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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 Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion

    near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123244
    The unique, semi detached residence offers great character and charm and is situated just above Skelwith Bridge, between the villages of  Grasmere and Ambleside at the start of the beautiful Langdale Valley. The Pavilion building was architect designed and built in 2006, the result of which is a delightful property offering quality accommodation. Substantial grounds surround the property including over an acre of natural wooded gardens with expanses of lawns and trees perfect for adults to relax and children to play. Frequented by a wide variety of wildlife including deer, the location offers some of the finest walking within the Lake District National Park right from the doorstep either into the Langdales for some serious climbing or along to Loughrigg Tarn or Skelwith Force waterfall for a more gentle amble beside the River Brathay to Elterwater and the heart of the Great Langdale Valley.

    The Lawns is well presented in a traditional style and well equipped for a self catering break at any time of the year. The wood burning stove is perfect for snuggling around in the cooler months and the comfy bedroom ensures a good night’s rest for all. The property has its own private patio area with furniture provided from where to sit out and take in the delightful grounds. Two good eating places are on the doorstep if you choose to have time out of the kitchen, Chester’s by The River and The Talbot Bar at Skelwith Bridge Hotel, both offering food throughout the day and into the evening.

    The combination of a rare and superb setting, along with easy access (car less if preferred) to the entire valley and the amenities of the nearby villages, makes Carr Crag the perfect choice for your holiday retreat.

    The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion can be booked in conjunction with Carr Crag Pavilion Ref 123243 which is next door.

    Ground Floor: The property has night storage heaters and comprises:
    Entrance via French doors into open plan living area divided by the fabulous dual aspect wood burning stove (fuel available locally).
    Lounge Area: Has large areas of window giving stunning views of the grounds and thier natural beauty, digital TV, DVD and radio/CD player are all available.
    Kitchen: Wrapped in granite tops, useful island, Belfast sink, dishwasher, washing machine, range cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave.

    First Floor: Dressing area to the master bedroom.
    Bedroom 1: King size bedroom with range of fitted units.
    Bathroom: With large shower area, bath with hand shower attachment, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available through Cumbrian Cottages.Outside: Private off road parking for two cars. Patio area with seating provided and access to 2 acres of shared grounds.

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  • Hideaway Cottage

    Staveley

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    Ref: CC129191
    A super cottage in the middle of this popular Lakeland village, Hideaway is a fine example of the very best in self catering properties. The cottage ticks all the boxes in terms of character and charm, displayed in exposed beams and feature stonework and the owner has used his wealth of experience in running a country house hotel to ensure his guests will want for nothing. Hideaway Cottage has been ’dressed’ in every sense of the word, from the choice of prints and ornaments to the collection of hand picked antiquities, all finished off with sumptuous fabrics and quality pieces of furniture.
    The property has a most romantic feel about it and to compliment this, a pre-bookable welcome pack is available to purchase for that rather special time away, to include champagne, chocolates, roses and fluffy dressing gowns.
    Fell Cottage 129198 is under the same ownership as Hideaway Cottage.

    Ground Floor: Hideaway Cottage has oil filled panel heating, a multi-fuel stove and briefly comprises:
    Entrance leading to open plan...
    Lounge/dining room: With feature stone wall with multi-fuel stove (initial fuel supplied), TV, video, DVD and CD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With slate floor, ceramic hob, built in electric oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with freezer box.

    Rear door to shared outdoor area.  

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: A spacious room with wooden floor, super king size bed (which can be a twin if preferred, please advise on booking) with luxurious goose down duvet and Egyptian cotton bedding to compliment.
    Bathroom: With space saver bath with shower over, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Initial supply of fuel for multi-fuel stove. Cot and highchair available on request. A laundry service is available on request. Free Wi-Fi internet connection available. Outside: There is a communal drying area to the rear. On street parking A luxury welcome pack can be arranged to be in the property, the cost is £50 and includes champagne, red roses and the use of fluffy dressing gowns. Please inform us when booking. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Dovecote

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 30600

    Dovecote is part of Staffield Hall, located 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. Staffield Hall is a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).
    If you are looking for a romantic retreat for two, this second floor apartment, which was once occupied by the maids of a bygone age at Staffield Hall will not disapoint! As you enter Staffield Hall, this stunning building will blow you away with its grand entrance and beautiful stain glass windows. Take the stairs to reach this charming apartment which boasts bright and airy living accommodation with wonderful characteristics. Beautifully designed with exposed beams, sloping ceilings and a half-domed ceiling, as well as keeping its original Victorian fireplace truly adds to the charm and cosiness of this idyllic hideaway. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Dovecote and relax; the bio-jet spa bath, with fluffy towels waiting by the side, is the perfect way to unwind and plan your days ahead.
    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 (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview HD TV. CD. 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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  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: W40420

    16th century farmhouse

    This charming wing of the owner’s 16th century farmhouse is fully self-contained and is all on the ground level. The cottage retains many original features - some low ceilings, exposed beams and thick walls for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The pretty rooms have been stylishly furnished to provide a cosy haven for 2 people, ideal for a romantic holiday. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm in the tranquil countryside with superb views and lovely walks from the door, it is only 1.5 miles from Bowness and Windermere with their steamer trips, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Windermere golf club is 2 miles away and just a short drive will bring you to the stunning Lakeland Fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Shared patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Scafell Apartment

