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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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  • Swaledale Cottage

    Caldbeck, nr. Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W1780

    Perfectly situated for touring

    Drive along unfenced roads surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the northern lakes, until you arrive at these cosy character holiday cottages, on a working sheep and beef farm 2.5 miles from Caldbeck. Renovated from an old barn (Swaledale Cottage (ref W1780) is the middle cottage, Ellerbeck Cottage (ref W1821) is the end cottage), they are nicely decorated and furnished and feature exposed beams, with views over farmland to the fells beyond and walking right from the door. Children can explore the workings of a real farm, they can sit on a tractor and feed the lambs (accompanied by the owner). In John Peel country, Caldbeck is a pretty and peaceful village which has, in addition to cafes, craft and antique shops, a goldsmith, clogmaker and bowling green. Situated on the edge of the National Park, it is known locally as ’Back o’ Skiddaw’, a walk over which will bring you into the bustling market town of Keswick. Keswick with its lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water are a 15-minute drive and full of interesting things to see and do. Enjoy a ride up Derwent Water on the Keswick Launch, use the many walking and cycle paths to explore the breathtaking scenery, experience Keswick Spa, the theatre by the lake and the numerous museums suitable for all the family. The traditional market town of Cockermouth, Wordsworth’s birthplace, is 14 miles and the historic city of Carlisle and the Scottish border is 16 miles. This is an excellent base for exploring the northern Lake District. Shops 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

  • Topsey Turvey

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111131
    Converted from the original stable in the yard of the ’Four in Hand Hotel’, this Lakeland stone fronted cottage is ideal for those looking for a quiet hideaway in the centre of Keswick. As the name suggests this upside down style cottage has the living areas on the first floor to take advantage of the magnificent views over the rooftops to Causey Pike and Grisedale.

    Ground Floor: The centrally heated and double glazed cottage comprises:
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC and hand basin.
    Utility/drying room: With washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Open plan kitchen/dining room: Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and mahogany dining table.
    Lounge: Living flame coal effect fire, TV, video and CD/hi-fi.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Shower room: With WC and hand basin.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Courtyard to the front. Garage parking for one medium size car. Parking permit also available for nearby car park.

  • 3 High Rake

    Glenridding

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC118152
    Situated on the mountainside high above Glenridding with a view to die for, this two-bedroom Lakeland stone cottage has an idyllic location. With fantastic walks from the doorstep, including the assent of Helvellyn, your car need never move all week.

    Glenridding itself is about 1/2 mile, with shops, cafes and pubs, the nearest pub being only 1/4 a mile. A drive over Kirkstone Pass will take you to Ambleside and Windermere, with Keswick a similar distance in the opposite direction.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has night storage heaters and comprises of:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, and video, wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided) and south facing view.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric cooker, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity and bed linen included. Initial supply of logs provided. Cot available.Outside, steeply terraced front garden with seating. Parking for two cars. Due to its location the cottage would not be suitable for people with walking difficulties.

  • Quarry Cottage

    Bigrigg, nr. Egremont

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43728

    Set in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Bigrigg, this period farmhouse is the perfect location for visiting the wonders of the Lake District National Park. A couple of miles away is the beautiful village of St Bees, which is famous for its beach and the start of the Coast to Coast Walk. From the back garden of the holiday property, you can sit back and enjoy the views of the sweeping fields. Guests are not far from Ravensglass, Muncaster Castle and Whitehaven. Beach 2½ miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub 2 miles and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Woodpecker Cottage

    near Caldbeck and Uldale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC119136
    This delightful cottage is situated in beautiful open countryside on the northern fringes of the Lake District National Park, close to fell villages of Caldbeck, Hesket New Market and Uldale. With 23 acres of land attached to the cottage guests can enjoy the vast array of bird and wildlife and the panoramic views to the sea and the Scottish Hills beyond. Woodpecker Cottage is well placed to walk the tranquil northern fells or to visit the unspoilt Cumbrian coast, Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall. The renowned Cumbrian village of Caldbeck with a pub, tea rooms and shop is three miles.

