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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chaucer Lodge Apt 1

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111411
    Apartment 1 is on the ground floor of Chaucer Lodge, a small development of four similar apartments situated next to Chaucer House. It is equally suitable for guests with mobility problems or those seeking a central location, with ground floor accommodation, shower cubicle, adjacent parking and five minutes level walk along Southey Street to the town centre. Couples or two single people can be accommodated as the bedroom has two 2’6" single beds which can zip together as a king size. The owners provide Wi-Fi internet access. Keswick is surrounded by stunning fells and the town has great amenities, so your car need not move from the private parking space.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has gas central heating and comprises;
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen: With two seat sofa, armchair, dining table and chairs, TV, DVD and DAB radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link 2’6" single beds which can convert to a king size bed (please confirm your choice when booking).
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Wi-Fi internet access. Sorry no cot available.Outside: Parking for 1 car.

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  • Low Fold Cottage

    Crook, nr. Windermere

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    Ref: W1759

    Beautiful views of the Lyth Valley

    Situated on a mixed working farm, this 17th century semi-detached character holiday cottage with exposed beams is warm and cosy. It is ideal for a rural holiday in a location close to all the attractions of the Lake District and the southern National Park, Windermere, the lake and Bowness being only 4.5 miles, and bustling Kendal the same. Windermere in the centre of the Lake District offers great countryside and walking to suit all abilities. A good area for walking with golf nearby, the cottage is to be found up a narrow lane with beautiful views of the Lyth Valley. There are many attractions in the area including historic houses, museums, galleries, gardens and parks, as well as watersport opportunities and great shopping, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 3.5 miles and pub 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beam/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beam and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Woodstore Cottage

    near Lazonby

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    Ref: CC132148
    Woodstore Cottage enjoys a delightful courtyard setting in the grounds of Lazonby Hall, a magnificent country house in the beautiful Eden Valley. This unique cottage was converted in 2008 and is full of character, with beamed ceilings, sandstone flagged floor and a feature stone wall in the lounge. It has superb quality furnishings and luxury kitchen and bathroom facilities to provide a romantic retreat which couples will love. Lovely features of this cottage are the Harpsichord and Clavichord, which guests are welcome to play. Lazonby Hall has a woodland setting, one mile from the village which has pubs and a supermarket and only 10 minutes drive from the M6.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove (fuel not provided), TV, CD radio and i-Pod dock, Harpsichord and Clavichord.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Open staircase from lounge to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, patio doors to the garden and en-suite with bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included.Outside: Woodland garden with patio, table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars. Adults only.

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  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123208
    Archway Cottage is a very special love nest for two, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the older conservation area of the village, yet only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Ambleside. This popular village is the perfect choice for the first time and returning visitor and has an excellent selection of shops, bars and award wining restaurants and traditional pubs serving speciality beers, home cooked fayre and with the occasional live music in the evenings. Walks for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door onto the slopes of Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    This unique property has been thoughtfully designed to make best use of the space available and picturesque setting, the result being a contemporary and quality holiday home with a wealth of interesting features, beautifully dressed with stylish fabrics and accessories. Much thought has been taken in creating exposed oak woodwork to compliment the original trusses, a bespoke fireside seat beside the wood burning stove for two and a stunning, romantic mezzanine bedroom area with glass and stainless finish, created by local craftsmen, vaulted ceiling and huge beams. Glimpses of the local fell ranges can be had from the living area, sufficiently tempting for those walkers among you across to Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe and, guests can simply park up for the week and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of Lakeland ’au pied’ or by bicycle, storage available for your wheels.
    Comments From The Visitor’s Book
    Zoe & Matt ‘We had an awesome time at archway cottage .It’s been perfect & just what we needed ‘
    Lucinda –Suffolk ‘Nicely decorated, excellent position and has wonderful views’
    Gareth & Mona ‘Cottage great –a fine recluse, the living area has everything a couple needs and the kitchen more than capable’
    Helen & Ben- Manchester ‘An ideal base to explore the area ,a cosy place to come back to after long walks ‘
    Debbie & Barry –Kent ‘Very cosy with log fires, I just love the little wooden hearts everywhere-very apt for being a love nest’
    Kym & Jono ‘The cottage was what we expected, very well finished and of good quality’
    Karen & Andy ‘Liked the quirky cottage enjoyed the views and appreciated it being so near the town centre’
    Mark & Steph ‘Property converted to an immaculate standard-quality of woodwork and fittings is excellent-loved it’

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Wet Room: With shower area, wash basin and WC

    First Floor: Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Dining/Lounge: With wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
    Narrow stairs to....
    Mezzanine Floor: Double bedroom area with oak floor and exposed beams
    External drying and store room with freezer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot availableParking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park. Separate bike shed.

