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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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  • Blackhill Cottage

    Hallbankgate, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43702

    This traditional detached Cumbrian holiday cottage is ideal for a romantic sanctuary. It has been carefully renovated to retain a wealth of charm, including a large inglenook fireplace, whilst providing all the contemporary conveniences such as large waterfall shower. You can explore Brampton, with its range of good restaurants and pubs, or sit yourself in front of the woodburner and have a relaxing night. The property is set on the A689 in the village of Hallbankgate, which means you are ideally placed for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle, the Scottish Borders, Alston and the Lake District. RSPB Geltsdale reserve, 1 mile. Shops 4 miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom (no door) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Newby near Penrith

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: UK1000
    Set in the delightful village of Newby, Garden Cottage is a well-presented detached cottage situated in the unspoilt Eden Valley. This area is one of Cumbria’s best-kept secrets, with picture postcard villages and beautiful rolling countryside. It is ideal for walking and cycling and offers fishing on the River Eden. Nearby attractions include Brougham Castle, Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill, Rheged discovery centre and Wetheriggs Pottery. Garden Cottage is easily accessible from the M6 and just a stone’s throw from the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. The market town of Appleby is nearby, famous for its horse fair, and the larger town of Penrith is approximately 20 minutes’ drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With open fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Briar Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123104
    Centrally located in one of the oldest and conservation areas of Ambleside, Briar Nook has been all manner of things in its’ 300 year history but has recently become a very comfortable, cottage style apartment. A wealth of oak beams are on display hinting at its historic past. Well chosen traditional furnishings, cleverly blended with 21st Century additions, ensure you will be perfectly at home here, just the two of you and your pet if you want. The central location offers you the chance to park up and forget about the car and explore a host of activities attractions and amenities right from the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The spacious accommodation is heated by electric wall mounted radiators and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: Beamed lounge and feature oak fireplace and electric ’stove’ effect fire, large modern flat screen TV with integrated Freeview, DVD and deep cushioned leather chesterfield furniture.
    Dining/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Useful Second Cloakroom: Reached by a small flight of stone stairs from the kitchen.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed double bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Parking by way of permit on nearby car park.

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  • Redmayne Cottage

    Orton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Whillan Beck Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 31167

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sloping ceiling and beams. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

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  • Bunbury Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC111132
    Strictly speaking, a ground floor flat but with all the character and internal appearance of a true Lakeland Cottage. The name Bunbury Cottage, was inspired after reading ’The Importance of Being Earnest’ as ’escape to the country’, seemed an appropriate name for the owners who purchased and furnished the property as their own holiday home. Situated in the oldest and quietest part of Keswick within a short stroll from the town centre and Derwentwater makes this an ideal base to explore all that Keswick and the North Lakes has to offer. This is a perfect ’Honeymoon cottage’ be it your 1st or 21st! you will not be disappointed.

    Ground Floor: The gas centrally heated accommodation comprises:
    Lounge: Heavily beamed lounge with inglenook fireplace housing a gas log effect, traditional style stove, TV, video, DVD player, CD hi-fi, good quality sofa and fold out dining table.
    Kitchen: Fitted with electric oven and hob, food processor, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with brass bed traditional bedroom furniture.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Patio with garden furniture. Off street private parking.

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  • The Stable

    Great Salkeld, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28397

    Attractive and well presented, this charming terraced holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, with an attractive private garden is perfect for couples. Located in the quiet picturesque village of Great Salkeld near Penrith, it is ideally located for exploring the northern Lake District, North Pennines, Eden Valley, Northumberland and southern Scotland. Ullswater, regarded as the most romantic lake, is a 20 minute drive and offers amazing scenery with gentle to more challenging fell walking. The traditional market town of Penrith has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and the historic city of Carlisle is 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric underfloor central heating, (kitchen and shower room), NSH (living room) and electric heater (bedroom) included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC123208
    Archway Cottage is a very special love nest for two, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the older conservation area of the village, yet only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Ambleside. This popular village is the perfect choice for the first time and returning visitor and has an excellent selection of shops, bars and award wining restaurants and traditional pubs serving speciality beers, home cooked fayre and with the occasional live music in the evenings. Walks for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door onto the slopes of Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    This unique property has been thoughtfully designed to make best use of the space available and picturesque setting, the result being a contemporary and quality holiday home with a wealth of interesting features, beautifully dressed with stylish fabrics and accessories. Much thought has been taken in creating exposed oak woodwork to compliment the original trusses, a bespoke fireside seat beside the wood burning stove for two and a stunning, romantic mezzanine bedroom area with glass and stainless finish, created by local craftsmen, vaulted ceiling and huge beams. Glimpses of the local fell ranges can be had from the living area, sufficiently tempting for those walkers among you across to Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe and, guests can simply park up for the week and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of Lakeland ’au pied’ or by bicycle, storage available for your wheels.
    Comments From The Visitor’s Book
    Zoe & Matt ‘We had an awesome time at archway cottage .It’s been perfect & just what we needed ‘
    Lucinda –Suffolk ‘Nicely decorated, excellent position and has wonderful views’
    Gareth & Mona ‘Cottage great –a fine recluse, the living area has everything a couple needs and the kitchen more than capable’
    Helen & Ben- Manchester ‘An ideal base to explore the area ,a cosy place to come back to after long walks ‘
    Debbie & Barry –Kent ‘Very cosy with log fires, I just love the little wooden hearts everywhere-very apt for being a love nest’
    Kym & Jono ‘The cottage was what we expected, very well finished and of good quality’
    Karen & Andy ‘Liked the quirky cottage enjoyed the views and appreciated it being so near the town centre’
    Mark & Steph ‘Property converted to an immaculate standard-quality of woodwork and fittings is excellent-loved it’

