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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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  • Pelican Dairy

    Greystoke, nr. Penrith

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    Ref: 28612

    Once the village dairy, this charming, detached property has been lovingly renovated to provide excellent holiday accommodation with couples in mind. Situated in the heart of Greystoke, within the grounds of the owners’ 18th-century cottage, it has been well decorated and furnished with its own pretty garden. The village has an outdoor swimming pool in summer and is only 10 minutes’ drive from Penrith. Lake Ullswater is 5 miles and Keswick is a 20-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 60 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 galleried double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared use of washer/dryer (in owners’ garage). Dishwasher. Freezer on request. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Rear garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 3 metres.

  • Westside

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123226
    In the very heart of popular Ambleside, Westside is perfectly positioned for enjoying a vibrant village based holiday and sampling all of the excellent amenities and attractions on hand, most of which are a level stroll from this stylish apartment. Ambleside is also, however, equally suitable for those wishing to spend the majority of their days on the magnificent fells and to return to quality accommodation at the end of your day
    The owners of this first floor apartment, are lovers of the great outdoors themselves and wish only that their guests will enjoy the excellent facilities they have provided here at Westside. The lengthy stone mullioned windows, recently exposed to their full potential during major refurbishment, allow plenty of light to flood through the open plan living space whilst offering guests good views of the surrounding fell range and the opportunity to plan your route for the coming day. The well fitted bathroom is on hand to help soak away those aches and pains whilst a quality and comfortable king size bed will ensure a good night’s rest in readiness for the day ahead.

    First Floor: Property has a mix of under floor and instant electric heating and comprises:
    Shared entrance leading to the first floor.
    Small Hallway: Leading left into open plan living space
    Lounge: With slate floor, comfy seating area, HD Freeview TV, DVD and dining space.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, microwave, fridge with small freezer box, electric oven and hob.
    The living area has direct access onto a metal fire escape.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Outside: Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children.

  • Fir Trees

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128187
    Fir Trees is a neat little property, an ideal hideaway for couples of all ages who want to be near enough to sample the wonderful shopping and restaurants that Bowness has to offer but who also want to be far enough away to enjoy some quiet, quality time with each other. A short walk down the lane will bring you straight to The Glebe area of Bowness from where the famous steamers depart and where you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade.
    Fir Trees is the perfect choice for a romantic break and its neutral, stylish presentation makes for a relaxing atmosphere. Comfy leather seating and quality mattress all aid the relaxation process and the enclosed patio style garden, a real suntrap, is perfect for meals al fresco during the warmer months.

    Ground Floor: This accommodation is all on the ground floor and has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway
    Living area: With kitchen, lounge and dining facilities.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Lounge area: With comfy leather sofa, TV, DVD and Patio doors.
    Master bedroom: With king size bed, delightfully furnished with co-ordinating linens and decor.
    En-suite bathroom: With shower over the bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided.Patio doors lead out to garden with private patio and furniture provided. Private parking for one car.

  • Keswick Boat House

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111212
    Sitting directly on the shores of Derwentwater, extending into the lake and enjoying the most beautiful location and views imaginable. Keswick Boat House offers a truly unique experience, being the only property of its kind in the Lake District.
    From the balcony overhanging the water you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the launches arriving and departing from the jetties and the ducks splashing about on the lake. Inside the property is equally as stunning, consisting of an open plan design with antique furniture and a wealth of beams, some of which you may need to duck underneath.
    There are many wonderful walks from the doorstep around the lake, both low level or high peaks for the more energetic. The renowned Theatre by the Lake, The Keswick Tea Gardens and Hope Park are all within 200 yards and Keswick Town centre with its many amenities is only a 5 minute walk.

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating, the accommodation comprises of an open plan design with steps between the various levels.
    Lounge and Dining area: With TV, video, CD/radio, arched window overlooking the lake and lowered doorway to balcony overhanging the lake.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom: Mezzanine room with double bed, shower room with shower cubicle.
    Cloakroom: with WC and hand basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided.Garden, jetty and deep water mooring for your own boat. Fishing on the lake. Private parking for 2 cars. NB: Due to the close proximity to the water the property is not suitable for babies or any children under 13. The stairs to the mezzanine are open to one side and the 3 external steps to the property are witout a handrail. 

  • Burnthwaite Cottage

    Ings

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129259
    This 250 year old cottage, part of the former parsonage for the village of Ings is the picture of all that is traditional here in Lakeland and the perfect little love nest for two. Within just minutes drive, the busier resorts of Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside can be explored although we are certain that much time will be spent either gazing out of the lounge window viewing the countryside or spent in the award winning country pub, The Watermill, 50 yards away. Staveley, just two miles South of Ings is a thriving village community and offers some fabulous walking in the Kentmere Valley as well as a variety of local trade workshops including wood turners, bakers and micro brewery. The area is also very popular with cyclists and storage is available at Burnthwaite Cottage.
    The living space here at Burnthwaite Cottage has been deliberately created on the first floor to make best advantage of the view across meadow and to the countryside beyond. The ancient, thick walls with some exposed detail are a constant reminder of the past but with just a hint of contemporary styling throughout, the owners have successfully married 20th Century living in an 18th Century cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and delightfully presented.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    First Floor: Kitchen: With electric oven, two ring hob, washer/dryer, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Lounge/Diner: With TV and basic Sky package.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available.Off road parking for one car. Bike storage available upon request.

