Whatever the occasion we have an incredible Big Cottage for you
William Wordsworth described it best. The mountains of the Lake District are like the waves of a tumultuous sea, surpassed by none in the beauty and variety of their surfaces and colours.
The Cumbrian mountains would be lost in the foothills of the Himalayas, but they concede nothing in beauty. They’re yours to walk, cycle or ride. The lakes are yours to sail and fish. This is the big country wrapped up in the lap of luxury by kate & tom’s.
Whether you prefer walking, cycling or sailing, the Lake District has something for every kind of explorer. If you’re a hiker up for a challenge, Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain standing at an impressive 3,210 feet. Or you could try the Treetop Trek and take in the views from the 14-metre-high tower before descending via the zip-wire. If cycling is more your thing, hire a bike and ride a forest trail with the family.
For something a little less strenuous, why not try sailing? At 10.5 miles long, Windermere is the largest and most famous in the Lake District. Hire a boat or take a guided cruise to experience the scenic views of the surrounding area from the water. Alternatively, hop aboard one of the local steam trains for a nostalgic journey along the Lake District’s heritage railways.
Other scenic places to visit include Hardknott Roman Fort ruins dating back to the 2nd century and the mysteriously dramatic Castlerigg Stone Circle made up of 38 stones – some three metres tall! Also worth a mention are the Coniston Copper Mines and Honister Slate Mine, for anyone wanting to explore the region’s industrial heritage.
The Lake District is well known for its many historical attractions. Hill Top is a quaint farmhouse famous as the former home of Beatrix Potter. Explore the house and its pretty gardens, as well as the vegetable patch that inspired the Peter Rabbit stories. William Wordsworth’s former home is also nearby – find Dove Cottage in Grasmere.
If grand houses are more your thing, Sizergh Castle near Kendal is a fortified yet romantic mansion which contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country. The elegant estate also hosts the National Trust’s largest limestone rock garden and a pretty water garden.
The more dramatic Muncaster Castle grew from a medieval tower-house and has been privately owned by the Pennington family since 1208. Famous for being Henry VI’s refuge during the War of the Roses, the castle grounds now feature a Hawk and Owl Centre for the entire family to enjoy.
If it’s animals that you want, the Lake District is also home to the UK’s largest collection of freshwater fish at the Lakes Aquarium on the edge of Windermere. Venture a little further afield and you’ll find the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Ulverston. Wander amongst wallabies, watch free-flying macaws soar overhead or try your hand at feeding your favourite animal with a more hands-on experience.
Come the evening, choose from live bands at Bootlegger’s Bar in Kendal, mixology classes at The Fizzy Tarté in Bowness or try speedquizzing at The Lily Bar in Ambleside. Or, after a tiring day of sightseeing, simply relax and unwind in an indulgent holiday home by kate & tom’s with stunning views over the lakes and mountains.
Enjoy local delicacies like Cumberland sausages, Kendal mint cake and Grasmere gingerbread in a spacious country kitchen, or bathe in one of our bubbling hot tubs after the kids have gone to bed. Whatever you want from your break in the Lake District, our self-catering accommodation has everything to suit your needs.
From secluded holiday cottages in idyllic surroundings to tranquil coastal havens, we have the perfect retreat for you and your guests.
Our large group accommodation is perfect for family celebrations, weekend getaways and girls’ weekends alike. And since the Lake District is one of the most dog-friendly holiday locations in the UK, you can even bring your pet along!
For tailored advice and to book, contact our friendly travel team.