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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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  • Orchard Cottage

    Westward, nr. Caldbeck

    Grade
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    Ref: 26367

    Converted from a former barn, this pair of holiday cottages adjoins the owner’s home. Contemporary in style yet retaining some of the original features, the properties stand to the side of the B5305 and allow good road access to the Lake District National Park, The Solway Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland. It has something for everyone; history, art galleries, bird watching, outdoor pursuits, foot and cycle paths, a busy calendar of events with festivals, craft fairs, farmer’s markets and traditional agricultural shows. Relax and enjoy driving through the spectacular scenery and stop off at one of the attractive villages to sample the local food and hospitality. Caldbeck Common and the village of Caldbeck (4 miles) offer a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The historic city of Carlisle (10 miles) is just south of Scotland. Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lakeland town of Keswick (19 miles) offer further attractions to enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: Living room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor.

    Washer/dryer. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating included (£25per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared field. Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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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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  • Scafell Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W41228

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

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  • River View Cottage

    Bowston near Staveley

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129118
    Peacefully situated by the banks of the River Kent, overlooking the beautiful Lake District countryside. River View Cottage is detached and set in a small gathering of similar cottages, close to the award winning and prestigious ’Cowan Head’. This traditional 18th Century cottage enjoys a wealth of character complete with exposed beams. Just 10 minutes from Windermere the cottage nestles at the foot of the Kentmere Valley, where many excellent walks can be explored straight from your doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating, double glazing and comprises:
    Entrance hall.
    Lounge/diner: Cosy with beamed ceiling, deep recessed windows, wood burning stove (logs not supplied), TV, DVD player, CD/i-Pod dock/Hi-Fi, deep cushioned furnishings and a dining table and chairs for four.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom: Pretty double bedroom with vaulted ceiling and exposed cruick beams and the windows overlook the river to the countryside.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.
    Drying room: With tubular heaters.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included.Private parking for 1 car. This property does not accept pets, but is not pet free.

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  • The Old School

    Winton, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: 27721


    This charming conversion of a former village school sits on the edge of the green in the pretty Cumbrian village of Winton, in the beautiful Eden Valley. Elegantly furnished and thoughtfully equipped, this characterful property is an ideal rural retreat. A bustling and popular country pub lies directly across the green and the ancient market town of Kirkby Stephen is just one mile away, with its selection of shops, pubs and cafes. The local area provides excellent walking and cycling, with golf and fishing also available nearby. The spectacular scenery of the Howgill Fells lies immediately to the south and the property is on the south-western fringe of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk passes through Kirkby Stephen, which also has a station on the scenic Settle-Carlisle railway line. National cycle routes pass through the village. The property is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with historic Carlisle, the Borders and Hadrian’s Wall also within easy travelling distance. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 20 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Step to living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children.

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  • Milking Parlour

    Alston

    Grade
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    Ref: 25137

    Ideal location for exploring

    Converted from the old milking parlour this single-storey cottage has been comfortably furnished to provide a delightful holiday home just for two. Situated alongside Mark Close Farmhouse (Ref: 13314) it stands on the outskirts of the market town of Alston in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North Pennines. It is ideally located for exploring Cumbria’s Lake District, Northumberland and the border of Scotland including Hadrian’s Wall. Whichever direction you travel you will be astounded by the magnificent views. Excellent walking and Coast to Coast cycle route runs through Alston. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity included, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Cleugh Head Farm - The Byre

    Hadrian’s Wall

    Grade
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    Ref: CC133156
    The Byre at Cleugh Head Farm was converted into a self catering cottage suitable for guests with mobility problems, though of course it is equally suitable for the able bodied. The accommodation is wheelchair accessible and on the ground floor, there is a wet room with disabled adaptations and the beds can be electronically adjusted (one bed only is accessible by wheelchair). The cottage is full of character, with feature stone walls and oak beams and furnishings and equipment are very good quality. The open plan living area has stone flagged floors and a modern well equipped kitchen. It is situated in a beautiful rural location, on a small farm and race horse establishment, east of Brampton and very close to Hadrian’s Wall.This property can be booked with Primrose Cottage (133130) and Holly Cottage (133142) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open Plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With feature fireplace with electric stove, leather suite, TV and DVD.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. Access to a shared freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With electrically adjustable twin beds (which can convert to a super king please advise on booking), TV and en-suite wetroom with shower, WC, wash basin and suction grab rails.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Forecourt with seating and parking for one car. Wheelchair access. This property has a private water supply.There is a stream within the grounds of the property. Extra care should be taken

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  • The Den

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128236
    Location, location, location (swimming pool and spa access included)! Within a stone’s throw of the famous shores of Lake Windermere, this apartment is set within a characterful 400-year-old building and is situated on the charming, well-known cobbled pedestrian street in the heart of Bowness on Windermere amidst a fabulous mix of quaint village shops, romantic restaurants, fine wine bars and cosmopolitan coffee houses. The Den offers couples the ideal location to enjoy the delights of the village centre, literally on the doorstep. It has been most comfortably furnished and well equipped, and has a cosy open fire. There is the benefit of a complimentary four star spa and swimming pool access just a short stroll from the apartment.
    The Den can be booked with Admirals Nest (CC128181) to accommodate up to six guests. Shops, pub and restaurant 50 yards

    First Floor: The property has 22 steps to entrance, is all on one floor.
    Living/dining area: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and Playstation 4.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, heated towel rail and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating,l electricity and bed linen included. Fuel for open fire available locally. Travel cot and highchair. Shared enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking.
    There is a drop from the patio area to the garden below. Extra care to be taken.There are large, horizontal gaps between the railings on the external steps which are open tread.

