Best Large Holiday Homes In The Lake District

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On this page, I’m going to show you the best large holiday cottages in The Lake District, along with things to do nearby.

All the properties are of an excellent or exceptional standard throughout.

27 Best Large Houses to Rent in the Lake District

Sleeps 8

Samhchair Lodge

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Swimming Pool

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This stunning lakeside location, well-equipped kitchen, one double bedroom, two twins, wrap-around veranda offers a panoramic view of the lake, space for alfresco dining and bbq during the summer months, hot tub.

Things to do: Bring your own boat/kayak and use your own jetty. Go fishing.

Explore city of Lancaster, resort of Blackpool, the Forest of Bowland AONB, Morecambe Bay. Walk across the headlands of The Bay, where sweeping views towards the Lake District and the Bowland Fells can be enjoyed.

Local activities include parachuting, windsurfing, mountain biking, horse-riding, and kitesurfing.

Lakeside at Louper Weir

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Near the water

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Contemporary, luxurious property lying on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Things to do: Nearby are the Lakeside Aquarium, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and The World of Beatrix Potter.

Mungeon Barn

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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A magnificent detached stone cottage with a hot tub set amidst the charm of the Lake District, close to the fringe of Lake Windermere.

Things to do: For the anglers at the party, there is a private lake stocked with Rainbow Trout.

3 miles from the village of Cartmel with the smallest racecourse in the country and a mix of quirky shops and pubs.

Thornyfield Barn

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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Luxury barn conversion with outdoor hot tub, situated in the heartwarming village of Crook.

Things to do: In easy reach of “Go-Ape” adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts, and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

Less than six miles from Lake Windermere.

The Byre

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi

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The Byre is a wonderful converted barn located on the outskirts of Cartmel on the outskirts of Allithwaite.

Things to do: Outside there’s the added luxury of a brilliant outdoor area with patio seating and a hot tub for you to sit and relax in after a fun-filled day exploring the area.

Greta Mill

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Games Room

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This Georgian/Victorian property in the heart of vibrant Keswick in the Lake District blends character and charm with modern luxury. It has been renovated with a real flair for combining contemporary design and period charm.

Things to do:

Keswick is the ideal base for exploring the North Lakes. Enjoy a cruise on Derwentwater or an evening at the Theatre by the Lake.

Everyone will love seeing the red pandas at the Lake District Wildlife Park or taking in the breathtaking views of Whinlatter Forest, the only true mountain forest in the UK.

Rowan Cottage

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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Ideally located on a private estate in the Lake District National Park these superb historic, luxury stone properties have been converted from 17th-century courtyard buildings on the Bigland Hall Estate, adjacent to 350 acres of ancient woodland.

Things to do: Just a 5-minute stroll away from your cottage is Bigland Equestrian centre for guests who would like to ride.

Historic Cartmel with its 12th-century priory is less than 4 miles away with its award-winning eateries, pubs, shops, and restaurants, including the famous Michelin starred L’Enclume restaurant. It is also home to the UK’s smallest racecourse.

Yew Cottage

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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There is a private enclosed courtyard and garden with hot tub, and dry stone walled to allow maximum privacy and several have wrap-around space, and all have outdoor furniture and BBQ.

Things to do: Fishing is available upon request at certain times of the year.

You may see the estate’s resident deer and there are footpaths to Cartmel from the grounds.

Lord’s Leap

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets Yes | Swimming Pool | WiFi | Open Fire

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Luxury cottage getaway located on a stunning, 5,000-acre private estate with a lake, forest, woodland and meadows. Superbly equipped large barn conversion, the first floor apartment mixes modern comfort with traditional features. Highlights include open plan sitting area with exposed beams.

Things to do: Great on-site facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, fitness suite, table tennis room and children’s play area. 10 min walk to 2.5 acre lake where you can fly fish for rainbow trout. There is also an on-site events team which include: 4X4 Off-roading, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, RIB tours, Sailing, Bubble Football, Guided Walks, Bush craft and more.

Excellent central location within Lake District. Enjoy discounted rates for Go Ape, mountain bike hire and meals at the nearby Lakeside Hotel.

