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Take a look at our new Inspire and Explore section for the ultimate guide to holiday activities in the Lake District.

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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  • The Pavilion

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123146
    This unusual property sits close to the River Brathay at Clappersgate with a small complex of similar houses, only two miles from Ambleside, just off the main road between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge (easily accessed by a shared driveway). Stunning views of the Langdales can be enjoyed from the grounds. Set in Clappersgate, midway between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge, at the entrance to the Langdale Valley. The Pavilion has been cleverly designed and lovingly furnished, proudly displaying exposed trusses and beams. Deer are regular visitors to the garden.

    Ground Floor: The Pavilion has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Living/dining room: With TV, video and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
    Utility/cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom: Large double bedroom, galleried over living accommodation, with king size bed, romantic decoration and en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi style bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry, no cot available. One well behaved pet welcome.There is ample room for storing bicycles, canoes or small boats. Enclosed garden with furniture. Private parking.

  • Helm Crag

    Grasmere

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC121144
    Tucked up behind Dove Cottage and the locally named ’Duck Pond’, Helm Crag enjoys a peaceful location in delightful shared grounds, a few minutes stroll from Grasmere centre. Grasmere is a delightful village, well stocked with pubs, cafes and grocery stores for your self catering stay. Perfect for those walkers among you and ideal for those with a pet, a gate within the grounds leads directly onto fell side paths giving instant access to some of the area’s finest low and high level walking.
    At the rear of the development and slightly elevated, Helm Crag is the perfect haven for a couple, whatever time of year you choose to stay. With well fitted kitchen and bathroom and a good feeling of space throughout, the quality accommodation and coordinated style instantly create a delightful atmosphere, one look out of the lounge window will, we are certain, calm, relax and bring out the old romantic in any of you!

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises;
    Hallway leading to...
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC
    Bedroom 1: With double bed the room is dressed with Laura Ashley decor and solid wood furniture
    Kitchen: With lake view and electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, microwave and dishwasher. Shared coin operated laundry room available.
    Lounge/Dining: With mesmerising view of Grasmere Lake, wall mounted electric fire, TV and DVD and sumptuous oxblood leather sofas.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot available.Outside: private garden area with furniture provided and shared use of grounds at Wood Close. Private parking for one car. NB: Steps up to the property.

  • Beega Apartment

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128178
    A hidden gem! Meandering down the cobbles of Ash St with its wonderful mix of pavement cafes, shops and restaurants, you might not immediately notice the discreet sign for ’Ginnel’ - local dialect meaning passageway. Tucked away here is the delightful Beega Apartment, sitting on the first floor of one of the oldest buildings in Bowness, a prime location above one of Bownesses popular streets.
    A cared for apartment, Beega is presented to a hgh standard and offers comfortable and attractive accommodation right in the middle of it all. From the window seat you can simply sit and watch the world go by, or pop downstairs and you are spoilt for choice with superb eateries literally on your doorstep.
    A short stroll from the main street and The Lake, you can expolre the attractions of Bowness on foot, with the town of Windermere a little further up the hill. A car parking permit is provided so you really can forget about it, though if tempted to head further afield you are in a prime spot to head South to Newby Bridge or North to Ambleside and beyond.

    First Floor: This property is heated by gas central heating, a first floor apartment and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway which leads to:
    Kitchen:  Newly fitted and well planned, with gas hob, electric oven, fridge with freezer box, washing machine and microwave.  Through to:
    Lounge/dining room:  With colour TV, video and DVD.
    Bedroom:  Spacious double bedroom with well co-ordinated linens and decor.
    Bathroom:  Fully refurbished, with space saver bath and shower over, vanity sink units, handbasin and W.C.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided.  Sorry no cot available.Shared garden to the rear with bench seating provided.  Parking by way of permit on SLDC car park, a few minutes walk from the property. Sorry property not suitable for children and babies

