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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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  • Gates Bridge Cottage

    Caldbeck

    Grade
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    Ref: CC119148
    Gates Bridge Cottage has been renovated and refurbished to provide good quality, spacious, self catering accommodation for couples. It is situated right in the heart of Caldbeck village, in John Peel country, with tea rooms, village store and post office, pub, restaurant and craft shop all within a few yards. This delightful cosy cottage has got a log burner in the lounge and a stylish bedroom, providing an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic break

    Ground Floor: Property has electric wet system heating with radiators and comprises:
    Spacious Lounge/Diner: With comfy leather sofa and chair, wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), TV/DVD, CD radio/ipod dock and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Washer/dryer and freezer in outside utility.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-Fi. Heated utility/drying room with washer/dryer, freezer and space for bikes. Raised patio area with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3

    Appleby in Westmorland

    Grade
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    Ref: CC132178
    Appleby Castle is situated deep in the heart of the beautiful Eden Valley, just 15 miles from the Lake District, nestling alongside the meandering River Eden. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps in Great Britain. In the 17th Century, the castle was the preferred residence of Lady Anne Clifford. She was a patron of authors and literature and known for her many letters and diaries.

    Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3 is one of three holiday properties which make up part of the inner bailey wall and medieval defences, which stand adjacent to the Norman Keep which has hardly changed over the past 900 years. The old great hall, built in 1454, stands across the courtyard and guests are welcome to take a tour with afternoon tea during their stay (at an additional charge).

    Appleby Castle owns the fishing rights on both sides of the River Eden immediately beneath the weir. This is prime fishing territory and salmon, trout and grayling abound in this special stretch of river. Fishing rights are exclusively for castle guests.

    Appleby is built in the curve of the River Eden and is a traditional medieval town with the castle at the top of the hill sloping gently downhill to the church. This is one of the prettiest market towns in England and despite once being the county town of Westmorland, it retains a village atmosphere with a great deal of interest and charm. One of it’s famous residents, the father of George Washington, Augustine Washington, grew up in Cumberland and attended Appleby Grammar School with his elder brother John. Situated in the beautiful Eden Valley, the location is superb for exploring the highlights of the North of England as it separates the Lakes District fells from the Pennines and also gives easy access to the Yorkshire and Durham Dales. The scenic Carlisle to Settle railway route runs through Appleby and makes a great day out. Further afield, the Northumberland National Park along with Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Border are within an hour’s drive. Superb walking, cycling, golf and fishing are all available nearby.

    Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3 can be booked together with Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 2 (CC132177) and Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 1 (CC132176) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to into twin beds - please advise when booking).
    Bathroom: With spa bath, shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. 27-acres of shared grounds and woodland with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Fishing available on-site (no licence required). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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  • Blackhill Cottage

    Hallbankgate, nr. Brampton

    Grade
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    Ref: W43702

    This traditional detached Cumbrian holiday cottage is ideal for a romantic sanctuary. It has been carefully renovated to retain a wealth of charm, including a large inglenook fireplace, whilst providing all the contemporary conveniences such as large waterfall shower. You can explore Brampton, with its range of good restaurants and pubs, or sit yourself in front of the woodburner and have a relaxing night. The property is set on the A689 in the village of Hallbankgate, which means you are ideally placed for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle, the Scottish Borders, Alston and the Lake District. RSPB Geltsdale reserve, 1 mile. Shops 4 miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom (no door) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Carlton Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111124
    Carlton Cottage is a ground floor apartment enjoying a central location with Keswick town centre and Fitz Park just a short stroll away. There is an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and pubs in close proximity, to suit those without transport or those with walking restrictions. The property is tastefully decorated to a good standard, making it an ideal base for a Lakeland holiday.

    Ground Floor: The centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan living/dining area with colour TV, CD/hi-fi, DVD player and electric fire.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Utility area: With a washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Small rear yard. Parking space in the church, 50 yards.

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  • Cragg Cottage

    Bouth, Newby Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: LC3

    Set quietly on the edge of a small pretty village at the foot of Lake Windermere, this delightful cottage exudes character and romantic charm. One of a pairand heavily beamed, it is superbly presented with its garden, patio area and furniture. Surrounded by stunning countryside, Windermere Lake is just 2 miles and the Central Lakes and Fells can be reached within a short drive. To the west lies Ulverston with its cobbled streets, arts and crafts and weekly markets. Coniston, Grange-over-Sands and Bowness-on-Windermere, all 12 miles. Shop 2 miles. Excellent pub in village.

