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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 Old Coach House

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123254
    Situated in the small hamlet of Clappersgate, just a mile from the popular village of Ambleside, The Old Coach House is the perfect choice for a couple looking for that rather special bolt hole, away from the hustle and bustle and somewhere to relax and spend some precious time together. The level walk into the village is a pleasant 15 minute stroll. Ambleside is well stocked with shops, bars and restaurants as well as interesting attractions and activities for all ages.
    Beautifully presented to offer stylish and up to the minute facilities, this cottage style apartment has been thoughtfully created from an ancient former stable block and coach house. Quality fittings have been perfectly married with well chosen decor and accessories to create an eclectic mix of character and charm. It has the advantage of private, off road parking as well as a private patio and direct access to the foot of Loughrigg Fell. The Old Coach House comprises of access to a shared garden on the banks of the River Rothay, across the road from the cottage, ideal for romantic picnics at the water’s edge

    Ground Floor: The Old Coach House has night storage heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living space with...
    Lounge area: with comfy leather corner suite arranged around the wall mounted electric fireplace and TV DVD.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine and fridge with small ice box.
    Bathroom: with travertine tiles, shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Elegant with ornate wrought iron four poster bed and co-ordinating décor and furnishings. There is also a charming dressing room with chaise-longue.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry, no travel cot available.Outside: private parking for one car. Small patio with furniture provided. Shared communal gardens and river frontage across the road.

  • Cobbler’s Cottage

    Silecroft, nr. Millom

    Grade
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    Ref: 24208

    A charming holiday cottage with large conservatory, adjacent to the owner’s house in the seaside village of Silecroft. This former granary looks out onto pretty gardens and provides a perfect holiday base on the western fringe of the Lake District. Within a mile of a beach, golf course and pony trekking, there are coastal and hill walks from the door. Many visitor attractions in the area such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge and Muncaster Castle and Gardens. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/
    dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

  • Orchard Cottage

    Westward, nr. Caldbeck

    Grade
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    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.

  • Fell Cottage

    Backbarrow near Ulverston

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    Ref: CC129327
    Fell Cottage is the ideal location to explore the Lake District. This cosy one bedroom cottage is set in the rural location of Backbarrow. You are within one mile of the Haverthwaite Steam Railway with links to Bowness. There are plenty of cycle routes nearby, and walks are in abundance around the lakes. Backbarrow is a little village set in the South Lakes peninsula where the original dolly blue factory was producing the whitener for all washing powders back in the day. If it is an action packed holiday you are looking for, or you simply want to chill out then Fell Cottage is the ideal place to be.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With gas coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric cooker, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Squirrel’s Leap - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111184
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. This luxury pine log cabin is equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Skiddaw, with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. The site is within walking distance of Keswick town centre, making the lodge an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.

    Ground Floor: This cosy lodge has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan with coal effect fire, TV, video, DVD, CD player, two settees, dining table, views to Skiddaw and Latrigg on three sides and patio doors to veranda.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, two wardrobes, drawers and dressing table.
    Bathroom: With full size bath with shower over, WC and wash basin..

    All bed linen and heating included. Cot available. Large video, DVD, CD and book libraries.Private veranda. Private parking for 1 car. Please note from mid November until the end of February this site is closed. However the site is open over Christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January.

  • The Tack Room

    Thirlmere near Keswick

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    Ref: 13317
    Nestling in a clearing of trees, at the foot of Helvellyn and close to the shore of Thirlmere, Dale Head Hall’s Victorian coach house, set within the grounds of one of lakeland’s finest hotels, has been carefully restored and converted into five apartments offering delightful holiday accommodation amidst breathtaking scenery. Overlooking the cobbled yard they retain much of their rustic charm and are comfortably furnished and equipped. Stroll through the wonderful garden and enjoy spectacular lake views the tranquillity that this very special setting offers.

    The walking and wildlife from the doorstep is excellent. There is a stunning walk along the lakeside or for the more ambitious hiker Helvellyn beckons. The popular, bustling market town of Keswick with an abundance of interesting shops, tourist attractions and eateries is five miles. Thirlmere connects to the south Lakes via a spectacular mountain pass, where you can enjoy the many opportunities that Grasmere, Windermere and Ambleside have to offer. An excellent central location for exploring the Lake District.

