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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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  • Bellman Houses - The Cottage

    Winster, nr. Bowness-on-Windermere

    Grade
    3
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    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, towels and Wi-Fi 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.

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  • Laal Yan

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: CC111346
    Laal Yan is Cumbrian Dialect for ’little one’, which aptly describes this charming, cosy, character cottage. It is ideally situated in a small terrace of similar cottages, a short level stroll from the town centre. It has the benefit of parking provided near the cottage. There are fell views to the front and rear and the cottage is adjacent to the River Greta. The cottage is beautifully furnished in keeping with the character of the cottage, but with the benefit of a modern kitchen.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and gas fire.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and gas hob, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave.
    Steep narrow staircase to the....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, electric power shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Sorry there is no space for a cot. Wi-Fi available.Outside: front forecourt. Parking nearby for 1 car.

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  • Rowlands

    Grasmere

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: CC121132
    In the very heart of poetic Gramere, Rowlands is well placed for enjoying superb scenery and wonderful walks in what remains one of the very few traditional villages in the whole of Lakeland. The village is mostly on the level so is ideal for gentle ambles amidst some interesting shops, tea rooms, and outdoor stores. A walk around the lake shore is both manageable and inspiring for all ages, the many pubs and restaurants readily on hand to quench your thirst and satify your hearty appetite.
    Rowlands is a lovely property, in a quiet location on the peripheral of the village and with little passing traffic, just the spot for a relaxing break. The accommodation is comfortable, of a traditional style, the main feature being the manicured patio gardens which can be seen from the picture windows in the lounge, certainly a great vantage point for taking in some more of the breathtaking views of the Grasmere fell range.

    Ground Floor: Rowlands has night storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With flat screen TV, DVD, CD player, bookcase, CD/DVD cabinet with a selection of books, DVDs and CDs for your enjoyment. Views and access out to the garden.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower Room: With shower, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no travel cot provided as this property is not suitable for children.Enclosed garden with furniture provided. Useful car port and off road parking. NB: This property is not suitable for children. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Cedar Barn

    Warcop near Appleby

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: CC132172
    Situated between the market towns of Appleby and Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley, this delightful barn conversion has been imaginatively designed to provide a charming holiday home in a tranquil village setting. Warcop is just over six miles from the attractive and ancient market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland and is superbly located for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks. The cosy sitting room with wood burner has original beams and stone features. Outside is an enclosed small garden with a summerhouse, ideal for relaxing in with a glass of chilled wine. This is an ideal base for walkers, cyclists, lovers of the countryside and holiday makers who will appreciate touring the quiet lanes of Cumbria, the upper reaches of the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales. The scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway runs from Appleby and Kirkby Stephen.

    First Floor: The property has external steps to entrance, is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area:
    Beamed with wood burner, feature stone work, TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With large power shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided.Small enclosed garden with summerhouse, patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars). NB: External steps to entrance.

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  • Woodlands - The Spinney

    Rogerscale, nr Lorton, Cockermouth

    Grade
    3
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    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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  • Cobblestones

    Kendal

    Grade
    3
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    1
    Ref: W43227

    A pretty little cottage situated in a shared courtyard, this delightful holiday home is just 5 minutes’ walk from the Lakeland town of Kendal, home to many attractions including The Brewery Arts Centre, two museums and an art gallery. If you enjoy eating out, you will be spoilt for choice with the many cosy tea rooms, cafés, fine dining restaurants and traditional country pubs. Kendal is well served by public transport, and a rail link connects with the main West Coast line at Oxenholme and Windermere. Buses leave frequently for all parts of the Lake District. Explore Windermere, Ambleside or Bowness and visit attractions such as the steam railway, the aquarium and the World of Beatrix Potter. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 400 yards.

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

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard with own sitting-out area. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Old Stables

    Eden Mount, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    3
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    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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  • George Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: CC111343
    This delightful two bedroom end of terrace sandstone cottage was fully renovated and refurbished by the owner, but retains its charm and character. George Cottage is stylishly decorated and furnished to a high standard, with individual touches like handmade oak shelving throughout and is ideal for a couple, small family or single person. It is situated in a residential area of Keswick, 5 minutes level walk from the town centre and 10 minutes from the Lake and has the benefit of a private parking space.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With LCD TV with Freeview, DVD, CD radio with i-pod dock and living flame gas fire. There is also a handmade oak table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With oak worktop, electric oven and ceramic hob.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Original staircase (note: quite steep) leading to....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, handmade oak wardrobe and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and drawers.
    Bathroom: With over sized bath with shower over, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Parking for 1 car and on street parking.

