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The most beautiful luxury homes to rent in the Lake District

14 Feb 2024 | |By Luxury London

England's largest national park, the Lake District, is a beautiful staycation spot for those seeking an escape from city life. To help you plan your getaway, we've rounded up the best country houses in the area

With 16 picturesque lakes and 100 peaks reaching more than 2,000ft high, it’s little wonder that the Lake District National Park has served as inspiration for some of the nation’s most loved literary heroes; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and Arthur Ransome, among them. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 in recognition of its unique hill-farming culture, the area’s craggy hilltops and moody lakes are a magnet for both British and international visitors, with more than 15 million people visiting each year. To complement the breathtaking views is a host of beautiful country estates and holiday homes to rent in the Lake District, offering a peaceful retreat within easy reach of England’s famed national park.

Broadmea Barn and Stable, Broadmea

A working farm since 1950, Broadmea is located in southwest Northumberland near the Cumbrian border in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 2005, owners Paul and Trish began the conversion of the old cow byre and hay store into two luxury cottages. Available to rent independently or together, Broadmea Barn and Stable can house up to 16 guests in total, with eight bedrooms spread across the two properties. The cottages benefit from underfloor heating, a sauna, a hot tub and private fishing in the nearby River South Tyne.

From £1,800 for a two-night stay in both cottages, visit

Beatrix Cottage, Ambleside

This quintessential Lake District cottage named for one of the area’s most famous exports abound with countryside charm. Perfectly sized for a small family or two couples, the two-bedroom home is situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, with Ambleside and Windermere a short drive away and that all-important village pub just a few moments walk. Inside, the home boasts a boutique hotel-style finish with log burner and luxurious finishings, while in the garden guests will find a hot tub, fire pit and al fresco dining spaces ideal for taking in the views on balmy days.

From £315 per night, visit

Birkmere Hall Estate, Penrith

Once owned by the Duke of Norfolk, Birkmere Hall Estate has been extensively restored as part of a multimillion-pound investment. Comprising a Grade I-listed fortified manor house and three cottages, this lavish country estate sleeps up to 44 guests. Both Birkmere Hall and Birkmere Barn are equipped with four-oven Agas and two American-style fridge freezers apiece, but, if you’re not a natural chef, the owners can recommend a range of local caterers to do the cooking (and the washing up) for you. Beyond the boundaries of Birkmere Hall Estate, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Fish for brown trout in the tributary of the river Petteril, take a kayak out on Ullswater, go horse riding on Barton Fell or stroll around the nearby towns of Greystoke, Pooley Bridge and Penrith.

From £5,650 for a weekend, visit

Wood Hall, Cockermouth

A mile-long private drive gives a taste of what’s to come at Wood Hall, a beautiful country home perched on a south-facing hillside with views of Skiddaw, Grassmore and the Lorton and Buttermere valleys. This self-catering cottage sleeps 18 and has a large, fully-equipped kitchen, a games room with a pool table and beautiful landscaped gardens. Located near Cockermouth, a village most famous for being the birthplace of William Wordsworth, Wood Hall is perched on the edge of the Lake District National Park, providing a peaceful retreat following a day of exploring the great outdoors.

From £4,270 per week, visit

Gatesgarth, Coniston

Gatesgarth was awarded Best Residential Build at the Northern Design Awards 2020 thanks to its striking design by architecture firm Ben Cunliffe. Taking cues from the surrounding area, the property has been sensitively designed to fit in seamlessly with the local architecture, while also providing a beautiful and contemporary home. The house was built with holidaymakers in mind, and as such all four bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms of equal size. Located a short walk from the village of Coniston in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Gatesgarth is well-suited for ramblers looking for a challenge. Strap on your best walking boots and hike the nearby Old Man of Coniston, a fell that reaches more than 2,500ft and offers views over Coniston and its lake.

From £3,921 per week, visit

Bristowe Hill, Keswick

From this Edwardian building you can enjoy sweeping views of some of the Lake District’s most beautiful peaks. A 20-minute walk from Derwentwater and walking distance from Keswick, this 10-bedroom house is well-located for exploring the spoils of the north Lakes. With two kitchens, two large reception rooms and a spacious dining room, this property is perfect for larger groups. Be sure to bring your binoculars — there is a viewing turret at the top of the house.

From £5,586 per week, visit

Waternook, Ullswater

No detail has been spared at Waternook, a six-bedroom country house surrounded by 26 acres of private grounds and half a mile of private lake shoreline. Here you’ll find everything you could ever need, from a cinema room to a spa, a bar, a private jetty, a boathouse and a helicopter landing pad. There is even dedicated space for four-legged friends, with underfloor heating and views of the mountains.

Bluetooth media hubs allow guests to play their own music throughout the property, with most communal rooms benefiting from iPads or iPods that can be connected to the integrated music system. On one of the three terraces, a hot tub is well-placed to give spectacular views of the landscaped gardens. Should you wish to venture beyond the boundaries, you’ll find Hallin Fell, the Aira Force waterfalls and Pooley Bridge.

From £4,800 per week, visit

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