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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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  • Penfold

    Keswick

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111338
    Penfold benefits from a central location, only two minutes walk from both the town centre and Fitz Park and 10 minutes from the lake. It provides an excellent base to walk the north Lakeland fells, with the bonus of Keswick’s wide ranging amenities on the doorstep. The property retains many original features and provides good quality furnishings and modern day appliances. The rooms are both spacious and airy and some have views of the surrounding mountains.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD, CD radio, ipod dock and electric fire.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.On street parking. Shared garden.

  • Honfleur

    Ousby

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: CC132156
    Honfleur is a modern detached bungalow with ample parking and a large garden overlooking open fields, to the distant Lakeland Fells. Situated near the Fox Inn in Ousby, a peaceful village nestling at the foot of the Pennine Hills in the beautiful Eden Valley. The quiet country lanes are perfect for cycling and there are walks from the door to Melmerby Fell and Cross Fell. Bar meals and restaurant facilities are available in the pub and occasional live entertainment. There is a village shop and bakery with cafe in Melmerby two miles away together with village pub serving bar meals. There are a wealth of amenities in Penrith, seven miles. The bungalow is very comfortably furnished and well equipped, with a large kitchen/diner.

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, electric fire and patio doors to the garden.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and dining table and chairs.
    Utility room: With sink, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed (for flexibility of sleeping arrangements only).
    Bathroom: With shower cubicle, bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Garden with lawn, patio and seating. Parking for 5 cars.

  • Middle Barn

    Lindale, nr. Cartmel

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 18578

    This delightful holiday cottage has been imaginatively converted from a former barn and retains a good deal of charm. The middle of three, set around a courtyard with its own private patio area. Set in stunning scenery, ideal for walking, it also has good road access to the coast and Grange-over-Sands, 2 miles. The village of Cartmel, 3 miles and the southern tip of Lake Windermere is 4 miles with visitor attractions including Aquarium of the Lakes and Haverthwaite to Lakeside Steam Railway. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Second living room. 3 bedrooms: 1 twin (can be double), 1 single (2ft 6in for child), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two digital TVs. DVDs. iPod docking station. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Large, enclosed courtyard and furniture. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Garth

    Great Salkeld near Penrith

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC132180
    Situated in a peaceful location, this holiday property makes an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. The area offers a tremendous amount to occupy guests, with golf courses, sailing, horse riding, cycling amongst many other adventurous activities available locally. For those with young children, there are also a number of great days out on the doorstep. If arts and culture are a passion, a quick glance at the surroundings will see exactly why the region has inspired so many artists, writers and craftsmen. Great Salkeld is a picture-postcard village with red sandstone cottages, clustered by the village church. The village inn, just 200 yards away serves local real ale. The property is part of Wetheral Cottages, which is surrounded by well-maintained gardens that lead to a small paddock adjacent to the cottage, which is great space for play or adventure within the grounds. The village playground, 100 yards away, offers swings, junior assault course as well as hard and grassed areas for ball games.
    Garth can be booked with High Croft (CC132181), Windale (CC132182), Mickledale (CC132183) and Langriggs (CC132184) to accommodate larger parties of up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 4: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • 2 Fairview Terrace

    Ambleside

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: CC123219
    Set in a conservation area at the top of the fondly named ’Peggy Hill’, 2 Fairview Terrace is a traditional Lakeland cottage built around 1630 and the former shippen to a cluster of ancient buildings. A mere 2 minute stroll from the very heart of Ambleside, the location is perfect for enjoying walks from the door to Loughrigg Fell and the more challenging Fairfield range or perhaps a gentle stroll to Waterhead for a host of waterborne activities including rowing boats and the famous Windermere Lake Steamers.
    2 Fairfield Terrace is perfectly positioned for sampling the many delights that the popular village of Ambleside has to offer. This comfortable and homely cottage, enjoys fine fell views from most windows and is ideal for a family holiday at any time of the year. With four good bedrooms and two bathrooms and set out across three floors, 2 Fairview Terrace offers a good degree of privacy for its guests. Blessed with an open fireplace, dressed with local green slate, this feature is perfect for gathering around in the winter evenings and recalling the day’s events with space for the family pet in front of the hearth too!