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  • Beech Nut - Hewetson Court

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
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    1
    Ref: CC111149
    Hewetson Court is situated just off the Main Street and only minutes walk from the town centre. Ideally located for those who wish to enjoy the delights of Keswick without having to move their car from the allocated private parking space. Set back from the main street in a courtyard setting these apartments have been constructed to provide comfortable accommodation for those who would like to be in the ’heart’ of this popular market town but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Lake Derwentwater is a mere ten minute stroll and Keswick Leisure Pool and park are close at hand, where you can enjoy swimming, tennis, bowls and mini-golf. An abundance of restaurants, tea rooms, pubs (serving excellent bar meals) and shops are all on your doorstep to ensure you always have somewhere new to visit.

    Ground Floor: Double glazed and heated by night storage heaters, this ground floor apartment comprises:
    Entrance hall: With ceramic tiled flooring.
    Lounge/diner: With wood laminate flooring, TV, video and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom, furnished in pine 
    Bedroom 2: Single bedroom, furnished in pine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electricity and bed linen included. Cot available. Free Wi-fi availablePrivate parking for one car. No smoking.

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  • Briarwood

    near Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    3
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    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.

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  • New Park Farm - Ash Tree Cottage

    Nr. Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: LF3


    Peacefully located and surrounded by stunning scenery with spectacular views, these delightful cottages have been carefully converted from the barns of a former farm steading. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the holiday properties are two in a little group of four, located between Torpenhow and Ireby on the northern fringe of the Lake District. Attractively furnished, well presented and equipped to E.T.C. 5 Star standard, the living accommodation is on the first floor to take advantage of the outstanding views, including stunning sunsets over the Solway. There are pleasant walks and cycle routes from the door along lanes filled with wild flowers and wildlife. Keswick (on the shore of Derwentwater) and Cockermouth (birthplace of William Wordsworth) offer shops, restaurants, galleries and tourist attractions, the former with a leisure pool and the latter with a swimming-pool. Romantic, quiet and peaceful, yet an ideal base for the Lakes, Solway coast, Scottish borders and Hadrian’s Wall. Sailing on nearby Lake Bassenthwaite. Armathwaite Hall Hotel, a 10-minute drive, offers a swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. Maes Gallery and tea rooms serving food daily is within 2 miles. Ireby is within a mile with a warm, cosy pub with log fire, and serving food daily. Shops 5 miles.

    Double bedroom with pretty lace-draped four-poster bed. Attractive single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Spacious open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, kitchen area and French windows with wonderful countryside views.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Radio/CD
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio, furniture
    • 2-acre shared grounds with children’s play area
    • Barbecue
    • Rare breed sheep, miniature Shetland ponies
    • Ample parking
    • Shared external games room with table tennis, pool table, table football
    • Welcome tea tray, complimentary bottle of wine
    • Milk, eggs, bread available
    • No smoking

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  • Mickledale

    Great Salkeld near Penrith

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC132183
    Situated in a peaceful location, this holiday property makes an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. The area offers a tremendous amount to occupy guests, with golf courses, sailing, horse riding, cycling amongst many other adventurous activities available locally. For those with young children, there are also a number of great days out on the doorstep. If arts and culture are a passion, a quick glance at the surroundings will see exactly why the region has inspired so many artists, writers and craftsmen. Great Salkeld is a picture-postcard village with red sandstone cottages, clustered by the village church. The village inn, just 200 yards away serves local real ale. The property is part of Wetheral Cottages, which is surrounded by well-maintained gardens that lead to a small paddock adjacent to the cottage, which is great space for play or adventure within the grounds. The village playground, 100 yards away, offers swings, junior assault course as well as hard and grassed areas for ball games.
    Mickledale can be booked with Garth (CC132180), High Croft (CC132181), Windale (CC132182) and Langriggs (CC132184) to accommodate larger parties of up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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