  • Nutkins Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123268
    Perfectly positioned for exploring the towns and villages of the South Lakes, Nutkins Nook enjoys a quiet location, set just off the A591 close to Brockhole Visitor’s Centre where you will find beautiful Thomas Mawson designed gardens, a treetop trek and access to the shores of Lake Windermere and a host of waterborne activities.
    All on the ground floor, this charming studio apartment is very spacious for two, equipped with quality fixtures and dressed with stylish furnishings and accessories. Private parking is on hand and with a bus stop at the end of the lane, you may choose to simply park up and forget the car for the week.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Entrance into open plan living space.
    Lounge/Dining area: With TV, DVD and i-Pod docking station.
    Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom: This offers lots of storage space and two twin beds on a wooden frame with quality mattresses.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside: Off road parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • 3 Harney Peak

    Portinscale

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC115116
    Situated in the centre of Portinscale, a peaceful village within walking distance of Keswick, this former Lakeland hotel was converted and fully refurbished to a high standard. No. 3 is a ground floor apartment with gas central heating and double glazing.

    Ground Floor: A ground floor apartment with central heating and comprises:
    Living area: Open plan living area with TV, video, DVD, CD/radio, cassette player and windows allowing winter views of Derwentwater and the fells beyond.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower over bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen provided.Parking for 1 car.

  • The Lodge

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123238
    This beautifully presented bungalow sits at the north end of Ambleside on Rydal Road, just a short level walk from the centre of town where you will find a glorious mix of shops, bars and restaurants and a host of activities. By day, visitors of all ages and abilities take to the surrounding fell ranges or head down to the water’s edge at Waterhead and when nights falls, Ambleside takes on a rather different feel with a variety of low key entertainment on hand, the village having two cinemas, an indoor climbing wall open until 10pm and a good selection of traditional pubs, many offering quiz nights and live music throughout the year.
    The stylish accommodation here at The Lodge has been thoughtfully prepared to provide a very special haven where you and your loved one can relax, unwind and enjoy quality time together. The well tended, south facing garden is awash with colour in the spring and the perfect spot to sit and take in some fresh air and sunshine when our Lakeland weather will allow. Car owners of all makes and models will be pleased to learn that the garage is spacious and secure, perfect for those guests with classic or new vehicles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: With deep cushioned leather sofa arranged around the TV with DVD and gas fireplace.
    Dining area: Just off the...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed, walk in wardrobe and en-suite luxury shower room with shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot.Sunny, south facing garden with furniture provided. Private off road parking with garage. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • The Tack Room

    Thirlmere near Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 13317
    Nestling in a clearing of trees, at the foot of Helvellyn and close to the shore of Thirlmere, Dale Head Hall’s Victorian coach house, set within the grounds of one of lakeland’s finest hotels, has been carefully restored and converted into five apartments offering delightful holiday accommodation amidst breathtaking scenery. Overlooking the cobbled yard they retain much of their rustic charm and are comfortably furnished and equipped. Stroll through the wonderful garden and enjoy spectacular lake views the tranquillity that this very special setting offers.

    The walking and wildlife from the doorstep is excellent. There is a stunning walk along the lakeside or for the more ambitious hiker Helvellyn beckons. The popular, bustling market town of Keswick with an abundance of interesting shops, tourist attractions and eateries is five miles. Thirlmere connects to the south Lakes via a spectacular mountain pass, where you can enjoy the many opportunities that Grasmere, Windermere and Ambleside have to offer. An excellent central location for exploring the Lake District.

    The Tack Room can be booked together with Grooms Room (13316) and The Coach House (24984) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With TV, video and double bed.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. 24 hour laundry service available. Shared drying room.Large shared gardens with lakeside terrace, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. NB: Lake in grounds 55 yards away.

  • Green Barn

    Little Mell Fell

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC118113
    A delightful one bedroomed barn conversion which is ideal for couples seeking a peaceful retreat. Set in an idyllic rural location on the flanks of Little Mell Fell, with uninterrupted views over open countryside towards Striding Edge, Green Barn is a bird watchers paradise with an abundance of bird life around the tarn to the front of the property. The barn is situated within close proximity to Ullswater, the more tranquil Caldbeck fells lie just to the north and some 12 miles to the west is the bustling town of Keswick.

