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Cumbria

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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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  • Quarry Cottage

    Bigrigg, nr. Egremont

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43728

    Set in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Bigrigg, this period farmhouse is the perfect location for visiting the wonders of the Lake District National Park. A couple of miles away is the beautiful village of St Bees, which is famous for its beach and the start of the Coast to Coast Walk. From the back garden of the holiday property, you can sit back and enjoy the views of the sweeping fields. Guests are not far from Ravensglass, Muncaster Castle and Whitehaven. Beach 2½ miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub 2 miles and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dales Way Cottage

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128206
    The famous Dales Way walk is a long distance footpath of around 80 miles running from the market town of Ilkley to the popular tourist village of Bowness. As the name suggests, Dales Way Cottage, the footpath passes the door of the property so is an ideal for those who have made the historic journey. Nestling at the end of a small row, Dales Way Cottage fronts onto Brantfell and is a five minute stroll down hill to popular Bowness, teeming with shops, bars and restaurants. Bowness has plenty of activities for all the family including cinema, Beatrix Potter exhibition and a host of waterborne activities. Dales way Cottage is blessed with many original features including a recently exposed stone wall housing the wood burning stove. Characterful beams have been proudly restored and displayed along with several modern day additions to ensure your comfort.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into sunny conservatory.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge/Diner: With fabulous feature stone wall with wood burning stove (fuel available locally), TV, DVD and CD with I-pod dock.
    Exterior utility: With washer/dryer. Freezer available.

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

    Second Floor: Children’s play/games room: Play room with bean bags and large selection of toys and games.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Parking for 2 cars. Garden furniture provided.

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Heavenfield

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30604

    Heavenfield, leading off the minstrel’s gallery, is named after the spot where Oswald was proclaimed King of the region in AD 634. This elegant first floor studio apartment is 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. From this first floor apartment, indulge in the beautiful, heavenly views over the aptly named Eden Project. Situated in the stunning Staffield Hall, a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607). After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Staffield Hall and relax; find a peaceful spot in the tranquil grounds. Heavenfield, accommodating up to 4 guests, provides a great base for couples, small families or friends alike and boasts a large studio living area with a king size bed, as well as an en-suite bedroom with a luxurious super king size bed, which can be made into twin beds if needed.
    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 first floor: Living room with double (5ft) bed. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. 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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  • School Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127198
    Set in a quiet cul-de-sac only yards from the heart of this popular village, School Knott Cottage on the site of the old Kodak building, is ideally placed for exploring such delights as the wonderful walking, shopping, touring and restaurants this area has to offer. With easy access to the main road Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick are soon reached. Just five minutes up the road it is ideally placed for Rail travellers, Booths Supermarket and the famous Lakeland shop.

    Orrest Head, the famous viewpoint, is only a short walk away where stunning views over Lake Windermere and School Knott can be seen. Bowness on Lake Windermere with its wealth of shops and restaurants and lake cruises is just a nice stroll down the road (approx. 1 mile).

    The owners have thoughtfully refurbished the cottage to provide stylish, quality accommodation, using a base of neutral colours with clever splashes of colour throughout to create a most individual yet classic look. With a large screen television in the lounge, large comfortable leather sofas and a library of books to quote the Guest Book ’a home from home with everything anyone could possibly need’ and ‘a thousand times better than we expected’.

    Enjoy your stay at School Knott Cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining: Open plan with deep cushioned leather sofas, solid oak furniture, flame effect electric fire set in a marble fireplace, flat screen TV, DVD and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric hob and double oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. 

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: A spacious double bedroom with solid oak furniture, TV and a handy drying room with a small vented tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Telephone for emergency and incoming calls. Wi-Fi internet available.Dedicated parking for one car.

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  • Bowness Oaks

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128108
    Relax in this sunny open plan apartment with magnificent views south west over rooftops to Lake Windermere, a mere 400 yards away. Set in a quiet location, but only a very short walk from the centre of Bowness with shops, pubs and eating places to suit all tastes. Hire a rowing boat or a tennis court, try pitch-and-putt golf, or take a trip on a lake steamer. Or if you want to go further afield, the mountains and fells are only a short drive away. The apartment will be warm and welcoming when you return, with efficient electric heating, piping hot water and comfortable, high quality furnishings chosen with care by the owners. This is four star luxury you can afford.

    First Floor: The accommodation has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With fitted cupboards and hanging space.
    Living room: ’L’ shaped living room with large windows with lake views, big comfortable sofas, 32" flat screen TV and DVD player. For rainy days there is a selection of games, puzzles and books. Glass topped dining table and four chairs.
    Kitchen: With dishwasher, fridge freezer, ceramic hob, fan oven, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and generous fitted wardrobe.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, TV and fitted wardrobe.
    Bathroom: With bath, powerful shower, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet available.Outside lawned area is shared between four apartments. Parking for one car. A sofa bed is available for alternative sleeping arrangements, but own linen must be provided.

