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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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  • Grooms Cottage

    Troutbeck Bridge

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    Ref: CC126101
    Situated in Troutbeck Bridge and enjoying stunning views towards the famous Langdale Pikes this character cottage is ideal for honeymoon couples. Converted from an original school house and finished to a high standard with attention to detail including the use of church pews, possibly from the converted Chapel close by. Centrally situated and handy for both Windermere and Ambleside, yet perched in a peaceful setting with Troutbeck Valley on the doorstep. The exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, stripped and polished floors with magnificent scenery, combine in Grooms Cottage to provide a memorable holiday retreat.

    Ground Floor: Cloakroom: Understairs with toilet.
    Living Room/diner: Large, bright and cosy with an array of picture windows to afford the views, open fire in stone fireplace, beams, TV, DVD, video, CD midi system and a dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The washer/dryer is neatly concealed in the hall.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With antique brass double bed, TV, polished red wood floor, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and superb views.
    Bathroom: With polished floor, sunken bath with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Sorry, no babies.Outside there is an enclosed sun terrace and ample private parking. Fuel for the open fire is available locally.

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  • Meregarth

    Windermere

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    Ref: CC127212
    This cosy cottage style bungalow sits in a small row of similar properties in the grounds of the former Priory Hotel, a 15 minute walk into the nearby town of Windermere, and a half hour to Bowness (a little more via the National Trust path through Miller Ground). The cottage enjoys wonderful views across Lake Windermere: enjoy your morning coffee looking down as the mist clears above the tranquil water; relax with your evening meal watching the sun set over distant Wetherlam.  The cottage shares well maintained grounds and direct access down a leafy lane to the lakeshore; here you can sit by the water and watch the swans and steamers go by.
    Meregarth offers stylish and comfortable accommodation, all on one level, and is the perfect retreat for a couple, whatever time of year you choose to visit the Lakes. Although the open plan layout of the kitchen, dining and living area make this property ideal for self catering, guests may well be tempted by the wide range of restaurants and bars in Windermere and Bowness. Walk up to Windermere for an evening meal and the return to the cottage is a gentle stroll, downhill all the way.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge area: With stove effect electric fire and 43" Smart TV.
    Kitchen: With electric fan oven and hob, microwave and fridge whilst the dining table is well placed for taking in the stunning view across Windermere.
    Bedroom 1: With cast iron king size bedstead, wall mounted 32" TV with integrated DVD player and a useful dressing room.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available. Wi-fi access availableShared grounds with bench seating provided. Parking for two cars at the bottom of the hill with permission to unload at the top of the drive on arrival.

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  • The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion

    near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123244
    The unique, semi detached residence offers great character and charm and is situated just above Skelwith Bridge, between the villages of  Grasmere and Ambleside at the start of the beautiful Langdale Valley. The Pavilion building was architect designed and built in 2006, the result of which is a delightful property offering quality accommodation. Substantial grounds surround the property including over an acre of natural wooded gardens with expanses of lawns and trees perfect for adults to relax and children to play. Frequented by a wide variety of wildlife including deer, the location offers some of the finest walking within the Lake District National Park right from the doorstep either into the Langdales for some serious climbing or along to Loughrigg Tarn or Skelwith Force waterfall for a more gentle amble beside the River Brathay to Elterwater and the heart of the Great Langdale Valley.

    The Lawns is well presented in a traditional style and well equipped for a self catering break at any time of the year. The wood burning stove is perfect for snuggling around in the cooler months and the comfy bedroom ensures a good night’s rest for all. The property has its own private patio area with furniture provided from where to sit out and take in the delightful grounds. Two good eating places are on the doorstep if you choose to have time out of the kitchen, Chester’s by The River and The Talbot Bar at Skelwith Bridge Hotel, both offering food throughout the day and into the evening.

    The combination of a rare and superb setting, along with easy access (car less if preferred) to the entire valley and the amenities of the nearby villages, makes Carr Crag the perfect choice for your holiday retreat.

