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Imagine holding hands on a crisp morning stroll, enjoying a long lunch in a characterful country pub and then cuddling up by the fire in a cosy holiday cottage. There’s something extra special about a romantic break during the colder winter months and a sprinkling of frost adds a touch of extra magic to the Lake District’s already beautiful scenery.
It’s the season to get cosy and warm so we’ve selected ten luxury Lake District cottages that are just right for a relaxing winter getaway with your favourite special someone.
Mountain View Cottage is an oasis of peace and tranquillity that’s just right for some serious de-stressing and relaxation. It’s up to you whether you hunker down by the wood burner at this romantic retreat or spend time exploring the surrounding countryside that includes Blawith Fells and Beacon Tarn.
Why we love it: The quiet location with a backdrop of mountains and fells is absolutely magical.
What guests say: “Fantastic cottage to spend our mini-moon in. Definitely recommend it.” - Marc
No. 2 Rose Cottage could have come straight from the pages of a romantic novel, and oak beams and cream stone walls give this 17th-century bolthole oodles of character and charm. Arrive to a warm welcome of freshly baked scones and make yourselves at home at this luxurious cottage, awarded Visit England 5-Star Gold.
Why we love it: It’s situated on the edge of Bouth village with top gastropub, The White Hart, just a short stroll away.
What our guests say: “A stunning example of what a holiday cottage should be, beautifully decorated and furnished and very well equipped.” - Nigel
A beautiful holiday cottage that looks out over Cartmel Priory and has an array of foodie pubs and cafes on its doorstep. Spend some time mooching around Cartmel’s charming maze of narrow streets, then treat yourselves to dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Enclume.
The elegant retreat includes an open-plan living area that’s cosy and warm with a leather-bound dining table if you fancy stocking up on local produce (including some Cartmel sticky toffee pudding) and whipping up a romantic dinner for two.
Why we love it: Cartmel is a romantic dream with riverside strolls and a lovely market square, and No. 3 Church View is the perfect cosy cottage for two.
What our guests say: “Beautiful cottage in lovely position overlooking green fields with sheep - lovely and peaceful. Cartmel is an ideal place to stay with shops, pubs, restaurants and tea shops. Would thoroughly recommend it.” - Jill
Modern and minimalist, Wishbone's sleek interior is a designer's dream. Clean lines, futuristic lighting and strikingly white decor set off the warm wooden beams of this luxurious couple's retreat. The vast bedroom with its super-king size bed is sumptuously furnished and the his and hers sink, rainfall shower and bath with TV add an extra special touch to the stylish en suite.
If you can bring yourselves to leave the sanctuary of the cottage, there is a stunning shared leisure complex featuring a gym and swimming pool with hot tub and sauna where you can relax and enjoy the natural views beyond the panoramic windows.
Set in three acres of grounds between Lake Windermere and the market town of Kendal, the cottage is within easy reach of the Lakes' attractions.
Why we love it: The cottage exudes luxury from every sleek corner and, with access to the swimming pool and leisure facilities included, it's a truly special choice for a romantic break.
What our guests say: “This place is heavenly! The most beautifully calm and tranquil place I've ever been. ” - Natasha
A gorgeous one-bedroom cottage that’s part of a large private estate at the northern shore of Coniston Water. Take a romantic stroll along the lake or head into nearby Coniston village which has a range of good pubs, cafes and shops. Somewhere is surrounded by beautiful gardens which look out to Swirl Howe in the Coniston Mountain Range.
Why we love it: This romantic cottage has a bubbling hot tub in the garden so you can relax in the warming water and make the most of the stunning setting.
What guests say: “Somewhere met all our expectations and more. We had a wonderful week exploring the Lake District, sampling the local cuisine and chilling out in the hot tub which helped to ease any aches and pains!” - Tony
A beautiful one-bedroom cottage that is cosy, warm and welcoming - the perfect space for relaxation after a day exploring the Lake District. The beautiful bedroom features exposed beams and an original fireplace and it’s all located on a peaceful private estate at the northern tip of Coniston Water.
Why we love it: The cottage is as pretty as a picture and has interiors that were furnished by a local interior designer.
What our guests say: “Very pretty, well-appointed one-bedroom cottage on the quieter side of Lake Coniston. Beautifully decorated and very cosy.” - Mark
Lyme Cottage has been styled by an award-winning designer and this stylish romantic retreat combines characterful original features with luxury contemporary touches. Rustle up dinner for two in the well-equipped kitchen or take a walk to the nearby village pub for an excellent freshly cooked meal.
Why we love it: Lyme Cottage has a wonderfully peaceful location that’s just a couple of miles from the coast and you can take a scenic 4-mile walk to Cartmel.
What our guests say: “What a lovely cosy romantic cottage, especially when you get the log burner on! Lovely little touch with the goodie bag, robes and L’Occitane toiletries.” - Sally
This beautiful little bolthole is located in the small South Lakeland hamlet of Millthrop which is found on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Enjoy a choice of walking trails from the front door including a riverside stroll to the nearby market town of Sedbergh. The elegant cottage features an inglenook fireplace with cushions and throws to complete the county style.
Why we love it: Explore two of the UK’s National Parks - both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are within easy reach of this romantic cottage.
What our guests say: “A very comfortable, cosy little cottage tastefully decorated throughout. A good location for the Dales and Lakes set in the small but friendly town of Sedbergh.” - Graham
Gooseyfoot is a romantic retreat that looks out over the pretty main square in the popular village of Hawkshead. The cottage is a comfortable home from home with a well-equipped kitchen and a traditional stone hearth which now houses a warming wood burner. The star of the show at this property, though, is the beautiful bedroom that is set in the eaves of the property with a vaulted ceiling and original beams.
Why we love it: Gooseyfoot has a wonderful location in Hawkshead - a favourite village of both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter and in between Coniston and Windermere.
What our guests say: “A beautiful, stylish and cosy property in a wonderful location. We couldn't recommend this property enough!” - Laura
With a spectacular setting in the Kentmere Valley, this idyllic holiday home is surrounded on all sides by stunning views and has a backdrop of high fell. It’s an ideal choice for walkers - you can warm up in front of the wood burner after exploring this unspoilt area of protected natural beauty.
Why we love it: The Nook is a perfect country escape - there’s even an AGA in the farmhouse kitchen.
What our guests say: “Loved this cottage. The view of the valley from the garden is amazing. It's an old cottage but modernised just the right amount. I was sad to leave and would stay again tomorrow!” - Daniel
This is just a small selection of romantic cottages in the Lake District that are perfect for a relaxing winter escape. The fells and mountains of the stunning Lake District landscape are every bit as magical during winter and you’ll find lots of tranquil spots to relax and recharge the batteries.