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Cumbria

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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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  • Regal House Apartments - The View

    Bowness on Windermere

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    Ref: UK1023
    The View is an apartment in the heart of the popular Lakeland village of Bowness on Windermere, in a substantial Edwardian property. Full of character and kerb appeal with its traditional stone and slate exterior, it occupies an ideal location; just a couple of minutes’ walk from Lake Windermere and the centre of Bowness. The apartment offers couples high quality accommodation - stylish and furnished with an eclectic mix of fabulous pieces, you will be certain to appreciate the individuality of this delightful property and enjoy the feeling that you are staying somewhere special. No detail has been overlooked on the property’s interior design.


    The View is truly an apartment that delivers – this charming property is set over 2 floors, with the second-floor living room purely for sitting back and taking in the awe-inspiring views. You can watch the steamers breeze along Lake Windermere and admire the rolling fells beyond, all from the comfort of your armchair. The View is a particularly roomy apartment, offering elegant surroundings and the space and comfort to really feel at home.


    An excellent choice for couples, Bowness really does cater for all. The village offers a wide choice of independent retailers for those wanting to keep their walking to the pavements. Hardier souls will enjoy the vast choice of walks on offer in this beautiful region. Hospitality is at its best here – pavement side cafés, fish and chips, traditional pubs or champagne bars – the choice is yours and all on your doorstep. Shop 150 yards, pub 20 yards and restaurant 100 yards.


    The View can be booked together with The Courtyard (UK1022) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    First Floor: Living room 1: With feature fireplace and 43" Smart TV.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Separate toilet.

    Second Floor: Bedroom: With super kingsize bed, walk-in wardrobe, sloping ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Living room 2: With Juliet balcony.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in en-suite), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.Parking permit for 1 car in public car park included. No smoking. Please note: No children under 12 years old.

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  • Crimson Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: 30152

    A beautiful adjoining barn conversion, Crimson Cottage exudes a romantic feel, with lovely furnishings, a large open-spaced living room with high beams and multi-fuel burner, a beautifully fitted kitchen, a pretty mezzanine double bedroom as well as a Jacuzzi bathroom, making this a perfect hideaway for couples. The holiday property lies within the grounds of Wreaks End Farm, where there are other charming, detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762), just 1 mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, with its cobbled square, shops, pubs, café and restaurants. You are right on the doorstep of the Duddon Valley, which is a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Cumbria, situated between Coniston and Eskdale: remote, unspoilt and perhaps the most idyllic corner of the Lake District. The Duddon Valley will delight walkers, mountain bikers, climbers, nature lovers and those who enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside. The tiny villages of Ulpha and Seathwaite are two focal points of the valley. At Ulpha there is a post office/village shop, while Seathwaite, situated near the end of the ancient Walna Scar road, boasts a 16th-century inn, where good home-cooked food, real ales and a warm welcome await, all day all year. The property is the perfect base from which to explore this part of the Western Lakes, while Windermere, Bowness and many other attractions in the Lake District National Park are all within easy driving distance. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double (5ft four-poster) bed.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (October-April £30per week, £20 per short break). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Byre

    Smardale, nr. Crosby Garrett

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    Ref: W2921

    Easy access to surrounding countryside

    Situated on a small working farm this mid 19th-century former byre has been thoughtfully renovated to retain much of its character with exposed beams and quarry tiled floor. With its own sunny, secluded garden the detached single storey cottage is situated high up in the unspoilt Eden Valley where the holidaymaker has easy access to the surrounding countryside, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The bustling market town of Kirkby Stephen is 2.5 miles - the Coast to Coast walk passes through here and the town also has a station on the Settle-Carlisle railway. Appleby, with its castle, swimming pool and famous annual horse fair, is 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Ample parking. NB: River in grounds.

