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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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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Hardknott Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

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    Ref: 31165

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

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  • The Hayloft at Mains Farm

    Crosby Garrett, nr. Kirkby Stephen

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    Ref: LAH


    This wonderfully appointed barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s 17th century farmhouse, is ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a holiday in the Eden Valley and explore this beautiful area, with both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District within easy reach. The quiet farming village of Crosby Garrett lies on the edge of Crosby Garrett fell in the Westmorland Dales extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen, a traditional market town with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of visitor attractions and leisure facilities nearby, including farmers markets, swimming pools, golf courses, waterfalls, Pendragon Castle of Arthurian Legend, the Settle-Carlisle Railway and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. A bridleway leads from the property to Crosby Garrett Fell, providing excellent walking country with breathtaking views of the Pennines and Howgills. Smardale Nature Reserve is just over a mile away. Within a 40-minute drive, visitors can explore Ullswater and the Eastern Lakes, Swaledale, Wensleydale and the lesser known Teesdale, along with the popular towns of Keswick, Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes. Tan Hill, the highest pub in England is a short, pretty drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove, period fittings and tiled floor. Oak staircase to first floor: Beamed living room with oak floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and period features. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Use of owner’s washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • The Millbarn

    Askham, nr. Ullswater

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    Ref: 80111

    Formerly part of the village mill, this atmospheric barn conversion stands on the banks of the Lowther, approached by a 50 metre track attached to the owner’s 18th-century cottage. Boasting original beams, river views, fishing on river next to property (fishing licence and permit required) and walking from the door, it is ideally situated within the Lake District National Park. Windermere, Penrith and Ullswater are all within easy driving distance. A perfect holiday retreat. Shop and pubs 1km.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Dishwasher. Shared use of owner’s freezer on request. Shared garden with patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: The garden has private river frontage.

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  • The Barn

    Greystoke

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    Ref: CC132169
    Converted from the former listed sandstone barn this charming property has been renovated to a high standard using oak fittings and retaining a feature stone wall and large barn doors which provide a light, bright living space. The décor is attractive and stylish and the wood burning stove creates that cosy ambiance making a romantic holiday home. Situated in the heart of Greystoke, a popular and pretty small village in the Eden Valley, The Barn stands in a courtyard within the grounds and adjoining the owners’ listed house. There are delightful village walks and cyclists will enjoy winding through the attractive villages and wild flower-laden country lanes. Ullswater, known as the most romantic lake, and the Keswick area with its spectacular high fells, are both within a 20-minute drive. This location is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and those wishing to unwind in a beautiful, relaxing and peaceful setting. The village has an outdoor swimming pool in summer. Shop, pub and restaurant 60 yards.

    Ground Floor: Property has wood pellet underfloor central heating and comprises:
    Living room: With beams, stone feature wall, stone floor, wood burner, TV/DVD player and music centre.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With WC, shower cubicle, claw foot roll top bath and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi internet access.Enclosed lawn garden with furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars.

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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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  • Little Beck

    Troutbeck, nr. Keswick

    Grade
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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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  • Old Dairy Cottage

    Ainstable, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 28396

    This charming holiday retreat, with views from the conservatory and garden, was converted from a dairy and retains beams and some original stonework. Set in the grounds of the owner’s smallholding and standing on the edge of Ainstable with good walking from the doorstep. Armathwaite on the beautiful River Eden is only 1½ miles and has a station on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The Lakes, Hadrian’s Wall, North Pennines and Carlisle are easily reached. The owner keeps rare sheep. Heated indoor swimming pool for private hire less than ¼ mile. Shop 1 mile, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. 1 double (6ft) bedroom (zip and link, can be twin on request). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facilities on request. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Stables and grazing for horse on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Round Window

    Bowness on Windermere

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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.

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  • Cumberland Betty

    Askam-in-Furness, near Ulverston

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    Ref: UKC463

    Overlooking the Duddon Estuary, Cumberland Betty is the perfect springboard to enjoy the Lake District and its surrounds. This property occupies an ideal spot on the edge of the village of Askham. The views to Coniston Old Man are to die for, so sit back and relax with your favourite tipple in hand, and watch the sun set over the water. This classic shepherd’s hut is on a working farm, so holidaymakers can experience the true countryside lifestyle. Fishing nearby. Beach ¾. Shop and pub ¾ mile, restaurant 4 miles.Set in an elevated position overlooking the beautiful Duddon Estuary, Peat House (ref W41088), a wing of the owner’s former farmhouse, and Moorside Lodge (ref W43062), a single-storey lodge which is situated in the ground of the owner’s farm, provide an idyllic holiday retreat, and have been lovingly furnished. This is an ideal base for a coastal holiday, and is also close to the south western Lake District Fells and Lakes. The village of Askam has a good range of shops and a railway station, where you can take a trip along the Cumbrian coast and through glorious countryside, with wonderful views. There is an abundance of walks right on the doorstep, whilst Coniston Water is only a 30-minute drive. Grizedale Forest Dalton Animal Park, 4 miles, makes an excellent day out, with a variety of wild animals from around the world. Lake Windermere and many historic houses and gardens easily accessible for days out. If relaxation is your preferred activity why not just sit on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful views. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    5 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With 21" digital TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With wood burning oven, electric hob, microwave/oven/grill combi and fridge.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and logs for wood burning oven included. Small courtyard with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Angel Loft

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128196
    Centrally situated in the heart of this vibrant village, Angel Loft is a most distinctive property, of excellent quality with a fitted kitchen, modern appliances and heater’s and enjoying a private balcony with views across the Lake and to the fells beyond. The perfect romantic base for that rather special celebration or even honeymoon, the apartment is well designed to make best advantage of the views from the first floor with the enormous bedroom and luxury jacuzzi bathroom on the ground floor. Angel Loft really is loft style living at its best, and is simply heavenly!.

    Ground Floor: Angel Loft has central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall.
    Bedroom: Large double bedroom with low, bed, goose feathered duvets, seating area and large flat screen TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over jacuzzi bath, hand basin and WC.

    First Floor: Utility room: With freezer, hand basin and WC. Washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Open plan living area:-
    Kitchen area: With four ring hob, oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher and breakfast bar.
    Lounge area: with leather seating, large flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD, CD and i-Pod dock.
    Dining area.
    Balconies with furniture provided.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Passes available for use of the gym and swimming pool at Burnside Hotel.Balconies with furniture provided. Private parking for 1 car. Not suitable for children.

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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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  • 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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