With the upcoming bank holidays, you may be thinking about taking a trip to enjoy a long weekend in style with family and friends. The more the merrier, right?

But finding the perfect property can be tricky if you’re planning a trip with a large group. Ensuring needs are catered for, and space is ample for every guest can be challenging.

At Mill House Cottages, we have plenty of spacious luxury properties, where friends and family of all ages can enjoy a 5* mini break for every occasion.


Ingleborough House – 8 Guests



In the centre of the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, you’ll find Ingleborough House. Set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales, this estate can house up to eight guests, making it the perfect venue for a getaway with friends.

The house itself boasts three king size, en-suite bedrooms, and one king-size bedroom, an open plan kitchen and dining room, and a large living room complete with a log-burning fireplace, which creates an inviting setting for a game night.

The fun doesn’t stop there, Ingleborough house has its own private courtyard, where you can enjoy a spot of al-fresco entertaining, as well as a hot tub, where guests can unwind while the sun is setting.

During your stay, you can take the trip to Leck Fell, where you’ll find an abundance of beautiful purple heather, and an underworld of hidden cave systems. If you and your friends are foodies, pay a visit to The Royal Hotel. Whether you opt for the afternoon tea, artisan pizza and tapas-style nibbles or three-course Sunday roast, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable dining experience.


Bective House - 6 Guests



Bective House in Kirkby Lonsdale is nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Lake District, offering four gorgeous bedrooms, including a king-sized bedroom,

and a spacious child’s room with a cot and plenty of toys to play with.

There’s a spacious open-plan kitchen and dining room where you can host a celebratory meal or family get together. If you and the family fancy a more relaxing evening, you can unwind in the separate lounge complete with smart TV and gas fire. Plus, if the grownups need some quiet time, there’s another lounge area upstairs, which boasts breathtaking views of the mountains.

In the area, Bective House offers access to a plethora of outdoor activities, with Greenlands Farm Village just 15 minutes away. This open farm has a big soft play and mini golf for the kids, while the adults can explore the artisan village, garden centre and tuck into a delicious lunch at the bistro.


New Thornber – 8 Guests



Nestled between the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & the Forest of Bowland, is New Thornber in Betham. This holiday cottage can house eight guests and comes with four bedrooms, and three luxurious bathrooms, one of which has a roll-top slipper bath where you can soak, relax and enjoy views over Ingleborough and Whernside.

The large living room with panoramic views over Yorkshire, Lancashire & Cumbria, is completed with an Aga log burner, smart TV and several games and books for family and friends to enjoy. What makes New Thornber so special is the private gated garden. Here you can unwind with your morning coffee while enjoying the sunrise over the Yorkshire mountains.

During your stay, you can explore Kirkby Lonsdale's charming streets. Why not venture down through the churchyard to the famous Ruskin’s View, or meander to Devil’s Bridge in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains?


The Old School & the Classroom - 10 Guests




The Old School Hall & the Classroom in Kirkby Lonsdale is the property for those seeking an unforgettable staycation. This Grade II listed property is steeped in history and character, and provides a unique blend of comfort and spectacular architecture.

The Old School Hall can sleep up to six guests, and with its spacious layout and traditional features, serves as an ideal gathering space for groups of all sizes.

For parties up to ten, the dining area can hold larger groups and the table expands to seat all your guests. You can also take the party outside to the secured garden, where you can play games or simply relax with a glass of your favourite tipple. The adjacent Classroom, which can sleep up to four guests, adds to the allure, offering a sense of nostalgia.

Once you feel rested, you can take the short trip down to Brockhole on Windermere. At this fantastic outdoor attraction, you can enjoy a range of activities from mini golf, ziplines, treetop nets, to kayaking and archery.


Park House Cottage – 6 Guests



Park House Cottage stands out as an excellent choice for a holiday getaway for you, five loved ones, and your four-legged companion.

Residing in the honeypot village of Barbon, this cottage provides an idyllic retreat amidst the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. As well as three bedrooms, guests are invited to unwind in the living room, cook up a storm in the modern open-plan kitchen diner, or take in the views across the fells in the secluded garden.

One of the highlights of Park House Cottage is its stunning location, surrounded by rolling hills, lush countryside, and scenic walking trails. If you're an early riser, you need to visit Ingleton Waterfalls, which is one of the most picturesque walks within the local area, boasting stunning scenery, sunken glens, deep cavernous gorges and the famous money tree.

No matter the size of your party, our cottages allow you to relax in style at any time of the year. Check our availability and start planning your luxury staycation today.

Nestled in the heart of Cumbria, the Lake District emerges as an idyllic canvas for an unforgettable Easter holiday. As spring breathes new life into the landscape, the Lake District's iconic hills, and serene lakes, create a picture-perfect setting for a rejuvenating getaway. 

As well as walks through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Lake District offers a myriad of fun activities for you young families, book lovers, foodie connoisseurs, and history buffs to enjoy. Whether you seek outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or culinary delights surrounded by nature's beauty, the Lake District encapsulates the essence of a perfect Easter holiday. 


Family Fun: Easter Egg Hunt at Brockhole in Windermere  

No Easter holiday is complete without an Easter egg hunt, right? So, a trip to Brockhole’s Golden Bunny Easter Egg Hunt should be at the top of your holiday list. The family is invited to join in some good old-fashioned fun, where you might find the golden bunny in Brockhole’s playground, along the lakeshore, or relaxing in the gardens. When you do find him, be sure to collect your prize!  

Once you’ve found the golden bunny, there are plenty of other fun activities you and your family can enjoy, including archery, mini golf, tree top nets, treks, kayaks, and even axe throwing. A day of adventure will always work up an appetite, and at Brockhole there are a host of fantastic cafes and food trucks, as well as plenty of picnic tables for those that prefer to bring their own food.  

