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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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  • The Nook

    Greystoke

    Grade
    2
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC118226
    The Nook is an idyllic romantic retreat for couples but equally suitable for two single people on a walking/ cycling holiday. The accommodation is for two people with the flexibility of two bedrooms for sleeping. This delightful Lakeland cottage is full of character including beamed ceilings and is beautifully furnished throughout. Situated in the heart of the popular village of Greystoke, a village with a true community spirit, village store, excellent pub serving food and outdoor swimming pool. The quiet lanes above Greystoke, which lies on the C2C cycle route, are superb for cycling and is close to Ullswater and Keswick with great walking opportunities.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, ornamental traditional range and wood flooring.
    Kitchen area: With tiled floor and underfloor heating, electric oven and ceramic hob, washer/dryer, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Shower room: With large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Stone staircase to.....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Outside: Small paved garden with seating. On street parking. Storage for bikes. Sorry not suitable for babies. Not suitable for people with limited mobility due to the steepness of the steps. Please note the owners have a dog so the cottage is not allergy free.

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  • The Barn

    Eden Mount, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26403


    Set amidst lovely, peaceful woodlands, in an elevated position above the Kent Estuary, on the outskirts of the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange over Sands. Just 1½ miles from the medieval village of Cartmel, this charming, stone, terraced holiday cottage blends modern design, furnishings and appliances with old timber beams and stone walls, and a light and airy orangery, opening out onto a sunny patio and garden. Grange has hotel leisure facilities, beauty spas and golf courses. Cartmel with old inns, a medieval priory, a racecourse and quaint galleries has become a foodie paradise since Simon Rogan opened the famous L’Enclume and other restaurants, and there are food shops and a monthly food market. The cottage has woodland and fell walks from the door, and lies on the edge of the Lake District National Park, 5 miles from Lake Windermere. Grange enjoys a micro-climate, often several degrees warmer than the rest of the Lakes, thanks to the Gulf Stream, and has palm trees on the long promenade. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Conservatory/dining room with French doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Demesne Farm Cottage

    Bewcastle, nr. Carlisle

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24839

    Peacefully set on a working farm this cosy holiday cottage has been tastefully refurbished and adjoins the owner’s farm house. Built on the site of an outpost of Hadrian’s Wall, the cottage stands alongside the castle ruin and Bewcastle church. It is off the beaten track and will appeal to country lovers and those looking for a tranquil retreat. The Scottish Border, Lake District and Northumberland are within an easy drive. Walking and cycling are available on the farm. Shop 10 miles, pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room, NSH and electricity (£25per week, £20 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Natural farmland. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two pets welcome under strict control (working farm). No smoking. NB: There is a fenced pond in the grounds.

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  • Thompson Ground - Sunny Brow Cottage

    Hawkshead

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NP58

    Heart of Lakeland, with panoramic views

    A nature-lovers’ paradise

    Wheelchair access in Tarns Cottage

    Thompson Ground is a working hill farm in the heart of Lakeland, with panoramic country views. Visitors here will soon find that this wonderful area is filled with a profusion of things to see and pursuits to enjoy, from walking in the beautiful Grizedale Forest and on the Langdales, and going pony trekking, to participating in the water sports and launch trips on nearby Windermere and Coniston Water. However you choose to spend your time, any of these four cosy and comfortable cottages make an ideal holiday base to come back to. The Lake District itself hardly needs any introduction. In addition to the choice natural scenery, amongst some of England’s finest, there are also lots of interesting ‘man-made’ attractions to visit (some more publicised than others). Why not start with the picturesque village of Hawkshead, which is 1/2 mile away. Beatrix Potter’s former home, Hill Top (NT), lies near Sawrey, whilst The Wordsworth Museum in nearby Grasmere, occupies Dove Cottage, which the poet William Wordsworth made his home between 1799 and 1808. There are also many NT properties in the vicinity, from the magnificent Levens Hall to the tiny Old Bridge House at Ambleside. The cottages are attractively furnished and fully equipped, with sealed window units, a storm porch and Tarn Cottage (ref NP57) is specially designed for use by visitors with some degree of physical handicap. Each has their own furnished patio area, and all have access to a front lawn, which is the ideal venue for children and adults to socialise and play. Locally there are plenty of pubs and restaurants, any of which are perfect for spending a relaxing evening in. Stabling for 2 horses is available on request.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone (on site). Private patios and furniture. Shared lawned area to front of cottages. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • The Old Stables

