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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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  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×
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    Ref: 28646
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for couples, and includes a four poster bed. Great walking to be enjoyed with the Pennine Way on the doorstep. A cosy retreat for couples, and includes a four poster bed. Great walking to be enjoyed with the Pennine Way on the doorstep.
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    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit,...

    Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Milking Parlour
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  • Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria
    Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria×

    Low Ickenthwaite Farm Cottage

    Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria

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    Ref: 23748
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A traditional hideaway between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water with lovely rural views over the garden across the Rusland Valley. A traditional hideaway between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water with lovely rural views over the garden across the Rusland Valley.
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    A delightful cosy cottage, part of the owners’ former farmhouse in the beautiful Rusland Valley. Set between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, the southern Lakes are on your doorstep. Nearby attractions include Aquarium of the Lakes, steamer trips on Windermere to Bowness and Ambleside, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Beatrix Potter farmhouse and historic buildings such as Holker Hall and Cartmel Priory. With Hawkshead just 5 miles away, the choices for a day out are endless. The...

  • Little Mell Fell, Cumbria
    Little Mell Fell, Cumbria×

    Green Barn

    Little Mell Fell, Cumbria

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    Beautiful converted former barn with open views across the countryside.
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    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...
  • Westward, near Caldbeck, Cumbria
    Westward, near Caldbeck, Cumbria×

    Orchard Cottage

    Westward, near Caldbeck, Cumbria

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    Ref: 26367
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    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    A well-equipped barn conversion in a central location. Good access to the NP, Solway coast, Hadrians Wall and Scotland.
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    Converted from a former barn, this pair of holiday cottages adjoins the owner’s home. Contemporary in style yet retaining some of the original features, the properties stand to the side of the B5305 and allow good road access to the Lake District National Park, The Solway Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland. It has something for everyone; history, art galleries, bird watching, outdoor pursuits, foot and cycle paths, a busy calendar of events with festivals, craft...

  • Boot, near Eskdale, Cumbria
    Boot, near Eskdale, Cumbria×
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    Ref: 31166
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This holiday property for two offers amazing hillside views from the first floor living room.
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    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...

    Bridge End Farm Cottages - Bridge End Farmhouse
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    Bridge End Farm Cottages - Scafell Cottage
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    Bridge End Farm Cottages - Wastwater Cottage
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    Bridge End Farm Cottages - Hardknott Cottage
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    Bridge End Farm Cottages - Whillan Beck Cottage
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    Bridge End Farm Cottages - Wrynose Cottage
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  • Keswick, Cumbria
    Keswick, Cumbria×

    Carlton Cottage

    Keswick, Cumbria

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    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Centrally located cosy ground floor apartment close to Fitz park.
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    Carlton Cottage is a ground floor apartment enjoying a central location with Keswick town centre and Fitz Park just a short stroll away. There is an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and pubs in close proximity, to suit those without transport or those with walking restrictions. The property is tastefully decorated to a good standard, making it an ideal base for a Lakeland holiday.

    Ground Floor: The centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Lounge/dining...

  • Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria
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    The Stable Loft

    Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria

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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A cosy first floor flat for couples in the heart of Bowness on Windermere, a convenient location for exploring central Lakeland on public transport.
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    A delightful loft apartment with Bowness on Windermere on your doorstep, The Stable Loft offers couples a perfect base from which to enjoy this popular, traditional Lakeland village. A wealth of independent shops, cafes and restaurants are all found within a short stroll along with the attraction of Lake Windermere itself. Enjoy a steamer ride on the lake to see the stunning landscape or wander up to Windermere town where there is a choice of shops and eateries. The railway and bus station...
  • Staffield, near Penrith, Cumbria
    Staffield, near Penrith, Cumbria×

    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Garden of Eden

    Staffield, near Penrith, Cumbria

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    Ref: 30605
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit the picturesque, unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld from this stunning first floor holiday apartment.
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    Garden of Eden is a stunning retreat for two, this south-facing, first floor apartment offers breathtaking views over the enchanting gardens and the fabulous Eden Valley. One of eight apartments (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607), over three floors, set in the stunning Staffield Hall. This Victorian manor house is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern...

    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Dovecote
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    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Butler’s Loft
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    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Lady Tower
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    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Peel Tower
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    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Heavenfield
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    Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Manor Hall
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  • Woodend, Birker Fell, near Ulpha, Cumbria
    Woodend, Birker Fell, near Ulpha, Cumbria×

    Woodend Cottages - The Buttery

    Woodend, Birker Fell, near Ulpha, Cumbria

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    Ref: 27804
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A quality semi-detached property situated on a working farm just a short drive from the popular tourist spots. Fantastic views of Lakeland fells. A quality semi-detached property situated on a working farm just a short drive from the popular tourist spots. Fantastic views of Lakeland fells.
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    In the heart of the Lake District National Park


    Woodend is situated off the beaten track in an accessible but remote location high on Birker Fell. Set within a relatively quiet, unspoilt area of the Lake District National Park, 7 miles from the main coast road, local village shops and the nearest pub are 4 miles, smaller market towns are 8 miles and larger towns are 15 miles away. It is a short drive to the more populated areas of Windermere and Coniston. These...

    Woodend Cottages - The Bothy
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  • Ullswater, Cumbria
    Ullswater, Cumbria×

    Rampsbeck Lodge

    Ullswater, Cumbria

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Romantic, lakeside retreat for couples, charming apartment with magnificent views over Lake Ullswater, gardens leading to lake shore and jetty. Romantic, lakeside retreat for couples, charming apartment with magnificent views over Lake Ullswater, gardens leading to lake shore and jetty.
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    This charmingly furnished property (shown bottom right with patio doors) enjoys a wonderful lakeside setting in 2 acres of beautiful gardens which sweep down to the shores of Lake Ullswater, with breathtaking views. The double bedroom has a coronet draped bed and a romantic concealed ceiling light over the bath. Adjoining the owners’ home, visitors enjoy use of the private lake frontage with a jetty for launching a small boat and fishing. Windsurfing, sailing, golf, walking and...

  • Ambleside, Cumbria
    Ambleside, Cumbria×

    Toad Hall

    Ambleside, Cumbria

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Nestling beside the River Rothay in a secluded part of Ambleside, Toad Hall offers the perfect couple’s retreat for a romantic break in the very heart of the Lakes.
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    Nestling beside the River Rothay in a secluded part of Ambleside, Toad Hall offers the perfect couple’s retreat for a romantic break in the very heart of Lakeland. A level stroll through Rothay Park brings you to this vibrant village set against a backdrop of her majestic fell range, the location ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who revel in the great outdoors. And for those who prefer a more gentle pace, the delightful gardens at Toad Hall offer a peaceful haven for not...
  • Long Marton, near Appleby , Cumbria
    Long Marton, near Appleby , Cumbria×

    Grooms Cottage

    Long Marton, near Appleby , Cumbria

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    Ref: E1946
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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This stone built cottage, just 3 miles from Appleby, is full of character and has a cosy wood burner. This stone built cottage, just 3 miles from Appleby, is full of character and has a cosy wood burner.
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    Set in the delightful Eden Valley, this charming, stone built cottage offers accommodation of great character with a cosy beamed interior. In a quiet village location, the cottage is just 3 miles from the market town of Appleby, which comes alive every June with its famous gypsy horse fair. Here there are some lovely shops and excellent inns and restaurants. The Eden Valley area, popular with walkers and ornithologists, also offers mountain biking, pony trekking, tennis, riding and golf....

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