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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
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Pets
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Cunsey Lodge Ref: LO9

Set in a magnificent elevated position backing onto woodland with open views towards Lake Windermere, this superb detached holiday home is just a half mile walk from the shore. Built in 2010, incorporating under-floor heating with ground source heat pump, a wood-burning stove, an en-suite to each bedroom and spacious living areas, it makes an excellent base to explore the Central Lake District. Forming part of the Graythwaite Estate, guests are free to roam the estate which has lake frontage; 1½ miles away there is a 2½ acre stocked lake, providing fly fishing (at cost), an indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness suite (at cost), dedicated children’s play area, table tennis and bike hire. Beautiful walks stretch in every direction from the door towards Grizedale, and near Sawrey where Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm is located, the very cottage where she was inspired to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck. At Hawkshead, 4 miles, there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings. The ferry at Sawrey takes cars across Lake Windermere to Bowness where there are a multitude of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, water-sports of every description and cruisers for trips on the Lake. Graythwaite Hall itself has lovely gardens open from springtime to autumn and there are many other fascinating country houses, gardens and castles within a 10 mile drive, such as Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and grounds, Levens Hall and gardens, Townend Hall and Holehire Gardens. Just north of Ambleside lies Grasmere with a beautiful smaller lake, also the cottage and museum of the famous poet who loved the Lake District so much and brought it to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth. Shop 1½ miles.

Spacious open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, dining room and large well-equipped kitchen. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire £2 per person
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two digital TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Private grounds with courtyard and furniture
  • Shared use of Graythwaite Farm grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 16ft, open 8.45am - 7.45pm) with shower and changing facilities
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£2047-£2047
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Church Walk Cottage Ref: CC129298
Nestling in the shadow of the ancient parish church of Kendal, Church Walk Cottage enjoys an enviable position close to riverside walks and the centre of this popular Auld Grey Town. Kendal has a vast array of attractions for the first time or returning visitor including Kendal Castle, the former home of Katherine Parr and a delightful shopping area, pedestrianised to create a traffic free shopping experience, boasting cobbled streets lined with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and cafes. Only 10 minutes from the M6, Kendal, known as ’gateway’ to the Lakes, is ideally situated for exploring Southern Lakeland and the Yorkshire Dales.
This quintessential character property offers delightful accommodation for the smaller party with original features of flagged floors and feature fireplaces combined with modern day kitchen and bathroom. The seating area to the front is perfect for enjoying meals al fresco when our weather will allow whilst listening to the Ring O Bells (also the name of the nearby pub) just along the way. Your dog is welcome to join you here at Church Walk Cottage.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
Kitchen/diner: With gas fire place and a mix of wood and flagged flooring, Belfast sink, fridge, freezer, microwave, electric oven, gas hob and washer/dryer.
Lounge: With French doors to the small rear courtyard.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Spacious double with wood floors and feature fireplace.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower attachment over the bath, wash basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet connection.Outside: Parking via permit for one car on nearby car park. Front and rear courtyard with furniture provided.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Shepherds Fold Ref: CC123201
Occupying an enviable position in one of the oldest parts of Ambleside, Shepherd’s Fold is the quintessential Lakeland cottage, perfect for your self catering holiday. A short stroll down Peggy Hill brings you to all the attractions of the popular village and the many retail outlets who cater well for lovers of the outdoors. Foodies are also well looked after, with a good Spar, Tesco and Co Op or for those who prefer to eat out whilst on holiday, why not try The Priest Hole, Lucy’s, The Log House or even one of the traditional pubs, most of which serve good food all day long.
Shepherd’s Fold ticks all the boxes in terms of both character and charm, with traditional Lakeland porch, flagged floors, oak beams and a gas coal effect stove. The open plan lounge/dining room has the stove and beams as the main focus although the window seats and bench seating in the covered porch are certain to be well utilised, whatever the weather. The sun room, just off the staircase opens onto a cottage style garden, just the spot for an afternoon ’feet up’ and pre dinner drink.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance porch with bench seating leading to...
Lounge/Dining: With part flagged flooring, coal effect stove, TV and DVD.
Kitchen: With flagged floor, electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
Sun Room: Accessed up a few steps with comfy seating and direct access to the garden.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available.Terraced cottage garden with furniture provided. Lockable shed available for bike storage. Parking via permit on nearby car park.

WAS
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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Greystones Ref: CC127104
Greystones is a detached bungalow set in its own delightful and mature sheltered gardens which circumscribe the property and offer seclusion for lazy days. This highly esteemed residential area is well maintained with no passing traffic, Greystones is carefully prepared with comfortable furniture giving a relaxing and homely ambience much appreciated by all our clients. Situated on the northern fringe of the village, an ideal base to explore the Lake District at any time of the year.

Ground Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With views over the garden, TV, Hi-Fi, video, CD player and log effect electric fire.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dining table.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available. One well behaved pet welcome (no bigger than a Spaniel).The property has an integral garage, garden furniture, ample parking and a private garden.

WAS
NOW
£415-£830
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Newtown House is part of Muncaster Estates, which includes the historic 12th century Muncaster Castle and beautiful grounds, owned by the Pennington family for the past 8 centuries. This imposing property adjoins Knotts View, and is 1/2 mile from Herbert House, the 3 properties may be let seperately or together for up to 32 people. Newtown House and Knott View are set in over an acre of grounds with lawns and seating and Newton House has views across the Irish Sea. Situated 1/2 mile from Ravenglass, a pretty fishing village on the Cumbrian Coast, with sandstone houses, pubs, hotels, shops and cafes. The Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway operates from the village station and travels along the Eskdale valley. Wast Water, England’s deepest lake, Sca Fell our highest mountain and the beautiful Wasdale and Eskdale valleys are all near by and offer great walking. Guests are offered a 50% discount off the entry fee to Muncaster Castle and a 10% discount off meals at the Pennington Hotel.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With LCD TV, DVD, CD radio and open fire.
Dining Room:
Kitchen: With gas range cooker, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility Room: With fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble drier.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4 poster bed, chair bed and en suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en suite shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (can convert to king size bed, request at booking) and single bed.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
 

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. 2 dogs welcome.Outside: Lawned garden with views, quality garden furniture and BBQ. Ample parking for cars and boats.

