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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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  • Bleatarn Park ’On the Hadrian’s Wall Path’ - Turret

    Irthington

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    Ref: CC133154
    If you want to be near Hadrian’s Wall then you cannot get closer than this, Bleatarn Park is situated literally on the wall with exclusive access to it, in a lovely rural setting 7 miles east of Carlisle. There are walks in either direction, west towards Carlisle or east to the Roman Fort at Birdoswald and other places of interest along the way. There are currently 3 properties available at Bleatarn Park, 2 on the ground floor which accept pets and 1 on the first floor which is ’pet free’, with a choice of 1 or 2 bedrooms. All 3 offer very good stylish accommodation, but at very affordable price. Cyclists can enjoy the quiet country lanes which extend for many miles in all directions and the central location means the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Eden valley are all within a half hour drive. Children will love a day at ’Walby Farm Park’, which is within walking distance. The nearest pub is 2 miles, or the historic city of Carlisle is 7 miles, which has great shopping and night life and places of interest. The market town of Brampton is 4 miles, with a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and there are several golf courses close by.
    Turret can be booked together with Vallum, Fortess and Centurion which are also within Bleatarn Park to accommodate larger parties.

    First Floor: Property is suitable for couples only, it is situated on the first floor, is heated by electric radiators and comprises;
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With TV, DVD, radio/ipod dock, 2 seat sofa and dining table and chairs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no space for a cot. Wi-fi internet accessOutside: Patio area with BBQ and patio furniture. Parking for 1 car. Communal drying room with washing machine, tumble drier, shared freezer, space for walking gear and storage for bikes.

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  • Allt Maen

    Lowick Bridge

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    Ref: E3266

    In the glorious landscape of the Lake District National Park, and ideally located for enjoying water sports or fell walking and climbing, these two spacious and comfortable properties have been created from the conversion of an 18th century barn. Allt Maen, its name derived from the Celtic ‘Old Man of Coniston’, a mountain visible from the properties, is on the first floor and Wetherlam occupies the ground floor. Coniston Water is just 2 miles, Windermere 8 miles, Blawith Fells are a short drive and Grizedale Forest tracks invite mountain bikers, whilst nearby stately homes and gardens offer more sedate pleasures. Shops are 3 miles away and a friendly pub (dogs welcome) is a short stroll.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with beams, shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel £5 per basket). No smoking.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Little Beck

    Troutbeck, nr. Keswick

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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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  • Grooms Cottage

    Troutbeck Bridge

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    Ref: CC126101
    Situated in Troutbeck Bridge and enjoying stunning views towards the famous Langdale Pikes this character cottage is ideal for honeymoon couples. Converted from an original school house and finished to a high standard with attention to detail including the use of church pews, possibly from the converted Chapel close by. Centrally situated and handy for both Windermere and Ambleside, yet perched in a peaceful setting with Troutbeck Valley on the doorstep. The exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, stripped and polished floors with magnificent scenery, combine in Grooms Cottage to provide a memorable holiday retreat.

    Ground Floor: Cloakroom: Understairs with toilet.
    Living Room/diner: Large, bright and cosy with an array of picture windows to afford the views, open fire in stone fireplace, beams, TV, DVD, video, CD midi system and a dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The washer/dryer is neatly concealed in the hall.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With antique brass double bed, TV, polished red wood floor, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and superb views.
    Bathroom: With polished floor, sunken bath with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Sorry, no babies.Outside there is an enclosed sun terrace and ample private parking. Fuel for the open fire is available locally.

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  • Low Ickenthwaite Farm Cottage

    Rusland, nr. Hawkshead

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    Ref: 23748

    A delightful cosy cottage, part of the owners’ former farmhouse in the beautiful Rusland Valley. Set between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, the southern Lakes are on your doorstep. Nearby attractions include Aquarium of the Lakes, steamer trips on Windermere to Bowness and Ambleside, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Beatrix Potter farmhouse and historic buildings such as Holker Hall and Cartmel Priory. With Hawkshead just 5 miles away, the choices for a day out are endless. The nearby attractions of Grizedale include lovely walks, cafe and cycling. Shops 5 miles, pub 2 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, shared enclosed garden and furniture. Natural water supply from spring. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the garden.

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  • Hidden Cottage

    near Coniston

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    Ref: CC124173
    Hidden Cottage, a traditional mid terrace built in the 18th Century, is situated close to Coniston Water and village and is within walking distance of two excellent Lakeland Inns. The Farmers Arms, just across the road from the cottage, has been trading since the 16th Century and serves excellent bar meals and local ales. Hidden Cottage is beautifully presented and very comfortable and has all the essential ingredients you would expect of a quality holiday cottage; open beams, a log burning stove and a delightful elevated garden which has fine, open views across nearby farmland. The summer house is the perfect spot to sit and take in the evening sunshine or even to enjoy on wetter days. Hidden Cottage is a super property and once found, we hope never forgotten.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With log burning stove, (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.

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

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.Elevated garden with summer house and furniture provided. The cottage offers off road parking with easy access to the cottage. Shared footpath.

