In the Lake District, you have easy lake access from most of our holiday cottages! But some are literally a stone's throw away, have private lakeshore access, amazing lake views, or even boat launching! Read on to find out more about some of our dreamy holiday homes that have the best lake access, or browse through all of our self-catering cottages to find your perfect Lake District stay.
The Hideaway, Lakeside
The Hideaway, Lakeside has everything you need for launching onto Lake Windermere. With a boat parking space and boat launching available from the nearby shingle beach, you can be floating across wonderful Windermere in no time at all! There are also views of the lake from this ground floor apartment, and the lakeshore itself is only a short stroll away past meadows and woodland.
The Hideaway, Lakeside sleeps 4 guests and 1 dog
The Warren is a real find, being one of only a few properties with lake frontage on Derwentwater. Its unique location, tucked away in the woods with gorgeous mountain views, makes it an idyllic retreat. Step outside, across the private road and into the garden where you can follow a woodland path down to the pebbled lakeshore. There you can relax and listen to the breeze gently blowing through the reeds or, for those who are a bit more adventurous, take a dip in the refreshing water!
The Warren sleeps 8 guests and 1 dog
Dower House Cottage
How about a cottage in the grounds of a castle? Dower House Cottage shares a location with Wray Castle, an impressive Victorian folly on the banks of Windermere. The mid-19th century holiday cottage has access to the lake via woodland paths and daytime mooring is also available on the National Trust jetty. Or why not catch a Windermere Lake Cruiser and explore the lake and beyond from your front door? Don’t forget to also look out for visiting ducks, who might pop up to the cottage to say hello!
Dower House Cottage sleeps 5 guests and is pet-free
Copper Beech Lodge
Lake: Coniston Water
This unique holiday cottage was once the gatehouse to an Edwardian country estate. Nowadays, it's a relaxing place for a group thanks to its comfortable accommodation and lovely terraced garden on the edge of woodland – a fabulous place for a cuppa and a spot of wildlife-watching! When you’re ready, take the gentle walk down to Coniston Water, just a few minutes away through the woods. There you will have access to your own semi-private (shared only with neighbouring holiday cottages) section of the lakeshore.
There are even two Canadian canoes available to use!
Copper Beech Lodge sleeps 6/8 guests and 2 dogs
The Place, Loweswater
The views at The Place are simply breathtaking, and you can wander right into them with a stroll down to Loweswater lake from your front door!
The Place is a characterful 17th-century farmhouse on a hillside beside the water and you can take a gentle downhill path into the ancient woodland that runs along the southwest shore. Being only a small lake, you can enjoy an easy walk around the whole of Loweswater, taking in the gorgeous scenery as you go. Keep an eye out for the sweet little pebbled beach with its rope swings – great fun whatever your age!
The Place, Loweswater sleeps 8 guests and 1 dog
2 Low Glenridding
Just a short 10-minute walk from the water’s edge, 2 Low Glenridding is an ideal self-catering cottage if you want to explore Ullswater, widely considered the most beautiful lake in the national park! The traditional stonebuilt cottage offers welcoming accommodation on a popular route up to Helvellyn. The walk down to the lake in the opposite direction takes you through the pretty village of Glenridding and to a jetty for the famous Ullswater Steamers. You can hop on one of these vessels to explore the water while relaxing with a drink from the on-board bar. Or, if you’d rather steer yourself, head to Glenridding Sailing Centre to hire a boat!
2 Low Glenridding sleeps 4 guests and 2 dogs
The Screes is named for the imposing massif that rises out of the water on the southeast side of Wastwater. The views from this wonderful ground-floor apartment are incredible and you can get an even closer look with just a 10-minute walk down to the lake. This quiet area is perfect for a peaceful retreat but, if you’re looking to get that adrenaline pumping, there are plenty of options too! West Lakes Adventure offers plenty of guided water activities including paddleboarding and kayaking. Or why not brave the water and take a dip in England’s deepest lake?
The Screes sleeps 4 guests and 2 dogs
Lake: Coniston Water
Formerly the stables of an Edwardian country estate, Blea Brows is a comfortable conversion nestled in the woodland around Coniston Water. A 5-minute walk down a private woodland lane takes you to the shores of the lake, where you will find a private beach, shared only with other residents of the estate. You can enjoy a wild swim here or discover your adventurous spirit, Swallows and Amazons-style, and take a kayak or canoe to Peel Island – known as Wild Cat Island in Arthur Ransome’s famous book – just 1km away from the beach.
Blea Brows sleeps 6 guests and 2 dogs
This perfect little cottage for two sits on a working farm on the edge of pretty Buttermere. Although you can enjoy the views from the comfort of Yew Tree itself, you can also be right by the water in the space of 10 minutes! The gentle walk is flat and down a traffic-free track, past sheep-studded fields and with views of the surrounding mountains. Once you get to the lake, you can either enjoy a picnic and take in the scenery, or continue with a gentle walk right around the shore.
Yew Tree sleeps 2 guests and is pet-free
Wherever you head in the Lake District, you can be sure of easy access to the lakes, rivers and fells that make this stunning national park so special. You can see all of our holiday cottages with our cottage search and find your perfect self-catering holiday home!
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