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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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  • Jackdaw Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123285
    This quaint one bedroom cottage is set in the very heart of Ambleside. Jackdaw Cottage is the perfect getaway and spring board to the Lakes. It is a cosy cottage with gas log burner effect fire. The holiday home dates back from the 18th Century and was part of a working community within Ambleside which had various types of industry. A good quality bed dressed in crisp cotton sheets guarantees a restful night’s sleep after a day on the fells or sightseeing. You can come back and rela and enjoy that well deserved break. A gentle stroll will bring you to Waterhead Pier where you will find the famous Windermere Lake Steamers offering the chance to cruise across to Bowness or Lakeside whilst taking in some more of the area’s stunning scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is accessed by nine steps, and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with tiled floor, gas log burner, 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: Spacious with tiled floor.
    Kitchen: Spacious, farmhouse style with tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

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

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Small patio area with garden furniture at the front of the house. Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children allowed - two adults only.

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  • Oaks Retreat

    Ambleside

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

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

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

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

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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Calf Shed

    Alston

    Grade
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    Ref: 28646

    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. No smoking.

    All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Rose Hill Cottage

    Dovenby, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
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    Ref: 23998

    This delightful holiday home has been cleverly renovated with a lovely mix of old and new and is a perfect little cottage for two. Situated on the edge of a small friendly village which lies just 2 miles west of the traditional market town of Cockermouth, famous as the birthplace of Wordsworth and with a good selection of shops, restaurants and galleries. Excellent walking and cycling routes with the northern and western lakes and fells within easy reach. Shop 2 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors, beams and wooden floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden and 2 steps down to patio.

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  • Meadow Cottage

    Staveley

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129212
    Taking its name from the delightful outlook across an open meadow and to the fells beyond, Meadow Cottage in Staveley is an ideal base for those who prefer to be on the fringes of the busier resorts, yet only minutes away by car. The village has a host of excellent pubs and interesting outlets from cycle shops to woodturning and is at the foot of the Kentmere Valley which is rich in wildlife.  Kingfishers can be seen above the weir at the edge of the village in pursuit of salmon leaping on their journey up river and head of the valley has been a nesting area of the golden eagle in past years.  All this within 15 minutes of the M6!Meadow Cottage is delightful. Much thought has been taken to create a real ’home from home’ for guests with carefully chosen pieces of traditional furnishings cleverly married with subtle decor and interesting accessories. Quality is very much the theme here in Meadow Cottage making it an ideal venue for that special, romantic break.

    Ground Floor: Meadow Cottage has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
    Lounge/dining: With quality wood flooring, open fire (logs available locally) flat screen Sky Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge with small freezer box, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With shower over bath, handbasin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: To the front of the cottage and has a cast iron double bed, pine furnishings and pretty co-ordinating decor.
    Dressing room: Useful for storing your cases etc.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot.
    The cottage now has Wi-Fi broadband installed which you are welcome to access during your stay, however should there be any problems where you cannot connect neither the owner or Cumbrian Cottages can be held responsible.Very small seating area to the front of the cottage with furniture provided. On street parking available across the road from the cottage.

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  • Grasmere View Cottage

    Grasmere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC121107
    Situated in the most idyllic and elevated position above Grasmere in Dale End, this lovely ground floor cottage apartment forms the lower part of the owner’s holiday home and enjoys the most magnificent views over the lake and surrounding fells. Grasmere View Cottage has been transformed into the most delightful holiday accommodation, offering all home-from-home comforts, including fitted kitchen and luxury bathroom. From the garden the views are breathtaking and are sure to make you want to return to this superb location.

    Ground Floor: This ground floor cottage apartment is heated by electric heaters and comprises:
    Kitchen/diner: Delightful open plan kitchen/diner with fitted units incorporating electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and pine dining furniture.
    Lounge: Sunny lounge with TV, DVD, video, hi-fi and cosy electric stove effect fire.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
    Outside Utility room: with washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available (not suitable for children or babies).Garden. Private parking. NB: Steep drop in grounds. There is a low fence but it is only 40cm high. Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Woodend Cottages - The Buttery

    Woodend, Birker Fell, nr. Ulpha

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    Ref: 27804

    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.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Lower ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with slipper bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Patio. Enclosed patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Fire basket.

    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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  • Angel Loft

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128196
    Centrally situated in the heart of this vibrant village, Angel Loft is a most distinctive property, of excellent quality with a fitted kitchen, modern appliances and heater’s and enjoying a private balcony with views across the Lake and to the fells beyond. The perfect romantic base for that rather special celebration or even honeymoon, the apartment is well designed to make best advantage of the views from the first floor with the enormous bedroom and luxury jacuzzi bathroom on the ground floor. Angel Loft really is loft style living at its best, and is simply heavenly!.

    Ground Floor: Angel Loft has central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall.
    Bedroom: Large double bedroom with low, bed, goose feathered duvets, seating area and large flat screen TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over jacuzzi bath, hand basin and WC.