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into...
    Lounge: With open fire place (fuel available locally), TV with DVD and window seat.
    Kitchen/Dining room: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds, feature fireplace and fell views.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 3: Master double bedroom with fine fell view.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and WC.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair availableOutside: Utility houses the washer, dryer and freezer and is ideal for bike storage. Garden to front with furniture provided. Parking is for one car via permit.

  • Acorn Lodge Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC111293
    Only a handful of properties in Keswick town centre enjoy the benefit of a garden, views and private parking but Acorn Lodge Cottage has all three. Its central location means that shops, pubs and restaurants are all within two minutes walk. Derwentwater and Walla Crag are easily accessible from the doorstep. This four bedroom cottage provides spacious accommodation for up to seven people and is furnished with a mixture of new and antique furnishings and modern appliances.

    Ground Floor: Acorn Lodge Cottage has gas central heating and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With 40" Smart TV (BT TV),Blue Ray DVD player, Bose bluetooth speaker, iPod dock and open fire (fuel not provided).
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, Nespresso coffee machine and microwave.
    Shower room: With WC, basin, shower and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, gas, bed linen and towels provided. Fuel for open fire not provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi.
    Two well behaved pets are welcome but they must be kept in the kitchen only.Patio style garden with seating. (Please note the neighbours have right of access through the garden). Garage for storing bikes and parking for 1 car.

  • Summerhill Cottage

    Cartmel Fell, nr. Windermere

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: LF7

    Enjoying a very rural aspect with wonderful panoramic views, and set in ¾ acre of cottage garden this holiday home is wonderfully situated to discover the Lake District. Summerhill Cottage dates back to the 16th-century and is an idyllic, Lakeland cottage with character features around every corner. Standing detached, the property enjoys beamed ceilings, oak wooden floors, low doorways and delightful features that are dotted throughout. A large inglenook fireplace to the main, spacious living room adds an interesting mix of contemporary design, whilst the doors open out onto a patio area offering stunning views of the surrounding area towards the Lakeland Fells. The cottage is full of charm and atmosphere with cosy rooms and comfortable furnishings, and an original cast-iron range graces the farmhouse-style kitchen, which leads into the entrance/breakfast room. The local area gives access to splendid walks, and one that must be experienced includes wonderful views as Lake Windermere (2 miles) is approached. Alternatively, a 15-minute drive leads into the heart of the bustling towns of both Windermere and Kendal, where many of the local attractions can be enjoyed. Summerhill Cottage makes a superb central base for exploring the Lake District, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Two steps to entrance. Spacious sitting room with wood-burning stove, oak wooden floor and underfloor heating. Living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace and oak wooden floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen with ornamental cast-iron range, butler sink and slate tiled floor. Dining room with oak wooden floor and feature fire surround. Utility. Bathroom with double Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Wooden stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms; one with four-poster bed. Further double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet (alternative access to this room via cast-iron spiral staircase from sitting room). Single bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with slipper bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. All bedrooms with original oak floor boards. Most rooms beamed and some rooms are accessed by low doorways.

    • Wood-burning stoves - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large, shared, lawned garden with furniture
    • Patio with furniture, swing seat and fell views
    • Ample parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: Three steps down to orchard garden

  • Scarr Head Cottage

    Near Coniston

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC124100
    Situated in the most idyllic location, this beautiful detached cottage is surrounded by open countryside with enviable views from most rooms and immediate walking from the door. A perfect base for those who wish to spend their holiday exploring the surrounding and nearby fells, and to return at the end of the day to relax in front of the warmth of a cosy open fire. Large enough to accommodate family groups Scarr Head Cottage enjoys ample parking and a delightful enclosed garden. Secluded yet not isolated Coniston village is only a few miles away and there are two hotels within walking distance for a bar meal, or after a day on the fells a well deserved drink.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has been sympathetically upgraded, is heated by oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: With slate topped Shaker style units, electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and dining table.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    A passageway leads to...
    Lounge: With stone flagged floor, beams, original panelling, cosy open fire in stone fireplace, easy seating, TV/DVD, video and dining table.
    Bathroom: Tiled with bath, hand basin and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, co-ordinated linen and hand basin.
    Bedroom 2: With 3/4 size bed for single occupancy and co-ordinated linens.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds, co-ordinated linen and hand basin.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and co-ordinated linen.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included (logs not supplied). Cot available. Enclosed garden. Ample private parking. Families only.

