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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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  • Long Byres at Talkin Head - Cottage No6

    Talkin, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 31039

    Talkin Head is a hill farm in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful old farm buildings (refs: 31034, 31035, 31036, 31037, 31038, 31039 and 31040) have been converted into seven specially designed terraced holiday cottages, known as Long Byres at Talkin Head. Each cottage is self-contained and has central heating throughout to provide comfortable and cosy accommodation with lovely views; some looking across the Lake District hills. The shared lawned gardens look out over rolling farmland and are an ideal setting to sit back and relax! The local area has much to entertain visitors. The farm itself is home to sheep, chickens and geese. Children are welcome to come and meet the animals and pets. The golf course is only 11/2 miles away and Talkin Tarn is excellent for boating, coarse fishing and walking. Cycle hire is available locally, with many good routes across the fells on ‘green’ roads. For those keen on discovering our heritage, Hadrian’s Wall is a must. Situated next door to Geltsdale RSPB Nature Reserve, which is home to a small number of black grouse and other upland birds. A great location for all ages. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with Velux.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and two tumble dryers. Shared, large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept under strict control (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Steep slopes in garden. Stream 50 yards, fenced river 200 yards.

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  • Guards Cottage

    Gleaston, nr. Ulverston

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W44087


    This delightful cottage, adjacent to the owners home, is situated on the edge of the small village of Gleaston on the Furness Peninsula. The cottage was originally part of Guards House Farm and was an eight cow shippon (milking parlour). It has been converted into a fully insulated, warm, cosy and comfortable dwelling with all accommodation situated on one level. It features beautiful original wooden beams and slate floors, and opens out onto a large mature garden.
    There are easy walks from the village to enjoy including a walk past Gleaston water mill and café to Gleaston Castle ruins, which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Going north brings visitors to the village of Stainton, where opposite the village green, is the local inn. For the more energetic, head south east for a longer walk and enjoy the great views of the expanse of Morecambe Bay, which leads to the coast and beach.
    There is quick and easy access to the market town of Ulverston with its old pubs, restaurants and golf course. Ulverston was the home of Stan Laurel and the birthplace of the Quaker movement at Swarthmoor Hall. All the attractions of the Lake District National Park are easily accessible with Coniston Lake and Lake Windermere being about 12 miles away. The Furness Peninsula has many sandy beaches, pebble beaches, sand dunes, bird watching, the South Lakes Animal Park, Furness Abbey and Pier Island and Castle. Popular Birkrigg Common, which is within walking distance, has incredible panoramic views of Morecambe Bay. The town of Barrow offers other attractions such as large stores, multiplex cinema, nightclubs and a golf course. Nearby, Walney Island has a Nature Reserve, a large expanse of sandy beach, a gliding club and golf course. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2½ miles, restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 30’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Kingfisher

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC112145
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Kingfisher is a good, spacious one bed apartment with an open plan living and kitchen area. The owners have beautifully blended the original character of the building including feature fireplace with all the conventional living touches you’d expect.

    Kingfisher can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Egret (CC112147), Curlew (CC112148), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with feature fireplace, Freeview TV and double sash windows.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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  • Barnside

    Gamblesby

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC118236
    With its peaceful atmosphere, wonderful views and garden setting, Barnside makes the perfect romantic retreat; an immaculate and stylish presented barn conversion adjoining the owner’s art studio in the rural village of Gamblesby. The double patio doors lead onto a delightful sitting-out area which has steps leading to a well-tended garden. From here, a grassy path leads to the duck pond where you can enjoy 360 degrees of amazing views. The tranquil village of Gamblesby is set under the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the unspoilt Eden Valley. It is just a 30 minute drive from Ullswater, in the Lake District National Park, a little further to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and also the Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. This is a perfect place to relax and explore the spectacular and contrasting scenery of northern England. Besides excellent local and more adventurous walking, plus numerous cycle routes (C2C runs close to the village), there are also many visitor attractions to enjoy. Penrith, 10 miles, is the main town of the North Lakes and is full of interesting local shops. Long Meg and her Daughters (ancient stone circle), the Settle to Carlisle Railway line with the occasional steam train, boat trips on Lake Ullswater, the narrow gauge South Tyndale Railway and numerous historic sites and castles are just a few of the highlights.

    Ground Floor: The property has five steps to the entrance and then is all on the ground floor, has underfloor oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with TV, DVD player, CD/radio and patio doors to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Large with electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with four poster bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, large shower, WC and two basins.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair supplied on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack including homemade baking and tea tray. Private sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds 218 yards away. Steps in the garden.

