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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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  • Low Ickenthwaite Farm Cottage

    Rusland, nr. Hawkshead

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    Ref: 23748

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

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

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

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  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

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

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

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

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  • Annie’s Cottage

    Wellington, nr. Gosforth

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    Ref: 30281


    This quaint and cosy detached holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Annie’s Cottage is perfectly set to explore the Lakes or the West Cumbrian coastline. The cottage is in an area of English extremes; nearby is the deepest lake, Wastwater, the highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and the smallest church, the Church of Saint Olaf. Also, nearby is La’al Ratty, meaning ‘little railway’ in olde Cumbrian dialect and it is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railway in England, taking passengers from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass, seven miles through Eskdale, making the most of the truly stunning scenery. The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites. Muncaster Castle is only 7 miles away and provides plenty of entertainment for all ages. When you have finished exploring, Annie’s Cottage is the ideal place to return to with a well-equipped kitchen with double range, and a multi-fuel burner in the living room to warm you back up on those winter nights. In summer, make the most of the weather by relaxing with a glass of wine in the small yard next to the beck that runs alongside the back of the cottage. Beach 4 miles. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and Velux. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden, 1 yard.

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  • Bleatarn Park ’On the Hadrians Wall Path’ - Fortress

    Irthington

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    Ref: CC133152
    If you want to be near Hadrian’s Wall then you cannot get closer than this, Bleatarn Park is situated literally on the wall with exclusive access to it, in a lovely rural setting 7 miles east of Carlisle. There are walks in either direction, west towards Carlisle or east to the Roman Fort at Birdoswald and other places of interest along the way. There are currently 3 properties available at Bleatarn Park, 2 on the ground floor which accept pets and 1 on the first floor which is ‘pet free’, with a choice of 1 or 2 bedrooms. All 3 offer very good stylish accommodation, but at a very affordable price. Cyclists can enjoy the quiet country lanes which extend for many miles in all directions and the central location means the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Eden valley are all within a half hour drive. Children will love a day at ‘Walby Farm Park’, which is within walking distance. The nearest pub is 2 miles, or the historic city of Carlisle is 7 miles, which has great shopping and night life and places of interest. The market town of Brampton is 4 miles, with a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and there are several golf courses close by.

    Ground Floor: Property is on ground floor level, heated by electric radiators and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With TV, DVD, radio/ipod dock and dining table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi internet access.Outside; Patio area with BBQ and patio furniture. Parking for 1 car. Communal drying room with washing machine, tumble drier, shared freezer, space for walking gear and storage for bikes.

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  • Yan Yak

    High Lorton

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    Ref: CC114148
    A most charming character cottage situated in the village of High Lorton. It may sound like a large furry mountain animal, but Yan Yak is actually Cumbrian dialect for ’One Oak’. It has and interesting history, originally part of the very first Jennings Brewery and dates back to the turn of the 19th Century. in 1875 the brewery relocated to Cockermouth and continues brewing real ale to this day - daily tours of the brewery are available. Buttermere, Loweswater and Crummock are nearby, a peaceful corner of the English Lakes with unspoilt scenery. The village has a popular pub/restaurant plus a good hotel/restaurant and Cockermouth is three miles away with many amenities.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Stone steps to the Ground floor:
    Lounge/Diner: With original sandstone floor from the brewery days, open range fire (initial supply of fuel provide), TV, DVD and radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can be split into single beds (please advise when booking)
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, towels and bed linen included.Outside: Shared courtyard with patio and seating. Cellar providing storage for bikes.

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  • Lilac Studio

    Newton Reigny

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    Ref: CC118169
    Newton Reigny is a peaceful village three miles from Penrith and with the benefit of easy access to the M6. Ullswater, the Northern Lakes and the Eden Valley are all easily accessible and the village benefits from a pub serving bar meals.
    These two characterful barn conversations (Lilac Barn property number 118168) have an interconnecting door and may be let separately or together for up to 6 people and situated in the village of Newton Reigny the Lilacs was originally a farm and the 2 cottages were the Byre and adjoining barn. More recently it was the home to Simon Bull, a well known Cumbrian artist and Lilac Studio was where he did his painting. The quality of accommodation in each cottage is to a very high standard, including top quality facilities and character beamed ceiling.

