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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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  • Grasmere View Cottage

    Grasmere

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    Ref: CC121107
    Situated in the most idyllic and elevated position above Grasmere in Dale End, this lovely ground floor cottage apartment forms the lower part of the owner’s holiday home and enjoys the most magnificent views over the lake and surrounding fells. Grasmere View Cottage has been transformed into the most delightful holiday accommodation, offering all home-from-home comforts, including fitted kitchen and luxury bathroom. From the garden the views are breathtaking and are sure to make you want to return to this superb location.

    Ground Floor: This ground floor cottage apartment is heated by electric heaters and comprises:
    Kitchen/diner: Delightful open plan kitchen/diner with fitted units incorporating electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and pine dining furniture.
    Lounge: Sunny lounge with TV, DVD, video, hi-fi and cosy electric stove effect fire.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
    Outside Utility room: with washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available (not suitable for children or babies).Garden. Private parking. NB: Steep drop in grounds. There is a low fence but it is only 40cm high. Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Birkerthwaite Barn

    Eskdale

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    Ref: W41478

    Four poster bedSurrounded by dramatic scenery

    Featuring beams taken from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian Coast, this small group of holiday cottages at Birkerthwaite, a former 17th century Lakeland farmstead, lie at the end of an unmade track and are surrounded by tranquil moorland scenery and farmland. This is fantastic walking countryside and the elevated position gives views of Scafell and the Eskdale Valley, creating a unique atmosphere of tranquillity. Birkerthwaite Farmhouse (W43001) is a unique holiday property dating back to 1627 and has many original features, beamed ceilings, flagged floors and unusual oak wall cupboards built in the 1700’s. Comfortably furnished and with the benefit of an open fire and an Aga, the farmhouse is cosy and welcoming. Birkerthwaite Stable (W41477) is a single-storey converted stable with rustic charm heated by a log-burning stove. Birkerthwaite Barn (W41478) has a spacious kitchen/dining room, a galleried landing and a four poster bed. Birkerthwaite Cottage (W41479) has an upstairs open plan living area with wooden floors which opens onto a balcony overlooking gardens. Nearby attractions include Muncaster Castle and Hardknott Roman Fort, whilst the Langdale Pikes and Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere can be reached via a stunning drive over the Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes. A short drive away is Wast Water; to the west are sandy beaches. Alternatively take the steam train from Ravenglass. Shop 3 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (timed use October-May). Electric heaters (in summer). Electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Westside

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123226
    In the very heart of popular Ambleside, Westside is perfectly positioned for enjoying a vibrant village based holiday and sampling all of the excellent amenities and attractions on hand, most of which are a level stroll from this stylish apartment. Ambleside is also, however, equally suitable for those wishing to spend the majority of their days on the magnificent fells and to return to quality accommodation at the end of your day
    The owners of this first floor apartment, are lovers of the great outdoors themselves and wish only that their guests will enjoy the excellent facilities they have provided here at Westside. The lengthy stone mullioned windows, recently exposed to their full potential during major refurbishment, allow plenty of light to flood through the open plan living space whilst offering guests good views of the surrounding fell range and the opportunity to plan your route for the coming day. The well fitted bathroom is on hand to help soak away those aches and pains whilst a quality and comfortable king size bed will ensure a good night’s rest in readiness for the day ahead.

    First Floor: Property has a mix of under floor and instant electric heating and comprises:
    Shared entrance leading to the first floor.
    Small Hallway: Leading left into open plan living space
    Lounge: With slate floor, comfy seating area, HD Freeview TV, DVD and dining space.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, microwave, fridge with small freezer box, electric oven and hob.
    The living area has direct access onto a metal fire escape.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Outside: Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children.

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  • Croft House Apartment

    Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: CC129209
    Broughton-in-Furness is well situated a few miles west of nearby Coniston, is becoming a favoured destination for the more discerning visitor, who appreciate its tranquil charm and acknowledge it as part of the "Undiscovered Lakeland". Coniston and the wonderful surrounding fell ranges and lakes can be explored along with the nearby River Duddon immortalised by Wordsworth as one of the most scenic rivers in England.Embraced by this beautiful countryside, Broughton is becoming increasingly popular being well located, not far from the busier towns of Ambleside and Windermere; there are some excellent beeches nearby to the west, and to the south Ulverston is a vibrant larger town. Broughton’s  focal point is the Georgian market square with its obelisk erected in 1810 to commemorate the jubilee of King George III. Nearby old stone  slabs can still be seen where traders laid out their wares, as can the stocks in which  wrongdoers were punished. Bordering the square the Tourist Information Office is adjacent to ’Beswicks’ a charming restaurant, close to some of the cafes and excellent traditional pub where a welcoming atmosphere, fine foods and Real Ales can be enjoyed. Delicious and traditional foods are available from the small friendly local shops, the bakers and the butchers have deservedly been recommended by several of the country’s top chefs.
    Set just off the main square, Croft House and Croft House apartment are two pretty properties, thoughtfully prepared for the holiday market.  Each is delightfully presented with comfortable furnishings and personal touches, including original paintings some created by the owner.  Croft House and Croft House apartment can be booked together in which circumstances the secure interconnecting door linking the two properties would need to be specifically opened - please request when booking.

    First Floor: Croft House Apartment has gas central heating and comprises:
    External stone staircase overlooking the delightful courtyard to the rear of Croft House leads to the entrance.
    Dressing/shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and W.C.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with small freezer box.
    Lounge/dining area: Has comfy leather seating and wall mounted flat screen T.V.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, plenty of hanging space, safety deposit box and ornamental fireplace.

    All electric, gas and bed linen provided.  Sorry, no room for a cot. Unlimited broadband availableOn street parking.

