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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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  • Squirrels

    Neaum Crag, Skelwith Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: LZB

    Overlooking a small tarn with views towards the Langdale Valley, this tastefully furnished, ground floor holiday apartment has a well-appointed patio, tempting visitors to sit out by the tarn and drink in the peaceful surroundings. Forming part of a complex, gentle strolls may be enjoyed in the
    2½ acres of shared woodland with tarn, whilst an inviting shared indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi and sauna augment the already fine facilities. Enveloped by superb scenery, it is set in an excellent central location for walking, touring and participating in water sports. Ambleside 3 miles. Windermere 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with electric fire, kitchen area and patio doors to sitting-out area overlooking tarn. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH and bed linen included
    • Towel hire £2.00per person
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • No garden – small sitting-out area
    • Shared 2½-acre unspoilt woodland
    • Parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (open 2nd March–16th November) with Jacuzzi and sauna
    • No smoking
    • NB: Tarn in woodland

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  • Rampsbeck Lodge

    Ullswater

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: E2116

    This charmingly furnished property (shown bottom right with patio doors) enjoys a wonderful lakeside setting in 2 acres of beautiful gardens which sweep down to the shores of Lake Ullswater, with breathtaking views. The double bedroom has a coronet draped bed and a romantic concealed ceiling light over the bath. Adjoining the owners’ home, visitors enjoy use of the private lake frontage with a jetty for launching a small boat and fishing. Windsurfing, sailing, golf, walking and pony trekking are available locally. Pooley Bridge, 1.5 miles, has shops, tea rooms and inns, and there is a restaurant within walking distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower over corner bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Laundry service available. Freezer (in garage). Internet connection. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking for cars and boats. Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced lake in garden.

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  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123290
    High up on Kirkstone overlooking Ambleside in the tranquil Stockghyll Valley, The Nest sits on a 2700 acre traditional working Lakeland farm estate. Originally the old horse carriage house, The Nest provides comfortable and cosy accommodation in the form of a one bedroomed annexe. A bird watchers haven where Buzzards fly above the neighbouring farmland and where Highland Cattle, Herdwick sheep and other rare breeds graze and wander freely. The elevation provides magnificent Lakeland views in every direction and the rurality provides darks skies for amazing star gazing. An ideal base for fell walking, cycling or just chilling out. The Nest is accessed by a steep track which is not tarmacked but is well worth the adventure, a true ’getaway from it all’ retreat.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), Hazel Cottage (CC123280) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Living area: With electric wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley style with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small shared courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. Access via a rough track.

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  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123208
    Archway Cottage is a very special love nest for two, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the older conservation area of the village, yet only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Ambleside. This popular village is the perfect choice for the first time and returning visitor and has an excellent selection of shops, bars and award wining restaurants and traditional pubs serving speciality beers, home cooked fayre and with the occasional live music in the evenings. Walks for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door onto the slopes of Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    This unique property has been thoughtfully designed to make best use of the space available and picturesque setting, the result being a contemporary and quality holiday home with a wealth of interesting features, beautifully dressed with stylish fabrics and accessories. Much thought has been taken in creating exposed oak woodwork to compliment the original trusses, a bespoke fireside seat beside the wood burning stove for two and a stunning, romantic mezzanine bedroom area with glass and stainless finish, created by local craftsmen, vaulted ceiling and huge beams. Glimpses of the local fell ranges can be had from the living area, sufficiently tempting for those walkers among you across to Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe and, guests can simply park up for the week and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of Lakeland ’au pied’ or by bicycle, storage available for your wheels.
    Comments From The Visitor’s Book
    Zoe & Matt ‘We had an awesome time at archway cottage .It’s been perfect & just what we needed ‘
    Lucinda –Suffolk ‘Nicely decorated, excellent position and has wonderful views’
    Gareth & Mona ‘Cottage great –a fine recluse, the living area has everything a couple needs and the kitchen more than capable’
    Helen & Ben- Manchester ‘An ideal base to explore the area ,a cosy place to come back to after long walks ‘
    Debbie & Barry –Kent ‘Very cosy with log fires, I just love the little wooden hearts everywhere-very apt for being a love nest’
    Kym & Jono ‘The cottage was what we expected, very well finished and of good quality’
    Karen & Andy ‘Liked the quirky cottage enjoyed the views and appreciated it being so near the town centre’
    Mark & Steph ‘Property converted to an immaculate standard-quality of woodwork and fittings is excellent-loved it’

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Wet Room: With shower area, wash basin and WC

    First Floor: Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Dining/Lounge: With wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
    Narrow stairs to....
    Mezzanine Floor: Double bedroom area with oak floor and exposed beams
    External drying and store room with freezer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot availableParking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park. Separate bike shed.

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  • Wreaks End Farm - Thorn Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 19529

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

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

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

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

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  • High Park

    Loweswater, Cockermouth

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: LD8

    In the Buttermere Valley, peacefully located at the end of a leafy country lane, this charming Grade II listed barn, part of an 18th-century fell farm, has an idyllic setting with stunning views across Crummock Water to the Grasmoor range of fells. The property shares a courtyard with the adjoining farmhouse and has a secluded garden with patio. Situated only ½ mile from Loweswater village, there are many beautiful walks direct from Highpark, from a gentle lake stroll to the more challenging Melbreak Fell. Wildlife is abundant with falcons, nightingales and red squirrels. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile (featured in ’Good Pub Guide’).

