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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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  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123208
    Archway Cottage is a very special love nest for two, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the older conservation area of the village, yet only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Ambleside. This popular village is the perfect choice for the first time and returning visitor and has an excellent selection of shops, bars and award wining restaurants and traditional pubs serving speciality beers, home cooked fayre and with the occasional live music in the evenings. Walks for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door onto the slopes of Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    This unique property has been thoughtfully designed to make best use of the space available and picturesque setting, the result being a contemporary and quality holiday home with a wealth of interesting features, beautifully dressed with stylish fabrics and accessories. Much thought has been taken in creating exposed oak woodwork to compliment the original trusses, a bespoke fireside seat beside the wood burning stove for two and a stunning, romantic mezzanine bedroom area with glass and stainless finish, created by local craftsmen, vaulted ceiling and huge beams. Glimpses of the local fell ranges can be had from the living area, sufficiently tempting for those walkers among you across to Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe and, guests can simply park up for the week and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of Lakeland ’au pied’ or by bicycle, storage available for your wheels.
    Comments From The Visitor’s Book
    Zoe & Matt ‘We had an awesome time at archway cottage .It’s been perfect & just what we needed ‘
    Lucinda –Suffolk ‘Nicely decorated, excellent position and has wonderful views’
    Gareth & Mona ‘Cottage great –a fine recluse, the living area has everything a couple needs and the kitchen more than capable’
    Helen & Ben- Manchester ‘An ideal base to explore the area ,a cosy place to come back to after long walks ‘
    Debbie & Barry –Kent ‘Very cosy with log fires, I just love the little wooden hearts everywhere-very apt for being a love nest’
    Kym & Jono ‘The cottage was what we expected, very well finished and of good quality’
    Karen & Andy ‘Liked the quirky cottage enjoyed the views and appreciated it being so near the town centre’
    Mark & Steph ‘Property converted to an immaculate standard-quality of woodwork and fittings is excellent-loved it’

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Wet Room: With shower area, wash basin and WC

    First Floor: Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Dining/Lounge: With wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
    Narrow stairs to....
    Mezzanine Floor: Double bedroom area with oak floor and exposed beams
    External drying and store room with freezer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot availableParking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park. Separate bike shed.

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  • The Hayloft at Mains Farm

    Crosby Garrett, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: LAH


    This wonderfully appointed barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s 17th century farmhouse, is ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a holiday in the Eden Valley and explore this beautiful area, with both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District within easy reach. The quiet farming village of Crosby Garrett lies on the edge of Crosby Garrett fell in the Westmorland Dales extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen, a traditional market town with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of visitor attractions and leisure facilities nearby, including farmers markets, swimming pools, golf courses, waterfalls, Pendragon Castle of Arthurian Legend, the Settle-Carlisle Railway and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. A bridleway leads from the property to Crosby Garrett Fell, providing excellent walking country with breathtaking views of the Pennines and Howgills. Smardale Nature Reserve is just over a mile away. Within a 40-minute drive, visitors can explore Ullswater and the Eastern Lakes, Swaledale, Wensleydale and the lesser known Teesdale, along with the popular towns of Keswick, Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes. Tan Hill, the highest pub in England is a short, pretty drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove, period fittings and tiled floor. Oak staircase to first floor: Beamed living room with oak floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and period features. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Useof owner’s washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    0
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    1
    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.

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  • Wreaks End Farm - Beeswing Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 28762

    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.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Dining room/conservatory. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Two Freeview TVs. Sitting out area and furniture. Welcome pack.

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

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  • The Hoggest at High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC118233
    High House Farm is situated in Watermillock, one mile above Ullswater, an idyllic situation surrounded by open fields and with lovely views from the grounds. No longer a working farm, the owner has converted some of the traditional stone buildings into four superb quality self catering cottages. Each cottage is private, not overlooking each other and all provide ground floor accommodation, oozing quality and character, with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings and excellent en-suite facilities. They are perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with lockable storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for an additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only one mile from the lake, with walks from the doorstep, 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 one mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes High House Farm accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Sky TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Dining area.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower over bath, WC and basin.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Seating area with table and chairs. Two dogs welcome - separate kennelling for more dogs. Ample parking for cars and boats. The property has been awarded a Gold Award by Visit England.

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  • The Round Window

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC128207
    This cosy love nest for two is perfectly placed for making the very most of your valuable time together in the Lakes. The Round Window, is set in quiet and attractive surroundings yet within less than a minutes’ walk from all that bustling Bowness has to offer.
    Created in the roof space of former stables, The Round Window retains many quirky features that make this an ideal choice for couples wanting a romantic break. Imagine enjoying the high pitched ceilings and watching the world go by through the round window; your holiday is guaranteed to be unique.
    Access to the apartment is by a metal spiral staircase, all adding to the character and charm. Internally, it is delightfully presented in a neutral, contemporary theme. With chandeliers and wine glasses at the ready - The Round Window facilities will make you feel at home in  no time.
    The apartment is ideal for self catering although we suspect that with such a wealth of attractions, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep, you’ll be far to busy enjoying yourselves to bother cooking!
    Lake Windermere with her steamers and rowing boats for the more energetic amongst you is a short stroll away. Superb international cuisine restaurants and individual, boutique shops are on your doorstep too.
    The Round Window really is set in the perfect location from which to explore cosmopolitan Lakeland.

