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Cottages by County - For comfortable, well equipped 4 & 5 star self-catering holiday accommodation in fantastic rural and seaside locations throughout the UK

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Cumbria & the Lakes

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The Lake District, Cumbria is famous for its stunning mountain scenery and of course its cool, clear lakes, tarns and rivers; Lake Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater, Buttermere and Derwant Water are all world famous.

Lake Windermere

Keswick, Grasmere and Ambleside are all worth visiting. Walking and climbing are well loved pastimes but the Lake District has attracted poets, writers and of course artists particularly from the Picturesque and Romantic Movements and there are opportunities to visit Dove Cottage, Wordsowrth's home and follow his Lakeland trails.

Bassenthwaite Lake - the northernmost of the lakes in the Lake District; it is said that that the four mile long Bassenthwaite Lake is the only true lake in the Lake District and Cumbria (the others being meres and waters). Now home to one of the world's largest hawks, the osprey, Bassenthwaite Lake is also believed to have been the lake from which The Lady in the Lake emerged to give the sword Excalibur to King Arthur.

Whether or not this is true, Mirehouse and Bassenthwaite Lake were certainly the inspiration for 'Morte D'Arthur', and it was at Mirehouse that Lord Alfred Tennyson stayed whilst writing much of this epic poem. Mirehouse now has a small open air theatre for the performance of his works. See www.tennysonsociety.org.uk for more details.

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