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  • Tulip Cottage

    Low Jock Scar near Kendal

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129286
    Just five miles to the North of the medieval market town of Kendal sits Low Jock Scar, a beautiful country house and estate on the banks of Bannisdale Beck and set in several acres of woodland. Guests at Tulip Cottage are welcome to meander through the colourful grounds and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the location, the site often frequented by a wide variety of birds including woodpeckers and pheasant. The location is perfect for exploring both the Lakes and Dales as Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy rich by car. 
    And if you can steal yourselves away from the gardens, Tulip is a cosy retreat for couples, perfect for that romantic getaway at any time of year, the wood burning stove perfect for enjoying a break in the cooler months. Homely touches throughout will ensure your holiday gets off to a relaxing start and we’re certain that you’ll take home only happy memories (and lots of photos!) of your stay here at Low Jock Scar.

    Ground Floor: Property is on ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to open plan living accommodation...
    Lounge area: with comfy seating arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), digital TV and DVD.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath with grab rail, hand basin and WC.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen provided. Logs provided. Towels not provided but available to rent at £5 per set per person. Sorry, no cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: Ample parking. Shared gardens with seating and BBQ.

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  • Bleatarn Park ’On the Hadrian’s Wall Path’ - Turret

    Irthington

    Grade
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    Ref: CC133154
    If you want to be near Hadrian’s Wall then you cannot get closer than this, Bleatarn Park is situated literally on the wall with exclusive access to it, in a lovely rural setting 7 miles east of Carlisle. There are walks in either direction, west towards Carlisle or east to the Roman Fort at Birdoswald and other places of interest along the way. There are currently 3 properties available at Bleatarn Park, 2 on the ground floor which accept pets and 1 on the first floor which is ’pet free’, with a choice of 1 or 2 bedrooms. All 3 offer very good stylish accommodation, but at very affordable price. Cyclists can enjoy the quiet country lanes which extend for many miles in all directions and the central location means the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Eden valley are all within a half hour drive. Children will love a day at ’Walby Farm Park’, which is within walking distance. The nearest pub is 2 miles, or the historic city of Carlisle is 7 miles, which has great shopping and night life and places of interest. The market town of Brampton is 4 miles, with a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and there are several golf courses close by.
    Turret can be booked together with Vallum, Fortess and Centurion which are also within Bleatarn Park to accommodate larger parties.

    First Floor: Property is suitable for couples only, it is situated on the first floor, is heated by electric radiators and comprises;
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With TV, DVD, radio/ipod dock, 2 seat sofa and dining table and chairs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no space for a cot. Wi-fi internet accessOutside: Patio area with BBQ and patio furniture. Parking for 1 car. Communal drying room with washing machine, tumble drier, shared freezer, space for walking gear and storage for bikes.

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  • The Carriage House

    Watermillock-on-Ullswater

    Grade
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    Ref: LE7

    In an exceptional location with unrivalled views over Ullswater and the surrounding fells from its patio, this former carriage house stands adjacent to Wreay Mansions, an exclusive small development of homes set peacefully amidst spectacular scenery. Furnished in a contemporary style, this makes a perfect location for a romantic break. Two miles away, Pooley Bridge has shops and inns. Many beautiful walks around the lake can be enjoyed, as well as nearby Aira Force Waterfall, Helvellyn, or trips on the Ullswater steamers. A scenic drive can be taken over Kirkstone pass to Ambleside and Windermere. Shops 2 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

    Three steps up to living room with oak floor, open-plan with modern fitted kitchen/dining room with limestone flagged floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and limestone floor. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with beamed sloping ceiling.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor heating in bathroom), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Patio with furniture, LEDs lighting and lake views; further secluded sitting-out area
    • Shared lawned garden area
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Unsuitable for babies (no cot space)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in garden

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  • Riverbank Cottage

    Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: CC131162
    This unique, detached holiday home sits right on the River Eden beside an old pack horse bridge, with wonderful views across the river and farmland towards the Howgill Fells. Well presented and furnished and making good use of the available space, it is an ideal retreat for couples or a single person. You can even feed the ducks from the window! It is just a two minute walk from the interesting, traditional, small market town of Kirkby Stephen which stands on the famous Coast to Coast walk and is close to the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line, two miles away. The magnificent Eden Valley is sandwiched between the Lakes and Dales National Parks, is less well known than the Lake District and is a real delight to visit. The surrounding countryside offers spectacular views and numerous walks of various levels and there is an excellent tourist office in the town to help plan your activities. The closest lake is Ullswater, 25 miles, which is regarded as the most romantic of the lakes. There is a regular boat service running up and down the lake with stop offs for those wishing to walk part way. There are plenty of water sports available along with terrific walking and cycling. A drive along the lakeside runs over Kirkstone Pass and down into Windermere and Ambleside, a scenic drive not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric underfloor central heating, electric wall heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom/lounge area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards.

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