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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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  • Overbeck Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123247
    Just 500 yards from the centre of vibrant Ambleside, Overbeck Cottage is one of two small cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge, a property of immense charm and character in a unique location on the banks of the River Rothay which flows through the grounds of the property before running into Lake Windermere.  Within a level stroll from the cottage you will find a host of restaurants and activities to suit all ages. Ambleside is well served with numerous attractions including two cinemas, the Armitt Museum depicting the life and times of the village, tennis courts, bowling green and even an indoor climbing wall. Overbeck Cottage is a four star, quality self catering cottage offering great character and charm for two occupants, the perfect choice for a romantic break at any time of the year. The cottage offers mesmerising views of the riverbank from all rooms, across the lush green garden areas and beyond to Loughrigg Fell, very tempting to the walkers among you! Overbeck Cottage has a outdoor patio overlooking the river and a spacious car park just across the private foot bridge from the property.The property is within a few metres of the River Rothay (which flows through the garden) where fishing is available:Type of fishing: limited fly fishing. Locals tend to use worm or spinner.Type of fish: The river holds brown trout. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up. Chub and roach are possible but unlikely.Licence: An Environmental Agency rod licence is required. These are available online www.postoffice.co.uk. The stretch of water is outside of WADAA control hence no additional licence is required. Months: 15th March – 30th September. Closed season is 1st October to 14th March. Additional details about this can be found at www.lakedistrictfishing.net.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with...
    Kitchen: With fridge, 4* freezer, electric oven, induction hob and microwave. Door to patio overlooking river.
    Lounge: With feature electric firesuite, Freeview TV and blu-ray player. The dining table is strategically placed to take in the wonderful view of the river and grounds from the Juliette balcony

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: King size bed, hairdryer and clock radio alarm.
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, wash basin and WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot or high chair available, as the property is not suitable for babies or children, couples only will be accepted.  Free wi-fi internet access provided.Outside: Private off road parking. The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge. You can pull up on the roadside if you wish to unload directly outside the property. Patio area with seating. Shared garden area

  • Skiddaw Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: W41227

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

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

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

  • Granary Cottage

    Troutbeck

    Grade
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    Ref: CC126103
    Part of a Grade II listed building, Granary Cottage offers a delightful and a peaceful location in the heart of the historic village of Troutbeck. The building dates back to 1650 and the cottage occupies the former granary to the adjoining farmhouse. Inside, the property has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a high standard whilst maintaining many original features including massive oak beams. The views over Applethwaite Common and up to Froswick and Ill Bell are stunning.Whilst there is no garden, there is an outside seat at the top of the cottage steps and a bench with outstanding views to the fells just across the road.Troutbeck village is within the Troutbeck Conservation Area and affords a picturesque setting on the west side of this glorious valley set between Troutbeck Bridge and the Kirkstone Pass. It is an example of a linear settlement of medieval origin with original drinking troughs visible along the road. Townend (National Trust), a traditional Lake District farmhouse, is a short walk away and there are wonderful longer walks from the village including over Wansfell to Ambleside. Holehird gardens are just two miles away, website info here - www.holehirdgardens.org.uk.The village boasts two excellent hostelries, the famous Mortal Man (free Wi-Fi) and The Queen’s Head*, both of which serve delicious food. A addition to the village delights is the shop and tearoom (www.troutbecktearoom.co.uk which are just round the corner from Granary Cottage. The shop has an excellent stock of food, drink and household necessities, has daily papers (except Sunday) and lots of homemade foods are cooked on the premises.The cottage is available for two adults or one adult and one child. One baby can be accommodated if guests bring their own travel cot.*Sadly, The Queen’s Head suffered a serious fire in June 2014 and will be closed for some time whilst restoration work takes place.

    Ground Floor: Bedroom 1: Bedroom (with additional electric heating) accessed down a very narrow staircase with super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower, hand basin and WC.

    First Floor: Granary Cottage has oil fired central heating throughout and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan, accessed via external staircase, with TV and DVD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen area: With electric combi-oven, ceramic hob, fridge and dishwasher.

    All oil, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry, no cot available. Property not suitable for children. Wi-fi access availableRoadside parking. Seating for two people outside the front door of the cottage.  

