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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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  • Tanner’s Cottage

    Cockermouth, nr. Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 24642

    This traditional 18th century mid terraced holiday cottage is situated on the edge of the bustling Georgian market town of Cockermouth. Modernised but retaining cottage charm, the cosy accommodation is just a 5 minute walk from interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and visitor attractions. Cockermouth is close to the north west border of the Lake District National Park, making an ideal base for exploring the spectacular lakeland scenery. Keswick, 12 miles, Buttermere, 10 miles, and Whinlatter Forest and Bassenthwaite Lake, 3 miles, all an easy, scenic drive. Shops, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with chiminea, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Eskdale

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123118
    Set in quiet and peaceful surroundings close to the centre of Ambleside, Eskdale is a cosy ground floor apartment in a block of 5 holiday homes set in the grounds of the Old Kirkstone Foot Hotel. A less than 5 minute walk down Peggy Hill brings you to the centre of Ambleside where there are many cafes, restaurants, shops and two cinemas. Wansfell and Red Screes are nearby and walks can be enjoyed from the door. Many bus routes radiate from Ambleside including frequent services to Windermere, Great Langdale, the 555 to Grasmere and Keswick, and the Coniston Rambler to Hawkshead and Coniston.

    Ground Floor: The gas centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With pine furniture, HD ready 26" TV with Freesat, DVD player, video, Hi-Fi and fireplace with coal effect electric fire.
    Kitchen: Fully integrated with cooker, ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer and fridge with freezer compartment.
    Bedroom 1: Pretty double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with thermostat shower over spa bath, hand basin and WC.
    Storage area.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available.  Free Wi-Fi internet access available (password etc can be found in the welcome folder).Private parking for one car.  One pet welcome.

  • The Studio

    Hutton John, nr. Ullswater

    Grade
    2
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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).

  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123208
    Archway Cottage is a very special love nest for two, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the older conservation area of the village, yet only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Ambleside. This popular village is the perfect choice for the first time and returning visitor and has an excellent selection of shops, bars and award wining restaurants and traditional pubs serving speciality beers, home cooked fayre and with the occasional live music in the evenings. Walks for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door onto the slopes of Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    This unique property has been thoughtfully designed to make best use of the space available and picturesque setting, the result being a contemporary and quality holiday home with a wealth of interesting features, beautifully dressed with stylish fabrics and accessories. Much thought has been taken in creating exposed oak woodwork to compliment the original trusses, a bespoke fireside seat beside the wood burning stove for two and a stunning, romantic mezzanine bedroom area with glass and stainless finish, created by local craftsmen, vaulted ceiling and huge beams. Glimpses of the local fell ranges can be had from the living area, sufficiently tempting for those walkers among you across to Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe and, guests can simply park up for the week and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of Lakeland ’au pied’ or by bicycle, storage available for your wheels.
    Comments From The Visitor’s Book
    Zoe & Matt ‘We had an awesome time at archway cottage .It’s been perfect & just what we needed ‘
    Lucinda –Suffolk ‘Nicely decorated, excellent position and has wonderful views’
    Gareth & Mona ‘Cottage great –a fine recluse, the living area has everything a couple needs and the kitchen more than capable’
    Helen & Ben- Manchester ‘An ideal base to explore the area ,a cosy place to come back to after long walks ‘
    Debbie & Barry –Kent ‘Very cosy with log fires, I just love the little wooden hearts everywhere-very apt for being a love nest’
    Kym & Jono ‘The cottage was what we expected, very well finished and of good quality’
    Karen & Andy ‘Liked the quirky cottage enjoyed the views and appreciated it being so near the town centre’
    Mark & Steph ‘Property converted to an immaculate standard-quality of woodwork and fittings is excellent-loved it’

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Wet Room: With shower area, wash basin and WC

    First Floor: Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Dining/Lounge: With wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
    Narrow stairs to....
    Mezzanine Floor: Double bedroom area with oak floor and exposed beams
    External drying and store room with freezer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot availableParking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park. Separate bike shed.

