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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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  • The Carriage House

    Watermillock-on-Ullswater

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    Ref: LE7

    In an exceptional location with unrivalled views over Ullswater and the surrounding fells from its patio, this former carriage house stands adjacent to Wreay Mansions, an exclusive small development of homes set peacefully amidst spectacular scenery. Furnished in a contemporary style, this makes a perfect location for a romantic break. Two miles away, Pooley Bridge has shops and inns. Many beautiful walks around the lake can be enjoyed, as well as nearby Aira Force Waterfall, Helvellyn, or trips on the Ullswater steamers. A scenic drive can be taken over Kirkstone pass to Ambleside and Windermere. Shops 2 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

    Three steps up to living room with oak floor, open-plan with modern fitted kitchen/dining room with limestone flagged floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and limestone floor. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with beamed sloping ceiling.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor heating in bathroom), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Patio with furniture, LEDs lighting and lake views; further secluded sitting-out area
    • Shared lawned garden area
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Unsuitable for babies (no cot space)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in garden

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  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Bowston near Staveley

    Grade
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    Ref: CC129264
    Kingfisher Cottage is one of a handful of cottages fronting the River Kent at Cowan Head, near Bowston, a peaceful location from where easy access can be had to the more popular tourist resorts of Bowness and Windermere or to the medieval market town of Kendal. on the Dalesway, some wonderful walking and cycle routes can be enjoyed directly from the cottage and there are plenty of fine watering holes along the way for the odd refreshments or two.
    Comfortably furnished, this delightful property is the perfect getaway for a couple, well equipped and having a small garden area to the rear of the cottage. The outlook from the front of Kingfisher Cottage is idyllic, directly towards the mill race where you can take in the sight of ducks, geese and of course, Kingfishers and even the odd canoeist.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living area...
    Lounge: With gas fire, TV and DVD.
    Dining area:
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge with small freezer box, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Outside storage/cloakroom: With useful wash basin and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, wooden furnishings and views across the mill pond.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included.Raised rear garden with furniture provided. Private covered parking area, handy for storing bike. 1 Well behaved pet welcome.

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  • Scafell Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: W41228

    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 first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and 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.

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  • Riverbank Cottage

    Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: CC131162
    This unique, detached holiday home sits right on the River Eden beside an old pack horse bridge, with wonderful views across the river and farmland towards the Howgill Fells. Well presented and furnished and making good use of the available space, it is an ideal retreat for couples or a single person. You can even feed the ducks from the window! It is just a two minute walk from the interesting, traditional, small market town of Kirkby Stephen which stands on the famous Coast to Coast walk and is close to the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line, two miles away. The magnificent Eden Valley is sandwiched between the Lakes and Dales National Parks, is less well known than the Lake District and is a real delight to visit. The surrounding countryside offers spectacular views and numerous walks of various levels and there is an excellent tourist office in the town to help plan your activities. The closest lake is Ullswater, 25 miles, which is regarded as the most romantic of the lakes. There is a regular boat service running up and down the lake with stop offs for those wishing to walk part way. There are plenty of water sports available along with terrific walking and cycling. A drive along the lakeside runs over Kirkstone Pass and down into Windermere and Ambleside, a scenic drive not to be missed.Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom/lounge area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and double bed.

    Electric underfloor central heating, electric wall heaters electricity, bed linen and towels included. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards.

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  • Little Beck

    Troutbeck, nr. Keswick

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    Ref: W41282

    Fell walking from the door

    Little Beck is a delightful cottage style ground floor holiday apartment, part of the owner’s farmhouse. Gill Head Farm is a working hill farm which also runs a caravan and campsite. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Blencathra and the northern fells with a lovely rural yet central location, this is perfect for walkers and nature lovers. Only 4 miles from Ullswater, with its many great walks, water sports, lake steamers, fishing etc. The nearest town is Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater and the popular resorts of Windermere and Grasmere are just a short scenic drive away. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 7ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry facilities. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a stream 10 yards from the cottage.

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  • Kent View Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
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    Ref: W42985

    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.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with patio door/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath 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. Balcony with furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Fauld

    West Hall, nr. Brampton

    Grade
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    Ref: 27789

    This single-storey, detached holiday retreat, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, has a hot tub and stunning rural views. Converted from a sheep fauld and set on a family-run livestock farm, surrounded by unspoilt countryside. It is 2 miles from Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, and centrally located for the Lake District, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. Visit Talkin Tarn, Walltown Crag, Lanercost Priory, Rheged, country shows and farmer’s markets. There are footpaths from the door along with walking and cycle routes throughout the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: One step to living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and freezer (in out building). Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. No children.

