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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Seagull House Ref: 23262

A superb seaside location, this spacious, three storey terraced holiday cottage with balcony, overlooks the river, sand dunes and sea with 3 miles of sandy beach. The small town of Millom is half an hours walk or can be reached by a slightly longer coastal stroll via the RSPB Bird Reserve. The views from the top of Black Combe are breathtaking, well worth the climb. Coniston Water, 16 miles and the western Lakeland Fells a short drive away. Fishing and water skiing in Haverigg. Shops and pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional folding single (on request) and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: River in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£249-£605
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Broadwater Farm Ref: 27904

This traditional Lakeland farmhouse is situated within the Lake District National Park and is 30 yards from the owner’s home. With large open space rooms, lovely tiled flooring throughout the downstairs and good quality furnishings, great care has been taken to provide a comfortable and relaxing home. The property has a large private enclosed lawned garden with a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside towards Black Combe. Although pets are not allowed in the farmhouse itself, the owners run a night boarding service should you wish to bring a pet and enjoy its company whilst out for the day. The quiet unspoilt Bootle beach is just ¼ mile away. This lovely holiday home is placed in the ideal location for exploring this wonderful part of the Lake District National Park. There are numerous opportunities for walking and cycling, including a climb to the top of the nearby Black Combe for breathtaking views. A short drive to the north is Muncaster Castle with beautiful gardens and the headquarters of the World Owl Trust. Take a day trip on the popular ‘La’al Ratty’, the miniature steam railway at Ravenglass. Millom, 8 miles away, has a wide sandy beach with rocks, Coniston Water is a 40-minute drive, the historic port and marina of Whitehaven has a variety of shops, restaurants, museums and water sports, all within a short drive. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 8 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Second living room. Dining room with slate floor/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in second living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. DVD. Xbox. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£623-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

A charming holiday cottage with large conservatory, adjacent to the owner’s house in the seaside village of Silecroft. This former granary looks out onto pretty gardens and provides a perfect holiday base on the western fringe of the Lake District. Within a mile of a beach, golf course and pony trekking, there are coastal and hill walks from the door. Many visitor attractions in the area such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge and Muncaster Castle and Gardens. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/
dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. FreeSat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£211-£441
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Hope Cottage Ref: 25627

This spacious mews holiday cottage is set in tranquil shared grounds and offers an ideal base to explore the Lake District. Just over a mile from the stylish coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands, with its pretty parks and gardens, bandstand with live music and mile long promenade. Many historic houses and gardens are nearby, including Holker Hall and Sizergh Castle, and of course the area is famous as the inspiration for Beatrix Potter. The southern tip of Lake Windermere is only 6 miles away. There are good local walks in the area, including at Hamps Fell, Grange and Whitbarrow, near Witherslack. Grange with shops and restaurant 1½ mile, pub and restaurant 110 yards.

Ground floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared lawned garden. Shared use of communal gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£270-£688
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Flat 1 Ref: W42984

Cottage and apartments in a country house

Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house set on a wooded knoll has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985). There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Garden. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£231-£503
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Flat 6 Ref: W42986

Cottage and apartments in a country house

Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house set on a wooded knoll has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985). There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot on request. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£190-£522
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Fellfoot Ref: 27275

This semi-detached holiday cottage dates back in parts over 300 years and is set at the side of the coastal road enjoying views over the Kent Estuary. There are lovely views of the Cumbrian Hills from the French doors and bay window. The Arnside and Silverdale Peninsula is an AONB and 20 minutes’ drive will take you into the Lake District National Park. Shop 1 mile, pub 600 yards and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Utility room. 9 steps up to separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over-bath and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned area and patio to front with furniture. Large yard to rear. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£629-£629
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Victoria House Ref: 29118


Victoria House is a spacious and comfortable apartment located on Arnside’s promenade, which enjoys splendid views over the estuary where the River Kent meets Morecambe Bay. Enjoy stunning sunsets and views over the sands towards the Lakeland Fells from the window seat in the first floor living room, or alternatively from the master bedroom which is kitted out with a telescope. Arnside is a haven for birds, and attracts all kinds of flora and fauna, including rare species of butterflies and alpine plants which have contributed to Arnside being designated as an area of scientific interest. Together with Silverdale, it is also a designated AONB, making this a great holiday base for those who love the outdoors. Activities available locally include fishing, golf, cycling and there are many lovely coastal and wooded walks from the doorstep, including those around the National Trust’s Arnside Knott and Silverdale’s ‘Pepper Pot’. The promenade is lined with several pubs, shops and cafes, whilst a wider range of amenities can be found in Kendal (11 miles) and Kirkby Lonsdale (13 miles). Due to its proximity to the M6, Arnside is well located for exploring Cumbria, the Lake District and beyond. Windermere is just 20 miles away, the city of Lancaster 17 miles and North Yorkshire 20 miles. Other places of interest within easy driving distance include RSPB Leighton Moss, Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland and the North West coast. For those guests who wish to leave the car behind, Arnside railway station allows easy access to Carnforth, Grange over Sands, Ulverston and Barrow. Shop 10 yards, pub 50 yards, restaurant 3 miles.

