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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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  • Carlton Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC111124
    Carlton Cottage is a ground floor apartment enjoying a central location with Keswick town centre and Fitz Park just a short stroll away. There is an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and pubs in close proximity, to suit those without transport or those with walking restrictions. The property is tastefully decorated to a good standard, making it an ideal base for a Lakeland holiday.

    Ground Floor: The centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan living/dining area with colour TV, CD/hi-fi, DVD player and electric fire.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Utility area: With a washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Small rear yard. Parking space in the church, 50 yards.

  • Bramble Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC111319
    Bramble Cottage is situated at Fieldside Grange on the edge of Keswick, close to Castlerigg Stone Circle in an elevated position. Fieldside Grange is accessed along its own private drive, lined with mature trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. Built circa 1850 this imposing building was once a farmhouse and has been sympathetically renovated and refurbished to provide 10 superb, modern apartments whilst retaining its original slate and stone building. Fieldside Grange is a peaceful retreat set in spacious grounds that have delightful panoramic views and ideally situated with an abundance of walks in the surrounding area and a wealth of amenities in Keswick, 1 1/2 miles. Bramble Cottage is on the ground floor at the rear of Fieldside Grange, overlooking the central courtyard.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With Freesat TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, washer dryer, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Courtyard with bench seat and large communal grounds. Parking for 1 car.

  • Beega Apartment

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC128178
    A hidden gem! Meandering down the cobbles of Ash St with its wonderful mix of pavement cafes, shops and restaurants, you might not immediately notice the discreet sign for ’Ginnel’ - local dialect meaning passageway. Tucked away here is the delightful Beega Apartment, sitting on the first floor of one of the oldest buildings in Bowness, a prime location above one of Bownesses popular streets.
    A cared for apartment, Beega is presented to a hgh standard and offers comfortable and attractive accommodation right in the middle of it all. From the window seat you can simply sit and watch the world go by, or pop downstairs and you are spoilt for choice with superb eateries literally on your doorstep.
    A short stroll from the main street and The Lake, you can expolre the attractions of Bowness on foot, with the town of Windermere a little further up the hill. A car parking permit is provided so you really can forget about it, though if tempted to head further afield you are in a prime spot to head South to Newby Bridge or North to Ambleside and beyond.

    First Floor: This property is heated by gas central heating, a first floor apartment and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway which leads to:
    Kitchen:  Newly fitted and well planned, with gas hob, electric oven, fridge with freezer box, washing machine and microwave.  Through to:
    Lounge/dining room:  With colour TV, video and DVD.
    Bedroom:  Spacious double bedroom with well co-ordinated linens and decor.
    Bathroom:  Fully refurbished, with space saver bath and shower over, vanity sink units, handbasin and W.C.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided.  Sorry no cot available.Shared garden to the rear with bench seating provided.  Parking by way of permit on SLDC car park, a few minutes walk from the property. Sorry property not suitable for children and babies

  • Skiddaw Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: W41227

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

  • The Studio at Sycamore House

    Askham, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 28410

    This delightful Grade II Listed Cumbrian barn dates from 1770, and has been tastefully converted. Adjoining the owner’s holiday cottage, and adjacent to another holiday home, it provides a perfect retreat for two. Askham is a charming and pretty village centred around two greens, and offers easy access to lakes Ullswater and Haweswater, Askham and Helton Fells, and the beautiful Eden Valley. It is truly an ideal location from which to explore the numerous sights and attractions the area has to offer. The village boasts two pubs with restaurants and bar meals, shop and outdoor heated swimming pool. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 8 steps to galleried double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with ¾ bath, shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Blackhill Cottage

    Hallbankgate, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: W43702

    This traditional detached Cumbrian holiday cottage is ideal for a romantic sanctuary. It has been carefully renovated to retain a wealth of charm, including a large inglenook fireplace, whilst providing all the contemporary conveniences such as large waterfall shower. You can explore Brampton, with its range of good restaurants and pubs, or sit yourself in front of the woodburner and have a relaxing night. The property is set on the A689 in the village of Hallbankgate, which means you are ideally placed for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle, the Scottish Borders, Alston and the Lake District. RSPB Geltsdale reserve, 1 mile. Shops 4 miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom (no door) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Little Beeches

    Grasmere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC121128
    Situated at the foot of Butter Crags, Little Beeches enjoys a secluded courtyard setting with its neighbouring property, Beech Ghyll and is a gentle stroll from the centre of romantic Grasmere. The village has a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops for you to sample throughout the day and into the evening and a good local bus service gives you the chance to explore the busier resorts of Keswick, Ambleside or Bowness, quite a contrast to the traditional rural feel of Grasmere.
    Little Beeches offers neat yet comfortable accommodation for two (and your small dog) and is well equipped for a self catering break at any time of the year. The elevated garden area to the rear offers superb views over the village towards the surrounding fell range and the owners have provided a good selection of walking and guide books to help you plan your activities throughout the week. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open neat...
    Lounge room: With comfy seating arranged around the TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, hand basin and WC. Washing machine available in the garage shared with Beech Ghyll (CC121128).

