Conventional wisdom probably suggests that the best places to live in the Lake District are those well-known honeypot towns such as Ambleside, Bowness, or Keswick. You may have heard that the villages of Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston are very desirable, however as a member of the Garrington North West team, I would urge you to think again.
The aforementioned towns and villages have much in common, including waterfront settings, lots of holiday cottages, climbing shops and as a consequence – scores of tourists, gridlock in summer months and premium prices for residential property. Whether you are contemplating retirement, purchasing a second home or looking to invest in a portfolio of cottages, there are some very good alternative locations which offer better value and a much more relaxed lifestyle.
The places mentioned above are located on or near several of the most popular stretches of water in the area – Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Grasmere itself. Whilst on the subject of the different stretches of water in the area, do you know how many lakes there are in the Lake District? See below*.
Garrington has helped many clients find the best places to live in the Lake District, and we have searched for and purchased properties in a wide variety of places off the beaten track. I would therefore suggest that consideration be given to villages such as Brigsteer, Lorton, Crosthwaite, Levens, or Broughton-in-Furness and areas slightly outside the National Park boundary such as the Eden Valley or the Cartmel Peninsula. Each of these can offer an ideal property located within a 20 minute drive of one of those popular hotspots and their waterside attractions.
Garrington has the local knowledge and experience to help clients find the best of both worlds – peace and tranquillity within close proximity to the best that the Lakes has to offer. Contact Garrington to find out how we can help you find your ideal retreat in the Lake District.
*There is only one lake in the Lake District – Bassenthwaite Lake. The rest are waters, meres, tarns etc.