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Cumbria

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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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  • Annie’s Cottage

    Wellington, nr. Gosforth

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30281


    This quaint and cosy detached holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Annie’s Cottage is perfectly set to explore the Lakes or the West Cumbrian coastline. The cottage is in an area of English extremes; nearby is the deepest lake, Wastwater, the highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and the smallest church, the Church of Saint Olaf. Also, nearby is La’al Ratty, meaning ‘little railway’ in olde Cumbrian dialect and it is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railway in England, taking passengers from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass, seven miles through Eskdale, making the most of the truly stunning scenery. The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites. Muncaster Castle is only 7 miles away and provides plenty of entertainment for all ages. When you have finished exploring, Annie’s Cottage is the ideal place to return to with a well-equipped kitchen with double range, and a multi-fuel burner in the living room to warm you back up on those winter nights. In summer, make the most of the weather by relaxing with a glass of wine in the small yard next to the beck that runs alongside the back of the cottage. Beach 4 miles. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and Velux. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden, 1 yard.

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  • Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3

    Appleby in Westmorland

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC132178
    Appleby Castle is situated deep in the heart of the beautiful Eden Valley, just 15 miles from the Lake District, nestling alongside the meandering River Eden. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps in Great Britain. In the 17th Century, the castle was the preferred residence of Lady Anne Clifford. She was a patron of authors and literature and known for her many letters and diaries.

    Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3 is one of three holiday properties which make up part of the inner bailey wall and medieval defences, which stand adjacent to the Norman Keep which has hardly changed over the past 900 years. The old great hall, built in 1454, stands across the courtyard and guests are welcome to take a tour with afternoon tea during their stay (at an additional charge).

    Appleby Castle owns the fishing rights on both sides of the River Eden immediately beneath the weir. This is prime fishing territory and salmon, trout and grayling abound in this special stretch of river. Fishing rights are exclusively for castle guests.

    Appleby is built in the curve of the River Eden and is a traditional medieval town with the castle at the top of the hill sloping gently downhill to the church. This is one of the prettiest market towns in England and despite once being the county town of Westmorland, it retains a village atmosphere with a great deal of interest and charm. One of it’s famous residents, the father of George Washington, Augustine Washington, grew up in Cumberland and attended Appleby Grammar School with his elder brother John. Situated in the beautiful Eden Valley, the location is superb for exploring the highlights of the North of England as it separates the Lakes District fells from the Pennines and also gives easy access to the Yorkshire and Durham Dales. The scenic Carlisle to Settle railway route runs through Appleby and makes a great day out. Further afield, the Northumberland National Park along with Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Border are within an hour’s drive. Superb walking, cycling, golf and fishing are all available nearby.

    Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 3 can be booked together with Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 2 (CC132177) and Lady Anne Clifford’s Cottage No 1 (CC132176) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to into twin beds - please advise when booking).
    Bathroom: With spa bath, shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. 27-acres of shared grounds and woodland with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Fishing available on-site (no licence required). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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  • Three Fells

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123187
    Three Fells is a superb apartment, ideal for those couples looking to holiday in the centre of this popular village and as the name suggests, the property enjoys superb views across the village to the surrounding fell range. Ambleside is a great base for an activity holiday with ample opportunities for walking and cycling but is equally well suited to a more relaxed pace, with numerous level walks from the door and leisurely cruises on the Lake.
    Three Fells is a comfortable apartment, accessed by an external staircase, with a delightful terrace and private, sloping garden, awash with colour throughout the year. The property is equipped with everything you require for self catering although with such a wide variety of restaurants on hand, perhaps little use will be made of these.

    Ground Floor: Three Fells has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, washer/dryer, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Lounge: With wall mounted gas fire, dining area, Freesat TV and access to the small patio area.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over the bath, hand basin and WC.
    A few steps lead to:-
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and fitted units.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no cot available. Wifi available.Outside: Small patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one medium size car only. NB: The accommodation is accessed down a flight of external stairs.

