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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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  • Lindisfarne Studio

    Windermere

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    Ref: 17226

    Situated in a quiet area within a few minutes’ walk of Windermere village centre, the lake and Bowness, this well presented and compact holiday studio stands adjacent to the owner’s small guest house with access to wi-fi. With plenty of attractions locally and an abundance of shops, pubs, restaurants, and ideal for golf, guests will find this an excellent base. A short drive will take you to the neighbouring villages of Ambleside and Grasmere which are set in the heart of Wordsworth country, or a ferry trip across the lake to Sawrey is Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. Shops and pubs 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining/dressing room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Drying facilities on request. Wi-fi. Enclosed, small sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • 1 Windsor House

    Keswick

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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.

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  • Green Barn

    Little Mell Fell

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    Ref: CC118113
    A delightful one bedroomed barn conversion which is ideal for couples seeking a peaceful retreat. Set in an idyllic rural location on the flanks of Little Mell Fell, with uninterrupted views over open countryside towards Striding Edge, Green Barn is a bird watchers paradise with an abundance of bird life around the tarn to the front of the property. The barn is situated within close proximity to Ullswater, the more tranquil Caldbeck fells lie just to the north and some 12 miles to the west is the bustling town of Keswick.

    Ground Floor: Heated by night storage heaters the accommodation, which is all on one level, comprises:
    Dining/Lounge: With a view over the tarn to the fells beyond, TV, DVD, CD/radio and electric stove.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom: Large with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Cot available.Outside there is a garden with furniture and seating area. Parking for 1 car. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Leadgate, nr. Alston

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    Ref: W44255

    The Old Dairy is a detached barn conversion which has been tastefully converted, and nestles on the border of Cumbria and Northumbria. It sits in a garden, bordered by mature trees with views over green fields and wild fells. Alston is said to be the highest market town in England, and has a quaint cobbled street with public houses, butchers, bakers and even its own candlemaker! It lies within an AONB with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage, and with spectacular scenery all around. Fishing, riding and golf are all nearby, and you can follow some of the local rambles or the Pennine Way. It is ideal for touring the northern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria and within easy driving distance are Hadrians Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater and Keswick. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), ele, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Fell View Lodge - Burnside Park

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111168
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. This luxury pine log cabin is equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Skiddaw, with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. The site is within walking distance of Keswick town centre, making the lodges an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.

    Ground Floor: Fell View Lodge has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, electric fire, TV, DVD and patio doors to a balcony with views of  Latrigg and Skiddaw.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher, microwave, extensive range of utensils and dining table.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All bed linen and heating included. Cot available. Storage for bikes or push chairs.Private parking for 1 car. Please note from mid November until end of February this site is closed. However, the site is open over Christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January.

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  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

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    Ref: CC121137
    Seat Sandal enjoys a perfect location in the very heart of romantic Grasmere, overlooking the village green and with wonderful views towards Silver How from every window. Walks for all ages and abilities can be enjoyed directly from the door, onto the fells or beside the Lake, so park up, put on your boots and get back to nature retracing the steps of the famous poets that were so very fond of Grasmere.
    On the first floor and one of only a handful of properties in this traditional Lakeland building, Seat Sandal is presented in a traditional style but with all modern day comforts. The apartment has everything you will need for a self catering stay including  a well equipped kitchen although Grasmere has such a fine selection of bars and restaurants, you may decide to give yourselves a night or two off domestic duties and sample The Jumble Room or one of the many great pubs, many serving local ales and homemade fayre, all within strolling distance.

    First Floor: A first floor apartment with gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge/Dining area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Long Marton, near Appleby

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    Ref: E1947


    Stable Cottage has been converted from the barn attached to the manor house, which is a typical example of a late medieval Westmorland long house dating from 1650. Originally used to house livestock, the barn was converted to stables in the 19th century. Stable Cottage now provides all the home comforts, cleverly combined with the historical aspects including original exposed oak beams and offers single storey accommodation. It is a perfect place for a relaxing break in the Eden Valley.

    There is an excellent range of pubs within walking distance, all serving good food and a wide range of ales, and the local village inn, which was built in the 1870s for the engineers of the Carlisle to Settle Railway which bisects the village, serves excellent food and real ale, so no need to cook while on holiday! The local inn also serve Tirril Ale, with the brewery located in the village.

    The property is pet friendly and two well behaved dogs are welcome. Being situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, there are riverside walks, or longer circular walks on the dramatic North Pennine Moors.

    Stable Cottage is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to Penrith and the great border city of Carlisle. Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the edge of the Lake District National Park, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders are also within a short drive. The Carlisle-Settle railway line is very popular, with a scenic route from Appleby through to Leeds. Settle or Skipton are stop offs on this route and are both lovely market towns, well worth a visit. Appleby can provide most provisions, with an excellent greengrocers, a bakery, two very good butchers, post office, bank and takeaways.