Gatesgarth

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | Garden Wifi | Open Fire | Near a Pub

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Gatesgarth has been built to the highest standards and showcases local materials and craftsmen’s qualities from stonework to joinery to roofing, to produce a stunning and exceptional holiday home for large families. Everything inside is picturesque and Instagram-worthy. The wall to wall and floor to ceiling sliding doors open fully onto the large, quality outdoor decking area.

Things to do:

Do outdoor dining or taking a dip in the private Scandinavian wooden hot tub. The property is a 5 minute walk of the centre of Coniston, with the many pubs, shops and restaurants. Coniston village is just a short walk away, along with a small selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs, along with The Ruskin Museum, where you can learn about the extensive and important history of Coniston.Coniston Water is a short distance from the property, providing plenty of activity options for watersports enthusiasts, or simply enjoy a picnic and a lakeside afternoon stroll.

Sleeps 9

Fell View Croft

Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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This wonderful, detached cottage is located in the heart of Cumbria, on the western edges of the Lake District National Park.

Things to do: The lawn is great for ball games and a luxurious hot tub awaits your arrival after an adventure along the famous ‘Coast-to-Coast’ walk at St. Bees.

Explore the Heritage Coast at St. Bees and discover the beautiful, Georgian port at Whitehaven.

Sleeps 10

Hammerhole

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets Yes | Swimming Pool

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Tucked away on a secluded bay on Lake Windermere, four miles from Hawkshead. Private jetty and boat mooring.

10-minute drive to Graythwaite Estate’s facilities including indoor swimming pool, fitness suite, table tennis room, and children’s play area.

Things to do: Extensive forests and woodlands, perfect for walks and exploring. Hire bikes or hit the treetops at nearby Grizedale Forest.

Book a canoe or climbing adventure close by. Explore many local villages and towns including Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead, and Grasmere.

Near Bank Cottage

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Games Room

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17th century detached farmhouse, overlooking the Irish sea. With an outdoor hot tub and separate barn games room.

Things to do: Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, a World Owl Centre and the Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway.

Villa Marina

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Seaside

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Impressive villa resting on the shores of Morecambe Bay, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Lake District Mountains.

 

Things to do: Visit the beaches along the coastline, the Furness Golf Club and the South Lakes Safari Zoo.

Oak Cottage

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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This stunning, stone cottage is situated in an exclusive courtyard of cottages with a private outdoor lawn and terraces with stunning views to the hills, estuary and ancient woodland.

Things to do: The hot tub is surrounded by natural stone walls for maximum privacy and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the delightful views.

Sleeps 12

Waternook Lakeside Accommodation

Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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Set within a private 26-acre lake-fronting estate in the Lake District National Park. Includes a spa centre,  private cinema, and sun terrace.

Things to do: Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for hiking.

Kentrigg House

Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Games Room

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This superb large detached period property is located just out of the centre of Kendal next to the golf course.

The conservatory has more comfy seating and a large TV, underfloor heating and French doors opening on to the delightful garden.

Things to do: Kendal is a 10-minute walk from this cottage. Windermere and Bowness are just 15 minutes away, where you can enjoy a variety of watersports or take a cruise to Ambleside or Newby Bridge.

Eusemere Lodge

Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets No | Open fire | Wifi | Garden

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Eusemere Lodge has exposed, rustic beams in the sitting room, leather sofas and traditional furnishings to create a homely space to unwind in, with the benefit of floor-length windows to let the light and the stunning outdoor scenery flood in. Be warmed within the peaceful conservatory and sun room. Travel up the stairs and be welcomed into an amazing snug room and admire the views out of the Juliet balcony.

Things to do:

Spend time in the extensive garden which runs along Lake Ullswater. Enjoy a spot of fishing, run around with the children on the lawn. Sit at the raised decking with a refreshing drink and take in the setting. Dine out in the village of Pooley Bridge where there are a host of restaurants and pubs.

Sleeps 16

High View Barn

Sleeps 16 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 7 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Games Room

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High View Barn is a magnificent renovation of a stone detached barn, with its own private leisure facilities, set in two acres of its own grounds on a high hillside above the Lune Valley, just three and a half miles from Sedbergh and ten miles from Kirkby Lonsdale.

Things to do: Ideal for discovering Wainwright’s beloved Howgills, the nearby Cautley Spout, Britain’s highest waterfall, and the dramatic Dentdale, while the local area is home to many varieties of wildlife including buzzards and deer.