Stairs to entrance. First floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. 6 steps to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin, sharing an en-suite shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£225-£831
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

High Lowscales Farm is a traditional Cumbrian hill farm situated in the south-western Lakes, between the beautiful countryside of the Whicham and Duddon Valleys. This detached, Georgian farmhouse is set in 17 acres and has spectacular views down to the Irish Sea and the Duddon Estuary. Public footpaths cross the farmland, and next door lies Millom Park, perfect for woodland walks. The farm’s driveway is also a bridleway, ideal for mountain biking in the Whicham Valley and up the 600m high Black Combe. The beaches at Haverigg and Silecroft and the Hodbarrow RSPB reserve are a 10-minute drive, whilst the cute market town of Broughton-in-Furness is 15 minutes away. Within a half hour drive you will also find Coniston Water, the Barrow-in-Furness Peninsula (pretty drives, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Furness Abbey, The Dock Museum, Walney Island Nature Reserve, Piel Island, Furness Owls, Gleaston Watermill and the Cumbrian Coastal Way), Muncaster Castle and ’La’al Ratty’ miniature steam railway at Ravenglass, which all make for wonderful family days out. The Aquarium of the Lakes and steam boat cruises on Windermere are a 40-minute drive. You can enjoy wonderful views from your very own spa hot tub, complete with massage jets, built-in sound system and feature lighting. In order to make guests’ stays as relaxing as possible, shopping, ‘drop off suppers’ and massage and beauty treatments (at the cottage) can be pre-ordered (separate charges apply). Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 4½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/kitchen. Snug. Dining room. Utility room. Slate floors in most rooms. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 twin, one with additional bunk, additional pull-out single and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second staircase to first floor: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. All first floor rooms with beams and wooden floors.

Woodburners in living room and snug (initial fuel included). Gas included. Five Freesat TVs. DVDs. Playstation. Gas/electric range included. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed, lawned front garden with patio and furniture. Small enclosed rear garden with decking. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. NB: 10 steps, terraces and sloping banks in garden.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. iPod dock. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Cycle store. Hot tub. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge - to be kept on a lead, sheep country. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£1270-£2738
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3
Seaview Ref: LXE

Stunningly set by the sea, in the designated Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this large detached property commands dramatic panoramas from every room, over the sea to Scotland and meadows to the Lake District Fells. Seaview stands in an unspoilt seashore hamlet of 28 homes, and is surrounded by its own enclosed gardens, with vast sands just over the road. It has eight good-sized bedrooms (three with en-suite facilities). There is ample room for large groups, making it a perfect holiday destination for families to get together in a seaside/rural area. Between the house and sands is a nature reserve, a park-like greensward stretching for 12 miles from the Victorian seaside resort of Silloth (3 miles) to the fishing harbour of Maryport (9 miles) with play areas and delightful shoreline walks. The Beckfoot sands offer rock pools, sea angling, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and swimming, as well as an abundance of bird life and glorious sunsets to enjoy. Behind the house quiet lanes wind through the Solway Plain and offer excellent cycle routes. Just 2½ miles down the road is a modern leisure centre, with indoor swimming-pool, spa, sauna, gym, tennis, shop and café. Five 18-hole golf courses are nearby – Silloth’s is in the ‘Top 100’ and is a championship qualifying course. With Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District National Park and the Scottish Borders all easily accessible, this makes an ideal touring centre. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Entrance hall. Sitting-room (seats 16) with 42in 3D smart digital TV and Blu-ray. Dining room (seats 16) with patio doors to patio and garden. Large, well-equipped kitchen with range cooker and breakfast bar. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Large integral games/play room/twin bedroom with patio doors with sea views, table tennis, toys, 32in LCD digital TV and DVD. Two twin bedrooms; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; two with shared Jack and Jill shower room and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with balcony overlooking the sea. Twin bedroom. Spacious bathroom with shower cubicle, whirlpool bath and toilet.

  • Electric fire included
  • Electricity, gas central heating (underfloor in bathroom) and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Four TVs (Freeview)
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • ¼ acre enclosed garden with furniture (in summer) with patio
  • Large well-equipped games/play room
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Additional cleaning services by arrangement
  • Pets free of charge
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£991-£2356
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Shingle Cottage Ref: W7403

Superb views across the sea

This Victorian terraced holiday home is situated 50ft from the sea in the small coastal village of Seascale. It has spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Man and south west Scotland. Seascale boasts miles of sandy beaches. The sea provides the opportunity for fishing, windsurfing and water skiing. There is a slipway for launching boats, an 18-hole golf course, bowling green, sports centre and children’s play area. Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, World Owl Centre, Ravenglass to Eskdale Narrow Gauge Railway and the western Lake District area. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional pull out single, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£234-£588
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Church Trees Ref: 27116

Ideal touring location

The delightful family home is situated in a residential part of the holiday seaside town of Grange-over-Sands. It makes a charming, comfortable and peaceful holiday base from which to tour the southern Lakes. Only a ¼ mile from the town attractions and golf courses, where visitors can stroll along the traffic-free promenade or enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea. Visit the ancient village of Cartmel with its 12th-century priory, racecourse and famous for its original ’Sticky Toffee Pudding’. Historic houses and gardens, including Holker House and Levens Hall, Lake Windermere and the heart of the Lake District National Park are within easy reach, providing a wide range of walking, climbing, sailing and dining opportunities and the Haverthwaite to Lakeside Steam Railway are all within 10 miles. Don’t miss a visit to the South Lakes Wild Animal Park. A perfect holiday base for exploring or simply relaxing. Shops and pubs 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Dining room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional single, additional double (4ft) and restricted headroom.

Gas central heating, convector heater, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£431-£1186
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