A characterful cottage that’s perfect for a family to retreat to after a day out exploring the Lake District with access to luxury facilities including a spa and a private chef.

Key Features


  • Dog-friendly
  • Gym
  • Heated Indoor Pool
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • WiFi

At a glance

  • Rural, peaceful Lake District location
  • One of just five boutique-style properties on a luxury cottage complex
  • Spa and swimming pool access and a personal chef are available
  • About the property

    Potter Tarn Cottage is situated in a beautiful, secluded part of the Lake District, yet also within a short drive of Kendal and Windermere. Set on a five-star cottage complex (there are just four other boutique-style properties) with three acres of tranquil gardens, Potter Tarn is an excellent choice for a relaxing luxury cottage holiday in the UK. Enjoy lovely country walks and bike rides from your door, the sounds of birdsong and sheep on neighbouring farmland, and a supreme level of comfort. With an on-site spa and swimming pool available for your exclusive use, as well as the option to book a private chef who will cook dinner in your cottage in time for your return ‘home’, Potter Tarn Cottage is ideal for pure indulgence.

  • The space

    Potter Tarn Cottage is a spacious Lakeland cottage decorated in a contemporary Cumbrian style. Inside, there are beautiful, exposed stone walls that add a characterful backdrop to the neutral décor, slate grey flooring and wooden ceiling beams.

    The cottage layout is set out mainly over the ground floor, with just a few steps here and there, so can be a good choice if you’ve got lively little ones in tow, or find climbing stairs difficult. The open-plan living/dining/kitchen area is a sociable space where you can be cooking, yet still be involved with conversations going on in the lounge area. There are two comfy sofas, a Smart TV with Freeview and Netflix built-in, and a log-burner to make those winter evenings even more cosy. The cottage also features music control pads and Bluetooth technology so that you can play songs from your own collection, or stream music.

    The bespoke kitchen has plenty of prep space, including a stylish island with a built-in wine rack, as well as everything you could need to prepare delicious meals including a double oven, instant convection hob and fridge/freezer, plus pots and pans. A dining table with space to seat four in comfort is right next to the two large windows and French doors, which flood the space with natural light.

    If the weather is being kind, open up the French doors and dine outside on your private, part-shaded patio where there are views that extend across the meadow. There is also a BBQ if you’d like to cook up some local Cumberland sausages on a summer’s evening.

    There are two bedrooms: the first has a super-king bed and an en-suite shower and bath, whilst the second bedroom has a super-king bed (but can be arranged into a twin room on request) and an en-suite wet room with shower. Both bedrooms also have their own TV which is handy for times when you feel like sloping off to bed early and snuggling up with a film.

    For nature-lovers, there’s a ‘nature spotter diary’ in the cottage for noting sightings of wildlife, drawing pictures, adding photos or pressings. You’ll also find bird and nature guides to help you identify species. If you’d like to study the dark night skies more closely, stargazing equipment can be dropped off at the cottage on request and on a clear night there is lots to see.

  • Guest access

    If you arrive before 7pm you will be met by a member of staff who will show you to your cottage and how everything works. For later arrivals, there is self-check-in, but a member of staff will welcome you the following morning. The cottage also has a dedicated parking area.

  • Sustainability

    The complex on which Potter Tarn Cottage is situated is committed to minimising its environmental impact and caring for the surrounding countryside. It has a private water supply, while renewable biomass and solar power is generated on site. Recycling facilities include guest composting bins for food waste, while bark chippings are created in the grounds and used in the garden borders. There’s also a tree-planting programme, whilst nature is encouraged to thrive through measures like adding plants and wildflowers that attract pollinators including bees and butterflies. Meanwhile, eco-friendly cleaning products are used where possible and items included in welcome hampers are sourced locally.

    If you'd like to offset the carbon emissions from your trip get in touch and we can arrange this for a small fee.

  • Keep in mind

    Check-in: from 15:00
    Check-out: by 10:00

    Deposit: Bookings are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the booking value plus applicable booking fees with the balance payable 60 days before the date of travel.