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  • Arnside Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

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    Ref: W42984

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    Small step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Thirlmere near Keswick

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    Ref: 24984
    Nestling in a clearing of trees, at the foot of Helvellyn and close to the shore of Thirlmere, Dale Head Hall’s Victorian coach house, set within the grounds of one of lakeland’s finest hotels, has been carefully restored and converted into five apartments offering delightful holiday accommodation amidst breathtaking scenery. Overlooking the cobbled yard they retain much of their rustic charm and are comfortably furnished and equipped. Stroll through the wonderful garden and enjoy spectacular lake views the tranquillity that this very special setting offers.

    The walking and wildlife from the doorstep is excellent. There is a stunning walk along the lakeside or for the more ambitious hiker Helvellyn beckons. The popular, bustling market town of Keswick with an abundance of interesting shops, tourist attractions and eateries is five miles. Thirlmere connects to the south Lakes via a spectacular mountain pass, where you can enjoy the many opportunities that Grasmere, Windermere and Ambleside have to offer. An excellent central location for exploring the Lake District.

    The Coach House can be booked together with Grooms Room (13316) and The Tack Room (13317) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With TV, video and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave and fridge freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. 24 hour laundry service available. Shared drying room.Large shared gardens with lakeside terrace, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds 55 yards away.

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  • Redmayne Cottage

    Orton

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    Ref: LXH

    Overlooking the village beck, with its paddling ducks, this 17th-century cottage is attractively situated at the heart of the village of Orton. One of a cosy pair, and tastefully furnished and decorated, it makes a perfect romantic retreat. With quiet roads and footpaths, lined with wild flowers, to negotiate by foot, car or cycle, it is ideal for exploring the majestic beauty of the Lake District National Park. The interesting old market town of Appleby 10 miles, with Kendal within a 15-mile drive. Yorkshire Dales, Coast-to-Coast Walk and the Cumbrian Cycle Way easily accessible. Ullswater and Windermere lakes within 23 miles. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    One step to entrance hall. Beamed living room with open fire. Small beamed dining hall with flagged floor. Compact, fitted kitchen with flagged floor. Utility. Traditional cottage stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH, ‘Economy 7’ , bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • NB: 5 steps to garden

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  • Wreaks End Farm - Thorn Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: 19529

    These charming, single storey detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762) are situated one mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, and are also in the same grounds as refs 19605 and 27736. The beautiful Dudden Valley, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere are within half an hour’s drive, as well as South Lakes Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle and Gardens and Holker Hall and Garden. Visit attractions such as the popular owl sanctuary and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway. Also visit the Roman Bath in the Eskdale Valley and the Hardknott Roman Fort. Lake Coniston, with its many walking and cycling routes, is also within easy reach. The reserves at Walney Island and Hodbarrow are great for bird-watching. Tennis courts are for hire in the village. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Dishwasher. Large enclosed decked terrace and furniture.

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

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  • The Pump House

    Appleby

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    Ref: LQ2

    Relax, unwind and indulge in this unique, romantic converted pump house which stands in an idyllic position on the banks of the River Eden. Delightfully decorated, this appealing, detached holiday home overlooks the river, cricket pitch and church. Centrally located in the beautiful Eden Valley, between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two national parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities. Shop 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Beamed open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, lantern roof, French window with river views, wooden floor and kitchen area.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full ‘Economy 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small freezer
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Roadside parking, 20 yards
    • Chocolates and champagne by arrangement with owner
    • No smoking
    • No children except babes in arms
    • NB: River 5 yards

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  • Rose Hill Cottage

    Dovenby, nr. Cockermouth

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    Ref: 23998

    This delightful holiday home has been cleverly renovated with a lovely mix of old and new and is a perfect little cottage for two. Situated on the edge of a small friendly village which lies just 2 miles west of the traditional market town of Cockermouth, famous as the birthplace of Wordsworth and with a good selection of shops, restaurants and galleries. Excellent walking and cycling routes with the northern and western lakes and fells within easy reach. Shop 2 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors, beams and wooden floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden and 2 steps down to patio.

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  • La’l Tethera

    Ambleside

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

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

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

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  • Ramblers Lodge (VE Gold Award)

    Bowland Bridge

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    Ref: CC129166
    The Winster Valley is a tranquil area within the Lake District National Park. The area is typically rural, with narrow country lanes winding through the valley and is an ideal location for walking or cycling. Rambler’s Lodge is situated behind the historic Hare and Hounds Inn in the hamlet of Bowland Bridge, serving excellent cuisine and local ales with the renowned Mason’s Arms at Strawberry Bank is also within walking distance, in fact there are five pubs/restaurants in the local area. The towns of Windermere and Kendal are only a short drive away, although the village store across the road has a wealth of goods available, as well as a tea shop, bakery, deli and payphone - a true ’local store’. The views are simply stunning with excellent vistas across the valley towards Whitbarrow Scar, tempting even the most modest of walkers. Rambler’s Lodge is a prestigious property, newly built to a very high specification by renowned local builders. With up to the minute facilities in a most contemporary design, the property is ideal for honeymoons, either first or second time around, or for any special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or a surprise for your loved one. Rambler’s Lodge has been furnished in keeping with the style of the building, and the thoughtful owners will provide a ’Welcome Pack’ for guests, including a bottle of wine to get your holiday off to a good start.

    Ground Floor: Rambler’s Lodge has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to:
    Bedroom: With double bed, built in wardrobes and an en-suite ’wet room’, fully tiled with power shower, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Open plan...
    Lounge area:
    With flat screen Freeview TV, surround sound system, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and ’Welcome Pack’ provided. Sorry, no cot available.Patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one car. Sorry, children and babies are not accepted at Rambler’s Lodge due to the high standard of finish. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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