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Cumbria is one of Britain’s most loved and visited holiday locations, providing a unique combination of dramatic mountains and awesome lakes. It’s a place that attracts visitors all year round and appeals to a wide variety of holidaymakers from couples who want to stay in a cosy Lakeland cottage to families who are looking for country homes with a view.

Cumbria has a great blend and variety of contrasting landscapes, including the renowned Lake District National Park which includes all the iconic places synonymous with the Lake District such as Windermere, Keswick and Ambleside as well as famous lakes such as Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston.

The mountains and fells here are spectacular and include iconic peaks such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, Grisdale Pike and the largest mountain in England Scarfell Pike. The county extends well beyond The National Park offering great cottage holiday destinations like the tranquil Eden Valley in the east and the rugged uplands to the north around Hadrian’s Wall or the Western Lakes and Coast on the west and the Cartmel Peninsula in the south.

Because of its quite compact geography it’s easy to get around the Lake District and despite of its popularity it’s still possible to escape fellow holidaymakers to admire the wide open spaces and spectacular views with the feeling that you’re the only one there, apart from the sheep!

The great outdoors is of course one of the main reasons people visit; this is wonderful walking and cycling country as well as providing lots of opportunities to sample the watersports on the numerous lakes.

Families will find no shortage of top quality visitor attractions, those interested in National Trust properties and gardens will also not be disappointed. The region is packed with picturesque Lakeland villages to discover, specialist shops, cosy pubs and restaurants.

Those thinking about taking a cottage holiday in Cumbria are sure to find something suitable, whether it’s in the ‘hot spots’ of the central and southern lakes or the more remote and rugged areas of the northern lakes, or maybe the less well known regions to the west and east of the county.

So whether you’re looking for lots of activities and attractions or a quiet ‘away from it all’ break this region will suit.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Cumbria to find your perfect retreat.

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Butler’s Loft

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 30601

    Butlers Loft is the perfect hideaway for a romantic getaway and is a part of Staffield Hall, a stunning Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607). Set in an ideal location in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both, Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. This beautiful apartment, once the house nursery, now offers light and airy open-plan living accommodation with a large ‘L’ shaped living room, a fully fitted kitchen with granite work tops and a 2-seater dining table with contemporary high back chairs to wine and dine! The apartment features exposed oak beams, sloping ceilings and an unusual half-domed ceiling, which adds to the charm of this sensational building. On arrival a welcome pack will be awaiting with all the necessities to help you settle in. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Butlers Loft and relax, whilst enjoying the panoramic views down the tiered gardens and the Eden Valley. Indulge in the bio-jet bath before climbing in to the king size bed with fresh white linen, a perfect way to end the day and to recharge for your next days adventure.
    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

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  • Milburn Grange - Hayloft Cottage

    Knock, nr. Appleby-in-Westmorland

    Grade
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    Ref: W44375

    Milburn Grange is a collection of 7 delightful properties (W44373, W44374, W44375, W44376, W44377, W44378 and W44379), lying on the outskirts of the quiet rural village of Knock, near Appleby-in-Westmorland. They are easily accessible from all major road networks which will save time whilst on those short breaks, and there is ample private off-street parking. There is a separated area for children to play and a dog exercise field adjacent to the properties as well as a games room with a pool table and washing and drying facilities.
    There are walks from the door and many more within a few minutes, and for those who prefer two wheels, the properties are located on two national cycle routes and also on a circular 40-mile, off-road route for the more adventurous.
    The historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, in Cumbria, is set in the beautiful Eden Valley and it is situated within a loop of the River Eden, making this an excellent centre for exploring the surrounding area and soaking up the scenery. The town’s main industry is tourism, due to its history, remote location, scenery and close proximity to the stunning Lake District, the North Pennines, Swaledale and Howgill Fells. The uncommonly wide main street, Boroughgate, has been described as one of the finest in England. It runs from the north end, by the cloisters, which were designed by Sir Robert Smirke in 1811, and to the south end, by the castle entrance. The railway station is on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, and is a good spot to see the steam trains that often pass on Saturdays. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Parking (2 cars). Welcome Pack.

    All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared games room with pool table. No smoking.

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  • Birkerthwaite Barn

    Eskdale

    Grade
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    Ref: W41478

    Four poster bedSurrounded by dramatic scenery

    Featuring beams taken from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian Coast, this small group of holiday cottages at Birkerthwaite, a former 17th century Lakeland farmstead, lie at the end of an unmade track and are surrounded by tranquil moorland scenery and farmland. This is fantastic walking countryside and the elevated position gives views of Scafell and the Eskdale Valley, creating a unique atmosphere of tranquillity. Birkerthwaite Farmhouse (W43001) is a unique holiday property dating back to 1627 and has many original features, beamed ceilings, flagged floors and unusual oak wall cupboards built in the 1700’s. Comfortably furnished and with the benefit of an open fire and an Aga, the farmhouse is cosy and welcoming. Birkerthwaite Stable (W41477) is a single-storey converted stable with rustic charm heated by a log-burning stove. Birkerthwaite Barn (W41478) has a spacious kitchen/dining room, a galleried landing and a four poster bed. Birkerthwaite Cottage (W41479) has an upstairs open plan living area with wooden floors which opens onto a balcony overlooking gardens. Nearby attractions include Muncaster Castle and Hardknott Roman Fort, whilst the Langdale Pikes and Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere can be reached via a stunning drive over the Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes. A short drive away is Wast Water; to the west are sandy beaches. Alternatively take the steam train from Ravenglass. Shop 3 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (timed use October-May). Electric heaters (in summer). Electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Jackdaw Cottage