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  • High Lowscales - High Lowscales Byre

    Whicham Valley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 30155

    The Byre is a romantic two-storey detached barn conversion at High Lowscales Farm, a traditional Cumbrian hill farm situated in the south-western Lakes, between the beautiful countryside of the Whicham and Duddon Valleys. The Farm is set in 17 acres and has spectacular views down to the Irish Sea and the Duddon Estuary. Public footpaths cross the farmland, and next door lies Millom Park, perfect for woodland walks. The driveway is also a bridleway, ideal for mountain biking in the Whicham Valley and up the 600m high Black Combe. The beaches at Haverigg and Silecroft and the Hodbarrow RSPB reserve are a 10-minute drive, whilst the market town of Broughton-in-Furness is 15 minutes away. Within a half hour drive you will also find Coniston Water, the Barrow-in-Furness Peninsula (pretty drives, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Furness Abbey, The Dock Museum, Walney Island Nature Reserve, Piel Island, Furness Owls, Gleaston Watermill and the Cumbrian Coastal Way), Muncaster Castle and ’La’al Ratty’ miniature steam railway at Ravenglass, which all make for wonderful family days out. The Aquarium of the Lakes and steam boat cruises on Windermere are a 40-minute drive away. You can also enjoy your very own ’cupid’ spa hot tub, complete with massage jets and feature lighting. In order to make guests’ stays as relaxing as possible, shopping, ‘drop off suppers’ and massage and beauty treatments (at the cottage) can be pre-ordered (separate charges apply). This property is in the same location as ref 28559. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 4½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with dining area, folding patio doors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with French doors, shower over bath, shower cubicle, and toilet. Wooden floors and beams throughout.

    Two Freesat TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed sandstone patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Decked area with hot tub. Shared 17-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. NB: 13 steps between upper decked area and patio.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. iPod dock. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Cycle store. Hot tub. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Oakvale - Oak Leaf

    Braithwaite

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC114153
    Set within attractive gardens and boasting the most stunning panoramic views across the valley to Skiddaw and Latrigg, Oakvale is the name given to this fabulous self catering accommodation. This property offers something for all, combining 3 beautifully furnished and well equipped properties: Autumn Leaves a luxurious 2 bedroom bungalow, with stunning fell views, Acorn a spacious 1 bedroom bungalow with extensive garden and Oak Leaf an economically priced but equally well appointed 1 bedroom apartment. Small personal touches help to ensure you have everything for the perfect holiday.
    Oakvale is situated in Braithwaite village, next to a small hotel, with restaurant and public bar. There are 2 more pubs and a restaurant within 400 metres, as well as a popular village store. Explore the Northern Fells with great walking, mountain biking in the forest, sailing on the lake as well as the Go Ape and visitor centre at Whinlatter, the bustling market town of Keswick, with its superb selection of shops, attractions and Lake Derwentwater all within easy reach. Combine this with the magnificent surroundings of Lakes and mountains and here you have found the ideal location for your stay.
    Oak leaf, although the smaller of the two, 1 bedroomed properties, provides an ideal base for a couple to get away and relax. Recently refurbished to the highest standard with lovely fell views from the bedroom. There is a small patio with table and chairs.

    Ground Floor: Property is split level, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Accessed via several steps...
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/ Kitchen: With TV, DVD, CD radio and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge and microwave.
    Steps up to...
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can be split into twin beds (please advice when booking), TV/DVD and en suite shower bath with ’deluge’ and detachable head, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels (2 bath sheets and 2 hand towels) included. Sorry no babies strictly 2 adults only. Outside: Small patio with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car. Garage with washing machine, tumble dryer, shared freezer and storage for bikes.
    Visit England Gold Award property

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  • Robins Nest - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC111167
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. Robin’s Nest is a luxury pine log cabin equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Skiddaw, with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. The site is within walking distance of Keswick town centre, making the lodge an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan with electric fire, TV and patio doors to the terrace with views to Latrigg and Skiddaw.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher, microwave and dining table.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All bed linen, towels and heating included. Cot available. Free Wi-Fri available.Private parking for 1 car. Please note, this site is closed from mid-November until the end of February, however is open over Christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January. NB: There are streams and significant drops within the grounds of the property. NB: There are streams within the grounds of the property and significant drops within the grounds extra care maybe needed especially if you have small children in your party.

