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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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  • Long Byres at Talkin Head - Cottage No5

    Talkin, nr. Brampton

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    Ref: 31038

    Talkin Head is a hill farm in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful old farm buildings (refs: 31034, 31035, 31036, 31037, 31038, 31039 and 31040) have been converted into seven specially designed terraced holiday cottages, known as Long Byres at Talkin Head. Each cottage is self-contained and has central heating throughout to provide comfortable and cosy accommodation with lovely views; some looking across the Lake District hills. The shared lawned gardens look out over rolling farmland and are an ideal setting to sit back and relax! The local area has much to entertain visitors. The farm itself is home to sheep, chickens and geese. Children are welcome to come and meet the animals and pets. The golf course is only 11/2 miles away and Talkin Tarn is excellent for boating, coarse fishing and walking. Cycle hire is available locally, with many good routes across the fells on ‘green’ roads. For those keen on discovering our heritage, Hadrian’s Wall is a must. Situated next door to Geltsdale RSPB Nature Reserve, which is home to a small number of black grouse and other upland birds. A great location for all ages. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with Velux.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and two tumble dryers. Shared, large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept under strict control (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Steep slopes in garden. Stream 50 yards, fenced river 200 yards.

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  • Bank House Barns - Little Eden

    Matterdale End, Ullswater

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    Ref: NP29

    These three delightful cottages stand high on the fellside adjacent to the Cumbrian Way, with superb views across the valley to the hills around Ullswater. Converted from traditional stone barns overlooking a cobbled courtyard, they are all attractive and comfortable and make a wonderful holiday base. Experience Lakeland at its best, with every kind of outdoor activity on hand. Bank House Barns are a haven away from the stresses and strains of everyday living and ideal for anyone looking to spend some time amidst the peace and quiet of beautiful scenery. Walk straight out on to the fells from your cottage door, or go pony trekking and see the sights from a different angle (book at nearby Rookin House). Enjoy boating and sailing on Ullswater or take in the magnificent scenery on a launch trip up the lake. A region which offers something for everyone, whichever season you choose to visit – in the winter months, why not join the Lake District ski club and ski on Raise. For enjoyable days out, there are plenty of places to visit, including Aira Force waterfall, Wetheriggs Pottery Museum and Penrith Castle. Also in the area surrounding Penrith is the wonderful Rheged Discovery Centre, Lowther Leisure and Wildlife Park, Dalemain Historic House and Gardens and beautiful Hutton in the Forest. The lakes and fells to the south are easily reached or go north to the charming villages and historic sites in the Borders, a trip to fascinating Hadrian’s Wall is a must. Pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facilities. Garden seats. Parking (1 car).

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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Calf Shed

    Alston

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    Ref: 28646

    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. No smoking.

    All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Chaucer Apartment 4 - Chaucer’s Gem

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111406
    The former Chaucer House Hotel, was converted into 14 luxury apartments and located in the heart of Keswick with all amenities on the doorstep Chaucer House. It is a perfect base to enjoy a holiday in the Northern Lakes. With many walks surrounding this pretty town, your car may never leave its parking space. The lake is within a 10 minute stroll, taking you through the beautiful Hope Park Memorial Gardens with mini golf, crazy golf and putting. Launches run regularly around the lake with numerous drop off points.
    Chaucer’s Gem is a very stylish apartment which was completely refurbished in 2013. It is situated on the lower ground floor with the bedroom at basement level (with natural light). There are only a few steps down to the apartment, which is all on one level, and is therefore suitable for people with limited mobility.

    Ground Floor: Property is on the lower ground floor level and luxuriously furnished and very well appointed. It is heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: Open plan with leather sofa, leather armchair, glass dining table, flat screen TV, DVD, i-Pod dock, Wi-Fi internet access and electric flame effect stove in feature fireplace.
    Kitchen area; With electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom: With king size bed, dressing table and easy chair.
    Bathroom: Luxury fully tiled with shower over a large bath, twin wash basins, WC and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi internet accessOutside:Dedicated off street parking for 1 car.

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  • Yan Yak

    High Lorton

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    Ref: CC114148
    A most charming character cottage situated in the village of High Lorton. It may sound like a large furry mountain animal, but Yan Yak is actually Cumbrian dialect for ’One Oak’. It has and interesting history, originally part of the very first Jennings Brewery and dates back to the turn of the 19th Century. in 1875 the brewery relocated to Cockermouth and continues brewing real ale to this day - daily tours of the brewery are available. Buttermere, Loweswater and Crummock are nearby, a peaceful corner of the English Lakes with unspoilt scenery. The village has a popular pub/restaurant plus a good hotel/restaurant and Cockermouth is three miles away with many amenities.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Stone steps to the Ground floor:
    Lounge/Diner: With original sandstone floor from the brewery days, open range fire (initial supply of fuel provide), TV, DVD and radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can be split into single beds (please advise when booking)
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, towels and bed linen included.Outside: Shared courtyard with patio and seating. Cellar providing storage for bikes.