    The Tack Room can be booked together with Grooms Room (13316) and The Coach House (24984) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With TV, video and double bed.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. 24 hour laundry service available. Shared drying room.Large shared gardens with lakeside terrace, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. NB: Lake in grounds 55 yards away.

  • Wansfell Heights

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123194
    Centrally situated in the ever popular village of Ambleside, Wansfell Heights offers stylish refurbished accommodation for two. On the second floor of this rather imposing Victorian building, the apartment enjoys views over neighbouring rooftops to the fells and village beyond and is a most comfortable base from where to explore the whole of the Lake District, either by car or public transport. Contemporary styling has been carefully introduced to blend well with the traditional features of such a building and to create a comfortable, quality feel throughout. Ambleside has a good selection of interesting shops and tea rooms and a wide range of bars and restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe.

    Second Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD and CD Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With four poster bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. No cot available. Free Wi-Fi access is available.Private parking for 1 car. Due to the large number of internal stairs to access the apartment, we do not consider it suitable for the infirm or for those with babies.

  • Garden Flat - 7 Badgers Rake

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123129
    The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment at Badgers Rake. The superb apartments are perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The apartments are in an ideal position for a peaceful and relaxing break, yet within easy reach of all local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.
    This property can be booked together with Squirrels Nest 12 (123132) .

    Ground Floor: This is a ground floor apartment, double glazed, heated by storage radiators with fell views and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With large storage cupboard.
    Lounge/Dining Area: Open plan with tall wall mounted electric fire, leather sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. Digital TV, twin DVD/video and radio. Patio doors to private seating and spacious communal garden. Views to Loughrigg and Fairfield.
    Kitchen: Well equipped fitted contemporary kitchen area with electric cooker and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and slow cooker.
    Bedroom 1: Modern fitted double bedroom with plenty of storage space.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with heated spiral towel rail, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Patio doors lead to private patio and spacious shared gardenLarge communal garden that has a designated BBQ area. Communal washer/dryer for guests use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the apartment. Pets by arrangement but must be kept on a lead in the garden and all soilage removed.

  • Aaron’s Place

    Bowness on Windermere

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    Ref: CC128184
    Set in a conservation area just 200 yards from Lake Windermere and the promenade, Aaron’s Place is ideally situated for exploring numerous waterborne activities around Bowness Bay. The town has a wide range of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world to suit all palates and the Beatrix Potter exhibition, literally across the road, is a must for tourists of all ages.
    Aaron’s Place is tucked away from the main thoroughfare so enjoys a convenient location. All on the ground floor, the accommodation is neat, stylish and comfortable with quality furnishings and a superb bathroom with corner bath, just the spot for soaking those tired legs.

    Ground Floor: Aaron’s Place has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance in to tiled hallway leading to...
    Bathroom: With corner bath with shower attachment, hand basin and WC.
    Open plan living accommodation...
    Lounge area: With leather seating, Sky TV and DVD.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, breakfast bar and fridge with small freezer box.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed, solid wood furnishings and wall mounted TV.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi access available.Private off road parking for one car.

  • Beckfoot Cottage

    High Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: CC119151
    This fabulous farmhouse cottage was converted from the original 17th Century barn, adjoining a former farmhouse, called Beckfoot. The accommodation is extremely spacious; with a large lounge/dining room with a king size bed at one end, a separate fitted kitchen and a shower room.
    On the first floor there is is a very large games room equipped with a full size table tennis table, pool table and air hockey table. Beckfoot enjoys a truly rural location, on the edge of the hamlet of Highbridge and close to the Caldbeck Fells. Two rivers loop around the borders, of the property, there are footpaths crossing the land and guests have access to the owners’ garden and 25 acres of fields and woodland.

    Ground Floor: With underfloor heating and comprising:
    Lounge/Diner/Bedroom: With TV, DVD, printer, two sofas, dining table and chairs, king size bed and wardrobe.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine and microwave and freezer. Shared use of tumble dryer.
    Shower room: With wet room shower, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Large games room: With beamed ceiling, air hockey/pool table and table tennis table and free weights.

    All fuel, bed linen, towels and a welcome pack provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet access with good speed usually 7Mb. Outside: Seating area to the front with BBQ and shared use of the owners large garden. Parking for 2 cars

  • The Hayloft

    Broughton Mills, nr. Coniston

    Grade
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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.

  • Briar Nook

    Ambleside

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

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

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

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