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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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  • The Cobbles

    Calthwaite

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC132173
    The Cobbles, which is set within the grounds of Calthwaite Hall, an elegant 19C country house is perfectly situated in the Ullswater area. This Grade II listed building, previously the coach house, offers light and airy accommodation. With a fascinating mix of contemporary and character, The Cobbles is presented and furnished with style appropriate to the surroundings. There is a lovely view from the all weather patio area to the pond which is set within the formal gardens of the main house. The exquisite grounds are beautifully maintained and Calthwaite Hall also plays host to a stunning flock of ducks, peacocks and swans, the perfect companions for a stroll around the grounds. In addition, explore the secret garden and paddock, including an equestrian school (guests may bring their own horses, fee for grazing on request). Should you wish to venture further afield, local attractions include Centre Parcs and The Rheged Centre. Ullswater, arguably the most romantic lake, is only a 15 mile scenic drive away, and the Eden Valley and Scottish Borders are within driving distance. There is also a local pub in the village which offers both delicious bar meals and great hospitality. The grandeur of this pied-a-terre truly must be seen to be believed and the owners always offer a warm welcome.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, TV, DVD player and French doors to patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With breakfast bar, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and TV.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size - please advise when booking), TV and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle with power shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Private decked area with hot tub. Please note there will be a small charge for this. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped grounds with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Grazing available on request (at cost). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

  • Guards Hill Byre

    Walton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC133155
    Guards Hill Byre is on the site of a Roman field hospital and is partially built from stone from the ’wall’. This superb barn conversion provides excellent accommodation for a short break or full week in Hadrian’s Wall country. It could be a romantic retreat or a base for couples and young families to explore the wall. Situated at Walton, just north of Brampton it is centrally located and within easy reach of the Lake District, Scottish Borders, Eden Valley and the historic border city of Carlisle. The owners are in the hospitality trade and will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. They provide a welcome pack, pick up and drop off at the station or for cycling and walking, books and games, towels, secure storage for bikes etc and private garden.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio/i-pod dock and electric optimist flame effect stove.
    Dining/Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack provided. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Large enclosed garden with lawn, patio, and BBQ. Parking for two cars. Storage for bikes etc. Two dogs welcome.There is a raised pond within the grounds of the property. Extra care should be taken

  • The Abbey Coach House - The Coach House

    St. Mary’s Park, Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26968

    The Abbey Coach House Cottages are nestled in a quiet location within easy walking distance of Windermere, Bowness and Lake Windermere. Both Cottages, The Farriers (ref 26967) and The Coach House (ref 26968) are set within the private, extensive and well cared for grounds of The Abbey Coach House. Restored to a very good standard, this ideal retreat combines a rich tradition with comfortable, modern living. Surrounded by the Lakeland Hills these unique, self-catering holiday properties are just a short stroll from the nearby villages where shops, restaurants and pubs serving local ales are in abundance. Whether its a romantic break or a relaxing family holiday, the properties are ideally situated as a base for exploring the Lake District. Take a 10 minute stroll to Bowness, cruise on one of England’s largest lakes. The craggy fells and peaceful lakes inspired William Wordsworth, whose home in Grasmere is open to visitors, and also Beatrix Potter, who lived at Hill Top at Sawrey, now preserved by the National Trust. Ambleside is only a short distance away. The bus route and train station are nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating included. Washer/dryer. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room by £1 meter. Electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towel hire . Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Welcome pack on request. No smoking.

  • Rum Bush Cottage

    Keisley near Appleby

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC132154
    Rum Bush Cottage is situated in the hamlet of Keisley, just outside the well know village of Dufton on the Pennine Way. It benefits from an elevated position on the edge of the Cumbrian Pennines, with wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as far as the Lakeland Fells. The cottage, a former byre has been converted into a charming self catering cottage, with the open plan living accommodation upstairs to take advantage of the glorious views. The area is great for walking and cycling, with footpaths onto the hills from the doorstep. There is a good pub and village shop two miles away in Dufton, with many more amenities nearby in the historic town of Appleby.

