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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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  • Pear Tree Barn

    Crooklands near Kendal

    Ref: CC129266
    Pear Tree Barn is a wonderful example of a traditional detached property that has been cleverly transformed to create a beautiful, stylish holiday retreat for two. Wonderful walking can be enjoyed from the door to the river and canal, just behind the barn. Just four miles south of the aulde grey market town of Kendal and one mile from the M6 Junction 36, this neat boutique style accommodation is ideally placed for sampling the delights of the Lake District National Park or the Yorkshire Dales. Kendal, also known as Gateway to the Lakes has a super selection of shops, bars and restaurants, its cobbled streets dotted with cafes for al fresco dining or afternoon tea. Guests staying at Pear Tree Barn can take advantage of a 20% discount at the delightful Yard 46 cafe in the centre of Kendal upon production of your confirmation invoice, Pear Tree Barn really is a superb choice for couples looking for that romantic getaway and for spending precious time together in quality surroundings. Striking colours throughout of red and black have been cleverly married with quality and carefully chosen accessories to create a stylish, contemporary look. The Crooklands Hotel across the road offer bar meals and an a la carte menu in their new glass roofed ’Jules’ restaurant so you won’t even need a taxi home at the end of the night. Perfect!

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Kitchen: With black Bosch appliances of fridge, freezer, wine fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer, combination microwave and ceramic hob.
    Lounge: With red leather seating, flat screen TV with DVD and electric fire.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot available. Wi-Fi internet access available.Outside: Parking for 1 car. Patio with furniture provided. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • The Snug


    Ref: CC129323
    The Snug sits in a short terrace just a couple of doors down from The Pig and Whistle, a traditional country pub and right in the heart of Cartmel. A level walk round the corner in to the village square brings you to a further selection of traditional pubs, some wonderful, award winning restaurants and of course, the famous sticky toffee pudding shop. The famous Cartmel Racecourse which holds several meetings throughout the year is only half a mile out of the village, this is certainly worth a visit on a race day. You are very close to the Lakes which offers some amazing walks. This holiday home offer an ideal base for visiting Windermere, Kendal and Grange Over Sands as they are all close by.

    Just a couple of doors down from the Pig & Whistle pub, The Snug is ideal for those wishing to cater for themselves and there are plenty of superb eating places in Cartmel to satisfy even the most educated palate. The cottage is delightfully presented in keeping with the style of the building. The perfect place for a break in or out of season, The Snug is somewhere to relax and enjoy happy times together.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Beamed with open fire and Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric cooker, hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Initial supply of fuel for open fire provided. Wi-FiSorry, this property is unsuitable for children.

  • Easedale House Apartments - Siskin


    Ref: CC112146
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Siskin is a ground floor, one bed apartment with open plan living, dining and kitchen area flooded with light from the very large bay window. The owners have carefully retained the character of the building with this apartment, including a feature electric fireplace, while updating it with an en-suite which includes a walk in double head shower and quality furnishings throughout.

    Siskin can be booked together with Kingfisher (CC112145), Egret (CC112147), Curlew (CC112148), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with feature fireplace, Freeview TV and a large bay window.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: Open to living area with king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer on first floor. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

  • The Lodge


    Ref: CC123238
    This beautifully presented bungalow sits at the north end of Ambleside on Rydal Road, just a short level walk from the centre of town where you will find a glorious mix of shops, bars and restaurants and a host of activities. By day, visitors of all ages and abilities take to the surrounding fell ranges or head down to the water’s edge at Waterhead and when nights falls, Ambleside takes on a rather different feel with a variety of low key entertainment on hand, the village having two cinemas, an indoor climbing wall open until 10pm and a good selection of traditional pubs, many offering quiz nights and live music throughout the year.
    The stylish accommodation here at The Lodge has been thoughtfully prepared to provide a very special haven where you and your loved one can relax, unwind and enjoy quality time together. The well tended, south facing garden is awash with colour in the spring and the perfect spot to sit and take in some fresh air and sunshine when our Lakeland weather will allow. Car owners of all makes and models will be pleased to learn that the garage is spacious and secure, perfect for those guests with classic or new vehicles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: With deep cushioned leather sofa arranged around the TV with DVD and gas fireplace.
    Dining area: Just off the...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed, walk in wardrobe and en-suite luxury shower room with shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot.Sunny, south facing garden with furniture provided. Private off road parking with garage. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Grooms Cottage