  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: W40420

    16th century farmhouse

    This charming wing of the owner’s 16th century farmhouse is fully self-contained and is all on the ground level. The cottage retains many original features - some low ceilings, exposed beams and thick walls for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The pretty rooms have been stylishly furnished to provide a cosy haven for 2 people, ideal for a romantic holiday. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm in the tranquil countryside with superb views and lovely walks from the door, it is only 1.5 miles from Bowness and Windermere with their steamer trips, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Windermere golf club is 2 miles away and just a short drive will bring you to the stunning Lakeland Fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Shared patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

  • The Den

    Selside near Kendal

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129320
    The Den is a sweet, small, single storey cottage set in a pleasant rural location on the border of the national park along with two other properties within the High Thorn Farm estate. With hand crafted kitchen and antique furniture offset by exposed brickwork this cottage is hand crafted from the very essence of Cumbria. The cottage has its own lovely, large garden and seating area accessed from the side of the property or through the living room patio doors.

    Stables are available for guests horses and there is easy access to plenty of bridleways. One day free mixed coarse fishing at the owners fishing lake is included in your stay too. Extra days can also be arranged. Easily accessed by the M6 and only 5 minutes from Kendal it is an ideal location for exploring the near by fells, lakes and towns.

    Ground Floor: The property has full underfloor oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Living room area: with wooden floors, Freeview TV (variable reception) and patio doors to the garden.
    Kitchen area: with gas cooker and hob, fridge with ice box and microwave. (Freezer and tumble dryer located in the shared stables outside.)
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bathroom: with shower cubicle and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Stables with tumble dryer, freezer and storage space. Wi-Fi.Large lawned garden with patio. Fishing lake two minutes walk from the property with one days free mixed coarse fishing included in your stay (bring your own tackle). Extra days can be arranged at a cost of £5/day. Stables are available for guests horses at £8/day. Private parking for one car. This property is located on a beef and sheep farm. There is also a fishery onsite.

  • Rampsbeck Lodge

    Ullswater

    Grade
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    Ref: E2116

    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 pony trekking are available locally. Pooley Bridge, 1.5 miles, has shops, tea rooms and inns, and there is a restaurant within walking distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower over corner bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Laundry service available. Freezer (in garage). Internet connection. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking for cars and boats. Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced lake in garden.

  • Wreaks End Farm - Thorn Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
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    Ref: 19529

    These charming, single storey detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762) are situated one mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, and are also in the same grounds as refs 19605 and 27736. The beautiful Dudden Valley, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere are within half an hour’s drive, as well as South Lakes Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle and Gardens and Holker Hall and Garden. Visit attractions such as the popular owl sanctuary and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway. Also visit the Roman Bath in the Eskdale Valley and the Hardknott Roman Fort. Lake Coniston, with its many walking and cycling routes, is also within easy reach. The reserves at Walney Island and Hodbarrow are great for bird-watching. Tennis courts are for hire in the village. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Dishwasher. Large enclosed decked terrace and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Beega Apartment

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128178
    A hidden gem! Meandering down the cobbles of Ash St with its wonderful mix of pavement cafes, shops and restaurants, you might not immediately notice the discreet sign for ’Ginnel’ - local dialect meaning passageway. Tucked away here is the delightful Beega Apartment, sitting on the first floor of one of the oldest buildings in Bowness, a prime location above one of Bownesses popular streets.
    A cared for apartment, Beega is presented to a hgh standard and offers comfortable and attractive accommodation right in the middle of it all. From the window seat you can simply sit and watch the world go by, or pop downstairs and you are spoilt for choice with superb eateries literally on your doorstep.
    A short stroll from the main street and The Lake, you can expolre the attractions of Bowness on foot, with the town of Windermere a little further up the hill. A car parking permit is provided so you really can forget about it, though if tempted to head further afield you are in a prime spot to head South to Newby Bridge or North to Ambleside and beyond.