Your Easter break doesn’t have to stop at Brockhole. Just a short drive away you’ll find our beautiful cottage, Ruskin’s View. This stylish and contemporary two-bed property is the offers the perfect respite after a long day exploring, as guests can unwind in their own hot tub, enjoy a drink in the private garden, or kick back in the spacious living room and watch your favourite film on the sofa.  

Plan Your Visit | Brockhole


Book-lovers Paradise: Exploring the World of Beatrix Potter and Friends  

Did you know that the entire world of Beatrix Potter originates in the beautiful backdrop of the Lake District? So, if you’re taking a trip to this neck of the woods with your little ones this Easter, it would only be fitting to embark on a Peter Rabbit adventure.   

You can embark on your bunny-themed adventure at the World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness. Here, you can immerse yourself in the world of the beloved character, wander through Peter Rabbit's famous garden, and soak in the sounds, scents and sights that inspired the world-renowned author.  

Next up on your Peter Rabbit adventure day should be the Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Gardens, where Beatrix Potter spent ten summers between 1885 and 1907, and these gardens became the inspiration for many of the drawings and landscapes you see in her works.  

Walking around Beatrix’s favourite summer spot, you will get the feeling you are in Mr. McGregor's iconic garden, and truly understand who these open spaces inspired the famous backdrops for Peter Rabbit and friends.  

If you loved taking in the picturesque views that inspired the world of Peter Rabbit, why not watch the sunset over Lune Valley at our two-bedroom cottage, Howgill’s Barn? At our beautifully converted cottage, you can enjoy a luxurious soak in the roll top bath, before enjoying your favourite tipple on the patio while taking in the breathtaking views of the rolling hills.  

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere | New Girl in Toon

Foodie’s Favourite: Sunday Lunch in Kirkby Lonsdale  

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Cumbrian countryside, Kirkby Lonsdale stands out as the ideal destination for a quintessential Easter Sunday roast. The charming market town, with its cobbled streets and historic architecture, provides a perfect setting for a leisurely and delightful culinary experience. 

Imagine settling into one of Kirkby Lonsdale's cosy, traditional pubs or inviting restaurants, where the warm ambiance complements the Easter festivities. The town boasts a selection of acclaimed eateries known for their commitment to quality and locally sourced ingredients. As you savour your Easter Sunday feast, you'll find the flavours to be a perfect blend of tradition and innovation, showcasing the culinary expertise of the region. 

Once you’ve finished your Easter feast, Kirkby Lonsdale's idyllic surroundings offer a serene backdrop for a post-roast stroll, allowing you to soak in the charm of the River Lune and the stunning countryside. The combination of a hearty Easter meal and the town's tranquil ambiance creates a memorable experience, making Kirkby Lonsdale the ultimate destination for those seeking a delightful Easter Sunday filled with good food, warm hospitality, and the beauty of the English countryside. 

If you would prefer to cook your own delicious Easter meal, our two-bedroom cottage, The Classroom comes with a fully equipped, spacious open-plan kitchen and dining space. The patio doors also open to a secured outdoor space for you to enjoy some alfresco dining if the sun is shining.  

Historic Fanatics: Go Back in Time at Holker Hall  

Nestled on the fringes of Grange-Over-Sands, Holker Hall & Gardens spans an enchanting estate sprawling across more than 17,000 acres. Here, families, friends and loved ones can enjoy leisurely walks, where you might even spot some wild deer! Or, if you’re a history buff, why not delve into the rich beauty of Holker Hall, dating back to the sixteenth century?  

The grounds boast many gorgeous garden walks, inviting you to meander through the regal Holker Labyrinth, marvel at the Holker Great Lime tree, adorned with national heritage status, and meander through the National Collection of Styracaceae. During the Easter weekend, Holker Hall & Gardens bursts to life with a myriad of events including treasure trails, egg decorating and a murder mystery night! 

After taking in all the stunning sights at Holker Hall, you can venture back to our equally stunning waterside hideaway, Lakeside. This gorgeous two-bedroom property boasts breathtaking views of the turquoise lake where you can enjoy some al-fresco dining out on your own deck or you can snuggle up on the sofa in front of the log-burning fire.  

Holker Hall and Gardens - Grange-over-Sands - Visit Lake District

No matter how you choose to celebrate this Easter, our luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District provide the perfect base for you to make this springtime holiday extra special. We have plenty of stunning properties available throughout the year. So, whenever you’re ready to plan your idyllic getaway in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Scotland or south of France, we have the perfect property to fit your needs.  

The most romantic day of the year is upon us, and planning a perfect getaway for Valentine’s Day can be exciting, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. However, this year, we’re here to help!

From scenic escapes, and picturesque walks, to intimate dining experiences and relaxing spa retreats, we’ve picked our top five Valentine's Day activities that cater to everyone. Embrace the romance and explore our top Valentine’s Day ideas for an unforgettable celebration of love.


Cruise on Lake Windermere

A Valentine's Day cruise on Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District is the perfect romantic trip for two. The gentle glide over the gorgeous lake, complemented by stunning scenery, creates a magical atmosphere.

Whether on deck or inside the cabin, couples can watch the sunset with a picnic or a toast, making it a perfect blend of serenity and beauty. These cruises provide a unique and enchanting way for partners to celebrate their love on Valentine's Day, creating lasting memories against the backdrop of nature's charm. After your idyllic boat trip, you can take the short trip back to the delightful Drakes Barn, where the romance can continue. Cook a delicious meal and enjoy some candlelit alfresco dining, or even relax with a glass of bubbly in the hot tub.


Red Cruise

Coastal Walk Along Arnside Beach

If you and your partner are coastal lovers, then a walk along Arnside Beach in Lancashire is the place for you this Valentine’s Day. As an Area of Outstanding Beauty, you will be treated to stunning views of the River Kent and Morecambe Bay while visiting Arnside Beach.

