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Houses in the town of Keswick with Derwentwater and Catbells mountain in the distance

With it’s vast lakes, impressive mountains and rolling countryside, it’s clear to see why the Lake District is such a popular tourist destination. According to recent surveys, visitor numbers have hit over 19 million in the last few years and we are constantly seeing the demand for holiday lets in this area increase. But where are the most popular places for a holiday cottage? Read on for our list of the top spots to buy a Lake District holiday let…


1. Windermere & Bowness

Lake Windermere with lakeside buildings and boats on the water

With great transport links via train, bus and car, the towns of Windermere & Bowness are popular with tourists all year round. Boasting the longest lake in England, the infamous World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and a fantastic array of independent shops & restaurants, this area attracts international holiday-makers as well as UK guests. As a result, it would be an ideal spot for your Lake District holiday let with demand being high throughout all seasons.


2. Ambleside

Lake Windermere with boats and houses along the shore

The bustling town of Ambleside is a lively hub for hikers, walkers and cyclists. With a great selection of outdoor shops, many holiday-makers use Ambleside as a base for their outdoor adventures. Holiday lets in this part of the Lake District are bound to be popular, no matter what time of year it is.


3. Grasmere

Lakeland village of Grasmere in the valley between green mountains

Grasmere is a quieter area of the Lakes, but don’t be fooled. This beautiful village is hugely popular with tourists who are longing for a peaceful getaway. An ideal place for a Lake District holiday let, the quaint streets are lined with traditional stone cottages set against the impressive backdrop of the surrounding Lakeland fells.


4. Keswick

The town of Keswick with Derwentwater and Catbells in the distance

Up in the North Lakes lies the attractive town of Keswick. Linked with Windermere by a scenic bus route or easily reached via the M6, Keswick is always a top choice with tourists due to it’s great location. A holiday let in the town centre would offer guests a great base for hiking, boating and sight-seeing – including the famous Derwent Pencil Museum! Keswick is also known as one of the most dog-friendly towns in the UK (winning the top spot 4 years in a row) making it the perfect place for a pet-friendly property.


5. Glenridding & Pooley Bridge

Ullswater lake with pink foxgloves in the foreground

From Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, the shores of Ullswater are a stunning location for a Lake District holiday let. Glenridding offers a quiet village setting with views of the lake while Pooley Bridge is a great base for boat trips on the water. These areas are popular with guests all year round with Ullswater being such an iconic location. A holiday let here would enjoy a healthy occupancy rate throughout the seasons.


6. Coniston

Village of Coniston with buildings and mountains behind

At the tip of Coniston Water you’ll find the small town that goes by the same name. Coniston is a great spot for a Lake District holiday let. Popular with walkers looking to climb the famous Old Man of Coniston, this thriving community has seen increasing demand for holiday homes over the last few years. An ideal location for families, couples & groups of friends, there’s a large market looking to stay here.


7. Hawkshead

Lake District traditional village with flowers and cobbled streets

A traditional village with cobbled streets and ancient buildings, Hawkshead is an ideal holiday spot for those looking to relax. A holiday property in this part of the Lakes would be especially popular with couples searching for a romantic break. With it’s cat cafe, amazing ice cream shop and quaint local shops it’s a real hidden gem full of Lakeland charm.


8. Wasdale & Eskdale

A footpath and signpost in the Lake District in summer

Over in the West of the Lakes is the peaceful valley of Wasdale. Although quieter than other areas, this side of the National Park is by no means less popular. Wasdale Head and Eskdale Green would be ideal bases for avid hikers, flocking to climb England’s highest peak; Scafell Pike. A holiday let here would be a welcome retreat after a day out on the fells!


9. The Langdales

Green valley in the English Lake District with mountains and blue sky

This wild and rugged valley is dominated by the impressive Langdale Pikes, always popular with hikers and mountain bikers. Sitting in the heart of the National Park, this would be a fantastic location for a Lake District holiday let. It is sure to be a top spot with holiday-makers who want to be in the heart of the action.


10. Lakeside & Newby Bridge

Boats on Lake Windermere with blue sky

Last, but by no means least, the area around Lakeside & Newby Bridge at the Southern tip of Lake Windermere would be a great spot for a holiday let. Next to one of the most well-known lakes with easy access to the coast, there’s loads on offer here for holiday-makers including the classic Lakeside to Haverthwaite Railway line. You’d be sure to attract a large number of guests with a holiday let here.


Still need some advice on where to buy your Lake District holiday let?

Contact your local team for more information – we have offices in Windermere & Keswick with local staff members passionate about Cumbria & the Lakes. We can offer you invaluable, expert advice and help you find the area that’s right for you.

Images credits: Jorge Franganillo – (CC BY 2.0)Strider52 – (CC BY-SA 3.0)Alice Wills