Top Ten Isolated Cottages

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If you’re looking to get away from it all, for a few days or a few weeks, then wow do we have some fabulous remote spots for you!  We’ve chosen cottages in areas where you’ll see more sheep than people. The walking is unparalleled and you’ll discover some secret spots in the Lake District that you never knew existed!

The Old Joiner's Shop in Eskdale

The Old Joiner's Shop in Eskdale

In the wonderfully magical valley of Eskdale is The Old Joiner's Shop, a beautifully decorated home with glorious views and abundant walks right from the front door. Kids will love playing in the crystal clear River Esk, just a field or so away. Or explore the fells and see if you can find Blea Tarn, a favourite among locals for a quiet evening swim.  
 
Sleeps 6/8, two pets welcome, has WiFi, click here for more details of the Old Joiner's Shop.

Brighouse, by the Duddon Valley

Brighouse, near the Duddon Valley

Sitting high on the fellside overlooking the Duddon Valley, Brighouse offers absolute seclusion a world away from the stress of 21st century living. To get here you follow the winding Ulpha fell road before turning off down a little farm track. Footpaths and bridleways snake around the valley and over the moor, and the views are magnificent!

Sleeps 6, two pets welcome, has WiFi, click here for more details of Brighouse.

Swinsty in Martindale, Ullswater

Swinsty in Martindale, Ullswater

If you follow the road that runs through Pooley Bridge and then alongside Ullswater, you will eventually find Swinsty, just as the road runs out. The lake is just a mile from the house, but you'll have to share the footpath there with red squirrels, badgers, deer and kestrels! The house itself is stunning, with an eye to colour and detail. Check out the photos to see for yourself!
 
Sleeps 9, no WiFi, click here for more details of Swinsty.

Bank End Cottage in Ennerdale

Bank End Cottage in Ennerdale

Located on a quiet lane off an even quieter through road, you couldn’t wish for a more peaceful situation. Within a 20-minute walk you are at Ennerdale Water with its imposing views towards Pillar and Pillar Rock. Ennerdale itself is known as the Lake District's wildest valley. 

Bank End Cottage is comfortable and modern with marvellous eco credentials: a private well supply, a ground source heat pump and electricity from a wind turbine at the other end of the farm. The owners grow fresh veg, which you are welcome to sample. 
 
Sleeps 4, two pets welcome, has WiFi, click here for more details of Bank End Cottage

Bowderdale Farm Cottage in Wasdale

Bowderdale Farm Cottage in Wasdale

If you want to get right back to basics and to nature, then Bowderdale Farm Cottage is the place for you. It's on a working farm at the top end of Wasdale, just after the lake runs out (but before the road runs out: it has the pub to go to when all's said and done). You're well placed here to take a trip up Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain) if you're feeling energetic!
 
Sleeps 6, one pet welcome, no WiFi, click here for more details of Bowderdale Farm Cottage

Burrellhill

Burrellhill in the Eden Valley

On a hill with panoramic views of staggering grandeur taking in the Pennines, the Lakeland Fells and the Howgills, Burrellhill has plenty of room for everyone to socialise together or to retreat to their own space! There are two large sitting rooms, two kitchens, a grand dining room and the bedrooms that are dotted around in different wings of the house. The peace and seclusion is rather magical!

Sleeps 10, two dogs welcome, has WiFi, click here for more details of Burrellhill.

Ona Ash

Ona Ash in the Eden Valley

Over 300 years old, Ona Ash is one of only two known Cumbrian longhouses with a thatched roof! It’s a wonderful mix of tradition mixed with modern: the furnishings are fabulous, the doors are solid oak, the stone staircase is original and curved. It’s in the quiet Eden Valley with views for miles across the peaceful countryside.  

Sleeps 6, three dogs welcome, has WiFi, click here for more details of Ona Ash. 

Maiden Moor Cottage

Maiden Moor in Borrowdale

Let’s go to the Borrowdale Valley, just a 10-minute from the bustling town of Keswick, yet you’d never know it once you’re in the valley surrounded by the imposing mountains of the North Lake District! It’s a wonderful starting point for hundreds of walks! 

Sleeps 4, has WiFi, click here for more details of Maiden Moor Cottage

Caudale Beck

Caudale Beck in Ullswater

Caudale Beck is a gloriously situated former farmhouse nestled on a working farm amongst the fields and fells of the Ullswater valley. Here you’ll find complete peace and tranquillity away from the stresses of 21st century life. The only traffic you’ll find passing the door is the neighbouring farmer occasionally moving animals through the yard outside! An ancient bridleway leads you down to Brotherswater, one of the Lake District’s lesser known lakes.  

Sleeps 6, one pet welcome, has WiFi, click here for more details of Caudale Beck

Howe Farm

Howe Farm in the Lyth Valley

How does a 17th century farmhouse nestled in a hillside hamlet in the beautiful Lyth Valley sound to you? If history, character, tranquillity, and stunning panoramic views appeal to you, then so will Howe Farm. It’s a dream world of nooks and crannies, undulating floorboards, window seats and gardens with abundant fruit trees. You’re less than 8 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere, yet you wouldn’t know it once you arrive and switch off!

Sleeps 6, two dogs welcome, has WiFi click here for more details of Howe Farm

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