    Entrance hall with slate floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Open-tread, oak stairs to first floor: Spacious beamed, open-plan living/dining/modern fitted well-equipped kitchen area with log fire, lake views and oak floor.

    • Log fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full NSH included (November £30per week)
    • TV (no reception)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Two-ring gas hob
    • Full electric cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming calls only
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • No children except babies in arms

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  • The Pump House

    Appleby

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: LQ2

    Relax, unwind and indulge in this unique, romantic converted pump house which stands in an idyllic position on the banks of the River Eden. Delightfully decorated, this appealing, detached holiday home overlooks the river, cricket pitch and church. Centrally located in the beautiful Eden Valley, between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two national parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities. Shop 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Beamed open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, lantern roof, French window with river views, wooden floor and kitchen area.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full ‘Economy 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small freezer
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Roadside parking, 20 yards
    • Chocolates and champagne by arrangement with owner
    • No smoking
    • No children except babes in arms
    • NB: River 5 yards

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  • The Joinery

    Gilsland, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 27790

    Adjoining the main farmhouse, this holiday home, converted from an old joinery, is set on a family-run livestock farm. Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian’s Wall is 2 miles and the cottage is centrally located for exploring the Lake District, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. Attractions include Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, Rheged and a calendar of country shows and farmer’s markets. There are excellent walking and cycling routes throughout the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to galleried double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer (in external utility room). Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling and grazing facilities available by arrangement with owner. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • The Dove Cot

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: CC123163
    Set in Clappersgate, within a small complex of properties, just off the road between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge, Clappersgate is at the entrance to the Langdale Valley and literally on the doorstep of some of the most wonderful walking opportunities in the whole of the National Park.
    Refurbished to a very high standard and with great attention to details, the Dove Cot has been transformed into a super holiday home with well chosen accessories which compliment the original, characterful features.

    The Dove Cot can be booked together with Halfway House (123145) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    Ground Floor: The Dove Cot has oil fired central heating comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Open plan with ornamental fireplace, TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bathroom: Luxury bathroom with round Jacuzzi bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with king size bed and romantic lighting.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included.Outside laundry available in stable block with washing machine, tumble dryer and ample storage for bikes, canoes or small boats. Decked patio area with seating. Parking for one vehicle is available. Sorry, this property is not suitable for babies or children.

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  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Bowston near Staveley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129264
    Kingfisher Cottage is one of a handful of cottages fronting the River Kent at Cowan Head, near Bowston, a peaceful location from where easy access can be had to the more popular tourist resorts of Bowness and Windermere or to the medieval market town of Kendal. on the Dalesway, some wonderful walking and cycle routes can be enjoyed directly from the cottage and there are plenty of fine watering holes along the way for the odd refreshments or two.
    Comfortably furnished, this delightful property is the perfect getaway for a couple, well equipped and having a small garden area to the rear of the cottage. The outlook from the front of Kingfisher Cottage is idyllic, directly towards the mill race where you can take in the sight of ducks, geese and of course, Kingfishers and even the odd canoeist.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living area...
    Lounge: With gas fire, TV and DVD.
    Dining area:
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge with small freezer box, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Outside storage/cloakroom: With useful wash basin and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, wooden furnishings and views across the mill pond.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included.Raised rear garden with furniture provided. Private covered parking area, handy for storing bike. 1 Well behaved pet welcome.

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  • Grooms Cottage

    Long Marton, near Appleby

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E1946

    Set in the delightful Eden Valley, this charming, stone built cottage offers accommodation of great character with a cosy beamed interior. In a quiet village location, the cottage is just 3 miles from the market town of Appleby, which comes alive every June with its famous gypsy horse fair. Here there are some lovely shops and excellent inns and restaurants. The Eden Valley area, popular with walkers and ornithologists, also offers mountain biking, pony trekking, tennis, riding and golf. The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach. Shops 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    3 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
    Living area: With open fire.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With microwave.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and fuel for open fire included. Cot. Private enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Lane Foot Barn - Shepherd’s Rest

    Kendal

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: LO3

    This wonderful centuries-old barn has been carefully converted to create two character eco-friendly holiday cottages with their own patios, giving stunning views over open farm and hills. Situated on the edge of Kendal, a historic market town famous for its mint cake, the location is perfect to tour the Lake District (Windermere 9 miles) and Yorkshire Dales (Sedbergh 9 miles). Water sports or cruises on the lakes, mountain climbing in the Langdales and coastal walks on the Cumbrian Coastal Way are just a few of the many activities to be enjoyed in the area. There is a plethora of historic houses and gardens with Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall and Cartmel 12th-century priory all a short drive away. Shops 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

    One step to entrance. Beamed open plan living/dining room and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Shower room and toilet.

    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • Small courtyard with furniture

    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating from ground source heat pump, bed linen and towels included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream in owners’ grounds and covered well next to parking area

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