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  • Lily Cottage

    Low Jock Scar near Kendal

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC129292
    Just five miles to the north of the medieval market town of Kendal sits Low Jock Scar, a beautiful country house and estate on the banks of Bannisdale Beck and set in several acres of woodland. Guests at Lily Cottage are welcome to meander through the colourful grounds and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the location, the site often frequented by a wide variety of birds and wildlife including woodpecker, deer and hares. The location is perfect for exploring both the Lakes and Dales as Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy reach by car.
    And if you can steal yourselves away from the gardens Lily Cottage is a cosy retreat for couples, perfect for that romantic getaway at any time of the year. Homely touches throughout will ensure your holiday gets off to a relaxing start and we’re certain that you’ll take home only happy memories (and lots of photos!) of your stay here at Low Jock Scar.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance: Into open living accommodation with...
    Lounge area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With 5ft king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC. 

    All fuel, electric and bed linen included. Towels not provided but available to rent at £5 per set per person. Laundry facilities available on site upon request. Wi-Fi internet connection available. Cot available.Outside: Ample parking. Shared gardens with seating and BBQ.

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  • Thompson Ground - Cuckoo Brow Cottage

    Hawkshead

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NP64

    Heart of Lakeland, with panoramic views

    A nature-lovers’ paradise

    Wheelchair access in Tarns Cottage

    Thompson Ground is a working hill farm in the heart of Lakeland, with panoramic country views. Visitors here will soon find that this wonderful area is filled with a profusion of things to see and pursuits to enjoy, from walking in the beautiful Grizedale Forest and on the Langdales, and going pony trekking, to participating in the water sports and launch trips on nearby Windermere and Coniston Water. However you choose to spend your time, any of these four cosy and comfortable cottages make an ideal holiday base to come back to. The Lake District itself hardly needs any introduction. In addition to the choice natural scenery, amongst some of England’s finest, there are also lots of interesting ‘man-made’ attractions to visit (some more publicised than others). Why not start with the picturesque village of Hawkshead, which is 1/2 mile away. Beatrix Potter’s former home, Hill Top (NT), lies near Sawrey, whilst The Wordsworth Museum in nearby Grasmere, occupies Dove Cottage, which the poet William Wordsworth made his home between 1799 and 1808. There are also many NT properties in the vicinity, from the magnificent Levens Hall to the tiny Old Bridge House at Ambleside. The cottages are attractively furnished and fully equipped, with sealed window units, a storm porch and Tarn Cottage (ref NP57) is specially designed for use by visitors with some degree of physical handicap. Each has their own furnished patio area, and all have access to a front lawn, which is the ideal venue for children and adults to socialise and play. Locally there are plenty of pubs and restaurants, any of which are perfect for spending a relaxing evening in. Stabling for 2 horses is available on request.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot. High chair.

    All properties: Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone (on site). Private patios and furniture. Shared lawned area to front of cottages. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Poppy Cottage

    Bothel, nr. Cockermouth

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31020

    Poppy Cottage is an enchanting, 18th-century, end-terraced holiday cottage located at the heart of the tranquil village of Bothel, just north of Bassenthwaite and Keswick. Ideal for couples and small families, it also welcomes pets, so that all the family can enjoy the beauty of the Lake District. With its wonderful split-level garden, complete with lawned area, picnic table and patio set, you can take advantage of the warm summer days, relaxing in the sun with a cool drink. There is also a barbecue available, ensuring an enjoyable day which can last well into the evening. Poppy Cottage is only a short walk from the local pub, and has good access to the A591 and the popular tourist towns of Keswick and Cockermouth. It is also only a few minutes from Bassenthwaite Lake. Shop 7 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area, beams and tiled floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (2ft 6in for child)

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Two enclosed gardens, one large with lawn, summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 8 steps (or ramp) in garden.

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  • Beechnuts

    Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28358

    This delightful, ground floor holiday apartment sits in an elevated position with views over Morecambe Bay in a quiet, residential area of Grange-over-Sands. Enjoy a stroll on the promenade only a 5-minute walk away, or lovely woodland walks nearby, some with superb bay views. Visit the local golf course, 1 mile, or Cartmel village, 1¼ miles, with a historical priory, award winning restaurants andracecourse, which hosts 8 races a year. Take a trip to Windermere or Bowness to discover the Beatrix Potter museum or enjoy a cruise on the lake. Ambleside, Coniston and Kendal are just a short drive. Shop, pub and restaurant ⅓ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors in most rooms.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • The Old Manse

    Kirkoswald

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: 17788

    This charming barn conversion is delightfully situated in a secluded valley adjoining the owners home. It enjoys a beautiful setting with its own private gardens extending down to Raven Beck attracting a wealth of wildlife (including red squirrels). Surrounded by good walking and cycling countryside, central to the Lakes, Carlisle/Settle railway and the AONB of the North Pennines. An ideal holiday base. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with partially flagged floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Open gallery to first floor: Living room with beams and day-bed. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: River 50 yards.