    Troutbeck Bridge

    Ref: CC126101
    Situated in Troutbeck Bridge and enjoying stunning views towards the famous Langdale Pikes this character cottage is ideal for honeymoon couples. Converted from an original school house and finished to a high standard with attention to detail including the use of church pews, possibly from the converted Chapel close by. Centrally situated and handy for both Windermere and Ambleside, yet perched in a peaceful setting with Troutbeck Valley on the doorstep. The exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, stripped and polished floors with magnificent scenery, combine in Grooms Cottage to provide a memorable holiday retreat.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has a welcoming atmosphere, gas central heating and comprises:
    Cloakroom: Understairs with WC and hand basin.
    Lounge/diner: Large, bright and cosy with an array of picture windows to afford the views, open fire in stone fireplace, beams, TV, DVD, video, CD midi system and a dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The washer/dryer is neatly concealed in the hall.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With antique brass double bed, TV, polished red wood floor, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and superb views.
    Bathroom: With polished floor, sunken bath with WC and hand basin.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no babies.Outside there is an enclosed sun terrace and ample private parking. Fuel for the open fire is available locally.

  • Staveley House Apartment


    Ref: CC129134
    A superbly appointed property, recently awarded a 4* rating from Visit Britain, is a perfect base for discovering this beautiful area. It offers quality and comfort with personal touches to make you feel at home. Rooms are across one level with a small balcony off the living area with views of Kentmere Valley, and a patio at the rear. A new bathroom has recently been fitted with shower bath, thermostatic rainshower with diverter, and other quality fixtures and fittings including demisting mirror with lights and shaver sockets. The kitchen is spacious and living area welcoming with Wi-fi internet access offered at no extra charge. The property is situated in the village of Staveley at the base of the Kentmere Valley. Not only does the Dalesway run through it, but there are a myriad of winding trails for all abilities whether walking or cycling. The centre of the village boasts 3 pubs (good food available), cycle hire, artisan bakery, butchers, an award winning micro brewery with sampling room and even a cookery school. It is conveniently located between Kendal and Windermere offering much more than a village retreat.Staveley House and Staveley House Apartment can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 people, with a connecting door

    First Floor: Staveley House apartment is gas centrally heated and comprises:
    Lounge:  A light and airy room with flat screen TV, DVD, video, ipod dock, CD hifi and patio doors leading onto the balcony.
    Dining Area: Just off the kitchen for cosy dinners.
    Kitchen:  A spacious room with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and breakfast bar.

    Bathroom: Quality new bathroom with shower bath for added space, quality Mira thermostatic rainshower with diverter, generous sized wash basin, WC with economic dual flush, illuminated mirror with demisterpad and shaver sockets (110v and 230v), extractor fan and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: Double bedroom with double bed, Egyptian cotton linens and goose down duvet and pillows. (non allergenic available).

    All gas, electric and bed linen included.  Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Courtyard garden with furniture. Covered parking for bikes. On road parking. Washing machine and tumble drier in outhouse. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Silverdale Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Ref: W42983

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with patio door. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Lilac Studio

    Newton Reigny

    Ref: CC118169
    Newton Reigny is a peaceful village three miles from Penrith and with the benefit of easy access to the M6. Ullswater, the Northern Lakes and the Eden Valley are all easily accessible and the village benefits from a pub serving bar meals.
    These two characterful barn conversations (Lilac Barn property number 118168) have an interconnecting door and may be let separately or together for up to 6 people and situated in the village of Newton Reigny the Lilacs was originally a farm and the 2 cottages were the Byre and adjoining barn. More recently it was the home to Simon Bull, a well known Cumbrian artist and Lilac Studio was where he did his painting. The quality of accommodation in each cottage is to a very high standard, including top quality facilities and character beamed ceiling.

