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The best Airbnbs in the Lake District

Want to get away? You can’t do much better than the Lake District, especially if you book one of these incredible Airbnbs

By Time Out editors
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It feels almost sacrilegious to suggest taking the modern world to a place as timelessly beautiful as this but look, if you want to really up your Instagram game you can do much, much worse than getting snap-happy in the Lake District. And of course, much of the allure comes from its imposing lakes and incredible walking routes but there’s more to this place than simply indulging in some breathtaking Cumbrian wilderness. From its literary credentials (you know, hosts of golden daffodils and all that) to pretty little villages, charming market towns and some fascinating attractions (we’re looking at you, Pencil Museum), this is one part of the UK guaranteed to knock your socks off. But where to stay huh? An Airbnb of course. This place has some crackers. And we’ve got our favourites lined up right here. 

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A converted waterside barn

Well, this is very swish. Sure, it looks the part (love those high-ceilings and that mezzanine) but, as with many of the Airbnbs on this list, the location’s the thing. It’s in the beautiful little hamlet of Newby Bridge, which is lovely in itself, but which is also a superb base for exploring the southern lakes. In fact, you could walk all the way up to Windemere, along The Leven, which flows gently past your front door.

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A pod with a view

This is very cosy, which of course here really means ‘small’ but you’re wise and therefore you totally get that good things come in small packages. This little pod proves it. And yeah sure it packs a lot in so you’ll be well comfortable and that but the real draw here is the view. It’s pretty jaw-dropping. And if you’re a walker? The Old Man of Coniston – a fell in the Furness Fells – is doable from your front door. Stellar sights up there, that’s for sure.

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The log cabin

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 but really, we think it might be tempting just to settle in here and forget about the outside world completely. 

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The cosy cottage in the Western Lake District

Well isn’t this just peachy? Come on, look how pretty it is. And if you look real close you’ll realise that it’s actually a converted Church of England village school. It’s located down a quiet little lane near Irton and serves up some downright spectacular views of the Wasdale Fells. There are loads of walks nearby but if you want to explore? You’ll need a car. 

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The stableyard conversion

Once, these cute-as-a-button 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, and are particularly well-suited to families, what with the children's books and toys, cot and high chair, plus Wi-Fi and TV for when you just want to put them in front of a screen and relax.

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Luxury cottage near Cockermouth

Log burner, oak beams, luxe, modern fixtures... this cottage is the Lake District but with all the sleekness that you fussy lot might like. And sure, 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.

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Beech Cottage in Skelwith Bridge

So, first things first: this place has a hot tub. But there’s more to this quintessential Lakeland cottage than some lovely warm bubbles. It’s charming as hell, with oak beams, an open fire and, well, just look at it. 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.

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A quaint little cottage on the river

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.

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The BBQ cabin

Okay, so you can't have the full Scandi experience yet, but you can book yourself in at this super-cute cabin with a barbecue in the centre of the space. Yep, that's right: it'll warm your home right up while providing a great cooking space. Not only that, but there's Wi-Fi, a fridge and microwave and a lockable garage for bikes. There's a whole network of bicycle paths starting from your doorstep – what more could you need?

 

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The Old Cop Shop

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. No matter. It’s a charming little cottage that plays on its history lightly, relying mostly on its pretty-village location and its proximity to Ullswater and Glenridding. 

 

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