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Take a look at our new Inspire and Explore section for the ultimate guide to holiday activities in the Lake District.

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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  • Burbank Apartment

    Ings

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC127231
    Set in an elevated position above the small hamlet of Ings, Burbank Apartment is the perfect bolthole for couples to escape and unwind and enjoy some well deserved time together. Just a two mile drive from Windermere the location is ideal for exploring the more popular Lakeland towns and villages. The award winning Watermill Pub and micro brewery is just a short walk from the property, serving a selection of fine ales and great food as well as holding a very successful beer festival once a year.
    All on the ground floor with solid wood flooring, Burbank Apartment has been creatively designed to offer maximum space and comfort for guests. The spacious double bedroom with en-suite wet room and dressing area is a light, bright space whilst the open plan living area has picture windows to the front and side to take in distance views across Ings to the fields beyond.
    Please note: that Burbank sits on a steep, sloping site so do take care on approach.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation to...
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave and small fridge/freezer.
    Lounge area: With deep cushioned seating arranged around the picture windows and digital TV with DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite wet room with shower area, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. The bedroom also has a delightful dressing area and wall mounted digital TV.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot or highchair. Access to a washing machine/dryer is available on request. Wi-Fi connection available.Outside: Private parking for 1 car. Sitting out area with lawn.

  • Lindisfarne Studio

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 17226

    Situated in a quiet area within a few minutes’ walk of Windermere village centre, the lake and Bowness, this well presented and compact holiday studio stands adjacent to the owner’s small guest house with access to wi-fi. With plenty of attractions locally and an abundance of shops, pubs, restaurants, and ideal for golf, guests will find this an excellent base. A short drive will take you to the neighbouring villages of Ambleside and Grasmere which are set in the heart of Wordsworth country, or a ferry trip across the lake to Sawrey is Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. Shops and pubs 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining/dressing room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Drying facilities on request. Wi-fi. Enclosed, small sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Haycote Cottage

    Lowick near Coniston

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC124175
    Haycote Cottage is a delightful stone built property in the heart of working farmland, a short distance from Coniston Water, Coniston village and Grizedale Forest. Lowick is a traditional village and still hosts the annual Lowick show, an excellent display of local craft and produce, the surrounding area farmed by local families throughout the ages. There are an abundance of gentle walks from the door at Haycote Cottage, and numerous villages can be reached within minutes drive, Coniston and Broughton just two. The nearby pub serves local ales and great food. The styling throughout Haycote Cottage is superb, of excellent quality and reminiscent of a boutique hotel - not quite what you would expect from a traditional Lakeland cottage but the combination works brilliantly. Perfect for those wishing to be a little off the beaten track, this is a romantic hideaway for two with that all important traditional pub within easy walking distance.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer box and washing machine.
    Lounge/dining: With wall mounted electric fire, HD Freeview TV/DVD player.
    Wet room: With shower, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available.Spacious patio style garden with furniture provided.

  • Old Dairy Cottage

    Ainstable, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 28396

    This charming holiday retreat, with views from the conservatory and garden, was converted from a dairy and retains beams and some original stonework. Set in the grounds of the owner’s smallholding and standing on the edge of Ainstable with good walking from the doorstep. Armathwaite on the beautiful River Eden is only 1½ miles and has a station on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The Lakes, Hadrian’s Wall, North Pennines and Carlisle are easily reached. The owner keeps rare sheep. Heated indoor swimming pool for private hire less than ¼ mile. Shop 1 mile, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. 1 double (6ft) bedroom (zip and link, can be twin on request). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facilities on request. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Stables and grazing for horse on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Low White Stones

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123174
    This refurbished, luxury grade II listed, 17th Century ground floor Lakeland cottage is ideally located in the beautiful conservation are of  ‘Old Ambleside’. A short 200 metre stroll brings you to the centre of this popular village with its many varied shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. An abundance of both easy and strenuous walks and activities are available straight from the door.
    Low Whitestones is located on the ground floor with original exposed oak beams, a flagstone floor and a large Lakeland stone fireplace (logs available locally) making the cottage particularly cosy and romantic. A slate bench by the front door offers a sunny seat both morning and evening.
    Lovingly cared for and tastefully furnished the cottage offers a wide range of facilities in a stylish, traditional setting with lots of rustic character and home comforts including wrap around bath sheets and luxurious goose down duvet and pillows (non allergenic alternatives available if required).