  • Fir Trees

    Bowness-on-Windermere

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 28633

    A spacious and contemporary holiday home situated next to Windermere Marina, ideal for guests who are boating enthusiasts wishing to launch their own boat in the marina. The detached property has its own private garden situated next to the marina. Fir Trees offers the perfect location for the South Lakes, a short walk along the lake shore using the track known as Cockshot Point will lead guests to the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windemere, with its many shops, pubs and fine restaurants right on the doorstep. Visit the Beatrix Potter museum, or take a leisurely cruise on Lake Windermere. It is just a short drive to the towns of Windermere, Grasmere and Ambleside; visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, explore Grizedale Forest with its Go Ape high wire adventure course, or take the ferry over to Hawkshead and visit Hilltop Farm near Sawrey where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her stories. Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall and Levens Hall are all within easy reach. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton is a wonderful day out for all the family, as is the Aquarium of the Lakes at Lakeside and Muncaster Castle with its extensive gardens. There are excellent walks locally with stunning views, as well as cycling and pony trekking. Guests will be spoilt for choice by the range of places and attractions to see and visit in this wonderful location. Windermere Marina boasts a fantastic leisure complex, restaurant and bar, and is only a short distance from the car ferry, which crosses Lake Windermere to Hawkshead. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Derby Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC123106
    Derby Cottage forms part of a terrace of similar and substantial stone built three storey properties in the very heart of Ambleside. Situated as it is, the shops, amenities and restaurants are quite literally a stones throw away from the cottage, making Derby Cottage ideally situated for those who wish to enjoy the facilities of Ambleside. There are also ample local walks that can be taken from the doorstep and the southern shores of Windermere can be reached quite easily by foot.

    Ground Floor: Derby Cottage is heated by Gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, TV, video and DVD.
    Kitchen: Farmhouse kitchen equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bedroom 2: Double bedroom.
    Bedroom 3: Single bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

    Second Floor: A narrow staircase leads to second floor with:
    Bedroom 4:Twin bedroom. 
    Bathroom: With bath with shower over, wash basin and WC.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi access available.Enclosed rear paved area with garden furniture and mountain bike store. Parking permit for one car provided for nearby car park (on street parking by way of  blue disc parking available from local shops in Ambleside only for an hour. Blue disc parking arrangements is only valid for Ambleside only).

  • Waingap

    Crook, nr. Kendal

    Grade
    7
    4
    3
    3
    Ref: 19355

    Set in beautiful walking country near the Dales Way with stupendous views towards Morecambe Bay

    This charming, detached holiday home surrounded by its own land enjoys stupendous views towards Morecambe Bay. Set in beautiful walking country near the Dales Way, the footpaths, bridleways and walled lanes provide walks directly from the house. Centrally placed for touring, with many historic buildings close at hand including Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall and Gardens, Holker Hall and Motor Museum, plus the 12th century priory at Cartmel. Lake Windermere, surrounded by exciting visitor attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes, Lakeside to Haverthwaite Steam Railway and the Brockhole Visitor Centre, plus the towns of Bowness and Windermere are all within 20-30 minutes’ drive. The market town of Kendal (6 miles) has a castle, leisure centre, riverside walks and excellent variety of shops and restaurants. The high fells of Central Lakeland and the beautiful lakes of Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwent Water can be reached in about 40 minutes for climbing and scrambling or simply to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

    Lower ground floor: Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen with slate floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden. Drops in grounds.

  • Hole House Farm Cottages - Garden Cottage

    Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: NP81

    Ideal touring location

    Situated ½ mile from the shores of Lake Ullswater in superb surroundings. This working farm borders the River Eamont and is close to the craggy peaks of the lakeland fells. Fells nearby include the High Street range, 1 mile, and Helvellyn, 8 miles. Penrith, 6 miles. Windermere, 13 miles. Access is via a small, private holiday park under the same ownership. Good location for peace and quiet yet only 1/4 mile walk to Pooley Bridge with shops, pubs, cafes and steamer trips. Young children’s play area and small football pitch nearby. NP81 is adjacent to the owners quiet seasonal holiday park with no letting or sub letting.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Drying area. 1 twin bedroom. Two steps up to living room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Seven steps to 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 single bedroom.

    Oil central heating included. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with elevated patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (available September-May, initial fuel included). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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