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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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  • Toby Cottage

    Natland, nr. Kendal

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28031

    This charming 200 year old holiday cottage, with its own enclosed garden, is situated in the picturesque village of Natland. The tastefully renovated cottage retains lots of original character with exposed beams and wood burning stove. Just 2 miles from the market town of Kendal with many attractions. Outdoor activities including walking, cycling, golf, sailing and horse riding are all within reach, or visit Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle. This property makes an ideal base to explore the many wonderful Lake District attractions, all within a short drive such as the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and cruises on Lake Windermere. Shop 30 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (4ft).

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Armboth

    Thirlmere near Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: LN6
    Nestled amidst beautifully landscaped grounds, this attractive, single storey, well-equipped holiday property stands adjacent to Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel, which occupies a peaceful setting on the shores of Thirlmere in the centre of the Lake District National Park. This is an ideal base to enjoy the beauty of the area, with the inviting slopes of Helvellyn rising majestically behind, and is the perfect, tranquil location from which to explore. With views over the grounds and woodland towards Helvellyn, this charming holiday home offers the ideal destination for a relaxing break in an AONB. Nearby, Keswick, seen by many as the adventure capital of the Lake District, has tennis, horse riding, golf, fishing, boat trips, sailing, paragliding, gill scrambling and much more. With all the major attractions within easy reach, such as Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter museums, Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Honister Slate Mine and the Theatre by the Lake, visitors will never be lost for something to do. Unwind after a long day exploring by enjoying the peace and tranquillity, and admiring the spectacular lake view from the hotel terrace, or call in for a drink or meal at the nearby pub.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Large open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Satellite TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-Fi. Telephone (at cost). 24 hr laundry service (subject to availability).Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared landscaped grounds, terrace and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. NB: Grounds border Thirlmere lakeshore and lake paths.

  • 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. One dog welcome.Outside: Front lawn garden with seating. Parking for 1 car.

  • Honeycomb Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC127224
    Honeycomb Cottage is tucked away along a quiet side street of the centre of Windermere with no passing traffic and is in a super location for the first time or returning National Park visitor. Ideal for those who prefer to park up the car for the week and use the excellent public transport on offer, the train, National Express and local coach and bus stations are just a few minutes walk away and a host of interesting shops, bars and restaurants are literally on the doorstep.
    Honeycomb Cottage is a typical Lakeland stone cottage with lots of character displayed by way of exposed beams and a super wood burning stove, perfect for those breaks in the cooler months. The cottage is well equipped with a good fitted kitchen, perfect for the self catering guest but with such a wealth of places to eat out or takeaway in Windermere, you may choose to sample a different international cuisine every night

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Lounge: With TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel available locally).
    Dining room: With open fire through to...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and plenty of space for a cot.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.On street parking for one car via permit. Small seating area with shared access and furniture provided.

  • 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.

  • Bellman Houses - The Cottage

    Winster, nr. Bowness-on-Windermere

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30864

    Bellman Houses are set in the wonderful countryside of the Winster Valley, in 120 acres of working farmland, and yet just a 5-minute drive from Bowness-on-Windermere. Stunning views over Lake Windermere towards Great Langdale can be seen on the single track approach, with wonderful local walks direct from the doorstep. Bellman Houses have been owned for three successive generations by the same family, and their sympathetic extensive restoration over the years, using traditional methods and materials reflect the local custom and heritage evident today. The Main House (ref 30863) sleeps 7, and is a 16th-century, Grade II listed former farmhouse that retains many original features with timber walls, flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, original fireplaces and the original oak panelling between the bedrooms. The Cottage (ref 30864) sleeps 3 and has stunning, rural views from almost every room. On the site can be found a wonderful example of a spinning gallery in the traditional ’Bank Barn’, one of only a handful of surviving examples in the UK. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Please note: The Main House (ref 30863) and The Cottage (ref 30864) have an interconnecting door and can be booked together to accommodate up to 10+1 guests. Bellman Houses are set in the wonderful countryside of the Winster Valley, in 120 acres of working farmland, and yet just a 5-minute drive from Bowness-on-Windermere. Stunning views over Lake Windermere towards Great Langdale can be seen on the single track approach, with wonderful local walks direct from the doorstep. Bellman Houses have been owned for three successive generations by the same family, and their sympathetic extensive restoration over the years, using traditional methods and materials reflect the local custom and heritage evident today. The Main House (ref 30863) sleeps 7, and is a16th-century, Grade II listed former farmhouse that retains many original features with timber walls, flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, original fireplaces and the original oak panelling between the bedrooms. The Cottage (ref 30864) sleeps 3 and has stunning, rural views from almost every room. On the site can be found a wonderful example of a spinning gallery in the traditional ’Bank Barn’, one of only a handful of surviving examples in the UK. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Please note: The Main House (ref 30863) and The Cottage (ref 30864) have an interconnecting door and can be booked together to accommodate up to 10+1 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with beams, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Microwave. Sitting-out area with furniture.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared lawned garden. Shared 120-acre farmland. Shared barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring.