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123285
    This quaint one bedroom cottage is set in the very heart of Ambleside. Jackdaw Cottage is the perfect getaway and spring board to the Lakes. It is a cosy cottage with gas log burner effect fire. The holiday home dates back from the 18th Century and was part of a working community within Ambleside which had various types of industry. A good quality bed dressed in crisp cotton sheets guarantees a restful night’s sleep after a day on the fells or sightseeing. You can come back and rela and enjoy that well deserved break. A gentle stroll will bring you to Waterhead Pier where you will find the famous Windermere Lake Steamers offering the chance to cruise across to Bowness or Lakeside whilst taking in some more of the area’s stunning scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is accessed by nine steps, and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with tiled floor, gas log burner, 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: Spacious with tiled floor.
    Kitchen: Spacious, farmhouse style with tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Small patio area with garden furniture at the front of the house. Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children allowed - two adults only.

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  • Woodend Cottages - The Bothy

    Woodend, Birker Fell, nr. Ulpha

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    Ref: 26868

    In the heart of the Lake District National ParkIn the heart of the Lake District National Park


    Woodend is situated off the beaten track in an accessible but remote location high on Birker Fell. Set within a relatively quiet, unspoilt area of the Lake District National Park, 7 miles from the main coast road, local village shops and the nearest pub are 4 miles, smaller market towns are 8 miles and larger towns are 15 miles away. It is a short drive to the more populated areas of Windermere and Coniston. These three unique self-contained holiday properties (refs 26868, 26869 and 27804) are full of character and charm with fantastic views of Scafell Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Craggs. They are set within, though not part of, a working farm, and are therefore surrounded by farm animals. The Bothy (ref 26868) offers cosy, comfortable, detached ’upside down’ accommodation within a private enclosed garden area. The School House (ref 26869) faces due south up the fell and offers detached ’studio accommodation’ and a spacious, south-facing conservatory/garden room (with an additional multi-fuel stove) and a private enclosed garden area. The Buttery (ref 27804) adjoins the barn and is completely self-contained with its own entrance and an enclosed private garden area. Woodend Cottages are just a short walk from Devoke Water and are situated 3 miles from both the Eskdale Valley and the Duddon Valley, conveniently located for Ulpha, Eskdale, Boot, Seathwaite and Broughton-in-Furness. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 31/2 miles.
    Woodend is situated off the beaten track in an accessible but remote location high on Birker Fell. Set within a relatively quiet, unspoilt area of the Lake District National Park, 7 miles from the main coast road, local village shops and the nearest pub are 4 miles, smaller market towns are 8 miles and larger towns are 15 miles away. It is a short drive to the more populated areas of Windermere and Coniston. These unique, self-contained holiday properties (refs 26869 and 27804) are full of character and charm with fantastic views of Scafell Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Craggs. They are set within, though not part of, a working farm, and are therefore surrounded by farm animals. The School House (ref 26869) faces due south up the fell and offers detached ’studio accommodation’ and a spacious, south-facing conservatory/garden room (with an additional multi-fuel stove) and a private enclosed garden area. The Buttery (ref 27804) adjoins the barn and is completely self-contained with its own entrance and an enclosed private garden area. Woodend Cottages are just a short walk from Devoke Water and are situated 3 miles from both the Eskdale Valley and the Duddon Valley, conveniently located for Ulpha, Eskdale, Boot, Seathwaite and Broughton-in-Furness. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 31/2 miles.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread stairs to lower ground floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with slipper bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Multi-fuel burner in living room (coal included, logs at cost). Economy 7 central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. HD satellite TV (full package). DVD. Gas cooker. Use of washing machine and tumble dryer available. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural grounds. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from stream. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • The Dove Cot

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123163
    Set in Clappersgate, within a small complex of properties, just off the road between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge, Clappersgate is at the entrance to the Langdale Valley and literally on the doorstep of some of the most wonderful walking opportunities in the whole of the National Park.
    Refurbished to a very high standard and with great attention to details, the Dove Cot has been transformed into a super holiday home with well chosen accessories which compliment the original, characterful features.

    The Dove Cot can be booked together with Halfway House (123145) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    Ground Floor: The Dove Cot has oil fired central heating comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Open plan with ornamental fireplace, TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bathroom: Luxury bathroom with round Jacuzzi bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with king size bed and romantic lighting.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included.Outside laundry available in stable block with washing machine, tumble dryer and ample storage for bikes, canoes or small boats. Decked patio area with seating. Parking for one vehicle is available. Sorry, this property is not suitable for babies or children.