Couples can wander along the soft sandy beach, or even take a dip in the tranquil ocean. Arnside's charm extends to the village, offering quaint cafes, restaurants, and pubs for a relaxing meal. We would definitely recommend staying to watch the sunset! The warm glow over the beach will only enhance your romantic getaway.

This perfect combination of natural beauty, and laid-back atmosphere makes Arnside Beach an exquisite choice for creating cherished Valentine's Day memories in a picturesque coastal setting. If you don’t want your Valentine’s Day to end there, you can book a stay at The Nook. After a fun-filled day at the beach, you can unwind in The Nook’s beautiful free-standing bath, before settling in for a peaceful evening on the sofa, in front of the roaring fire.


Amazing Arnside - scenic seafront walk | 50connect

A Romantic Meal at The Lunesdale Arms

The Lunesdale Arms in Tunstall is an idyllic restaurant for a romantic Valentine's Day meal. Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Tunstall, this charming establishment offers an intimate setting with cosy interiors and friendly staff, ensuring a memorable celebration.

The menu features culinary delights such as seafood linguine, and braised lamb, as well as delectable tapas-style dishes, made for sharing with loved ones. No matter when you choose to dine, the Lunesdale Arms provides the perfect intimate setting to celebrate love. Why stop the romantic celebrations there, while our stunning property, The Pavilion, is just a stone’s throw away? After finishing your delicious meal, you can unwind in the hot tub, or snuggle up on the sofa by the log-burning fireplace.

The Lunesdale Arms, Tunstall - Davis & Bowring

Explore the Catbell Lakes

A Valentine's Day walk along the lakes in Catbells promises an intimate and peaceful experience amidst stunning landscapes. The idyllic scenery, with its beautiful lakes and rolling hills, creates a magical backdrop for couples to stroll hand in hand, and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. While on your walk, why not take a rest stop, tuck into a picnic, and take in the breathtaking views? It will be an unforgettable day for you and your partner.

If you want to experience even more scenic views after your Valentine’s Day, why not head back to the Lakeside? You can sit out on the deck, put your feet up, and take in the gorgeous panoramic views of the turquoise lake with a bottle of bubbly.

Or, if it gets too chilly, you can take in the views from the comfort of the sofa thanks to the six-metre-high glass apex that spans the entire width of the property.

Catbells walk - Keswick walks - Derwent Water - Lake District walks


Unwind at The Swan Hotel

A spa retreat at The Swan Hotel is the ultimate romantic surprise for your partner this Valentine’s Day. Residing in the quaint hamlet of Newby Bridge, this stunning hotel offers a tranquil ambiance, providing the perfect backdrop to relax and renew.

You can spend your afternoon in the hydrotherapy pool, Finnish-style sauna, steam room, or fully pamper yourself and your partner with a massage or luxury spa day package. The skilled therapists and calming surroundings at the Swan Hotel create a rejuvenating experience, promoting a sense of an unforgettable romantic retreat. But the surprises don’t have to stop there. Keep the romance going by heading back to Box Tree Cottage. You can watch the sunset in your own private garden with a few nibbles and drinks, before retiring to the cosy living room, where you can watch your favourite film in front of the roaring fire.

The Swan Hotel And Spa | Tranquil Luxury | Newby Bridge


We hope our guide has helped you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day for you and your partner, but celebrating your love shouldn’t just be reserved for one day of the year!

All our stunning properties are available throughout the year, so if you fancy booking a romantic trip for two later on, take a look at our other romantic escapes in the South Lakes, Scotland and Yorkshire Dales.

After the festive season is over, the start of the new year can seem daunting. It’s cold, dark, and there’s no immediate holidays to look forward to. So, why not break up the winter blues by booking a stay with Mill House Cottages?

Our cottages redefine winter getaways, seamlessly combining modern comfort with scenic charm. Imagine cosy evenings by the fireplace, complemented by luxury interiors and picturesque views.

Whether it's a romantic retreat, a friendly get-together, or a family adventure, Mill House Cottages cater to all occasions, providing an ideal base for exploration or relaxation. Beat the winter monotony and embark on an unforgettable escape by booking online today.

New Thornber – Bentham

New Thornber offers a cosy retreat amid the winter chill. Nestled in the picturesque village of Bentham, this delightful cottage boasts four stunning bedrooms, panoramic views over Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, an electric Aga log burner, smart TV, and plenty of games and books to enjoy, making it the perfect getaway with friends and family.

Guests can escape the January blues by unwinding in the roll-top slipper bath or relaxing in their own private garden with a coffee while watching the sunrise over the Yorkshire mountains.

With local footpaths, the quaint village of Ingleton, and the charming town of Kirkby Lonsdale just moments away, you can enjoy an abundance of boutique shops, local pubs & cafes, and country walks before returning to your home away from home.

The House @ Foxhole Rigg – Sedbergh

The House @ Foxhole Rigg is the perfect cottage for a new year getaway with family and friends, and even your dog too. With the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District on your doorstep, you can take in all the gorgeous views of the rolling countryside before returning to your idyllic winter retreat.

This stunning 3-bed cottage offers the perfect blend of comfort and tranquillity. Exposed brickwork, log-burning fire, 2 lounges, and thoughtful finishings create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. You also have a private, enclosed garden with seating, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise in peace.

Once you have finished exploring the Yorkshire Dales, you should pay a visit to the village in Sedbergh which is four miles to the south. While here, you can enjoy a spot of fishing in the nearby rivers, cycle along the fantastic pathways or stroll through some of the scenic fells in the surrounding area that will simply take your breath away.