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  • Old Kiln Farm Cottages - Dove Cottage

    Allonby, nr. Cockermouth

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    Ref: 12965

    Just 100 metres from a sandy beach, these two single storey cottages have been converted from a barn adjoining the owner’s 17th century farmhouse and provide charming holiday accommodation. They are set in a quiet position with views of the Scottish hills and Skiddaw and just 1 mile from the rural seaside village of Allonby and 100 metres from a sandy beach. Small boats can be launched from the beach and there is fishing available nearby. Golf and horse riding in Silloth, 5 miles. Keswick is 23 miles, and the Scottish Borders, Carlisle is 23 miles. Shops and pub 1 mile.

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

    Electric convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • Regal House Apartments - The View

    Bowness on Windermere

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    Ref: UK1023
    The View is an apartment in the heart of the popular Lakeland village of Bowness on Windermere, in a substantial Edwardian property. Full of character and kerb appeal with its traditional stone and slate exterior, it occupies an ideal location; just a couple of minutes’ walk from Lake Windermere and the centre of Bowness. The apartment offers couples high quality accommodation - stylish and furnished with an eclectic mix of fabulous pieces, you will be certain to appreciate the individuality of this delightful property and enjoy the feeling that you are staying somewhere special. No detail has been overlooked on the property’s interior design.


    The View is truly an apartment that delivers – this charming property is set over 2 floors, with the second-floor living room purely for sitting back and taking in the awe-inspiring views. You can watch the steamers breeze along Lake Windermere and admire the rolling fells beyond, all from the comfort of your armchair. The View is a particularly roomy apartment, offering elegant surroundings and the space and comfort to really feel at home.


    An excellent choice for couples, Bowness really does cater for all. The village offers a wide choice of independent retailers for those wanting to keep their walking to the pavements. Hardier souls will enjoy the vast choice of walks on offer in this beautiful region. Hospitality is at its best here – pavement side cafés, fish and chips, traditional pubs or champagne bars – the choice is yours and all on your doorstep. Shop 150 yards, pub 20 yards and restaurant 100 yards.


    The View can be booked together with The Courtyard (UK1022) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    First Floor: Living room 1: With feature fireplace and 43" Smart TV.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Separate toilet.

    Second Floor: Bedroom: With super kingsize bed, walk-in wardrobe, sloping ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Living room 2: With Juliet balcony.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in en-suite), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.Parking permit for 1 car in public car park included. No smoking. Please note: No children under 12 years old.

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  • Leatheswater

    Thirlmere near Keswick

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    Ref: LXB
    Close to the shores of Thirlmere reservoir and nestling at the foot of the magnificent Helvellyn, this first floor holiday apartment forms part of an elegant country house hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it enjoys stunning views of beautifully landscaped, mature gardens and the lake, and has been designed and furnished to a very high standard. Within the Lake District National Park are Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Shepherd’s Crag, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum and Hardknott Castle. Good walking abounds with gentle lakeside walks and more strenuous walks - notably Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Lake Windermere offers boat trips and good shops; Keswick (6 miles) has tennis, riding, golf and fishing; sailing on Lake Bassenthwaite.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Satellite TV, video and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Telephone (at cost). Hotel laundry service (at cost). Shared drying room. Large shared garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Lake fishing available (permit required). Shared drying room (for boots etc). Natural spring water supply. NB: Lake, with walk, 33 yards from property.

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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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  • The Studio at Sycamore House

    Askham, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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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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  • Allt Maen

    Lowick Bridge

    Grade
    2
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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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