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Cumbria

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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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  • Low Fold Cottage

    Crook, nr. Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: W1759

    Beautiful views of the Lyth Valley

    Situated on a mixed working farm, this 17th century semi-detached character holiday cottage with exposed beams is warm and cosy. It is ideal for a rural holiday in a location close to all the attractions of the Lake District and the southern National Park, Windermere, the lake and Bowness being only 4.5 miles, and bustling Kendal the same. Windermere in the centre of the Lake District offers great countryside and walking to suit all abilities. A good area for walking with golf nearby, the cottage is to be found up a narrow lane with beautiful views of the Lyth Valley. There are many attractions in the area including historic houses, museums, galleries, gardens and parks, as well as watersport opportunities and great shopping, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 3.5 miles and pub 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beam/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beam and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123290
    High up on Kirkstone overlooking Ambleside in the tranquil Stockghyll Valley, The Nest sits on a 2700 acre traditional working Lakeland farm estate. Originally the old horse carriage house, The Nest provides comfortable and cosy accommodation in the form of a one bedroomed annexe. A bird watchers haven where Buzzards fly above the neighbouring farmland and where Highland Cattle, Herdwick sheep and other rare breeds graze and wander freely. The elevation provides magnificent Lakeland views in every direction and the rurality provides darks skies for amazing star gazing. An ideal base for fell walking, cycling or just chilling out. The Nest is accessed by a steep track which is not tarmacked but is well worth the adventure, a true ’getaway from it all’ retreat.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), Hazel Cottage (CC123280) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Living area: With electric wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley style with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small shared courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. Access via a rough track.

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  • Allt Maen

    Lowick Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: E3266

    In the glorious landscape of the Lake District National Park, and ideally located for enjoying water sports or fell walking and climbing, these two spacious and comfortable properties have been created from the conversion of an 18th century barn. Allt Maen, its name derived from the Celtic ‘Old Man of Coniston’, a mountain visible from the properties, is on the first floor and Wetherlam occupies the ground floor. Coniston Water is just 2 miles, Windermere 8 miles, Blawith Fells are a short drive and Grizedale Forest tracks invite mountain bikers, whilst nearby stately homes and gardens offer more sedate pleasures. Shops are 3 miles away and a friendly pub (dogs welcome) is a short stroll.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with beams, shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel £5 per basket). No smoking.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Skiddaw Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: W41227

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

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  • Kent View Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

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    Ref: W42985

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with patio door/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Balcony with furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Kitty’s Barn

    North Stainmore, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: 28832

    Peacefully set in an idyllic location off the beaten track just ¾ of a mile from the A66, Borrowdale Beck stands high in the fells above Brough. The first floor studio apartment has been renovated with an interesting mix of contemporary fittings and original beams providing a spacious, characterful holiday home. Adjoining the owner’s home and another small holiday cottage, with llamas grazing in the adjacent paddock, there are stunning views over open countryside. Excellent walking and touring base for the Lakes, Dales and Eden Valley. Kirkby Stephen, 7 miles, is on the famous and scenic Settle/Carlisle railway line. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with screened off double (5ft) bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting out area and furniture. Paddock. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Hot tub. No smoking. NB: Stream in paddock.

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  • The Barn

    Greystoke

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    Ref: CC132169
    Converted from the former listed sandstone barn this charming property has been renovated to a high standard using oak fittings and retaining a feature stone wall and large barn doors which provide a light, bright living space. The décor is attractive and stylish and the wood burning stove creates that cosy ambiance making a romantic holiday home. Situated in the heart of Greystoke, a popular and pretty small village in the Eden Valley, The Barn stands in a courtyard within the grounds and adjoining the owners’ listed house. There are delightful village walks and cyclists will enjoy winding through the attractive villages and wild flower-laden country lanes. Ullswater, known as the most romantic lake, and the Keswick area with its spectacular high fells, are both within a 20-minute drive. This location is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and those wishing to unwind in a beautiful, relaxing and peaceful setting. The village has an outdoor swimming pool in summer. Shop, pub and restaurant 60 yards.

    Ground Floor: Property has wood pellet underfloor central heating and comprises:
    Living room: With beams, stone feature wall, stone floor, wood burner, TV/DVD player and music centre.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With WC, shower cubicle, claw foot roll top bath and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi internet access.Enclosed lawn garden with furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Oaks Retreat

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123237
    Set close to the tumbling waterfalls at Stockghyll, Oaks Retreat enjoys an enviable position above the vibrant village of Ambleside, close enough to enjoy a wealth of attractions and facilities when needed but far enough away to soak up the peace and quiet of this former woodland area and enjoy some well deserved time together. Ambleside has an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants to suit every palate and sufficient activities to suit all ages and abilities. Close to the foot of Kirkstone Pass, Oaks Retreat offers almost instant access to the Lakeland fells and the owners have supplied a range of walking books and guides to help you plan your route.
    Refurbished to a very good standard Oaks Retreat is a spacious and stylish apartment all on one level, offering excellent facilities for a self catering break. The thoughtful owners who live adjacent have provided a lovely bed and mattress dressed with quality duvet and linens to ensure a restful nights sleep and a shower room with power shower to sooth those aching limbs. The sumptuous leather sofa offers the chance to snuggle up and take in a DVD or catch up on the soaps whilst the covered patio area will enable you to holiday outdoors when our typical Lakeland weather will allow!

    This property can be booked together with Willow Retreat (CC123298) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area: With patio doors to covered terrace.
    Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Covered verandah with furniture. Private parking (1 car). No smoking. No children or babies.

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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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  • The Bothy

    Stainton

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    Ref: CC118224
    The Bothy is a charming, character barn conversion adjoining the owner’s home. The living accommodation on the ground floor is open plan and has a cosy wood burning stove in a sandstone inglenook, an oak staircase leads to a bedroom with en-suite shower. Access to the cottage is through the owner’s conservatory, which guests are welcome to use and outside is a delightful cottage garden. Situated in the pretty village of Stainton, which benefits from very easy access to the M6 (5 minutes drive) and is only 10 minutes from Ullswater. There is a popular hotel and a pub within a few yards of the cottage, with a farm shop close by and a wealth of amenities in Penrith, two miles away.

    Ground Floor: Property has wood burning stove and electric convector heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: With TV, DVD, CD radio and wood burning stove.
    Kitchen area: With dining table, electric cooker, fridge and microwave. Access to washing machine. Shared use of owner’s conservatory.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi available in conservatory.Outside: Private, enclosed garden with lawn and picnic bench. Parking for 2 cars.

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  • Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3

    Appleby in Westmorland

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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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