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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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  • Oaks Retreat

    Ambleside

    Grade
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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.

  • 5 Balmoral House

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC112142
    Situated in the heart of this vibrant town, this holiday apartment has great views of Skiddaw from its third floor location, in a small block comprising seven apartments. It is tastefully furnished with top quality solid oak and soft furnishings, modern kitchen with high gloss doors and spacious shower room. With all the excellent amenities Keswick has to offer literally on the doorstep, private parking space, and walks from the door, 5 Balmoral House is an excellent base for your walking holiday in northern Lakeland. Derwentwater and the Theatre by the Lake are within a five-minute walk, via Hope Park, with ornamental gardens, mini golf and crazy golf.

    Third Floor: The property has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and DAB radio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, solid oak furniture and views towards Skiddaw.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Keswick Boat House

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111212
    Sitting directly on the shores of Derwentwater, extending into the lake and enjoying the most beautiful location and views imaginable. Keswick Boat House offers a truly unique experience, being the only property of its kind in the Lake District.
    From the balcony overhanging the water you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the launches arriving and departing from the jetties and the ducks splashing about on the lake. Inside the property is equally as stunning, consisting of an open plan design with antique furniture and a wealth of beams, some of which you may need to duck underneath.
    There are many wonderful walks from the doorstep around the lake, both low level or high peaks for the more energetic. The renowned Theatre by the Lake, The Keswick Tea Gardens and Hope Park are all within 200 yards and Keswick Town centre with its many amenities is only a 5 minute walk.

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating, the accommodation comprises of an open plan design with steps between the various levels.
    Lounge and Dining area: With TV, video, CD/radio, arched window overlooking the lake and lowered doorway to balcony overhanging the lake.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom: Mezzanine room with double bed, shower room with shower cubicle.
    Cloakroom: with WC and hand basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided.Garden, jetty and deep water mooring for your own boat. Fishing on the lake. Private parking for 2 cars. NB: Due to the close proximity to the water the property is not suitable for babies or any children under 13. The stairs to the mezzanine are open to one side and the 3 external steps to the property are witout a handrail. 

  • The Carriage House

    Watermillock-on-Ullswater

    Grade
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    Ref: LE7

    In an exceptional location with unrivalled views over Ullswater and the surrounding fells from its patio, this former carriage house stands adjacent to Wreay Mansions, an exclusive small development of homes set peacefully amidst spectacular scenery. Furnished in a contemporary style, this makes a perfect location for a romantic break. Two miles away, Pooley Bridge has shops and inns. Many beautiful walks around the lake can be enjoyed, as well as nearby Aira Force Waterfall, Helvellyn, or trips on the Ullswater steamers. A scenic drive can be taken over Kirkstone pass to Ambleside and Windermere. Shops 2 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

    Three steps up to living room with oak floor, open-plan with modern fitted kitchen/dining room with limestone flagged floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and limestone floor. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with beamed sloping ceiling.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor heating in bathroom), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Patio with furniture, LEDs lighting and lake views; further secluded sitting-out area
    • Shared lawned garden area
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Unsuitable for babies (no cot space)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in garden

  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123290
    High up on Kirkstone overlooking Ambleside in the tranquil Stockghyll Valley, The Nest sits on a 2700 acre traditional working Lakeland farm estate. Originally the old horse carriage house, The Nest provides comfortable and cosy accommodation in the form of a one bedroomed annexe. A bird watchers haven where Buzzards fly above the neighbouring farmland and where Highland Cattle, Herdwick sheep and other rare breeds graze and wander freely. The elevation provides magnificent Lakeland views in every direction and the rurality provides darks skies for amazing star gazing. An ideal base for fell walking, cycling or just chilling out. The Nest is accessed by a steep track which is not tarmacked but is well worth the adventure, a true ’getaway from it all’ retreat.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), Hazel Cottage (CC123280) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Living area: With electric wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley style with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small shared courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. Access via a rough track.

  • Old Kiln Farm Cottages - Dove Cottage

    Allonby, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
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    Ref: 12965

    Just 100 metres from a sandy beach, these two single storey cottages have been converted from a barn adjoining the owner’s 17th century farmhouse and provide charming holiday accommodation. They are set in a quiet position with views of the Scottish hills and Skiddaw and just 1 mile from the rural seaside village of Allonby and 100 metres from a sandy beach. Small boats can be launched from the beach and there is fishing available nearby. Golf and horse riding in Silloth, 5 miles. Keswick is 23 miles, and the Scottish Borders, Carlisle is 23 miles. Shops and pub 1 mile.

