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A Lakelovers Guide: 48 hours in the Lake District

A Lakelovers Guide: 48 hours in the Lake District

Have you ever thought about booking a cottage for you and friends in the Lake District? Lakelovers Lake District Cottages have used their expertise to give you a taster of what you could do in just 48 hours.

(They are experts on Cottage holidays, plus they know everything Lake District. They offer an array of holiday residences which are perfect for couples, families and small to medium-sized groups, you can find anything from a sleeps-2 Hot Tub cottage to a stylish manor which sleeps up to 20! All the properties are chosen with quality and value-for-money in mind so there’s no better way to spend time with your loved ones.)

The arrival

Modern, relaxing living rooms give you space to unwind
After all the planning, booking and packing it will be a relief to finally make it to your Lakelovers Lake District cottage. You’ve done the research, looked through Lakelover’s listings and found the perfect setting for your break- whether it’s the pleasing hustle and bustle of one of the Lake Districts picturesque towns or the absolute peace of the national park’s landscape. Now you’re here you’ve got the chance to explore your new home, call dibs on where you want to sleep, and then sit down and unwind before your friends and family arrive. Soon they’re here and it’s hugs and kisses all round. You haven’t seen them for a while so take time to relax in your stylish sitting room and catch up.

Day 1: Your First Morning

A spacious bright kitchen which retains its cottage character
As the sun rises, morning light brightens your cottage’s beautiful kitchen, where you cook a Full English Breakfast (the perfect start to any holiday), and everyone pours in to eat together and talk over your holiday plans for the day ahead.
Today, with the early morning light rising gently over the fells, you make your way to Castlerigg, famous for its ancient stone circle and fantastic views. You’ve brought your camera, and with delight capture how the soft, morning sunlight glints over the rolling hills- the photo opportunities are endless!
A beautiful lake view
Feeling refreshed by the timeless view, you head down the fells to the market town of Keswick on the shores of Derwent Water. Take a boat out on the lake and feel like a child from Swallows and Amazons, and then take a wander through the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and learn about this special town’s history and vibrant culture.

Take a look at Lakelovers Keswick Holiday Cottages

Day 1: A Boozy Afternoon

The gorgeous machinery at the Lakes Distillery
After your morning of beautiful sights and culture, head north along the shores of Bassenthwaite to the Lakes Distillery. Here you’ll find an array of activities to keep everyone entertained, distillery tours and tastings run throughout the day and there’s a shop full of boozy goodies to browse.

When you and your party’s thoughts start turning to food, visit The Pheasant Inn just outside Keswick on your way home. This popular pub has all the traditional Lakeland touches, serving great food and fine local ales – the perfect way to round off your first day.

Day 2: Get outdoors and explore

The Lakelovers cottages are set in some of Cumbria most spectacular countrysideJump out of bed and enjoy a bacon sandwich in the kitchen before heading out to Grizedale Forest on the fringes of the Rusland Valley. Here you can hire bikes, swing through the trees with Go Ape- or you can let your more thrill-seeking companions do that whilst you explore the incredible forest on your own two feet.

If you like the look of this area, book your Lakelovers Cottage in the Rusland Valley.

Carry on with your Lake District adventure and head south to Bowness Pier. Catch a boat and take a tour around Lake Windermere’s beautiful islands, keeping an eye out for local landmarks along the way.
Journey along Windermere in style(Shh it’s a secret - When you book with Lakelovers you can buy a discounted one-day lake pass which allows you passage on any Windermere Lake Cruises route. Find out more on the Lakelovers Recommends page.)

Day 2: A Foodie Frenzy

After your leisurely cruise get everyone back in the car for the short drive to The Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank for lunch. Serving food which is a notch above your usual pub grub, the Masons Arms is well known among foodies and seasoned Lake District Visitors.
The lovely Masons ArmsContinue on your foodie adventure with a trip to Cartmel. This village is the undisputed king of the feast and with a two Michelin starred restaurant, numerous pubs and fantastic cafes, that’s hardly surprising. We recommend you head to the Cartmel Village Shop for a coffee and savour their delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding. If you fancy spending more time here check out Hedgehog Hideaway, a delightful cottage for 4, just a stone’s throw from Cartmel.
A yummy sticky toffee puddingMake sure you leave a little room for a special dinner. Rogan & Co’s brasserie style is a little more low-key than its fine-dining sister L’Enclume (both run by Michelin star chef Simon Rogan) and is perfect for a special group meal - make sure you book in advance!
After all the excitement you’ll need to put your feet up. Return to your cottage and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or perhaps a naughty night-cap you picked up from the Distillery. Tuck up in your cosy socks and reminisce about the day’s adventures – tomorrow it will start all over again... A place to rest after a busy day
Have we convinced you yet?
If you can picture yourself taking this lovely vacation, Lakelovers has some beautiful holiday properties available this autumn to suit all tastes and budgets. Holidays are perfect for making memories so make yours in the Lake District and spend some time browsing their fantastic array of cottages.
This article was written and paid for by Lakelovers Lake District Cottages, a member of Cumbria Tourism. Golakes & Cumbria Tourism would like to take this opportunity to thank Lakelovers- it down to the support of our members we’re able to look after the county of Cumbria.

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