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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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  • Bramble Cottage

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111319
    Bramble Cottage is situated at Fieldside Grange on the edge of Keswick, close to Castlerigg Stone Circle in an elevated position. Fieldside Grange is accessed along its own private drive, lined with mature trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. Built circa 1850 this imposing building was once a farmhouse and has been sympathetically renovated and refurbished to provide 10 superb, modern apartments whilst retaining its original slate and stone building. Fieldside Grange is a peaceful retreat set in spacious grounds that have delightful panoramic views and ideally situated with an abundance of walks in the surrounding area and a wealth of amenities in Keswick, 1 1/2 miles. Bramble Cottage is on the ground floor at the rear of Fieldside Grange, overlooking the central courtyard.Shop 1½ miles, pub ½ mile and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space
    Living area:
    With Free sat TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, washer dryer, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Courtyard with bench seat and large communal grounds. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Skiddaw Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W41227

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Newby near Penrith

    Grade
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    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, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Dove Cot

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123163
    Set in Clappersgate, within a small complex of properties, just off the road between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge, Clappersgate is at the entrance to the Langdale Valley and literally on the doorstep of some of the most wonderful walking opportunities in the whole of the National Park.
    Refurbished to a very high standard and with great attention to details, the Dove Cot has been transformed into a super holiday home with well chosen accessories which compliment the original, characterful features.

    The Dove Cot can be booked together with Halfway House (123145) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    Ground Floor: The Dove Cot has oil fired central heating comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Open plan with ornamental fireplace, TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bathroom: Luxury bathroom with round Jacuzzi bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with king size bed and romantic lighting.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included.Outside laundry available in stable block with washing machine, tumble dryer and ample storage for bikes, canoes or small boats. Decked patio area with seating. Parking for one vehicle is available. Sorry, this property is not suitable for babies or children.

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  • Oak Cottage

    Appleby-in-Westmorland

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30156

    This well-presented, stone-built, semi-detached holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home and lies on the edge of the ancient market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. Oak Cottage provides warm and cosy accommodation, in ‘upside down’ style. It stands in a conservation area at the top of the picturesque main street which links the well-preserved Norman castle with the fine medieval Church of St Lawrence. The spacious, mature garden provides an ideal area for dining al fresco, whilst all the amenities of the town, including pubs and restaurants, are all within a few minutes’ walk of the cottage. Situated close to open countryside, with many fine and interesting walks, this property makes an ideal base for exploring all the beauty of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. There are numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the Pennine range with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is also a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead Viaduct. Visit Appleby in June and experience the atmosphere of the 300-year old horse fair. Penrith is just 14 miles. Bike hire is available locally. The public indoor swimming pool is 600 yards away. Shops and pubs 100 yards..

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams.

    Woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. DAB radio. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in adjoining outhouse. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with covered patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in owner’s garden, 10 yards.

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  • Duddon Mews

    Ulpha, near Broughton-in-Furness

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    Ref: 29319


    Duddon Mews is a traditional Lakeland hideaway, attached to the owner’s farmhouse, and enjoying an idyllic rural location tucked away in the Duddon Valley. Arranged on two floors, there is an open-plan living/dining room/kitchen on the ground floor, while an external stone staircase leading to the first floor gives access to a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. A truly unique property, lovingly restored to provide comfortable holiday accommodation. The Duddon Valley is a jewel in the crown of Cumbria, situated between Coniston and Eskdale, remote, unspoilt and perhaps the most idyllic corner of the Lake District. The Duddon Valley will delight walkers, moutain bikers, climbers, nature lovers and those who enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside. The tiny villages of Ulpha and Seathwaite are two focal points of the valley. At Ulpha there is a post office/village shop, while Seathwaite, situated near the end of the ancient Walna Scar road, boasts a 16th-century inn, where good home-cooked food, real ales and a warm welcome await, all day all year. The property is surrounded by moorland, with wonderful views up the valley and walks from the door. Conveniently located for Ulpha, Eskdale, Boot, Seathwaite and Broughton-in-Furness. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beam. External stone stairs to first floor: Double bedroom, en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (Sky, full package). Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s laundry facilities on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £15 per booking. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No children under 12 years, due to external steps which can be slippery and no space for cot.

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  • James’ Retreat ( Was 12 Elm Court)

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111403
    Situated on the fringe of Keswick town centre, Elm Court is part of the ever popular Greta Grove development in Keswick. These luxurious apartments offer the best of both worlds, a quiet location yet with all amenities on the doorstep. James’ Retreat is on the ground floor, with level access, convenient for visitors with mobility problems. The apartment has stylish contemporary furnishings and provides very spacious accommodation for couples. It is equally suitable for those arriving on public transport, being only 400 yards from the bus station and there is a private parking space if travelling by car.Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground Floor: Hallway: With storage for coats and boots.
    Living/Diner: With a leather corner suite, flat screen TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi system with USB connector.
    Kitchen: With built in electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, radio alarm clock and hair dryer.
    .Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, fuel and bed linen included. Sorry no cot.Parking for 1 car.