    Ground Floor: The property has been completely redecorated and refurbished throughout.
    It is fully gas central heated and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: Open plan area with superb open fireplace, LED TV, DVD, video, CD and radio and wide range of books, guides and maps.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted and equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge and microwave
    Utility room: Fully fitted with washer/dryer, freezer and plenty of space for storing outdoor gear.
    Bedroom: Charming bedroom with oak beam ceiling, king size bed, French style hand painted furniture, hairdryer and clock radio alarm
    En-suite: with bath and shower over, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-fi access availableParking is often available in the lane and a free parking permit is provided for nearby Rydal Road car park and most other South Lakeland District Council car parks.

  • The Secret Garden

    near Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC127139
    The Secret Garden is a cottage style apartment located on the ground floor of Pinethwaite Hall. Set in woodlands reached by a private drive Secret Garden lives up to it’s name. The peace and quiet is disturbed only by a variety of wildlife including deer, squirrels, nuthatches and woodpeckers visiting the large garden. The centres of Bowness and Windermere are within easy reach and there are delightful walks direct from the doorstep to some of the best viewpoints in the area from which to enjoy the beauty of the fells and Lake Windermere.

    Ground Floor: With an open fire and night storage heating and comprising:
    Lounge/kitchen/diner: Open plan with open fire, TV with integral DVD and CD player.
    Dining/kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious double bedroom with fitted units.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, WC, under floor heating, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included. Wi-fi access availableCot available. Large garden areas with seating provided. Large covered porch with seating and plenty of storage for coats and boots. Private parking.

  • The Den

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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    Ref: CC128236
    Location, location, location (swimming pool and spa access included)! Within a stone’s throw of the famous shores of Lake Windermere, this apartment is set within a characterful 400-year-old building and is situated on the charming, well-known cobbled pedestrian street in the heart of Bowness on Windermere amidst a fabulous mix of quaint village shops, romantic restaurants, fine wine bars and cosmopolitan coffee houses. The Den offers couples the ideal location to enjoy the delights of the village centre, literally on the doorstep. It has been most comfortably furnished and well equipped, and has a cosy open fire. There is the benefit of a complimentary four star spa and swimming pool access just a short stroll from the apartment.
    The Den can be booked with Admirals Nest (CC128181) to accommodate up to six guests.

    First Floor: The property has 22 steps to entrance, is all on one floor, has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and Playstation 4.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, heated towel rail and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Fuel for open fire available locally. Travel cot and highchair. Shared enclosed garden with sitting-out area. 2 pets welcome. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Fold

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: CC111298
    The Fold is situated along a quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of Keswick, 10 minutes level walk into the town centre. A one bedroom bungalow, The Fold provides the perfect retreat for fell walking couples seeking a peaceful setting but close to all of Keswick’s amenities. The Bungalow was extended now has a garden room which provides a delightful second sitting room with patio doors overlooking the private garden.

    Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating, the accommodation comprises:
    Lounge/diner: With gas fire, flat screen TV and video recorder and CD radio.
    Garden room: With TV, video recorder, stove, washing machine, tumble dryer and under floor heating which is lovely and cosy in the winter.
    Kitchen: With double electric oven, gas hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Paved area to the front. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. Garden shed with a lock, ideal for storing bikes. Parking for 1 car.