    Eden Mount, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27340


    Set amidst lovely, peaceful woodlands, in an elevated position above the Kent Estuary, on the outskirts of the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange over Sands. Just 1½ miles from the medieval village of Cartmel, this charming stable conversion blends 21st century design and appliances with old timber beams, stone walls and a sunny patio. Grange has hotel leisure facilities, beauty spas and golf courses. Cartmel, with old inns, a medieval priory, a racecourse and quaint galleries has become a foodie paradise since Simon Rogan opened the famous L’Enclume and other restaurants, and there are food shops and a monthly food market. The cottage has woodland and fell walks from the door, and lies on the edge of the Lake District National Park, 5 miles from Lake Windermere. Grange enjoys a micro-climate, often several degrees warmer than the rest of the Lakes, thanks to the Gulf Stream, and has palm trees on the long promenade. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 37" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Thompson Ground - Cuckoo Brow Cottage

    Hawkshead

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NP64

    Heart of Lakeland, with panoramic views

    A nature-lovers’ paradise

    Wheelchair access in Tarns Cottage

    Thompson Ground is a working hill farm in the heart of Lakeland, with panoramic country views. Visitors here will soon find that this wonderful area is filled with a profusion of things to see and pursuits to enjoy, from walking in the beautiful Grizedale Forest and on the Langdales, and going pony trekking, to participating in the water sports and launch trips on nearby Windermere and Coniston Water. However you choose to spend your time, any of these four cosy and comfortable cottages make an ideal holiday base to come back to. The Lake District itself hardly needs any introduction. In addition to the choice natural scenery, amongst some of England’s finest, there are also lots of interesting ‘man-made’ attractions to visit (some more publicised than others). Why not start with the picturesque village of Hawkshead, which is 1/2 mile away. Beatrix Potter’s former home, Hill Top (NT), lies near Sawrey, whilst The Wordsworth Museum in nearby Grasmere, occupies Dove Cottage, which the poet William Wordsworth made his home between 1799 and 1808. There are also many NT properties in the vicinity, from the magnificent Levens Hall to the tiny Old Bridge House at Ambleside. The cottages are attractively furnished and fully equipped, with sealed window units, a storm porch and Tarn Cottage (ref NP57) is specially designed for use by visitors with some degree of physical handicap. Each has their own furnished patio area, and all have access to a front lawn, which is the ideal venue for children and adults to socialise and play. Locally there are plenty of pubs and restaurants, any of which are perfect for spending a relaxing evening in. Stabling for 2 horses is available on request.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot. High chair.

    All properties: Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone (on site). Private patios and furniture. Shared lawned area to front of cottages. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Cherry Lodge

    Yanwath near Pooley Bridge

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC118213
    This superb lodge is beautifully furnished and equipped and economically priced. Situated on a development of similar lodges in a most tranquil and peaceful retreat, four miles north of Ullswater. Surrounded by farmland, the lodge provides an ideal base from which to explore the Northern Lakes, with the historic town of Penrith, the famous Rheged Discovery Centre, the picturesque Aira Force and the Ullswater steamers all within a short drive.

    Ground Floor: Heated by electric heating and comprising:

    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, surround sound  DVD, CD radio, dining table and chairs and patio doors to the terrace. Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.

    Bedroom 1: With large double bed and en-suite power shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    Bedroom 2: With large 4 foot single bed.

    Shower room: With shower cubicle with power shower, WC and wash hand basin

     All fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry no room for a cot.Outside: Large terrace with seating and wooded area to the rear. Parking for 2 cars.

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  • Cosy Cottage

    Rusland, nr. Hawkshead

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41283

    Idyllic setting

    A charming little 300 year old semi-detached beamed cottage in a secluded hideaway with beautiful views all around, ideally placed in the unspoilt valley of Rusland between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water. The Grizedale Forest is on the doorstep for wonderful walks or take the Windermere steamer from nearby Lakeside to visit Bowness and Ambleside. The southern Lake District offers so much for a relaxing holiday or more strenuous fell walking, whilst attractions such as the Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Cartmel Priory, Holker Hall and the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton are all within a short drive, as well as Hawkshead 5 miles away. Alternatively just relax in the pretty garden and soak up the rural tranquillity. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Wi-fi (on request). Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Steam Train Cottage

    Newby Bridge

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129268
    Situated at the southern tip of Lake Windermere in a semi rural location and very close to the Haverthwaite and Lakeside Steam Railway, Steam Train Cottage is within striking distance of a variety of activities and quaint Lakeland villages. The area is popular with canoeists and fishermen and being close to Grizedale Forest, the location is ideal for walkers and cyclists too. The cottage is neatly presented with 21st Century styling and enjoys a delightful decked seating area giving way to lovely views of the steam railway passing by. The Swan Hotel, on the banks of the River Leven, offers great food throughout the day and is just two minutes stroll from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating, and comprises:

     Entrance porch: Ideal for storing your walking gear.
    Utility: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge with ice box and microwave.
    Understairs cupboard: With fridge/freezer.
    Lounge room: With TV, DVD and Hi-Fi with open fireplace (fuel not provided) and views across to the garden.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Delightful double bedroom with co-ordinating linens and furniture.
    Bedroom 2: Single bedroom with space for a cot.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All oil, electric and bed linen provided. Cot and high chair available. One well behaved pet welcome.Outside: Parking for 1 car. Garden with decked area and furniture provided. Useful shed available for bike storage. Parental supervision is advised for small children whilst in the garden due to the proximity of the Steam Train track.

