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Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
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The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
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Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
Stay in style at this gorgeous country house close to Bowness in the majestic Lake District National Park. The property is perfect for holidays, short breaks (3 nights min) and as the ideal venue to celebrate a special occasion or event.
Birkdale House is situated in beautiful countryside, yet only a five-minute stroll into Bowness and is well located for all the Lakeland activities and attractions. The property accommodates ten guests (currently the rule of six applies) in five beautiful, well-appointed bedrooms, with fantastic views of Lake Windermere, the spectacular Lakeland Fells or the idyllic estate grounds on its doorstep. A well-equipped kitchen, an elegant drawing room with a log-burning stove, a cosy snug and a traditional dining room, offer a living space which is both stylish and spacious.
The once conventional cellar is now a unique, vibrant hideaway brimming with character. Enjoy your favourite film in the brand-new cinema room with its 75” screen and surround sound speaker system, or challenge friends and family to a few frames of pool or a game of table-football.
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The House sits in over 2 acres of private grounds, surrounded by the working Estate. Access to the property is via a private road and sweeping drive. There is parking from several cars and an Electric Vehicle Charging point for use by guests. There is a large lawn accessed via elegant stone steps; a large terrace and barbecue area with Big Green Egg and a fire pit. Blankets and cushions are provided for all year round comfort. The rear of the property is accessed by a level, gravel, gated drive which gives access to the storage garage and rear door. There is a natural stone outcrop at the rear. There is also a covered porch area. The garage is large with space to store luggage, baby buggies and bicycles (there are floor mounted racks for up to 10 bikes).
The front door opens into a traditional porch area with tiled floor. There is a spacious bootroom with cloakroom and WC. The elegant hallway leads to the dining room, kitchen and drawing room all on one level. There is a downstairs shower room and a door leading onto the terrace. The kitchen has a Utility from where the Cinema and Games room are accessed. This is located on the lower ground floor with 3 spacious areas and a wine cellar. A door from the utility room leads to the gravel courtyard. A magnificent staircase leads to the first floor.
First Floor Description
Five bedrooms come off the spacious landing, named after the old field names of the Matson Ground Estate. Gossemire - a super king bed with stunning views over the fells and Lake Windermere. Peasedale - a King bed with ensuite shower room. Longmire - a super king bed which can be separated into two singles. Undermillbeck - a twin room with double aspect windows over the Estate. Summergrove - a super king bed with ensuite shower room. Stunning views over the front of the poperty, and Lakeland fells.. There are two first floor bathrooms, one with a modern roll top bath and double shower.
Window Views Description
The downstairs Drawing Room and Dining room have views to the front of the property across the elegant lawn with the Lakeland fells in the distance. There is some beautiful natural woodland both within the house grounds and on the wider estate. Two of the first floor bedrooms (Goosemire and Summergrove) have views of the western fells and Lake Windermere.
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The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Unmissable for those visiting with children, The World of Beatrix Potter is a popular family attraction. Children will be thrilled to meet their favourite Beatrix Potter characters, such as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle.Visit Website
Windermere Lake Cruises
At nearly 11 miles long, Windermere is not only the largest natural lake in the Lake District, but in England. Windermere Lake Cruises regularly set off from the jetties in Bowness Bay to Waterhead in Ambleside to the north, and to Lakeside to the south, giving you the chance to explore the lake by boat.Visit Website
The traditional Lakeland farmhouse to which Beatrix Potter retreated from London and which inspired her beloved characters and their stories. Now a National Trust property, Hill Top is a time-capsule of her life and well worth a visit.Visit Website
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Established in 1973, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway operates steam locomotives on the 3.5 mile journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside, at the southern tip of Windermere. From Lakeside it is possible to travel to by water to Bowness or Ambleside via connections with Windermere Lake Cruises.Visit Website
Eating and Drinking
The Brown Horse Inn, Winster
The Brown Horse is our ‘go to’ for pub dining. It serves local and good quality food in the picturesque Winster Valley.Visit Website
The Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite
The Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite is arguably the best pub food in the locality, served either in the cosy bar area or the more formal restaurant.Visit Website
Homeground Coffee and Kitchen
Perfect for brunch, coffee and cake, Homeground Coffee and Kitchen is a Windermere favourite! Winner of a Cumbria Life Food Award 2020. Closes at 5pm.Visit Website
An upmarket grocery chain focused on regional produce, with specialist fish, meat and deli departments. Booths Windermere is a conversion of the former Victorian railway terminus, built of the local stone and slate. Booths also offers a click and collect service: everyday.booths.co.ukVisit Website
Plumgarths Farm Shop and Cafe
Plumgarths Farmshop offers local and seasonal produce, supporting local farmers, artisans and producers. The Two Sisters Cafe is also worth a visit. It is located directly next to the shop serving fresh local lunchtime plates.Visit Website
Sporting Attractions and Activities
Go Ape Grizedale
This stunning location in Grizedale Forest is the full monty of adventure with five unrivalled experiences. Adrenaline junkies should head to the Treetop Challenge or Zip Trekking Adventure. There’s Treetop Adventure+ for older kids and teenagers and Treetop Adventure for the young would-be explorers.Visit Website
Brockhole on Windermere
A true Lake District experience on the shores of Windermere for all the family. Brockhole has beautiful gardens, lakeshore access and a range of activities on offer, such as an adventure playground, Treetop Trek, mini golf, boat and bike hire and archery, as well as an indoor caving experience. There is also a gift shop and several cafes.Visit Website
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