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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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  • Grooms Cottage

    Troutbeck Bridge

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    Ref: CC126101
    Situated in Troutbeck Bridge and enjoying stunning views towards the famous Langdale Pikes this character cottage is ideal for honeymoon couples. Converted from an original school house and finished to a high standard with attention to detail including the use of church pews, possibly from the converted Chapel close by. Centrally situated and handy for both Windermere and Ambleside, yet perched in a peaceful setting with Troutbeck Valley on the doorstep. The exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, stripped and polished floors with magnificent scenery, combine in Grooms Cottage to provide a memorable holiday retreat.

    Ground Floor: Cloakroom: Understairs with toilet.
    Living Room/diner: Large, bright and cosy with an array of picture windows to afford the views, open fire in stone fireplace, beams, TV, DVD, video, CD midi system and a dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The washer/dryer is neatly concealed in the hall.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With antique brass double bed, TV, polished red wood floor, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and superb views.
    Bathroom: With polished floor, sunken bath with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Sorry, no babies.Outside there is an enclosed sun terrace and ample private parking. Fuel for the open fire is available locally.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Leadgate, nr. Alston

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    Ref: W44255

    The Old Dairy is a detached barn conversion which has been tastefully converted, and nestles on the border of Cumbria and Northumbria. It sits in a garden, bordered by mature trees with views over green fields and wild fells. Alston is said to be the highest market town in England, and has a quaint cobbled street with public houses, butchers, bakers and even its own candlemaker! It lies within an AONB with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage, and with spectacular scenery all around. Fishing, riding and golf are all nearby, and you can follow some of the local rambles or the Pennine Way. It is ideal for touring the northern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria and within easy driving distance are Hadrians Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater and Keswick. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), ele, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Cleugh Head Farm - The Byre

    Hadrian’s Wall

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    Ref: CC133156
    The Byre at Cleugh Head Farm was converted into a self catering cottage suitable for guests with mobility problems, though of course it is equally suitable for the able bodied. The accommodation is wheelchair accessible and on the ground floor, there is a wet room with disabled adaptations and the beds can be electronically adjusted (one bed only is accessible by wheelchair). The cottage is full of character, with feature stone walls and oak beams and furnishings and equipment are very good quality. The open plan living area has stone flagged floors and a modern well equipped kitchen. It is situated in a beautiful rural location, on a small farm and race horse establishment, east of Brampton and very close to Hadrian’s Wall.This property can be booked with Primrose Cottage (133130) and Holly Cottage (133142) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open Plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With feature fireplace with electric stove, leather suite, TV and DVD.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. Access to a shared freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With electrically adjustable twin beds (which can convert to a super king please advise on booking), TV and en-suite wetroom with shower, WC, wash basin and suction grab rails.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Forecourt with seating and parking for one car. Wheelchair access. This property has a private water supply.There is a stream within the grounds of the property. Extra care should be taken

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  • The Hayloft

    Broughton Mills, nr. Coniston

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    Ref: W151

    Perfect base for hill walking

    This small 17th century hill farm, with pet sheep, lies in a beautiful and tranquil valley within the Lake District National Park. Elevated and surrounded by craggy hills, this simple cosy holiday cottage is a perfect base for hill walking and exploring. It is full of character and charm with magnificent cruck beams and exposed stonework. Coniston Lake 4 miles, Eskdale 10 miles, Ambleside 14 miles. Wonderful views down the valley and to the sea in the distance. The area has much more on offer than excellent walks and scenery, with its rich history and culture there are museums, galleries, heritage centres, garden, 15th century buildings and NT properties to visit, not to mention the variety of shopping and traditional tea rooms available. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep stone stairs to first floor: Steep step from kitchen/dining room to living room. Beams throughout.

    Electricity panel heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • The Hollies

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123110
    This traditional Lakeland stone cottage is sure to be in demand from couples looking for a cosy cottage within a short stroll of the village. The property is situated on the end of a terrace of two cottages, nestling into the hillside below Wansfell, with views across the town to the fells beyond. All the amenities of Ambleside are within walking distance, with the rest of the Lakes only a short drive away.

    Ground Floor: The Hollies has gas central heating and is tastefully decorated and well equipped with quality furnishings throughout and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With TV, DVD, CD player, welcoming log fire, oak table and chairs.
    Kitchen: Equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with oak furniture and superb rooftop views to the nearby Loughrigg Fells.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin, WC and useful drying cupboard.

    All electric, logs and bed linen provided. Sorry, no cot available. Wifi internet available.On street parking.

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  • Berrymoor Farm Cottage

    Kirkoswald, nr. Penrith

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    Ref: 15185

    Peaceful location


    This charming holiday cottage is attractively presented and offers an immaculate home from home. All at ground floor and adjoining the owner’s home, it has spectacular country views and a private small garden and patio area. The property is surrounded by good walking country and there is a network of footpaths from the doorstep. The picturesque, unspoilt village of Kirkoswald, with its cobbled market place, is a frequent winner of the best-kept village competition and is located in the beautiful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria. The village church has a unique feature, a 19th-century bell tower perched on a hilltop 200 yards from the church itself. Situated between Carlisle and Penrith, there is easy access to Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, the Scottish Border and Northumberland. Access to the shore side of the lake, Ullswater, at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Derwent Water, along with Lake Buttermere, being only a little further. The Cumbrian Cycle Route passes near the village and there is good fishing on the River Eden close by. Shop and pubs within ¾ mile.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store.