    Ambleside

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    Ref: W41228

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

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  • The Jesses

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123242
    The Jesses nestles in a small cluster of traditional Lakeland stone cottages, just a short stroll from the Little Bridge House and is the perfect venue for a romantic break with your partner at any time of the year. Vibrant Ambleside offers an eclectic mix of eateries, shops and bars to suit every palate and pocket, most serving throughout the day and into the evening. There are many annual events taking place in Ambleside throughout the year where holidaymakers can experience a true taste of village life including the traditional sports held each August, the highly popular Lantern procession in November and the ancient Rush Bearing and associated sports held each July.
    Beautifully redesigned to create a light, bright open plan living space, The Jesses is stylishly presented with quality fittings, luxurious linens and perfectly chosen accessories. The wood burning stove is a well placed focal point for snuggling around in the cooler months on the deep cushioned leather sofas whilst the luxurious bathroom with underfloor heating has a walk in shower area and double ended free standing bath where you can both enjoy a long soak, relax and unwind after a day on the fells or sightseeing and take in your very own view of Loughrigg!

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Covered Entrance Porch: With useful space for boots and walking clobber leading to open plan living space...
    Lounge area: Arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), TV, DVD and i-pod dock.
    Kitchen/Dining area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Freezer available.
    Rear stable door leads to the covered verandah with seating. 

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with King size bed, fitted furnishings and quality linens with feature cast iron fire place.
    Bathroom: with double ended free standing bath offering a great view of Loughrigg, separate shower area, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: covered patio/veranda and shared garden area with seating provided. Parking by way of permit on nearby car park. Bike storage available. 1 pet welcome.

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  • Acorn Lodge - Burnside Park

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111171
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. This comfortable pine log cabin is well equipped for every modern day convenience. Situated in peaceful landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Skiddaw, with panoramic views of the Lakeland fells including Skiddaw, Latrigg and the more distant Helvellyn range. The quiet site is within short walking distance of Keswick town centre and has the additional benefit of both a pub and cafe just a few minutes walk away. Both the pub and cafe receive high praise for food and service and both welcome dogs. All this makes the lodge an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.

    Ground Floor: Acorn lodge has unrestricted electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan with flame-effect electric fire, TV, video, DVD, CD/radio and patio doors to the terrace. Furniture is fashionable, comfortable and high quality from the famous retro style brand, Ercol.
    Kitchen area: Open plan is equipped with electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher, microwave and dining table. Enclosed hanging space for outdoor clothing and boots.
    Bedroom: Double bedroom with a much appreciated luxury pocket-sprung mattress. More than ample wardrobe and storage space.
    Bathroom: With shower over full-length bath. Hand basin with over-basin light/shaver/toothbrush socket, WC and extractor. Heated towel rail and unrestricted hot water.

    All electric and bed linen included. Cot available.The French-doors provide access from the lounge straight onto the raised L-shaped wooden terrace which provides views of Skiddaw, Latrigg & as far as the Helvellyn range. Swallows nest above the terrace and feed at the small brook just 3 metres away and above the adjacent open fields.
    Private parking for one car. On-site visitor parking also available.
    Owners live locally enabling swift response if help is needed.
    Please note from mid November until end of February this site is closed. However, the site is open over Christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January.

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  • Blackhill Cottage

    Hallbankgate, nr. Brampton

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    Ref: W43702

    This traditional detached Cumbrian holiday cottage is ideal for a romantic sanctuary. It has been carefully renovated to retain a wealth of charm, including a large inglenook fireplace, whilst providing all the contemporary conveniences such as large waterfall shower. You can explore Brampton, with its range of good restaurants and pubs, or sit yourself in front of the woodburner and have a relaxing night. The property is set on the A689 in the village of Hallbankgate, which means you are ideally placed for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle, the Scottish Borders, Alston and the Lake District. RSPB Geltsdale reserve, 1 mile. Shops 4 miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom (no door) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Wreaks End Farm - Thorn Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: 19529

    These charming, single storey detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762) are situated one mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, and are also in the same grounds as refs 19605 and 27736. The beautiful Dudden Valley, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere are within half an hour’s drive, as well as South Lakes Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle and Gardens and Holker Hall and Garden. Visit attractions such as the popular owl sanctuary and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway. Also visit the Roman Bath in the Eskdale Valley and the Hardknott Roman Fort. Lake Coniston, with its many walking and cycling routes, is also within easy reach. The reserves at Walney Island and Hodbarrow are great for bird-watching. Tennis courts are for hire in the village. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Dishwasher. Large enclosed decked terrace and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Red Gables Apartment 2

    Shap near Penrith

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    Ref: CC132159
    Apartment 2 is a delightful, modern, ground floor apartment, providing very spacious good quality accommodation at an affordable price. Red Gables is a former church converted and extended in 2012 into several apartments. Situated in the centre of Shap village with amenities on the doorstep, including 2 pubs serving food, shops, cafe, tennis court and heated outdoor pool (open in season). There are walks available from the doorstep, over the fells towards Haweswater and Ullswater. Shap is situated between the beautiful Eastern Lakes and the tranquil Eden Valley, with very easy access from the M6. it is also accessible on public transport, via train to Kendal or Penrith and bus to Shap. Guests with limited mobility will appreciate this ground floor accommodation.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, dining table and chairs and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Z bed (only suitable for a child).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Small rear courtyard with seating. Cycle store. Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Arnside Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

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    Ref: W42984

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    Small step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Fold

    Keswick

    Grade
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    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.

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