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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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  • Cobbler’s Cottage

    Silecroft, nr. Millom

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 24208

    A charming holiday cottage with large conservatory, adjacent to the owner’s house in the seaside village of Silecroft. This former granary looks out onto pretty gardens and provides a perfect holiday base on the western fringe of the Lake District. Within a mile of a beach, golf course and pony trekking, there are coastal and hill walks from the door. Many visitor attractions in the area such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge and Muncaster Castle and Gardens. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/
    dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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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.

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Lady Tower

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 30602

    Staffield Hall is located 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. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Staffield Hall and relax. Lady Tower is a romantic first floor apartment, part of Staffield Hall, a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).

    Lady Tower was named in honour of Lady Jane Aglionby, the beautiful bride for whom the Hall was built for, and now offers the perfect escape for couples with a passion for romance. Located in the tower of Staffield Hall, Lady Tower boasts superior interior from the moment you step in to the hall, with its grand entrance and stain glass windows. On entering the apartment guests will be blown away with the light and elegant décor, high ceilings and the magnificent triple arched window, commanding heavenly views and catching glorious sunsets. This charming apartment also welcomes your four-legged friend too, so what are you waiting for!

    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 first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double 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.

  • High View Cottage

    Backbarrow

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC129220
    High View Cottage is the perfect Lakeland property for that romantic getaway for two, set in an ideal location for touring all the sights of the southern Lake District. The nearby Whitewater Hotel offers affordable daily membership at its renowned leisure club whilst a number of traditional Lakeland inns are within minutes drive, The Anglers Arms only a mile away, for sampling some local ales and fayre.
    Cosily furnished with pretty decor and furnishings, some wood flooring and feature beams, High View Cottage has a wealth of interesting accessories depicting the history of the local area and is very comfortable throughout, the jacuzzi bath a welcome addition, particularly to those walkers among you.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With corner set fireplace, TV and DVD.
    Through to dining area which leads to...
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box, microwave and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With shower over jacuzzi bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All electric and bed linen included. No cot available.Private parking for one car. Payphone available.

  • Eskdale

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123118
    Set in quiet and peaceful surroundings close to the centre of Ambleside, Eskdale is a cosy ground floor apartment in a block of 5 holiday homes set in the grounds of the Old Kirkstone Foot Hotel. A less than 5 minute walk down Peggy Hill brings you to the centre of Ambleside where there are many cafes, restaurants, shops and two cinemas. Wansfell and Red Screes are nearby and walks can be enjoyed from the door. Many bus routes radiate from Ambleside including frequent services to Windermere, Great Langdale, the 555 to Grasmere and Keswick, and the Coniston Rambler to Hawkshead and Coniston.

    Ground Floor: The gas centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With pine furniture, HD ready 26" TV with Freesat, DVD player, video, Hi-Fi and fireplace with coal effect electric fire.
    Kitchen: Fully integrated with cooker, ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer and fridge with freezer compartment.
    Bedroom 1: Pretty double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with thermostat shower over spa bath, hand basin and WC.
    Storage area.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available.  Free Wi-Fi internet access available (password etc can be found in the welcome folder).Private parking for one car.  One pet welcome.

  • Brook Lodge - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC111218
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. This luxury pine log cabin is equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Brook Lodge, with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. The site is within walking distance of Keswick town centre, making the lodge an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.
    This finely furnished one bedroom lodge was upgraded at the start of the 2013 season by the new owners. With particular attention paid to the kitchen and bathroom areas, including high quality bathroom accessories and excellent quality saucepans and Denby crockery in the kitchen. Facing south, the large verandah overlooks a small stream and has wonderful uninterrupted views to the Helvellyn range, Latrigg and surrounding fells.

    Ground Floor: The lodge has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: With electric fire, TV, DVD, video, CD/radio and patio doors leading to the terrace.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, wash basin, vanity unit, WC and heated towel rail.

    All bed linen and heating included. Large verandah overlooking a small stream. Parking for 1 car. Please note from mid November until end of February this site is closed. However, the site is open over christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January.

    Property will be a Saturday changeover from 2017.

  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Hardknott Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 31165

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

  • The Secret Garden

    near Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC127139
    The Secret Garden is a cottage style apartment located on the ground floor of Pinethwaite Hall. Set in woodlands reached by a private drive Secret Garden lives up to it’s name. The peace and quiet is disturbed only by a variety of wildlife including deer, squirrels, nuthatches and woodpeckers visiting the large garden. The centres of Bowness and Windermere are within easy reach and there are delightful walks direct from the doorstep to some of the best viewpoints in the area from which to enjoy the beauty of the fells and Lake Windermere.

