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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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  • The Bothy

    Stainton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC118224
    The Bothy is a charming, character barn conversion adjoining the owner’s home. The living accommodation on the ground floor is open plan and has a cosy wood burning stove in a sandstone inglenook, an oak staircase leads to a bedroom with en-suite shower. Access to the cottage is through the owner’s conservatory, which guests are welcome to use and outside is a delightful cottage garden. Situated in the pretty village of Stainton, which benefits from very easy access to the M6 (5 minutes drive) and is only 10 minutes from Ullswater. There is a popular hotel and a pub within a few yards of the cottage, with a farm shop close by and a wealth of amenities in Penrith, two miles away.

    Ground Floor: Property has wood burning stove and electric convector heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: With TV, DVD, CD radio and wood burning stove.
    Kitchen area: With dining table, electric cooker, fridge and microwave. Access to washing machine. Shared use of owner’s conservatory.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi available in conservatory.Outside: Private, enclosed garden with lawn and picnic bench. Parking for 2 cars.

  • Swindale Cottage

    Long Marton, nr. Appleby

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E1947

    Set in the delightful Eden Valley, these two charming, stone built cottages offer accommodation of great character with their cosy beamed interiors. In a quiet village location within the cottages are just 3 miles from the market town of Appleby, which comes alive every June with its famous gypsy horse fair. Here there are some lovely shops and excellent inns and restaurants. The Eden Valley area, popular with walkers and ornithologists, also offers mountain biking, pony trekking, tennis, riding and golf. The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach. Shops 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

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

    Patio.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Microwave. Shared enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • High Lowscales - High Lowscales Byre

    Whicham Valley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30155

    The Byre is a romantic two-storey detached barn conversion at High Lowscales Farm, a traditional Cumbrian hill farm situated in the south-western Lakes, between the beautiful countryside of the Whicham and Duddon Valleys. The Farm is set in 17 acres and has spectacular views down to the Irish Sea and the Duddon Estuary. Public footpaths cross the farmland, and next door lies Millom Park, perfect for woodland walks. The driveway is also a bridleway, ideal for mountain biking in the Whicham Valley and up the 600m high Black Combe. The beaches at Haverigg and Silecroft and the Hodbarrow RSPB reserve are a 10-minute drive, whilst the market town of Broughton-in-Furness is 15 minutes away. Within a half hour drive you will also find Coniston Water, the Barrow-in-Furness Peninsula (pretty drives, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Furness Abbey, The Dock Museum, Walney Island Nature Reserve, Piel Island, Furness Owls, Gleaston Watermill and the Cumbrian Coastal Way), Muncaster Castle and ’La’al Ratty’ miniature steam railway at Ravenglass, which all make for wonderful family days out. The Aquarium of the Lakes and steam boat cruises on Windermere are a 40-minute drive away. You can also enjoy your very own ’cupid’ spa hot tub, complete with massage jets and feature lighting. In order to make guests’ stays as relaxing as possible, shopping, ‘drop off suppers’ and massage and beauty treatments (at the cottage) can be pre-ordered (separate charges apply). This property is in the same location as ref 28559. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 4½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with dining area, folding patio doors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with French doors, shower over bath, shower cubicle, and toilet. Wooden floors and beams throughout.

    Two Freesat TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed sandstone patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Decked area with hot tub. Shared 17-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. NB: 13 steps between upper decked area and patio.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. iPod dock. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Cycle store. Hot tub. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country. 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.

  • Gates Bridge Cottage

    Caldbeck

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC119148
    Gates Bridge Cottage has been renovated and refurbished to provide good quality, spacious, self catering accommodation for couples. It is situated right in the heart of Caldbeck village, in John Peel country, with tea rooms, village store and post office, pub, restaurant and craft shop all within a few yards. This delightful cosy cottage has got a log burner in the lounge and a stylish bedroom, providing an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic break

    Ground Floor: Property has electric wet system heating with radiators and comprises:
    Spacious Lounge/Diner: With comfy leather sofa and chair, wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), TV/DVD, CD radio/ipod dock and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Washer/dryer and freezer in outside utility.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. One dog welcome. Wi-Fi. Heated utility/drying room with washer/dryer, freezer and space for bikes. Raised patio area with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

  • Rose Hill Cottage

    Dovenby, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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.

  • 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.

  • Old Kiln Farm Cottages - Dove Cottage

    Allonby, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Churchtown House

    Cartmel, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: LVG

    This spacious ground floor apartment forms part of a Grade II listed, 17th-century house, and retains many original features. The interior is well-equipped and decorated to an excellent standard featuring oak floors and pine furniture throughout. With shared use of a cobbled courtyard, this delightfully pretty holiday home is adjacent to Priory Gatehouse (NT), and towered over by the magnificent 12th-century Priory Church. Holker Hall 2 miles. Grange-over-Sands 2 miles. Lake Windermere 6 miles. Shops 10 yards, pubs in village square.

    Large shared entrance hall. Attractive beamed sitting-room with open fire and rugs on oak floor. Beamed, fitted kitchen with dining area. Beamed, pretty double bedroom with 5ft bed and feature fireplace. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV/video/DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service £3 per load
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared cobbled yard
    • Roadside parking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • 12 Elm Court

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC111403
    Situated on the fringe of Keswick town centre, Elm Court is part of the ever popular Greta Grove development in Keswick. There luxurious apartments offer the best of both worlds, a quiet location yet with all amenities on the doorstep. 12 Elm Court is on the ground floor, with level access, convenient for visitors with mobility problems. The apartment has stylish contemporary furnishings and provides very spacious accommodation for couples. It is equally suitable for those arriving on public transport, being only 400 yards from the bus station and there is a private parking space if travelling by car.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Hallway: With storage for coats and boots.
    Lounge/Diner: With a leather corner suite, dining table and chairs, flat screen TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi system with USB connector.
    Kitchen: With built in electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, radio alarm clock and hair dryer.
    .Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Sorry no cot. One dog welcome.Parking for 1 car.

  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Stanley Ghyll Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31166

    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: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room.

    Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Garden. Barbecue.

    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.

  • Saddleback Penthouse

    Calthwaite

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC118234
    Situated in the same grounds as Saddleback View Cottage (118221), Saddleback Penthouse is a spacious one bedroom property which is furnished and equipped to the same high standards, in a modern boutique style. The Penthouse is ideal for that perfect romantic break. The funky open plan living accommodation, with red leather sofa, is on the first floor to take advantage of the view to the Pennine Hills. The spacious ground floor bedroom has a separate dressing room and en-suite bathroom with both a shower cubicle and a bath with a TV. Situated one mile from Calthwaite village, and 20 minutes’ drive from Ullswater, the Caldbeck fells and Carlisle.Saddleback Penthouse can be booked together with Saddleback View Cottage (118221) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed, dressing room and en-suite with bath, TV, shower and WC.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and basin.

    First Floor: Open plan living space vaulted with beams to include...
    Lounge area: With 50" TV and red leather sofas.
    Dining area: With breakfast bar.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Doors to a large balcony.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Balcony. Parking for 1 car.

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