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  • Cosy Cottage

    Rusland, nr. Hawkshead

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41283

    Idyllic setting

    A charming little 300 year old semi-detached beamed cottage in a secluded hideaway with beautiful views all around, ideally placed in the unspoilt valley of Rusland between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water. The Grizedale Forest is on the doorstep for wonderful walks or take the Windermere steamer from nearby Lakeside to visit Bowness and Ambleside. The southern Lake District offers so much for a relaxing holiday or more strenuous fell walking, whilst attractions such as the Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Cartmel Priory, Holker Hall and the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton are all within a short drive, as well as Hawkshead 5 miles away. Alternatively just relax in the pretty garden and soak up the rural tranquillity. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Wi-fi (on request). Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • The Mains

    Stainton, Penrith

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41117

    Idyllic village setting

    Luxuriously furnished to provide an elegant holiday base for the northern lakes, this cottage is quietly set in the village of Stainton, just 3 miles from Ullswater. Walking is from the doorstep and the Lakeland Fells are a tempting invitation for the more energetic. The village has a pub, restaurant, farm shop and tea rooms (5-minute walk), with the market town of Penrith 2 miles and Keswick 14 miles for those who wish to browse the quaint shops and tea rooms. Rheged, the Lake District’s biggest visitor attraction has wonderful family entertainment, giant movies and lots more only a mile away. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single (for child), both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Broadband. Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • 17 Greta Grove House

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111196
    This luxurious apartment is within a complex known as Greta Grove apartments. Situated on the fringe of the town, these luxurious apartments offer the best of both worlds, they have all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and have an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door.Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    First Floor: Living Room: With electric coal effect fire, TV, DVD, radio/CD and rooftop views to the Borrowdale Fells.
    Dining/kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.
    Bedroom 2: Single bedroom.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.This is a first floor apartment with lift and stair access with the benefit of video entry phone for added security. Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Bellman Houses - The Cottage

    Winster, nr. Bowness-on-Windermere

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30864

    Bellman Houses are set in the wonderful countryside of the Winster Valley, in 120 acres of working farmland, and yet just a 5-minute drive from Bowness-on-Windermere. Stunning views over Lake Windermere towards Great Langdale can be seen on the single track approach, with wonderful local walks direct from the doorstep. Bellman Houses have been owned for three successive generations by the same family, and their sympathetic extensive restoration over the years, using traditional methods and materials reflect the local custom and heritage evident today. The Main House (ref 30863) sleeps 7, and is a 16th-century, Grade II listed former farmhouse that retains many original features with timber walls, flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, original fireplaces and the original oak panelling between the bedrooms. The Cottage (ref 30864) sleeps 3 and has stunning, rural views from almost every room. On the site can be found a wonderful example of a spinning gallery in the traditional ’Bank Barn’, one of only a handful of surviving examples in the UK. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Please note: The Main House (ref 30863) and The Cottage (ref 30864) have an interconnecting door and can be booked together to accommodate up to 10+1 guests. Bellman Houses are set in the wonderful countryside of the Winster Valley, in 120 acres of working farmland, and yet just a 5-minute drive from Bowness-on-Windermere. Stunning views over Lake Windermere towards Great Langdale can be seen on the single track approach, with wonderful local walks direct from the doorstep. Bellman Houses have been owned for three successive generations by the same family, and their sympathetic extensive restoration over the years, using traditional methods and materials reflect the local custom and heritage evident today. The Main House (ref 30863) sleeps 7, and is a16th-century, Grade II listed former farmhouse that retains many original features with timber walls, flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, original fireplaces and the original oak panelling between the bedrooms. The Cottage (ref 30864) sleeps 3 and has stunning, rural views from almost every room. On the site can be found a wonderful example of a spinning gallery in the traditional ’Bank Barn’, one of only a handful of surviving examples in the UK. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Please note: The Main House (ref 30863) and The Cottage (ref 30864) have an interconnecting door and can be booked together to accommodate up to 10+1 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with beams, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Microwave. Sitting-out area with furniture.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared lawned garden. Shared 120-acre farmland. Shared barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring.

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