    First Floor: This property is heated by gas central heating, a first floor apartment and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway which leads to:
    Kitchen:  Newly fitted and well planned, with gas hob, electric oven, fridge with freezer box, washing machine and microwave.  Through to:
    Lounge/dining room:  With colour TV, video and DVD.
    Bedroom:  Spacious double bedroom with well co-ordinated linens and decor.
    Bathroom:  Fully refurbished, with space saver bath and shower over, vanity sink units, handbasin and W.C.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided.  Sorry no cot available.Shared garden to the rear with bench seating provided.  Parking by way of permit on SLDC car park, a few minutes walk from the property. Sorry property not suitable for children and babies

  • The Moorings

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123240
    The Moorings enjoys a magnificent setting just metres from the pier at Waterhead, Ambleside, the focus of many a picture postcard featuring the Lake and her famous Steamers against a backdrop of Ambleside’s famous fell range. The village centre, offering an eclectic mix of shopping and eating is a level mile from Waterhead, a manageable walk with a couple of watering holes along the way or short trip on the open top bus or electric carriage that runs frequently throughout the main season.
    The Moorings is tucked away behind the main thoroughfare, the ground floor portion of a traditional, Victorian terrace and offers stylish, comfortable accommodation for two, just the spot to relax, unwind and share some well deserved down time together. Good facilities, including deep cushioned sofas, a tranquil bedroom and bathroom ensure you can instantly get into holiday mode.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Rear entrance into....
    Living/Dining room: With deep cushioned leather seating arranged around the electric fire, digital TV with DVD and CD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen, towels and hairdryer included. Travel cot available.Outside: Private parking for one small car and small seating area. Narrow access to car parking space.

  • Hidden Cottage

    near Coniston

    Grade
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    Ref: CC124173
    Hidden Cottage, a traditional mid terrace built in the 18th Century, is situated close to Coniston Water and village and is within walking distance of two excellent Lakeland Inns. The Farmers Arms, just across the road from the cottage, has been trading since the 16th Century and serves excellent bar meals and local ales. Hidden Cottage is beautifully presented and very comfortable and has all the essential ingredients you would expect of a quality holiday cottage; open beams, a log burning stove and a delightful elevated garden which has fine, open views across nearby farmland. The summer house is the perfect spot to sit and take in the evening sunshine or even to enjoy on wetter days. Hidden Cottage is a super property and once found, we hope never forgotten.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With log burning stove, (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.Elevated garden with summer house and furniture provided. The cottage offers off road parking with easy access to the cottage. Shared footpath.

  • The Byre at High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC118201
    As the name suggests the cottage was converted from the byre at this former farm. As Featured in the Sunday Times 2013 ’25 Best Cottages for 2 in Europe’. The cottage oozes quality and character with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings, hand built kitchen and excellent en-suite facilities. The Byre is perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only 1 mile from the lake, with walks from the door step, including Aira Force where you can enjoy stunning views to Ullswater along the way. There is a shop at a neighbouring camp site, a pub within 1 mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes The Byre accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: Open plan with TV with Sky, DVD and CD radio.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave.
    Utility: Housing a freezer.
    Bedroom: With super king size bed which can be split into 2 singles (please request when booking) and en suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. 2 dogs welcome, larger dogs to be kept in the separate, spacious utility ( please state breed if bigger dog). Wi-Fi available.Outside: Seating area with table and chairs. Ample parking for cars and boats.

  • The Retreat

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC127234
    The Retreat is simply that, a rather special place to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries whilst spending quality time with your loved one. Set in a quiet backwater just off Windermere village, many good walks can be enjoyed directly from the door and a super selection of restaurants, bars and shops are all on hand for you to sample during your stay. Windermere is well served by public transport, the train station being a short walk from the apartment and Stagecoach Bus Company providing an excellent service throughout South Lakeland.
    This first floor apartment will appeal to those wishing to enjoy quality accommodation in a convenient, village location. The owners have thoughtfully presented The Retreat with solid furnishings and well co-ordinated fabrics and accessories which blend effortlessly against a neutral background resulting in a most stylish and comfortable haven for two. The dining hall is just the spot to sit and read the morning paper, plan the day’s walk on your ordnance survey map or listen to your holiday soundtrack via the i-Pod dock

    First Floor: The Retreat offers accommodation all on one level, has modern night storage heating and comprises:
    Dining hall: with comfy seating, dining suite, i-Pod dock with CD/DAB radio.
    Through to...
    Lounge: With sofa and tub chairs, digital flat screen TV and DVD player.
    Neat kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with solid wooden bed and matching furnishings.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Free Wi-Fi available.Parking area. Permit provided for one car for use on nearby roads.

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