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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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  • The Old Coach House

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • West Vale Country House - West Vale Cottage

    Far Sawrey, nr. Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W8661

    Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, these two attractive holiday properties are set in Beatrix Potter country with several good restaurants nearby. The beautiful, single-storey holiday apartment (ref W43295) is furnished to a high standard with French doors leading to a pretty private garden with wonderful views. Adjoining the owners’ home, it benefits from a private entrance. The appealing, single-storey, detached cottage (ref W8661) has a welcoming woodburner and large French windows enabling guests to enjoy the lovely views across the surrounding countryside. The properties are located just 3½ miles from Windermere across the lake ferry, a centre for watersports and climbing enthusiasts. For the less adventurous visitor, Windermere offers a multitude of charming shops, pubs and restaurants. Just over 2 miles from Hawkshead, Tarn Hows 3 miles, Grizedale Forest 3½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Gas central heating included (£20 per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Electric car charger. No smoking.

  • Granary Cottages - The Hay Loft

    Bleatarn, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W8227

    Farm location

    Standing in rolling countryside, adjacent to the owner’s farm, these ground floor (W8226) and first floor (W8227) apartments are well equipped and furnished, providing excellent holiday accommodation for a quiet break. The farm, with marvellous views of the Pennines all around, is situated in the beautiful Eden Valley which lies within the triangle of the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, making it an ideal base for touring. Eden is an outstanding area for walking, whether you enjoy a hike on the high open fells or a gentle riverside stroll. If you cycle, you’ll love the quiet country lanes full of wild flowers and birds. There are attractions for the whole family including canoeing or a steamer trip on Ullswater (20 miles). Enjoy a ride on a restored railway high in the North Pennines or catch the Settle to Carlisle railway line (5 miles), famous for its wonderful scenery and the 24 arched Ribblehead Viaduct, The unspoilt destination will inspire and refresh you at any time of the year and a lively calendar of events throughout the year includes festivals, farmers’ markets, country and craft fairs, and traditional agricultural shows. The holiday apartments are located just 5 miles from the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen with its shops, pubs and restaurants, and the picturesque former county town of Appleby, which has a leisure centre and is 5 miles in the other direction. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 3 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer on request. Patio with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

  • Lintel Dell

    Bowness, nr. Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: 24339

    A delightfully sunny conservatory-style dining room is the focal point of this sweet garden room apartment, which is ideally situated between the lakeside towns of Windermere and Bowness. Its location is indeed the perfect base from which to tour or explore the many visitor attractions that South Lakeland has to offer. Both the lake and the railway station are approximately ½ mile away, and this is on an excellent bus route. Cafés and restaurants within easy walking distance. Golf nearby. Shops and pubs within 500 yards.

    All on lower ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining/garden room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Secret Garden

    near Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC127139
    The Secret Garden is a cottage style apartment located on the ground floor of Pinethwaite Hall. Set in woodlands reached by a private drive Secret Garden lives up to it’s name. The peace and quiet is disturbed only by a variety of wildlife including deer, squirrels, nuthatches and woodpeckers visiting the large garden. The centres of Bowness and Windermere are within easy reach and there are delightful walks direct from the doorstep to some of the best viewpoints in the area from which to enjoy the beauty of the fells and Lake Windermere.

    Ground Floor: With an open fire and night storage heating and comprising:
    Lounge/kitchen/diner: Open plan with open fire, TV with integral DVD and CD player.
    Dining/kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious double bedroom with fitted units.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, WC, under floor heating, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included. Wi-fi access availableCot available. Large garden areas with seating provided. Large covered porch with seating and plenty of storage for coats and boots. Private parking.