    Step to entrance. Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with open fire in iron range, stone flagged floor and stable door to garden. Compact, fitted cottage-style kitchen with butler’s sink and stone flagged floor. First floor: Double bedroom with vaulted ceiling, feature stone fireplace, and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking

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  • Tulip Cottage

    Low Jock Scar near Kendal

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    Ref: CC129286
    Just five miles to the North of the medieval market town of Kendal sits Low Jock Scar, a beautiful country house and estate on the banks of Bannisdale Beck and set in several acres of woodland. Guests at Tulip Cottage are welcome to meander through the colourful grounds and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the location, the site often frequented by a wide variety of birds including woodpeckers and pheasant. The location is perfect for exploring both the Lakes and Dales as Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy rich by car. 
    And if you can steal yourselves away from the gardens, Tulip is a cosy retreat for couples, perfect for that romantic getaway at any time of year, the wood burning stove perfect for enjoying a break in the cooler months. Homely touches throughout will ensure your holiday gets off to a relaxing start and we’re certain that you’ll take home only happy memories (and lots of photos!) of your stay here at Low Jock Scar.

    Ground Floor: Property is on ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to open plan living accommodation...
    Lounge area: with comfy seating arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), digital TV and DVD.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath with grab rail, hand basin and WC.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen provided. Logs provided. Towels not provided but available to rent at £5 per set per person. Sorry, no cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: Ample parking. Shared gardens with seating and BBQ.

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  • Birkerthwaite Stable

    Eskdale

    Grade
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    Ref: W41477

    Surrounded by dramatic scenerySurrounded 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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio door, beams and slate floor/dining room/step to kitchen. Step to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Tanner’s Cottage

    Cockermouth, nr. Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: 24642

    This traditional 18th century mid terraced holiday cottage is situated on the edge of the bustling Georgian market town of Cockermouth. Modernised but retaining cottage charm, the cosy accommodation is just a 5 minute walk from interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and visitor attractions. Cockermouth is close to the north west border of the Lake District National Park, making an ideal base for exploring the spectacular lakeland scenery. Keswick, 12 miles, Buttermere, 10 miles, and Whinlatter Forest and Bassenthwaite Lake, 3 miles, all an easy, scenic drive. Shops, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with chiminea, patio and furniture. Summerhouse (open June-September). Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Nell’s Cottage

    Dalton-in-Furness

    Grade
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    Ref: 24581


    This delightful holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s B&B home, has been refurbished with quality and style. Surrounded by open countryside and overlooking a trout lake, it enjoys views towards Scafell Pike and Old Man of Coniston. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park is nearby, also the beach and sandhills of Sandscale Haws (NT). Coniston Water and Windermere are within 14 miles. The Aquarium of the Lakes and the Haverthwaite Steam Railway are also nearby. The lovely Duddon Valley makes an excellent day out, as does Muncaster Castle and gardens. Shop and pub 11/2 miles. Please note: This property can be booked with property 30655 to accommodate up to 6+1 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory with French doors and tiled floor. 2 steps to kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electricity included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-March). Oil central heating, partial Economy 7 central heating, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Oak Cottage

    Appleby-in-Westmorland

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    Ref: 30156

    This well-presented, stone-built, semi-detached holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home and lies on the edge of the ancient market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. Oak Cottage provides warm and cosy accommodation, in ‘upside down’ style. It stands in a conservation area at the top of the picturesque main street which links the well-preserved Norman castle with the fine medieval Church of St Lawrence. The spacious, mature garden provides an ideal area for dining al fresco, whilst all the amenities of the town, including pubs and restaurants, are all within a few minutes’ walk of the cottage. Situated close to open countryside, with many fine and interesting walks, this property makes an ideal base for exploring all the beauty of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. There are numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the Pennine range with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is also a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead Viaduct. Visit Appleby in June and experience the atmosphere of the 300-year old horse fair. Penrith is just 14 miles. Bike hire is available locally. The public indoor swimming pool is 600 yards away. Shops and pubs 100 yards..

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams.

    Woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. DAB radio. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in adjoining outhouse. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with covered patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in owner’s garden, 10 yards.

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  • 11 Elm Court

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111221
    Situated on the fringe of the town, this luxurious apartment, which is in a block known as Elm Court apartment offers the best of both worlds, in that it has all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and yet an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door. This ground floor apartment has level access with no steps which senior citizens or those with walking difficulties may find useful. It also offers flat walking into the town centre itself.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is double glazed, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/diner: With TV, video/DVD, CD/radio and a view to Skiddaw.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Private parking for 1 car. Also provided is a parking space at Seathwaite.

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Curlew

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC112148
    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!

    Curlew is a charming one bedroom apartment with open plan living area. The benefit of being on the first floor is that you get to be right in the centre of Keswick without the noise. The living room has several windows overlooking the town and fells so you can always appreciate your surroundings.

    Curlew can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Egret (CC112147), Kingfisher (CC112145), 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: With Freeview TV and bay window.
    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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