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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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  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

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    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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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Whillan Beck Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

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    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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  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Dovecote

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

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    Ref: 30600

    Dovecote is part of Staffield Hall, 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. Staffield Hall is a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).
    If you are looking for a romantic retreat for two, this second floor apartment, which was once occupied by the maids of a bygone age at Staffield Hall will not disapoint! As you enter Staffield Hall, this stunning building will blow you away with its grand entrance and beautiful stain glass windows. Take the stairs to reach this charming apartment which boasts bright and airy living accommodation with wonderful characteristics. Beautifully designed with exposed beams, sloping ceilings and a half-domed ceiling, as well as keeping its original Victorian fireplace truly adds to the charm and cosiness of this idyllic hideaway. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Dovecote and relax; the bio-jet spa bath, with fluffy towels waiting by the side, is the perfect way to unwind and plan your days ahead.
    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 second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview HD TV. CD. 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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  • The Round Window

    Bowness on Windermere

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    Ref: CC128207
    This cosy love nest for two is perfectly placed for making the very most of your valuable time together in the Lakes. The Round Window, is set in quiet and attractive surroundings yet within less than a minutes’ walk from all that bustling Bowness has to offer.
    Created in the roof space of former stables, The Round Window retains many quirky features that make this an ideal choice for couples wanting a romantic break. Imagine enjoying the high pitched ceilings and watching the world go by through the round window; your holiday is guaranteed to be unique.
    Access to the apartment is by a metal spiral staircase, all adding to the character and charm. Internally, it is delightfully presented in a neutral, contemporary theme. With chandeliers and wine glasses at the ready - The Round Window facilities will make you feel at home in  no time.
    The apartment is ideal for self catering although we suspect that with such a wealth of attractions, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep, you’ll be far to busy enjoying yourselves to bother cooking!
    Lake Windermere with her steamers and rowing boats for the more energetic amongst you is a short stroll away. Superb international cuisine restaurants and individual, boutique shops are on your doorstep too.
    The Round Window really is set in the perfect location from which to explore cosmopolitan Lakeland.

    First Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Bathroom: With powerful shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Open plan living area with kitchen area: Having electric cooker, hob, fridge and microwave.
    Cosy lounge area: With feature window, deep window seat, leather sofa, tub chair, DVD, i-Pod docking station and flat screen TV.
    Double bedroom: With leather sleigh bed, furnishings and fabrics and CD/radio alarm clock.

    All electric and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Calgarth

    Windermere

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    Ref: CC127120
    Calgarth nestles in a row of similar, south facing, self catering cottages offering compact and comfortable bungalow accommodation, commanding glorious views over Lake Windermere towards Lakeland fells and is set on a grassy banking in front of an elegant former Priory Hotel. The property has a shared direct access to the lake, approached down a leafy wooded lane, which brings you right to the waters edge.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is heated by night storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With view to the lake, coal effect electric fire, TV, cottage style suite and dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and hand basin.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available. Free Wi-fi available.Communal garden, parking for 2 cars or a boat.

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  • 15 Elm Court

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111160
    Situated on the fringe of the town, this luxurious apartment, which is in a complex known as The Greta Grove apartments offers the best of both worlds, in that it has all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and yet an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door. The apartment is spacious with security entrance system and in a superb position overlooking the River Greta with views to Skiddaw.

    Second Floor: The apartment is double glazed, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With feature fireplace, TV, DVD, video, Hi-Fi, telephone for incoming calls and dining area.
    Kitchen: With fitted oak units, washer/dryer, microwave, gas cooker, fridge and radio.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with hairdryer and clock radio.

    Bathroom: Fully tiled with electric shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Private parking for 1 car.

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  • Daffodil Cottage

    Cockermouth

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    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 modern 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.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, two seat sofa, dining table and chairs.
    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, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Parking for 1 car. Visit England gold awarded property.

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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Calf Shed

    Alston

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    Ref: 28646

    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. No smoking.

    All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Wreaks End Farm - Thorn Cottage

    Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: 19529

    These charming, single storey detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762) are situated one mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, and are also in the same grounds as refs 19605 and 27736. The beautiful Dudden Valley, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere are within half an hour’s drive, as well as South Lakes Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle and Gardens and Holker Hall and Garden. Visit attractions such as the popular owl sanctuary and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway. Also visit the Roman Bath in the Eskdale Valley and the Hardknott Roman Fort. Lake Coniston, with its many walking and cycling routes, is also within easy reach. The reserves at Walney Island and Hodbarrow are great for bird-watching. Tennis courts are for hire in the village. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-April). Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Dishwasher. Large enclosed decked terrace and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Gates Bridge Cottage

    Caldbeck

    Grade
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    Ref: CC119148
    Gates Bridge Cottage has been renovated and refurbished to provide good quality, spacious, self catering accommodation for couples. It is situated right in the heart of Caldbeck village, in John Peel country, with tea rooms, village store and post office, pub, restaurant and craft shop all within a few yards. This delightful cosy cottage has got a log burner in the lounge and a stylish bedroom, providing an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic break

    Ground Floor: Property has electric wet system heating with radiators and comprises:
    Spacious Lounge/Diner: With comfy leather sofa and chair, wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), TV/DVD, CD radio/ipod dock and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Washer/dryer and freezer in outside utility.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. One dog welcome. Wi-Fi. Heated utility/drying room with washer/dryer, freezer and space for bikes. Raised patio area with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Squirrels

    Neaum Crag, Skelwith Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: LZB

    Overlooking a small tarn with views towards the Langdale Valley, this tastefully furnished, ground floor holiday apartment has a well-appointed patio, tempting visitors to sit out by the tarn and drink in the peaceful surroundings. Forming part of a complex, gentle strolls may be enjoyed in the
    2½ acres of shared woodland with tarn, whilst an inviting shared indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi and sauna augment the already fine facilities. Enveloped by superb scenery, it is set in an excellent central location for walking, touring and participating in water sports. Ambleside 3 miles. Windermere 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with electric fire, kitchen area and patio doors to sitting-out area overlooking tarn. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH and bed linen included
    • Towel hire £2.00per person
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • No garden – small sitting-out area
    • Shared 2½-acre unspoilt woodland
    • Parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (open 2nd March–16th November) with Jacuzzi and sauna
    • No smoking
    • NB: Tarn in woodland

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  • 4 Balmoral House

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111328
    This one bedroom apartment has been fully refurbished to a high standard, including high quality kitchen and shower room.  From its third floor town centre location it benefits from super views from the bedroom, a private parking space and immediate access to shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions.  Hope park is within two minutes walk, with mini golf, putting and crazy golf and the Theatre by the Lake and Derwentwater are 5 minutes away. You can explore the area around Keswick on foot, by bike or public transport and leave your car parked up for the week.

    Third Floor: Exterior staircase leads to third floor open plan living area with oil filled electric radiators and comprises:
    Living area: With TV, DVD, and CD radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and fell views.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, W.C. and wash hand basin.  

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Cot available.Private parking for one car.

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