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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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  • Fellside

    Coniston

    Grade
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    Ref: CC124193
    Nestled in the rugged Coppermines Valley high above Coniston, Fellside offers a cosy retreat for two. For centuries, Coniston was the centre of the Lake District mining industry. This remote row of cottages is one of the historic reminders of that era, when Fellside was home to copperminers. Now, the cottage has been beautifully renovated, with an original fireplace, wood burning stove and open beams. It has uninterrupted views of the Old Man of Coniston. With numerous fantastic walks from the doorstep, your car need never move all week. Coniston itself is about a mile away, down an unmade road. It sits at the head of Coniston Water, bustling with shops, cafes and pubs. A short drive will take you to Hawkshead and Ambleside.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Small with wood burner, Freeview TV/radio and CD/DVD player.
    Kitchen: Small with electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With open beams and king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower, basin and WC.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Patio seating area to the front. Parking for one car. No smoking. NB: Access is via a rough track. The property is unsuitable for children.

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  • Barker Knott Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W40420

    16th century farmhouse

    This charming wing of the owner’s 16th century farmhouse is fully self-contained and is all on the ground level. The cottage retains many original features - some low ceilings, exposed beams and thick walls for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The pretty rooms have been stylishly furnished to provide a cosy haven for 2 people, ideal for a romantic holiday. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm in the tranquil countryside with superb views and lovely walks from the door, it is only 1.5 miles from Bowness and Windermere with their steamer trips, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Windermere golf club is 2 miles away and just a short drive will bring you to the stunning Lakeland Fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Shared patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Groom Cottage

    Uldale

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC119104
    Groom Cottage provides a truly rural retreat in the heart of the northern fells in the village of Uldale. The setting will appeal to fell walkers, ramblers, bird watchers, water sports enthusiasts and those wishing to enjoy a peaceful break amidst the beauty of the northern lakes. Converted from the coach house of the Old Rectory, Groom Cottage is comfortable and extensively furnished to meet all your holiday needs. Groom Cottage has a large enclosed well established delightful garden with garden furniture.
    Mae’s Tea Room and Gallery is 400 yards from the cottage, where you can enjoy a drink and a snack. The traditional "Snooty Fox" public house is only 2 minutes stroll away and the surrounding countryside of the ’Back o Skiddaw and the Caldbeck Fells offers a fell lover’s paradise.

    Ground Floor: The ground floor accommodation is heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: A comfortable room with beamed ceiling, decorative Victorian fireplace, TV/DVD, CD/cassette/radio and circular dining table.
    Kitchen: With solid oak units with granite worktop, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, integrated dishwasher, washer/dryer and adjacent rear coats lobby.
    Bedroom 1: Small double bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and hand basin.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included. There is no cot available as there is no room for a cot in the bedroom. Wi-fi available.Private parking. Large enclosed walled garden with furniture. Locked garage for bike storage. Property can be let with Coach House Cottage CC119122 to sleep up to 6. NB: Not suitable for babies or children.

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  • Westside

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123226
    In the very heart of popular Ambleside, Westside is perfectly positioned for enjoying a vibrant village based holiday and sampling all of the excellent amenities and attractions on hand, most of which are a level stroll from this stylish apartment. Ambleside is also, however, equally suitable for those wishing to spend the majority of their days on the magnificent fells and to return to quality accommodation at the end of your day
    The owners of this first floor apartment, are lovers of the great outdoors themselves and wish only that their guests will enjoy the excellent facilities they have provided here at Westside. The lengthy stone mullioned windows, recently exposed to their full potential during major refurbishment, allow plenty of light to flood through the open plan living space whilst offering guests good views of the surrounding fell range and the opportunity to plan your route for the coming day. The well fitted bathroom is on hand to help soak away those aches and pains whilst a quality and comfortable king size bed will ensure a good night’s rest in readiness for the day ahead.

    First Floor: Property has a mix of under floor and instant electric heating and comprises:
    Shared entrance leading to the first floor.
    Small Hallway: Leading left into open plan living space
    Lounge: With slate floor, comfy seating area, HD Freeview TV, DVD and dining space.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, microwave, fridge with small freezer box, electric oven and hob.
    The living area has direct access onto a metal fire escape.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Outside: Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children.

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  • Three Fells

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123187
    Three Fells is a superb apartment, ideal for those couples looking to holiday in the centre of this popular village and as the name suggests, the property enjoys superb views across the village to the surrounding fell range. Ambleside is a great base for an activity holiday with ample opportunities for walking and cycling but is equally well suited to a more relaxed pace, with numerous level walks from the door and leisurely cruises on the Lake.
    Three Fells is a comfortable apartment, accessed by an external staircase, with a delightful terrace and private, sloping garden, awash with colour throughout the year. The property is equipped with everything you require for self catering although with such a wide variety of restaurants on hand, perhaps little use will be made of these.

    Ground Floor: Three Fells has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, washer/dryer, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Lounge: With wall mounted gas fire, dining area, Freesat TV and access to the small patio area.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over the bath, hand basin and WC.
    A few steps lead to:-
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and fitted units.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no cot available. Wifi available.Outside: Small patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one medium size car only. NB: The accommodation is accessed down a flight of external stairs.