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  • La’l Tethera

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC127050
    Ambleside is a super base for a first or return trip to Southern Lakeland. Awash with a host of activities for all ages and abilities, there’s certainly plenty of attractions to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening yet peace and tranquility can always be found on the slopes of the surrounding fell range, the top of Loughrigg a manageable hike, well worth the effort.
    Centrally placed for enjoying all that this Lakeland village has to offer, La’l Tethera is a superb, stylish bolt hole for just for two, somewhere to relax, unwind and spend precious time together. Light and airy and beautifully dressed with calming décor and co-ordinating neutral fabrics, this first floor apartment is well equipped with up to the minute facilities for a self-catering break, whatever time of year you plan to visit.

    First Floor: La’l Tethera has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance via external steps to inner hallway leading to:
    Open plan living arrangement:
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge: With seating arranged around the gas wood burner effect stove and TV with DVD. The oak dining table is well placed between the two areas.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, oak furnishings and views across the village towards Loughrigg.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
    Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Sorry, no travel cot or highchair available. Parking permit provided for one car to use on nearby car park.

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  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: W40420

    16th century farmhouse

    This charming wing of the owner’s 16th century farmhouse is fully self-contained and is all on the ground level. The cottage retains many original features - some low ceilings, exposed beams and thick walls for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The pretty rooms have been stylishly furnished to provide a cosy haven for 2 people, ideal for a romantic holiday. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm in the tranquil countryside with superb views and lovely walks from the door, it is only 1.5 miles from Bowness and Windermere with their steamer trips, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Windermere golf club is 2 miles away and just a short drive will bring you to the stunning Lakeland Fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Shared patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Kingfisher

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC112145
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Kingfisher is a good, spacious one bed apartment with an open plan living and kitchen area. The owners have beautifully blended the original character of the building including feature fireplace with all the conventional living touches you’d expect.

    Kingfisher can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Egret (CC112147), Curlew (CC112148), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with feature fireplace, Freeview TV and double sash windows.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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  • Grasmere View Cottage

    Grasmere

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    Ref: CC121107
    Situated in the most idyllic and elevated position above Grasmere in Dale End, this lovely ground floor cottage apartment forms the lower part of the owner’s holiday home and enjoys the most magnificent views over the lake and surrounding fells. Grasmere View Cottage has been transformed into the most delightful holiday accommodation, offering all home-from-home comforts, including fitted kitchen and luxury bathroom. From the garden the views are breathtaking and are sure to make you want to return to this superb location.

    Ground Floor: This ground floor cottage apartment is heated by electric heaters and comprises:
    Kitchen/diner: Delightful open plan kitchen/diner with fitted units incorporating electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and pine dining furniture.
    Lounge: Sunny lounge with TV, DVD, video, hi-fi and cosy electric stove effect fire.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
    Outside Utility room: with washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available (not suitable for children or babies).Garden. Private parking. NB: Steep drop in grounds. There is a low fence but it is only 40cm high. Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Wansfell Heights

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123194
    Centrally situated in the ever popular village of Ambleside, Wansfell Heights offers stylish refurbished accommodation for two. On the second floor of this rather imposing Victorian building, the apartment enjoys views over neighbouring rooftops to the fells and village beyond and is a most comfortable base from where to explore the whole of the Lake District, either by car or public transport. Contemporary styling has been carefully introduced to blend well with the traditional features of such a building and to create a comfortable, quality feel throughout. Ambleside has a good selection of interesting shops and tea rooms and a wide range of bars and restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe.

    Second Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD and CD Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With four poster bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. No cot available. Free Wi-Fi access is available.Private parking for 1 car. Due to the large number of internal stairs to access the apartment, we do not consider it suitable for the infirm or for those with babies.

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  • The Snug

    Cartmel

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129323
    The Snug sits in a short terrace just a couple of doors down from The Pig and Whistle, a traditional country pub and right in the heart of Cartmel. A level walk round the corner in to the village square brings you to a further selection of traditional pubs, some wonderful, award winning restaurants and of course, the famous sticky toffee pudding shop. The famous Cartmel Racecourse which holds several meetings throughout the year is only half a mile out of the village, this is certainly worth a visit on a race day. You are very close to the Lakes which offers some amazing walks. This holiday home offer an ideal base for visiting Windermere, Kendal and Grange Over Sands as they are all close by.

    Just a couple of doors down from the Pig & Whistle pub, The Snug is ideal for those wishing to cater for themselves and there are plenty of superb eating places in Cartmel to satisfy even the most educated palate. The cottage is delightfully presented in keeping with the style of the building. The perfect place for a break in or out of season, The Snug is somewhere to relax and enjoy happy times together.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Beamed with open fire and Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric cooker, hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Initial supply of fuel for open fire provided. Wi-FiSorry, this property is unsuitable for children.

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