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Shopping destinations near our cottages in the lakes

Our cottages in the Lakes are located on the southerly edge of the National Park, which means we are in easy driving distance of some fantastic shopping destinations. The area boasts a unique mix of quirky independent shops, artisan crafts, and designer brands, making it a haven for shoppers.

These are just a few of the best places to shop in Cumbria.


Yew Tree Barn, near Cartmel, is home to an antiques reclamation service and sells many beautifully restored pieces. The Barn also contains a gallery selling handmade crafts, paintings, textiles and sculptures. Antique connoisseurs and lovers of all things arty will find the barn well worth a visit.

Ambleside Cowhides and Sheepskins stock a large collection of handmade rugs, slippers and coats sourced from local Herdwick sheep. During the winter months, they also stock warm sheepskin gloves and boots – ideal for keeping warm if you’re heading out on the fells.


If you’re planning to get out into the fells, George Fisher Outdoor Clothing and Gear in Keswick is a must-visit. Used all around the world, George Fisher’s impressive array of branded outdoor clothing and equipment will make your next adventure a breeze no matter the weather.

The historic Keswick Market, held every Thursday in the town’s Market Square is a great place to find locally made artisan crafts. There are many stalls to choose from, each one unique and characterful. The market is an ideal place to pick up a handcrafted souvenir, or just to soak up the atmosphere.

Keswick’s Veridian Gallery hosts wonderful artworks available for purchase – paintings of the Lake District’s most beloved views, handcrafted ceramics, and stunning glassware. Much of the gallery’s art is made in, and inspired by, the Lake District.


Kendal has a lovely array of independent shops. Wainwright’s Yard is home to several of Kendal’s favourites: designer clothing can be found at Maya Maya, original gifts and homewares at Armstrong Ward and La Maison, coffee and cocktails at Slate Café Bar, and deli goodies from Pomegranate & Sage. The Yard is also home to northern supermarket, Booths, and high street favourites, Crew Clothing and Pizza Express.

Operating stores throughout the area, including Kendal and Bowness, Herdy is one of the Lake District’s most popular gift shops.

Kendal is also a hotspot for art. Original paintings can be found at the Thuline Gallery, which specialises in animal portraiture, and at the regular exhibitions at the Brewery Arts Centre.

For those inspired by the landscape wishing to indulge their creative side, Youdell’s Art Supply provides a comprehensive range of art materials.


There’s a good range of outdoor shops, boutiques, high street retailers and independent finds along the main street and just off. Look out for L’Occitane, Lakeland, and The Edge of the World.