  • Lane Foot Barn - Shepherd’s Rest

    Kendal

    Grade
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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

  • 1 Windsor House

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC111302
    Furnished by an interior designer, using excellent quality furnishings throughout, 1 Windsor House is superbly located for couples seeking a central base with private parking and outside eating area.  This ground floor apartment is tucked away just off the town centre, seconds from George Fisher’s famous store and moments from the lively shops, restaurants and pubs of Keswick and so benefits from having all amenities on the doorstep of its tranquil location. A brief walk leads via Hope Park and its scenic gardens and golf courses, past the Theatre on the Lake to Derwentwater lakeside with its boating trips and magnificent views of the surrounding hills and mountains.

    Ground Floor: This centrally heated accommodation comprises of:
    Lounge: With LCD TV, DVD, CD radio with i-pod dock, reading material, Playstation 2 console and games, solid oak flooring, luxury leather settee, recliner and patio doors.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge and microwave.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Master bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Large walk in storage cupboard.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Internet access for browsing.Outside: small private seating area and bike lock. Parking for 1 car.

  • Old Kiln Farm Cottages - Dove Cottage

    Allonby, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
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    Ref: 12965

    Just 100 metres from a sandy beach, these two single storey cottages have been converted from a barn adjoining the owner’s 17th century farmhouse and provide charming holiday accommodation. They are set in a quiet position with views of the Scottish hills and Skiddaw and just 1 mile from the rural seaside village of Allonby and 100 metres from a sandy beach. Small boats can be launched from the beach and there is fishing available nearby. Golf and horse riding in Silloth, 5 miles. Keswick is 23 miles, and the Scottish Borders, Carlisle is 23 miles. Shops and pub 1 mile.

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

    Electric convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

  • Causey View

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC112143
    With the benefit of fell views from all rooms, a large south facing garden with sunny aspect, private parking and ample storage for bikes, canoes etc, Causey View is an excellent base for young, and older couples alike. The property has been furnished to the same high standards as the owners other property, Felltops, located next door, which can be let separately or together. Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac of similar properties on the northern edge of Keswick and within 10 minutes level walk of the town centre, this one bedroom bungalow has great facilities, including fully equipped modern kitchen and bathroom, Wi-Fi and BT sports on the TV.

    Causey View can be booked together with Felltops (CC111357) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wooden floor, electric flame effect fire, Freeview TV with BT Sports, DVD player, CD/radio and a collection of walking books, maps, games and DVDs.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Castle Farm Cottage

    Raisbeck, Lune Valley

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 14266

    Excellent walking country

    A cosy little stone holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s 17th century home, formerly a farmstead, located in the Lune Valley. The little hamlet of Raisbeck is set within a triangle which forms the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley, all of which are within 20 minutes drive over quiet country roads. Excellent walking country abounds (the coast to coast walk runs past the lane end) and there are many interesting market towns and places of interest to visit nearby. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Open stairs to living room/kitchen.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • Nutkins Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123268
    Perfectly positioned for exploring the towns and villages of the South Lakes, Nutkins Nook enjoys a quiet location, set just off the A591 close to Brockhole Visitor’s Centre where you will find beautiful Thomas Mawson designed gardens, a treetop trek and access to the shores of Lake Windermere and a host of waterborne activities.
    All on the ground floor, this charming studio apartment is very spacious for two, equipped with quality fixtures and dressed with stylish furnishings and accessories. Private parking is on hand and with a bus stop at the end of the lane, you may choose to simply park up and forget the car for the week.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Entrance into open plan living space.
    Lounge/Dining area: With TV, DVD and i-Pod docking station.
    Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom: This offers lots of storage space and two twin beds on a wooden frame with quality mattresses.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside: Off road parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Calgarth

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC127120
    Calgarth nestles in a row of similar, south facing, self catering cottages offering compact and comfortable bungalow accommodation, commanding glorious views over Lake Windermere towards Lakeland fells and is set on a grassy banking in front of an elegant former Priory Hotel. The property has a shared direct access to the lake, approached down a leafy wooded lane, which brings you right to the waters edge.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is heated by night storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With view to the lake, coal effect electric fire, TV, cottage style suite and dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and hand basin.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available. Free Wi-fi available.Communal garden, parking for 2 cars or a boat.

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