    First Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Bathroom: With powerful shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Open plan living area with kitchen area: Having electric cooker, hob, fridge and microwave.
    Cosy lounge area: With feature window, deep window seat, leather sofa, tub chair, DVD, i-Pod docking station and flat screen TV.
    Double bedroom: With leather sleigh bed, furnishings and fabrics and CD/radio alarm clock.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Jebel Kasr

    Thornthwaite, nr. Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 25301

    This welcoming, cosy, modern cottage adjoining the owner’s home is an ideal holiday base for couples exploring the spectacular northern Lake District. It is quietly situated in the picturesque village of Thornthwaite on the slopes of Winlatter Forest, which is renowned for its mountain biking tracks and lovely forest trails. It is surrounded by stunning scenery and lies 3 miles to the west of the popular market town of Keswick, where you will find a wealth of tourist attractions and amenities. The village stands 1 mile from Bassenthwaite Lake, great for water sports and fishing. Bike storage available. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double or twin (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas stove in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small sitting-out area with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • La’l Tethera

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127050
    Ambleside is a super base for a first or return trip to Southern Lakeland. Awash with a host of activities for all ages and abilities, there’s certainly plenty of attractions to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening yet peace and tranquility can always be found on the slopes of the surrounding fell range, the top of Loughrigg a manageable hike, well worth the effort.
    Centrally placed for enjoying all that this Lakeland village has to offer, La’l Tethera is a superb, stylish bolt hole for just for two, somewhere to relax, unwind and spend precious time together. Light and airy and beautifully dressed with calming décor and co-ordinating neutral fabrics, this first floor apartment is well equipped with up to the minute facilities for a self-catering break, whatever time of year you plan to visit.

    First Floor: La’l Tethera has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance via external steps to inner hallway leading to:
    Open plan living arrangement:
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge: With seating arranged around the gas wood burner effect stove and TV with DVD. The oak dining table is well placed between the two areas.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, oak furnishings and views across the village towards Loughrigg.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
    Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Sorry, no travel cot or highchair available. Parking permit provided for one car to use on nearby car park.

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  • Thomasin, Selside Hall

    near Kendal

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129313
    Nestling in the shadow of historic Selside Hall, built in the 13th Century, transformation of this former farm building has been a true labour of love by the owner and his small team of craftsmen. Just a short drive from the medieval market town of Kendal, a mere 15 minute drive from Windermere and Bowness and a short walk to the delightful Longsleddale, Thomasin makes a super base for exploring the South Lakes with the Eden Valley and Dales easily accessible.
    Dedication, attention to detail and great styling have resulted in a charming, romantic hideaway with much use of solid oak and other natural materials throughout. The cosy open plan living space offers all you will need to fully self-cater whilst the hotel quality bedroom with luxurious en-suite on the lower ground floor offers a quality bed dressed with sumptuous linens to unsure a good night’s rest.

    Thomasin can be booked in conjunction with its adjoining property Selsed ref:129316.

    Ground Floor: The upside down accommodation has electric instant heating and comprises:
    Rear level entrance into open plan living space: Freeview, TV/DVD and Dining area.
    Kitchen Area: Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and Fridge.
    Shared Laundry Area: Freezer, washing machine and dryer.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1: King size bed with colour TV and en-suite luxury shower room with under floor heating, shower cubicle, hand basin, WC, touch mirror and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi access available.Off road parking for two cars. Terrace with bench seating available.

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  • Woodland Villa Flat

    Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC261


    Ideally situated in the heart of Grange-over-Sands, near the train station and bus routes, this charming apartment is the perfect bolthole for 2. Sit back and relax in the conservatory, as you enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple in the evening. Grange-over-Sand’s promenade offers beautiful, unbroken views of Morecambe Bay. The town is also home to some fine restaurants and welcoming pubs, and with easy access to most of Cumbria, you can be in amongst some of England’s most evocative scenery within a matter of minutes. Characterised by towering mountains, twinkling lakes and tranquil woodland, it’s easy to see why The Lake District National Park is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Beach 350 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    10 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Kingsize bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Sky TV (full package). DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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  • Borrowdale Cottage

    North Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: LLS

    A pretty single-storey cottage, in an idyllic setting high in the fells above Brough. Adjacent to a stone-built barn (another holiday cottage) and adjoining the owners’ home, where llamas graze in the adjacent paddock, the detached holiday property has been renovated to a high standard, with exposed beams and stone flagged floors. There is a large private hot tub situated in the rear garden with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Splendid walking in the area and a good touring base for the Lakes, Dales and Eden Valley. Only 3/4 mile to the A66. Restaurant, shops and coarse fishing at Brough (3 miles). Kirkby Stephen 7 miles.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Small well-fitted kitchen. Two steps from hall to double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Hot tub
    • No smoking
    • NB: Beck outside garden

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  • Bramble Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111319
    Bramble Cottage is situated at Fieldside Grange on the edge of Keswick, close to Castlerigg Stone Circle in an elevated position. Fieldside Grange is accessed along its own private drive, lined with mature trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. Built circa 1850 this imposing building was once a farmhouse and has been sympathetically renovated and refurbished to provide 10 superb, modern apartments whilst retaining its original slate and stone building. Fieldside Grange is a peaceful retreat set in spacious grounds that have delightful panoramic views and ideally situated with an abundance of walks in the surrounding area and a wealth of amenities in Keswick, 1 1/2 miles. Bramble Cottage is on the ground floor at the rear of Fieldside Grange, overlooking the central courtyard.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With Freesat TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, washer dryer, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Courtyard with bench seat and large communal grounds. Parking for 1 car.

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