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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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  • Blackhill Cottage

    Hallbankgate, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43702

    This traditional detached Cumbrian holiday cottage is ideal for a romantic sanctuary. It has been carefully renovated to retain a wealth of charm, including a large inglenook fireplace, whilst providing all the contemporary conveniences such as large waterfall shower. You can explore Brampton, with its range of good restaurants and pubs, or sit yourself in front of the woodburner and have a relaxing night. The property is set on the A689 in the village of Hallbankgate, which means you are ideally placed for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle, the Scottish Borders, Alston and the Lake District. RSPB Geltsdale reserve, 1 mile. Shops 4 miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom (no door) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Toad Hall

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123263
    Nestling beside the River Rothay in a secluded part of Ambleside, Toad Hall offers the perfect couple’s retreat for a romantic break in the very heart of Lakeland. A short, level stroll through Rothay Park brings you to this vibrant village set against a backdrop of her majestic fell range, the location ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who revel in the great outdoors. And for those who prefer a more gentle pace, the delightful gardens at Toad Hall offer a peaceful haven for not only holidaymakers but a host of birds and wildlife, their song a beautiful accompaniment to the sound of the flowing Rothay as it winds its way to Windermere.
    Perfectly presented with quality fittings and well chosen accessories, Toad Hall provides comfortable and stylish facilities in a most convenient setting with that all important private parking place. The emphasis here at Toad Hall is very much on relaxation and the thoughtful owner has ensured that the cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a self catering break, the well stocked kitchen ideal for creating that special occasion dinner to celebrate your precious time together here in the Lakes.

    Ground Floor: Property has modern night storage heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living space...
    Lounge area: With digital TV, DVD and deep cushioned comfy seating.
    Kitchen/Dining area: With fitted units, electric oven, hob, fridge with small freezer box, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: With double bed and garden view.
    Utility cupboard: With freezer.
    Access to rear garden with patio and lawn areas and furniture provided.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot or highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Garden with furniture provided. Private off road parking for two cars.

  • The Retreat

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127234
    The Retreat is simply that, a rather special place to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries whilst spending quality time with your loved one. Set in a quiet backwater just off Windermere village, many good walks can be enjoyed directly from the door and a super selection of restaurants, bars and shops are all on hand for you to sample during your stay. Windermere is well served by public transport, the train station being a short walk from the apartment and Stagecoach Bus Company providing an excellent service throughout South Lakeland.
    This first floor apartment will appeal to those wishing to enjoy quality accommodation in a convenient, village location. The owners have thoughtfully presented The Retreat with solid furnishings and well co-ordinated fabrics and accessories which blend effortlessly against a neutral background resulting in a most stylish and comfortable haven for two. The dining hall is just the spot to sit and read the morning paper, plan the day’s walk on your ordnance survey map or listen to your holiday soundtrack via the i-Pod dock

    First Floor: The Retreat offers accommodation all on one level, has modern night storage heating and comprises:
    Dining hall: with comfy seating, dining suite, i-Pod dock with CD/DAB radio.
    Through to...
    Lounge: With sofa and tub chairs, digital flat screen TV and DVD player.
    Neat kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with solid wooden bed and matching furnishings.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Free Wi-Fi available.Parking area. Permit provided for one car for use on nearby roads.

  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC121137
    Seat Sandal enjoys a perfect location in the very heart of romantic Grasmere, overlooking the village green and with wonderful views towards Silver How from every window. Walks for all ages and abilities can be enjoyed directly from the door, onto the fells or beside the Lake, so park up, put on your boots and get back to nature retracing the steps of the famous poets that were so very fond of Grasmere.
    On the first floor and one of only a handful of properties in this traditional Lakeland building, Seat Sandal is presented in a traditional style but with all modern day comforts. The apartment has everything you will need for a self catering stay including  a well equipped kitchen although Grasmere has such a fine selection of bars and restaurants, you may decide to give yourselves a night or two off domestic duties and sample The Jumble Room or one of the many great pubs, many serving local ales and homemade fayre, all within strolling distance.

    First Floor: A first floor apartment with gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge/Dining area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Garden of Eden

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30605

    Garden of Eden is a stunning retreat for two, this south-facing, first floor apartment offers breathtaking views over the enchanting gardens and the fabulous Eden Valley. One of eight apartments (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607), over three floors, set in the stunning Staffield Hall. This Victorian manor house is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. A popular apartment with Adam and Eves of all ages, Garden of Eden boasts high ceilings, open-plan living space and a romantic double bedroom with the most gorgeous views. The bathroom features a Bio-jet spa bath, a great way to relax after a long day adventuring the area. Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

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

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

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

  • Cleugh Head Farm - Holly Cottage

    Hadrian’s Wall

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC133142
    Holly Cottage is a character cottage in every sense of the word, with many original features including beamed ceilings and stone flagged floor. This 300 year old one bedroom cottage is perfect for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is situated east of Brampton on the North Pennine Hills, surrounded by beautiful open countryside which is perfect for walking and cycling. It is close to Hadrian’s Wall and centrally located to visit Carlisle, the Lake District, Northumbria and the Scottish Border Country. The owners run a small farm and race horse establishment and are happy to show guests round when work allows.This property can be booked with Primrose Cottage 133130) and The Byre (133156) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD and electric flame effect stove.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, fridge and microwave. Use of shared freezer.
    Wet room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Galleried bedroom: With twin beds which can be converted to a super king (please advise when booking), TV and DVD.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. One well behaved dog welcome. Wi-Fi internet access available.Outside: Patio with seating. Parking for 2 cars. Shed with shared freezer.This property has a private water supply. There is a stream within the grounds of the property. Extra care should be taken

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Peel Tower

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30603

    Perched at the top of the tower at Staffield Hall, Peel Tower will appeal to honeymooners and romantics alike. A part of the beautiful Victorian manor house, Staffield Hall, Peel Tower is 1 of 8 apartments (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607) set over three floors. Perfectly located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders.