    The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion can be booked in conjunction with Carr Crag Pavilion Ref 123243 which is next door.

    Ground Floor: The property has night storage heaters and comprises:
    Entrance via French doors into open plan living area divided by the fabulous dual aspect wood burning stove (fuel available locally).
    Lounge Area: Has large areas of window giving stunning views of the grounds and thier natural beauty, digital TV, DVD and radio/CD player are all available.
    Kitchen: Wrapped in granite tops, useful island, Belfast sink, dishwasher, washing machine, range cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave.

    First Floor: Dressing area to the master bedroom.
    Bedroom 1: King size bedroom with range of fitted units.
    Bathroom: With large shower area, bath with hand shower attachment, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available through Cumbrian Cottages.Outside: Private off road parking for two cars. Patio area with seating provided and access to 2 acres of shared grounds.

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  • 11 Elm Court

    Keswick

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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.

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  • Low Ickenthwaite Farm Cottage

    Rusland, nr. Hawkshead

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    Ref: 23748

    A delightful cosy cottage, part of the owners’ former farmhouse in the beautiful Rusland Valley. Set between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, the southern Lakes are on your doorstep. Nearby attractions include Aquarium of the Lakes, steamer trips on Windermere to Bowness and Ambleside, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Beatrix Potter farmhouse and historic buildings such as Holker Hall and Cartmel Priory. With Hawkshead just 5 miles away, the choices for a day out are endless. The nearby attractions of Grizedale include lovely walks, cafe and cycling. Shops 5 miles, pub 2 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, shared enclosed garden and furniture. Natural water supply from spring. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the garden.

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  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

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    Ref: CC121137
    Seat Sandal enjoys a perfect location in the very heart of romantic Grasmere, overlooking the village green and with wonderful views towards Silver How from every window. Walks for all ages and abilities can be enjoyed directly from the door, onto the fells or beside the Lake, so park up, put on your boots and get back to nature retracing the steps of the famous poets that were so very fond of Grasmere.
    On the first floor and one of only a handful of properties in this traditional Lakeland building, Seat Sandal is presented in a traditional style but with all modern day comforts. The apartment has everything you will need for a self catering stay including  a well equipped kitchen although Grasmere has such a fine selection of bars and restaurants, you may decide to give yourselves a night or two off domestic duties and sample The Jumble Room or one of the many great pubs, many serving local ales and homemade fayre, all within strolling distance.

    First Floor: A first floor apartment with gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge/Dining area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

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  • Barnside

    Gamblesby

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    Ref: CC118236
    With its peaceful atmosphere, wonderful views and garden setting, Barnside makes the perfect romantic retreat; an immaculate and stylish presented barn conversion adjoining the owner’s art studio in the rural village of Gamblesby. The double patio doors lead onto a delightful sitting-out area which has steps leading to a well-tended garden. From here, a grassy path leads to the duck pond where you can enjoy 360 degrees of amazing views. The tranquil village of Gamblesby is set under the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the unspoilt Eden Valley. It is just a 30 minute drive from Ullswater, in the Lake District National Park, a little further to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and also the Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. This is a perfect place to relax and explore the spectacular and contrasting scenery of northern England. Besides excellent local and more adventurous walking, plus numerous cycle routes (C2C runs close to the village), there are also many visitor attractions to enjoy. Penrith, 10 miles, is the main town of the North Lakes and is full of interesting local shops. Long Meg and her Daughters (ancient stone circle), the Settle to Carlisle Railway line with the occasional steam train, boat trips on Lake Ullswater, the narrow gauge South Tyndale Railway and numerous historic sites and castles are just a few of the highlights.

    Ground Floor: The property has five steps to the entrance and then is all on the ground floor, has underfloor oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with TV, DVD player, CD/radio and patio doors to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Large with electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with four poster bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, large shower, WC and two basins.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair supplied on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack including homemade baking and tea tray. Private sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds 218 yards away. Steps in the garden.

