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Lake District Cottages – Some History

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Self-catering accommodation in the Lake District comes in wide variety. Ancient barns have been converted to high-grade visitor accommodation by local farmers, often keeping the old wood beams and other traces of the past use. Sometimes where there is a more recent farmhouse a seventeenth or eighteenth century farmhouse may have been converted to self-catering use.

Cumbria in the historic past, however, was not only an area of upland agriculture. For centuries it had an industrial economy alongside farming, including mining for copper, lead, graphite and slate. In some of the villages old miners’ cottages now provide comfortable accommodation for people visiting to enjoy the lakes and mountains.

In contrast there are substantial country houses, either homes to many generations of wealthy local landowning families or luxurious properties built as holiday homes by prosperous 19th century industrialists, which now are are either wholly or in part converted to self-catering accommodation. Maybe it’s stretching the definition to call these Lake District “cottages”. Luxury accommodation is often available in such properties, sometimes as self-catering units and also as hotels.

With all these different histories you can find a wide variety of self-catering accommodation for your Lake District holiday.

There are also many other types of Lake District accommodation. Hotels range from small B&B establishments to luxurious country house hotels that match the best standards anywhere in the world.

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