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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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  • Swallow’s Nest

    Crackenthorpe, Appleby

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E3245

    In a wonderful location for discovering the myriad delights of three renowned Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Eden Valley, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales – this charming pair of holiday cottages stand adjacent to the owners’ home and provide quirky and characterful accommodation. Cruck End (ref E3749) has retained the original cruck beams, whilst Swallow’s Nest (ref E3245) was formally the waggon house. This area affords fell walking, bird watching, riding, cycling and fishing, whilst Appleby, just 2 miles away and host to the gypsy horse fair in June, offers golf, a swimming pool and bowls as well as shops, inns and eating places. Penrith, with cycle hire and the Rheged Centre, is 10 miles, Hadrian’s Wall an hour’s drive.

    Ramped access to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Wet room with toilet (raised seat), grab rails and shower seat.

    Wheelchair available at the property.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Shared cobbled courtyard and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

  • The Gables

    Glenridding

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC118155
    The Gables nestles into the fell side above Glenridding, with fabulous panoramic views of the fells around Ullswater. Helvellyn may be accessed directly from the doorstep and with many other beautiful walks in the area your car may be parked up for the week. The Travellers Rest Inn is within 1/4 mile with shops and cafes in the centre of the village approximately 1/2 mile. Glenridding is well positioned to visit both the Northern and Southern Lakes, with the popular tourist towns of Keswick and Ambleside nearby.
    The Aira Force waterfall is three miles along the lake shore and Kirkstone Pass is a similar distance in the opposite direction. You can take a trip around the Ullswater Steamer and with other visitor attractions, such as Rheged and Rookin House Activity Centre close by, your holiday may be action packed or just relax in the attractive Lakeland garden and enjoy the tremendous views.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has Fischer storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/diner: With TV, DVD, video, radio, open fire (fuel not provided) and fell views.
    Kitchen area (off the lounge): With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, TV and en-suite with electric shower over bath, heated towel rail, wash basin and WC.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, TV, patio doors leading to sitting out areas and en-suite with shower, basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Cot available. Telephone for incoming calls. Wi-Fi available. Terraced garden with 2 patio areas and seating. Parking on the lane for 1 car.

  • Guards Hill Byre

    Walton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC133155
    Guards Hill Byre is on the site of a Roman field hospital and is partially built from stone from the ’wall’. This superb barn conversion provides excellent accommodation for a short break or full week in Hadrian’s Wall country. It could be a romantic retreat or a base for couples and young families to explore the wall. Situated at Walton, just north of Brampton it is centrally located and within easy reach of the Lake District, Scottish Borders, Eden Valley and the historic border city of Carlisle. The owners are in the hospitality trade and will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. They provide a welcome pack, pick up and drop off at the station or for cycling and walking, books and games, towels, secure storage for bikes etc and private garden.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio/i-pod dock and electric optimist flame effect stove.
    Dining/Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack provided. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Large enclosed garden with lawn, patio, and BBQ. Parking for two cars. Storage for bikes etc. Two dogs welcome.There is a raised pond within the grounds of the property. Extra care should be taken

  • The Old Telephone Exchange

    Cartmel

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129181
    Cartmel has everything - the renowned Races, historic 12th Century Priory and sticky toffee pudding! The village is very pretty with lots of characterful cottage dotted around the village square with ample eating opportunities to suit all pockets from traditional bar meals to gourmet restaurants.
    An interesting property and layout, The Old Telephone Exchange was, as the name states, just that. A successful conversion has resulted in the property offering comfortable accommodation with one or two ’talking points’, namely the round windows on the first floor and the spiral staircase that gets you there!

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating, the property comprises:
    Lounge/diner: With TV, DVD and wood burning stove (logs supplied).
    Kitchen: With gas hob and electric oven, fridge with small freezer box, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bathroom: With mixer shower attachment over bath, hand basin and WC.

    First Floor: A spiral staircase from the ground floor leads to...
    Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom with pretty decor and interesting round window.
    Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with pretty decor, interesting round window and hand basin.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no room for a cot.Small garden to the side of the property. Ample parking for two cars.

