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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Balcony Flat 2 Ref: W42985

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 first floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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

WAS
NOW
£231-£503
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lothlorien Ref: 26533

Situated on a quiet road with views of the sea from the living room this single storey holiday home is ideally located to explore Grange-over-Sands and the south lakes. This charming house has a garden with patio and a summer house to enjoy on summer evenings. With extensive fell walking from the door, there is lots to see and do in the area. The house is less than ½ mile from the railway station, cafe, local shop and is situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park with Lake Windermere, 5 miles. Cartmel, 2 miles, is a delightful village with medieval priory, racecourse, picturesque inns, gourmet restaurant and quaint galleries. Shops and pubs 1/2 mile.

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

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. CD. Gas cooker. Freezer. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Covered pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£224-£735
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Holmlea Ref: 17389

Just 1 mile to a sandy beach this holiday home is one of a small row in the hamlet of Newtown. Dated 1769 the property has been refurbished with extensive views towards Skiddaw (Lakeland fells) and towards the Solway Firth from the rear. Excellent coastal walking, golf, wind surfing, fishing and cycling. Cockermouth, 15 miles. Keswick, 25 miles. Tea room with craft shop and farm animal park 1/2 mile. Shops and pub 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in shed). Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio/sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

WAS
NOW
£224-£789
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Bransty House Ref: W41409

Victorian house overlooking historic harbour and modern marina

This wonderful detached family house is set in the centre of Whitehaven, within walking distance of the marina, town centre, railway station, and the Beacon Centre. A supermarket and petrol station lie opposite and below the house. The elegant interior retains attractive coving, ceiling rosettes and impressive ornamental fireplace in the main lounge. The lower ground floor has a further sitting room with TV and DVD plus kitchen facilities - an ideal ‘den’ for children and teenagers. Upper floor views towards the marina and sea are spectacular, especially at night when the ‘Candlestick’ on the hill beyond the marina is illuminated and the ‘wave’ illuminations around the harbour stand out in a vivid kaleidoscope of colour. A short walk from the house are north and west piers and main harbour. St Bees with sandy beach is 3 miles; stunning scenery of Ennerdale lake, 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Lower ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Ground floor: Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional single, 1 bunk with en-suite toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVDs. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Portable barbecue. Garage (2 cars). Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£782-£1863
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Beechnuts Ref: 28358

This delightful, ground floor holiday apartment sits in an elevated position with views over Morecambe Bay in a quiet, residential area of Grange-over-Sands. Enjoy a stroll on the promenade only a 5-minute walk away, or lovely woodland walks nearby, some with superb bay views. Visit the local golf course, 1 mile, or Cartmel village, 1¼ miles, with its racecourse, which hosts 6 races a year. Take a trip to Windermere or Bowness to discover the Beatrix Potter museum or enjoy a cruise on the lake. Ambleside, Coniston and Kendal are just a short drive. Shop, pub and restaurant ⅓ mile.

2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors in most rooms.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi available at £6per week. Enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 4 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£180-£592
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
£1120-£2738
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Bay View Ref: 29901


This lovingly restored, three-storey terraced holiday home, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in a central village location of Haverigg, is furnished and decorated to a very good standard. The property overlooks the River Lazey and Haverigg’s harbour, and has views across the 3 miles of sandy beach to the front of the property, and Black Coombe and the range of Lakeland Hill to the rear. In Haverigg, the village shop is open 7 days a week and caters for every need. The Harbour Hotel serves excellent bar meals, whilst the fish and chip shop has an adjoining cafe. Not far away is the beach cafe, which is also open all year. The nearby town of Millom is 1½ miles away, with a good range of shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Walk to the Hodbarrow Nature Reserve and the RSPB hide and watch the many species of migrating birds which use this area to rest during their long annual migratory flights. Search for rare orchids and Natterjack toads on the dunes, which are a dedicated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Cumbrian Coastal Way, running through the village, can lead you north or south alongside the peaceful estuaries and inlets, with spectacular views all around. Water ski or wakeboard at Port Haverigg Ski Club, or enjoy beach and fell horse riding which is also available nearby. The market town of Ulverston, 20 miles, is a pretty Georgian town with cobbled streets and a Thursday market. Climb to the top of Hoad Hill for some spectacular coastal views. Nearby Coniston Priory is a Buddhist retreat with a cafe, gift shop and lovely grounds bordering the estuary. See the famous ghosts at Muncaster Castle, 12 miles, and also many rare trees and plants, or visit the World Owl Centre. Climb aboard the steam train ‘La’al Ratty’ at nearby Ravenglass and explore the beautiful Lakeland fells. Alternatively, travel to historic Lancaster or Carlisle. Both trips hug the beautiful coastline and provide a memorable day out. Georgian Whitehaven, 27 miles, has strong Caribbean connections, and this historic link has brought Cumberland Rum Butter amongst many more tasty culinary delights. Haverigg is situated on the Cumbrian Coastal Way in an unspoilt seaside location close to all the attractions of the Lake District. It is only 33 miles from Windermere and 16 miles from Coniston, and a world away from the crowds. An excellent touring base for the Lake District with quiet roads an added attraction, lack of crowds and a peaceful setting. Beach 10 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (payable to BT Openzone). Balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 12 external steps from balcony to ground floor.

WAS
NOW
£210-£605
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
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Laurel Cottage Ref: 24962

Set in pretty gardens bordered by a tidal river, this delightful, single-storey, detached holiday cottage offers superb accommodation with lovely views, close to the sandy beaches of Haverigg. Nearby are the lakes and mountains of the south western Lake District. Many visitor attractions are within a short drive, such as the South Lakeland Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle and Gardens with its internationally renowned owl sanctuary, and the miniature steam railway at Ravenglass. The views from the top of Black Combe are simply breathtaking. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), one with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating (on timer) included (£30per week June-September by arrangement). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two digital TVs. DVD and small library. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps and small tidal river in garden.

WAS
NOW
£281-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Cockleshell Cottage is situated in Haverigg, adjacent to the harbour, the sandy beach, and the Cumbrian Coastal Way. A terraced holiday home in a great location, not far from Coniston, Windermere and Muncaster Castle where you can visit the World Owl Centre and the famous Muncaster Ghosts. Visit Ravenglass and take the steam train and explore the Lakeland fells. Alternatively, visit Lancaster or Carlisle by train (station 11/4 miles). Tourist attractions, walking and cycle paths right on your doorstep. Shop, pub and restaurant 110 yards.

Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/galley-style kitchen. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Video. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards.

WAS
NOW
£203-£625
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
£180-£441
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Silverdale Ref: 26372

A cosy holiday cottage along a small cul-de-sac in the quiet village of Haverigg, a small seaside village at the mouth of the Duddon estuary, on the south west coast of Cumbria. Being on the edge of the Lake District National Park it is within an easy drive of the heart of the lakes with Coniston just 16 miles away. The cottage is well equipped and would provide an ideal base for people wanting a relaxing holiday or equally something more active, with many coast and country walks within the area. A beach and the RSPB nature reserve, which is just beyond the small harbour, are both within a short stroll of the cottage. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 120 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£179-£563
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