    Ground Floor: Heated by oil central heating and comprising:

    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD/radio and door to the balcony.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Coal available to purchase. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Balcony with seating. Parking for 2 cars

  • Beaulieu

    Cockermouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 23838

    This delightful Georgian mid-terraced cottage has a lovely mix of original features and modern fittings providing a comfortable holiday home, perfectly situated at the western end of Cockermouth’s tree lined Main Street. This beautiful Georgian market town lies on the edge of the Lake District and is home to Wordsworth House. The town’s broad medieval Main Street features a range of local shops and pubs including antique shops and small galleries. Lovely walking along the banks of the River Derwent and superb walking nearby in the northern and western fells of the Lake District. Shops and pubs 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer on request. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

  • Herdwick Cottage

    Troutbeck Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC126107
    A traditional 19th Century Lakeland stone cottage which has been lovingly furnished to provide a perfect combination of comfort and style.
    Troutbeck Bridge is a great base from where to explore a host of Lakeland attractions. Mid way between Windermere and Ambleside, holiday makers can sample the Roman Fort at Ambleside, Brockhole Visitors Centre and take in some impressive high-level views over Windermere Lake from the Troutbeck valley, all within manageable walking distance of the cottage or an easy drive. Taking it’s name from the local pure bred breed of sheep, Herdwick Cottage is warm and welcoming and provides comfortable traditional accommodation. The cottage benefits from a decked garden to the rear which is perfect for relaxing in and surveying the views of the surrounding hills.

    Ground Floor: The open plan accommodation has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: With wood burner, TV, DVD and digital radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box, washing machine and microwave.

    Access from the kitchen to the rear decked garden area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Fuel for wood burner available locally. Sorry no room for a cot. Wireless internet access.Small decked garden to the rear with furniture provided. Parking is round the corner from the property, by the pub but you can pull up outside to unload.

  • Two Views

    near Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123255
    Two Views enjoys just that, a superb vista over to Lake Windermere and the Langdale Fells. Set in the heart of the National Park, and near the quaint village of Troutbeck, this lovely home has mature, beautifully landscaped gardens that are regularly visited by a host of wildlife, the grounds also home to several ornate cast iron birds dotted here and there between the shrubs and greenery. Of course, this is wonderful walking territory for all ages and abilities and when the need arises, Windermere and Ambleside are just a short distance away for collecting a few provisions or doing a spot of shopping or sightseeing.
    With dry stone walls, sheep in the nearby fields and uninterrupted Lakeland views, this stylish bungalow offers sophisticated and superior accommodation for the smaller party with sumptuous soft furnishings and top notch facilities. Two good bedrooms are served by a modern, quality bathroom and two cloakrooms whilst the spacious lounge with open fire and direct access to the patio and gardens, is an elegant and relaxing space to return to at the end of the day.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises;
    Spacious entrance hall leading to the....
    Bathroom: With power shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Cloakroom: With wash basin and WC
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds oak furnishings and delightful co-ordinated fabrics.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, oak furnishings and beautifully selected fabrics.
    Lounge: With open fire (wood available locally), digital TV with DVD and patio doors leading to the patio area.
    Kitchen/Diner: Fully fitted blonde oak with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

    All electric appliances, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for fire available locally. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Large garden and patio with furniture. Private off road parking for up to three cars.

  • Hazel’s Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24633

    This charming cottage was originally part of an early 19th century coach house and provides cosy holiday accommodation. It is ideally situated in a small lane, only a two minute level stroll from the centre of the popular and bustling Lakeland market town of Keswick, where you can enjoy excellent local atmosphere and amenities. The scenery surrounding Keswick is dramatic and spectacular, and Hazel’s Cottage is an excellent base for fell walking, touring, cycling or just relaxing and taking a cruise up the lake. There is a leisure centre, golf, water sports, a theatre by the lake, and fishing all nearby. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Archie’s Rest

    Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123256
    Archie’s Rest sits in a convenient position on Lake Road, a short level stroll from the heart of this vibrant village where you will find a host of attractions and amenities for all the family. An eclectic mix of shopping is on hand for a memento of your trip, a souvenir for a loved one or to kit yourself out in the latest outdoor gear. A wealth of restaurants and bars offer a wide variety of international cuisine to suit all pockets and palates and a good number of pubs serve local ales and homemade food throughout the day and into the evening.
    Archie’s Rest offers quality accommodation throughout in a modern yet homely style and is the perfect venue for a self catering break at any time of the year. Tempting views can be had from the lounge, bedrooms and gardens towards Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe whilst the rear bedroom is a great vantage point for spotting the family of deer who regularly visit the church meadow behind the house. The owners have thoughtfully provided a range of books and maps for walkers to help you plan your time on the fells, a selection of toys and games for children and a small dog crate.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to....
    Lounge: With fell views, leather reclining sofas, gas fire, TV  and DVD
    Dining room: With electric fire, TV for playing DVD only.
    Kitchen: With electric double oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bathroom: With free standing double ended bath, shower cubicle, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and under floor heating.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV with DVD player.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stair gate available. Small dog crate provided free of charge. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Driveway parking for 2 cars - please note, drive is narrow. Verandah and patio areas, BBQ and furniture provided.