    Ground Floor: Lilac Studio is a spacious 1 bedroom cottage with heating and comprises:
    Open plan living area: With Freeview TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  Master bedroom with king size bed, beamed ceiling and leather settee to relax and enjoy the views towards the Pennine Hills, with en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Cot available on request. Wi-Fi is included (but please note it is slow speed within this village). Wine on arrivalOutside: Shared use of the owners courtyard garden. Parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Berrymoor Farm Cottage

    Kirkoswald, nr. Penrith

    Ref: 15185

    Peaceful location

    This charming holiday cottage is attractively presented and offers an immaculate home from home. All at ground floor and adjoining the owner’s home, it has spectacular country views and a private small garden and patio area. The property is surrounded by good walking country and there is a network of footpaths from the doorstep. The picturesque, unspoilt village of Kirkoswald, with its cobbled market place, is a frequent winner of the best-kept village competition and is located in the beautiful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria. The village church has a unique feature, a 19th-century bell tower perched on a hilltop 200 yards from the church itself. Situated between Carlisle and Penrith, there is easy access to Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, the Scottish Border and Northumberland. Access to the shore side of the lake, Ullswater, at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Derwent Water, along with Lake Buttermere, being only a little further. The Cumbrian Cycle Route passes near the village and there is good fishing on the River Eden close by. Shop and pubs within ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store.

  • Birkerthwaite Barn


    Ref: W41478

    Four poster bedSurrounded by dramatic scenery

    Featuring beams taken from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian Coast, this small group of holiday cottages at Birkerthwaite, a former 17th century Lakeland farmstead, lie at the end of an unmade track and are surrounded by tranquil moorland scenery and farmland. This is fantastic walking countryside and the elevated position gives views of Scafell and the Eskdale Valley, creating a unique atmosphere of tranquillity. Birkerthwaite Farmhouse (W43001) is a unique holiday property dating back to 1627 and has many original features, beamed ceilings, flagged floors and unusual oak wall cupboards built in the 1700’s. Comfortably furnished and with the benefit of an open fire and an Aga, the farmhouse is cosy and welcoming. Birkerthwaite Stable (W41477) is a single-storey converted stable with rustic charm heated by a log-burning stove. Birkerthwaite Barn (W41478) has a spacious kitchen/dining room, a galleried landing and a four poster bed. Birkerthwaite Cottage (W41479) has an upstairs open plan living area with wooden floors which opens onto a balcony overlooking gardens. Nearby attractions include Muncaster Castle and Hardknott Roman Fort, whilst the Langdale Pikes and Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere can be reached via a stunning drive over the Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes. A short drive away is Wast Water; to the west are sandy beaches. Alternatively take the steam train from Ravenglass. Shop 3 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (timed use October-May). Electric heaters (in summer). Electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

  • The Pavilion

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Ref: CC123146
    This unusual property sits close to the River Brathay at Clappersgate with a small complex of similar houses, only two miles from Ambleside, just off the main road between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge (easily accessed by a shared driveway). Stunning views of the Langdales can be enjoyed from the grounds. Set in Clappersgate, midway between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge, at the entrance to the Langdale Valley. The Pavilion has been cleverly designed and lovingly furnished, proudly displaying exposed trusses and beams. Deer are regular visitors to the garden.

    Ground Floor: The Pavilion has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Living/dining room: With TV, video and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
    Utility/cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom: Large double bedroom, galleried over living accommodation, with king size bed, romantic decoration and en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi style bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry, no cot available. One well behaved pet welcome.There is ample room for storing bicycles, canoes or small boats. Enclosed garden with furniture. Private parking.

  • The Carriage House


    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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