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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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  • Woodlands Cottage

    Ireby, nr. Caldbeck

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24726

    Set in the grounds of Woodlands Country House, this cottage was originally the stables for the Victorian vicarage. Retaining the high pitched roof, the living room enjoys lovely views across the fields and the huge woodburner guarantees a cosy year round retreat. Guests have use of the pretty, communal Country House gardens and also a small private garden (not fully enclosed). Ireby is a typical Cumbrian farming village on the northern fringe of the Lake District National Park and is just a 30-minute drive to both the popular and bustling lakeside town of Keswick and the traditional market town of Cockermouth. The charming village of Caldbeck is a scenic drive across Caldbeck Common. Shops 6½ miles, pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned area and furniture. Shared ½-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 1 Tower Cottage

    Portinscale near Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC112120
    A delightful character cottage lovingly restored by the owners, using traditional materials and complimented with quality furnishings, a modern well equipped kitchen and bathroom. 1 Tower Cottage has a courtyard setting and is one of several cottages converted from the former grooms cottages of The Towers. Situated in the village of Portinscale, on the northern shores of Derwentwater, with restaurants, pub, tea room/shop and marina all in close proximity. There are lovely walks from the cottage, both around the lake and onto the fells and a footpath into Keswick.

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and wood burning stove (initial supply of fuel provided) in the original feature stone fireplace.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and wash basin.
    Steep narrow staircase to the......

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and a glimpse of the lake.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.

    All electric and bed linen included. Cot available. Two small/medium dogs or one large dog welcome.Outside: Seating area in the courtyard to the front of the cottage, rear yard and on street parking.

  • 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.

  • Chapelfield Cottage

    near Rosthwaite

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC117113
    Chapelfield Cottage is set in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley with wonderful views of the surrounding fells. There are many low level routes to be taken from the doorstep and for those who prefer something more strenuous, Scafell, Great Gable and their surrounding peaks are all possible day trips from the cottage. There is a general store in the nearby village of Rosthwaite and two public bars within walking distance. Derwentwater is three miles and Keswick, with all its visitors attractions is only seven miles.

    Ground Floor: The property is gas centrally heated and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Oak beamed lounge/dining room with coal effect electric stove, Freesat TV, DVD, video and fell views.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with panoramic views towards Watendlath Fell.
    Bedroom 2: Single bedroom with panoramic views towards Watendlath Fell.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi available.Lawned gardens with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

  • Poppy Cottage

    Bothel, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31020

    Poppy Cottage is an enchanting, 18th-century, end-terraced holiday cottage located at the heart of the tranquil village of Bothel, just north of Bassenthwaite and Keswick. Ideal for couples and small families, it also welcomes pets, so that all the family can enjoy the beauty of the Lake District. With its wonderful split-level garden, complete with lawned area, picnic table and patio set, you can take advantage of the warm summer days, relaxing in the sun with a cool drink. There is also a barbecue available, ensuring an enjoyable day which can last well into the evening. Poppy Cottage is only a short walk from the local pub, and has good access to the A591 and the popular tourist towns of Keswick and Cockermouth. It is also only a few minutes from Bassenthwaite Lake. Shop 7 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area, beams and tiled floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (2ft 6in for child)

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Two enclosed gardens, one large with lawn, summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 8 steps (or ramp) in garden.

  • Latrigg Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111382
    Latrigg Cottage enjoys a central yet quiet location in Keswick town centre. The cottage was completely refurbished to a very good standard, with modern kitchen and contemporary furnishings throughout. It has a private parking place for those travelling by car but is equally suitable for guests using public transport. Shops, pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions and other amenities are literally on the doorstep and the lake, parks and fells are all accessible on foot from the cottage. Keswick is a great location for an action packed holiday, with loads of outdoor activities or just a relaxing break enjoying the Lake District scenery.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Lounge/diner: With TV/DVD, CD/radio and a view to Latrigg.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave washing machine and fridge.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Sorry the property is not suitable for 0-7 year olds.Outside: Small courtyard with garden bench. Parking for 1 car.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Hillcroft Cottage

    Haverthwaite, nr. Ulverston

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43399


    This terraced holiday cottage is a peaceful retreat and is part of an old farm that was converted some years ago. The cottage has a lovely woodburner, which gives the property a cosy country feel that makes it special. This is the perfect springboard to the Lakes, and if you like your walking, there are many walks from Hatherthwaite up to the Lakes and beyond. Many years ago you would have travelled to Haverthwaite to purchase gunpowder, nowadays you go there for peace and quiet! Haverthwaite is only a few minutes down the A590 from Backbarrow, 4 miles north of Cartmel, and has moved on from its days as an iron, steel, cotton and gunpowder-producing village to become a more tranquil getaway. Haverthwaite is famous the the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Running along the line that once transported gunpowder to the dockyards, the railway now carries tourists along the scenic route in traditional, heritage steam trains. Many of the old industrial buildings have been converted into flats or houses, whilst a number of beautiful holiday cottages have sprung up over the years to accommodate the large number of tourists who arrive in the village each year. The village’s history lives on in buildings like the old Gunpowder Works, with its ornate clock tower, and St Anne’s Church, which was built in 1824. A true taste of local life can be found at the local pub, which specialises in real ales, as well as putting on live music and quiz nights. Beach 3½ miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¼mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 37" freesat TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • Windale

    Great Salkeld near Penrith

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC132182
    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.
    Windale can be booked with Garth (CC132180), High Croft (CC132181), Mickledale (CC132183) and Langriggs (CC132184) to accommodate larger parties of up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.

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

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