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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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  • Turner’s Cottage

    near Coniston

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    Ref: CC124183
    Just three miles south of Coniston Water, near Lowick, Turner’s Cottage, once part of the local bobbin mill is in an ideal location for discovering the delights of this beautiful part of Lakeland. The cottage sits close to the River Crake, frequented by fishermen and canoeists alike, perfect for a late afternoon stroll. Turner’s Cottage has a number of exposed beams throughout, the open fire completing the homely feel. The property is well equipped for self catering with a well equipped kitchen, the property also ticking the boxes in terms of a romantic break with the contemporary four poster bed and luxurious double ended roll top bath, just the place to wind down after a hard day on the fells.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
     Entrance into...
    Lounge: With open fire (coal provided and logs available locally), TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, induction hob (as this generates a magnetic field users of electrical medical devises should seek advise before booking), microwave, fridge with small freezer box and washer/dryer.
    Stable door to rear garden.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With four poster bed with river views.
    Bathroom: With free standing double ended roll top bath with hand held shower attachment, wash basin and WC.

    All electric, coal and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available as property not suitable.Named parking for one car to the rear. Enclosed courtyard garden with seating provided.

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  • Borrowdale Cottage

    North Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: LLS

    A pretty single-storey cottage, in an idyllic setting high in the fells above Brough. Adjacent to a stone-built barn (another holiday cottage) and adjoining the owners’ home, where llamas graze in the adjacent paddock, the detached holiday property has been renovated to a high standard, with exposed beams and stone flagged floors. There is a large private hot tub situated in the rear garden with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Splendid walking in the area and a good touring base for the Lakes, Dales and Eden Valley. Only ¾ mile to the A66. Restaurant, shops and coarse fishing at Brough, 3 miles. Kirkby Stephen, 7 miles.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Small well-fitted kitchen. Two steps from hall to double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Open fire - logs included. Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. Private hot tub. No smoking. NB: Beck outside garden .

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  • Stable Yard @ High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
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    Ref: CC118216
    High House Farm is situated in Watermillock, one mile above Ullswater, an idyllic situation surrounded by open fields and with lovely views from the grounds. No longer a working farm, the owner has converted some of the traditional stone buildings into four superb quality self catering cottages. Each cottage is private, not overlooking each other, and all provide ground floor accommodation, oozing quality and character with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings and excellent en suite facilities. They are perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with secure storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only one mile from the lake, with walks from the door step, including Aira Force where you can enjoy stunning views to Ullswater along the way. There is a shop at a neighbouring camp site, a pub within one mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes High House Farm accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: Open plan Living Area/Kitchen/Diner
    Living Room: With 32" LCD TV with Sky, DVD and CD radio.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave. Access to a freezer.
    Bedroom 1; With super king size bed which can be split into two singles (please request when booking) and en-suite with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heating, fuel, bed linen and towels included.. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Seating area with table and chairs. Ample parking for cars and boats. Visit Britain gold awarded property.

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  • Leatheswater

    Thirlmere near Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: LXB
    Close to the shores of Thirlmere reservoir and nestling at the foot of the magnificent Helvellyn, this first floor holiday apartment forms part of an elegant country house hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it enjoys stunning views of beautifully landscaped, mature gardens and the lake, and has been designed and furnished to a very high standard. Within the Lake District National Park are Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Shepherd’s Crag, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum and Hardknott Castle. Good walking abounds with gentle lakeside walks and more strenuous walks - notably Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Lake Windermere offers boat trips and good shops; Keswick (6 miles) has tennis, riding, golf and fishing; sailing on Lake Bassenthwaite.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Satellite TV, video and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Telephone (at cost). Hotel laundry service (at cost). Shared drying room. Large shared garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Lake fishing available (permit required). Shared drying room (for boots etc). Natural spring water supply. NB: Lake, with walk, 33 yards from property.