    Ground Floor: Lilac Studio is a spacious 1 bedroom cottage with heating and comprises:
    Open plan living area: With Freeview TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  Master bedroom with king size bed, beamed ceiling and leather settee to relax and enjoy the views towards the Pennine Hills, with en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Cot and high chair available on request. Wi-Fi is included (but please note it is slow speed within this village). Wine on arrivalOutside: Shared use of the owners courtyard garden. Parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • The Love Nest

    Newby Bridge

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    Ref: UK1057
    Nestled in a quiet corner of the grounds of The Swan Hotel and Spa lies The Love Nest, an individually designed, luxury contemporary hideaway just for two. Detached, it features bi-fold doors, allowing you to open the whole wall to the outside if desired.
    Situated on the southern tip of Lake Windermere within the Lake District National Park, The Love Nest provides easy access to a wealth of attractions and activities found nearby. Take a leisurely stroll through some of the most strikingly beautiful natural terrain to be found anywhere in the British Isles, and relax in front of the the wood burner after a glass of wine. This bolthole makes for an intimate escape from the 9-5 grind, and being situated within the grounds of The Swan Hotel and Spa, visitors can make use of the hotel’s fine facilities, such as the Jacuzzi and the indoor heated swimming pool. Fishing is available on the nearby River Leven (£10 per day, licence required, bring your own rods). Beach 8 miles. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.
    The Love Nest can be booked together with The Hedgehog (UK1053), The Mallard (UK1054), The Owl Nest (UK1055) and The Dormouse (UK1056) to accommodate up to 34 guests.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner, 42" Smart TV and bi-fold doors leading to terrace.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with roll-top, claw-foot bath, double walk-in rain shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack.Terrace with garden furniture and outdoor fireplace. Shared 2-acre unspoilt and landscaped grounds with children’s adventure playground. Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 4m, open 7am - 8:30pm daily) with shower and changing facilities, and Jacuzzi. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has an unfenced river in the grounds, 200 yards away. No children under 16 years old. This property has a security deposit of £200.

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  • Beech House Bolt Hole

    Kendal

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    Ref: UKC830

    Tucked away at the rear of the owners’ home, with its own private entrance and patio garden, this delightful apartment offers couples quality accommodation in a quiet location just a stroll from the centre of Kendal. This is the perfect spot for a romantic break, when time alone together can be interspersed with being in the vibrant town itself or in stunning countryside surroundings. As an increasingly popular historic market town sitting on the River Kent, Kendal sits as the ‘Gateway to The Lakes’ and offers an eclectic mix of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Antique shops sit alongside boutiques, traditional pubs alongside contemporary restaurants. The town is steeped in history and brimming with spectacular houses, castles, museums and gardens - history lovers will be in their element. The nationally acclaimed Brewery Arts Centre hosts live theatre, music, film, dance and more, and is found only a few minutes away.
    Couples tempted to head into The Lake District will find Windermere and Bowness just a short drive away. Enjoy a steamer ride on the lake or take a hearty walk enjoying the fresh air and breathtaking Lakeland landscape. You might head back via one of the many pretty village pubs which offer award-winning menus and with the tempting draw of a romantic open fire.
    Beech House Bolt Hole is spacious, well equipped and beautifully presented holiday home. A high level of comfort and attention to detail means you can truly relax and enjoy some special time together. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With gas stove, 36" Freeview TV, DVD player and bluetooth speaker.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, microwave/oven/grill combi, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tiled floor and French doors to patio area.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Small enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. No children under 14 years old.

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  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123290
    High up on Kirkstone overlooking Ambleside in the tranquil Stockghyll Valley, The Nest sits on a 2700 acre traditional working Lakeland farm estate. Originally the old horse carriage house, The Nest provides comfortable and cosy accommodation in the form of a one bedroomed annexe. A bird watchers haven where Buzzards fly above the neighbouring farmland and where Highland Cattle, Herdwick sheep and other rare breeds graze and wander freely. The elevation provides magnificent Lakeland views in every direction and the rurality provides darks skies for amazing star gazing. An ideal base for fell walking, cycling or just chilling out. The Nest is accessed by a steep track which is not tarmacked but is well worth the adventure, a true ’getaway from it all’ retreat.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), Hazel Cottage (CC123280) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Living area: With electric wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley style with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small shared courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. Access via a rough track.