    Accidental Damage Deposit: To maintain the highest standards in our properties, guests will need to pay a refundable Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 prior to their stay. An advance payment as detailed in the booking summary can be made to waive the requirement.

    Book with confidence: If your booking is affected by new Government travel restrictions which were not known at the time of booking, and you're legally unable to travel, we will arrange with the property owner to refund 100% of your holiday cost.

  • House rules

    • Strictly no smoking on all the premises or grounds
    • No parties or events
    • Please keep noise to a minimum
    • You will be asked to pre-book a time slot for your exclusive use of the spa facilities, including the swimming pool
    • Spa treatments can be arranged on Tuesday and Sundays only and are subject to availability
    • Children welcome
    • Two well-behaved dogs permitted by prior arrangement at an additional fee of £30 per dog
    • Dogs must be kept on a lead in the gardens and also on the walking routes that enter farmland. However, dogs can run free in a field opposite the cottage complex


  • Highlights
    • BBQ - Charcoal
    • Children Welcome
    • Dog-friendly
    • Extensive Gardens
    • Gym
    • Heated Indoor Pool
    • Luxury Spa Complex
    • Luxury Toiletries
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Spa
  • General
    • Bluetooth Speakers
    • Dishwasher
    • Electric Cooker
    • Freezer
    • Heating
    • Kitchen
    • Lockable Bike Storage
    • Private Entrance
    • Seating Area
    • Smart TV With Internet Access
    • Tumble Dryer
    • Washing Machine
    • WiFi

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Local Info

The neighbourhood

Potter Tarn Cottage is set in a quiet corner of the Lake District, on a small, luxury cottage complex with an on-site gym and a spa area with Jacuzzi, sauna and a heated 16-metre swimming pool. The pool and spa facilities are made available to one cottage at a time, so that you can experience having them all to yourself for the ultimate pampering treat (you will be asked to pre-book time slots). For an extra cost, spa treatments including aromatherapy and sports massages can be booked.

There are also three acres of gardens and an arboretum for nature-lovers to explore. Birdwatchers in particular will enjoy looking for the many garden species, as well as trying to spot woodpeckers and owls. The pond attracts frogs, newts and ducks, while bats are frequently seen, and on occasion so are wild deer.

Within a 15-minute drive of the cottage are the popular towns of Kendal and Windermere, so supermarkets for stocking up aren’t far, but there is a local shop within 5 minutes’ drive for those urgent essentials. When you’d prefer to eat out, there are a variety of pubs and restaurants within driving distance. However, if you want to work up more of an appetite first, walk to the pretty village of Staveley, which takes just under an hour, for a choice of dining at the pub or the Hawkshead Brewery, or enjoying a cake or pie from the coffee shop or the artisan bakery.

You can also take advantage of the private dining service (extra cost) where a local chef will prepare a delicious, multi-course dinner in your cottage for you to enjoy without having to lift a finger.

Whilst there are plenty of walks to soak up the scenery directly from the cottage door, if you fancy a day out in the car there are many attractions in the region, including the Lakeland Motor Museum, the Lakes Aquarium and pleasure boat cruises on Lake Windermere.

Getting around

Due to the semi-remote, rural location, we recommend arriving at Potter Tarn Cottage by car and the M6 is only a 15-minute drive away. The nearest mainline train station is Oxenholme where there are connections to London, Manchester and Glasgow. From Oxenholme a local train service runs to Burneside where a pre-booked taxi can be arranged to pick you up and take you to the cottage.

Once you’ve settled in, you can enjoy several great walks from the door which will take you across scenic countryside, through farmland and along riverside trails. The walk to the nearby beauty spot of Potter Tarn can be incorporated with a trip to a local brewery for a refreshing pint, or try the walk to Gurnal Dubs which involves some steep hills that will reward you with stunning views over the Lake District.

You can also enjoy days out by bike. If you’ve brought your own with you, there is bike storage available on site, or bikes can be hired from a rental shop in the village nearby. Popular places for two wheels include Grizedale Forest and the Langdale Valley which both offer gorgeous scenery for leisurely bike rides, as well as several thrilling mountain bike routes.



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