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  • Robins Nest - Burnside Park

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111167
    Those who are in love with the ’great outdoors’ will find the location of Burnside Park the perfect place to stay. Robin’s Nest is a luxury pine log cabin equipped for every modern day convenience and comfort. Situated in landscaped grounds at the foot of Latrigg and Skiddaw, with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. The site is within walking distance of Keswick town centre, making the lodge an ideal base to enjoy the amenities of Keswick without the hustle and bustle of the town itself.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan with electric fire, TV and patio doors to the terrace with views to Latrigg and Skiddaw.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher, microwave and dining table.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All bed linen, towels and heating included. Cot available. Free Wi-Fri available.Private parking for 1 car. Please note, this site is closed from mid-November until the end of February, however is open over Christmas and New Year from 20th December to 3rd January. NB: There are streams and significant drops within the grounds of the property. NB: There are streams within the grounds of the property and significant drops within the grounds extra care maybe needed especially if you have small children in your party.

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  • Wreaks End Farm - Beeswing Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: 28762

    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.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Dining room/conservatory. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Two Freeview TVs. Sitting out area and furniture. Welcome pack.

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

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  • The Hayloft

    Broughton Mills, nr. Coniston

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    Ref: W151

    Perfect base for hill walking

    This small 17th century hill farm, with pet sheep, lies in a beautiful and tranquil valley within the Lake District National Park. Elevated and surrounded by craggy hills, this simple cosy holiday cottage is a perfect base for hill walking and exploring. It is full of character and charm with magnificent cruck beams and exposed stonework. Coniston Lake 4 miles, Eskdale 10 miles, Ambleside 14 miles. Wonderful views down the valley and to the sea in the distance. The area has much more on offer than excellent walks and scenery, with its rich history and culture there are museums, galleries, heritage centres, garden, 15th century buildings and NT properties to visit, not to mention the variety of shopping and traditional tea rooms available. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep stone stairs to first floor: Steep step from kitchen/dining room to living room. Beams throughout.

    Electricity panel heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Barton Hall Farm - Stable Cottage

    Pooley Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: B6062

    Minutes from Lake Ullswater

    Barton Hall Farm can be found just outside Pooley Bridge, the village at the outfall of Lake Ullswater. Set in the countryside on a traditional working farm, this area offers some of the most wonderful landscapes in the region from the privacy of a secluded rural setting. It is minutes from Lake Ullswater, with its walking, water sports and ponderous steamers making their regal-like journeys up and down the lake in the shadow of the majestic fells. This area offers many forms of recreation, whatever season you choose to visit. All three cottages have been tastefully converted from original old stone farm buildings; and wherever possible the original features have been retained. Old pitch pine beams stretch unhindered through bedrooms and across stairways and the local slate and sandstone are in evidence throughout. Guests are welcomed with fresh flowers, along with well furnished comfortable holiday accommodation, wood-burning stoves and well-equipped kitchens. For good walking, fells nearby include High Street range, 1 mile, and Helvellyn, 10 miles. The market town of Penrith, 5 miles; whilst the attractions of Keswick are 14 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/ kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Parking.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Wood-fired renewable energy central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared garden area and furniture. Barbecue.

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  • Wetherlam

    Lowick Bridge

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    Ref: E3829

    In the glorious landscape of the Lake District National Park, and ideally located for enjoying water sports or fell walking and climbing, these two spacious and comfortable properties have been created from the conversion of an 18th century barn. Allt Maen, its name derived from the Celtic ‘Old Man of Coniston’, a mountain visible from the properties, is on the first floor and Wetherlam occupies the ground floor. Coniston Water is just 2 miles, Windermere 8 miles, Blawith Fells are a short drive and Grizedale Forest tracks invite mountain bikers, whilst nearby stately homes and gardens offer more sedate pleasures. Shops are 3 miles away and a friendly pub (dogs welcome) is a short stroll.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Rayburn in dining room included.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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