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  • Curlew Cottage

    Skinburness near Silloth

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC143208
    This quaint little seaside cottage provides simple but comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. Curlew Cottage lies literally across the road from the sand and pebble beach, with wonderful views across the Solway to the Scottish Hills and glorious sunsets in the evening. The promenade extends into Silloth and is perfect for gentle walks or exercising the dog. Situated on the boundary of Skinburness and Silloth, on the Cumbrian Coastal Way, a haven for wildlife with bird sanctuaries and nature reserves dotted along the estuary. The Victorian seaside town of Silloth, with its cobbled streets, amenities and amusements is within walking distance, approx one mile. There are also two holiday villages in Silloth, with swimming pools and leisure facilities, one within a few hundred metres.

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage  and panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD and electric fire.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, fridge, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen, towels and a welcome pack provided. Cot available.Outside: Front lawn garden with seating. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Church Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123241
    Church Cottage sits in a quiet courtyard in the very heart of popular Ambleside, close to an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants and a host of attractions for all the family. Within a few minutes stroll you will find activities including mini golf, tennis and of course, some of the finest fell walking in the whole of Cumbria. And when the weather turns, there are plenty of wet weather attractions to keep you active including the new indoor climbing wall offering supervised tuition for both novice and experienced climbers and the ability to tackle Pavey Ark without the rain!
    Built of Lakeland stone, Church Cottage offers excellent accommodation for the smaller party, the open plan living space offering all the facilities you would expect from a quality self catering cottage. The open fire is a welcoming sight to return to after a day on the fells and the owner has provided a wealth of local guide books and maps to help you get the very best out of holidaying here in one of Lakeland’s most popular resorts.
    Church Cottage can be booked in conjunction with Herald Cottage ref 123105 which is next door.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living space...
    Living Area: Arranged around the open fireplace (fuel available locally) with TV, DVD, i-pod dock and sound system throughout the cottage.
    Dining area:
    Kitchen area: With fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, electric oven and hob, wrapped in cool granite
    Cellar: With washing machine and dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With Super King size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. A cot (bring your own linen) and high chair are provided free of charge. Fuel for open fire not included but can be purchased locally. The cottage includes a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board and a hose pipe for washing down dirty bikes. Wi-fi access available.There is private parking for one car directly in front of the cottage but do take care as the access to the cottage is via a narrow alley (minimum width 2.45m).

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  • Woodlands - The Spinney

    Rogerscale, nr Lorton, Cockermouth

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: LUV

    In an idyllic secluded location with stunning, uninterrupted views over the fells to the Vale of Lorton, these two adjoining properties have been created from a beautiful detached house, built in 1822 as a ‘painting house’ and studio for Joseph Sutton, a noted local artist. They are set in 1¾ acres of mature wooded gardens (with grassed areas, ideal for ball games) which lead down to the River Cocker where fishing is available by local licence. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a haven to an abundance of wildlife. Just a short drive away is the bustling Georgian market town of Cockermouth (4 miles), the birthplace of William Wordsworth whose poetry helped make the Lake District so well known.
    The property is situated in the hamlet of Rogerscale, just 8 miles (via the Whinlatter Pass) from Keswick, the Northern ’capital’ of the Lakes, making this an ideal base from which to explore both the northern Lakes and the west coast. The area offers stunning scenery, with Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere within 15 minutes’ drive. Easily reached are Derwent Water (with steamers) and Bassenthwaite (with sailing and canoeing), while the Whinlatter Forest Centre offers extensive walking and cycling trails. Riding and golf 5 miles. Lorton 1 mile. Coast 20 miles. Shops and pub 4½ miles.

    Furnished and equipped to the E.T.C. ‘4 Star’ standard, this cosy property , is attached to Woodlands House. Sitting/dining room with open fire and kitchen area. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with beamed sloping ceiling. Small single bedroom with sloping ceiling and Velux window. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • NSH included
    • Washer/dryer

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity and bed linen included
    • TV (Teletext)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared 1¾-acre woodland grounds
    • Private fishing on River Cocker (licence available locally)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: River frontage

    Note: Although completely self contained, these two properties can be interconnected via an internal door to provide accommodation for up to 11 people. Over the Xmas and New Year period LUU (Woodlands House) and LUV (The Spinney) must be booked together or LUU alone.

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