  • Lobstone Cottage

    Rosthwaite

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC117109
    This traditional cottage is set in the Heart of ’walker’s paradise’ Rosthwaite with the fells surrounding this village in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. Lobstone Cottage was drawn by A Wainwright and appears in his book ’The Coast to Coast Walk’.
    This property can be booked together with Nokka (117108) to accommodate up to 12 people.

    Ground Floor: Lobstone Cottage is heated by night storage heaters and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: Beamed dining/lounge with Lakeland slate fire surround housing electric fire, TV, DVD, dining furniture and stained wooden floors.
    Kitchen: Beamed with electric cooker, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave with Lakeland stone floor and access via a glazed door to the Lakeland stone patio with pleasant outlook towards the fells.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with beamed ceiling and pine furniture.
    Bedroom 2: Single bedroom with pine furniture.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and heated towel rail.
    Cloakroom: With WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wifi available.Private parking, patio with furniture. Lobstone Cottage can be let on its own or together with Nokka (CC117108) to accommodate up to 12 people.

  • 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.

  • Briarwood

    near Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128103
    This delightful apartment is situated on Helm Road, in an elevated position above the bustling town of Bowness. Briarwood has a balcony offering pleasant views towards Claife Heights and surrounding fells and has private parking ensuring that the pleasures of this busy town can be accessed on foot and a selection of walks can be taken from the door.

    Second Floor: The accommodation is gas centrally heated and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Pleasant open plan with picture windows giving access to a balcony, TV, DVD, video, radio, comfortable seating and dining furniture.
    Kitchen: Adjoining and open plan with electric built in oven and grill, electric hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With small 4ft double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot and payphone available. Wi-Fi access available.Garage parking.

  • Tipsy Drake Cottage

    Ulverston

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42052

    Lovely views from the garden

    A charming, beamed, terraced cottage in the hamlet of Lowick Green close to the road to Coniston (9 miles), providing a year round holiday base with its cosy open fire. Ideally placed to tour Southern Lakeland, Coniston Water (3 miles) and Lake Windermere (7 miles). The Cumbrian beaches are nearby for bird watching and gentle strolling, whilst the Lake District Fells surround for energetic walks with stunning views from the peaks. Ulverston (5 miles) has stylish boutiques, cinema, theatre and many restaurants and cafes. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms with sloping ceilings: 1 double with inter-linking door to 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and low beams.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, NSH, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Triple Aga. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Private lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steps in the garden.

  • Blease Cottage

    Threlkeld

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC116104
    This former farm workers cottage dating back over 250 years has been sympathetically restored to offer cosy and characterful accommodation  location at the foot of Blencathra, five miles from Keswick. Threlkeld is steeped in history with its church dating back to 1573 and its two pubs back to 1688.The pubs serve good food and real ale and are only a few minutes walk from the cottage. Blease Cottage is an ideal location to enjoy the peaceful countryside with its many walks from the door, as well as golf and cycling opportunities. There is walking from the cottage to suit all, a level railway path into Keswick, walks on the fells around the village and more challenging walks up onto Blencathra and Skiddaw. The village welcomes holiday makers and has a good bus service to Keswick and Penrith.

    Ground Floor: The gas centrally heated accommodation with its original beams comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With feature stone wall and a multi-fuel stove , flat screen TV with integrated DVD, CD/Hi-Fi and open views.
    Kitchen: With views towards Blencathra, electric twin oven and ceramic hob, washer/dryer, fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: to the front of the cottage with double bed and an open outlook.
    Bedroom 2: to the rear with 4ft bed and an open outlook.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen, towels and tea towels included. Telephone available for incoming calls only. Sorry no room for a cot.Small garden to the front with private parking for 1 car.

  • 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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