Proudly a leading UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Lake District offers endless fells and lakes to explore, quaint picturesque villages and Michelin star food.
Our rural retreats for two, offer the perfect base to explore the Lakes, whether you choose to visit for a foodie fest, walking the dog or even just a mooch around the villages.
A no-fuss bistro offering hearty comfort food within a converted barn just outside of Grasmere village and not far from Mary’s Cottage. Famed for its Shepherd’s Pie, it’s the perfect place to load up after a brisk walk.
One of the Lake District’s most well-known pubs, it offers rustic country charm complete with roaring fires and serves fine food including their epic Sunday roasts. Perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s day. Located just 3 miles from Ambleside and a short walk from Fox Corner.
Located just near our Fox Corner property and a short drive from Ambleside, this vegetarian cafe is named after the owner’s beloved dog. Fully doggy friendly, they serve up a whole range of bright, rainbow salads, pizzas and other lite bites alongside some of the best cakes in the Lakes.
Right in the heart of Grasmere is Mathilde’s – part of the Heaton Cooper studio. Serving a range of Scandi inspired breakfasts, lunches, light bites and beautiful cakes with stunning views of the surrounding fells.
Just up the road from Mary’s Cottage, Forest Side sits within its own grounds just outside of Grasmere. Offering Michelin Star food, this fine dining restaurant is perfect for special occasions or a foodie treat.
Another Michelin Star treat, this restaurant is located within the former office of William Wordsworth in a quiet street in Ambleside. Utilising local, seasonal produce, the small restaurant serves beautiful fine dining food.
Whether you like a proper pub, or a nice wine bar, there are a whole host of drinking establishments close by including The Good Sport in Grasmere – the tap room for locally brewed Grasmere Brewery ales and beer, Tweedies Bar, also in Grasmere, perfect for a glass of wine of two, gins and ales and even better, just a short stroll from Mary’s Cottage!
Aged just 29, Wordsworth moved to Grasmere with his family. Visit this historic home which inspired so many of his well-known works or check to see what events and exhibitions are on during your stay.
Hop on and hop off a cruise around England’s largest lake, taking in the stunning scenery or if you are feeling adventurous, why not hire your own little boat and be your own captain!
The Lake District is home to many art galleries showcasing a range of artwork inspired by the surrounding landscapes. Visit the studio and original home of one of the Lake District’s leading artistic families, Heaton Cooper, visit their studio in the heart of Grasmere and finish your trip with a cuppa in their studio cafe – Mathilde’s.
Visit Beatrix Potter’s 17th Century farmhouse home – a time capsule to her life and story. Visit the locations that inspired all of her tales including the farmhouse gardens.
An architectural gem, Blackwell House offers the perfect snapshot of early 20th Century living showcasing furniture and interiors from the arts and crafts movement.
Take to the trails within Grizedale Forest on horseback, on foot or on two wheels. Explore the woodland sculpture trail or swing through the trees on the Go Ape ropes.
Choose to walk directly from the village of Grasmere or Ambleside and take in one of the area’s lower fells for a gentle walk with stunning views.
this 6.5 mile walk takes you past the famous Rydal Cave, along Rydal Water and up over Loughrigg Fell.
walk along the shores of Grasmere and up along Loughrigg Terrace to reach the summit. Choose to carry on to Ambleside for a full day’s hike or circle back on yourself to walk back along Rydal Water and then on to Grasmere..
At just over 4.5 miles, this is a steep fell walk with an easy to follow track to the top. It will bag you two summits – Wansfell Pike and Wansfell. Walk from the village of Ambleside and treat yourself to a well earned pint after!
A relatively short walk, perfect for a summer’s evening, Helm Crag is 4 miles from the centre of Grasmere. Take in views across the central lakes at the top and if you are feeling energetic, carry on to do Steel Fell, Gibson Knott and Calf Cragg – over 8.5 miles in length, ticking off four Wainrights!
If you fancy an adventure on your travels, check out Path to Adventure who offer instructor-led activities including Ghyll Scrambling, canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, scrambling, bushcraft and more.
The Lake District is the perfect place to try out the latest fitness craze. Plunge into icy waters with trained Wim Hof coaches or hire wetsuits for a more comfortable experience. Remember to take care in the cold waters and read up on all the do’s and don’ts before you take the plunge or splurge and hire a professional to guide you.
Take in the sights on two wheels either on the roads or over the fells by hiring a bike or bringing your own. With a whole range of cycling routes and trails from easy peasy to super hard. Use the below guide for some inspiration before you set off.
Pull Woods, lake district
A romantic, rural retreat for two near Ambleside within the Lake District. Modern, open plan interiors maximise feature windows to maximise this property’s stunning location.
grasmere, lake district
A luxury cottage for two, with private access down to Grasmere lake, in the heart of a picturesque Lake District village. Quaint cottage cosiness with contemporary interiors.
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