    Ground Floor: With an open fire and night storage heating and comprising:
    Lounge/kitchen/diner: Open plan with open fire, TV with integral DVD and CD player.
    Dining/kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious double bedroom with fitted units.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, WC, under floor heating, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included. Wi-fi access availableCot available. Large garden areas with seating provided. Large covered porch with seating and plenty of storage for coats and boots. Private parking.

  • Old Kiln Farm Cottages - Dove Cottage

    Allonby, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 12965

    Just 100 metres from a sandy beach, these two single storey cottages have been converted from a barn adjoining the owner’s 17th century farmhouse and provide charming holiday accommodation. They are set in a quiet position with views of the Scottish hills and Skiddaw and just 1 mile from the rural seaside village of Allonby and 100 metres from a sandy beach. Small boats can be launched from the beach and there is fishing available nearby. Golf and horse riding in Silloth, 5 miles. Keswick is 23 miles, and the Scottish Borders, Carlisle is 23 miles. Shops and pub 1 mile.

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

    Electric convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

  • Croft House Apartment

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC129209
    Broughton-in-Furness is well situated a few miles west of nearby Coniston, is becoming a favoured destination for the more discerning visitor, who appreciate its tranquil charm and acknowledge it as part of the "Undiscovered Lakeland". Coniston and the wonderful surrounding fell ranges and lakes can be explored along with the nearby River Duddon immortalised by Wordsworth as one of the most scenic rivers in England.Embraced by this beautiful countryside, Broughton is becoming increasingly popular being well located, not far from the busier towns of Ambleside and Windermere; there are some excellent beeches nearby to the west, and to the south Ulverston is a vibrant larger town. Broughton’s  focal point is the Georgian market square with its obelisk erected in 1810 to commemorate the jubilee of King George III. Nearby old stone  slabs can still be seen where traders laid out their wares, as can the stocks in which  wrongdoers were punished. Bordering the square the Tourist Information Office is adjacent to ’Beswicks’ a charming restaurant, close to some of the cafes and excellent traditional pub where a welcoming atmosphere, fine foods and Real Ales can be enjoyed. Delicious and traditional foods are available from the small friendly local shops, the bakers and the butchers have deservedly been recommended by several of the country’s top chefs.
    Set just off the main square, Croft House and Croft House apartment are two pretty properties, thoughtfully prepared for the holiday market.  Each is delightfully presented with comfortable furnishings and personal touches, including original paintings some created by the owner.  Croft House and Croft House apartment can be booked together in which circumstances the secure interconnecting door linking the two properties would need to be specifically opened - please request when booking.

    First Floor: Croft House Apartment has gas central heating and comprises:
    External stone staircase overlooking the delightful courtyard to the rear of Croft House leads to the entrance.
    Dressing/shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and W.C.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with small freezer box.
    Lounge/dining area: Has comfy leather seating and wall mounted flat screen T.V.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, plenty of hanging space, safety deposit box and ornamental fireplace.

    All electric, gas and bed linen provided.  Sorry, no room for a cot. Unlimited broadband availableOn street parking.

  • Brundholme

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    2
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    2
    Ref: CC111179
    This spacious first floor apartment is situated in the heart of Keswick, and has been attractively decorated and comfortably furnished. Only two minutes walk from the market square it has fine views of Latrigg and Skiddaw and is an ideal base from which to enjoy Keswick and the Northern Lakes. All the amenities of this charming town are on the doorstep including the theatre, cinema, museums, parks, shops, pubs, restaurants and a leisure pool. There are good bus connections to Borrowdale, Ambleside and Penrith.

    First Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With beautiful views to Skiddaw, TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi available. Parking permit for nearby car park.

  • Whernside View

    near Sedbergh

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC131122
    Whernside View occupies a most enviable position on the fellside and enjoys uniterrupted views of this beautiful part of the world. The cottage has been converted from a redundant farm building and now offers excellent, high quality facilities with many retained characterful features including a mix of slate and oak floors. A mere 1 mile from Sedbergh inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and only 20 minutes drive from the Lake District National Park, the property is ideally located to enjoy the Howgill Fells and an ideal base for walking the famous Dalesway.
    This property can be booked together with Dales View (131121)

    Ground Floor: Oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises: Covered entrance porch leading to:
    Bedroom: King sized bedroom with pretty fabrics and co-ordinating decor.
    Bathroom : with bath, separate shower cubicle, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Living room: open plan with gas effect log fire, colour TV, video and DVD and french doors to grassed area.
    Kitchen : with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    All fuel, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no cot or highchair available.  Wifi internet access available.Patio area to the front with furniture provided. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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