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  • Fellcroft

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123266
    Set in one of the oldest parts of Ambleside, Fellcroft enjoys a very central location just a stone’s throw from this popular and well appointed village. Brimming with shops, bars and restaurants to suit all palates and pockets. Ambleside offers some superb walking opportunities for all ages and abilities and for a thirst quenching drink upon your return, why not try a pint of local ale at either The Golden Rule or The Unicorn, both just strides away from Fellcroft.
    Set out over three floors and beautifully styled throughout, Fellcroft is the perfect base for a romantic break at any time of the year. Exposed beams, a wood burning stove and slate floors all add to the character and charm whilst the traditional cottage feel, married here and there with a beautiful French theme and roll top bath add a certain ’je ne sais quoi’ to this perfect haven for two.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Middle Floor:
    Spacious Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Wet room: with shower, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
    This is on a half landing leading down to...
    Ground Floor:
    Spacious Kitchen/Dining room: With bespoke handcrafted units, Belfast sink, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave and gas cooker with double oven and hob.
    Access to rear where you will find a bench seating area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beautifully styled with double bed, feature fireplace and free standing double ended roll top bath.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and high chair available.Parking permit provided for use on several nearby car parks in Ambleside and throughout South Lakeland. One well behaved pet welcome. NB:The steps to the front door can be slippery when wet.

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  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123290
    High up on Kirkstone overlooking Ambleside in the tranquil Stockghyll Valley, The Nest sits on a 2700 acre traditional working Lakeland farm estate. Originally the old horse carriage house, The Nest provides comfortable and cosy accommodation in the form of a one bedroomed annexe. A bird watchers haven where Buzzards fly above the neighbouring farmland and where Highland Cattle, Herdwick sheep and other rare breeds graze and wander freely. The elevation provides magnificent Lakeland views in every direction and the rurality provides darks skies for amazing star gazing. An ideal base for fell walking, cycling or just chilling out. The Nest is accessed by a steep track which is not tarmacked but is well worth the adventure, a true ’getaway from it all’ retreat.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), Hazel Cottage (CC123280) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Living area: With electric wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley style with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small shared courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. Access via a rough track.

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  • Hollow Creek Cottage

    Kirkandrews-on-Eden, nr. Carlisle

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    Ref: 28012

    This delightful holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ Grade II listed, 18th Century farm house. The original features have been combined with modern fittings to create a comfortable holiday home. Situated within a village it has direct access to Hadrian’s Wall and the coastal cycle route (72). It lies 3 miles west of Carlisle and is a short drive to the Scottish Border, Lake District, Northumberland’s National Park and is close to the Solway Firth. An excellent base for those wishing to explore this area. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen with beams. Shower room with toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£15per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD/iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. 7-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Borrowdale Cottage

    North Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen

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    Ref: LLS

    A pretty single-storey cottage, in an idyllic setting high in the fells above Brough. Adjacent to a stone-built barn (another holiday cottage) and adjoining the owners’ home, where llamas graze in the adjacent paddock, the detached holiday property has been renovated to a high standard, with exposed beams and stone flagged floors. There is a large private hot tub situated in the rear garden with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Splendid walking in the area and a good touring base for the Lakes, Dales and Eden Valley. Only ¾ mile to the A66. Restaurant, shops and coarse fishing at Brough, 3 miles. Kirkby Stephen, 7 miles.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Small well-fitted kitchen. Two steps from hall to double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Open fire - logs included. Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. Private hot tub. No smoking. NB: Beck outside garden .

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  • The Dixies

    Sandside, nr. Milnthorpe

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    Ref: W41509

    Overlooking estuary

    With superb views overlooking the Kent Estuary, this attractive first floor holiday apartment with its own terraced garden is set beside the coastal road and has large bay windows from which you can spend hours watching the ever changing tidal flow, the many varieties of birds and the Cumbrian hills on the opposite shore. The views from the property present excellent opportunities to photograph some spectacular sunsets. The area has many local walks to suit all abilities, while a short drive will take you to either the West Cumbrian Coast, the Yorkshire Dales or the heart of the Lake District. Attractions in the immediate area include Levens Hall, with its world famous topiary gardens and Sizergh Castle. Golf course 5 miles, horse riding 6 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 600 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Private terrace with garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: The sea estuary is opposite the property.

