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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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  • Long Byres at Talkin Head - Cottage No6

    Talkin, nr. Brampton

    Grade
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    Ref: 31039

    Talkin Head is a hill farm in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful old farm buildings (refs: 31034, 31035, 31036, 31037, 31038, 31039 and 31040) have been converted into seven specially designed terraced holiday cottages, known as Long Byres at Talkin Head. Each cottage is self-contained and has central heating throughout to provide comfortable and cosy accommodation with lovely views; some looking across the Lake District hills. The shared lawned gardens look out over rolling farmland and are an ideal setting to sit back and relax! The local area has much to entertain visitors. The farm itself is home to sheep, chickens and geese. Children are welcome to come and meet the animals and pets. The golf course is only 11/2 miles away and Talkin Tarn is excellent for boating, coarse fishing and walking. Cycle hire is available locally, with many good routes across the fells on ‘green’ roads. For those keen on discovering our heritage, Hadrian’s Wall is a must. Situated next door to Geltsdale RSPB Nature Reserve, which is home to a small number of black grouse and other upland birds. A great location for all ages. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with Velux.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and two tumble dryers. Shared, large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept under strict control (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Steep slopes in garden. Stream 50 yards, fenced river 200 yards.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Long Marton, near Appleby

    Grade
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    Ref: E1947


    Stable Cottage has been converted from the barn attached to the manor house, which is a typical example of a late medieval Westmorland long house dating from 1650. Originally used to house livestock, the barn was converted to stables in the 19th century. Stable Cottage now provides all the home comforts, cleverly combined with the historical aspects including original exposed oak beams and offers single storey accommodation. It is a perfect place for a relaxing break in the Eden Valley.

    There is an excellent range of pubs within walking distance, all serving good food and a wide range of ales, and the local village inn, which was built in the 1870s for the engineers of the Carlisle to Settle Railway which bisects the village, serves excellent food and real ale, so no need to cook while on holiday! The local inn also serve Tirril Ale, with the brewery located in the village.

    The property is pet friendly and two well behaved dogs are welcome. Being situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, there are riverside walks, or longer circular walks on the dramatic North Pennine Moors.

    Stable Cottage is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to Penrith and the great border city of Carlisle. Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the edge of the Lake District National Park, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders are also within a short drive. The Carlisle-Settle railway line is very popular, with a scenic route from Appleby through to Leeds. Settle or Skipton are stop offs on this route and are both lovely market towns, well worth a visit. Appleby can provide most provisions, with an excellent greengrocers, a bakery, two very good butchers, post office, bank and takeaways.

    From Stable Cottage you can enjoy a multitude of outdoor pursuits and activities including walking, climbing, horse riding, trekking, fishing, cycling, golf at Appleby and Go Ape treetop adventures. Bring your road bike as the area is quiet and relatively free of traffic, and it is no coincidence that the Tour of Britain cycle race has held numerous stages in area. Names such as Hartside, Great Dun Fell on the North Pennines, and Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose Passes in the Lake District are there in cycling folklore. For mountain bikers, you are spoilt for choice with Whinlatter and Grizedale Forests and the GNAR Cumbrian Bike Park on the doorstep. The property has a storage area for bikes and equipment, a drying room if required and a dedicated area for essential maintenance. There is even a local CYTECH accredited bike mechanic who could do the repairs if needed.

    The cottage is ideally placed for fishing, being centrally located in the Eden Valley, home to some of the best fishing in the UK. Self-guided or guided salmon and trout fishing can be arranged on the Rivers Eden and Eamont. Renowned salmon rivers Tyne, Derwent and Lune are only a 1-hour drive away and are easily accessible by excellent road links. If it is lake or still water angling you prefer, the Lake District offers some fantastic fishing for both trout and coarse fish on natural or stocked waters, and are often set amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere in the country. The aptly named Trout Beck meanders 500 yards from the cottage and by negotiation, fishing is available for pure wild stocks of brown trout. An area in the owners’ chest freezer can be made available for those of you lucky enough to catch and keep your fish! Shops 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With Freeview HD TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, book library and beams.
    Kitchen: With microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Use of owners’ freezer. Patio. Enclosed garden and furniture. Bike/equipment store. Boot/drying room. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Allt Maen

    Lowick Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: E3266

    In the glorious landscape of the Lake District National Park, and ideally located for enjoying water sports or fell walking and climbing, these two spacious and comfortable properties have been created from the conversion of an 18th century barn. Allt Maen, its name derived from the Celtic ‘Old Man of Coniston’, a mountain visible from the properties, is on the first floor and Wetherlam occupies the ground floor. Coniston Water is just 2 miles, Windermere 8 miles, Blawith Fells are a short drive and Grizedale Forest tracks invite mountain bikers, whilst nearby stately homes and gardens offer more sedate pleasures. Shops are 3 miles away and a friendly pub (dogs welcome) is a short stroll.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with beams, shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel £5 per basket). No smoking.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Orchard Cottage

    Westward, nr. 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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  • The Millbarn

    Askham, nr. Ullswater

    Grade
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    Ref: 80111

    Formerly part of the village mill, this atmospheric barn conversion stands on the banks of the Lowther, approached by a 50 metre track attached to the owner’s 18th-century cottage. Boasting original beams, river views, fishing on river next to property (fishing licence and permit required) and walking from the door, it is ideally situated within the Lake District National Park. Windermere, Penrith and Ullswater are all within easy driving distance. A perfect holiday retreat. Shop and pubs 1km.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine on request. Dishwasher. Shared use of owner’s freezer on request. Shared garden with patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: The garden has private river frontage.