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  • 11 Elm Court

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111221
    Situated on the fringe of the town, this luxurious apartment, which is in a block known as Elm Court apartment offers the best of both worlds, in that it has all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and yet an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door. This ground floor apartment has level access with no steps which senior citizens or those with walking difficulties may find useful. It also offers flat walking into the town centre itself.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is double glazed, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/diner: With TV, video/DVD, CD/radio and a view to Skiddaw.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Private parking for 1 car. Also provided is a parking space at Seathwaite.

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  • Blackberry Cottage

    Abbeytown, nr. Wigton

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    Ref: 30170


    Blackberry Cottage is located within a private courtyard of similar style terraced properties near the centre of the village of Abbeytown. It is a part of a former stables that has been cleverly converted into contemporary cottages. Furnished to a very good standard, this holiday cottage provides a cosy base for your explorations. A sun trap of a garden and a multi-fuel burner mean that you can make the most of the property no matter what the weather. It benefits from being 100 yards from the local shop and village pub whilst only 5 miles from Silloth and the Solway Coast, 6 miles to the market town of Wigton, and approximately 18 miles to the border city of Carlisle. Good transport links also make it a good base from which to explore the Lake District National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders. Abbeytown is ideally situated for those with an interest in birds and nature as it is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is located near several nature reserves, a Marine Conservation Zone and a World Heritage Site. The Solway Coast contains many locally, nationally and internationally important features including the second largest area of lowland raised mire or ‘bog’ in England. The RSPB opened the Solway Wetlands Centre in Autumn 2013 to make the most of this fragile but important habitat. From archaeological digs to hedge laying training, there is always something to get involved with in the area. Abbeytown itself is home to the 12th-century Holme Cultram Abbey, built by Cistercian monks from Melrose Abbey. Restoration work that has been undertaken means that this beautiful abbey is open to the public with an exhibition and tea room. For the keen golfer, Silloth Links golf course is possibly one of the best golf courses in Britain that is mostly clad in mature dune flora and ideal for presenting the great challenge of links golf. For those who enjoy cycling, the Hadrian’s Long Distance Cycleway provides 26 miles of traffic-free cycling from Allonby to Whitehaven. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

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    Ref: CC121137
    Seat Sandal enjoys a perfect location in the very heart of romantic Grasmere, overlooking the village green and with wonderful views towards Silver How from every window. Walks for all ages and abilities can be enjoyed directly from the door, onto the fells or beside the Lake, so park up, put on your boots and get back to nature retracing the steps of the famous poets that were so very fond of Grasmere.
    On the first floor and one of only a handful of properties in this traditional Lakeland building, Seat Sandal is presented in a traditional style but with all modern day comforts. The apartment has everything you will need for a self catering stay including  a well equipped kitchen although Grasmere has such a fine selection of bars and restaurants, you may decide to give yourselves a night or two off domestic duties and sample The Jumble Room or one of the many great pubs, many serving local ales and homemade fayre, all within strolling distance.

    First Floor: A first floor apartment with gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge/Dining area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

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  • Lindisfarne Studio

    Windermere

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    Ref: 17226

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

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

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

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  • Barton Hall Farm - Stable Cottage

    Pooley Bridge

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    Ref: B6062

    Minutes from Lake Ullswater

    Barton Hall Farm can be found just outside Pooley Bridge, the village at the outfall of Lake Ullswater. Set in the countryside on a traditional working farm, this area offers some of the most wonderful landscapes in the region from the privacy of a secluded rural setting. It is minutes from Lake Ullswater, with its walking, water sports and ponderous steamers making their regal-like journeys up and down the lake in the shadow of the majestic fells. This area offers many forms of recreation, whatever season you choose to visit. All three cottages have been tastefully converted from original old stone farm buildings; and wherever possible the original features have been retained. Old pitch pine beams stretch unhindered through bedrooms and across stairways and the local slate and sandstone are in evidence throughout. Guests are welcomed with fresh flowers, along with well furnished comfortable holiday accommodation, wood-burning stoves and well-equipped kitchens. For good walking, fells nearby include High Street range, 1 mile, and Helvellyn, 10 miles. The market town of Penrith, 5 miles; whilst the attractions of Keswick are 14 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/ kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Parking.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Wood-fired renewable energy central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared garden area and furniture. Barbecue.

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  • Rampsbeck Lodge

    Ullswater

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    Ref: E2116

    This charmingly furnished property (shown bottom right with patio doors) enjoys a wonderful lakeside setting in 2 acres of beautiful gardens which sweep down to the shores of Lake Ullswater, with breathtaking views. The double bedroom has a coronet draped bed and a romantic concealed ceiling light over the bath. Adjoining the owners’ home, visitors enjoy use of the private lake frontage with a jetty for launching a small boat and fishing. Windsurfing, sailing, golf, walking and pony trekking are available locally. Pooley Bridge, 1.5 miles, has shops, tea rooms and inns, and there is a restaurant within walking distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower over corner bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Laundry service available. Freezer (in garage). Internet connection. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking for cars and boats. Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced lake in garden.

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