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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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  • 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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  • Royal Views - 3 Balmoral House

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC111133
    Royal Views is situated in Keswick town centre, next to the famous George Fisher climbing shop. All the amenities of this bustling town are on the doorstep, including shops, pubs, restaurants, the Leisure Pool, cinema and The Theatre by the Lake. A short 5 minute stroll will take you through Hope Park to the shores of Derwentwater, where you can board a launch to take you round this very scenic lake. The apartment is accessed by several flights of steps.

    Second Floor: The second floor apartment is double glazed and heated by instant electric radiators and comprises:
    Living/dining area: Open plan with comfortable three seater sofa and chair, dining table to accommodate four people, TV, video, CD/radio and entertainment centre.
    Kitchen area: Combination microwave, electric oven and hob, fridge with ice compartment and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with fell views.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available.Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Betsy Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: CC127239
    Betsy Cottage enjoys an ideal, central location, close to a host of excellent shops and restaurants that provide everything you’ll need for a self catering holiday in the Lakes. Some lovely walks can be enjoyed straight from the door to Orrest Head where you can take in magnificent vistas of Windermere from one of the area’s best view points or why not take a tour on an open top bus or enjoy a trip on one of the famous Windermere Lake Steamers and take in the views from a rather different perspective?
    Stylishly presented with a contemporary theme throughout, the two of you will be spoiled by the amount of space and comfort on offer here at Betsy Cottage. The bathroom is a real treat with an enormous deep bath and separate shower whilst the modern fully equipped kitchen leads directly out to the garden and well presented outside living space offering you the chance to enjoy the sun all day long, when our rather typical Lake District weather will allow! As well as having private, off road parking, your pets are most welcome to join you here at Betsy Cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Lounge: Arranged around the gas fireplace with flat screen TV, DVD and Hi-Fi system.
    Dining room: with feature fireplace.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Kitchen: With breakfast bar area, electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Spacious Bathroom: With shower cubicle, deep bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed to front of property with original feature fireplace.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot, stairgate and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Rear paved garden with furniture provided.
    The stairs in the kitchen are steep and open on one side with handrail on other side. Extra care should be taken.

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  • Wetherlam

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC127238
    Wetherlam sits in the very heart of Windermere ideally located for enjoying a wealth of wonderful walking, shopping, bars and restaurants and only a short drive or bus journey from Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere. Recent pedestrianisation of the town has created some delightful walkways and seating areas, complimenting the existing cafes and shops, the paths and trees lighting up in the evening to create an almost continental ambience.
    Conveniently located just off the main thoroughfare of this popular village, Wetherlam has been thoughtfully prepared for enjoying a self catering stay at any time of the year. All on the ground floor, the reclining leather sofas offer the chance to sit back and relax after a hard day sightseeing or walking on the fells and soak up the contemporary atmosphere and quality of this stylish apartment.

    Ground Floor: Property offers accommodation all on one level, has gas central heating and comprises:
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    Open plan living area: With deep leather reclining sofas arranged around the TV with DVD, stereo system with i-Pod dock and electric fireplace.
    Dining area: With oak furnishings.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, washing machine, fridge with small ice box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and heated mirror.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry this property is not big enough for a cot, couples only please. Outside: paved seating area and lawn area. Private parking for one car.

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  • Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3

    Appleby in Westmorland

    Grade
    2
    1
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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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  • Bunbury Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC111132
    Strictly speaking, a ground floor flat but with all the character and internal appearance of a true Lakeland Cottage. The name Bunbury Cottage, was inspired after reading ’The Importance of Being Earnest’ as ’escape to the country’, seemed an appropriate name for the owners who purchased and furnished the property as their own holiday home. Situated in the oldest and quietest part of Keswick within a short stroll from the town centre and Derwentwater makes this an ideal base to explore all that Keswick and the North Lakes has to offer. This is a perfect ’Honeymoon cottage’ be it your 1st or 21st! you will not be disappointed.

    Ground Floor: The gas centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Lounge: Heavily beamed lounge with inglenook fireplace housing a gas log effect, traditional style stove, TV, video, DVD player, CD hi-fi, good quality sofa and fold out dining table.
    Kitchen: Fitted with electric oven and hob, food processor, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with brass bed traditional bedroom furniture.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Patio with garden furniture. Off street private parking.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Leadgate, nr. Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44255

    The Old Dairy is a detached barn conversion which has been tastefully converted, and nestles on the border of Cumbria and Northumbria. It sits in a garden, bordered by mature trees with views over green fields and wild fells. Alston is said to be the highest market town in England, and has a quaint cobbled street with public houses, butchers, bakers and even its own candlemaker! It lies within an AONB with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage, and with spectacular scenery all around. Fishing, riding and golf are all nearby, and you can follow some of the local rambles or the Pennine Way. It is ideal for touring the northern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria and within easy driving distance are Hadrians Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater and Keswick. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), ele, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Beckfoot Cottage

    High Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: CC119151
    This fabulous farmhouse cottage was converted from the original 17th Century barn, adjoining a former farmhouse, called Beckfoot. The accommodation is extremely spacious; with a large lounge/dining room with a king size bed at one end, a separate fitted kitchen and a shower room.
    On the first floor there is is a very large games room equipped with a full size table tennis table, pool table and air hockey table. Beckfoot enjoys a truly rural location, on the edge of the hamlet of Highbridge and close to the Caldbeck Fells. Two rivers loop around the borders, of the property, there are footpaths crossing the land and guests have access to the owners’ garden and 25 acres of fields and woodland.

