Planning a family getaway, or a large group holiday to the Lakes? Wheelwrights have perfectly situated large holiday homes, that are ideal for families, or big groups to relax, unwind and go on Cumbrian adventures. Explore all the amazing things that you can do on family holidays and group trips to the Lake District.
The Lake District is the perfect place to go on holiday with a large group, as the stunning scenery and exciting activities mean that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re coming with family or friends, large cottages in the Lake District give you a luxurious space to relax, catch up and make memories together.
At Wheelwrights, we offer accommodation for larger groups in charming cottages, and period properties, in some of the most desired locations in The Lakes like Ambleside, Elterwater, and Hawkshead. The maximum number of guests that we can accommodate is fourteen, at The Parsonage in Ambleside. But, even larger groups could easily book neighbouring cottages in the same village, to enjoy the best of both worlds on a group holiday. Whether you’re looking to be away from it all in a secluded valley, or be close to the hustle and bustle, we have plenty of large properties that are available for last-minute bookings.
To check availability, browse our selection of large holiday cottages below.
Our large holiday cottages are the perfect base to enjoy child-friendly holidays in The Lake District. If you’re visiting with active teenagers, spend your trip sampling activities like kayaking, climbing, or gorge walking, and they will never want to leave. The Lakes are also the perfect playground for little ones to explore! On a toddler-friendly holidays, you can enjoy days out visiting the World of Beatrix Potter, going on sensory walks through safe woodland paths, and having family picnics by the lakes.By booking a child-friendly cottage, you can ensure a relaxing base to explore the great outdoors, with plenty of space for the kids to play.
Plus, if you’re searching for baby-friendly holiday destinations, we have quiet, secluded properties in popular Lake District hotspots like Ambleside, where there are plenty of baby-friendly cafes, and attractions that are accessible with a pram in tow. A travel cot, and other childcare essentials are available to request in our baby-friendly cottages, to make your holiday pad a home away from home.
Looking to bring a four-legged friend for the kids to play with on your family holiday to the Lakes? Many of our family cottages are pet friendly so that you can make the most of your holiday with your pet by your side.
At Wheelwrights, we have large cottages that sleep between six and 12 people, ideal for an exciting group holiday to The Lakes. Whether you’re going for a long overdue meet-up with old friends, or a birthday trip with all your besties, our larger cottages are the ideal base to explore the Lake District. Plus, your group can enjoy all the luxury touches that come with larger holiday homes, like spacious rooms with ensuites, al fresco dining spaces, hot tubs to relax in with a glass of something bubbly, and high-spec kitchens to enjoy dinner parties together. more...
If you and your group only have a weekend to escape from everyday life to the natural beauty of the Lake District, don’t worry. Many of our cottages in the Lake District are available for weekend trips, or short, midweek stays. Kitted out with everything you need for your short stay, you can simply relax, and make the most of your trip without worrying about a thing.
The Lake District is full of exciting activities to take part in on group holidays. Whether you are feeling adventurous, or you’re the relaxing type, there is plenty of space for large groups to get out and about together. With sixteen large bodies of water to choose from, it’s no wonder that the Lake District is one of the most popular places to do water sports in the UK. Get stuck into kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, sailing, water skiing and much more.
If you want to stay above the water, book a leisurely cruise on Lake Windermere, where you can make multiple stops to explore the lakeshore. Or, take an iconic ride on a Ullswater Steamer! If you want to sample the views from up high, why not try climbing, bouldering or abseiling, which can be great bonding activities on a group holiday.
Walking or hiking is also one of the best group activities to do in The Lakes, as there are so many spectacular trails to explore. For an easy family ramble, try the picturesque, 1.8 miles Tarn Hours Circular. If you want to see a bit of everything, check out the Air Force and GowBarrow Trail which goes through secluded woodland glens, and out onto open fells with stunning views. Or, if you want to tackle a peak, try the popular Cat Bells walk up one of the most beloved mountains in the Lake District.
If you’re looking for a more leisurely group activity, a brewery or distillery is a great day out on an adult group holiday. For spirit lovers, visit The Lakes Distillery to sample exquisite, hand-crafted single malt whiskey, bespoke gin and the highest quality vodka. If ale is more your thing, the Ennerdale Craft Brewery run tours so that you can see how they brew their fine cask and bottles ales up close. Plus, they offer samples to try, as well as yummy food made onsite.
There’s nothing worse than bored kids on a family holiday, but you don’t have to worry about that happening in the Lakes. You’ll have your fill here, from interactive activities for toddlers, to adventure trails that teens can explore.
The World of Beatrix Potter will be the highlight of any toddler’s holiday, as the lifelike scenes will captivate little ones, as you stroll through Peter Rabbit Garden and run away from Mr McGregor! Going for a train ride on the family-friendly Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is also a great bet to entertain littlies. Not only will the eye-catching traditional stream train captivate their imaginations, but there are also plenty of opportunities along the way to stop and take part in fun-filled activities.
Older kids can have their fill of excitement too, with adventure-filled activities at Brockhole on Windermere, Go Ape Grizedale, Via Ferrata at the Honister pass, and many more outstanding outdoor activity spots.
If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, big and small, on child friendly holidays, plan a visit to The Lake District Wildlife Park, or the Lakes Aquarium to see your fill of native and exotic wildlife. Or, book a cruise on Lake Windermere, to take in the stunning scenery together, hopping off at multiple stops along the way so the kids can stretch their legs and play on the lakeshore.
Finding somewhere to eat and drink on group holidays can often be tricky, as venues may not have space to accommodate everyone. Head to the Butcher’s Arms, in Crosby Ravensworth for tasty food, or a post-walk pint of local ale at a quintessential community inn. Or, if you fancy something different, hit up Amigos Mexican Restaurant & Bar, in Ulverston for the finest array of Mexican food made from fresh Cumbrian produce.
For dinner and a movie, stop by Zefferellis in Ambleside to try delicious homemade Italian food. On the other hand, fill your boots with brunch and cocktails at the Fizzy Tarte Café, in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Thinking of booking a group trip to the Lake District in 2023? Browse our selection of charming large holiday cottages below, suitable for large groups and families, to enjoy the beauty of The Lakes together from your doorstep.