  • Toffeepot Cottage

    Kendal, nr. Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43923

    A cosy terraced holiday cottage found just a short stroll from the centre of Kendal, Toffeepot Cottage typifies these traditional properties. With ginnel access which leads onto a shared inner courtyard garden, the property has a delightful blend of character and contemporary facilities. Guests wishing to leave the car behind may well appreciate the fact that the property is an easy walk from Kendal Railway Station.
    A popular historic market town with a high street bustling with shops and cafes, Kendal sits on the River Kent, and whilst an appealing destination in its own right, it offers the bonus of a central location between the Lakes and Dales. Simply head east or west to reach either within a short drive, or explore the delightful local towns and villages; Kirkby Lonsdale, Silverdale and Sedburgh, all popular with visitors.
    Toffeepot Cottage offers well-presented, comfortable accommodation with a real home from home appeal. The bonus of the outdoor space offers guests town centre convenience, but with space to sit and enjoy a glass of wine on a warm evening. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with tiled floor. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. NB: Step in courtyard and unfenced pond in grounds.

  • Uncle’s Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC111372
    Uncle’s Cottage is an ideal base for guests arriving on public transport, it is situated 200 yards from the bus stop in Keswick town centre. Shops, pubs and restaurants are literally on the doorstep and there are dozens of lovely walks directly from the town. The owners completely renovated and refurbished the cottage when they took possession from his Uncle (no prizes for guessing where the name came from). They have created a pleasant open plan living area on the ground floor, complete with kitchen. The first floor has been redesigned to improve the bedroom space, a new bathroom was fitted and the ceilings were raised to expose the roof beams.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/ kitchen/diner: With LCD TV/DVD, CD radio, electric flame effect fire and comfortable leather sofas.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge and microwave.
    Out house: With washer/dryer and freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. One medium or small dog welcome.Outside: Small seating area. Parking for 2 cars.

  • Rattlebeck

    near Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128172
    Enjoying superb and uninterrupted views of Lake Windermere, this second floor apartment is an ideal base for your Lakeland holiday. The view changes with the seasons and the sight of the Langdale Pikes in the distance will beckon even the most novice of walkers. Rattlebeck is a spacious property in a quiet location above Bowness and is a short walk downhill to the shops and restaurants. The owners have carefully prepared the apartment for their guests and have provided comfortable accommodation with super facilities to ensure you get the very best out of your stay.

    Ground Floor: Gas centrally heated, Rattlebeck briefly comprises:
    Small entrance porch: with internal stairs leading to...

    Second Floor: Lounge/diner: With Freesat TV, basic sky package, video, DVD and CD/radio. This room also has a feature stove and superb patio window leading to balcony with seating and an unforgettable view.
    Kitchen: With gas oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with TV and super balcony over looking the fields to the rear of the property.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with built in units.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Free wireless internet access available.Parking for one car and garage on ground floor that houses the tumble dryer.

  • The Library

    Watermillock-on-Ullswater, Penrith

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 26805

    The Library has an exceptional location, with unrivalled views over Ullswater and the surrounding fells from the sitting room and garden area. This ground floor holiday apartment is part of an exclusive small development of homes set peacefully amidst the spectacular scenery of the Lake District and has been artistically furnished to create an interesting and welcoming holiday home. A spectacular drive over Kirkstone Pass leads to the bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside. Golf and horse riding can be found within 5 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    13 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: 1 step to living room/1 step to dining area. 6 steps to kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 bunk (for children) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with terrace, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. 2-acre shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steps to terrace and garden.

  • The Ostlers

    Gilsland, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29925


    Adjoining the main farmhouse and one other holiday home (ref 27790), this comfortable holiday cottage has been converted from a former barn. Set on a traditional family run livestock farm, in an idyllic setting, it is surrounded by miles of unspoilt countryside. Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian’s Wall is 2 miles away and the cottage is centrally located for exploring The Lake District, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. Local attractions include Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, Rheged and a there is a lively calendar of county shows and farmers’ markets throughout the area. There is a network of footpaths on the doorstep along with excellent walking and cycle routes close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. 1 step to dining room/kitchen. Spiral stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed, small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling and grazing available by arrangement. No smoking.

