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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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  • Fermain Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123297
    This is a traditional Lakeland artisan’s cottage set over three floors, located in an elevated position five minutes walk from Ambleside town centre, and enjoys good fell views. Fermain Cottage is in a popular area located on the far side of the town of Ambleside and the lower slopes of Wansfell Pike close to Fisherbeck Park. It’s conveniently positioned for all the town’s amenities including a large variety of shops, restaurants, banks and a supermarket.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Beamed with wood burner and 42" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Galley style with slate floor, gas cooker, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom:
    With shower over bath and WC.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Utility room: With washing machine.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner available locally. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Catbells - Hewetson Court

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111405
    Situated in Hewetson Court just off the main street and only minutes walk from the town centre. Ideally located for those who wish to enjoy the delights of Keswick without having to move their car from the allocated parking space. Set back from the main street in a courtyard setting, this apartment is on the second floor of the rear apartment block, and has lovely views from Walla Crag round to Catbells and Causey Pike. It is ideal for those who would like to be in the heart of this popular market town, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Derwentwater is a ten minute stroll and Keswick Leisure Pool and park are close at hand.

    Second Floor: Property has night storage heaters and electric panel heater and comprises;
    Lounge/Diner: With fell views, TV/DVD and electric fire.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With two 2’6" single beds.
    Bathroom; With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot availablePrivate parking for 1 car. NB: the gaps between the spindles on the staircase are more than 10cm, therefore care may be needed especially if you have young children in your party.

  • Keld House Farm

    Croft Ends, nr. Appleby-in-Westmorland

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: 29150


    With original beams, stone floors and a woodburner, this barn conversion adjoins the owner’s cottage and is situated up a small lane on the edge of the village of Long Marton. The ancient, market town of Appleby, 2 miles, lies in the pretty Eden Valley, and is sandwiched between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, making this an ideal holiday location for exploring these beautiful areas. Outdoor and nature enthusiasts will find plenty of walking, cycling, golf, horse riding and fishing in the area. There are also convenient dog walks from the doorstep. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with large barn window, beams and stone floor. 2 steps down to dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room with patio doors. 1 double bedroom with oak floor and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas and air heat pump central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Ryecroft

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127205
    Neatly tucked away from the main thoroughfare yet only a hop, skip and jump from all amenities and attractions, Ryecroft is perfectly placed for exploring the southern part of the Lake District. Food lovers will delight in the many local restaurants serving international cuisine and fine wines whilst an excellent selection of shops and supermarket’s are on hand for those who undertake ’self catering’ whilst on holiday, quite a novelty if you’re not used to a Rayburn.
    Ryecroft is a lovely example of a very traditional Lakeland cottage with pretty, floral fabrics reflecting the wash of colour in the garden during the spring. Original fireplaces have been retained in the lounge and bedroom whilst the bespoke country kitchen is a real talking point, The Rayburn supplying necessary heat just the place to dry those wet walking socks!

    Ground Floor: Property has a Rayburn that operates the central heating and comprises:
    Side entrance into hallway leading to...
    Kitchen/Dining area: Well equipped kitchen with Rayburn which is used for cooking and backed up with microwave/grill, Belfast sink, fridge, large farmhouse dining table and sideboard and walk in pantry.
    Utility area: Across the rear patio with washing machine and tumble dryer and further fridge.
    Lounge/Diner: With open fireplace (fuel available locally), 32" flat screen TV, video, CD/radio player and DVD.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With romantic double bed with feature fireplace.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds with ivory decorative style and traditional metal bedsteads.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot or highchair available. Wi-Fi internet access available.Private off road parking for one car. Cottage style garden to the front with furniture provided.

  • 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.

  • Wasdale View

    Wasdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC143211
    This comfortably furnished two bedroom apartment is well named, situated in the heart of Britain’s favourite view and surrounded by the dramatic scenery that is unique to Wasdale. Only 1/2 a mile from Wastwater where the steep scree slopes tumble into England’s deepest lake.
    There are walks in every direction from the doorstep, along the valley bottom or onto the high fells, including Sca Fell. For the more adventurous the lake is very popular for diving and the challenging crags are a mecca for climbers. There are a couple of pubs within three miles and more amenities in the nearby village of Gosforth. For less strenuous days Seascale, the Cumbrian Coast and several visitor attractions are within easy reach, including Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature railway (Laal Ratty)

    First Floor: Property has night storage heaters and panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, radio, electric stove and lovely fell views.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave oven, fridge and freezer. Tumble dryer in the bathroom.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Two dogs welcome.Outside: Parking for 2 cars.

  • Caxton Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: LJZ

    In the heart of Windermere village, a two-minute walk from the train station, this is a very convenient and comfortable holiday base. Caxton Cottage is a cosy, detached house, with its own parking in front, and outside seating and barbecue area behind. It is a level stroll into the village with its lovely shops, restaurants and cafés, and then a pleasant walk down the hill into Bowness. A car isn’t necessary as there are many local walks; the lake and the path to local viewpoint. Orrest Head is only minutes away and there are excellent transport links to the wider Lake District. Kendal is 9 miles. Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter museums are within a 20-minute drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 200 yards.

