With magnificent lakes and mountains, it's easy to see why the Lake District located in the northwest corner of England became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. Pick from holiday cottages in Lake District towns or get-away-from-it-all rural accommodation, then take a breath and relax. Visit the homes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, cruise on the regions largest lake, Windermere or hike to the peak of Scafell Pike. At nearly 1,000 metres, it's the highest mountain in the Lake District. With stunning views and extras such as hot tubs, tiny holiday cottages in the Lake District are just perfect for romance while larger accommodation with cots, gardens, and barbecues provides a home from home for families and friends.
Stay in holiday accommodation in Grasmere and combine beautiful landscape with literary links. Pay a visit to Wordsworth's home, Dove Cottage, the school where he taught, and his resting place in St Oswald's Church. Cartmel is an idyllic place for holiday cottages in the Lake District. This medieval village is also a foodie's paradise. Book in advance to visit Simon Rogan's L'Enclume. Before heading back to your accommodation, work off your lunch with a walk to Cartmel Priory. To combine coast and country for your Lake District break, book accommodation in Ravenglass. This sits on the coast beneath the towering Scafell Pike and kids always love a trip on its scenic railway.
Another family favourite and close to your holiday accommodation in Hawkshead is Hill Tops. Beatrix Potter lived here, using the farm as inspiration for her classic tales involving Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. The house is a quaint time capsule of the early 20th century but is always popular so try and get there straight after breakfast in your holiday cottage. With accommodation spacious enough for a large family or group of friends, you can head out into Whinlatter Forest Park for a day spent hiking, cycling or having fun at Go Ape. Or, for holiday romance, search out one of the region's beautiful cascades such as Colwith Falls near Elterwater.