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  • Thomasin, Selside Hall

    near Kendal

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    Ref: CC129313
    Nestling in the shadow of historic Selside Hall, built in the 13th Century, transformation of this former farm building has been a true labour of love by the owner and his small team of craftsmen. Just a short drive from the medieval market town of Kendal, a mere 15 minute drive from Windermere and Bowness and a short walk to the delightful Longsleddale, Thomasin makes a super base for exploring the South Lakes with the Eden Valley and Dales easily accessible.
    Dedication, attention to detail and great styling have resulted in a charming, romantic hideaway with much use of solid oak and other natural materials throughout. The cosy open plan living space offers all you will need to fully self-cater whilst the hotel quality bedroom with luxurious en-suite on the lower ground floor offers a quality bed dressed with sumptuous linens to unsure a good night’s rest.

    Thomasin can be booked in conjunction with its adjoining property Selsed ref:129316.

    Ground Floor: The upside down accommodation has electric instant heating and comprises:
    Rear level entrance into open plan living space: Freeview, TV/DVD and Dining area.
    Kitchen Area: Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and Fridge.
    Shared Laundry Area: Freezer, washing machine and dryer.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1: King size bed with colour TV and en-suite luxury shower room with under floor heating, shower cubicle, hand basin, WC, touch mirror and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi access available.Off road parking for two cars. Terrace with bench seating available.

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  • Crimson Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
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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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  • Ladstock Hall 3 (Luxury)

    Thornthwaite

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    Ref: CC114118
     Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Until recently Ladstock Hall was a very grand country house hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it has now been converted into several apartments and cottages the standard of which is excellent.
    No. 3 is a spacious 1 bedroom "cottage" which is furnished in a traditional style using superb quality modern furnishings with excellent facilities and equipment. It also benefits from a separate locked store for bikes etc. This area is great for mountain biking in Whinlatter Forest,  walking on the surrounding fells and sailing or fishing on the lake. There is a bridleway immediately behind Ladstock Hall where you can walk to Braithwaite, a little over half a mile, which has a village shop, restaurant and 2 pubs each serving good food and real ale.

    Ground Floor: Heated by oil central heating the accommodation comprises:-
    Lounge: With LCD TV, DVD, video, CD/radio, electric flame effect fire, leather suite and views towards Skiddaw.
    Dining/Kitchen; With electric range cooker, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and patio doors.

    First Floor: Master bedroom: With delightful views, TV, king size bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bathroom; With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-Fi. Patio area with furniture. Shared use of the large sharedl gardens. Rear access on to bridal way. Parking for 2 cars. NB: No cot is available as the property is not suitable for babies or children. There are significant drops within the grounds of the property.

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  • The Stable Loft

    Bowness on Windermere

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    Ref: CC128239
    A delightful loft apartment with Bowness on Windermere on your doorstep, The Stable Loft offers couples a perfect base from which to enjoy this popular, traditional Lakeland village. A wealth of independent shops, cafes and restaurants are all found within a short stroll along with the attraction of Lake Windermere itself. Enjoy a steamer ride on the lake to see the stunning landscape or wander up to Windermere town where there is a choice of shops and eateries. The railway and bus station gives scope to travel further afield and explore the wider area. Walkers can enjoy access to a variety of walks from Bowness. Perhaps a potter down to the lake or a hike to the peaceful valley of Kentmere? Regardless of the miles put in, the landscape and surroundings are second to none.

    The Stable Loft offers delightful accommodation for two. On the first floor of a former stable, accessed by a spiral staircase, with The Round Window (CC128207) available in the same building, the apartment is carefully furnished and presented to make the most of the character with high loft ceilings and an open plan layout. Modern, well presented facilities offer guests a good level of comfort in a great location.

    First Floor: The property has a spiral staircase to the entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/bedroom: Beamed with electric fire, 26" Freeview TV and double bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bracken Lodge - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111166
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. Bracken Lodge is 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. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Sitting/dining area: Open plan with electric fire, TV, video, CD player and patio doors to the terrace.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, dining table and views to Latrigg.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    All electricity and bed linen included. Cot available.Patio doors leading to the terrace. Parking for 1 car, all visitors to the site must park elsewhere.
    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.

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