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available. One small dog welcome.Outside: Private parking for one car. Shared elevated patio reached via steps with seating provided.

  • Myra’s View

    Cartmel

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC129248
    Converted in 2008 from an ancient stone barn, Myra’s View is now a comfortable holiday cottage overlooking woodlands and fields. Fully equipped for modern living, conveniently situated down a quiet cul de sac only a couple of minutes off the A590 and just 20 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 motorway.
    Historic Cartmel, famous for the Steeplechase meetings, 11th Century priory, sticky toffee pudding and some excellent restaurants, including the Michelin starred L’Enclume, is just a 15 minute drive away whilst the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park is only a short distance and offers superb views of the lower reaches of Lake Windermere.

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating, has two connecting rooms and comprises:
    Kitchen/breakfast area: With quality electric cooker, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge/diner: The spacious comfortable lounge is pleasantly appointed with TV and a good supply of books, local information, maps and walking details are provided.

    First Floor: Mezzanine level with second TV and double bed for occasional use.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, wash basin, WC, shaver point and heated towel rail. 

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry, no cot available.Outside: There is a large gravelled parking /garden area. The attached barn offers storage (bikes etc) and houses the washing machine,tumble dryer, iron and board and outdoor furniture.

  • The Round Window

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128207
    This cosy love nest for two is perfectly placed for making the very most of your valuable time together in the Lakes. The Round Window, is set in quiet and attractive surroundings yet within less than a minutes’ walk from all that bustling Bowness has to offer.
    Created in the roof space of former stables, The Round Window retains many quirky features that make this an ideal choice for couples wanting a romantic break. Imagine enjoying the high pitched ceilings and watching the world go by through the round window; your holiday is guaranteed to be unique.
    Access to the apartment is by a metal spiral staircase, all adding to the character and charm. Internally, it is delightfully presented in a neutral, contemporary theme. With chandeliers and wine glasses at the ready - The Round Window facilities will make you feel at home in  no time.
    The apartment is ideal for self catering although we suspect that with such a wealth of attractions, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep, you’ll be far to busy enjoying yourselves to bother cooking!
    Lake Windermere with her steamers and rowing boats for the more energetic amongst you is a short stroll away. Superb international cuisine restaurants and individual, boutique shops are on your doorstep too.
    The Round Window really is set in the perfect location from which to explore cosmopolitan Lakeland.

    First Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Bathroom: With powerful shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Open plan living area with kitchen area: Having electric cooker, hob, fridge and microwave.
    Cosy lounge area: With feature window, deep window seat, leather sofa, tub chair, DVD, i-Pod docking station and flat screen TV.
    Double bedroom: With leather sleigh bed, furnishings and fabrics and CD/radio alarm clock.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Private parking for 1 car.

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Lady Tower

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 30602

    Staffield Hall is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Staffield Hall and relax. Lady Tower is a romantic first floor apartment, part of Staffield Hall, a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).

    Lady Tower was named in honour of Lady Jane Aglionby, the beautiful bride for whom the Hall was built for, and now offers the perfect escape for couples with a passion for romance. Located in the tower of Staffield Hall, Lady Tower boasts superior interior from the moment you step in to the hall, with its grand entrance and stain glass windows. On entering the apartment guests will be blown away with the light and elegant décor, high ceilings and the magnificent triple arched window, commanding heavenly views and catching glorious sunsets. This charming apartment also welcomes your four-legged friend too, so what are you waiting for!

    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

  • The Hoggest at High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC118233
    High House Farm is situated in Watermillock, one mile above Ullswater, an idyllic situation surrounded by open fields and with lovely views from the grounds. No longer a working farm, the owner has converted some of the traditional stone buildings into four superb quality self catering cottages. Each cottage is private, not overlooking each other and all provide ground floor accommodation, oozing quality and character, with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings and excellent en-suite facilities. They are perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with lockable storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for an additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only one mile from the lake, with walks from the doorstep, including Aira Force where you can enjoy stunning views to Ullswater along the way. There is a shop at a neighbouring camp site, a pub within one mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes High House Farm accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Sky TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Dining area.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower over bath, WC and basin.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Seating area with table and chairs. Two dogs welcome - separate kennelling for more dogs. Ample parking for cars and boats. The property has been awarded a Gold Award by Visit England.

  • The Stable

    Great Salkeld, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 28397

    Attractive and well presented, this charming terraced holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, with an attractive private garden is perfect for couples. Located in the quiet picturesque village of Great Salkeld near Penrith, it is ideally located for exploring the northern Lake District, North Pennines, Eden Valley, Northumberland and southern Scotland. Ullswater, regarded as the most romantic lake, is a 20 minute drive and offers amazing scenery with gentle to more challenging fell walking. The traditional market town of Penrith has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and the historic city of Carlisle is 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric underfloor central heating, (kitchen and shower room), NSH (living room) and electric heater (bedroom) included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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