mountain scenery that can be enjoyed from the garden. Take a seat under the pergola to listen to the sound of birds in the trees, smell the beautiful scents of the flowers, or wander along the private woodland path, where you can also get direct access to Causey Pike!

Sleeps 6, 2 dogs
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Tyta Alba, Kentmere

Garden at Tyta Alba in the Kentmere ValleyThere’s so much to explore at Tyta Alba that you may find you spend your whole holiday discovering new nooks and crannies! The garden wraps around the whitewashed house with multiple lawned areas and wilder spots where you can listen to the wind gently whisper through the long grasses. To the rear is a patio with an outdoor fireplace, BBQ and seating.

Sleeps 8, 3 dogs
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Leethwaite, Thornthwaite

Lake views from the garden at Leethwaite in ThornthwaiteImagine a long, sloping lawn with lake views and thoughtfully placed seating areas and you could be picturing Leethwaite. Backed by mountains and overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, this garden is a true delight. With lots of animal visitors, you can just sit back and see what arrives. In summer, keep an eye of the rare ospreys fishing in the lake – it’s a spectacular sight and you have a front-row seat!

Sleeps 8, 0 dogs
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Cubben House, Eskdale

Red squirrel in the garden at Cubben House in EskdaleHow do you fancy a varied and multi-levelled garden with its very own pub? Well, that’s what you’ll find at Cubben House! This magical space offers up wide-open vistas with multiple seating areas. It also backs on to woodland, so you’re sure to see a range of wildlife including birds, squirrels and – if you’re lucky – even deer! A large summerhouse, nicknamed “The Cubben Arms”, includes a bar and pub games.

Sleeps 6, 0 dogs
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Naseby, Orton

Garden at Naseby in OrtonGet ready to delight in the grounds of Naseby! Walk from your apartment, through the grand Orton Hall, and out into 5 acres of parkland and woodland! Lay out the picnic blanket on the lawn next to the fish pond and fountain, or follow a woodland path for amazing views of Orton Scar and the Howgills. It’s an excellent place to forget all your cares and hide away from the world for a while!

Sleeps 2, 0 dogs
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Smithy Cottage, Satterthwaite

River in the garden at Smithy Cottage in SatterthwaiteOne of the many winding rivers in this area, which sits between Windermere and Coniston lakes, flows right along the bottom of the garden at Smithy Cottage! Pull up a seat and relax to the sound of the rippling water, or enjoy the patio for a chitchat with your friends or family. There’s also a large lawn with flowerbeds to admire.

Sleeps 4/5, 1 dog
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The Hayloft, Cumrew

Flowers in the garden at The Hayloft (Cumrew)A private courtyard at The Hayloft leads into a sheltered walled garden that’s full of flowers in the spring and summer. With a real cottage-garden feel, the owners also grow vegetables here, and you’re welcome to sample some for yourself. The rolling hills of the North Pennines surround you and you could even enjoy a game of tennis on the court in between smelling the flowers!

Sleeps 4/6, 1 dog
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Halecat House, Witherslack

Garden at Halecat House in WitherslackThe gardens at Halecat House are truly something else! It’s a veritable delight for everyone from young explorers to older members of your group who like to just sit back and enjoy the sights. A lawn is ideal for a runaround, while the damson orchard trees are heavy with fruit in late summer and alight with blossoms in the spring. A beautiful gazebo is a very special space to sit, and the many flowers throughout the grounds will delight any gardener!

Sleeps 8/11, 2 dogs
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Birkett House, Troutbeck (Windermere)

Garden at Birkett House near WindermereIf you love a real cottage garden, then look no further than Birkett House. Though smaller than others on our list, the garden here perfectly matches the whitewashed cottage and is brimming with character. Hedges and shrubs shape the space, climbers creep up the walls, and a seating area is in the centre of it all!

Sleeps 6, 0 dogs
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The Old Homestead, Lorton

Garden with mountain views at The Old Homestead in LortonIf space is what you’re after, then The Old Homestead will be a dream-come-true! A whopping 1.5 acres of lawned garden surrounds the property with simply breathtaking views of the Lorton Vale. Multiple seating areas make the most of the mountain views, including a pergola over a small stream. What a wonderful place to kick back!

Sleeps 25, 0 dogs
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Johnby Hall Barn, Greystoke

Formal garden at Johnby Hall Barn in GreystokeFound in the confines of a grand stately home, it’s no surprise that the gardens at Johnby Hall Barn are worth a peek. The extensive grounds include woodland, a walled orchard, and enclosed formal gardens that are the perfect suntrap. You’ll hardly know where to start exploring this one! Pheasants potter between the fruit trees, and a large lawn and play area are ideal for children. They’ll also love meeting the neighbouring pigs! When you’re ready for a rest, head to the summerhouse with its magnificent panoramic view!

Sleeps 2/5, 4 dogs
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Beechcroft, Appleby

Garden and pond at Beechcroft in ApplebyThe one-acre wild gardens at Beechcroft could be part of a fairytale! In front of the holiday cottage is a huge pond where you can often see ducks paddling, while winding paths snake through the trees and hedges. Send the kids off on a mission to find the fabulous treehouse in the woods while the adults sit back and see if they can spot a visiting red squirrel while sipping a glass of wine!

Sleeps 10/12, 2 dogs
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Low Cleabarrow, Windermere

Flowers in the garden at Low Cleabarrow in WindermereThanks to its southwest-facing position, the garden at Low Cleabarrow gets plenty of sun, so if you just fancy sitting back in the warmth, then you’re all set! There’s much more to be admire though, too. The multi-level patio areas offer lots of options for al-fresco meals or a BBQ, while the mature shrubs, trees and flowers add a leafy pleasantness to the outside space. A woodland area is ideal for a moment of quiet contemplation in a shady spot.

Sleeps 6, 0 dogs
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Winder Hall, Lorton

Knot garden at Winder Hall in LortonWith its historic connections and grand house, Winder Hall is bound to have some amazing outside spaces. A formal knot garden has a working fountain at its heart, the riverside walk allows for lovely strolls, and a sweeping lawn includes a terrace and swing seat. What an idyllic place to spend your time!

Sleeps 14/16, 3 dogs
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