    First Floor: Utility room: With freezer, hand basin and WC. Washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Open plan living area:-
    Kitchen area: With four ring hob, oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher and breakfast bar.
    Lounge area: with leather seating, large flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD, CD and i-Pod dock.
    Dining area.
    Balconies with furniture provided.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Passes available for use of the gym and swimming pool at Burnside Hotel.Balconies with furniture provided. Private parking for 1 car. Not suitable for children.

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  • Ramblers Lodge (VE Gold Award)

    Bowland Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129166
    The Winster Valley is a tranquil area within the Lake District National Park. The area is typically rural, with narrow country lanes winding through the valley and is an ideal location for walking or cycling. Rambler’s Lodge is situated behind the historic Hare and Hounds Inn in the hamlet of Bowland Bridge, serving excellent cuisine and local ales with the renowned Mason’s Arms at Strawberry Bank is also within walking distance, in fact there are five pubs/restaurants in the local area. The towns of Windermere and Kendal are only a short drive away, although the village store across the road has a wealth of goods available, as well as a tea shop, bakery, deli and payphone - a true ’local store’. The views are simply stunning with excellent vistas across the valley towards Whitbarrow Scar, tempting even the most modest of walkers. Rambler’s Lodge is a prestigious property, newly built to a very high specification by renowned local builders. With up to the minute facilities in a most contemporary design, the property is ideal for honeymoons, either first or second time around, or for any special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or a surprise for your loved one. Rambler’s Lodge has been furnished in keeping with the style of the building, and the thoughtful owners will provide a ’Welcome Pack’ for guests, including a bottle of wine to get your holiday off to a good start.

    Ground Floor: Rambler’s Lodge has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to:
    Bedroom: With double bed, built in wardrobes and an en-suite ’wet room’, fully tiled with power shower, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Open plan...
    Lounge area:
    With flat screen Freeview TV, surround sound system, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and ’Welcome Pack’ provided. Sorry, no cot available.Patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one car. Sorry, children and babies are not accepted at Rambler’s Lodge due to the high standard of finish. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Fellcroft

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123266
    Set in one of the oldest parts of Ambleside, Fellcroft enjoys a very central location just a stone’s throw from this popular and well appointed village. Brimming with shops, bars and restaurants to suit all palates and pockets. Ambleside offers some superb walking opportunities for all ages and abilities and for a thirst quenching drink upon your return, why not try a pint of local ale at either The Golden Rule or The Unicorn, both just strides away from Fellcroft.
    Set out over three floors and beautifully styled throughout, Fellcroft is the perfect base for a romantic break at any time of the year. Exposed beams, a wood burning stove and slate floors all add to the character and charm whilst the traditional cottage feel, married here and there with a beautiful French theme and roll top bath add a certain ’je ne sais quoi’ to this perfect haven for two.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Middle Floor:
    Spacious Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Wet room: with shower, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
    This is on a half landing leading down to...
    Ground Floor:
    Spacious Kitchen/Dining room: With bespoke handcrafted units, Belfast sink, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave and gas cooker with double oven and hob.
    Access to rear where you will find a bench seating area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beautifully styled with double bed, feature fireplace and free standing double ended roll top bath.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and high chair available.Parking permit provided for use on several nearby car parks in Ambleside and throughout South Lakeland. One well behaved pet welcome. NB:The steps to the front door can be slippery when wet.

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  • Orchard Cottage

    Westward, nr. Caldbeck

    Grade
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    Ref: 26367

    Converted from a former barn, this pair of holiday cottages adjoins the owner’s home. Contemporary in style yet retaining some of the original features, the properties stand to the side of the B5305 and allow good road access to the Lake District National Park, The Solway Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland. It has something for everyone; history, art galleries, bird watching, outdoor pursuits, foot and cycle paths, a busy calendar of events with festivals, craft fairs, farmer’s markets and traditional agricultural shows. Relax and enjoy driving through the spectacular scenery and stop off at one of the attractive villages to sample the local food and hospitality. Caldbeck Common and the village of Caldbeck (4 miles) offer a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The historic city of Carlisle (10 miles) is just south of Scotland. Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lakeland town of Keswick (19 miles) offer further attractions to enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: Living room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor.

    Washer/dryer. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating included (£25per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared field. Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Three Fells

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123187
    Three Fells is a superb apartment, ideal for those couples looking to holiday in the centre of this popular village and as the name suggests, the property enjoys superb views across the village to the surrounding fell range. Ambleside is a great base for an activity holiday with ample opportunities for walking and cycling but is equally well suited to a more relaxed pace, with numerous level walks from the door and leisurely cruises on the Lake.
    Three Fells is a comfortable apartment, accessed by an external staircase, with a delightful terrace and private, sloping garden, awash with colour throughout the year. The property is equipped with everything you require for self catering although with such a wide variety of restaurants on hand, perhaps little use will be made of these.

    Ground Floor: Three Fells has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, washer/dryer, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Lounge: With wall mounted gas fire, dining area, Freesat TV and access to the small patio area.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over the bath, hand basin and WC.
    A few steps lead to:-
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and fitted units.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no cot available. Wifi available.Outside: Small patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one medium size car only. NB: The accommodation is accessed down a flight of external stairs.

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