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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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  • Nu Holme

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC127150
    A traditional cottage in this ever popular town, Nu-Holme is situated in a quiet street in central Windermere. The property has been lovingly refurbished and recently further updated by it’s owners.
    Nu-Holme provides comfortable accommodation for either two couples or a family, having a lounge area downstairs and a separate sitting room upstairs for those guests who may like some quiet time.
    It is fully equipped for those who wish to self cater although numerous takeaways, restaurants, cafes and bars are within easy walking distance, together with Booths supermarket, the famous Lakeland store and all local shops and amenities. The local Co-operative is also less than one minutes walk away and is open late.
    Nu-Holme is ideal for those travelling on public transport with both railway and bus stations close by providing excellent services. Frequent local buses travel to Bowness (by the lake), Ambleside, Grasmere, Kendal and Keswick.
    The two parking permits provided are also a great benefit to visitors as parking in the Lake District can sometimes be difficult. One is a residents permit which allows parking on all nearby streets.  The other permit being a Council permit for free parking in numerous car parks in Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside and Kendal. The nearest of which is less than one minutes walk away from Nu-Holme, a distinct advantage in busy periods.

    Ground Floor: Gas centrally heated, Nu Holme briefly comprises:
    Lounge: Family room with comfy seating, TV and log effect gas fire.
    Kitchen: With gas hob, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Second lounge: With TV, video and DVD player.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with TV and video.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Parking on street by way of residents parking disc and further SLDC car park permit available.

  • Elterwater

    Skelwith Bridge, nr. Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42611

    Set in 2.5 acres of beautiful natural grounds and woodland, this charming wooden holiday lodge has its own private garden and shared use of an indoor heated plunge pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and table tennis. Right on the doorstep of the magnificent Langdales, with Ambleside, 2.5 miles and Coniston, 8 miles. It is a perfect base for touring and exploring the footpaths in the area with numerous woodland and hill walks straight from the door. The Lake District Visitor Centre near Windermere is worth a visit, as is the Beatrix Potter Exhibition at Bowness. Great for wildlife lovers, with deer and other animals freely wandering through this small, select woodland retreat. Small on-site shop. Pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Three steps from car park to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (in adjacent pool hall). Private garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor swimming pool (3.6m x 6m, depth 1.2m), Jacuzzi and sauna, March-mid November. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds.

  • The Redbanks

    Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123203
    The Redbanks sits in the very heart of this tourist hotspot so is an ideal base for sampling all the delights that Ambleside has to offer. The village has blossomed into a most cosmopolitan destination for holidaymakers of all ages; Ambleside has two cinemas, a host of award winning restaurants and a large array of interesting galleries and shops and some superb walking for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door.
    The Redbanks, situated on Compston Road, is a most stylish, spacious accommodation set out on one, first floor, the contemporary theme flowing from room to room in this well thought out and presented property. The essential ingredients that our guests have come to expect are all to hand, including a superb marble fire place with open fire and state of the art flat screen TV, complete with Sky free view. The well equipped open plan kitchen diner is also perfect for entertaining with ample seating for 6 guests. The layout is ideal for either two couples or a  family and the owners have thoughtfully provided a selection of games, DVD’s and  two travel cots and two high chairs for hire if required.

    First Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to....
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Kitchen/Dining room: Open plan with electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Lounge: Generously proportioned room with ornate open fireplace (fuel available locally) large flat screen TV, DVD, Sky Freeview and stereo with i-pod dock.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and double wardrobe.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed and double wardrobe.

    All electric and bed linen included. Two travel cots and two highchairs available. Z bed available for children under the age of 12 years - no linen supplied. Wi-Fi.Two parking permits which is essential for guests with more than one vehicle. One permit is for immediate on street parking in and around Millans Park and the other for the nearby SLDC car park. (This permit also allows guests to use other car parks in the national park for free).