  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Stanley Ghyll Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
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    Ref: 31166

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room.

    Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Garden. Barbecue.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

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

    Irthington

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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 2 cars. Communal drying room with washing machine, tumble drier, shared freezer, space for walking gear and storage for bikes.

  • The Joinery

    Gilsland, nr. Brampton

    Grade
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    Ref: 27790

    Adjoining the main farmhouse, this holiday home, converted from an old joinery, is set on a family-run livestock farm. Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian’s Wall is 2 miles and the cottage is centrally located for exploring the Lake District, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. Attractions include Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, Rheged and a calendar of country shows and farmer’s markets. There are excellent walking and cycling routes throughout the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to galleried double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer (in external utility room). Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling and grazing facilities available by arrangement with owner. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

  • High Hurst

    Ulpha near Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129241
    Sitting prominently in the heart of the Duddon Valley, this period cottage has been located on a working farm since 1765, and enjoys beautiful views across to Caw and Stickle Pike. High Hurst is criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways offering a gateway to the local fells, including Dow Crag and the Coniston mountains. Attached to the owners’ home, High Hurst is part of an original 18th-century farmhouse which has smaller outbuildings, including an original Victorian outhouse. It is surrounded by 20 acres of prime grazing land encompassing a quarter of a mile stretch of the River Duddon, this spate river is crossed by a series of ancient stepping stones along its length. During the lambing season and winter months, Herdwick sheep occupy the associated farmland prior to release onto the upper fells, leaving the owners small flock of Ryeland sheep as permanent residents of the farm, keeping the hens company. Secluded, peaceful and with breathtaking views, High Hurst offers the perfect location for the Lake District visitor looking for inspiration and relaxation.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has night storage heating, a wood burner and comprises:
    Utility room: With drying area, washing machine and freezer.
    Lounge: With tiled floor, wood burner, 42" Sky TV, Playstation 3/Blu-ray player and open views across the garden to the fells.
    Kitchen/dining room: With laminate floor, double sink, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and stunning views across the garden and surrounding fells.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With corner shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Saddleback Penthouse

    Calthwaite

    Grade
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    Ref: CC118234
    Situated in the same grounds as Saddleback View Cottage (118221), Saddleback Penthouse is a spacious one bedroom property which is furnished and equipped to the same high standards, in a modern boutique style. The Penthouse is ideal for that perfect romantic break. The funky open plan living accommodation, with red leather sofa, is on the first floor to take advantage of the view to the Pennine Hills. The spacious ground floor bedroom has a separate dressing room and en-suite bathroom with both a shower cubicle and a bath with a TV. Situated one mile from Calthwaite village, and 20 minutes’ drive from Ullswater, the Caldbeck fells and Carlisle.Saddleback Penthouse can be booked together with Saddleback View Cottage (118221) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed, dressing room and en-suite with bath, TV, shower and WC.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and basin.

    First Floor: Open plan living space vaulted with beams to include...
    Lounge area: With 50" TV and red leather sofas.
    Dining area: With breakfast bar.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Doors to a large balcony.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Balcony. Parking for 1 car.

  • Wardses Studio

    Sedbergh

    Grade
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    1
    1
    Ref: 17741

    This stable conversion has been tastefully furnished and is one mile from the market town of Sedbergh. The studio lies adjacent to the owner’s home and several footpaths and cycle routes, including the Dales Way. Within easy reach of a 9-hole golf course and other sporting facilities including horse riding and angling. Sedbergh, the Western Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales lies within the National Park and is less than 30 minutes from the Lake District National Park. A perfect holiday base. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/3 steps down to kitchen with flagged and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in barn. Seating area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store (in adjoining barn). No smoking. Unsuitable for children (except babes in arms) due to flagged area with steps.

  • Red Gables Apartment 2

    Shap near Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: CC132159
    Apartment 2 is a delightful, modern, ground floor apartment, providing very spacious good quality accommodation at an affordable price. Red Gables is a former church converted and extended in 2012 into several apartments. Situated in the centre of Shap village with amenities on the doorstep, including 2 pubs serving food, shops, cafe, tennis court and heated outdoor pool (open in season). There are walks available from the doorstep, over the fells towards Haweswater and Ullswater. Shap is situated between the beautiful Eastern Lakes and the tranquil Eden Valley, with very easy access from the M6. it is also accessible on public transport, via train to Kendal or Penrith and bus to Shap. Guests with limited mobility will appreciate this ground floor accommodation.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, dining table and chairs and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Z bed (only suitable for a child).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. One medium size dog welcome.Outside: Small rear courtyard with seating. Cycle store. Private parking for 1 car.

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