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  • The Byre at High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

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    Ref: CC118201
    As the name suggests the cottage was converted from the byre at this former farm. As Featured in the Sunday Times 2013 ’25 Best Cottages for 2 in Europe’. The cottage oozes quality and character with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings, hand built kitchen and excellent en-suite facilities. The Byre is perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only 1 mile from the lake, with walks from the door step, 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 1 mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes The Byre accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: Open plan with TV with Sky, DVD and CD radio.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave.
    Utility: Housing a freezer.
    Bedroom: With super king size bed which can be split into 2 singles (please request when booking) and en suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Seating area with table and chairs. Ample parking for cars and boats.

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  • Birkerthwaite Barn

    Eskdale

    Grade
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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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  • Daleside - Rose Cottage

    Nr. Keswick

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    Ref: LPD

    In a magnificent rural setting, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway Firth, and the hills of Galloway across the border, these comfortable holiday properties were winners of the Keswick Tourism Association Country Establishments in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and the Cumbria in Bloom Tourist Board Rose Bowl for Self Catering Establishment winners in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Rose Cottage (ref LPD) is attached to the owner’s farmhouse home, Rambling Rose Cottage (ref LWG) and Rosedale Cottage (ref LYL) are adjacent and have both been converted to a high standard, and Primrose Cottage (ref LPG) has been converted from a former byre and stands in a courtyard which is bedecked with flower tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets. The cottages are beautifully furnished and equipped to VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard. Guests will enjoy the friendly rare breeds sheep and ponies (including miniature Shetland ponies) and visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm (a red squirrel has been spotted in the grounds), as well as the many public footpaths nearby. This 500-acre farm is set in an AONB, with walks from the door plus superb fell walking nearby. Keswick stands on the shores of Derwent Water and is an excellent base to explore delightful Borrowdale. In the town itself are many interesting shops, inns and restaurants, as well as a leisure pool. Cockermouth also has a swimming pool. Just 6 miles away is Bassenthwaite Lake with a variety of watersports and the Lakeland Wildlife Park. Enjoy Derwent Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere, surrounded by Lakeland’s dramatic scenery. Guests can enjoy the Lakes Distillery, 7 miles away has a lovely visitor attraction and serves good food daily. There is tennis, riding and golf, as well as good fishing locally and excellent bird watching from the farm, as well as the chance to spot the occasional red squirrel and deer, whilst it is a short drive to Osprey Watch at Dodd Wood Bassenthwaite. Shop 4 miles. There is a good choice of pubs and restaurants locally (including vegetarian). The pretty village of Caldbeck is 4 miles, with a restaurant, tea rooms and shops. Maes Gallery and tea rooms serving food daily is within 2 miles. Uldale is 2 miles with a pub serving good food, and Ireby is 1½ miles away with a cosy pub with log fire and good food.

    VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard. Pretty beamed sitting-room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and garden. Step up to dining area with fitted kitchen area. First floor: Pretty double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV (sports package)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Private patio with furniture
    • Shared farmland grounds of 500 acres
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Armathwaite Hall Hotel Leisure Club (10-min drive), includes swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room (at cost)
    • Meal delivery service
    • Complimentary bottle of wine
    • Welcome tea tray
    • Milk, eggs and bread available
    • Natural filtered spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • 3 Harney Peak

    Portinscale

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    Ref: CC115116
    Situated in the centre of Portinscale, a peaceful village within walking distance of Keswick, this former Lakeland hotel was converted and fully refurbished to a high standard. No. 3 is a ground floor apartment with gas central heating and double glazing.

    Ground Floor: A ground floor apartment with central heating and comprises:
    Living area: Open plan living area with TV, video, DVD, CD/radio, cassette player and windows allowing winter views of Derwentwater and the fells beyond.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower over bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen provided.Parking for 1 car.

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