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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 Studio

    Hutton John, nr. Ullswater

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    Ref: 25704

    Just two miles from Ullswater, arguably England’s most beautiful lake, this attractively converted studio adjoins the owner’s home and is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Sparket Mill. Cosy and compact this semi-detached holiday home is ideal for a romantic break and exploring the Lakes by foot, car or bicycle. The studio overlooks a shared terrace garden with a stream and enjoys an abundance of wildlife, including red squirrels. Other attractions include a cruise on Ullswater, visiting historic houses and castles, a feast of local shows, farmer’s markets and open gardens, plus tickets for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick (14 miles) can be arranged. Cooked meals on request. Shop 21/2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with low ceiling.

    Electric woodburner included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer on request. Wi-fi. Shared terrace garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden (3 metres).

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  • 14 Greta Villas

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC112125
    Situated right in the heart of Keswick, this fully modernised, spacious one bedroom cottage will appeal to couples wanting the benefit of town centre amenities and with walks from the door. The front door leads into a fully fitted modern kitchen/diner, with a door through to the lounge. Upstairs there is a good size double bedroom and very large bathroom. 14 Greta Villas is very convenient for those travelling by public transport, but equally suitable if you have your own car. The parking permit can be used in the adjacent car park. Visitors to Keswick appreciate the wide ranging choice of outdoor shops, pubs and restaurants, the beautiful lake and close proximity to the fells.

    Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
    Lounge: with TV and two 2 seater sofas.
    Kitchen/Diner: with electric oven and induction hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing/dryer and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king size bed.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet access.Forecourt with garden bench. Parking permit for 1 car in nearby car park.

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  • Low White Stones

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123174
    This refurbished, luxury grade II listed, 17th Century ground floor Lakeland cottage is ideally located in the beautiful conservation are of  ‘Old Ambleside’. A short 200 metre stroll brings you to the centre of this popular village with its many varied shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. An abundance of both easy and strenuous walks and activities are available straight from the door.
    Low Whitestones is located on the ground floor with original exposed oak beams, a flagstone floor and a large Lakeland stone fireplace (logs available locally) making the cottage particularly cosy and romantic. A slate bench by the front door offers a sunny seat both morning and evening.
    Lovingly cared for and tastefully furnished the cottage offers a wide range of facilities in a stylish, traditional setting with lots of rustic character and home comforts including wrap around bath sheets and luxurious goose down duvet and pillows (non allergenic alternatives available if required).

    Ground Floor: The property has been completely redecorated and refurbished throughout.
    It is fully gas central heated and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: Open plan area with superb open fireplace, LED TV, DVD, video, CD and radio and wide range of books, guides and maps.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted and equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge and microwave
    Utility room: Fully fitted with washer/dryer, freezer and plenty of space for storing outdoor gear.
    Bedroom: Charming bedroom with oak beam ceiling, king size bed, French style hand painted furniture, hairdryer and clock radio alarm
    En-suite: with bath and shower over, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-fi access availableParking is often available in the lane and a free parking permit is provided for nearby Rydal Road car park and most other South Lakeland District Council car parks.

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  • Trusmadoor

    Keswick, nr. Bassenthwaite

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    Ref: 24335

    Set in the unspoilt northern Lakes, and away from the mainstream tourist tracks, this single storey holiday cottage stands in the grounds of a delightful country house hotel which is set in 2 acres of grounds just 4 miles from Keswick on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite Lake. With breathtaking views over open countryside and the lake, which is ½ a mile away, plus use of the hotel’s bar, you will be ensured of a relaxing stay with superb walking from the doorstep. Hotel with bar and restaurant 50 yards. Shops 5 miles. Restaurant within walking distance.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with whirlpool bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio. Shared 2-acres of hotel grounds with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. Well behaved pets accepted. No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the grounds.

