The Lake District repeatedly tops polls as the country’s most romantic destination, so wouldn’t you just love to enjoy a Valentine’s break here? Below are my picks of some cottages that are just perfect for you and your other half to get away from it all, as well as some dreamy things that you could get up to during your break.
Hillcrest Cottage is a charming, characterful cottage bursting with original features. A beautiful, oak framed conservatory and dining area overlooks the landscaped garden and features inset lighting in the floor as well as a cast iron woodburner.
Nearby Ennerdale Water is one of the quieter of the Lake District lakes. This hidden gem is a study of tranquility. If you’d like to feel like you and your partner are the only two people in the world, then this is the place to go.
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Why not try: Go climbing on Pillar Rock. If you’re a couple who likes adventure and physical challenge, the Lake District is an ideal destination. Pillar Rock, near Ennerdale, is where the first pioneers of Lakeland climbing practiced their skills back in the 1820s. Pillar has climbing to suit all abilities and guided tours are available from a number of providers.
Little Winder is a single storey cottage within the grounds of a 17th century house. Set in a blissfully tranquil location and surrounded by woods and fields, it is a cosy spot for two to hide away from the world.
Located near Pooley Bridge, the grounds provide direct access to the open fells and attract an array of wildlife including red squirrels, deer, badgers, and various birdlife. There are stunning panoramic views over the Lowther, Eamont, and Eden Valleys and a short walk away you can find a superb view over Ullswater.
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Why not try: Head down into the village of Pooley Bridge for a cruise on one of the famous Ullswater ‘Steamers’. Ullswater, England’s second largest lake, is nestled amongst some of the best scenery in the Lake District. The Steamer heritage vessels travel between several stops on the lake, giving you ample opportunity to hop on and off as you please. Alternatively, you can enjoy one of the many walks and travel back in style across the lake.
Set in the heart of one of the Lake District’s most popular towns, The Gables Studio is a modern studio flat with fabulous views of Skiddaw and the surrounding fells. Filled with natural light, underfloor heating, and beautifully furnishings, this ground floor cottage is an ideal base for many of the area’s delights.
The town of Keswick has an array of opportunities; with lake cruises, friendly pubs, a range of shops, a theatre, museums, and outdoor adventure activities galore, it is well suited to all tastes.
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Why not try: Enjoy a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most stunningly situated stone circles in the UK. With panoramic views across Skiddaw, Blencathra, and Helvellyn, the stone circle is one of the oldest in the country and is thought to date back to 3000 BCE. With its incredible views, this beautiful spot is an ideal romantic place for watching the sunset. It is only a 40-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from The Gables Studio.
Claife is a delightful apartment that has been recognised with a 5 star rating from Visit Britain. One of a number of apartments in the Victorian Deloraine House, it offers a high standard of décor throughout. Access is available to two acres of surrounding grounds, allowing all sorts of opportunities for romantic strolls amongst the formal gardens and woodland.
Bowness-on-Windermere is a bustling small town on the shores of Lake Windermere. Set amidst rolling hills, there are many walks for all abilities and tastes, or get out onto the water with a range of different activities.
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Why not try: Take to the skies with a hot air balloon ride over the Lake District with High Adventure Balloon Flights in Bowness. Love sometimes makes you feel like your head is in the clouds, and this is a romantic and exciting way to make that a reality! You’ll even be treated to a champagne style celebration when your feet are back on the ground.
Just a 5-minute drive from the bustling market town of Keswick, in the pretty village of Thornthwaite, you will find The Coach House. The cottage is in the grounds of a magnificent house and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, lots of twisting paths, and peaceful woodland. Whether you want to sit outside observing the red squirrels and variety of birdlife, take in the stunning views over Bassenthwaite Lake from the sitting room, or stroll along the fell side walks, The Coach House is a perfectly-situated base for two.
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Why not try: A romantic meal at the award-winning The Cottage in the Wood. Set in the heart of Whinlatter, England’s only true mountain forest, the 17th century building is renowned for exemplary meals made from the best local produce.
Surrounded by striking mountain scenery, Deer Close Cottage is a charming stone built cottage overlooking the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. With woods to the rear, you may even be lucky enough to spot some of the elusive deer that reside here. The cottage itself is comfortable and bright with two patios and a flower-filled garden next door.
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Why not try: Pamper yourself at The Spa at Underscar just outside of Keswick. Nestled on the slopes of Skiddaw amidst 40 acres of woodland, Oxley’s is luxury in the wilds. Whether you choose a massage, a facial, or one of the many packages on offer, it’s a great way to spend a relaxing day with your other half.
Exposed wooden beams, stone walls, a wood burner… Swallow’s Rest is a converted barn that has been lovingly refurbished to a luxurious, high-quality standard. Just imagine yourself snuggling up on the sofa in front of the fire, or enjoying a glass of wine out in the lawned garden. If you stay for 7 nights or more, you’ll even be provided with a welcome pack filled with treats and delicious local produce!
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Why not try: Explore the Rheged Centre, just outside of Penrith. Whether you take in the final month of The Great Print Exhibition, enjoy the stunning ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ on the 3D cinema scene, or simply enjoy a taste of local produce in the foodhall, Rheged is a great option for a choice of activities.
Tucked down a quiet, access-only lane, this characterful cottage is found in Eskdale, one of the Lake District’s most tranquil valleys. With wooden beams, original slate floors, and an olde worlde cast iron range, The Coach House takes you back in time whilst retaining all the comforts of modern life.
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Why not try: Afternoon Tea in Muncaster Castle. Enjoy the royal treatment at Muncaster Castle on the 12th February with Prosecco, a selection of sandwiches, and homemade cakes and scones. The castle is open throughout the year, with other themed afternoon teas throughout the main season. Muncaster Castle has a wealth of opportunities, from the Hawk & Owl Centre, to a regular and varied programme of events, to the castle itself and surrounding gardens. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a romantic stroll along the Georgian Terrace, which offers stunning views.
Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day I hope you enjoy yourself. For more holiday cottage inspiration, take a look at the Find a Cottage search.
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