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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
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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. Those pastures, rolling hills, ridiculous sunsets, it's just great, A perfect contrast from the constant grey walls creeping behind glasses of Aperol Spritz. Of course, in the Lake District, 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. Hotels won't always look like the cottages you'd imagine living in around these parts. This place has some cracking Airbnb options too. We’ve got our favourites lined up right here. 

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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 place to call home while exploring the southern lakes. In fact, you could walk all the way up to Windermere, along The Leven, which flows gently past your front door. Worse ways to spend the day. Also, when your legs are aching, you can drag yourself just a bit further up the road to the Swan Hotel & Spa for some TLC.

This is very cosy, which of course is a nice synonym for 'small’, maybe even 'tiny', but you’re wise and therefore you totally get that good things often come in small packages. This little pod proves it. And it is cosy! Of course, you're not here to just spend the time using a sauna, spa, golf course, etc. all within your very home – the real draw here is the view. It’s pretty jaw-dropping. You'll also likely be out of the pod more than inside it. Well from here, 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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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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