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  • Orchard Cottage

    Westward, near Caldbeck

    Grade
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    Ref: 26367

    Converted from a former barn, this pair of holiday cottages adjoins the owner’s home. Contemporary in style yet retaining some of the original features, the properties stand to the side of the B5305 and allow good road access to the Lake District National Park, The Solway Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland. It has something for everyone; history, art galleries, bird watching, outdoor pursuits, foot and cycle paths, a busy calendar of events with festivals, craft fairs, farmer’s markets and traditional agricultural shows. Relax and enjoy driving through the spectacular scenery and stop off at one of the attractive villages to sample the local food and hospitality. Caldbeck Common and the village of Caldbeck (4 miles) offer a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The historic city of Carlisle (10 miles) is just south of Scotland. Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lakeland town of Keswick (19 miles) offer further attractions to enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: Living room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor.

    Washer/dryer. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating included (£25per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared field. Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Lilac Studio

    Newton Reigny

    Grade
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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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  • Maple Cottage

    Leasgill, near Kendal

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: UK1060
    A delightful little gem just for two, Maple Cottage offers a unique character with ‘upside-down’ accommodation to take advantage of the its rather special setting. The cottage is built on the remains of a traditional Victorian potting shed in a corner of the original walled garden built for the Eversley Estate around 1859.
    From its slightly elevated position, the cottage has a lovely uninterrupted view over the owners’ grounds which are rich in wildlife. Beyond this, and visible form the cottage, lies the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the southern side of the Kent Estuary. The area to the front of the cottage is mainly set to grass with mature trees and shrubs. It incorporates the site of the old Japanese garden with a pond and seating area, a wonderful spot to sit on a warm evening and enjoy the sunset. This is the location of the Maple trees which give the property its name, and there are drifts of snowdrops in winter followed by primroses, natural daffodils and bluebells.
    Guests will enjoy the careful attention to detail and comfortable accommodation found at Maple Cottage which is perfect as an enjoyable base from which to enjoy this popular area. The cottage is found in the hamlet of Leasgill, South Lakeland and close to the historic market town of Kendal – ’gateway to the Lakes’. With Windermere and Bowness just a short drive away, you are well placed to explore South Lakeland at your leisure. Head to the nearby coast with villages such as Arnside and Silverdale offering fabulous views across Morecambe Bay. On the far side of the estuary the Victorian seaside town of Grange-over-Sands offers tea rooms and promenade strolls, with Cartmel and its famous racecourse and award winning restaurants close at hand. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    First Floor: 12 steps to entrance.
    First Floor:
    Utility room: With freezer and washer/dryer.
    2 steps up to...
    Kitchen: With electric double oven, electric hob, microwave and dishwasher.
    Living/dining room: With electric wood burner, 22" Freesat TV (Sky entertainment plus package), DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    12 steps down to...
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared 2-acre landscaped grounds. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children. There are 12 steps and a pond in the grounds.

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  • Woodstore Cottage

    near Lazonby

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC132148
    Woodstore Cottage enjoys a delightful courtyard setting in the grounds of Lazonby Hall, a magnificent country house in the beautiful Eden Valley. This unique cottage was converted in 2008 and is full of character, with beamed ceilings, sandstone flagged floor and a feature stone wall in the lounge. It has superb quality furnishings and luxury kitchen and bathroom facilities to provide a romantic retreat which couples will love. Lovely features of this cottage are the Harpsichord and Clavichord, which guests are welcome to play. Lazonby Hall has a woodland setting, one mile from the village which has pubs and a supermarket and only 10 minutes drive from the M6.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove (fuel not provided), TV, CD radio and i-Pod dock, Harpsichord and Clavichord.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Open staircase from lounge to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, patio doors to the garden and en-suite with bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included.Outside: Woodland garden with patio, table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars. Adults only.

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  • Barnside

    Gamblesby

    Grade
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    Ref: CC118236
    With its peaceful atmosphere, wonderful views and garden setting, Barnside makes the perfect romantic retreat; an immaculate and stylish presented barn conversion adjoining the owner’s art studio in the rural village of Gamblesby. The double patio doors lead onto a delightful sitting-out area which has steps leading to a well-tended garden. From here, a grassy path leads to the duck pond where you can enjoy 360 degrees of amazing views. The tranquil village of Gamblesby is set under the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the unspoilt Eden Valley. It is just a 30 minute drive from Ullswater, in the Lake District National Park, a little further to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and also the Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. This is a perfect place to relax and explore the spectacular and contrasting scenery of northern England. Besides excellent local and more adventurous walking, plus numerous cycle routes (C2C runs close to the village), there are also many visitor attractions to enjoy. Penrith, 10 miles, is the main town of the North Lakes and is full of interesting local shops. Long Meg and her Daughters (ancient stone circle), the Settle to Carlisle Railway line with the occasional steam train, boat trips on Lake Ullswater, the narrow gauge South Tyndale Railway and numerous historic sites and castles are just a few of the highlights.

    Ground Floor: The property has five steps to the entrance and then is all on the ground floor, has underfloor oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with TV, DVD player, CD/radio and patio doors to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Large with electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with four poster bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, large shower, WC and two basins.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair supplied on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack including homemade baking and tea tray. Private sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds 218 yards away. Steps in the garden.

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