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  • Grooms Cottage

    Long Marton, near Appleby

    Grade
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    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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  • The Retreat

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC127234
    The Retreat is simply that, a rather special place to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries whilst spending quality time with your loved one. Set in a quiet backwater just off Windermere village, many good walks can be enjoyed directly from the door and a super selection of restaurants, bars and shops are all on hand for you to sample during your stay. Windermere is well served by public transport, the train station being a short walk from the apartment and Stagecoach Bus Company providing an excellent service throughout South Lakeland.
    This first floor apartment will appeal to those wishing to enjoy quality accommodation in a convenient, village location. The owners have thoughtfully presented The Retreat with solid furnishings and well co-ordinated fabrics and accessories which blend effortlessly against a neutral background resulting in a most stylish and comfortable haven for two. The dining hall is just the spot to sit and read the morning paper, plan the day’s walk on your ordnance survey map or listen to your holiday soundtrack via the i-Pod dock

    First Floor: The Retreat offers accommodation all on one level, has modern night storage heating and comprises:
    Dining hall: with comfy seating, dining suite, i-Pod dock with CD/DAB radio.
    Through to...
    Lounge: With sofa and tub chairs, digital flat screen TV and DVD player.
    Neat kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with solid wooden bed and matching furnishings.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Free Wi-Fi available.Parking area. Permit provided for one car for use on nearby roads.

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  • Meregarth

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC127212
    This cosy cottage style bungalow sits in a small row of similar properties in the grounds of the former Priory Hotel, a 15 minute walk into the nearby town of Windermere, and a half hour to Bowness (a little more via the National Trust path through Miller Ground). The cottage enjoys wonderful views across Lake Windermere: enjoy your morning coffee looking down as the mist clears above the tranquil water; relax with your evening meal watching the sun set over distant Wetherlam.  The cottage shares well maintained grounds and direct access down a leafy lane to the lakeshore; here you can sit by the water and watch the swans and steamers go by.
    Meregarth offers stylish and comfortable accommodation, all on one level, and is the perfect retreat for a couple, whatever time of year you choose to visit the Lakes. Although the open plan layout of the kitchen, dining and living area make this property ideal for self catering, guests may well be tempted by the wide range of restaurants and bars in Windermere and Bowness. Walk up to Windermere for an evening meal and the return to the cottage is a gentle stroll, downhill all the way.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge area: With stove effect electric fire and 43" Smart TV.
    Kitchen: With electric fan oven and hob, microwave and fridge whilst the dining table is well placed for taking in the stunning view across Windermere.
    Bedroom 1: With cast iron king size bedstead, wall mounted 32" TV with integrated DVD player and a useful dressing room.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available. Wi-fi access availableShared grounds with bench seating provided. Parking for two cars at the bottom of the hill with permission to unload at the top of the drive on arrival.

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  • The Studio

    Hutton John, nr. Ullswater

    Grade
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    Ref: 25704

    Just two miles from Ullswater, arguably England’s most beautiful lake, this attractively converted studio adjoins the owner’s home and is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Sparket Mill. Cosy and compact this semi-detached holiday home is ideal for a romantic break and exploring the Lakes by foot, car or bicycle. The studio overlooks a shared terrace garden with a stream and enjoys an abundance of wildlife, including red squirrels. Other attractions include a cruise on Ullswater, visiting historic houses and castles, a feast of local shows, farmer’s markets and open gardens, plus tickets for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick (14 miles) can be arranged. Cooked meals on request. Shop 21/2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with low ceiling.

    Electric woodburner included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer on request. Wi-fi. Shared terrace garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden (3 metres).

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  • Willow Retreat

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123298
    Set above the popular village of Ambleside and close to the spectacular 70-foot Stock Ghyll Force waterfalls, Willow Retreat is an ideal getaway for couples. With plenty to do in the area, from walking on the fells right from the door to nearby sailing, paintballing, mountain biking, climbing and range of places with famous literary connections to explore, you’ll never be bored. A pleasant stroll down the River Rothay and past the famous Bridge House leads you into Ambleside where you will find a whole host of quality independent shops, galleries, good pubs serving award-winning local ales, restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes. When you want a bit of relaxation time, Willow Retreat is a cosy, quiet and comfortable base. Finished to a very good standard, the ground floor apartment has open plan living with a cosy sitting area, dining area and well-equipped kitchen so you can chat through your plans for your holiday while one of you cooks and the other sets up the night’s DVD watching. When you can’t resist the call of sleep any more, after a day packed with activities, you can enjoy the large, stylish bedroom with sumptuous bedding adorning the kingsize bed where you’ll dream of the next day’s fun!Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.
    This property can be booked together with Oaks Retreat (CC123237) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor
    Open plan living space.
    Living Room: With Smart Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With gas cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower, toilet, heated towel rail and washer/dryer.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Allt Maen