    Ground Floor: Heated by night storage heaters the accommodation, which is all on one level, comprises:
    Dining/Lounge: With a view over the tarn to the fells beyond, TV, DVD, CD/radio and electric stove.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom: Large with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Cot available.Outside there is a garden with furniture and seating area. Parking for 1 car. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds.

  • Burnthwaite Cottage

    Ings

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129259
    This 250 year old cottage, part of the former parsonage for the village of Ings is the picture of all that is traditional here in Lakeland and the perfect little love nest for two. Within just minutes drive, the busier resorts of Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside can be explored although we are certain that much time will be spent either gazing out of the lounge window viewing the countryside or spent in the award winning country pub, The Watermill, 50 yards away. Staveley, just two miles South of Ings is a thriving village community and offers some fabulous walking in the Kentmere Valley as well as a variety of local trade workshops including wood turners, bakers and micro brewery. The area is also very popular with cyclists and storage is available at Burnthwaite Cottage.
    The living space here at Burnthwaite Cottage has been deliberately created on the first floor to make best advantage of the view across meadow and to the countryside beyond. The ancient, thick walls with some exposed detail are a constant reminder of the past but with just a hint of contemporary styling throughout, the owners have successfully married 20th Century living in an 18th Century cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and delightfully presented.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    First Floor: Kitchen: With electric oven, two ring hob, washer/dryer, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Lounge/Diner: With TV and basic Sky package.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available.Off road parking for one car. Bike storage available upon request.

  • West Vale Country House - West Vale Cottage

    Far Sawrey, nr. Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W8661

    Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, these two attractive holiday properties are set in Beatrix Potter country with several good restaurants nearby. The beautiful, single-storey holiday apartment (ref W43295) is furnished to a high standard with French doors leading to a pretty private garden with wonderful views. Adjoining the owners’ home, it benefits from a private entrance. The appealing, single-storey, detached cottage (ref W8661) has a welcoming woodburner and large French windows enabling guests to enjoy the lovely views across the surrounding countryside. The properties are located just 3½ miles from Windermere across the lake ferry, a centre for watersports and climbing enthusiasts. For the less adventurous visitor, Windermere offers a multitude of charming shops, pubs and restaurants. Just over 2 miles from Hawkshead, Tarn Hows 3 miles, Grizedale Forest 3½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Gas central heating included (£20 per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Electric car charger. No smoking.

  • Bracken Lodge - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC111166
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. Bracken Lodge is equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Skiddaw, 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.

    Ground Floor: The lodge has electric heated and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan with electric fire, TV, video, CD player and patio doors to the terrace.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher, microwave, dining table and views to Latrigg.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Terrace. Parking for one car. 2 well behaved pets welcome. 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.

  • The Round Window

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC128207
    This cosy love nest for two is perfectly placed for making the very most of your valuable time together in the Lakes. The Round Window, is set in quiet and attractive surroundings yet within less than a minutes’ walk from all that bustling Bowness has to offer.
    Created in the roof space of former stables, The Round Window retains many quirky features that make this an ideal choice for couples wanting a romantic break. Imagine enjoying the high pitched ceilings and watching the world go by through the round window; your holiday is guaranteed to be unique.
    Access to the apartment is by a metal spiral staircase, all adding to the character and charm. Internally, it is delightfully presented in a neutral, contemporary theme. With chandeliers and wine glasses at the ready - The Round Window facilities will make you feel at home in  no time.
    The apartment is ideal for self catering although we suspect that with such a wealth of attractions, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep, you’ll be far to busy enjoying yourselves to bother cooking!
    Lake Windermere with her steamers and rowing boats for the more energetic amongst you is a short stroll away. Superb international cuisine restaurants and individual, boutique shops are on your doorstep too.
    The Round Window really is set in the perfect location from which to explore cosmopolitan Lakeland.

    First Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Bathroom: With powerful shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Open plan living area with kitchen area: Having electric cooker, hob, fridge and microwave.
    Cosy lounge area: With feature window, deep window seat, leather sofa, tub chair, DVD, i-Pod docking station and flat screen TV.
    Double bedroom: With leather sleigh bed, furnishings and fabrics and CD/radio alarm clock.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Private parking for 1 car.

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