    Woodpecker Cottage can be booked together with Nuthatch Cottage (CC119138) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: Property has fully automatic biomass heating system that uses wooden pellets to heat the cottage and provide lashings of hot water and is totally environmentally friendly and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV/DVD, CD radio, electric fire and picture window ideal for watching birdlife.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed and cabin bed (suitable for a child) and flat screen TV with DVD player.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and TV.
    Shower room: With power shower, WC, bidet and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Telephone by arrangement. Cot available. Outside: Enclosed cottage garden with seating. Hot tub. Ample parking. Electric car charging point. Storage for bikes. 2 well behaved dogs welcome.

  • Yew Trees

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 26027

    Perched in an elevated position above Windermere and Ambleside, this pretty detached cottage has its own paved patio area at the front of the property, provides a superb, spacious holiday base in the heart of the southern Lake District. Within walking distance is Lake Windermere, with shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions such as the World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness Bay and Pier and the Windermere Steamboat centre. With views of the surrounding fells and walking and cycling from the door. A short drive north is the Brockhole Visitor centre, Ambleside and Grasmere. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 steps down to utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 2 steps in patio area.

  • Pine Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111275
    Pine Cottage is a recently refurbished terraced property, five minutes level walk from the town centre. The property offers comfortable accommodation with gas central heating, three bedrooms, bathroom, lounge/diner, kitchen and has one room set aside for storage utility room.

    Ground Floor: Pine Cottage has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" flat screen LCD TV with DVD/VCR, radio and flame effect fire.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and wall mounted LCD TV.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and basin.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 3: With single bed and views over the Keswick roof tops and fells beyond.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available.On road parking.

  • Mews Cottage

    Bampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC118159
    Mews Cottage is full of character and has a peaceful location with lovely view. It is part of a development of converted farm buildings, built from Lakeland stone and with traditional Lakeland stone floors in the living areas.  It has been attractively furnished and fitted to a high standard, with every modern convenience, making it a real home from home. The kitchen has just been refurbished to a high standard with fully integrated appliances and soft close cupboards and drawers. A unique feature of this cottage is the sauna - perfect for relaxing after a hard day on the fells! Mews Cottage is situated in the attractive hamlet of Bampton, in the Lowther Valley. This is a tranquil, unspoilt and beautiful area of the Lake District: perfect for getting away from it all and for seeing wildlife like red squirrels, deer and buzzards. However, the location is still also convenient for accessing not only other parts of the Lake District, but also the Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale and Hadrian’s Wall. Bampton has a village store/Post Office with tea room, children’s playground and there is a pub a gentle stroll away in the neighbouring hamlet of Bampton Grange. The nearest lakes are Haweswater and Ullswater.  The area is perfect for walking and cycling with its quiet scenic roads and there is plenty of good walking from the doorstep, including on the surrounding fells leading over to Ullswater.  Popular fells such as Hallin Fell and Place Fell and Mardale Head are nearby, and information on local walks is provided in the cottage. There are lots of nearby attractions and activities including cycle hire, horse riding, Dalemain House and gardens, Aira Force, Ullswater Steamers and other water sports.  The nearest town to Bampton is Penrith, Approximately 7 miles and the M6 is just a 10 minute drive for easy access.  Keswick is only 30 minutes drive and the southern lakes can readily be accessed in a scenic drive over Kirkstone Pass or through St John’s in the Vale, making Mews Cottage a great base to enjoy a holiday in the Lake District.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is oil fired centrally heated, is all on one level and comprises:
    Open plan lounge: With 32" LCD HD flat screen TV with Blu-Ray and Freesat HD and wood burning stove in a feature kiln shaped stone surround. Patio doors which lead to;
    Conservatory:  With comfortable furnishings, which overlooks the pleasant garden which benefits from lovely views.
    Dining/kitchen: With Rangemaster ceramic hob electric range cooker,Nespresso coffee machine,  integrated fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. A washer/dryer is housed in the bathroom cupboard.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With power shower over corner bath, WC, wash basin and sauna room.

    All fuel and bed linen included. No logs are provided for the wood burning stove other than an initial basket. Cot and highchair available. There is a telephone for incoming calls. Initial supply of tea and coffee is provided free of charge in the property for your arrival. Wi-Fi available.Front garden with table and seating. BBQ. Rear gravelled parking area with parking for 3 cars. Anyone familiar with the cult film ’Withnail and I’ will recognise the village phone box across the road from the cottage.