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  • Redmayne Cottage

    Orton

    Grade
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    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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  • 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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  • Chaucer Apartment 4 - Chaucer’s Gem

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111406
    The former Chaucer House Hotel, was converted into 14 luxury apartments and located in the heart of Keswick with all amenities on the doorstep Chaucer House. It is a perfect base to enjoy a holiday in the Northern Lakes. With many walks surrounding this pretty town, your car may never leave its parking space. The lake is within a 10 minute stroll, taking you through the beautiful Hope Park Memorial Gardens with mini golf, crazy golf and putting. Launches run regularly around the lake with numerous drop off points.
    Chaucer’s Gem is a very stylish apartment which was completely refurbished in 2013. It is situated on the lower ground floor with the bedroom at basement level (with natural light). There are only a few steps down to the apartment, which is all on one level, and is therefore suitable for people with limited mobility.

    Ground Floor: Property is on the lower ground floor level and luxuriously furnished and very well appointed. It is heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: Open plan with leather sofa, leather armchair, glass dining table, flat screen TV, DVD, i-Pod dock, Wi-Fi internet access and electric flame effect stove in feature fireplace.
    Kitchen area; With electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom: With king size bed, dressing table and easy chair.
    Bathroom: Luxury fully tiled with shower over a large bath, twin wash basins, WC and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi internet accessOutside:Dedicated off street parking for 1 car.

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  • Pear Tree Barn

    Crooklands near Kendal

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    Ref: CC129266
    Pear Tree Barn is a wonderful example of a traditional detached property that has been cleverly transformed to create a beautiful, stylish holiday retreat for two. Wonderful walking can be enjoyed from the door to the river and canal, just behind the barn. Just four miles south of the aulde grey market town of Kendal and one mile from the M6 Junction 36, this neat boutique style accommodation is ideally placed for sampling the delights of the Lake District National Park or the Yorkshire Dales. Kendal, also known as Gateway to the Lakes has a super selection of shops, bars and restaurants, its cobbled streets dotted with cafes for al fresco dining or afternoon tea. Guests staying at Pear Tree Barn can take advantage of a 20% discount at the delightful Yard 46 cafe in the centre of Kendal upon production of your confirmation invoice, Pear Tree Barn really is a superb choice for couples looking for that romantic getaway and for spending precious time together in quality surroundings. Striking colours throughout of red and black have been cleverly married with quality and carefully chosen accessories to create a stylish, contemporary look. The Crooklands Hotel across the road offer bar meals and an a la carte menu in their new glass roofed ’Jules’ restaurant so you won’t even need a taxi home at the end of the night. Perfect!

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Kitchen: With black Bosch appliances of fridge, freezer, wine fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer, combination microwave and ceramic hob.
    Lounge: With red leather seating, flat screen TV with DVD and electric fire.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot available. Wi-Fi internet access available.Outside: Parking for 1 car. Patio with furniture provided. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • 4 The Plosh

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC111416
    Number 4 The Plosh is a traditional cottage in a fairly quiet location, yet only 100 yards from the town centre. This spacious one bedroom cottage is perfect for couples seeking comfortable, economically priced accommodation and a central base. It is laid out over 3 floors, with the dining/kitchen and shower room on the lower ground floor, the lounge is on the ground floor and the double bedroom is upstairs on the first floor. Keswick’s amenities are literally on the doorstep, including the renowned George Fisher’s outdoor shop, restaurants, pubs and many more independent shops.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/diner: With original slate floor, electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and door to the rear of the property.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Open plan stairs to:
    Ground Floor:
    Lounge: With oak flooring, TV, DVD, I-pod dock and front door to the street.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Parking permit for 1 car in nearby car park.

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  • High Park

    Loweswater, Cockermouth

    Grade
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    Ref: LD8

    In the Buttermere Valley, peacefully located at the end of a leafy country lane, this charming Grade II listed barn, part of an 18th-century fell farm, has an idyllic setting with stunning views across Crummock Water to the Grasmoor range of fells. The property shares a courtyard with the adjoining farmhouse and has a secluded garden with patio. Situated only ½ mile from Loweswater village, there are many beautiful walks direct from Highpark, from a gentle lake stroll to the more challenging Melbreak Fell. Wildlife is abundant with falcons, nightingales and red squirrels. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile (featured in ’Good Pub Guide’).

    Entrance hall with slate floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Open-tread, oak stairs to first floor: Spacious beamed, open-plan living/dining/modern fitted well-equipped kitchen area with log fire, lake views and oak floor.

    • Log fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full NSH included (November £30per week)
    • TV (no reception)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Two-ring gas hob
    • Full electric cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming calls only
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • No children except babies in arms

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Curlew

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC112148
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Curlew is a charming one bedroom apartment with open plan living area. The benefit of being on the first floor is that you get to be right in the centre of Keswick without the noise. The living room has several windows overlooking the town and fells so you can always appreciate your surroundings.

    Curlew can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Egret (CC112147), Kingfisher (CC112145), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freeview TV and bay window.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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