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  • Stable Yard @ High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: CC118216
    High House Farm is situated in Watermillock, one mile above Ullswater, an idyllic situation surrounded by open fields and with lovely views from the grounds. No longer a working farm, the owner has converted some of the traditional stone buildings into four superb quality self catering cottages. Each cottage is private, not overlooking each other, and all provide ground floor accommodation, oozing quality and character with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings and excellent en suite facilities. They are perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with secure storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only one mile from the lake, with walks from the door step, including Aira Force where you can enjoy stunning views to Ullswater along the way. There is a shop at a neighbouring camp site, a pub within one mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes High House Farm accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: Open plan Living Area/Kitchen/Diner
    Living Room: With 32" LCD TV with Sky, DVD and CD radio.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave. Access to a freezer.
    Bedroom 1; With super king size bed which can be split into two singles (please request when booking) and en-suite with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heating, fuel, bed linen and towels included.. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Seating area with table and chairs. Ample parking for cars and boats. Visit Britain gold awarded property.

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  • The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion

    near Ambleside

    Grade
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    1
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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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  • Silverdale Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    2
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    1
    1
    Ref: W42983

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with patio door. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Redmayne Cottage

    Orton

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: LXH

    Overlooking the village beck, with its paddling ducks, this 17th-century cottage is attractively situated at the heart of the village of Orton. One of a cosy pair, and tastefully furnished and decorated, it makes a perfect romantic retreat. With quiet roads and footpaths, lined with wild flowers, to negotiate by foot, car or cycle, it is ideal for exploring the majestic beauty of the Lake District National Park. The interesting old market town of Appleby 10 miles, with Kendal within a 15-mile drive. Yorkshire Dales, Coast-to-Coast Walk and the Cumbrian Cycle Way easily accessible. Ullswater and Windermere lakes within 23 miles. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    One step to entrance hall. Beamed living room with open fire. Small beamed dining hall with flagged floor. Compact, fitted kitchen with flagged floor. Utility. Traditional cottage stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH, ‘Economy 7’ , bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • NB: 5 steps to garden

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  • Daffodil Cottage

    Cockermouth

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC143218
    Daffodil Cottage derives its name from the location, 100 yards from ’Wordsworth House’, the birth place of the great wordsmith and a very popular visitor attraction. The ’Gem’ town of Cockermouth lies at the foot of Lakeland’s north western fells, close to Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere and only six miles from the extensive Cumbrian coast. The cottage sits just off the Georgian main street, with an array of individual shops, a supermarket and great choice of pubs and restaurants. Jennings historic brewery is based in town and offer daily tours. This very comfortably furnished cottage is perfect for couples seeking affordable accommodation, with amenities on the doorstep. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Open plan Living Area/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, two seat sofa.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, CD radio/i-pod dock and en-suite with walk in shower and toilet

    Gas central heating, fuel,electricity, bed linen and towels included.Outside: Parking for 1 car. Visit England gold awarded property.

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  • Meadow Cottage

    Staveley

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC129212
    Taking its name from the delightful outlook across an open meadow and to the fells beyond, Meadow Cottage in Staveley is an ideal base for those who prefer to be on the fringes of the busier resorts, yet only minutes away by car. The village has a host of excellent pubs and interesting outlets from cycle shops to woodturning and is at the foot of the Kentmere Valley which is rich in wildlife.  Kingfishers can be seen above the weir at the edge of the village in pursuit of salmon leaping on their journey up river and head of the valley has been a nesting area of the golden eagle in past years.  All this within 15 minutes of the M6!Meadow Cottage is delightful. Much thought has been taken to create a real ’home from home’ for guests with carefully chosen pieces of traditional furnishings cleverly married with subtle decor and interesting accessories. Quality is very much the theme here in Meadow Cottage making it an ideal venue for that special, romantic break.

    Ground Floor: Meadow Cottage has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
    Lounge/dining: With quality wood flooring, open fire (logs available locally) flat screen Sky Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge with small freezer box, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With shower over bath, handbasin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: To the front of the cottage and has a cast iron double bed, pine furnishings and pretty co-ordinating decor.
    Dressing room: Useful for storing your cases etc.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot.
    The cottage now has Wi-Fi broadband installed which you are welcome to access during your stay, however should there be any problems where you cannot connect neither the owner or Cumbrian Cottages can be held responsible.Very small seating area to the front of the cottage with furniture provided. On street parking available across the road from the cottage.

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  • Eden Lacy - The Lodge

    Eden Lacy, Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: LM3

    The Lodge is peacefully tucked away with stunning views up the River Eden, which is on the eastern side of Cumbria, on the fringe of the Lake District, and is set at the side of a private lane which runs up to the main house (though some distance away). Refurbished and decorated to a high standard, it provides charming all-year-round accommodation for couples looking for tranquillity or even romance. It is also equipped with super-fast broadband with a wireless download speed of approximately 30Mb/s.

    Eden is a haven for peace, tranquillity and a vast variety of wildlife, perfect for ornithologists and country lovers. It is an outstanding area for walking, whether for a hike on the high open fells or a gentle riverside stroll. Cyclists will love the quiet country lanes and the C2C cycle route. Outdoor activities don’t stop here - why not try canoeing on Ullswater (10 miles), a spot of fishing on the doorstep for trout, salmon and grayling (by prior arrangement with the owners), pony trekking or golf in Penrith (6 miles). There are attractions for the whole family including a cruise on Ullswater or a ride on a restored railway high in the North Pennines! Surrounded by dramatic landscapes including Ullswater and the north eastern fells, it is also close to both the borders of Scotland and the Yorkshire Dales. This secluded and unspoilt destination will inspire, rejuvenate and refresh visitors at any time of the year. A lively calendar of events adds to a holiday here with festivals of all kinds, country and craft fairs, farmers’ markets, and traditional agricultural shows to name just a few. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to garden. Kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity and full electricity rads included
    • Radio/CD
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Broadband connection
    • Shared natural woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Fishing available by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: River in woodland

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