The Nook – Arkholme

Residing in the pretty village of Arkholme, The Nook promises a serene escape from the gloomy winter season. With two large bedrooms complete with designer en-suite bathrooms, a beautiful drawing room, and a log burner, this gorgeous cottage offers a perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comforts.

It also boasts a fantastic, enclosed back garden, creating a snug haven for you, your loved ones, and your dog. With the Yorkshire Dales, South Lake District and Lancashire close by, and the River Lune just a short walk away, The Nook provides a peaceful base for a rejuvenating stay.

Plus, if you fancy tantalising your taste buds while staying at The Nook, you can pay a visit to Kirkby Lonsdale, where you’ll find plenty of artisan cafés, fabulous restaurants & local pubs to enjoy.

Grouse Hall – Near Hawes


Grouse Hall near Hawes stands as an exceptional holiday destination to combat the post winter holiday slump, promising unrivalled comfort and natural beauty. Located right in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales National Park, this gorgeous two-bed cottage boasts panoramic views across the ever-changing countryside.

Just 15 minutes away, you can discover the nearby towns of Sedbergh and Hawes, where you can enjoy the finest food and drink, award-winning gastropubs and tourist attractions the country has to offer.

After a day of exploring the nearby towns or walking around the mountains, you can return to Grouse Hall and unwind in the beautifully finished open kitchen, dining and living space, and snuggle up next to the log-burning fire. Or if you want to get into full relaxation mode, you can take a long luxurious soak in the bath, then catch your favourite shows on one of our smart TVs in the comfort of your own bed.

Park House Cottage – Barbon


Located on the outskirts of the scenic village of Barbon, Park House Cottage is a quintessential countryside retreat, offering an enchanting escape from winter's grasp. This delightful cottage exudes character with its stone façade and picturesque surroundings.

Inside, the cottage boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere, complemented by a log-burning fireplace, three thoughtfully designed rooms, a modern open-plan kitchen, and French doors that lead to a beautiful private garden.

Park House Cottage stands as an ideal haven for those seeking tranquillity and relaxation in the heart of winter. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Barbon, guests can immerse themselves in serene walks and outdoor activities or pay a visit to the highly regarded local pub, village store and coffee shop. Motorcyclists, walkers and cyclists can also visit the renowned Devil’s Bridge located on the River Lune, which is just 10 minutes away.

Start the new year with an idyllic stay at one of our cottages, where you can holiday in style and be treated to some of the best views the UK has to offer. Check our availability and plan your luxury winter getaway today.

It's never too early to plan your perfect Christmas getaway, and Mill House Cottages has a property for every type of festive escape. Whether you dream of a cozy retreat with a crackling fireplace, a picturesque lakeside adventure, or an idyllic countryside celebration, our collection of properties offers the ideal backdrop for your holiday dreams.

From enchanting decorations to scenic surroundings, our cottages are designed to make your Christmas extra special. Below are our top picks for a magical and unforgettable festive season.

pre-lit Christmas tree with assorted Christmas tree ornaments


Drakes Barn


Located in the picturesque countryside village of Lupton, Drakes Barn is the ideal holiday escape for the festive season. This gorgeous Nordic-styled property boasts two spacious king-sized bedrooms, spectacular 360 views, a hot tub, and a wood-burning fire, making it the perfect place for a festive break with friends or a romantic winter getaway.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and explore the nearby festive attractions. Plus, with the south Lake District village of Cartmel only a short walk away, you can explore the village’s charming Christmas market if you are staying from the 24th of November.



Lakeside is a luxury, waterfront hideaway located at the gateway to the Lake District, offering an idyllic retreat for the Christmas period. Just a stone’s throw from Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this unique property is the perfect setting for a festive getaway.

With two spacious bedroom suites, cozy interior, a decking area that wraps around the property, and floor-to-ceiling stunning lakeside views, family and friends can marvel at the gorgeous turquoise lake while getting into the festive spirit.

Lakeside is well-equipped for a memorable Christmas celebration, providing a fully stocked kitchen, ample living space, and a serene atmosphere. While you’re here, you should definitely take a short trip to Beetham Nurseries’ magical Christmas market in the Lake District.

So, whether you're unwinding indoors or exploring the scenic surroundings, Lakeside offers a peaceful and joyful holiday escape for families and friends to gather and create lasting seasonal memories.


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Our Cumbria properties offer an exceptional Christmas escape. Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, all our 5* properties provide a winter wonderland for your festive celebrations. Whether you’re looking for a quaint cottage for a romantic retreat or a stunning spacious lodge to throw a festive party for family and friends, we have the perfect property for you.

All our properties come with luxurious amenities, stylish interiors, and picturesque surroundings, setting the stage for a magical holiday. The well-equipped kitchens and inviting living spaces make hosting a Christmas gathering effortless. If you fancy partaking in some traditional festive fun, why not pay a visit to the Dickensian Christmas Festival in Ulverston on the last weekend of November? Or you can visit the delightful town of Ambleside on the 18th of November, where you’ll be treated to a truly magical lantern and festive fireworks display!

Whether it's enjoying the tranquility of the Lakes, exploring the local culture, or simply unwinding by the fire, these cottages promise a Christmas filled with warmth and cherished memories in one of the UK's most stunning regions.

Church Mews Cottage

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair returns with a bang

This delightfully cute cottage, residing in the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, is a splendid choice for a romantic Christmas retreat. This enchanting one-bedroom cottage combines historical charm with modern comforts to create a cozy holiday haven. The charming interior details and welcoming ambiance, make it the perfect place to celebrate the season with a loved one.

The well-appointed kitchen and spacious living areas ensure a delightful holiday experience. Located in a picturesque setting, Church Mews Cottage offers opportunities for scenic winter walks and exploration around the Lake District of the Forest of Bowland. It's the ideal home away from home for a memorable and joyful Christmas celebration. To complete your festive stay, you must take a stroll down to the Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair. Taking place from the 30th of November to the 3rd of December, you’ll be treated to parades and live entertainment, and the jolly red man himself might even make an appearance.