    Lowick Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: E3266

    In the glorious landscape of the Lake District National Park, and ideally located for enjoying water sports or fell walking and climbing, these two spacious and comfortable properties have been created from the conversion of an 18th century barn. Allt Maen, its name derived from the Celtic ‘Old Man of Coniston’, a mountain visible from the properties, is on the first floor and Wetherlam occupies the ground floor. Coniston Water is just 2 miles, Windermere 8 miles, Blawith Fells are a short drive and Grizedale Forest tracks invite mountain bikers, whilst nearby stately homes and gardens offer more sedate pleasures. Shops are 3 miles away and a friendly pub (dogs welcome) is a short stroll.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with beams, shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel £5 per basket). No smoking.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • The Old Coach House

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123254
    Situated in the small hamlet of Clappersgate, just a mile from the popular village of Ambleside, The Old Coach House is the perfect choice for a couple looking for that rather special bolt hole, away from the hustle and bustle and somewhere to relax and spend some precious time together. The level walk into the village is a pleasant 15 minute stroll. Ambleside is well stocked with shops, bars and restaurants as well as interesting attractions and activities for all ages.
    Beautifully presented to offer stylish and up to the minute facilities, this cottage style apartment has been thoughtfully created from an ancient former stable block and coach house. Quality fittings have been perfectly married with well chosen decor and accessories to create an eclectic mix of character and charm. It has the advantage of private, off road parking as well as a private patio and direct access to the foot of Loughrigg Fell. The Old Coach House comprises of access to a shared garden on the banks of the River Rothay, across the road from the cottage, ideal for romantic picnics at the water’s edge

    Ground Floor: The Old Coach House has night storage heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living space with...
    Lounge area: with comfy leather corner suite arranged around the wall mounted electric fireplace and TV DVD.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine and fridge with small ice box.
    Bathroom: with travertine tiles, shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Elegant with ornate wrought iron four poster bed and co-ordinating décor and furnishings. There is also a charming dressing room with chaise-longue.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry, no travel cot available.Outside: private parking for one car. Small patio with furniture provided. Shared communal gardens and river frontage across the road.

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  • Overbeck Cottage

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123247
    Just 500 yards from the centre of vibrant Ambleside, Overbeck Cottage is one of two small cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge, a property of immense charm and character in a unique location on the banks of the River Rothay which flows through the grounds of the property before running into Lake Windermere.  Within a level stroll from the cottage you will find a host of restaurants and activities to suit all ages. Ambleside is well served with numerous attractions including two cinemas, the Armitt Museum depicting the life and times of the village, tennis courts, bowling green and even an indoor climbing wall. Overbeck Cottage is a four star, quality self catering cottage offering great character and charm for two occupants, the perfect choice for a romantic break at any time of the year. The cottage offers mesmerising views of the riverbank from all rooms, across the lush green garden areas and beyond to Loughrigg Fell, very tempting to the walkers among you! Overbeck Cottage has a outdoor patio overlooking the river and a spacious car park just across the private foot bridge from the property.The property is within a few metres of the River Rothay (which flows through the garden) where fishing is available:Type of fishing: limited fly fishing. Locals tend to use worm or spinner.Type of fish: The river holds brown trout. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up. Chub and roach are possible but unlikely.Licence: An Environmental Agency rod licence is required. These are available online www.postoffice.co.uk. The stretch of water is outside of WADAA control hence no additional licence is required. Months: 15th March – 30th September. Closed season is 1st October to 14th March. Additional details about this can be found at www.lakedistrictfishing.net.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with...
    Kitchen: With fridge, 4* freezer, electric oven, induction hob and microwave. Door to patio overlooking river.
    Lounge: With feature electric firesuite, Freeview TV and blu-ray player. The dining table is strategically placed to take in the wonderful view of the river and grounds from the Juliette balcony

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: King size bed, hairdryer and clock radio alarm.
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, wash basin and WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot or high chair available, as the property is not suitable for babies or children, couples only will be accepted.  Free wi-fi internet access provided.Outside: Private off road parking. The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge. You can pull up on the roadside if you wish to unload directly outside the property. Patio area with seating. Shared garden area

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