The views are breathtaking, there is plenty to see and do for all the family and this company has an enviable portfolio of beautiful, traditional cottages and houses.

Looking to escape to the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria? We don’t blame you. The views are breathtaking and there is plenty to see and do for all the family. With a hand-picked selection of stunning holiday homes, Good Life Lake District Cottages have cornered the market when it comes to accommodation in the UK’s largest national park. Founded in 2008, the site has two offices in Elterwater and Windermere. Family run and wholly independent, they are true, local experts. The team not only know the area inside-out, but they know the cottages on their books too – meaning a quick phone call to the helpful customer services line and they’ll be able to find the right holiday home for you. Whether you’re looking for a lakeside retreat for two, a pet-friendly hideaway or the perfect base for a hiking holiday. They’ll find it in their portfolio of beautiful, traditional cottages.

Covering Elterwater, Chapel Stile, Grasmere, Windermere, Kendal, Newby Bridge, Staveley and Ambleside, they pride themselves on offering unique, characterful properties that marry modern, luxury facilities with incredible settings and period charm. Browsing the site there are plenty of edits to get you closer to your dream holiday, quicker. Choose from ‘with a view’, ‘all on one level’, ‘cottages with open fires’ or even ‘near a pub’. Whatever your holiday priorities, they’ve got a selection of properties that fit the bill… and budget. There are simple, one-bedroom cottages, perfect for romantic cosy weekends getting back to nature, or if you’re getting away to celebrate a big event, or looking for a more luxurious break, check out the platinum collection of stand-out, larger properties that are guaranteed to wow. Whether it’s private lake frontage or a hot tub overlooking the Lake District fells, there’s even a property with helicopter access, if required.

You can also browse by location, which is great if you know your preferred spot, or why not be inspired by their seasonal collections. Their recommendations of properties that are best suited to specific times of year; the summer edit properties all have great gardens and outside spaces to enjoy, while the winter portfolio is full of cosy log fires and rustic retreats for hibernating.

There are properties for all the family – there are larger, multi-generation getaways and baby-friendly cottages with all the kit – not to mention any four-legged holidaymakers, with plenty of dog-friendly stays, too.

Accessibility is a key focus for the site, allowing easy filtering to find properties that have the necessary amenities to cater for a range of abilities. This is a simple feature but one frustratingly missing from so many rival holiday booking sites. Another innovative move is the company’s Green Policy, ensuring all the cottage cleaning staff use eco-friendly cleaning products, that waste is recycled and guests are educated on water wastage. An optional donation is also made with each booking to the Lake District Foundation that works towards sustainable tourism that benefits, rather than depletes, the National Park’s beautiful environment.

So, you’ve found your perfect location and booked your cottage – don’t forget to read the Good Life Lake District Cottages Holiday Guide section on the site before you set off; full of personal, expert recommendations of the best gastro pubs, days out, farm shops and a handy What’s On guide.

Sign up to their newsletter to keep up to date with the Good Life blog. It is full of interviews with Good Life cottage owners, gleaning their top tips for things to do in the Lake District. There are also reviews of local attractions and days out, as well as regular offers and competitions to enter.

Finally, if you fall in love with the Lake District you can always check back on the site at the ‘cottages for sale’ section and call one of their dream properties home, for good.

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By Lydia Mansi