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  • Hidden Cottage

    near Coniston

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    Ref: CC124173
    Hidden Cottage, a traditional mid terrace built in the 18th Century, is situated close to Coniston Water and village and is within walking distance of two excellent Lakeland Inns. The Farmers Arms, just across the road from the cottage, has been trading since the 16th Century and serves excellent bar meals and local ales. Hidden Cottage is beautifully presented and very comfortable and has all the essential ingredients you would expect of a quality holiday cottage; open beams, a log burning stove and a delightful elevated garden which has fine, open views across nearby farmland. The summer house is the perfect spot to sit and take in the evening sunshine or even to enjoy on wetter days. Hidden Cottage is a super property and once found, we hope never forgotten.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With log burning stove, (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.Elevated garden with summer house and furniture provided. The cottage offers off road parking with easy access to the cottage. Shared footpath.

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  • Bramble Cottage

    Keswick

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

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

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

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  • Old Dairy Cottage

    Ainstable, nr. Penrith

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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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  • Beckfoot Cottage

    High Bridge

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    Ref: CC119151
    This fabulous farmhouse cottage was converted from the original 17th Century barn, adjoining a former farmhouse, called Beckfoot. The accommodation is extremely spacious; with a large lounge/dining room with a king size bed at one end, a separate fitted kitchen and a shower room.
    On the first floor there is is a very large games room equipped with a full size table tennis table, pool table and air hockey table. Beckfoot enjoys a truly rural location, on the edge of the hamlet of Highbridge and close to the Caldbeck Fells. Two rivers loop around the borders, of the property, there are footpaths crossing the land and guests have access to the owners’ garden and 25 acres of fields and woodland.

    Ground Floor: With underfloor heating and comprising:
    Lounge/Diner/Bedroom: With TV, DVD, printer, two sofas, dining table and chairs, king size bed and wardrobe.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine and microwave and freezer. Shared use of tumble dryer.
    Shower room: With wet room shower, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Large games room: With beamed ceiling, air hockey/pool table and table tennis table and free weights.

    All fuel, bed linen, towels and a welcome pack provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet access with good speed usually 7Mb. Outside: Seating area to the front with BBQ and shared use of the owners large garden. Parking for 2 cars

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  • Oaks Retreat

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123237
    Set close to the tumbling waterfalls at Stockghyll, Oaks Retreat enjoys an enviable position above the vibrant village of Ambleside, close enough to enjoy a wealth of attractions and facilities when needed but far enough away to soak up the peace and quiet of this former woodland area and enjoy some well deserved time together. Ambleside has an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants to suit every palate and sufficient activities to suit all ages and abilities. Close to the foot of Kirkstone Pass, Oaks Retreat offers almost instant access to the Lakeland fells and the owners have supplied a range of walking books and guides to help you plan your route.
    Refurbished to a very good standard Oaks Retreat is a spacious and stylish apartment all on one level, offering excellent facilities for a self catering break. The thoughtful owners who live adjacent have provided a lovely bed and mattress dressed with quality duvet and linens to ensure a restful nights sleep and a shower room with power shower to sooth those aching limbs. The sumptuous leather sofa offers the chance to snuggle up and take in a DVD or catch up on the soaps whilst the covered patio area will enable you to holiday outdoors when our typical Lakeland weather will allow!

    This property can be booked together with Willow Retreat (CC123298) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area: With patio doors to covered terrace.
    Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Covered verandah with furniture. Private parking (1 car). No smoking. No children or babies.

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  • Cragg Cottage

    Bouth, Newby Bridge

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    Ref: LC3

    Set quietly on the edge of a small pretty village at the foot of Lake Windermere, this delightful cottage exudes character and romantic charm. One of a pairand heavily beamed, it is superbly presented with its garden, patio area and furniture. Surrounded by stunning countryside, Windermere Lake is just 2 miles and the Central Lakes and Fells can be reached within a short drive. To the west lies Ulverston with its cobbled streets, arts and crafts and weekly markets. Coniston, Grange-over-Sands and Bowness-on-Windermere, all 12 miles. Shop 2 miles. Excellent pub in village.

    Step to entrance. Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with open fire in iron range, stone flagged floor and stable door to garden. Compact, fitted cottage-style kitchen with butler’s sink and stone flagged floor. First floor: Double bedroom with vaulted ceiling, feature stone fireplace, and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking

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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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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Calf Shed

    Alston

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    Ref: 28646

    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. No smoking.

    All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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