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  • Ambleside 64

    White Cross Bay, Troutbeck Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127053
    Simply fabulous! This beautifully presented timber lodge is one of just a handful awarded a ‘platinum’ rating by the popular White Cross Bay holiday park. No detail has been overlooked and the high standard of comfort and detail is a credit to the owners. White Cross Bay sits in Troutbeck Bridge, on the edge of Lake Windermere. The shore with picnic area, jetty and marina is just a few minutes walk from the lodge. along with a sports area, handy shop, pub and restaurant. The superb location makes it tempting not to wander too far, and the delightful accommodation is enhanced by a decking area offering space to sit and relax.

    For those keen to explore this beautiful area, the location offers a great base, with walks on your doorstep and easy access to Bowness on Windermere village with its steamboat marina offering lake cruises, Beatrix Potter museum, mix of pretty shops, cafes and restaurants. Heading north you are a short drive from the namesake village of Ambleside itself, with its Lakeland charm and array of facilities to enjoy. A fabulous lodge in an ideal setting.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor with seven steps to the entrance, has LPG heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, 32" Freeview TV with Sky Sports channels 1 & 2 and Family packages, DVD, CD/radio and doors to the decked terrace.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, TV, DVD and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, TV and DVD.
    Bathroom: With corner bath with shower attachment, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available throughout the park.Enclosed decked terrace with furniture and gas BBQ. On site leisure facilities available at a small cost of £15 and covers the whole party for the duration of their stay. Parking for 2 cars. NB: The lodge is situated 50 yards from the lakeshore.

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  • Plum Cottage

    Troutbeck near Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UK1009
    Plum Cottage is a well presented semi-detached cottage situated adjacent to the owner’s home in the rural village of Troutbeck, between Keswick and Penrith. Experience Lakeland at its best, with every kind of outdoor activity on hand. Plum Cottage is a haven away from the stresses and strains of everyday living and ideal for anyone looking to spend some time amidst the peace and quiet of beautiful scenery. Walk straight out on to the fells from your cottage door, or go pony trekking and see the sights from a different angle. Enjoy boating and sailing on Ullswater or take in the magnificent scenery on a launch trip on the lake. A region which offers something for everyone, whichever season you choose to visit – in the winter months, why not join the Lake District ski club! For enjoyable days out, there are plenty of places to visit, including Aira Force waterfall, Wetheriggs Pottery Museum and Penrith Castle. Also in the area surrounding Penrith is the wonderful Rheged Discovery Centre, Lowther Leisure and Wildlife Park, Dalemain Historic House and Gardens and beautiful Hutton in the Forest. The lakes and fells to the south are easily reached or go north to the charming villages and historic sites in the Borders, a trip to fascinating Hadrian’s Wall is a must.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed (accessed from one side only).
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder at cost. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Barn

    Brampton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: LQ7

    In an enchanting position beside a beck with tumbling waterfalls, this former mill barn, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been skilfully converted into an outstanding, contemporary holiday home. Deer, squirrels and birds share the delightful grounds. A perfect base to explore the Lake District, Northumberland and Scottish Border. Visit Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, county shows and farmers’ markets. Excellent walking and cycle routes abound. Shops and pubs 2½ miles.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and French door to garden. Wet room with bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Beamed living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, French doors to patio, wooden floor and well-equipped beamed kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair on request
    • Three TVs
    • Three DVDs
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked patio with furniture
    • 2-acre grounds with sitting-out area
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Beck, waterfalls and sloping banks in grounds

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  • Elterwater

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC128163
    Bowness, on the eastern shores of Windermere, is a hive of activity by day and by night, a host of shops, restaurants and café bars lining the main street as it winds down to the bay. Elterwater and Tilberthwaite are two ground floor apartments of exceptional quality, tucked behind the main thoroughfare of this popular tourist and walker’s hot spot; in a tranquil setting, yet they lay within the village centre amongst the bistros, inns, deli’s and shops. Elterwater is an idyllic retreat year round for walkers and families alike; for those wishing to get away from it all or wanting to explore this wonderful part of the Lakes. Much thought has been taken in preparing these spacious apartments for holiday letting, and the contemporary decor and furnishings have been combined with original architectural features; the results are outstanding. Elterwater guarantees a warm welcome after a day of exploring the fells, lakes or surrounding villages: its beautiful lounge; well equipped kitchen’s large farmhouse table, perfect for a meal with family or friends whilst recounting the day’s adventures; the private courtyard is ideal just to relax or enjoy a morning coffee or al fresco meal; whilst the two comfortable bedrooms are sufficiently apart to allow maximum privacy. Whatever attracts you; whether it is Wordsworth, Scafell, Beatrix Potter, Ruskin or the Langdales, you are only a few minutes walk and a short ferry crossing to Windermere’s western shore, its red squirrels, Hill Top, Claife Heights, and the fells beyond.
    Elterwater can be booked individually or together with Tilberthwaite (ref 128164) to accommodate up to eight people.