  • Lund Cottage (was Gabriel’s Cottage)

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111129
    A charming 2 bedroomed corner terraced cottage, a stone’s throw from Keswick town centre and a 4 minute walk from picturesque Derwentwater and Hope Park. Built in the early 19th Century as two separate cottages, Lund has recently undergone total refurbishment. It has an "upside down" layout with an airy lounge, kitchen upstairs and bedrooms downstairs. It offers a luxuriously comfy, well appointed holiday home full of character, including original oak beams and an attractive fireplace with coal effect gas fire for cosy winter nights.

    Ground Floor: The cottage has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: Double with king sized bed.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Bathroom: With ornate cast iron bath, shower cubicle, bidet, WC and hand basin.

    First Floor: Living/dining/kitchen: Open plan with exposed trusses and beams, attractive coal effect gas fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD/radio/cassette. Kitchen area: with electric oven, gas hob, fridge with ice compartment, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Shower room: With WC and hand basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi access availableParking permit for 1 car is provided for nearby car park.

  • College Gate

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127129
    College Gate is on third floor of this popular group of apartments in the heart of Windermere. Close to all local amenities and with the advantage of private parking, College Gate is ideally suited to those holidaymakers who wish to explore the town on foot. The property has easy access to bus routes and the train station and is, therefore, also suitable for those relying on public transport. The apartment is furnished in a modern design with quality furniture and fittings throughout.

    Third Floor: Heated by electric panel heaters, College Gate comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Open plan with TV, video, DVD player and patio doors leading to a small balcony.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom with built in wardrobes and co-ordinating linens.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, built in wardrobes and co-ordinating linens.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available.Small balcony. Private parking for one car. Due to the property being on the third floor, it is not suitable for the infirm or families with young children, therefore no cot is available.

  • 6 Ladstock Hall (Luxury)

    Thornthwaite

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC114114
    Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village.  Until recently Ladstock Hall was a very grand Country House Hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it has now been converted into several apartments and cottages the standard of which is excellent.
    No.6 is a first floor apartment furnished and equipped throughout to appeal to the most discerning guests.  Thornthwaite lies 3 miles to the west of Keswick at the foot of Whinlatter and close to Bassenthwaite Lake. This area is great for mountain biking in Whinlatter Forest, and walking on the surrounding fells and sailing or fishing on the lake. There are many walks to be enjoyed from the door as well as easy access to Newlands, Borrowdale and the Western Lakes. There is a bridle way immediately behind Ladstock Hall where you can walk to Braithwaite, a little over half a mile, which has a village shop, restaurant and 2 pubs each serving good food and real ale.

    First Floor: No.6 benefits from spectacular views of the Skiddaw range from its 1st floor situation, it has oil fired central heating/hot water and comprises:
    Spacious Lounge:  Over 26 feet long looking out towards Skiddaw with a large bay window area furnished with two armchairs to make the most of the fabulous view.A spotting scope (telescope) is provided and is ideal for watching the ospreys over Bassenthwaite Lake. The lounge is equipped with a LCD TV with Freeview, Bluray/DVD, with full 5:1 surround sound, CD/radio. This is complemented by a Bose ipod docking station, Wi-fi router and flame effect electric fire. A large bookcase is stocked with a wide selection of books, DVDs and BluRays whilst the sideboard provides both jigsaws and games for rainy days.All new contemporary furnishings provide a comfortable relaxing retreat after a day on the fells.
    Large kitchen/diner:  The kitchen and dining area are equipped with everything needed to entertain up to eight people around the large oak topped table and enjoy the same wonderful views of Skiddaw. The oak units with granite worktops house an electric range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave along with all the kitchen equipment you could need. There is also an LCD TV with Freeview and DVD player along with a DAB digital radio
    Master bedroom:  With king size bed, fitted wardrobes and furniture and LCD TV with Freeview and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2:  With twin beds, fitted wardrobes and furniture and TV with Freeview and DVD player. Ideal for early rising children or rainy days.
    Bathroom:  With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Wireless Broadband is provided throughout the apartment and there is a telephone to receive incoming calls (and make outgoing emergency calls). A travel cot provided. Secure storage for mountain bikes etc is provided in private locked shed.Outside, there is a patio area with seating to the front and a large shared garden and summer house with access to the bridleway at the rear. Private parking for 2 cars is provided and additional visitor spaces are available. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds of the property. 

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