  • Cairnway - Royal Oak House

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC111126
    The former Royal Oak Hotel, in the centre of Keswick, was architecturally converted into individual holiday apartments. All the amenities Keswick offers are available on the doorstep so your car need never leave its allocated parking space. Cairnway is a first and second floor apartment. It has the added benefit of a private balcony with outdoor furniture enabling you to relax with a glass of wine after walking on the fells, the property is gas centrally heated and furnished in pine throughout. Access to the apartment is through a communal entrance, with stairs and a lift to the first floor and stairs only to the second floor.

    Derwentwater and the ‘Theatre by the Lake’ are a 10 minute stroll through the beautifully manicured Hope Park Memorial Gardens, with mini golf, crazy golf and putting. Regular launch trips around the lake are available each day, with numerous drop-off points if you wish to continue on foot. Keswick is renowned for its spectacular setting, surrounded by mountains, a vast array of outdoor activity shops and a great selection of pubs and restaurants.

    Cairnway can be booked together with Peak View (CC111201), Condor (CC111245), Osprey (CC111395), Brandelhow Apartment (CC111311) and Fellside (UK1011) to accommodate up to 27 guests.

    First Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: 
    With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    Second Floor: Lounge/dining room: Spacious with TV, DVD player, CD player and balcony with garden furniture.
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Balcony with furniture. Private (1 car). No smoking.

  • Abbeydale

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC128173
    Tucked away behind the main thoroughfare of Bowness and Windermere, Abbeydale is ideally situated, being midway between these two popular Lakeland towns. Delightfully quiet, Abbeydale has its own private parking space making it the ideal base from which to explore on foot all that this busy corner of Lakeland has to offer. On the first floor, with secure entry, the accommodation is all on one level and therefore ideal for our more mature guests. Abbeydale has been furnished as a home from home and guests will appreciate the ’little extras’ supplied by the owners to ensure a most comfortable stay including guide books of all the popular Lake and fell walks in the Lake District.

    First Floor: Abbeydale has electric heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance via secure entry system to first floor accommodation comprising:
    Lounge/dining room: With Sony 40" HD TV with Sky+ HD box, CD radio and dining area.
    Kitchen: With fridge, freezer, electric hob, built in electric oven, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen provided.Shared grounds. Private parking for one car.

  • Cartmel Manse

    Allithwaite

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129294
    Just a mile from the medieval village of Cartmel and a half from the popular Victorian seaside resort of Grange Over Sands, Cartmel Manse offers a comfortable and contemporary retreat for one or two couples or a family of three or four and your pet at any time of the year. The area has plenty of delightful walks and cycle routes, local post office and shop and a good pub is close by for you to sample a thirst quenching Cumbrian ale and a home cooked bar meal.
    The upside down, stylish accommodation has bright, airy open plan living space on the first floor ensuring a wonderful view across Humphrey head to Morecambe Bay. The master bedroom on the ground floor offers more of the view too, across the enclosed patio garden accessed via the French doors, just the spot for taking in an aperitif before dinner or watching the sun go down over the bay.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Hall with...
    Cloakroom: With washing machine, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With super king size bed or twin beds (Please request how you require the beds made up on booking) with sea views and access via French doors to patio area.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.

    First Floor: Open plan living area: Well positioned for taking in the sea view.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen:
    with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge: With TV/DVD player.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no children under 8 years of age including infants. Post office/shop and two pubs within a few minutes walk. Free Wi-Fi available.Outside: shared garden with patio furniture. Off road parking for one car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Damson Cottage

    Coniston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC124101
    This charming traditional Lakeland cottage occupies an idyllic setting on an elevated terrace commanding panoramic uninterrupted views over Coniston Water. Complete with 90’s kitchen and bathroom and displaying a wealth of character including stripped pine doors, window seats, feature fireplace and flagstone floors. Damson Cottage will be a popular and enchanting ’get away’ at any time of the year. A short stroll winds down to the bustling village of Coniston and its many delights and for the more energetic, Coniston Old Man is not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: Having gas central heating, the cosy accommodation comprises:
    Lounge: With glorious views and window seat, a real flame gas woodburning stove, TV/DVD, video and deep cushioned furnishings.
    Kitchen/dining room: With flagged floor and beautiful units incorporating a dishwasher, microwave, electric oven, hob and a fridge/freezer.
    Utility: With washer/dryer and access to a rear patio area.
    Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and stunning views.
    Bathroom: With mixer tap, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside is a rear patio area and private parking available.

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