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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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  • The Tops

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111248
    Situated in Keswick town centre with views to Walla Crag from the front and Skiddaw from the rear, The Tops is a spacious duplex apartment on the first and second floor above Morrels Restaurant. Furnished in a contemporary style the owners have created a tasteful apartment with very good quality furnishings and accessories. There are pubs, cafe bars, restaurants and shops all on the doorstep. Only 100 yards from the beautifully manicured gardens of Hope Park, with Mini Golf, Putting and Crazy Golf available. A gentle 5 minute stroll will bring you to the Theatre by the Lake and Derwentwater, where you may take a trip on a launch or rowing boat around the Lake or just relax and enjoy one of the finest views in England.

    First Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

    Second Floor: Lounge/diner: With LCD TV, DVD, video, CD, electric flame effect fire and a view to Walla Crag.
    Kitchen: With double electric oven, gas hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave and a lovely view of Skiddaw.
    Separate WC: With WC and hand basin.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available.
    Please note: This property does not accept pets, however the owner may occasionally take their pet to the property, and whilst there will be no evidence of the pet in the property it isn’t possible to guarantee it pet free for allergy sufferers.Outside parking for one car.

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  • Meadowcroft No 7

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC128228
    Meadowcroft House is a former gentleman’s residence built in 1908. Over the last century it has been used as a school and hotel before being converted into a stunning complex of apartments. There are two acres of grounds including mature trees, manicured lawns, shrubberies and more natural areas to enjoy and an all weather tennis court is available for guests use. For the less energetic, the gardens are large enough for a leisurely stroll and are full of birds, rabbits and the occasional deer. Meadowcroft is a five minute short drive to Bowness with it’s shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, a local supermarket, and the Beatrix Potter Centre.

    Second Floor: This stylish and comfortable second floor apartment has gas central heating and comprises:
    Shared entrance hallway leading to second floor and inner hall.
    Cloakroom: With WC and basin.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, chaise longue, all year views towards Lake Windermere and the beautiful gardens and en-suite walk in wet room style shower, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, fitted units and en-suite with shower over double ended bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
    Hall leads to a bright...
    Study/snug area: With comfy sofa and 32" TV with Playstation 3 (including controls, camera, microphones and some games) and Wi-Fi.
    Kitchen: with breakfast bar, discreet lighting, electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, wine chiller, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Through to the very light and spacious...
    Lounge/dining room: With wall mounted 40" TV and DVD (with extensive DVD collection), deep cushioned sofas and winter views of the lake through the trees.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi.Free use of the communal all weather tennis court and access to 2 acres of shared planted areas and large flat lawn with patio. Parking for two cars and ample visitor parking. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Branthwaite Stable

    Branthwaite near Caldbeck

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC119146
    Branthwaite Stable is a real gem, with everything you would expect to see in a traditional Lakeland cottage. It has been renovated to an excellent standard with a cosy wood burner, exposed stone walls, oak beams, bags of character and some antique furniture complimented with quality soft furnishings. The cottage benefits from a superb fellside location in ’John Peel country’, situated on the tranquil Caldbeck Fells with walks directly from the door and quiet country lanes ideal for cycling. The renowned village of Caldbeck is within three miles with pub, tea room and shops.

    Branthwaite Stable can be booked together with The Long Barn (UK1005) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Spacious with beams, wood burner, TV, DVD and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All biomass, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi.Patio and garden furniture across the lane. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Walled river adjacent.

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  • No.2 Farfield Cottage

    Sedbergh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 2746

    Riverside cottage in an AONB

    This charming riverside cottage, originally a 19th-century mill building, is situated on the banks of the tumbling River Clough, on the outskirts of the quiet market town of Sedbergh. The skilful conversion includes a fully fitted oak kitchen and quality pine furniture. There is direct access to the Howgill Fells and the Farfield Mill Heritage Arts Centre is adjacent. The holiday cottage is excellently placed for walking and touring both the Dales and the Lakes. Shop and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    NSH, individually controlled panel heaters, electric heater, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden borders a river.

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  • Chapel Cottage

    Blawith, nr. Coniston

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: B6097

    This well-appointed holiday cottage (left in photo) is set in the Lakeland village of Blawith, with excellent views over the fields to the Coniston Fells. It is over 300 years old and has been carefully converted to retain its character, with a wealth of beams, Lakeland slate floors, welcoming open fires and a bottle of wine on arrival. To the north is Coniston Lake, 1 mile, whilst the market town of Ulverston is to the south. Well situated for walking, mountain biking and water sports. Horse riding and fishing available locally. Shop 3 miles pub, 1 mile.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Landscaped gardens and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. NB: Slate staircase unsuitable for children and the infirm.