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  • Ramblers Lodge (VE Gold Award)

    Bowland Bridge

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    Ref: CC129166
    The Winster Valley is a tranquil area within the Lake District National Park. The area is typically rural, with narrow country lanes winding through the valley and is an ideal location for walking or cycling. Rambler’s Lodge is situated behind the historic Hare and Hounds Inn in the hamlet of Bowland Bridge, serving excellent cuisine and local ales with the renowned Mason’s Arms at Strawberry Bank is also within walking distance, in fact there are five pubs/restaurants in the local area. The towns of Windermere and Kendal are only a short drive away, although the village store across the road has a wealth of goods available, as well as a tea shop, bakery, deli and payphone - a true ’local store’. The views are simply stunning with excellent vistas across the valley towards Whitbarrow Scar, tempting even the most modest of walkers. Rambler’s Lodge is a prestigious property, newly built to a very high specification by renowned local builders. With up to the minute facilities in a most contemporary design, the property is ideal for honeymoons, either first or second time around, or for any special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or a surprise for your loved one. Rambler’s Lodge has been furnished in keeping with the style of the building, and the thoughtful owners will provide a ’Welcome Pack’ for guests, including a bottle of wine to get your holiday off to a good start.

    Ground Floor: Rambler’s Lodge has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to:
    Bedroom: With double bed, built in wardrobes and an en-suite ’wet room’, fully tiled with power shower, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Open plan...
    Lounge area:
    With flat screen Freeview TV, surround sound system, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and ’Welcome Pack’ provided. Sorry, no cot available.Patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one car. Sorry, children and babies are not accepted at Rambler’s Lodge due to the high standard of finish. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Bank House Barns - Little Eden

    Matterdale End, Ullswater

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    Ref: NP29

    These three delightful cottages stand high on the fellside adjacent to the Cumbrian Way, with superb views across the valley to the hills around Ullswater. Converted from traditional stone barns overlooking a cobbled courtyard, they are all attractive and comfortable and make a wonderful holiday base. Experience Lakeland at its best, with every kind of outdoor activity on hand. Bank House Barns are a haven away from the stresses and strains of everyday living and ideal for anyone looking to spend some time amidst the peace and quiet of beautiful scenery. Walk straight out on to the fells from your cottage door, or go pony trekking and see the sights from a different angle (book at nearby Rookin House). Enjoy boating and sailing on Ullswater or take in the magnificent scenery on a launch trip up the lake. A region which offers something for everyone, whichever season you choose to visit – in the winter months, why not join the Lake District ski club and ski on Raise. For enjoyable days out, there are plenty of places to visit, including Aira Force waterfall, Wetheriggs Pottery Museum and Penrith Castle. Also in the area surrounding Penrith is the wonderful Rheged Discovery Centre, Lowther Leisure and Wildlife Park, Dalemain Historic House and Gardens and beautiful Hutton in the Forest. The lakes and fells to the south are easily reached or go north to the charming villages and historic sites in the Borders, a trip to fascinating Hadrian’s Wall is a must. Pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facilities. Garden seats. Parking (1 car).

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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Lady Tower

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    Ref: 30602

    Staffield Hall is 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. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Staffield Hall and relax. Lady Tower is a romantic first floor apartment, part of Staffield Hall, a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).

    Lady Tower was named in honour of Lady Jane Aglionby, the beautiful bride for whom the Hall was built for, and now offers the perfect escape for couples with a passion for romance. Located in the tower of Staffield Hall, Lady Tower boasts superior interior from the moment you step in to the hall, with its grand entrance and stain glass windows. On entering the apartment guests will be blown away with the light and elegant décor, high ceilings and the magnificent triple arched window, commanding heavenly views and catching glorious sunsets. This charming apartment also welcomes your four-legged friend too, so what are you waiting for!

    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/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. 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.

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