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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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  • Berrymoor Farm Cottage

    Kirkoswald, nr. Penrith

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    Ref: 15185

    Peaceful location


    This charming holiday cottage is attractively presented and offers an immaculate home from home. All at ground floor and adjoining the owner’s home, it has spectacular country views and a private small garden and patio area. The property is surrounded by good walking country and there is a network of footpaths from the doorstep. The picturesque, unspoilt village of Kirkoswald, with its cobbled market place, is a frequent winner of the best-kept village competition and is located in the beautiful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria. The village church has a unique feature, a 19th-century bell tower perched on a hilltop 200 yards from the church itself. Situated between Carlisle and Penrith, there is easy access to Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, the Scottish Border and Northumberland. Access to the shore side of the lake, Ullswater, at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Derwent Water, along with Lake Buttermere, being only a little further. The Cumbrian Cycle Route passes near the village and there is good fishing on the River Eden close by. Shop and pubs within ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store.

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  • Silverdale Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

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    Ref: W42983

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with patio door. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Riverbank Cottage

    Kirkby Stephen

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    Ref: CC131162
    This unique, detached holiday home sits right on the River Eden beside an old pack horse bridge, with wonderful views across the river and farmland towards the Howgill Fells. Well presented and furnished and making good use of the available space, it is an ideal retreat for couples or a single person. You can even feed the ducks from the window! It is just a two minute walk from the interesting, traditional, small market town of Kirkby Stephen which stands on the famous Coast to Coast walk and is close to the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line, two miles away. The magnificent Eden Valley is sandwiched between the Lakes and Dales National Parks, is less well known than the Lake District and is a real delight to visit. The surrounding countryside offers spectacular views and numerous walks of various levels and there is an excellent tourist office in the town to help plan your activities. The closest lake is Ullswater, 25 miles, which is regarded as the most romantic of the lakes. There is a regular boat service running up and down the lake with stop offs for those wishing to walk part way. There are plenty of water sports available along with terrific walking and cycling. A drive along the lakeside runs over Kirkstone Pass and down into Windermere and Ambleside, a scenic drive not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric underfloor central heating, electric wall heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom/lounge area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards.

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  • Oak Cottage

    Appleby-in-Westmorland

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    Ref: 30156

    This well-presented, stone-built, semi-detached holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home and lies on the edge of the ancient market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. Oak Cottage provides warm and cosy accommodation, in ‘upside down’ style. It stands in a conservation area at the top of the picturesque main street which links the well-preserved Norman castle with the fine medieval Church of St Lawrence. The spacious, mature garden provides an ideal area for dining al fresco, whilst all the amenities of the town, including pubs and restaurants, are all within a few minutes’ walk of the cottage. Situated close to open countryside, with many fine and interesting walks, this property makes an ideal base for exploring all the beauty of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. There are numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the Pennine range with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is also a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead Viaduct. Visit Appleby in June and experience the atmosphere of the 300-year old horse fair. Penrith is just 14 miles. Bike hire is available locally. The public indoor swimming pool is 600 yards away. Shops and pubs 100 yards..

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams.

    Woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. DAB radio. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in adjoining outhouse. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with covered patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in owner’s garden, 10 yards.

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  • The Hayloft

    Broughton Mills, nr. Coniston

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    Ref: W151

    Perfect base for hill walking

    This small 17th century hill farm, with pet sheep, lies in a beautiful and tranquil valley within the Lake District National Park. Elevated and surrounded by craggy hills, this simple cosy holiday cottage is a perfect base for hill walking and exploring. It is full of character and charm with magnificent cruck beams and exposed stonework. Coniston Lake 4 miles, Eskdale 10 miles, Ambleside 14 miles. Wonderful views down the valley and to the sea in the distance. The area has much more on offer than excellent walks and scenery, with its rich history and culture there are museums, galleries, heritage centres, garden, 15th century buildings and NT properties to visit, not to mention the variety of shopping and traditional tea rooms available. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep stone stairs to first floor: Steep step from kitchen/dining room to living room. Beams throughout.

    Electricity panel heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Oakvale - Acorn

    Braithwaite

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    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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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Whillan Beck Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

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    Ref: 31167

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sloping ceiling and beams. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

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  • The Studio at Sycamore House

    Askham, nr. Penrith

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    Ref: 28410

    This delightful Grade II Listed Cumbrian barn dates from 1770, and has been tastefully converted. Adjoining the owner’s holiday cottage, and adjacent to another holiday home, it provides a perfect retreat for two. Askham is a charming and pretty village centred around two greens, and offers easy access to lakes Ullswater and Haweswater, Askham and Helton Fells, and the beautiful Eden Valley. It is truly an ideal location from which to explore the numerous sights and attractions the area has to offer. The village boasts two pubs with restaurants and bar meals, shop and outdoor heated swimming pool. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 8 steps to galleried double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with ¾ bath, shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Granary Cottages - The Hay Loft

    Bleatarn, nr. Kirkby Stephen

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    Ref: W8227

    Farm location

    Standing in rolling countryside, adjacent to the owner’s farm, these ground floor (W8226) and first floor (W8227) apartments are well equipped and furnished, providing excellent holiday accommodation for a quiet break. The farm, with marvellous views of the Pennines all around, is situated in the beautiful Eden Valley which lies within the triangle of the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, making it an ideal base for touring. Eden is an outstanding area for walking, whether you enjoy a hike on the high open fells or a gentle riverside stroll. If you cycle, you’ll love the quiet country lanes full of wild flowers and birds. There are attractions for the whole family including canoeing or a steamer trip on Ullswater (20 miles). Enjoy a ride on a restored railway high in the North Pennines or catch the Settle to Carlisle railway line (5 miles), famous for its wonderful scenery and the 24 arched Ribblehead Viaduct, The unspoilt destination will inspire and refresh you at any time of the year and a lively calendar of events throughout the year includes festivals, farmers’ markets, country and craft fairs, and traditional agricultural shows. The holiday apartments are located just 5 miles from the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen with its shops, pubs and restaurants, and the picturesque former county town of Appleby, which has a leisure centre and is 5 miles in the other direction. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 3 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer on request. Patio with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Cragg Cottage

    Bouth, Newby Bridge

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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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  • Bessyboot

    Troutbeck

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    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 (limited).Outside: Private patio with furniture provided. Roadside parking in front for one small car.

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  • Tulip Cottage

    Low Jock Scar near Kendal

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    Ref: CC129286
    Just five miles to the North of the medieval market town of Kendal sits Low Jock Scar, a beautiful country house and estate on the banks of Bannisdale Beck and set in several acres of woodland. Guests at Tulip Cottage are welcome to meander through the colourful grounds and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the location, the site often frequented by a wide variety of birds including woodpeckers and pheasant. The location is perfect for exploring both the Lakes and Dales as Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy rich by car. 
    And if you can steal yourselves away from the gardens, Tulip is a cosy retreat for couples, perfect for that romantic getaway at any time of year, the wood burning stove perfect for enjoying a break in the cooler months. Homely touches throughout will ensure your holiday gets off to a relaxing start and we’re certain that you’ll take home only happy memories (and lots of photos!) of your stay here at Low Jock Scar.

    Ground Floor: Property is on ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to open plan living accommodation...
    Lounge area: with comfy seating arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), digital TV and DVD.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath with grab rail, hand basin and WC.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen provided. Logs provided. Towels not provided but available to rent at £5 per set per person. Sorry, no cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: Ample parking. Shared gardens with seating and BBQ.

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