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Wet Room: With shower area, wash basin and WC

    First Floor: Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Dining/Lounge: With wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
    Narrow stairs to....
    Mezzanine Floor: Double bedroom area with oak floor and exposed beams
    External drying and store room with freezer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot availableParking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park. Separate bike shed.

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  • Appletree Cottage

    Sedbergh

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44017

    Set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this cosy holiday cottage is in a quiet cul-de-sac, just ¼ mile stroll from the centre of the picturesque market town of Sedbergh, well served with restaurants, pubs and cafes. Explore the town’s narrow lanes, old buildings and a 12th century Norman church, restored in 1886. You are also well placed for walking direct from the door on Wainwright’s favourite Howgill Fells, which have the spectacular Cautley Spout waterfall, one of the highest in England. Sedbergh is well-placed between the Pennines, the Lake District and Morecambe Bay, while Windermere and the limestone area of the Yorkshire Dales are a short drive away. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 22" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Partially enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Oakvale - Oak Leaf

    Braithwaite

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC114153
    Set within attractive gardens and boasting the most stunning panoramic views across the valley to Skiddaw and Latrigg, Oakvale is the name given to this fabulous self catering accommodation. This property offers something for all, combining 3 beautifully furnished and well equipped properties: Autumn Leaves a luxurious 2 bedroom bungalow, with stunning fell views, Acorn a spacious 1 bedroom bungalow with extensive garden and Oak Leaf an economically priced but equally well appointed 1 bedroom apartment. Small personal touches help to ensure you have everything for the perfect holiday.
    Oakvale is situated in Braithwaite village, next to a small hotel, with restaurant and public bar. There are 2 more pubs and a restaurant within 400 metres, as well as a popular village store. Explore the Northern Fells with great walking, mountain biking in the forest, sailing on the lake as well as the Go Ape and visitor centre at Whinlatter, the bustling market town of Keswick, with its superb selection of shops, attractions and Lake Derwentwater all within easy reach. Combine this with the magnificent surroundings of Lakes and mountains and here you have found the ideal location for your stay.
    Oak leaf, although the smaller of the two, 1 bedroomed properties, provides an ideal base for a couple to get away and relax. Recently refurbished to the highest standard with lovely fell views from the bedroom. There is a small patio with table and chairs.

    Ground Floor: Property is split level, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Accessed via several steps...
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/ Kitchen: With TV, DVD, CD radio and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge and microwave.
    Steps up to...
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can be split into twin beds (please advice when booking), TV/DVD and en suite shower bath with ’deluge’ and detachable head, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels (2 bath sheets and 2 hand towels) included. Sorry no babies strictly 2 adults only. Outside: Small patio with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car. Garage with washing machine, tumble dryer, shared freezer and storage for bikes.
    Visit England Gold Award property

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  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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  • The Hayloft at Mains Farm

    Crosby Garrett, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: LAH


    This wonderfully appointed barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s 17th century farmhouse, is ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a holiday in the Eden Valley and explore this beautiful area, with both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District within easy reach. The quiet farming village of Crosby Garrett lies on the edge of Crosby Garrett fell in the Westmorland Dales extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen, a traditional market town with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of visitor attractions and leisure facilities nearby, including farmers markets, swimming pools, golf courses, waterfalls, Pendragon Castle of Arthurian Legend, the Settle-Carlisle Railway and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. A bridleway leads from the property to Crosby Garrett Fell, providing excellent walking country with breathtaking views of the Pennines and Howgills. Smardale Nature Reserve is just over a mile away. Within a 40-minute drive, visitors can explore Ullswater and the Eastern Lakes, Swaledale, Wensleydale and the lesser known Teesdale, along with the popular towns of Keswick, Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes. Tan Hill, the highest pub in England is a short, pretty drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove, period fittings and tiled floor. Oak staircase to first floor: Beamed living room with oak floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and period features. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Useof owner’s washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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