  • The Round Window

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W40420

    16th century farmhouse

    This charming wing of the owner’s 16th century farmhouse is fully self-contained and is all on the ground level. The cottage retains many original features - some low ceilings, exposed beams and thick walls for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The pretty rooms have been stylishly furnished to provide a cosy haven for 2 people, ideal for a romantic holiday. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm in the tranquil countryside with superb views and lovely walks from the door, it is only 1.5 miles from Bowness and Windermere with their steamer trips, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Windermere golf club is 2 miles away and just a short drive will bring you to the stunning Lakeland Fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Shared patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

  • Old Town Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC111420
    Old Town Cottage is a fantastic addition to our portfolio of cottages in Keswick town centre. Originally part of a Mill, it was transformed into a luxurious self catering cottage, tastefully furnished and decorated to compliment the character of the old building. It is sure to appeal to couples with even the most discerning taste, with quality furnishings, modern well equipped kitchen and bathroom, oak and slate flooring on the ground floor and original oak beams. Situated in the old part of Keswick, the cottage is perfect for a romantic break or exceptional base for your walking holiday, with the convenience of the town’s amenities on the doorstep. The walks around Keswick suit all abilities with great restaurants to enjoy in the evening.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Lounge/diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio/docking station, oak flooring and electric flame effect stove.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and induction hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi access availableOutside: Small decked area to the rear with table and chairs. Parking permit for nearby car park.

  • Crimson Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
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    3
    1
    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.

  • The Lodge

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC123238
    This beautifully presented bungalow sits at the north end of Ambleside on Rydal Road, just a short level walk from the centre of town where you will find a glorious mix of shops, bars and restaurants and a host of activities. By day, visitors of all ages and abilities take to the surrounding fell ranges or head down to the water’s edge at Waterhead and when nights falls, Ambleside takes on a rather different feel with a variety of low key entertainment on hand, the village having two cinemas, an indoor climbing wall open until 10pm and a good selection of traditional pubs, many offering quiz nights and live music throughout the year.
    The stylish accommodation here at The Lodge has been thoughtfully prepared to provide a very special haven where you and your loved one can relax, unwind and enjoy quality time together. The well tended, south facing garden is awash with colour in the spring and the perfect spot to sit and take in some fresh air and sunshine when our Lakeland weather will allow. Car owners of all makes and models will be pleased to learn that the garage is spacious and secure, perfect for those guests with classic or new vehicles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: With deep cushioned leather sofa arranged around the TV with DVD and gas fireplace.
    Dining area: Just off the...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed, walk in wardrobe and en-suite luxury shower room with shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot.Sunny, south facing garden with furniture provided. Private off road parking with garage. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Lilac Studio

    Newton Reigny

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC118169
    Newton Reigny is a peaceful village three miles from Penrith and with the benefit of easy access to the M6. Ullswater, the Northern Lakes and the Eden Valley are all easily accessible and the village benefits from a pub serving bar meals.
    These two characterful barn conversations (Lilac Barn property number 118168) have an interconnecting door and may be let separately or together for up to 6 people and situated in the village of Newton Reigny the Lilacs was originally a farm and the 2 cottages were the Byre and adjoining barn. More recently it was the home to Simon Bull, a well known Cumbrian artist and Lilac Studio was where he did his painting. The quality of accommodation in each cottage is to a very high standard, including top quality facilities and character beamed ceiling.

    Ground Floor: Lilac Studio is a spacious 1 bedroom cottage with heating and comprises:
    Open plan living area: With Freeview TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  Master bedroom with king size bed, beamed ceiling and leather settee to relax and enjoy the views towards the Pennine Hills, with en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Cot available on request. Wi-Fi is included (but please note it is slow speed within this village). Wine on arrivalOutside: Shared use of the owners courtyard garden. Parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • 3 Harney Peak

    Portinscale

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    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.

  • Redmayne Cottage

    Orton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: LXH

    Overlooking the village beck, with its paddling ducks, this 17th-century cottage is attractively situated at the heart of the village of Orton. One of a cosy pair, and tastefully furnished and decorated, it makes a perfect romantic retreat. With quiet roads and footpaths, lined with wild flowers, to negotiate by foot, car or cycle, it is ideal for exploring the majestic beauty of the Lake District National Park. The interesting old market town of Appleby 10 miles, with Kendal within a 15-mile drive. Yorkshire Dales, Coast-to-Coast Walk and the Cumbrian Cycle Way easily accessible. Ullswater and Windermere lakes within 23 miles. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    One step to entrance hall. Beamed living room with open fire. Small beamed dining hall with flagged floor. Compact, fitted kitchen with flagged floor. Utility. Traditional cottage stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH, ‘Economy 7’ , bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • NB: 5 steps to garden

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