    This charming second floor apartment, once home to the housekeeper during a bygone era, offers a spacious hideaway for two and is full of character with exposed beams and feature fireplaces. Equipped with everyday appliances, as well as a comfy sofa and a reclining chair, Peel Tower provides a wonderful home from home property. Within the grounds, roam the luscious green gardens and why not find the perfect picnic spot in the sun to wine and dine your loved one! After a day exploring, come back and relax whilst taking in the wonderful views, beautiful skies and glorious sunsets from the living room. The perfect retreat for two love birds in a lavish tranquil setting.

    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 room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 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.

  • Bessyboot

    Troutbeck

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC126113
    Set in an idyllic location in the very heart of the Troutbeck valley, Bessyboot, named after a favourite walk of the owners in the Northern Lakes, is a rather special place, just for two, somewhere to get away from it all and to spend precious time together. A walker’s paradise, Troutbeck offers walks for all abilities and being only a few miles from both Ambleside and Windermere, a host of other attractions and amenities can be reached by car, public transport or foot. This traditional Lakeland hamlet retains the original post office and general store and two good country pubs are within walking distance, The Mortal Man and The Queen’s, both serving local ales and home cooked fayre.
    Refurbished by local craftsmen, Bessyboot has been beautifully created and dressed in a traditional style with a contemporary twist. Bessyboot has everything for two that our discerning guests have come to expect from our quality self catering cottages, a well equipped kitchen, fully tiled wet room and comfy leather sofa strategically placed in front of the fireplace for you to snuggle around in the cooler months. The private terrace, with creative seating, is just the spot for taking in some more of that view and an aperitif before dining ’al fresco’ when our weather will allow.

    Ground Floor: Property has underfloor and electric heating and comprises:
    Entrance: Into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge area: With leather seating arranged around the electric stove and wall mounted TV with DVD and Freeview.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With dishwasher, electric double oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge with small freezer box.
    Wet room: With shower area, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Although there is no washing machine within the property, the owner is happy to organise to do laundry for you at a small charge per load, further details are in the property. Sorry no cot available. Wi-fi access available (Please note this is a limited connection, it is good enough to search on google and check emails, but not strong enough to download information)Outside: Private patio with furniture provided. Roadside parking in front for one small car.

  • Briar Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123104
    Centrally located in one of the oldest and conservation areas of Ambleside, Briar Nook has been all manner of things in its’ 300 year history but has recently become a very comfortable, cottage style apartment. A wealth of oak beams are on display hinting at its historic past. Well chosen traditional furnishings, cleverly blended with 21st Century additions, ensure you will be perfectly at home here, just the two of you and your pet if you want. The central location offers you the chance to park up and forget about the car and explore a host of activities attractions and amenities right from the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The spacious accommodation is heated by electric wall mounted radiators and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: Beamed lounge and feature oak fireplace and electric ’stove’ effect fire, large modern flat screen TV with integrated Freeview, DVD and deep cushioned leather chesterfield furniture.
    Dining/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Useful Second Cloakroom: Reached by a small flight of stone stairs from the kitchen.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Parking by way of permit on nearby car park.

  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    0
    0
    1
    Ref: W40420

    16th century farmhouse

    This charming wing of the owner’s 16th century farmhouse is fully self-contained and is all on the ground level. The cottage retains many original features - some low ceilings, exposed beams and thick walls for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The pretty rooms have been stylishly furnished to provide a cosy haven for 2 people, ideal for a romantic holiday. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm in the tranquil countryside with superb views and lovely walks from the door, it is only 1.5 miles from Bowness and Windermere with their steamer trips, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Windermere golf club is 2 miles away and just a short drive will bring you to the stunning Lakeland Fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Shared patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

  • Jebel Kasr

    Thornthwaite, nr. Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25301

    This welcoming, cosy, modern cottage adjoining the owner’s home is an ideal holiday base for couples exploring the spectacular northern Lake District. It is quietly situated in the picturesque village of Thornthwaite on the slopes of Winlatter Forest, which is renowned for its mountain biking tracks and lovely forest trails. It is surrounded by stunning scenery and lies 3 miles to the west of the popular market town of Keswick, where you will find a wealth of tourist attractions and amenities. The village stands 1 mile from Bassenthwaite Lake, great for water sports and fishing. Bike storage available. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double or twin (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas stove in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small sitting-out area with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Milking Parlour

    Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25137

    Ideal location for exploring

    Converted from the old milking parlour this single-storey cottage has been comfortably furnished to provide a delightful holiday home just for two. Situated alongside Mark Close Farmhouse (Ref: 13314) it stands on the outskirts of the market town of Alston in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North Pennines. It is ideally located for exploring Cumbria’s Lake District, Northumberland and the border of Scotland including Hadrian’s Wall. Whichever direction you travel you will be astounded by the magnificent views. Excellent walking and Coast to Coast cycle route runs through Alston. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity included, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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