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The best Airbnbs in the Lake District

Fancy a break? You can’t do much better than the Lake District, especially if you book an incredible Airbnb like these

Written by
Time Out editors
,
Rhys Thomas
&
Ella Doyle
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Sure, we all love swanning around on a weekend getaway, drinking pints in cosy pubs and taking long, countryside walks for hours on end. Sure, we have the best time ever soaking up the sunshine, going to local museums and drinking iced coffee on a beach wall. But where’s the pizzazz, I hear you say? Where’s the pop? 

Well, we’ve got you. First, we got together everything you need for a trip to one of the UK’s most magnificent landscapes, the Lake District in Cumbria, where the hills and mountains roll away like water and the grass grows greener than anywhere else on earth. Sure, we did that. But we’ve also found the wackiest Airbnbs you can get there, from tiny pods and cabins to converted police stations. Yep, you heard that right. Find everything you need on Airbnb

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This little pod on Howe Farm, overlooking Coniston Lake, is named ‘Pod Cottage’ by its owner. A missed opportunity for the name Pottage, if you ask me. But not only is Pod Cottage a tiny little self contained gem with its own outdoor seating area, BBQ, and bike storage, it’s also surrounded by chickens and sheep, like some sort of perfect holiday fever-dream-come-true. The pod fits two people, but obviously, you’re gonna wanna like each other a lot - Pod Cottage is just 7m long and 3m wide. But it’s likely to be unlike anywhere else you’ve stayed before. 

For a pod experience for the whole family, consider this family pod - which comes with a hot tub. Here, four guests can enjoy an open fire, outdoor seating area, indoor kitchen with dining table, and its stunning curved wooden panels. Right on the other side of a farm, separated only by a stone wall, this spot is a secluded treat, perfect for drinking gallons of prosecco and passing the weekend away. 

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Want to really escape? We hear you. Well, this place is perfect. It’s an Alpine-style lodge in a tranquil and secluded area of woodland in the Langdale Valley, near to Ambleside. Which means you’re not far from Windermere. You won't feel near anything though, from every window you are immersed in luscious greenery. We'd absolutely forgive you if you said 'ah, we can go there another time' and spent the entire time in the lovely cabin, and just forgot about the outside world.

Well isn’t this just peachy? Come on, look how pretty it is. It looks like a country hug, if that's ever a thing. If you look real close you’ll realise that it’s actually a converted Church of England village school, which will be interesting to the architecturally minded among you. It’s located down a quiet little lane near Irton. There are loads of walks nearby, but if you want to explore fully a car is advised. If you don't, this place serves up some downright spectacular views of the Wasdale Fells. Watch the sun go down around them, from your patio. An escape. 

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This series of cute-as-a-button (or row of buttons) cottages were home to horses, not humans; but they've been lovingly converted into three cosy houses that provide the perfect base for your Lake District adventure. They offer gorgeous views of the countryside, hills upon hills. The accommodation is also particularly well-suited to families, with ample children's books and toys on hand, plus a cot and high chair. That'll keep them occupied while you put your feet up after a long day's walking (and carrying the little ones). 

Think of a nourishing place to call home while exploring the Lake District. Log burner, oak beams, modern fixtures, warm tones, amazing views. This cottage has the lot. It is sleek and simply luxurious. It’s close to Cockermouth (about four miles away) but it’s also in a beautiful little Northern Lake District village with a wonderful local pub that we can highly recommend. Keswick’s just 15 minutes away, too. Public footpaths are practically at the doorstep making it a prime place to discover the West Lakes from. 

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This cottage, which sleeps six, is charming as hell. Inside there's oak beams and an open fire. Outside, it's all greens and stone. Irresistible. The location’s gold, too – not only are you right on the beautiful Brathay River, you’re within easy reach of Ambleside, Grassmere and other lovely Lake District villages and towns. After all the walking around, unwind in the hot tub.  

It’s maybe odd to say this on a list of great Lake District Airbnbs but this 400-year-old cottage really is all about the location. Why? Well, it’s at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and near to England’s deepest lake, Wastwater, but we really like the fact that it’s right on the Whillan Beck – a beautiful, tempestuous river. It’s a bit like stepping back in time, here. Immediate surroundings include a well-manicured garden with ample space for alfresco dining. Inside, you have cottagey vibes like no other. Lovely dark wood, snug ceilings, and not too much else, because who needs it here. 

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You can't beat a good BBQ, but in the UK? Let’s just say, the weather is a little unpredictable. Luckily, the Lake District is so beautiful that you'll find yourself having a hard time complaining about a bit of drizzle. Plus we’ve found this awesome BBQ shack where you can flame-grill sausages in the comfort of your Scandi-style cabin. The central fire pit comes with charcoal and firelighters, so all you need to bring is the food. And then? Work off that feast with a long, lakeside bike ride; there's a warren of cycle paths which start at your doorstep.

 

Yes it sounds like 1970s TV, but do you know why it’s called ‘The Old Cop Shop’? Well, because it was, once upon a time, the Grisedale Bridge police house. We’re smelling some American influence here. Inside it’s a charming little cottage with a roaring fire as opposed to sirens. It's compact and homely. You'll likely not be at the property much though, given its proximity to Ullswater and Glenridding.  

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