  • Tarn Moss

    Loughrigg, nr. Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30131

    Shared use of indoor swimming pool

    Tarn Moss is situated in the beautiful park of Naeum Cragg just 3 miles from Ambleside. A comfortable, detached, ground floor lodge with stunning views across to Weatherlam and the Lake District fells, nestling in a secluded holiday park at the foot of the Langdale Valley, the property is perfect for couples or young families who wish to enjoy this spectacular location, with extensive walks available from the door. Guests have use of a range of on-site facilities including an indoor family swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and a communal recreation hall with furniture and table tennis. The small hamlet of Skelwith Bridge is just a 5-minute walk away and has a hotel with a pub serving bar meals and local ales, an excellent riverside café, and a shop selling giftware and household items. You can walk from Skelwith up the side of the River Brathay to Elterwater. The charming village of Elterwater also has a pub serving delicious food, much of it sourced locally. The bustling town of Ambleside is a 10-minute drive away and has specialist shops and restaurants, plus from Waterhead you can hire rowing boats or embark on the Windermere Steamer to take you further down the lake to Bowness or Lakeside. A perfect base for a relaxing holiday in the Lake District. Shop on-site, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk (for children under 12 years). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared swimming pool (6m x 4m, depth 1.2m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 9am to 9.30pm, everyday, March to Mid-November. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Upper Sycamore Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123269
    This superb cottage style apartment enjoys a very central position in the very heart of Ambleside offering guests the opportunity of parking up for the week and exploring the southern lakes on foot, by bike or even by bus and boat. A stone’s throw from a variety of attractions and amenities, guests staying at Upper Sycamore Cottage can enjoy a game of mini golf, try indoor rock climbing or caving or simply head to the hills and enjoy either your first or 50th trip up Loughrigg Fell, always an inspiring walk, whatever the weather.

    Upper Sycamore Cottage is presented in a traditional style with comfortable furnishings, good quality beds and lots of helpful extras to ensure you get the most out of your self-catering stay. The owners have provided a useful collection of local walking books and maps and a selection of DVDs if you fancy a takeaway and a movie night after a hard day on the fells. Set out across two floors, the accommodation is ideal for the smaller family or two couples looking for a quality base with the bonus of great fell views from the lounge and the main bedroom and if you’ve teenagers in the party.

    Ground Floor: Upper Sycamore Cottage has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Rear ground floor entrance into inner hall leading upstairs to...

    First Floor: Kitchen: with electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Shower room: with shower, hand basin and WC. The washer/dryer is neatly housed in in a cupboard on this floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, pretty co-ordinated fabrics and views across the village to St. Mary’s steeple.

    Second Floor: Cosy lounge/dining room: With TV, DVD and good views towards the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and some limited head height.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Internet Access availableParking via permit on car park close by.

  • Calgarth Lodge

    White Cross Bay, Troutbeck Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC127241
    White Cross Bay Leisure Park has been awarded a four star award by Visit England along with the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, so guests can be assured not only of a high standard of accommodation but also of a location doing its utmost to protect the local environment. Set mid way between Ambleside and Windermere, the park is situated in the very heart of the Lake District within 60 acres of wooded parklands, which run right down to the shores of Lake Windermere. White Cross Bay has an indoor heated swimming pool, with sauna, solarium and gym, as well as a modern clubhouse bar and restaurant with regular daytime and evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the site, details available at reception. Launching is also available should you have your own boat, with prior arrangement.
    Calgarth Lodge enjoys a peaceful, wooded location on the site, a short walk from the Lake shore and the excellent facilities that White Cross Bay has to offer.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises;
    Hallway
    Open plan living accommodation with...
    Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Dining/Lounge area: Enjoying direct access to the decking, TV with DVD and video and en electric fire place.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, good range of fitted units and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and fitted units.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available throughout the park. On site leisure facilities available at a small cost of £15 which covers the whole party for the duration of their stay.Outside: Private parking. Decked area with seating, patio heater and BBQ provided. Washer/dryer and bike storage available.

  • Snittlegarth Lodge 1

    Ireby

    Grade
    4
    2
    4
    1
    Ref: CC119128
    This pine log cabin enjoys a secluded south facing position on Snittlegarth Farm, with views across open country to Binsey Fell. A haven for wildlife, as well as the farm animals. Snittlegarth is home to roe deer, badgers, foxes, pheasants and a variety of songbirds, with red squirrels coming up to the lodges to feed. The original Snittlegarth Estate was owned by Lord Gillford and extended to 12,000 acres. It is now farmed on a smaller scale and has the benefit of footpaths from the doorstep on to Binsey Fell and beyond. Snittlegarth lies in a truly tranquil valley close to Ireby and Uldale on the northern fringe of the National Park and provides an idyllic retreat for those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. There are pubs in both Uldale and Ireby, each serving bar meals.

    Ground Floor: The lodge has electric heating with open plan living area and comprises:
    Lounge area: With flat screen TV with integrated DVD, CD radio and electric fire.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bedroom.
    Bedroom 2: With twin bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin.

    All fuel and bed linen provided.  Cot and Highchair available.Outside: Balcony area. Half an acre of grassed area around the lodges for guests use. Parking for 2 cars. The owner of this property has stabling and ’turn out’ available if you wish to bring your horse with you. The properties are situated in an area with many miles of off road areas for you to ride out on and could make a superb holiday for both your family and your horse. Hay and straw also available for an additional charge.

