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Take a look at our new Inspire and Explore section for the ultimate guide to holiday activities in the Lake District.

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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  • Stable Yard @ High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC118216
    High House Farm is situated in Watermillock, one mile above Ullswater, an idyllic situation surrounded by open fields and with lovely views from the grounds. No longer a working farm, the owner has converted some of the traditional stone buildings into four superb quality self catering cottages. Each cottage is private, not overlooking each other, and all provide ground floor accommodation, oozing quality and character with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings and excellent en suite facilities. They are perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with secure storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only one 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 one mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes High House Farm accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner
    Lounge: With 32" LCD TV with Sky, DVD and CD radio.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave. Access to a freezer.
    Bedroom 1; With super king size bed which can be split into two singles (please request when booking) and en-suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Two dogs welcome. Separate kennelling available for more dogs. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Seating area with table and chairs. Ample parking for cars and boats. Visit Britain gold awarded property.

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  • Cobbler’s Cottage

    Silecroft, nr. Millom

    Grade
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    Ref: 24208

    A charming holiday cottage with large conservatory, adjacent to the owner’s house in the seaside village of Silecroft. This former granary looks out onto pretty gardens and provides a perfect holiday base on the western fringe of the Lake District. Within a mile of a beach, golf course and pony trekking, there are coastal and hill walks from the door. Many visitor attractions in the area such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge and Muncaster Castle and Gardens. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/
    dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Willow Retreat

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123298
    Set above the popular village of Ambleside and close to the spectacular 70-foot Stock Ghyll Force waterfalls, Willow Retreat is an ideal getaway for couples. With plenty to do in the area, from walking on the fells right from the door to nearby sailing, paintballing, mountain biking, climbing and range of places with famous literary connections to explore, you’ll never be bored. A pleasant stroll down the River Rothay and past the famous Bridge House leads you into Ambleside where you will find a whole host of quality independent shops, galleries, good pubs serving award-winning local ales, restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes. When you want a bit of relaxation time, Willow Retreat is a cosy, quiet and comfortable base. Finished to a very good standard, the ground floor apartment has open plan living with a cosy sitting area, dining area and well-equipped kitchen so you can chat through your plans for your holiday while one of you cooks and the other sets up the night’s DVD watching. When you can’t resist the call of sleep any more, after a day packed with activities, you can enjoy the large, stylish bedroom with sumptuous bedding adorning the kingsize bed where you’ll dream of the next day’s fun!

    This property can be booked together with Oaks Retreat (CC123237) to accommodate up to four guests.

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

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Garden Flat - 7 Badgers Rake

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123129
    The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment at Badgers Rake. The superb apartments are perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The apartments are in an ideal position for a peaceful and relaxing break, yet within easy reach of all local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.
    This property can be booked together with Squirrels Nest 12 (123132) .

    Ground Floor: This is a ground floor apartment, double glazed, heated by storage radiators with fell views and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With large storage cupboard.
    Lounge/Dining Area: Open plan with tall wall mounted electric fire, leather sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. Digital TV, twin DVD/video and radio. Patio doors to private seating and spacious communal garden. Views to Loughrigg and Fairfield.
    Kitchen: Well equipped fitted contemporary kitchen area with electric cooker and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and slow cooker.
    Bedroom 1: Modern fitted double bedroom with plenty of storage space.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with heated spiral towel rail, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Patio doors lead to private patio and spacious shared gardenLarge communal garden that has a designated BBQ area. Communal washer/dryer for guests use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the apartment. Pets by arrangement but must be kept on a lead in the garden and all soilage removed.

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  • Galloway Cottage

    Crosby near Allonby

    Grade
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    Ref: CC143125
    The cottage, previously a clog makers workshop adjoins the owners home, Galloway House, dating back to the 1720’s which until recently was the village pub. Now a cosy one bedroom holiday cottage, Galloway Cottage is situated in the village of Crosby, one mile from the Cumbrian coast and two miles from the harbour town of Maryport. The beach is a fantastic place to walk your dog with views across the Solway to the Scottish Hills. Good food and drink is available at the Stag Inn, within 400 yards. Maryport has a Sea Life Centre, museums, a marina and a selection of shops. The seaside town of Allonby is approximately four miles and the spectacular Lake District Park is on the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating and comprises of:
    Dining/lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio and electric stove.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, washing machine, fridge and microwave.

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

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available. Please note: This is STRICTLY a non smoking property.Outside, small rear enclosed seating area. Parking for one car.

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Lady Tower

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 30602

    Staffield Hall is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Staffield Hall and relax. Lady Tower is a romantic first floor apartment, part of Staffield Hall, a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).

