The Old Vicarage, Lake District

The Best Lake District Family Holiday Locations

Defined by its rugged fell mountains, icy ribbon lakes and luscious saplings in their thousands, it’s no wonder the Lake District provides some of the best family holiday locations. With a fresh adventure at every turn, this place is shaped by sprawling verdant landscapes, a peppering of pretty villages and an endless array of breathtaking vistas. There’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do, and with a selection of luxury cottages in which to kick off your boots at the end of each action-packed day, every adrenaline-fuelled escapade can be closed with a stylish spot of downtime.

Of course, with a selection of beautiful spots in which to choose from, deciding where to pitch your getaway can be tricky. We’ve drawn together 5 of the best Lake District family holiday locations with our recommendations on where to stay. At Luxury Cottages, we believe that every holidaymaker should relish a slice of splendour, and our beautiful collection of luxury Lake District rentals are guaranteed to wow you with their swoon-worthy settings and plush interiors.

The Old Vicarage, Lake District

Holmrook, Lake District

If you’re looking for somewhere in which to savour relaxing strolls with the family, Holmrook is ideal. Framed by a backdrop of craggy mountains and trickling waters, this breathtaking linear village welcomes you to withdraw from the hustle and bustle and rejoice in a moment of true tranquillity.

Where to stay: Perfectly positioned within the pretty Lake District countryside, The Old Vicarage is immaculately appointed with a treasure trove of traditional features throughout. Think characterful beamed ceilings, polished oak floors, a sprawling shaker kitchen and more – all contained within a mesmerising stone-cladded, slate-roofed facade. Multiple living areas accommodate heaps of space in which to make yourself at home, meanwhile a host of luxurious amenities – including a sunken hot tub and home cinema room – leave no opportunity for a dull moment.

Exterior of The South Lakes Manor, Lake District

Cartmel, Lake District

Situated on the southern edge of the Lake District, Cartmel is a hidden gem draped in natural beauty. Swinging willow trees canopy the trickling waters of the River Eea, while the peppering of quaint, perfectly imperfect stone cottages serves a heavenly slice of classic country charm. 

Immerse yourself in Cartmel’s rich, long-spanning history as you venture to the Medieval Village Priory. Alternatively, if you’re craving a spot of adventure, gather the troops for a fun-filled trip around the many tracks and trails with Lakeland Segways. And finally, be sure to pay a visit to Hales of Cartmel. This family-run confectioner is here to satisfy your sweet tooth with the finest selection of artisan chocolates and glorious gifts for every occasion. 

Where to stay: Perfectly positioned amid the breathtaking Lake District countryside, The South Lakes Manor is a sprawling manor house affording a wealth of luxurious amenities, generous rooms, expansive grounds and ample sleeping space for up to 20 guests. Every nook, cranny and corner is steeped in character and charm, while the awe-inspiring expanse of verdant lawns and flourishing trees make for the most breathtaking backdrop. This home is nothing short of spectacular, so, if you’re visiting the Lake District in a larger group, there’s no better place to base your adventures.

The living room at Beatrix Cottage, Lake District

Elterwater, Lake District

Affording wow-worthy views of the nearby Langdale Pikes, Elterwater welcomes visitors to wander its wealth of far-reaching landscapes at their leisure. Prepare to swap the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a wholesome adventure defined by natural wonder. Pull on your hiking boots and stretch your legs as you implore the winding forest walkways before tucking into some well-earned, hearty pub grub at The Britannia Inn.  

Where to stay: Enviably situated right in the beating heart of the Lake District, Beatrix Cottage is a vision of contemporary country splendour. Tastefully finished with boutique-style décor throughout, this charming home is plush with premium quality fixtures, fittings and amenities – including a bubbling open-air hot tub and toasty log burning stove. What more could you wish for? 

Windermere Retreat, Lake District


A bustling tourist town pitched perfectly on the sensational sandy shores, Bowness-on-Windermere now wears the crown for most popular Lake District visitor destination. Attracting tourists near and far, this charming coastal haven is awash with wonderful things to see, do and explore. From go-slow to get-up-and-go, when craving a spot of downtime, simply soaking up the atmosphere whilst washing down your favourite beverage is sure to hit the spot. Alternatively, when an action-packed agenda is on the cards, exhibit your adventurous side with a spot of sailing and some water sports.  

Where to stay: With a colourful and profound history spanning almost two centuries, Windermere Retreat is an exquisitely restored Grade II listed manor house boasting a bewitching lakefront outlook. Accommodating room enough for 34 guests, with each space just as pristinely appointed as the next, this spectacular home welcomes you and your loved ones to indulge in a moreish serving of opulence and grandeur.

The Old Grain Store, Lake District

Burneside, Lake District

Enveloped by a melting pot of stunning sights and sounds, Burneside is footed by a network of hills, villages, historic monuments and more. Those with a soft spot for flora and fauna will marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the bluebell woods, meanwhile the myriad of ancient sites and old ruins promise to delight passionate history buffs. In a nutshell, this place has something for everyone, so if you’re still struggling to decide where to centre your vacation, Burneside ticks every box.

Where to stay: Serenity seekers, this one’s for you. Ideally situated in a stunning but secluded part of the Lakes, Kirkstone is a tucked-away oasis benefiting from the luxury of premium spa facilities and the option to book your very own private chef. Kendal and Windermere are just a short drive away, while the acres of tranquil gardens will continue to captivate you throughout your stay and beyond.   

The Old Grain Store is equally impressive. Accommodating awe-inspiring vistas of the flourishing meadows, this sprawling Lakeland cottage will enthrall you with its elegance and air of laid-back luxury. Spectate the stunning outlook at your leisure and prepare to unwind in style as you soak up the neverending splendour of this five-star luxury boutique retreat.

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