  • Moorside Farm - Peat House

    Askam in Furness

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41088

    Magnificent views

    Set in an elevated position overlooking the beautiful Duddon Estuary, Peat House (ref W41088), a wing of the owner’s former farmhouse, and Moorside Lodge (ref W43062), a single-storey lodge which is situated in the ground of the owner’s farm, provide an idyllic holiday retreat, and have been lovingly furnished. This is an ideal base for a coastal holiday, and is also close to the south western Lake District Fells and Lakes. The village of Askam has a good range of shops and a railway station, where you can take a trip along the Cumbrian coast and through glorious countryside, with wonderful views. There is an abundance of walks right on the doorstep, whilst Coniston Water is only a 30-minute drive. Grizedale Forest Dalton Animal Park, 4 miles, makes an excellent day out, with a variety of wild animals from around the world. Lake Windermere and many historic houses and gardens easily accessible for days out. If relaxation is your preferred activity why not just sit on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful views. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Galleried twin bedroom. Most rooms with beams.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. NB: There are steep drops at the back of the property.

  • Claife View

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127107
    This charming first floor apartment is situated in the centre of Windermere and is ideal for those without transport as it is close to the railway station, local bus routes and all the amenities of Windermere. It is decorated in bright colours with lots of pine furniture and a small west-facing balcony with views towards Claife Heights.

    First Floor: Heated by night storage heaters this double glazed first floor apartment comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Open plan with TV, DVD, CD/Hi-Fi and patio doors leading onto the balcony, enjoying views to the nearby fells.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and a fitted mirrored wardrobe.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included.Private car parking for 1 car.

  • 5 The Plosh

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111417
    Perfect for couples seeking a romantic retreat or those with older children, in the vibrant market town of Keswick. 5 The Plosh is a traditional Lakeland cottage which was completely renovated and refurbished to provide good accommodation with modern, stylish furnishings to compliment the character of the cottage, with wood and slate floors, wood burning stove and spiral staircase. A very spacious, well equipped, dining/kitchen and a shower room is situated on the lower ground floor, with a door to the outside. The living area is on the ground floor with patio doors to a balcony and the bedrooms and a second shower room are on the first floor.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and tiled flooring with under floor heating and comprises:
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Ground Floor:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel not provided), TV, DVD, i-pod dock, patio doors to the balcony and spiral open tread staircase (care needs to be taken) to the 1st floor and stairs down to the:-

    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2:
    With bunk beds suitable for children.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Parking permit for 1 car on nearby car park. The property is only suitable for 2 adults and 2 children over the age of 12.

  • Chaucer Apt 6 - Derwentwater

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111259
    The former Chaucer House Hotel, was converted into 14 luxury apartments and located in the heart of Keswick with all amenities on the doorstep Chaucer House. It is a perfect base to enjoy a holiday in the Northern Lakes. With many walks surrounding this pretty town, your car may never leave its parking space.
    The lake is within a 10-minute stroll, taking you through the beautiful Hope Park Memorial Gardens with mini golf, crazy golf and putting. Launches run regularly around the lake with numerous drop off points.
    This ground floor, former show apartment is beautifully furnished and extremely well equipped providing a very high standard of accommodation and comfort for guests.

    Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating the accommodation comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen/diner: Open plan room with 32" LCD TV, DVD player recorder, and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC.
    Bedroom 2: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available. Wi-fi access available - bring your own laptop.Private parking for 1 car. The car parking area is situated at lower ground floor level, therefore there is a flight of stairs up to the apartment.

  • 6 Langrigge Court

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128225
    6 Langrigge Court sits just a stone’s throw above the village of Bowness, behind the renowned Angel Inn in a peaceful yet very convenient location. The stylish apartment is close to the start of the Dales Way walk and a short stroll from the famous Windermere Lake Steamers, The Beatrix Potter Exhibition and an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants. Guests can easily experience all that this now rather cosmopolitan village has to offer and after a hard day on the hills or a night on the town, 6 Langrigge Court is the perfect retreat for one or two couples or the smaller  family.
    All on first level, the spacious living areas are light and airy and offer spectacular views of Lake Windermere and her surrounding fell range, especially from the lounge. The elegant dining hall is tastefully dressed with quality drapes and muted shades and is the ideal venue for a special dinner in the evening whilst the private, south facing walled courtyard, accessed from the entrance hallway, is just the spot to enjoy an aperitif before dinner or a spot of sun worshipping when our local weather will allow!

    First Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Cloakroom: With wash basin and WC.
    Elegant hallway leading to...
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and solid antique furnishings.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and pine furniture.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Elegant dining hall leading to...
    Lounge: With deep cushioned seating arranged around the electric fireplace, large plasma TV and DVD. This room has a wonderful view of Lake Windermere.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot available. The property has wireless internet access available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Enclosed courtyard with seating provided.

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