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  • Brook Lodge - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC111218
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. This luxury pine log cabin is equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Brook Lodge, with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. The site is within walking distance of Keswick town centre, making the lodge an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.
    This finely furnished one bedroom lodge was upgraded at the start of the 2013 season by the new owners. With particular attention paid to the kitchen and bathroom areas, including high quality bathroom accessories and excellent quality saucepans and Denby crockery in the kitchen. Facing south, the large verandah overlooks a small stream and has wonderful uninterrupted views to the Helvellyn range, Latrigg and surrounding fells.

    Ground Floor: The lodge has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: With electric fire, TV, DVD, video, CD/radio and patio doors leading to the terrace.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, wash basin, vanity unit, WC and heated towel rail.

    All bed linen and heating included. Large verandah overlooking a small stream. Parking for 1 car. Please note from mid November until end of February this site is closed. However, the site is open over christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January.

    Property will be a Saturday changeover from 2017.

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  • The Secret Garden

    near Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC127139
    The Secret Garden is a cottage style apartment located on the ground floor of Pinethwaite Hall. Set in woodlands reached by a private drive Secret Garden lives up to it’s name. The peace and quiet is disturbed only by a variety of wildlife including deer, squirrels, nuthatches and woodpeckers visiting the large garden. The centres of Bowness and Windermere are within easy reach and there are delightful walks direct from the doorstep to some of the best viewpoints in the area from which to enjoy the beauty of the fells and Lake Windermere.

    Ground Floor: With an open fire and night storage heating and comprising:
    Lounge/kitchen/diner: Open plan with open fire, TV with integral DVD and CD player.
    Dining/kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious double bedroom with fitted units.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, WC, under floor heating, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included. Wi-fi access availableCot available. Large garden areas with seating provided. Large covered porch with seating and plenty of storage for coats and boots. Private parking.

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  • The Moorings

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123240
    The Moorings enjoys a magnificent setting just metres from the pier at Waterhead, Ambleside, the focus of many a picture postcard featuring the Lake and her famous Steamers against a backdrop of Ambleside’s famous fell range. The village centre, offering an eclectic mix of shopping and eating is a level mile from Waterhead, a manageable walk with a couple of watering holes along the way or short trip on the open top bus or electric carriage that runs frequently throughout the main season.
    The Moorings is tucked away behind the main thoroughfare, the ground floor portion of a traditional, Victorian terrace and offers stylish, comfortable accommodation for two, just the spot to relax, unwind and share some well deserved down time together. Good facilities, including deep cushioned sofas, a tranquil bedroom and bathroom ensure you can instantly get into holiday mode.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Rear entrance into....
    Living/Dining room: With deep cushioned leather seating arranged around the electric fire, digital TV with DVD and CD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen, towels and hairdryer included. Travel cot available.Outside: Private parking for one small car and small seating area. Narrow access to car parking space.

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  • Lindisfarne Studio

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 17226

    Situated in a quiet area within a few minutes’ walk of Windermere village centre, the lake and Bowness, this well presented and compact holiday studio stands adjacent to the owner’s small guest house with access to wi-fi. With plenty of attractions locally and an abundance of shops, pubs, restaurants, and ideal for golf, guests will find this an excellent base. A short drive will take you to the neighbouring villages of Ambleside and Grasmere which are set in the heart of Wordsworth country, or a ferry trip across the lake to Sawrey is Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. Shops and pubs 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining/dressing room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Drying facilities on request. Wi-fi. Enclosed, small sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Lodge

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123238
    This beautifully presented bungalow sits at the north end of Ambleside on Rydal Road, just a short level walk from the centre of town where you will find a glorious mix of shops, bars and restaurants and a host of activities. By day, visitors of all ages and abilities take to the surrounding fell ranges or head down to the water’s edge at Waterhead and when nights falls, Ambleside takes on a rather different feel with a variety of low key entertainment on hand, the village having two cinemas, an indoor climbing wall open until 10pm and a good selection of traditional pubs, many offering quiz nights and live music throughout the year.
    The stylish accommodation here at The Lodge has been thoughtfully prepared to provide a very special haven where you and your loved one can relax, unwind and enjoy quality time together. The well tended, south facing garden is awash with colour in the spring and the perfect spot to sit and take in some fresh air and sunshine when our Lakeland weather will allow. Car owners of all makes and models will be pleased to learn that the garage is spacious and secure, perfect for those guests with classic or new vehicles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: With deep cushioned leather sofa arranged around the TV with DVD and gas fireplace.
    Dining area: Just off the...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed, walk in wardrobe and en-suite luxury shower room with shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot.Sunny, south facing garden with furniture provided. Private off road parking with garage. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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