Like the look of our fantastic festive properties? If yes, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to secure your festive escape, ensuring you find the perfect home away from home



The nights are drawing in, the temperature is beginning to drop, which can mean only one thing... autumn is coming, and the excitement for Hallmark holidays begins to build.

Bonfire Night, for many of us, is a time of celebratory gatherings with family and friends, to watch amazing fireworks displays. However, for some of our furry friends, the loud bangs and bright lights can be a source of stress and anxiety.

That's where our luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District, North England and Scotland come to the rescue. We offer a selection of secluded dog friendly cottages in the Lake District, Scotland and Yorkshire Dales where you and your dogs can escape the Bonfire Night frenzy. However, for those of you who would like front row seats to the magical firework displays, we also offer luxury properties in ideal locations for you and your guests.

Quiet Getaways Perfect for Bonfire Night for You and Your Pup

Situated in the picturesque countryside of the UK, Mill House Cottages boasts a range of charming properties perfect for a tranquil Bonfire Night getaway. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape or a family adventure, these cottages have something for everyone.

Here are a few gems where you and your canine companion can snuggle up and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  1. The Dog House

As the name suggests, The Dog House, set in the beautiful Lune Valley, is a delightful one-bed cottage designed with your canine companion in mind. Converted from a 17th century property, this stunning cottage features dog-friendly amenities and easy access to nature trails near the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales where you and your dog can explore to your heart's content. This cottage is the perfect choice for those looking to create lasting memories with their furry friends.

  1. Southerdale

Nestled in the heart of the countryside near Kirby Longsdale, Southerdale offers seclusion and breathtaking views. This stunning one-bed cottage provides a tranquil escape for you, your loved one and your dog, allowing you to unwind and disconnect from the outside world, especially during the fireworks season. There’s also a wood burning stove and a private garden that perfectly sets the atmosphere for a peaceful and cozy evening in.

  1. Howgills Barn

This gorgeous property resides near Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as Arnside and Silverdale, and the Forest of Bowland, and can accommodate two medium-sized dogs. Howgills Barn has two super-king-sized bedroom suites, each complete with their own ensuites and luxurious deep baths, as well as a wood-burning stove and underfloor heating, making it the perfect destination for the colder nights. It offers a private, peaceful setting where you can enjoy some tranquillity without the stress of nearby fireworks.

  1. Loch View House

Situated in Letterfinlay, a tranquil area on the outskirts of Fort William, Loch View House is a beautiful three-bed property that offers an idyllic escape for dog lovers during the fireworks frenzy. With its secluded location right next to the private beach on the Lochside, your dog can enjoy the freedom of open spaces without the anxiety of loud bangs. The spacious grounds around the Loch are perfect for leisurely walks and playtime with your canine companion, making it an excellent choice for active dogs.

  1. The Old Stables

The Old Stables provides a serene Bonfire Night experience. This charming two-bed 16th century barn boasts many original features, such as wooden beams, stone walls, and original flooring.

Located in a peaceful setting by the stunning Yorkshire Dales between Clapham and Settle, this beautiful cottage offers a secure environment for your dog to unwind and enjoy the holiday. The large, enclosed garden allows your pet to roam freely while you take in the scenery.

Inside, The Old Stables boasts all the comforts you need for a memorable stay. The spacious living areas and well-equipped kitchen make it easy to relax and prepare for a peaceful night, while the window seats throughout the barn allow you to enjoy the view in peace.

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While many of our cottages provide the ideal getaway for those seeking a peaceful Bonfire Night, there are also properties for those who want to see the fireworks displays in all their glory.

Below are the perfect getaway cottages if you want to venture out and immerse yourself in the Bonfire Night festivities.

  1. Ingleborough House

Located in the centre of the historic and vibrant market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleborough House offers a front-row seat for the fireworks extravaganza. This four-king-sized bedroom property allows you to experience the celebrations up close at the local rugby club, making it ideal for firework enthusiasts. After taking in the stunning sights, you can head back to your beautiful cottage, warm up by the wood burner, or carry on the celebrations with your party in the private courtyard garden complete with a hot tub!

  1. Bective House

Situated in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale, Bective House is a gorgeous period property perfect for a family getaway, boasting contemporary finishings, a spacious king-sized bedroom, and child’s room with a cot. Here, you’re invited to join in on the Bonfire Night fun in the town centre or get a 360-view while on a walk to Ruskin’s View or down the river towards Devil’s Bridge. It's the perfect choice for those who want to balance the excitement of fireworks with the comforts of a cozy cottage.

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Mill House Cottages offer an exceptional range of options for dog-friendly, secluded cottages in the north of the UK, making us an excellent choice for a tranquil Bonfire Night getaway.  Whether you prefer to escape the fireworks or embrace the festivities, we are sure to have a cottage to suit your needs.

So, pack your bags, bring your furry friend, and get ready for a memorable Bonfire Night in the heart of the British countryside.

One question we get asked by our guests time and time again is: where would you recommend dining for a special occasion meal?

No luxurious getaway is complete without exquisite cuisine. Luckily for you, Mill House Cottages’ range of luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District are surrounded by some of the finest restaurants this country has to offer. If you’re a foodie like us, we know that stunning dining experiences create everlasting memories, and we want to help create that memory today.

So, we’ve created a list of exquisite dining establishments, each nestled near our meticulously designed holiday cottages. Join us on a culinary journey, where every bite is a testament to the art of fine dining.


Location: 9 Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU

Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-7pm

📞: 01524 298 002

📧: [email protected]

Residing in the heart of the picturesque Kirkby Lonsdale, NUMBER NINE is a culinary gem that epitomises creativity and innovation. As guests of Bective House, you're just moments away from indulging in a symphony of flavours. NUMBER NINE's carefully crafted seasonal menus pay homage to local ingredients, combining them in ways that surprise and delight.