    Ground Floor: With underfloor heating and comprising:
    Lounge/Diner/Bedroom: With TV, DVD, printer, two sofas, dining table and chairs, king size bed and wardrobe.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine and microwave and freezer. Shared use of tumble dryer.
    Shower room: With wet room shower, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Large games room: With beamed ceiling, air hockey/pool table and table tennis table and free weights.

    All fuel, bed linen, towels and a welcome pack provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet access with good speed usually 7Mb. Seating area to the front with BBQ and shared use of the owners large garden. Parking for 2 cars

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  • Old Dairy Cottage

    Ainstable, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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    Ref: 28396

    This charming holiday retreat, with views from the conservatory and garden, was converted from a dairy and retains beams and some original stonework. Set in the grounds of the owner’s smallholding and standing on the edge of Ainstable with good walking from the doorstep. Armathwaite on the beautiful River Eden is only 1½ miles and has a station on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The Lakes, Hadrian’s Wall, North Pennines and Carlisle are easily reached. The owner keeps rare sheep. Heated indoor swimming pool for private hire less than ¼ mile. Shop 1 mile, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. 1 double (6ft) bedroom (zip and link, can be twin on request). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facilities on request. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Stables and grazing for horse on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • High Hurst

    Ulpha near Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: CC129241
    Sitting prominently in the heart of the Duddon Valley, this period cottage has been located on a working farm since 1765, and enjoys beautiful views across to Caw and Stickle Pike. High Hurst is criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways offering a gateway to the local fells, including Dow Crag and the Coniston mountains. Attached to the owners’ home, High Hurst is part of an original 18th-century farmhouse which has smaller outbuildings, including an original Victorian outhouse. It is surrounded by 20 acres of prime grazing land encompassing a quarter of a mile stretch of the River Duddon, this spate river is crossed by a series of ancient stepping stones along its length. During the lambing season and winter months, Herdwick sheep occupy the associated farmland prior to release onto the upper fells, leaving the owners small flock of Ryeland sheep as permanent residents of the farm, keeping the hens company. Secluded, peaceful and with breathtaking views, High Hurst offers the perfect location for the Lake District visitor looking for inspiration and relaxation.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has night storage heating, a wood burner and comprises:
    Utility room: With drying area, washing machine and freezer.
    Lounge: With tiled floor, wood burner, 42" Sky TV, Playstation 3/Blu-ray player and open views across the garden to the fells.
    Kitchen/dining room: With laminate floor, double sink, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and stunning views across the garden and surrounding fells.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With corner shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Oakvale - Acorn

    Braithwaite

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC114154
    Set within attractive gardens and boasting the most stunning panoramic views across the valley to Skiddaw and Latrigg, Oakvale is the name given to this fabulous self catering accommodation. This property offers something for all, combining 3 beautifully furnished and well equipped properties: Autumn Leaves a luxurious 2 bedroom bungalow, with stunning fell views, Acorn a spacious 1 bedroom bungalow with extensive garden and Oak Leaf an economically priced but equally well appointed 1 bedroom apartment. Small personal touches help to ensure you have everything for the perfect holiday.
    Oakvale is situated in Braithwaite village, next to a small hotel, with restaurant and public bar. There are 2 more pubs and a restaurant within 400 metres, as well as a popular village store. Explore the Northern Fells with great walking, mountain biking in the forest, sailing on the lake as well as the Go Ape and visitor centre at Whinlatter, the bustling market town of Keswick, with its superb selection of shops, attractions and Lake Derwentwater all within easy reach. Combine this with the magnificent surroundings of Lakes and mountains and here you have found the ideal location for your stay.
    Acorn is a very well appointed 1 bedroom bungalow, with patio doors from both lounge and bedroom, making the rooms feel airy and bright, giving access to a delightful sunny patio and extensive lawn gardens.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor but is accessed via several steps, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With TV, DVD, CD radio, dining table, chairs and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can be split into twin beds (please advice when booking), TV/DVD and patio doors.
    Bathroom: With shower bath with ’deluge’ and detachable head, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels (2 bath sheets and 2 hand towels) included. Sorry no babies, strictly 2 adults only. Wireless Broadband.Large garden with lawn, patio and furniturel. Parking for 1 car. Garage with washing machine, tumble dryer, shared freezer and storage for bikes. Visit England Gold Award property.

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Butler’s Loft

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30601

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

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

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

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

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