May Day in the Lake District

May day has been has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries, celebrations may include the crowning of the May queen & the tradition of dancing round a maypole. Much of these traditions stem from pagan Anglo-saxon customs along with many Celtic traditions.

May day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating Spring time fertility of the soil, livestock, people and revelry with village fetes & community gatherings. Seeding will have been completed by May 1st and it is custom for farm labourers to have a day off. The most notable ritual would be the maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons.

The May Day holiday was not formalised in England until 1978 although it has ancient traditions and may have evolved from the Roman festival celebrating the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. To this day there is a custom of crowning a May Queen who represents the Roman Goddess Flora and the day involves garlands of flowers and dancing either round a maypole or Morris dancing.

May is a lovely time to visit the Lake District with temperatures warming up and less recorded rainfall than over the summer months. There are plenty of activities to choose from as well as spectacular scenery to enjoy. If outdoor pursuits are your interest you can walk, cycle, rock climb or fell run to your heart’s content. The area also offers tempting places to eat and drink from traditional Lakeland pubs to renowned, chic restaurants and microbreweries. If you fancy some culture you can discover more about the famous people who are associated with the area such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. For family fun there are steam railways, bird watching, treetop adventure playgrounds and boat hire for playing at Swallows and Amazons.

Good Life Lake District Cottages in the heart of the Langdale Valley is the perfect destination to enjoy the May bank holiday with bluebells appearing in the woods and an abundance of walks and wildlife to enjoy. Our cottages to rent in the Lake District in picturesque locations, include Elterwater, Grasmere and Ambleside and are the perfect base for relaxing and exploring whether it be a romantic break for 2 or the whole family & friends. We have something to suit everyone and many of our Lake District self-catering cottages are pet friendly too.

We have a range of beautiful, self catering and dog friendly cottages in the Lake District to suit all sizes of parties from a romantic break for two to an extended group of family and friends. All of our cottages are located in the heart of the district so you are never far from the activities that interest you.



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Ullswater, Lake District

GL084

£6480 - £10400
per week
From £4,860 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Platinum
  • An outstanding detached luxury property sitting elevated on private grounds and lake side shores affording spectacular views of Ullswater and fells beyond.
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Pub 0.3 miles
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Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

GL072

£3363 - £5239
per week
From £2,522 for a 3-night stay
  • A luxury property sleeping twelve in six en-suite bedrooms, with a fantastic veranda and hot tub looking out to views of the Lake District fells. This is a very special property.
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Hot Tub
  • Pub 1.1 miles
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Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

GL074

£2903 - £5318
per week
From £2,177 for a 3-night stay
  • A stunning elevated period property presented to an exceptional standard with superb views of the lake and fells beyond in a fantastic location.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Tennis Court
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Kendal, Lake District

GL071

£803 - £1393
per week
From £602 for a 3-night stay
  • A stunning penthouse apartment for up to 7 people on the edge of the Lake District National Park
  • 7 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Cartmel Area, Lake District

GL090

£485 - £995
per week
From £364 for a 3-night stay
  • Cark House Cottage is a beautifully presented character cottage which is next to the river in the village of Cark in the south lakes close to Cartmel .
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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Ambleside, Ambleside

GL035

£655 - £995
per week
From £491 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • An impressive property situated in an elevated position very close to Ambleside town centre.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

GL076

£900 - £1450
per week
From £675 for a 3-night stay
  • A glorious apartment sleeping 5 people, with direct access to the shore of Lake Windermere via it's own jetty and pebble beach
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Pub 1.5 miles

Chapel Stile, Langdale

GL039

£405 - £625
per week
From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • 7 Fir Garth can be found in an elevated location, enjoying spectacular views over Great Langdale Valley, across to Lingmoor Fell.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Windermere, Lake District

GL064

£425 - £875
per week
From £319 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A beautiful property on the edge of Windermere in the prestigious Applethwaite Hall development a real jewel in the crown.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.9 miles

Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

GL055

£425 - £775
per week
From £319 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Perched above Bowness on Windermere this gem of an apartment provides 4 Star Gold luxury in a superb central location
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 15 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Chapel Stile, Langdale

GL042

£400 - £665
per week
From £300 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Birch Tree Cottage is the perfect property to relax and undwind. The property boasts stunning views over Langdale Valley.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Pub 0.4 miles
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Kendal, Lake District

GL080

£350 - £585
per week
From £263 for a 3-night stay
  • A fantastic dog friendly bungalow sleeping 3 in the village of Heversham, located only 10 minutes from the market town of Kendal and perfectly situation to explore Cumbria and the Lake District National Park.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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