Restaurant front of Number Nine in Kirkby Lonsdale

The Lunesdale Arms

Location: Tunstall, LA6 2QN

Opening Hours: Weds-Sat 12pm-3pm, 5pm-9pm; Sun 12pm-8pm

📞: 015242 36191

📧: [email protected]

Known as a haven of culinary excellence, this charming establishment beckons guests of The Pavilion to embark on a foodie adventure. The Lunesdale Arms’ menu is full of taste sensations from across the globe like crispy tempura prawns, and slow-cooked duck leg with creamy parmesan polenta. With each bite, you'll savour the passion and dedication of the chefs who bring artistry to your plate.

Interior of The Lunsdale Arms restaurant

The Red Well Country Inn

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale Road, Arkholme, Lancashire LA6 1BQ

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm

📞: 015242 36232

📧: [email protected]

The Red Well Country Inn perfectly blends traditional charm and contemporary sophistication. This beautiful country inn is the perfect choice for those staying at The Nook. Embracing the essence of Arkholme, The Red Wall chefs offer an array of stunning dishes made with love and deep respect for British culinary tradition.

Outside of the Red Well Restaurant in Arkholme

The Inn at Whitewell

Location: Forest of Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AT

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm-2pm, 7pm-9pm; Fri-Sun 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm

📞: 01200 448 222

📧: [email protected]

Set above the River Hodder, and boasting gorgeous views of the rolling countryside, The Inn at Whitewell is every foodie’s dream. Guests at The Lodge at Bowland, are invited to enjoy an elevated dining experience, where the high-quality, locally sourced produce takes centre stage. Indulge in perfectly prepared dishes like slow-roasted Burholme lamb with salsa Verde, or the famous Whitewell fish pie as you take in the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you.

Exterior of the Inn at Whitewell restaurant


Location: Cavendish Street, Cartmel Nr Grange over Sands Cumbria, LA11 6QA

Opening Hours: Tues 6.30pm-8pm; Weds-Sat 12pm-1.30pm, 6.30pm-8pm

📞: 015395 36362

📧: [email protected]

Embark on a gastronomic adventure at L’Enclume, a world-renowned destination perfectly situated 25 minutes’ drive from Drakes Barn. This Michelin-starred restaurant is a true celebration of culinary ingenuity, where dishes are thoughtfully constructed to tell a story. Every visit promises a multi-sensory experience that tantalises the palate and sparks the imagination.

A meal at L'enclume


So, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking to indulge your senses, these stunning restaurants promise the highest quality food that will elevate your stay to unparalleled heights.

Book your stay with us to embark on a culinary adventure that's sure to leave a lasting impression. Or, if you fancy cooking up a storm in your own fully equipped deluxe kitchen while on your luxury holiday, take a look at our self-catering holiday cottages.

If you would like to know more about any of our cottages, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

The Lake District is the perfect choice if you're looking for a family-friendly holiday destination during the upcoming school summer holidays. With its stunning scenery, charming villages, and range of outdoor activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Read on to discover how your family will get the most out of your school holidays this year.

Family-Friendly Attractions in the Lake District

Whether you're planning to visit North Lakes or South Lakes from your 5-star luxury cottage, you'll find plenty of family-friendly activities to keep you busy.

North Lakes: Hiking and Adventure

The Borrowdale Valley is a must-visit destination for families north of the Lake District. This beautiful valley is home to various walking trails, from gentle strolls to more challenging hikes, and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. For a more relaxed activity, take a boat trip on Derwentwater and enjoy the beautiful scenery from the water.

If you're looking for adventure, head to the Keswick Climbing Wall, where you can try indoor climbing in a safe and controlled environment. The wall offers a range of climbing routes suitable for all ages and abilities, making it an excellent activity for families to enjoy together.

South Lakes: Stunning Views and Famous Rabbits

In the south of the Lake District, Lake Windermere is a must-visit destination for families. First, take a boat trip on Lake Windermere and enjoy the stunning scenery from the water as you conveniently travel from one village to the next. Alternatively, if you’re interested in getting hands-on, try paddleboarding or kayaking in Low Wood Bay near the top of the lake.

For a more relaxed activity, visit the World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Windermere town, where you can explore the world of Peter Rabbit and his friends. The attraction features a range of exhibits and interactive displays, making it a great activity for children of all ages. If you're looking for a unique way to explore the south lakes, take a steam train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. The railway offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and is a great way to experience the beauty of the Lake District from a different perspective.

Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, the Lake District has something for everyone to enjoy during the school summer holidays. So book your family-friendly holiday cottage today and start planning your perfect family adventure in one of the UK's most beautiful destinations.

Benefits of a Holiday Cottage for School Holidays

A holiday cottage offers the perfect home away from home for families, with all the comforts and amenities you need to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free holiday. Unlike hotels, holiday cottages offer plenty of space for families to spread out and enjoy their private space. This is particularly important for families with young children needing a quiet space to nap or play.

Many cottages are located in charming villages or the heart of the countryside, such as our range of holiday cottages in Kirkby Lonsdale. This allows families to explore the local area at their own pace and discover hidden gems they may not have otherwise. With all these benefits and more, it's no wonder that holiday cottages are popular for families looking for a relaxing and enjoyable school holiday.

Browse Our Range of Luxury Holiday Cottages

Mill House Cottages offers a range of family-friendly properties perfect for families of all sizes. So whether you're travelling with a large group or a small family, we have a property to suit your needs. Here are a couple of great examples from our extensive catalogue.