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

    Electric convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

  • Woodend Cottages - The Buttery

    Woodend, Birker Fell, nr. Ulpha

    Grade
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    Ref: 27804

    In the heart of the Lake District National Park


    Woodend is situated off the beaten track in an accessible but remote location high on Birker Fell. Set within a relatively quiet, unspoilt area of the Lake District National Park, 7 miles from the main coast road, local village shops and the nearest pub are 4 miles, smaller market towns are 8 miles and larger towns are 15 miles away. It is a short drive to the more populated areas of Windermere and Coniston. These three unique self-contained holiday properties (refs 26868, 26869 and 27804) are full of character and charm with fantastic views of Scafell Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Craggs. They are set within, though not part of, a working farm, and are therefore surrounded by farm animals. The Bothy (ref 26868) offers cosy, comfortable, detached ’upside down’ accommodation within a private enclosed garden area. The School House (ref 26869) faces due south up the fell and offers detached ’studio accommodation’ and a spacious, south-facing conservatory/garden room (with an additional multi-fuel stove) and a private enclosed garden area. The Buttery (ref 27804) adjoins the barn and is completely self-contained with its own entrance and an enclosed private garden area. Woodend Cottages are just a short walk from Devoke Water and are situated 3 miles from both the Eskdale Valley and the Duddon Valley, conveniently located for Ulpha, Eskdale, Boot, Seathwaite and Broughton-in-Furness. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 31/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Lower ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with slipper bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Patio. Enclosed patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Fire basket.

    All properties: Multi-fuel burner in living room (coal included, logs at cost). Economy 7 central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. HD satellite TV (full package). DVD. Gas cooker. Use of washing machine and tumble dryer available. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural grounds. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from stream. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

  • Wreaks End Farm - Thorn Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
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    Ref: 19529

    These charming, single storey detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762) are situated one mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, and are also in the same grounds as refs 19605 and 27736. The beautiful Dudden Valley, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere are within half an hour’s drive, as well as South Lakes Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle and Gardens and Holker Hall and Garden. Visit attractions such as the popular owl sanctuary and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway. Also visit the Roman Bath in the Eskdale Valley and the Hardknott Roman Fort. Lake Coniston, with its many walking and cycling routes, is also within easy reach. The reserves at Walney Island and Hodbarrow are great for bird-watching. Tennis courts are for hire in the village. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Dishwasher. Large enclosed decked terrace and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • 11 Elm Court

    Keswick

    Grade
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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.

  • Pelican Dairy

    Greystoke, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 28612

    Once the village dairy, this charming, detached property has been lovingly renovated to provide excellent holiday accommodation with couples in mind. Situated in the heart of Greystoke, within the grounds of the owners’ 18th-century cottage, it has been well decorated and furnished with its own pretty garden. The village has an outdoor swimming pool in summer and is only 10 minutes’ drive from Penrith. Lake Ullswater is 5 miles and Keswick is a 20-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 60 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 galleried double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared use of washer/dryer (in owners’ garage). Dishwasher. Freezer on request. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Rear garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 3 metres.

  • The Retreat

    Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC127234
    The Retreat is simply that, a rather special place to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries whilst spending quality time with your loved one. Set in a quiet backwater just off Windermere village, many good walks can be enjoyed directly from the door and a super selection of restaurants, bars and shops are all on hand for you to sample during your stay. Windermere is well served by public transport, the train station being a short walk from the apartment and Stagecoach Bus Company providing an excellent service throughout South Lakeland.
    This first floor apartment will appeal to those wishing to enjoy quality accommodation in a convenient, village location. The owners have thoughtfully presented The Retreat with solid furnishings and well co-ordinated fabrics and accessories which blend effortlessly against a neutral background resulting in a most stylish and comfortable haven for two. The dining hall is just the spot to sit and read the morning paper, plan the day’s walk on your ordnance survey map or listen to your holiday soundtrack via the i-Pod dock

    First Floor: The Retreat offers accommodation all on one level, has modern night storage heating and comprises:
    Dining hall: with comfy seating, dining suite, i-Pod dock with CD/DAB radio.
    Through to...
    Lounge: With sofa and tub chairs, digital flat screen TV and DVD player.
    Neat kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with solid wooden bed and matching furnishings.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen provided. Free Wi-Fi available.Parking area. Permit provided for one car for use on nearby roads.

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Dovecote

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 30600

    Dovecote is part of Staffield Hall, 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. Staffield Hall is a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).
    If you are looking for a romantic retreat for two, this second floor apartment, which was once occupied by the maids of a bygone age at Staffield Hall will not disapoint! As you enter Staffield Hall, this stunning building will blow you away with its grand entrance and beautiful stain glass windows. Take the stairs to reach this charming apartment which boasts bright and airy living accommodation with wonderful characteristics. Beautifully designed with exposed beams, sloping ceilings and a half-domed ceiling, as well as keeping its original Victorian fireplace truly adds to the charm and cosiness of this idyllic hideaway. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Dovecote and relax; the bio-jet spa bath, with fluffy towels waiting by the side, is the perfect way to unwind and plan your days ahead.
    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 second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview HD TV. CD. 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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