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  • Pear Tree Cottage

    Staveley

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK1013
    A truly delightful cottage on the edge of the picturesque Kentmere Valley, Pear Tree Cottage is a stones throw from the weir on the River Kent, and the relaxing sound of the tumbling waters can be heard from the patio. A beautifully presented terraced property, the exposed stonewalls, original beams and wood flooring to the upper floor ensure a true cottage experience. Guests will appreciate the contemporary kitchen and bathroom facilities, and careful attention to detail throughout. The lounge benefits from a multi-fuel burner which you will find hard to leave after a day out and about. However, the popular village of Staveley offers welcoming hospitality in its pubs and eating establishments. With the addition of the Hawkshead Brewery just a stroll away, you might just be tempted to venture away from the cosy fire! A traditional Lakeland village, Staveley sits nestled at the foot of the Kentmere Valley, which is particularly popular with walkers of all abilities. On the River Kent, the village offers a good mix of amenities including a small supermarket, post office, cafes and pubs. With good access to the M6 it is also served by a railway station and situated between Kendal, a historic market town, and Lake Windemere with the popular towns of Bowness and Windermere just a short drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has 1 step to entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With multi-fuel burner and 32" Sky TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric double oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with wooden floor and kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: Beamed with wooden floor and twin beds.
    Shower room: With double shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Highchair available. Wi-Fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Access to owner’s holiday studio via patio.

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  • Swallow’s Nest

    Crackenthorpe, Appleby

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E3245

    In a wonderful location for discovering the myriad delights of three renowned Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Eden Valley, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales – this charming pair of holiday cottages stand adjacent to the owners’ home and provide quirky and characterful accommodation. Cruck End (ref E3749) has retained the original cruck beams, whilst Swallow’s Nest (ref E3245) was formally the waggon house. This area affords fell walking, bird watching, riding, cycling and fishing, whilst Appleby, just 2 miles away and host to the gypsy horse fair in June, offers golf, a swimming pool and bowls as well as shops, inns and eating places. Penrith, with cycle hire and the Rheged Centre, is 10 miles, Hadrian’s Wall an hour’s drive.

    Ramped access to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Wet room with toilet (raised seat), grab rails and shower seat.

    Wheelchair available at the property.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Shared cobbled courtyard and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Sycamore View

    Brough, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: E5123

    In the beautiful upper Eden Valley, nestling between Appleby and Kirkby Stephen at the foot of the Cumbrian Pennines, and conveniently located adjacent to and just off the trans Pennine trunk road (A66). This makes the location an excellent touring base for exploring the Yorkshire and Durham Dales to the east, and the Lakes to the west. These detached holiday lodges provide accommodation of an excellent standard, they are tastefully furnished, very comfortable and well equipped, they enjoy countryside views and a totally separate and lovely setting on a no through lane within a small, rural caravan park. The park encourages wildlife and has a conservation pond with a wide variety of birds in the surrounding woodlands and frequent visits from roe deer. This is a wonderful base for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits – less than a mile away, main roads give access to the myriad attractions and stunning landscapes of the Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales and County Durham, and the shops, pubs and restaurants of Brough are also only 1 mile. The larger town of Kirkby Stephen, 5 miles, has a supermarket and variety of gift shops, cafes, tourist information office, library and station for the Carlisle/Settle railway.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Decked balcony.

    All properties: Electricity flame-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. CD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £12per week, £7 per short break. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking. Outdoor multi-activity play area. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake and stream in grounds.

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  • The Retreat (Keswick)

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111115
    An attractive, traditional Lakeland stone terraced cottage situated in a conservation area. Laid out over 3 floors, this cosy little cottage provides comfortable accommodation just three minutes from Keswick’s shops, pubs and cafes. The Retreat is ideal for couples or families seeking a central but quiet location, just a short walk to the lake, park and leisure centre for which a complimentary pass is provided for up to four people.

    Ground Floor: The centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, Bluray/DVD and wood burning stove (fuel can be purchased locally).
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, under-counter fridge with small freezer compartment, washing machine and microwave. The rear window overlooks the shared lawn area with distant views of Castlerigg Fell.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and clock radio.
    Bathroom: With walk in shower, free standing bath, hand basin and WC.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 2: Steep and narrow stairs lead up to this attic bedroom with twin beds and lovely views of Skiddaw through the velux roof window.
    Den: Small room with desk, ipod/iplayer/mp3 player docking station, books/games/maps & single futon On request the futon can be used instead of one of the single beds in the twin room (the maximum occupancy of the cottage is four people).