    Lady Tower was named in honour of Lady Jane Aglionby, the beautiful bride for whom the Hall was built for, and now offers the perfect escape for couples with a passion for romance. Located in the tower of Staffield Hall, Lady Tower boasts superior interior from the moment you step in to the hall, with its grand entrance and stain glass windows. On entering the apartment guests will be blown away with the light and elegant décor, high ceilings and the magnificent triple arched window, commanding heavenly views and catching glorious sunsets. This charming apartment also welcomes your four-legged friend too, so what are you waiting for!

    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

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  • Briar Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123104
    Centrally located in one of the oldest and conservation areas of Ambleside, Briar Nook has been all manner of things in its’ 300 year history but has recently become a very comfortable, cottage style apartment. A wealth of oak beams are on display hinting at its historic past. Well chosen traditional furnishings, cleverly blended with 21st Century additions, ensure you will be perfectly at home here, just the two of you and your pet if you want. The central location offers you the chance to park up and forget about the car and explore a host of activities attractions and amenities right from the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The spacious accommodation is heated by electric wall mounted radiators and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: Beamed lounge and feature oak fireplace and electric ’stove’ effect fire, large modern flat screen TV with integrated Freeview, DVD and deep cushioned leather chesterfield furniture.
    Dining/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Useful Second Cloakroom: Reached by a small flight of stone stairs from the kitchen.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Parking by way of permit on nearby car park.

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  • Leatheswater

    Thirlmere near Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: LXB
    Close to the shores of Thirlmere reservoir and nestling at the foot of the magnificent Helvellyn, this first floor holiday apartment forms part of an elegant country house hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it enjoys stunning views of beautifully landscaped, mature gardens and the lake, and has been designed and furnished to a very high standard. Within the Lake District National Park are Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Shepherd’s Crag, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum and Hardknott Castle. Good walking abounds with gentle lakeside walks and more strenuous walks - notably Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Lake Windermere offers boat trips and good shops; Keswick (6 miles) has tennis, riding, golf and fishing; sailing on Lake Bassenthwaite.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Satellite TV, video and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Telephone (at cost). Hotel laundry service (at cost). Shared drying room. Large shared garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Lake fishing available (permit required). Shared drying room (for boots etc). Natural spring water supply. NB: Lake, with walk, 33 yards from property.

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  • Squirrel’s Leap - Burnside Park

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111184
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. This luxury pine log cabin 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.

    Ground Floor: This cosy lodge has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan with coal effect fire, TV, video, DVD, CD player, two settees, dining table, views to Skiddaw and Latrigg on three sides and patio doors to veranda.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, two wardrobes, drawers and dressing table.
    Bathroom: With full size bath with shower over, WC and wash basin..

    All bed linen and heating included. Cot available. Large video, DVD, CD and book libraries.Private veranda. Private parking for 1 car. Please note from mid November until the 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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  • 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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  • Ganny Cottages - Ganny Cottage

    Birkerthwaite, Birkermoor

    Grade
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    Ref: LZL

    Surrounded by stunning dramatic scenery, these delightful 17th-century holiday cottages (ref LVL and LZL) lie in a walker’s and nature lover’s paradise. Take the path to Stanley Force Waterfall, discover the ‘jewels’ of the River Esk and the ancient village of Boot, or walk to Devoke Water, the largest tarn in the Lake District. Majestic Wastwater, the coast and unspoilt beaches are a short drive away. The adjoining cottages, with beams salvaged from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian coast and wood-burning stoves, lie in an idyllic rural location, forming part of a small former farmstead accessed from the fell road by a gated unmade track. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Step to entrance. Beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to gardens and step up to open-plan kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: Galleried room leading to double bedroom with four-poster bed.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
    • Washer/dryer
    • Patio

    • Electricity, partial NSH, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared enclosed garden with furniture
    • Shared natural 3-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply

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  • Wetherlam

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC127238
    Wetherlam sits in the very heart of Windermere ideally located for enjoying a wealth of wonderful walking, shopping, bars and restaurants and only a short drive or bus journey from Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere. Recent pedestrianisation of the town has created some delightful walkways and seating areas, complimenting the existing cafes and shops, the paths and trees lighting up in the evening to create an almost continental ambience.
    Conveniently located just off the main thoroughfare of this popular village, Wetherlam has been thoughtfully prepared for enjoying a self catering stay at any time of the year. All on the ground floor, the reclining leather sofas offer the chance to sit back and relax after a hard day sightseeing or walking on the fells and soak up the contemporary atmosphere and quality of this stylish apartment.

    Ground Floor: Property offers accommodation all on one level, has gas central heating and comprises:
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    Open plan living area: With deep leather reclining sofas arranged around the TV with DVD, stereo system with i-Pod dock and electric fireplace.
    Dining area: With oak furnishings.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, washing machine, fridge with small ice box and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and heated mirror.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry this property is not big enough for a cot, couples only please. Outside: paved seating area and lawn area. Private parking for one car.

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