Ruskin's View Cottage is an ideal luxury holiday destination for families looking for a relaxing and comfortable getaway. This beautiful holiday cottage is located in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale, in the Lune Valley, and offers a range of features that make it perfect for families. The cottage can accommodate up to 4 guests in 5-star comfort, with two spacious bedrooms, one super-king bedroom split into two singles, and a spacious king-size bedroom that opens onto a roof terrace with a seating area. The bathroom features a large bath, a luxurious walk-in shower, a wash basin and a toilet, while a downstairs toilet room is also available.

The cottage also has a spacious kitchen/dining room with modern appliances, perfect for preparing family meals, and a sitting room with access to a private courtyard where families can relax and spend quality time together. The cottage also features free Wi-Fi access, making it easy for families to stay connected and entertained.

For families looking for outdoor activities, Ruskin's View Cottage offers easy access to various day-out locations such as Arnside and Silverdale and the Forest of Bowland. Families can enjoy various outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, fishing, and boating, or enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Bective House is a stunning period property located in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale that offers a perfect family holiday experience. The house is set over three floors and can sleep up to 6 adults and two children.

Bective House offers contemporary living within a fabulous traditional period home, with parking permits and an outdoor patio, making it a gem for central Kirkby Lonsdale. The ground floor boasts a spacious, fully equipped kitchen diner, a downstairs loo, and patio doors leading to a secure outdoor area.

The first floor comprises a modern family bathroom with a shower, a spacious king-size bedroom, and a child's room with a cot, a small child's bed, books, and toys. On the top floor are a second family bathroom with a shower over the bath, two double bedrooms, and another relaxing lounge area with a TV and views over the mountains.

Families can enjoy plenty of walking routes from the doorstep, including Ruskin's View and a walk down the river towards Devil's Bridge. The area is a hot spot for motorcyclists, cyclists, walkers, and holidaymakers enjoying picnics in the local park and swimming in the River Lune.

Cumbrian Luxury Holiday Cottages from Mill House Cottages

At Mill House Cottages, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality holiday accommodation perfect for families. Our 5-star luxury cottages border the Lake District in some of the most beautiful locations in the North West, with stunning views and easy access to the broad range of outdoor activities and attractions within the national parks borders.

Whether your family is looking for a peaceful retreat or an action-packed adventure this school holiday, our family cottages near the Lake District are the perfect base for your family holiday in the Lake District. So, book your holiday cottage today and start planning your family’s school holiday adventure in one of the UK's most beautiful destinations.

If you want to enjoy a relaxing holiday this summer with your four-legged friend, the UK has some of Europe's most beautiful countryside and coastline, so it's no surprise that there are loads of dog-friendly attractions to visit in the North West of England.

There are plenty of stunning seaside walks where you can take your pup along the sandy beaches of Morecambe Bay or the lush green surrounding Cumbria’s Lake District. Further afield, Scotland also provides many scenic trails through woodland or mountainsides if they're up for a challenge. Read on to discover how to choose a great dog-friendly holiday.

family beach walk dog

Planning for the Perfect Dog-Friendly Holiday

When planning a trip with your dog this holiday season, there are some extra considerations to prepare for. Firstly, accommodation. We have a range of great dog-friendly cottages in Cumbria, Scotland and Yorkshire Dales that will ensure your pup has the holiday of their dreams, such as the Holly Barn near Trough of Bowland and Bective house in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Something else you will need to consider is what you plan on giving your pet whilst you are away. You'll need plenty of snacks and water for your beloved pet, so pack those up before your journey. Our cottages are all self-catered and offer greater flexibility for pet owners.

Finally, it's time to pick out where you will go! There are lots of outdoor walks in the north of England and Scotland that are perfect for dogs, and many of our holiday cottages with hot tubs are placed conveniently nearby.

couple walking dog on hills

Dog-Friendly Fun in Cumbria

The Lake District is an excellent place for dog lovers. There are plenty of places to visit, walks, and things to do with your dog. The abundance of outdoor activities will provide endless enjoyment for you and your pet, but what makes the Lake District unique is most eating establishments will conveniently accept dogs, perfect for that evening meal after an afternoons walk.

There are plenty of walks around Windermere that are perfect for dogs. Starting from one of our cottages, such as The Old Vicarage, many locations surround Lake Windermere, such as Bowness, Ambleside and Windermere Town. The view from the top of the fells is stunning, well worth the climb, and achievable with two or four legs.

family with dog at lake

You can take your dog on board Windermere Lake Cruises as they have special areas where they can relax or play while you enjoy the cruise along Lake Windermere. The boat views are amazing, and there's even ice cream stands at the ferry stops, so everyone's happy! The regular ferries provide an excellent way of getting around outside the car, letting you avoid holiday traffic and quickly visit the other towns on the lake's edge whilst taking in the views.

Kirkby Lonsdale is a village south of Cumbria that provides a unique, quaint atmosphere for vintage England. The village embraces everyone, with many shops and pubs for humans and dogs alike. Our luxury cottages, such as the aptly named dog house in Kirkby Lonsdale, let visitors choose either Lake District hot spots or the even closer Yorkshire Dales outdoor adventures and dog-friendly pubs.

Dog Adventures in Scotland

For adventures further north, Scotland has no shortage of dog-friendly holiday activities. But, unfortunately, there are so many that it can be difficult to know where to start. So if you're looking for an outdoor adventure with your dog, why not try top-rated outdoor walks? They're all within 10m of our dog-friendly cottages in Scotland, Loch View House and Skye Fall, and they're sure to keep you and your pup happy!

Loch Lochy is located right outside our Loch View House holiday cottage, well known for being surrounded by mountains and hills, making it one of the most beautiful places in the UK. It has been used as a venue for many films such as Harry Potter and Braveheart, which shows just how much beauty there really is there for you and your pet.

walking dog on fells

Take a walk along the banks of Loch Linnhe. This trail has been rated highly by users who've used it in the past, with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. It's suitable for all ages and abilities, although it's important to note that it's not wheelchair accessible. Also, if your pooch isn't too keen on water, they may struggle on this trail as several sections involve crossing rivers or streams.

