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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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  • Borrowdale Cottage

    North Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: LLS

    A pretty single-storey cottage, in an idyllic setting high in the fells above Brough. Adjacent to a stone-built barn (another holiday cottage) and adjoining the owners’ home, where llamas graze in the adjacent paddock, the detached holiday property has been renovated to a high standard, with exposed beams and stone flagged floors. There is a large private hot tub situated in the rear garden with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Splendid walking in the area and a good touring base for the Lakes, Dales and Eden Valley. Only ¾ mile to the A66. Restaurant, shops and coarse fishing at Brough, 3 miles. Kirkby Stephen, 7 miles.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Small well-fitted kitchen. Two steps from hall to double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Open fire - logs included. Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. Private hot tub. No smoking. NB: Beck outside garden .

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Lady Tower

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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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.

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Kingfisher

    Keswick

    Grade
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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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  • Little Beck

    Troutbeck, nr. Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: W41282

    Fell walking from the door

    Little Beck is a delightful cottage style ground floor holiday apartment, part of the owner’s farmhouse. Gill Head Farm is a working hill farm which also runs a caravan and campsite. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Blencathra and the northern fells with a lovely rural yet central location, this is perfect for walkers and nature lovers. Only 4 miles from Ullswater, with its many great walks, water sports, lake steamers, fishing etc. The nearest town is Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater and the popular resorts of Windermere and Grasmere are just a short scenic drive away. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 7ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry facilities. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a stream 10 yards from the cottage.

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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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  • The Hayloft at Mains Farm

    Crosby Garrett, nr. Kirkby Stephen

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    Ref: LAH


    This wonderfully appointed barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s 17th century farmhouse, is ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a holiday in the Eden Valley and explore this beautiful area, with both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District within easy reach. The quiet farming village of Crosby Garrett lies on the edge of Crosby Garrett fell in the Westmorland Dales extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen, a traditional market town with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of visitor attractions and leisure facilities nearby, including farmers markets, swimming pools, golf courses, waterfalls, Pendragon Castle of Arthurian Legend, the Settle-Carlisle Railway and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. A bridleway leads from the property to Crosby Garrett Fell, providing excellent walking country with breathtaking views of the Pennines and Howgills. Smardale Nature Reserve is just over a mile away. Within a 40-minute drive, visitors can explore Ullswater and the Eastern Lakes, Swaledale, Wensleydale and the lesser known Teesdale, along with the popular towns of Keswick, Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes. Tan Hill, the highest pub in England is a short, pretty drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove, period fittings and tiled floor. Oak staircase to first floor: Beamed living room with oak floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and period features. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Useof owner’s washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Old Town Cottage

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111420
    Old Town Cottage is a fantastic addition to our portfolio of cottages in Keswick town centre. Originally part of a Mill, it was transformed into a luxurious self catering cottage, tastefully furnished and decorated to compliment the character of the old building. It is sure to appeal to couples with even the most discerning taste, with quality furnishings, modern well equipped kitchen and bathroom, oak and slate flooring on the ground floor and original oak beams. Situated in the old part of Keswick, the cottage is perfect for a romantic break or exceptional base for your walking holiday, with the convenience of the town’s amenities on the doorstep. The walks around Keswick suit all abilities with great restaurants to enjoy in the evening.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Lounge/diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio/docking station, oak flooring and electric flame effect stove.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and induction hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.

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

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi access availableOutside: Small decked area to the rear with table and chairs. Parking permit for nearby car park.

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  • Milburn Grange - Hayloft Cottage

    Knock, nr. Appleby-in-Westmorland

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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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  • Woodend Cottages - The School House

    Woodend, Birker Fell, nr. Ulpha

    Grade
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    Ref: 26869

    In 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 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.

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

    Woodburner in conservatory (logs at cost). Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both 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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  • Croft House Apartment

    Broughton-in-Furness

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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.

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  • Saddleback Penthouse

    Calthwaite

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    Ref: CC118234
    Situated in the same grounds as Saddleback View Cottage (118221), Saddleback Penthouse is a spacious one bedroom property which is furnished and equipped to the same high standards, in a modern boutique style. The Penthouse is ideal for that perfect romantic break. The funky open plan living accommodation, with red leather sofa, is on the first floor to take advantage of the view to the Pennine Hills. The spacious ground floor bedroom has a separate dressing room and en-suite bathroom with both a shower cubicle and a bath with a TV. Situated one mile from Calthwaite village, and 20 minutes’ drive from Ullswater, the Caldbeck fells and Carlisle.Saddleback Penthouse can be booked together with Saddleback View Cottage (118221) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed, dressing room and en-suite with bath, TV, shower and WC.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and basin.

    First Floor: Open plan living space vaulted with beams to include...
    Lounge area: With 50" TV and red leather sofas.
    Dining area: With breakfast bar.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Doors to a large balcony.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Balcony. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Middlebeck Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123246
    Just 500 yards from the centre of vibrant Ambleside, Middlebeck Cottage is one of two small cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge, a property of immense charm and character in a unique location on the banks of the River Rothay which flows through the grounds of the property before running into Lake Windermere. Within a level stroll from the cottage you will find a host of restaurants and activities to suit all ages. Ambleside is well served with numerous attractions including two cinemas, the Armitt Museum depicting the life and times of the village, tennis courts, bowling green and even and indoor climbing wall. Middlebeck Cottage is a four star, quality self catering cottage offering great character and charm for two occupants, the perfect choice for a romantic break at any time of the year. The cottage offers mesmerising views of the riverbank from all rooms, across the lush green garden areas and beyond to Loughrigg Fell, very tempting to the walkers among you! Middlebeck Cottage has a outdoor patio overlooking the river and a spacious car park just across the private foot bridge from the property. Middlebeck Cottage can be booked in conjunction with Overbeck Cottage Ref 123247 which is next door.The property is within a few metres of the River Rothay (which flows through the garden) where fishing is available: Type of fishing: limited fly fishing. Locals tend to use worm or spinner.Type of fish: The river holds brown trout. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up. Chub and roach are possible but unlikely.Licence: An Environmental Agency rod licence is required. These are available online www.postoffice.co.uk. The stretch of water is outside of WADAA control hence no additional licence is required. Months: 15th March – 30th September. Closed season is 1st October to 14th March. Additional details about this can be found at www.lakedistrictfishing.net

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into.....
    Lower Ground Floor: With 4* freezer and secure storage for bikes. Door to patio overlooking river.
    Stairs to.....
    Upper Ground Floor
    Open plan living space with.....
    Kitchen Area: With fridge, freezer electric oven and induction hob and microwave.
    Lounge: With a wood burning stove (fuel not provided), Freeview TV and blu-ray player. The dining table is strategically placed to take in the wonderful view of the river and grounds.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Delightful king size bedroom with en suite shower, wash basin and WC

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot or high chair available as the property is not suitable for babies or children, couples only will be accepted. Free wi-fi internet access provided.Outside: Private off road parking. The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge. You can pull up on the roadside if you wish to unload directly outside the property. Patio area with seating. Shared garden area

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