  • Lakeshore Boathouse

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC128204
    Three words sum up Lakeshore Boathouse - location, location, location! We are thrilled to be able to offer our holidaymakers the opportunity to enjoy a property whose conservatory over hangs Lake Windermere. This superb, semi detached boathouse sits literally in the water! With its own private jetty and small secluded beach area, Lakeshore Boathouse is a perfect romantic retreat to enjoy precious time with your loved one against the most glorious backdrop you are ever likely to find. Alternatively as it boasts in addition a twin bedded room, it is an opportunity for an enjoyable family holiday or break.Comfortably furnished with quality kitchen  and shower rooms and an enormous master bedroom with en suite, the boathouse has been cleverly designed to take advantage of the setting with the main living areas facing the water. Nearby Bowness two miles, is a thriving tourist hot spot, teeming with bars and restaurants, interesting shops and galleries. Motor and rowing boats can also be hired at Bowness Bay and can be moored at the boathouse for the duration of your stay. Visitors may wish to bring their own boats and can be moored on the wonderful jetty that the property offers. You could even fish from the jetty!

    The property may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties as there are a number of steps leading down to the boathouse from the car park area.

    Ground Floor: Lakeshore Boathouse has under floor electric heating to carpeted areas.
    The property comprises:
    Hallway: Leading to...
    Master bedroom: Lavish and spacious with king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With 3ft twin beds, small drawer unit and three small cupboards above for guest use.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.
    Lounge/Diner: With pebble radiant fire, TV and CD/DVD/ipod unit.
    Kitchen area: Compact in style with combination microwave oven, halogen hob and larder fridge. Table top freezer in one corner. There are drying facilities.
    Conservatory: With comfortable leather seating and full width folding doors opening up to the vista of the lake and the glorious mountain views beyond.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available. Washing machine and freezer available for guests use.
    Garden views with large terrace. Lawn area. Furniture and BBQ provided. The property is accessed from the car park via a number of steps.

  • Ennerdale Terrace

    Whitehaven

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC73

    Ennerdale Terrace is a terraced holiday property situated at the start of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk. It lies just outside St Bees in one direction, and Whitehaven in the other, making this a perfect springboard for days out discovering the area. Walkers and cyclists will delight in exploring the west coast, returning to enjoy an evening on the sands of St Bees after a strenuous day out, or maybe dine in one of the restaurants at Whitehaven. The Lake District National Park is only a few miles away for those wishing to visit the beauty of the Western Lakes. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • River View Cottage

    Tebay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC131133
    River View Cottage sit at the bottom of a valley in the middle of remote, working farmland just 1.5 miles from Tebay. Panoramic views can be enjoyed from both properties towards Tebay Fell, The Howgills and Jeffrey’s Mount, the sheep dotted landscape a far cry from the tarmac of the M6 which is just minutes away - and you’d never know it.
    Transformed from redundant farm buildings, these two cottages offer quality accommodation for those looking for a very peaceful retreat. Kingfishers and Heron can be seen catching their prey in the river below whilst sheep graze the land surrounding the cottages. Numerous walks along bridle paths and fell sides are readily available from the door, both properties having delightful patio areas from where to take in the fabulous scenery. River View Cottage can be booked with Riverbank Cottage and Coombe Cottage on the same site to accommodate up to 16 people. The cottages are reached down a narrow, bumpy track so please take care with low vehicles.

    Ground Floor: Dining/Lounge: With feature electric stove, flat screen colour TV, DVD, and Free Sat and large picture window overlooking the River Lune.
    Kitchen: With fridge with small freezer box, dishwasher,washing machine, electric oven, ceramic hob and microwave.
    Bedroom1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available.Private parking for 2 cars. Patio style gardens area with furniture provided. Playground. NB: The property is close to the river.
    Private fishing can be purchased on request. Playground for children with playhouses, and football and basket ball nets.

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