    Ground Floor: Elterwater is double glazed, has gas central heating and Wi-Fi Broadband access throughout and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With lots of room for coats and boots, and leading to:
    Lounge: With comfy sofas, a gas fired stove, Freeview and Sky Freesat 42" LCD HD TV, video, DVD, and CD/Hi-Fi/digital radio with iPod/MP3 dock. A selection of DVDs, videos, CDs, games and books provided.
    Kitchen/dining room: A large farmhouse table with electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and FM/digital radio with iPod/iPhone/MP3 dock.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, pine furnishings and co-ordinating linens.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With twin 3ft zip and link beds (that can be made up as a 6ft super king-size bed but this must be requested on booking), with quality pine furnishings, pretty coordinating linens and an en-suite with shower cubicle, WC and basin.

    All gas, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available (extra charge). Wi-Fi.Private enclosed patio courtyard with furniture. Parking space for 1 car. Elterwater and Tilberthwaite (ref CC128164) can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 people. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Coach House Cottage

    Uldale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC119122
    The Coach House provides a truly rural retreat in the heart of the northern fells in the village of Uldale. The setting will appeal to fell walkers, ramblers, bird watchers, water sports enthusiasts and those wishing to enjoy a peaceful break amidst the beauty of the Northern lakes. Converted from the coach house of the Old Rectory Coach House Cottage is comfortable and extensively furnished to meet all your holiday needs. The Coach House has a large enclosed well established delightful garden with garden furniture.
    Mae’s Tea Room and Gallery is 400 yards from the cottage, where you can enjoy a drink and a snack, The traditional "Snooty Fox" public house is only two minutes stroll away and the surrounding countryside of the ’Back o Skiddaw and the Caldbeck Fells offers a fell lover’s paradise.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall.
    Lounge: Comfortable lounge with Victorian open fireplace exposed beams and an open staircase, TV/DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen/dining room: With luxury solid oak kitchen and granite worktop, electric oven and hob, microwave, integrated dishwasher, fridge, freezer washer/dryer and dining table.
    Porch: Adjacent to the kitchen is a porch with ample room for boots, coats and walking gear.
    Bathroom: With bath, hand basin,WC and airing cupboard.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: King size double bedroom.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi availableLarge enclosed garden with furniture. Private parking. Locked garage for bike storage. The property can be let with Groom Cottage CC119104 to sleep up to 6.

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  • 9 Howrah’s Court

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111267
    Situated on the fringe of town, these luxurious apartments offer the best of both worlds, they have all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and have an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door. Each apartment block within the development is given its own name: 9 Howrah’s is a first floor apartment benefiting from fell views.

    First Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With Sky plus TV, DVD, video, CD radio and electric fire.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with TV and DVD and en-suite shower, WC and wash hand basin.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with TV and DVD.
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available on request. Free Wi-Fi access available.Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Bootle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC143152
    Gardener’s cottage, built in the late 18th Century, adjoins a Victorian Mansion and is full of character and rustic charm. It was originally part of a farming estate with meat hooks still featuring above the fireplace. The original house was Georgian and was built in 1791. It was owned by a wealthy wool merchant, Joseph Whitridge, who paid for Bootle Chapel and The Manse to be built in 1780. The Grice family, landowners and magistrates, were the next owners and in 1892 the frontage of the main house was redesigned in a Victorian Gothic style. The property has changed owners several times since but is still a busy family home. The cottage is set in four acres of mature walled gardens and woodland, with a river running through the heart of it.

    Footpaths lead to the lower Lakeland Fells, a waterfall (ideal for picnics) and spectacular coastal views. Located within the very picturesque south western side of the Lake District National Park, in the village of Bootle.
    Gardener’s cottage is ideally situated to explore the beautiful valleys of Eskdale and Wasdale and the stunning Cumbrian Coast. The Historic 13th Century Castle at Muncaster, the ’Laal Ratty’ miniature railway and the quaint seaside town of Ravenglass are all within seven miles. In Bootle you will find a general store/post office and a tearoom. In the evenings of the first Friday and Saturday of each month, there is pop-up pub at Millstones, with bands playing and pub quizzes.

    Ground Floor: Heated by a wood burning stove and storage heaters the accommodation comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With slate flagged floor, wood burning stove, TV with Sky Freeview and built-in DVD.
    Kitchen area: with electric cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge with small ice box and microwave.

    First Floor: Master Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin.
    Loft Ladder access: leading to...
    Small attic bedroom: suitable for two children with limited headroom.

    All fuel, bed linen, towels and a welcome hamper provided. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside: A games room with table tennis and table football, extensive lawned and wooded gardens, through which the River Annas flows, lawn badminton. Free use of BBQ. Ample parking.

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