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available (bring own bedding please) also a booster seat is available. Four complimentary leisure passes provide free use of the Keswick pool and fitness suite.Shared garden to rear. On road parking. Due to the steep stairs and the ballustrade measurements, care is required in the case of younger children.

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  • The Old Post Office

    Papcastle near Cockermouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC143232
    This charming cottage was the village post office for 30 years, now it has been carefully renovated to a very high standard while retaining gorgeous traditional features such as the exposed stonework in the living room. A double room with en-suite and a twin room (which could equally be a king size room due to the zip and link bed) provide flexibility for guests. Just a 10 minute walk out of the Georgian market town of Cockermouth you get all the benefits of the area while keeping a quiet village location. On the north west edge of the Lake District National Park and only a short drive to the Solway coast, Cockermouth is a bustling market town with a fantastic range of independent shops, museums, art centre and eating places and is best known as the birthplace of William Wordsworth. Just five and a half miles to Bassenthwaite Lake and nine to Whinlatter Forest for the days you want to go walking and the great border city of Carlisle with its medieval castle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish border are all within an easy drive for the more sedate days.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With limestone flagged flooring, electric fire and Freesat TV.
    Kitchen/dining room: With limestone flagged flooring, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to king size - please advise when booking).

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Small gravelled area with garden furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Brow Farm - Billy Croft Cottage

    Dufton, nr. Appleby

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27292

    Ideal walking base

    This traditional, red sandstone barn has been tastefully converted to create two holiday homes which retain a good deal of charm and character. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the cottages stand on the edge of the picturesque and peaceful small fellside village of Dufton, which has a good pub on the village green and is on the Pennine Way. There is excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep and one of the highlights is High Cup Nick which is a spectacular geological feature and walkers are rewarded with an amazing view along the Eden Valley to the Lakeland fells. The ancient, attractive market town of Appleby, 3 miles, stands on the River Eden and is on the famous and scenic Carlisle to Settle train line. Dufton provides a good base from which to explore the contrasting but equally beautiful Lakes and Dales National Parks. The Scottish border and Hadrian’s Wall are also an easy, pretty drive away. Have an afternoon tea at the tea room, 200 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub with restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Parking (2 cars).

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared sitting-out area. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Granary

    Selside near Kendal

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC129318
    The most spacious of three properties in this beautiful farm location the Granary is finished to a truly excellent standard. The owner’s fascination with antiques and woodwork is evident throughout and have helped create a unique high class finish. With superb luxurious en-suites for both bedrooms and fabulous antique beds (including a four-poster) this is the place to relax and unwind in style. The sociable, open plan living area upstairs is designed to make the most of the wonderful views. There is even a large balcony, overlooking the spacious garden, where everyone can gather and watch the sun set over the hills. When you are ready to retreat back indoors a log burning sets off this room perfectly creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.

    Stables are available for guests horses and there is easy access to plenty of bridleways. One day free mixed coarse fishing at the owners fishing lake is included in your stay too. Extra days can also be arranged. Easily accessed by the M6 and only 5 minutes from Kendal it is an ideal location for exploring the near by fells, lakes and towns.

    Ground Floor: The property has full underfloor oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Cloakroom: with WC.
    Bedroom 1: with 5ft four poster bed, antique furniture, door leading to the garden and en-suite with WC and bath with shower attachment.
    Bedroom 2: with super king size bed, antique furniture, door leading to the garden and en-suite with shower cubicle and WC.

    First Floor: Open plan living area:
    Living room area: with wooden floors, beams, multi-fuel burner and Freeview TV (variable reception).
    Dining area: with wooden floors and access to a terraced area.
    Kitchen area: with hand crafted worktops, electric cooker and hob, fridge with ice box, microwave and washing machine. (Freezer and tumble dryer located in the shared stables.)
    Balcony.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of fuel for multi-fuel burner supplied free of charge. Stables with tumble dryer, freezer and storage space. Wi-Fi.Large lawned garden with patio. Terraced area from the dining area. Fishing lake two minutes walk from the property with one days free mixed coarse fishing included in your stay (bring your own tackle). Extra days can be arranged at a cost of £5/day. Stables are available for guests horses at £8/day. This property is located on a beef and sheep farm. There is also a fishery onsite.

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