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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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  • Long Byres at Talkin Head - Cottage No6

    Talkin, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31039

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

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

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

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Butler’s Loft

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30601

    Butlers Loft is the perfect hideaway for a romantic getaway and is a part of Staffield Hall, a stunning Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607). Set in an ideal location 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 beautiful apartment, once the house nursery, now offers light and airy open-plan living accommodation with a large ‘L’ shaped living room, a fully fitted kitchen with granite work tops and a 2-seater dining table with contemporary high back chairs to wine and dine! The apartment features exposed oak beams, sloping ceilings and an unusual half-domed ceiling, which adds to the charm of this sensational building. On arrival a welcome pack will be awaiting with all the necessities to help you settle in. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Butlers Loft and relax, whilst enjoying the panoramic views down the tiered gardens and the Eden Valley. Indulge in the bio-jet bath before climbing in to the king size bed with fresh white linen, a perfect way to end the day and to recharge for your next days adventure.
    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/dining room/kitchen. 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.

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  • Orchard Cottage

    Westward, nr. Caldbeck

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26367

    Converted from a former barn, this pair of holiday cottages adjoins the owner’s home. Contemporary in style yet retaining some of the original features, the properties stand to the side of the B5305 and allow good road access to the Lake District National Park, The Solway Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland. It has something for everyone; history, art galleries, bird watching, outdoor pursuits, foot and cycle paths, a busy calendar of events with festivals, craft fairs, farmer’s markets and traditional agricultural shows. Relax and enjoy driving through the spectacular scenery and stop off at one of the attractive villages to sample the local food and hospitality. Caldbeck Common and the village of Caldbeck (4 miles) offer a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The historic city of Carlisle (10 miles) is just south of Scotland. Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lakeland town of Keswick (19 miles) offer further attractions to enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: Living room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor.

    Washer/dryer. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating included (£25per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared field. Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Ganny Cottages - Ganny Cottage

    Birkerthwaite, Birkermoor

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: LZL

    Surrounded by stunning dramatic scenery, these delightful 17th-century holiday cottages (ref LVL and LZL) lie in a walker’s and nature lover’s paradise. Take the path to Stanley Force Waterfall, discover the ‘jewels’ of the River Esk and the ancient village of Boot, or walk to Devoke Water, the largest tarn in the Lake District. Majestic Wastwater, the coast and unspoilt beaches are a short drive away. The adjoining cottages, with beams salvaged from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian coast and wood-burning stoves, lie in an idyllic rural location, forming part of a small former farmstead accessed from the fell road by a gated unmade track. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Step to entrance. Beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to gardens and step up to open-plan kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: Galleried room leading to double bedroom with four-poster bed.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
    • Washer/dryer
    • Patio

    • Electricity, partial NSH, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared enclosed garden with furniture
    • Shared natural 3-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Curlew

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC112148
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Curlew is a charming one bedroom apartment with open plan living area. The benefit of being on the first floor is that you get to be right in the centre of Keswick without the noise. The living room has several windows overlooking the town and fells so you can always appreciate your surroundings.

    Curlew can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Egret (CC112147), Kingfisher (CC112145), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freeview TV and bay window.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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  • Tanner’s Cottage

    Cockermouth, nr. Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 24642

    This traditional 18th century mid terraced holiday cottage is situated on the edge of the bustling Georgian market town of Cockermouth. Modernised but retaining cottage charm, the cosy accommodation is just a 5 minute walk from interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and visitor attractions. Cockermouth is close to the north west border of the Lake District National Park, making an ideal base for exploring the spectacular lakeland scenery. Keswick, 12 miles, Buttermere, 10 miles, and Whinlatter Forest and Bassenthwaite Lake, 3 miles, all an easy, scenic drive. Shops, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with chiminea, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Galloway Cottage

    Crosby near Allonby

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC143125
    The cottage, previously a clog makers workshop adjoins the owners home, Galloway House, dating back to the 1720’s which until recently was the village pub. Now a cosy one bedroom holiday cottage, Galloway Cottage is situated in the village of Crosby, one mile from the Cumbrian coast and two miles from the harbour town of Maryport. The beach is a fantastic place to walk your dog with views across the Solway to the Scottish Hills. Good food and drink is available at the Stag Inn, within 400 yards. Maryport has a Sea Life Centre, museums, a marina and a selection of shops. The seaside town of Allonby is approximately four miles and the spectacular Lake District Park is on the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating and comprises of:
    Dining/lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio and electric stove.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, washing machine, fridge and microwave.

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

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available. Please note: This is STRICTLY a non smoking property.Outside, small rear enclosed seating area. Parking for one car.

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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Stanley Ghyll Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
    2
    1
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    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.

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  • Hidden Cottage

    near Coniston

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC124173
    Hidden Cottage, a traditional mid terrace built in the 18th Century, is situated close to Coniston Water and village and is within walking distance of two excellent Lakeland Inns. The Farmers Arms, just across the road from the cottage, has been trading since the 16th Century and serves excellent bar meals and local ales. Hidden Cottage is beautifully presented and very comfortable and has all the essential ingredients you would expect of a quality holiday cottage; open beams, a log burning stove and a delightful elevated garden which has fine, open views across nearby farmland. The summer house is the perfect spot to sit and take in the evening sunshine or even to enjoy on wetter days. Hidden Cottage is a super property and once found, we hope never forgotten.

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

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

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

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Wagtail

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC112151
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Wagtail is a good sized, one bedroom apartment with a light and airy open plan living space. The original features have been retained such as cornicing and fireplace but enhanced with a light and airy palate and quality finishings. With views over the church from the kitchen and lounge windows, and towards the fells from the bedroom window, you’ll certainly feel in the heart of Keswick. Being on the second floor you are right in the centre of Keswick with all the benefits of easy access to pubs, restaurants and shops but can enjoy quiet accommodation at the same time.

    Wagtail can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Egret (CC112147), Curlew (CC112148), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Kingfisher (CC112145) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    Second Floor: The property is all on the second floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, views and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer on the first floor. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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  • The Stable

    Great Salkeld, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28397

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

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

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

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  • Yan Yak

    High Lorton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC114148
    A most charming character cottage situated in the village of High Lorton. It may sound like a large furry mountain animal, but Yan Yak is actually Cumbrian dialect for ’One Oak’. It has and interesting history, originally part of the very first Jennings Brewery and dates back to the turn of the 19th Century. in 1875 the brewery relocated to Cockermouth and continues brewing real ale to this day - daily tours of the brewery are available. Buttermere, Loweswater and Crummock are nearby, a peaceful corner of the English Lakes with unspoilt scenery. The village has a popular pub/restaurant plus a good hotel/restaurant and Cockermouth is three miles away with many amenities.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Stone steps to the Ground floor:
    Lounge/Diner: With original sandstone floor from the brewery days, open range fire (initial supply of fuel provide), TV, DVD and radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can be split into single beds (please advise when booking)
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, towels and bed linen included. One dog welcome.Outside: Shared courtyard with patio and seating. Cellar providing storage for bikes.

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