    From Stable Cottage you can enjoy a multitude of outdoor pursuits and activities including walking, climbing, horse riding, trekking, fishing, cycling, golf at Appleby and Go Ape treetop adventures. Bring your road bike as the area is quiet and relatively free of traffic, and it is no coincidence that the Tour of Britain cycle race has held numerous stages in area. Names such as Hartside, Great Dun Fell on the North Pennines, and Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose Passes in the Lake District are there in cycling folklore. For mountain bikers, you are spoilt for choice with Whinlatter and Grizedale Forests and the GNAR Cumbrian Bike Park on the doorstep. The property has a storage area for bikes and equipment, a drying room if required and a dedicated area for essential maintenance. There is even a local CYTECH accredited bike mechanic who could do the repairs if needed.

    The cottage is ideally placed for fishing, being centrally located in the Eden Valley, home to some of the best fishing in the UK. Self-guided or guided salmon and trout fishing can be arranged on the Rivers Eden and Eamont. Renowned salmon rivers Tyne, Derwent and Lune are only a 1-hour drive away and are easily accessible by excellent road links. If it is lake or still water angling you prefer, the Lake District offers some fantastic fishing for both trout and coarse fish on natural or stocked waters, and are often set amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere in the country. The aptly named Trout Beck meanders 500 yards from the cottage and by negotiation, fishing is available for pure wild stocks of brown trout. An area in the owners’ chest freezer can be made available for those of you lucky enough to catch and keep your fish! Shops 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With Freeview HD TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, book library and beams.
    Kitchen: With microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Use of owners’ freezer. Patio. Enclosed garden and furniture. Bike/equipment store. Boot/drying room. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion

    near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123244
    The unique, semi detached residence offers great character and charm and is situated just above Skelwith Bridge, between the villages of  Grasmere and Ambleside at the start of the beautiful Langdale Valley. The Pavilion building was architect designed and built in 2006, the result of which is a delightful property offering quality accommodation. Substantial grounds surround the property including over an acre of natural wooded gardens with expanses of lawns and trees perfect for adults to relax and children to play. Frequented by a wide variety of wildlife including deer, the location offers some of the finest walking within the Lake District National Park right from the doorstep either into the Langdales for some serious climbing or along to Loughrigg Tarn or Skelwith Force waterfall for a more gentle amble beside the River Brathay to Elterwater and the heart of the Great Langdale Valley.

    The Lawns is well presented in a traditional style and well equipped for a self catering break at any time of the year. The wood burning stove is perfect for snuggling around in the cooler months and the comfy bedroom ensures a good night’s rest for all. The property has its own private patio area with furniture provided from where to sit out and take in the delightful grounds. Two good eating places are on the doorstep if you choose to have time out of the kitchen, Chester’s by The River and The Talbot Bar at Skelwith Bridge Hotel, both offering food throughout the day and into the evening.

    The combination of a rare and superb setting, along with easy access (car less if preferred) to the entire valley and the amenities of the nearby villages, makes Carr Crag the perfect choice for your holiday retreat.

    The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion can be booked in conjunction with Carr Crag Pavilion Ref 123243 which is next door.

    Ground Floor: The property has night storage heaters and comprises:
    Entrance via French doors into open plan living area divided by the fabulous dual aspect wood burning stove (fuel available locally).
    Lounge Area: Has large areas of window giving stunning views of the grounds and thier natural beauty, digital TV, DVD and radio/CD player are all available.
    Kitchen: Wrapped in granite tops, useful island, Belfast sink, dishwasher, washing machine, range cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave.

    First Floor: Dressing area to the master bedroom.
    Bedroom 1: King size bedroom with range of fitted units.
    Bathroom: With large shower area, bath with hand shower attachment, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available through Cumbrian Cottages.Outside: Private off road parking for two cars. Patio area with seating provided and access to 2 acres of shared grounds.

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  • The Old Coach House

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

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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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  • Lilac Studio

    Newton Reigny

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    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 and high chair 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.

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Butler’s Loft

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 30601

    Butlers Loft is the perfect hideaway for a romantic getaway and is a part of Staffield Hall, a stunning Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607). Set in an ideal location in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both, Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. This beautiful apartment, once the house nursery, now offers light and airy open-plan living accommodation with a large ‘L’ shaped living room, a fully fitted kitchen with granite work tops and a 2-seater dining table with contemporary high back chairs to wine and dine! The apartment features exposed oak beams, sloping ceilings and an unusual half-domed ceiling, which adds to the charm of this sensational building. On arrival a welcome pack will be awaiting with all the necessities to help you settle in. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Butlers Loft and relax, whilst enjoying the panoramic views down the tiered gardens and the Eden Valley. Indulge in the bio-jet bath before climbing in to the king size bed with fresh white linen, a perfect way to end the day and to recharge for your next days adventure.
    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

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  • Birkerthwaite Barn

    Eskdale

    Grade
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    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.

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