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  • The Stable

    Great Salkeld, nr. Penrith

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    Ref: 28397

    Attractive and well presented, this charming terraced holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, with an attractive private garden is perfect for couples. Located in the quiet picturesque village of Great Salkeld near Penrith, it is ideally located for exploring the northern Lake District, North Pennines, Eden Valley, Northumberland and southern Scotland. Ullswater, regarded as the most romantic lake, is a 20 minute drive and offers amazing scenery with gentle to more challenging fell walking. The traditional market town of Penrith has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and the historic city of Carlisle is 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric underfloor central heating, (kitchen and shower room), NSH (living room) and electric heater (bedroom) included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Dixies

    Sandside, nr. Milnthorpe

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    Ref: W41509

    Overlooking estuary

    With superb views overlooking the Kent Estuary, this attractive first floor holiday apartment with its own terraced garden is set beside the coastal road and has large bay windows from which you can spend hours watching the ever changing tidal flow, the many varieties of birds and the Cumbrian hills on the opposite shore. The views from the property present excellent opportunities to photograph some spectacular sunsets. The area has many local walks to suit all abilities, while a short drive will take you to either the West Cumbrian Coast, the Yorkshire Dales or the heart of the Lake District. Attractions in the immediate area include Levens Hall, with its world famous topiary gardens and Sizergh Castle. Golf course 5 miles, horse riding 6 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 600 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Private terrace with garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: The sea estuary is opposite the property.

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  • Thomasin, Selside Hall

    near Kendal

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    Ref: CC129313
    Nestling in the shadow of historic Selside Hall, built in the 13th Century, transformation of this former farm building has been a true labour of love by the owner and his small team of craftsmen. Just a short drive from the medieval market town of Kendal, a mere 15 minute drive from Windermere and Bowness and a short walk to the delightful Longsleddale, Thomasin makes a super base for exploring the South Lakes with the Eden Valley and Dales easily accessible.
    Dedication, attention to detail and great styling have resulted in a charming, romantic hideaway with much use of solid oak and other natural materials throughout. The cosy open plan living space offers all you will need to fully self-cater whilst the hotel quality bedroom with luxurious en-suite on the lower ground floor offers a quality bed dressed with sumptuous linens to unsure a good night’s rest.

    Thomasin can be booked in conjunction with its adjoining property Selsed ref:129316.

    Ground Floor: The upside down accommodation has electric instant heating and comprises:
    Rear level entrance into open plan living space: Freeview, TV/DVD and Dining area.
    Kitchen Area: Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and Fridge.
    Shared Laundry Area: Freezer, washing machine and dryer.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1: King size bed with colour TV and en-suite luxury shower room with under floor heating, shower cubicle, hand basin, WC, touch mirror and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi access available.Off road parking for two cars. Terrace with bench seating available.

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  • Long Byres at Talkin Head - Cottage No5

    Talkin, nr. Brampton

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    Ref: 31038

    Talkin Head is a hill farm in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful old farm buildings (refs: 31034, 31035, 31036, 31037, 31038, 31039 and 31040) have been converted into seven specially designed terraced holiday cottages, known as Long Byres at Talkin Head. Each cottage is self-contained and has central heating throughout to provide comfortable and cosy accommodation with lovely views; some looking across the Lake District hills. The shared lawned gardens look out over rolling farmland and are an ideal setting to sit back and relax! The local area has much to entertain visitors. The farm itself is home to sheep, chickens and geese. Children are welcome to come and meet the animals and pets. The golf course is only 11/2 miles away and Talkin Tarn is excellent for boating, coarse fishing and walking. Cycle hire is available locally, with many good routes across the fells on ‘green’ roads. For those keen on discovering our heritage, Hadrian’s Wall is a must. Situated next door to Geltsdale RSPB Nature Reserve, which is home to a small number of black grouse and other upland birds. A great location for all ages. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with Velux.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and two tumble dryers. Shared, large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept under strict control (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Steep slopes in garden. Stream 50 yards, fenced river 200 yards.

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  • The Old Coach House

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123254
    Situated in the small hamlet of Clappersgate, just a mile from the popular village of Ambleside, The Old Coach House is the perfect choice for a couple looking for that rather special bolt hole, away from the hustle and bustle and somewhere to relax and spend some precious time together. The level walk into the village is a pleasant 15 minute stroll. Ambleside is well stocked with shops, bars and restaurants as well as interesting attractions and activities for all ages.
    Beautifully presented to offer stylish and up to the minute facilities, this cottage style apartment has been thoughtfully created from an ancient former stable block and coach house. Quality fittings have been perfectly married with well chosen decor and accessories to create an eclectic mix of character and charm. It has the advantage of private, off road parking as well as a private patio and direct access to the foot of Loughrigg Fell. The Old Coach House comprises of access to a shared garden on the banks of the River Rothay, across the road from the cottage, ideal for romantic picnics at the water’s edge

    Ground Floor: The Old Coach House has night storage heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living space with...
    Lounge area: with comfy leather corner suite arranged around the wall mounted electric fireplace and TV DVD.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine and fridge with small ice box.
    Bathroom: with travertine tiles, shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Elegant with ornate wrought iron four poster bed and co-ordinating décor and furnishings. There is also a charming dressing room with chaise-longue.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry, no travel cot available.Outside: private parking for one car. Small patio with furniture provided. Shared communal gardens and river frontage across the road.

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  • The Field Barn

    Nenthall, nr. Alston

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    Ref: 26710

    High in the North Pennines on Alston Moor, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Field Barn has been converted to provide a charming, detached holiday home. Retaining the old beams and adding modern facilities the cottage is off the beaten track and makes a delightful cosy retreat, just for two. There are many miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes and the scenery is spectacular with easy road access to Weardale, Teesdale and the Lake District. Hadrian’s Wall and the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach. The market town of Alston is 3 miles. Golf nearby. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room/kitchen. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week, £10 per short break September - April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, except babes in arms.

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