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  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

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

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

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

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

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  • Low Fold Cottage

    Crook, nr. Windermere

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    Ref: W1759

    Beautiful views of the Lyth Valley

    Situated on a mixed working farm, this 17th century semi-detached character holiday cottage with exposed beams is warm and cosy. It is ideal for a rural holiday in a location close to all the attractions of the Lake District and the southern National Park, Windermere, the lake and Bowness being only 4.5 miles, and bustling Kendal the same. Windermere in the centre of the Lake District offers great countryside and walking to suit all abilities. A good area for walking with golf nearby, the cottage is to be found up a narrow lane with beautiful views of the Lyth Valley. There are many attractions in the area including historic houses, museums, galleries, gardens and parks, as well as watersport opportunities and great shopping, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 3.5 miles and pub 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beam/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beam and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Gates Bridge Cottage

    Caldbeck

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    Ref: CC119148
    Gates Bridge Cottage has been renovated and refurbished to provide good quality, spacious, self catering accommodation for couples. It is situated right in the heart of Caldbeck village, in John Peel country, with tea rooms, village store and post office, pub, restaurant and craft shop all within a few yards. This delightful cosy cottage has got a log burner in the lounge and a stylish bedroom, providing an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic break

    Ground Floor: Property has electric wet system heating with radiators and comprises:
    Spacious Lounge/Diner: With comfy leather sofa and chair, wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), TV/DVD, CD radio/ipod dock and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Washer/dryer and freezer in outside utility.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-Fi. Heated utility/drying room with washer/dryer, freezer and space for bikes. Raised patio area with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Pelican Dairy

    Greystoke, nr. Penrith

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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.

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  • Blackberry Cottage

    Abbeytown, nr. Wigton

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    Ref: 30170


    Blackberry Cottage is located within a private courtyard of similar style terraced properties near the centre of the village of Abbeytown. It is a part of a former stables that has been cleverly converted into contemporary cottages. Furnished to a very good standard, this holiday cottage provides a cosy base for your explorations. A sun trap of a garden and a multi-fuel burner mean that you can make the most of the property no matter what the weather. It benefits from being 100 yards from the local shop and village pub whilst only 5 miles from Silloth and the Solway Coast, 6 miles to the market town of Wigton, and approximately 18 miles to the border city of Carlisle. Good transport links also make it a good base from which to explore the Lake District National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders. Abbeytown is ideally situated for those with an interest in birds and nature as it is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is located near several nature reserves, a Marine Conservation Zone and a World Heritage Site. The Solway Coast contains many locally, nationally and internationally important features including the second largest area of lowland raised mire or ‘bog’ in England. The RSPB opened the Solway Wetlands Centre in Autumn 2013 to make the most of this fragile but important habitat. From archaeological digs to hedge laying training, there is always something to get involved with in the area. Abbeytown itself is home to the 12th-century Holme Cultram Abbey, built by Cistercian monks from Melrose Abbey. Restoration work that has been undertaken means that this beautiful abbey is open to the public with an exhibition and tea room. For the keen golfer, Silloth Links golf course is possibly one of the best golf courses in Britain that is mostly clad in mature dune flora and ideal for presenting the great challenge of links golf. For those who enjoy cycling, the Hadrian’s Long Distance Cycleway provides 26 miles of traffic-free cycling from Allonby to Whitehaven. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Studio

    Hutton John, nr. Ullswater

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    Ref: 25704

    Just two miles from Ullswater, arguably England’s most beautiful lake, this attractively converted studio adjoins the owner’s home and is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Sparket Mill. Cosy and compact this semi-detached holiday home is ideal for a romantic break and exploring the Lakes by foot, car or bicycle. The studio overlooks a shared terrace garden with a stream and enjoys an abundance of wildlife, including red squirrels. Other attractions include a cruise on Ullswater, visiting historic houses and castles, a feast of local shows, farmer’s markets and open gardens, plus tickets for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick (14 miles) can be arranged. Cooked meals on request. Shop 21/2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with low ceiling.

    Electric woodburner included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer on request. Wi-fi. Shared terrace garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden (3 metres).

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  • Skiddaw Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: W41227

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

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

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

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