The small town of Sedbergh and the attractive market town of Kirkby Lonsdale are a short drive away, while the Lune Valley is within easy reach of both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

The Black Swan Manor

Sleeps 16 | Bedrooms 7 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets No | Hot tub | Wifi | Garden | Games Room

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Black Swan is a stylish and luxurious manor that offers extensive and quirky space to relax across the ground floor, basement and two upper floors.The ground floor is one huge space created from the various bar areas and now incorporates the latest in contemporary design. A huge TV, built in Sonnos sound system, quirky his ‘n’ hers pub toilets, open plan kitchen and dining, state-of-the-art cinema room, a snooker room and the craziest cave bar are only some of the features to look forward to. Outside there is a boutique garden areas, hot tub, eating areas and outdoor kitchen.

Things to do:

Use all the amenities such as hot tub, games room, and cinema room. The Black Swan is within walking distance of all that Kendal has to offer: great pubs, restaurants and shops, along with an unbeatable Arts Centre. Visit the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle, Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall, Kendal Museum, Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park.

Sleeps 18

High Fellside Hall

Sleeps 18 | Bedrooms 7 | Bathrooms 7 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Swimming Pool

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Transformed in 2008 from a former farmhouse, no expense was spared in creating this three-storey holiday home, with high tech installations throughout, integrated sound systems, sophisticated lighting systems, modern building techniques, underfloor heating throughout and the latest in solar power which all go together to provide a holiday home of considerable merit.

Things to do: It is near Cautley Spout, Dentdale, and Sedbergh. Lune Valley is within easy reach of both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Lyth Valley Country House

Sleeps 18 | Bedrooms 9 | Bathrooms 9 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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An impressive country house surrounded by panoramic views of the Lake District

Things to do: Nearby Kendal hosts a wide range of amenities appealing to all ages, including Kendal Museum, the Quaker Tapestry Museum and its imposing castle.

Enjoy a game of golf in the town before taking a trip to explore the other nearby Elizabethan architectural delights such as Sizergh Castle and Leven Halls, with its beautiful Topiary Garden.

Sleeps 20

Eden Mill, Millers Beck

Sleeps 20 | Bedrooms 9 | Bathrooms 9 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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This luxury cottage is situated near Kendal Cumbria, a delightful choice for an energetic walking holiday or time to unwind.

Things to do: Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life is nearby. Windermere, Bowness and even Ambleside are within a short 30-minute drive.

Sleeps 24

Staffield Hall

Sleeps 24 | Bedrooms 10 | Bathrooms 10 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire

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Staffield Hall is a beautiful manor house enveloped by luscious green trees, emerald fields, panoramic landscapes and the soothing sounds of wildlife, all within the stunning Eden Valley in Cumbria.

Things to do: Enjoy the delights of the nearby, picturesque villages of Armathwaite, Great Salkeld, Kirkoswald, and Lazonby hosting a selection of amenities. There are local shops, tea rooms, and traditional Cumbrian pubs to choose from.

The kids will love swinging from the trees at Go Ape adventure park in Grizedale, whilst Brougham Hall offers a fascinating history.

Sleeps 25

The Oaks

Sleeps 25 | Bedrooms 12 | Bathrooms 11 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Sauna | Games Room

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Magnificent detached country house, built in 1862, set in Barrow-in-Furness, situated just where the Lakes meet the sea.

Things to do: Take a short ‘cruise’ to the shores of Hawkshead.

Eden Lodge

Sleeps 25 | Bedrooms 13 | Bathrooms 12 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Games Room

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A stunning, detached Edwardian cottage in its own mature grounds, on the outskirts of the village of Bardsea and close to the town of Ulverston, in the spectacular Lake District.

Things to do: The coastline of the Furness Peninsula offers beaches and good birdwatching. Lake District National Park is also very near.

Sleeps 28

Street Farm

Sleeps 28 | Bedrooms 11 | Bathrooms 9 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Open fire | Games Room

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Street Farm Cottages sits in a spectacular private setting 2 miles from Ravenstonedale midway between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen.

Things to do: Street Farm is situated just a 5 minute walk from the Pennine Bridleway National Trail which winds its way to the top of Wild Boar Fell, a peak of over 2000ft, from where you can enjoy views across Lakeland Fells and visit a secret lake.

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