    Step to entrance. Living room. Glazed doors leading to open-plan fitted kitchen and dining area. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with electric over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - King Oswald

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30607

    King Oswald is a spacious studio style apartment, located in an outstanding Victorian manor house, an ideal retreat for honeymooners or for guests looking for that extra special romantic hideaway. Situated on the first floor, the studio can accommodate up to 4 guests with a king size bedroom placed in the corner of the spacious living area. The bedroom boasts a stunning wooden four poster bed which has been made up using fresh white linen to make your stay as comfortable as can be. The apartment offers beautiful features including stunning feature fireplaces, high ceilings and tall stone mullioned windows, one east facing and the other south facing.
    Set in Staffield Hall, King Oswald is one of eight apartments (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607), located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. King Oswald makes a great holiday escape where guests can relax and take in the views, find a luscious green grassy spot in the grounds and read a book or tour the surrounding area, the list is endless.
    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with double (5ft) bed and dining area. Kitchen. 1 double (four-poster) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

  • Potter Tarn - Neaum Crag

    Skelwith Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123291
    This newly refurbished single storey wooden chalet is set in an elevated position within the peaceful, private wooded 18 acre Neaum Crag estate, just three miles out of Ambleside. Why not sit out in the garden enjoying the view and keeping an eye out for the wildlife which freely roam the area. Guests benefit from full use of the sites shop, laundry room, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and recreation hall with seating and table tennis. Situated at the foot of the Langdale Valley there is a fantastic range of walks and bike rides from your door. Being right in the heart of the Lakes means there is plenty to explore from the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and boating on Windermere to the traditional Lakeland towns with a fantastic range of independent shops, galleries and eateries. The charming hamlet of Skelwith Bridge with its great pubs and cafes is only a 10 minute walk away.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has economy 7 electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With oak flooring throughout.
    Lounge area: With TV, DVD player, double sofa, double sofa bed and French doors.
    Dining area: With extendable dining table.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and built in wardrobes.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in bunk bed (for children under 14 only).
    Shower room: With shower, WC and washer/dryer.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-Fi. Courtyard and furniture. Woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor, heated swimming pool (6.1m x 4m, depth 1.2m), open Mar-mid Nov with Jacuzzi, sauna, table tennis. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Steep hill to lodge.

  • Silverdale

    Haverigg, nr. Millom

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26372

    A cosy holiday cottage along a small cul-de-sac in the quiet village of Haverigg, a small seaside village at the mouth of the Duddon estuary, on the south west coast of Cumbria. Being on the edge of the Lake District National Park it is within an easy drive of the heart of the lakes with Coniston just 16 miles away. The cottage is well equipped and would provide an ideal base for people wanting a relaxing holiday or equally something more active, with many coast and country walks within the area. A beach and the RSPB nature reserve, which is just beyond the small harbour, are both within a short stroll of the cottage. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 120 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Duddon Bank Cottage

    Thwaites

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E1155

    A paradise for lovers of wildlife and birds, this spacious, 300-year-old holiday cottage enjoys an elevated position amongst 5 acres of woodland and fields in the Lake District National Park. Within easy reach of the sea, it has been restored and beautifully furnished by the neighbouring owner. Walking and shire horse riding through fells - locally. Lake Coniston 10 miles, Muncaster Castle and Ravenglass/Eskdale Railway 12 miles. It is also less than a mile from the Duddon Valley situated between Coniston and Eskdale, remote, unspoilt and perhaps the most idyllic corner of the Lake District. The Duddon Valley will delight walkers, mountain bikers, climbers, nature lovers and those enjoying peace and the beauty of the countryside. The tiny villages of Ulpha and Seathwaite are less than 2 miles away. Shops 1.5 miles, inn 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams. Steps down to dining area/kitchen. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite toilet and bidet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Video. CD. Microwave. Shared utility area with washer/dryer. Freezer. Terrace with garden and furniture. Wooded area. Parking (2 cars). Private water supply. No smoking. NB: Steep hillside setting.

  • Birchthwaite

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127246
    Centrally placed for enjoying all that this popular Lakeland town has to offer, Birchthwaite makes the ideal retreat for either a week or short stay in the heart of Windermere. All on the level and fringed by cobbled pedestrian walkways lined with cafes, bars and interesting shops, Windermere comes alive in the evening to offer an eclectic mix of international cuisine and some super cocktail bars with further nightlife on hand in nearby Bowness, a mile and half down the road.

    Stylish accommodation here at Birchthwaite, all on one level, has been thoughtfully put together with up to the minute decor, comfortable furnishings, a well fitted kitchen and bathroom to ensure you can get the very best out of your stay. With private, secure off street parking there is little need to use the car as Windermere is well served by a host of public transport options including railway, open top bus, mountain goat and the famous Windermere Lake Steamers.

    First Floor: Property is on the first floor, all on one level, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Inner Porch: A useful area for hanging walking gear and boots etc.
    Open plan living area: With deep cushioned tan leather seating arranged around the feature wall with electric stove, TV with DVD/Blu-ray and i-Pod docking station.
    Dining area: Looks out across Phoenix Park with Claife Heights in the background.
    Kitchen: With an electric oven, halogen hob, fridge/freezer, washer (a dryer is available on ground floor), dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.Private off road parking space for one vehicle.

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