Ben Nevis is a great location away from water, conveniently near our Fort William property, Skye Fall. This mountain has been climbed by thousands of people each year since its first ascent back in 1746. However, it's important to remember that Ben Nevis is challenging. Therefore, planning ahead and ensuring that you and your furry companion are adequately prepared for the journey would be essential. But with the right equipment and mindset, walking a dog around Ben Nevis could be an unforgettable experience for both owner and pet alike.

Scottish holiday cottage

Millhouse: Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages

Book your dog-friendly cottage today with one of our dog-friendly cottages in Scotland, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy a peaceful getaway that you can share with your whole family, including your four-legged ones. Browse our selection of five-star luxury cottages online or contact us, and we’ll help you start planning your next adventure.

When planning a luxury staycation in the UK, there are many wonderful places you could visit, but few provide the abundance of stress-relieving activities as the beautiful northern town of Kirkby Lonsdale. With the glorious summer months almost here, this idyllic holiday destination will be a favourite place for many holidaymakers as they explore the surrounding countryside and historical landmarks and absorb the relaxing ambience. So read our helpful holiday guide and get the most out of your staycation in Kirkby Lonsdale.

kirkby lonsdale ruskins

Why Is Kirkby Lonsdale So Special?

This stunning market town has changed little over the centuries and incorporates modern essentials whilst preserving a sense of calm and homegrown love not commonly found elsewhere. This market town's cobbled streets, unique holiday attractions and pleasant walks are just one of the reasons why this town is a popular holiday location.

The town's cobbled streets and quaint shops offer a unique shopping experience, and the many cafes and restaurants provide a variety of dining options. Lastly, the town's vibrant community hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the summer months, including the annual Kirkby Lonsdale Victorian Fair and the popular Ruskin's View Festival.

For those visitors who want to explore events and culture, Kirkby Lonsdale offers many possibilities unique to the area. This location makes it the perfect spot for a romantic hot tub break near the Lake District for two. Additionally, it offers easy access to nearby small holiday towns or larger towns and cities such as Lancaster, Morecambe, Kendal and more.

Unique Local Dining

The various local dining options within Kirkby Lonsdale town showcase the region's finest produce and a selection of culinary traditions unavailable anywhere else.

There is something for every taste and budget, from cosy cafes to traditional pubs and fine restaurants within easy reach from our nearby luxury holiday cottages in Kirkby Lonsdale. The town is famous for its meats, like succulent Cumbrian lamb and beef, that are sourced locally. In addition, the town's proximity to nearby coastal areas offers a variety of fresh seafood, including fresh local trout and shrimp from Morecambe Bay.

There are also many modern options, including vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, and traditional dishes. In addition, many of the cafés and Michelin-starred restaurants in Kirkby Lonsdale offer outside seating regions, furnishing burger joints with dazzling perspectives on the Waterway Lune and the encompassing open country.

Brave the Devils Bridge

Built during the 17th century, this iconic bridge is a unique landmark that has stood the test of time. The bridge's unique design has an infamous legend surrounding it, adding an element of myth and arcane wonder to the experience of visiting.

devils bridge kirkby lonsdale

The legend of the Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale is a popular folklore that dates back centuries. According to the legend, a long time ago, the townspeople could not build a bridge over the River Lune due to the force of the river's current. The devil appeared to an old woman and offered to build the bridge for them, but only if he could have the soul of the first living being to cross it.

The people of the town agreed to the devil's offer, and the bridge was built overnight. The next morning, the people sent a dog across the bridge as the first living being to cross it, tricking the devil and saving their souls. The devil was so enraged by this trickery that he stamped his foot on the bridge in frustration and left his footmark, which can still be seen on one of the bridge's stones today.

Moreover, the location of the bridge, overlooking the River Lune and the surrounding hills, provides an unforgettable setting for a stroll or picnic. All in all, visiting the Devil's Bridge is essential to any trip to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Get in Touch With Nature: Ruskin's View

Ruskin's View is a stunning viewpoint unique to Kirkby Lonsdale that has captivated visitors for centuries. It is said that the Victorian art critic and writer John Ruskin was so taken with this panoramic vista near the River Lune and its distant fells that he described it as 'one of the loveliest views in England, therefore in the world'. The view is best seen from the grounds of St. Mary's Church, perched on a hill overlooking the town. Ruskin's View offers a breathtaking perspective on the beauty of the surrounding landscape, making it a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Kirkby Lonsdale.

nature around kirkby lonsdale

Proximity to Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

Once you've enjoyed everything Kirkby has to offer, many other options nearby will ensure your holiday is fun.

Kirkby Lonsdale is wonderfully placed to be an excellent starting spot for any outdoor activities in the nearby Lake District national park, Yorkshire Dales or the Forest of Bowland. Any nature lover will almost be overwhelmed by the abundance of hills, forests and wild walks available in these three areas they can explore that are all easily accessible from this town.

ruskins view kirkby lonsdale

Mill House Luxury Cottages In Kirkby Lonsdale

Overall, a summer holiday in Kirkby Lonsdale offers the perfect combination of outdoor activities and cultural experiences, making it the perfect choice for a relaxing staycation this summer.

Mill House maintains an exclusive collection of 5 star luxury cottages in various sizes, from large parties of four to eight ready to explore the Yorkshire dales or a more intimate choice of cottages for two near the Lake District.

Spaces are taken fast, so don’t delay! You can browse our selection online, including our dog-friendly holiday cottages. Alternatively, contact us directly; we will help you find the perfect luxury holiday cottage for your summer holiday.