WAS
NOW
£575-£1640
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Skiddaw View Ref: W41342

Superb views

A haven for sports enthusiasts, this well appointed first and second floor holiday apartment in the heart of Keswick provides perfect access to the activities on Derwent Water and the surrounding fells. All the bedrooms are at the back of the apartment giving superb fell views over the rooftops. Peaks such as Skiddaw and Blencathra are very close and Scafell, Bowfell and The Langdales just half an hour’s journey away. Spectacular scenery is in every direction and a leisurely drive over the nearby Whinlatter Pass will bring you to the more tranquil lakes of Loweswater and Buttermere. Keswick itself offers the delights of numerous tea shops, bars and restaurants as well as unique shopping in the many boutiques. Shop and restaurant 10 yards, pub 20 yards.

First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£344-£810
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Todd Crag Ref: CC123262
Todd Crag is a super, contemporary second floor apartment sitting above the ‘The Mountain Factor’ in the very heart of Ambleside. The central location makes for a very convenient base with many year round attractions and wonderful walking right on your doorstep resulting in little or no need to use the car. Visit the experienced team in The Mountain Factor for an up to date weather forecast and the very latest ranges walking and climbing gear. Ambleside caters well for the self catering guest, the village having two good butchers, bakers , several mini supermarkets and of course some excellent restaurants to suit all palates and pockets.
Todd Crag is a light and airy apartment offering stylish accommodation for one or two couples with some delightful features including a warming wood burning stove, original Lakeland artwork and a super feature wall papered with a local OS map centered around the property, perfect for planning your routes for the week. Two spacious bedrooms are dressed in a muted colour scheme of Farrow and Ball with pale furnishings and quality linens, the master offering great views across St. Mary’s spire to the fells beyond from the window seat.

Ground Floor: Todd Crag is reach by 2 flights on internal stairs, has electric heating and briefly comprises:
Living/dining space: with comfy seating arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), Smart TV.
Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box, microwave and washing machine.
Shower room: with shower cubicle, handbasin and WC.
Bedroom 1:
Double bedroom with furnishings.
Bedroom 2: King size bedroom with stylish furnishings and good views across the village.

All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Free wireless broadband access available. Sorry, no cot available.Parking via permit for 1 vehicle on nearby car park which can also be utilised on several other car parks throughout South Lakeland.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
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 by the new owner in 2013. It is situated on the lower ground floor with only a few steps down to the apartment, which is all on one level, therefore suitable for people with limited mobility.

Ground Floor: Property is on ground floor level luxuriously furnished and very well appointed, is heated by gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: Open plan with leather sofa, 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 and microwave.
Bedroom: With king size bed, dressing table and easy chair.
Bathroom: Luxury fully tiled with shower over bath, twin wash basins, WC and heated towel rail.

All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-fi internet accessOutside: Parking for 1 car.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Yew Tree Cottage Ref: CC127218
These cottages, one a Victorian double fronted detached house and the other the converted stables sit in the very heart of Windermere are tucked away behind the main thoroughfare and accessed by a narrow lane opening out into a small courtyard. Nowadays, the horse and carriages have been exchanged for holidaymakers and the ancient buildings have been successfully converted to provide two most interesting cottages with all the desired 21st century facilities that we are so used to but wonderfully married with an Arts and Crafts style theme throughout, perfectly in keeping with the buildings’ historic past.
Each cottage has been carefully restored, retaining characterful, exposed beams, panelling, flooring and fireplaces whilst handpicked pieces of furniture from the turn of the 20th Century onwards have been sourced to complete the look and transport you back to a bygone era. Well fitted shower rooms, kitchens and good beds, essential for a good nights rest are provided for your self catering stay and even at first glance, Yew Tree and Stable Cottage present as two good quality holiday cottages of a certain style. One can’t help but feel immediately at ease as you enter these unique properties, almost as one felt as a child when visiting Grandma’s house – charmed, cosy and comfortable.

Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With wood burner, TV and DVD player.
Dining room.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, feature gas hob, electric oven, fridge, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer. Pantry with freezer.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4ft bed.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
Bedroom 3: With super king size bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and basin.
Shower room: With shower, WC and basin.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Fuel for wood burner not provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi.Patio area with furniture and BBQ. Parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£415-£830
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Ideal touring base

Set amongst the natural splendour of the North Lakeland National Park, this house and adjoining holiday cottage are tastefully furnished, providing a cosy and relaxed environment. A haven for nature lovers or for those wishing to get away from it all, as well as a wonderful base for touring, walking, cycling and enjoying the many outdoor activities this region has to offer. Ullswater is only 5 minutes away, where you can take the Lake Steamer to Howtown and walk back along the lakeside or sail to Pooley Bridge. Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere offer shops and galleries and the breathtaking Honister, Hard Knott and Kirkstone passes are a must. Bank House is a traditional former farm house, overlooking the hamlet of Matterdale End, and enjoying panoramic views of the Ullswater fells from the house and terraced garden. The holiday cottage shares an enclosed sitting-out area with access to the field, which is suitable for dog walks. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

All on upper ground floor: Living/dining room with sloping ceiling. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Walled garden. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children or babies. NB: Unfenced pond in field.

WAS
NOW
£266-£579
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