  • Bleatarn Park ’On the Hadrian’s Wall Path’ - Turret

    Irthington

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC133154
    If you want to be near Hadrian’s Wall then you cannot get closer than this, Bleatarn Park is situated literally on the wall with exclusive access to it, in a lovely rural setting 7 miles east of Carlisle. There are walks in either direction, west towards Carlisle or east to the Roman Fort at Birdoswald and other places of interest along the way. There are currently 3 properties available at Bleatarn Park, 2 on the ground floor which accept pets and 1 on the first floor which is ’pet free’, with a choice of 1 or 2 bedrooms. All 3 offer very good stylish accommodation, but at very affordable price. Cyclists can enjoy the quiet country lanes which extend for many miles in all directions and the central location means the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Eden valley are all within a half hour drive. Children will love a day at ’Walby Farm Park’, which is within walking distance. The nearest pub is 2 miles, or the historic city of Carlisle is 7 miles, which has great shopping and night life and places of interest. The market town of Brampton is 4 miles, with a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and there are several golf courses close by.
    Turret can be booked together with Vallum, Fortess and Centurion which are also within Bleatarn Park to accommodate larger parties.

    First Floor: Property is suitable for couples only, it is situated on the first floor, is heated by electric radiators and comprises;
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With TV, DVD, radio/ipod dock, 2 seat sofa and dining table and chairs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no space for a cot. Wi-fi internet accessOutside: Patio area with BBQ and patio furniture. Parking for 2 cars. Communal drying room with washing machine, tumble drier, shared freezer, space for walking gear and storage for bikes.

  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Whillan Beck Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • Ladstock Hall 3 (Luxury)

    Thornthwaite

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: CC114118
     Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Until recently Ladstock Hall was a very grand country house hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it has now been converted into several apartments and cottages the standard of which is excellent.
    No. 3 is a spacious 1 bedroom "cottage" which is furnished in a traditional style using superb quality modern furnishings with excellent facilities and equipment. It also benefits from a separate locked store for bikes etc. This area is great for mountain biking in Whinlatter Forest,  walking on the surrounding fells and sailing or fishing on the lake. There is a bridleway immediately behind Ladstock Hall where you can walk to Braithwaite, a little over half a mile, which has a village shop, restaurant and 2 pubs each serving good food and real ale.

    Ground Floor: Heated by oil central heating the accommodation comprises:-
    Lounge: With LCD TV, DVD, video, CD/radio, electric flame effect fire, leather suite and views towards Skiddaw.
    Dining/Kitchen; With electric range cooker, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and patio doors.

    First Floor: Master bedroom: With delightful views, TV, king size bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bathroom; With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-Fi. Patio area with furniture. Shared use of the large sharedl gardens. Rear access on to bridal way. Parking for 2 cars. NB: No cot is available as the property is not suitable for babies or children. There are significant drops within the grounds of the property.

  • Cleugh Head Farm - The Byre

    Hadrian’s Wall

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC133156
    The Byre at Cleugh Head Farm was converted into a self catering cottage suitable for guests with mobility problems, though of course it is equally suitable for the able bodied. The accommodation is wheelchair accessible and on the ground floor, there is a wet room with disabled adaptations and the beds can be electronically adjusted (one bed only is accessible by wheelchair). The cottage is full of character, with feature stone walls and oak beams and furnishings and equipment are very good quality. The open plan living area has stone flagged floors and a modern well equipped kitchen. It is situated in a beautiful rural location, on a small farm and race horse establishment, east of Brampton and very close to Hadrian’s Wall.This property can be booked with Primrose Cottage (133130) and Holly Cottage (133142) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open Plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With feature fireplace with electric stove, leather suite, TV and DVD.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. Access to a shared freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With electrically adjustable twin beds (which can convert to a super king please advise on booking), TV and en-suite wetroom with shower, WC, wash basin and suction grab rails.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Forecourt with seating and parking for one car. This property has a private water supply.There is a stream within the grounds of the property. Extra care should be taken

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