Heart of the Lakes

Self catering Lake District holiday cottages with Heart of the Lakes, a sister company of Tuscan Holidays

Heart of the Lakes is the premier self catering holiday agency in the heart of the Lake District and is a sister company of Tuscan Holidays. We offer over 350 self catering holiday homes and they are all situated within the most beautiful parts of the Lake District National Park, an area we know intimately well. Our properties come in all shapes and sizes from idyllic hideaways for two, luxury lodges, Lakeland farmhouses, riverside apartments, character cottages to converted barns, family houses and larger properties sleeping up to ten.

Heart of the Lakes is the only self catering holiday agency in the Lake District to offer the benefit of FREE Leisure Club Membership with every holiday! Whichever one of our Lake District cottages, apartments or lodges you choose, you can be sure of the highest standards. All our properties are inspected and graded each year and offer excellent value for money at every level - we know how important that is to your enjoyable Lakeland holiday.

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Strawberry Cottage

Whether you are planning your first trip to the heart of the Lakes or you are a seasoned Lake District visitor, the Heart of the Lakes agency is sure to have a self catering holiday home to suit you. Our properties can be found in some of the most beautiful areas of the Lake District. From the shores of Ullswater in the north, Keswick and hills of Matterdale, throughout the Grasmere, Ambleside, Langdale area to the shores of Lake Windermere to Hawkshead and Coniston in the south...so, perfect locations for both lake lovers and fell walkers alike!

Heart of the Lakes is a friendly, family-run business based in Ambleside but with offices in Keswick and Bowness on Windermere too. With over 37 years' experience to our name, we are the Lake District's oldest established holiday cottage agency. As a local, family firm we pride ourselves on offering a more personal service. Our local, trained team of advisors know every one of our holiday homes and their owners individually, so we can help you select the best accommodation to suit you and your family.

How to choose your Lakeland cottage

The key to your dream cottage holiday right here in the heart of the English Lake District is within easy reach - simply choose one of our Cumbrian cottages by either visiting our Heart of the Lakes Property Search and selecting the criteria that meet your holiday requirements OR choose from the list below:

Some great things to do in the Lake District

There is so much for you and your family to do in the heart of the Lakes. Most visitors thoroughly enjoy the walking that the Lake District has to offer with high fell tops and valley rambles for all ages and abilities. It's also a perfect area to holiday with your dog as we have miles of well-marked trails and pathways so you will not be short of days out amidst our wonderful scenery – dogs simply love it here in the heart of the lakes!

The Lake District National Park caters well for everyone with many activities and attractions on offer as well as lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Lake cruises are particularly popular with lake lovers and one wonderful day out would be a trip on the Ullswater Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown before enjoying the delightful walk that you can take back along the eastern side of the lake, ending up back at Glenridding with time for a drink or bar meal in one of the local friendly pubs.

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Hannakin Barn

Lots of wonderful places to visit

If you are staying in a cottage in the Hawkshead or Coniston areas you can find many interesting places to visit - a day out in Beatrix Potter country should definitely include a trip to picturesque Tarn Hows. Bequeathed by Miss Potter to the National Trust, Tarn Hows is a delight with beautiful views and a pleasant circular walk on a level pathway with a canopy of cooling conifers. Don't miss visiting Grizedale Forest with its fine forest trails, seasonal visitor centre, and various picnic spots as well as the ever popular Go Ape adventure course.

Those who opt to stay in one of our cottages in or around Ambleside, Grasmere or Keswick will find that Heart of the Lakes self catering accommodation really comes into its own. With delightful local shops selling an excellent range of local produce and many things to do with family and friends, you'll be able to feel at home and enjoy your stay in your comfortable holiday home in any season.

Calling all lake lovers! Windermere Lake Cruises welcome everyone on board and the immediate area abounds in fine walking for all ages and abilities. It is even possible to hire a boat on Windermere and steer your own course for an enjoyable, different activity for all the family. Returning home at the end of a busy day to our Lake District accommodation, you can relax and unwind and plan the next part of your Heart of the Lakes holiday.

With so much to do in the heart of the Lake District National Park you may find that you don't want to stray very far from your holiday cottage but if you feel like a longer day out you can always explore the wonderful beaches on the West Cumbrian coast or Furness Peninsula. Or take a trip to the western reaches of Hadrian's Wall which lies between the Lake District National Park and the Scottish Borders. The famous 'La'al Ratty' Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway is heaps of fun and there are also the magnificent grounds at Muncaster Castle for you to enjoy.

All in all, a holiday in one of our Cumbrian cottages right in the centre of the Lake District gives you and your family an opportunity to enjoy one of the finest corners of England and we at Heart of the Lakes will make sure that our self catering accommodation will be ready to welcome you and your family when you come to stay.




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