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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
4
Pets
0
Brookfield Ref: 27130

Ideal location for touring the Lake District

Conveniently located in the hamlet of Torver, close to the village of Coniston, this delightful Lakeland bungalow has been completely renovated and attractively furnished to a very good standard, whilst retaining some of its original features with an Aga in the kitchen, lovely large living room with open fire and wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, and boasts an attractive garden. The Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam and Swirl How can be walked in a day and offers fantastic views. Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the walking, scrambling and climbing are absolutely superb. The Langdales are a little further away. The property is situated 5 miles from Ambleside, a mile from Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest behind you. The pretty village of Coniston is popular with hikers and rock climbers and is within walking distance. Visit John Ruskin’s former home, Brantwood, explore the Ruskin Museum or take a walk round the village church, his final resting place. Coniston Lake is ideal for kayaking and canoeing, or tour the lake on the steam yacht Gondola in the summer months. Windermere is a short ferry trip across the lake, and all the beautiful lakes can be reached along wonderful scenic drives. Shop and pub serving food 200 yards, restaurant 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), step down to one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Aga. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 2 steps front and back of property. Fenced river.

WAS
NOW
£523-£1377
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Trinity House Ref: 26532


This charming holiday cottage is situated on a quiet corner in the heart of the ancient market town of Ulverston. It offers quick and easy access to the many delights of Ulverston, home to the start of the Cumbria Way, with its old pubs, excellent restaurants and the twice-weekly market which is not to be missed. The Lake District National Park, Eskdale Railway, the World of Beatrix Potter and the Furness Coast are all within easy reach, as well as Lake Windermere and Lake Coniston which are 12 miles away. Ulverston has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, a cinema and a leisure centre. Today it’s well known as a festival town with events throughout the year, including walking and art festivals in the summer months and the renowned Dickensian festival in late November. One of the town’s great claims to fame is as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. Whilst many Lakeland destinations have been developed beyond recognition, Ulverston still has an authentic feel and community spirit. All of the attractions of the National Park are easily reached. Bardsea and Askam beach are nearby, as is Dalton Zoo and the Dock Museum in Barrow. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good bird watching. Nearby family attractions include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Lakes Windermere and Coniston and popular Birkrigg Common, with its incredible panoramic views across Morecambe Bay. This is a wonderful holiday location for family and friends to get away from it all. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.
These charming holiday cottages (refs 26532 and 29698) are situated on a quiet corner in the heart of the ancient market town of Ulverston. They offer quick and easy access to the many delights of Ulverston, home to the start of the Cumbria Way, with its old pubs, excellent restaurants and the twice-weekly market which is not to be missed. The Lake District National Park, Eskdale Railway, the World of Beatrix Potter and the Furness Coast are all within easy reach, as well as Lake Windermere and Lake Coniston which are 12 miles away. Ulverston has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, a cinema and a leisure centre. Today it’s well known as a festival town with events throughout the year, including walking and art festivals in the summer months and the renowned Dickensian festival in late November. One of the town’s great claims to fame is as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. Whilst many Lakeland destinations have been developed beyond recognition, Ulverston still has an authentic feel and community spirit. All of the attractions of the National Park are easily reached. Bardsea and Askam beach are nearby, as is Dalton Zoo and the Dock Museum in Barrow. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good bird watching. Nearby family attractions include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Lakes Windermere and Coniston and popular Birkrigg Common, with its incredible panoramic views across Morecambe Bay. This is a wonderful holiday location for family and friends to get away from it all. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£210-£715
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
High Aimshaugh Ref: 25816

This delightful, detached, 19th century former farmhouse stands at the end of its own lane away from roads and traffic in a beautiful, rural setting of peace and tranquillity. It has a handsome, traditional facade and enviable views in all directions across pastureland towards the fells. A welcoming, relaxing ambience has been created in this immaculately presented and furnished holiday home. It has been carefully renovated and combines modern facilities with traditional features. There are great walks from the doorstep through the countryside surrounding the farm and some excellent off road tracks for mountain biking. There are exclusive fishing rights on a 11/2 mile stretch of the South River Tyne included, and there is an adjoining paddock for those wishing to take their horse on holiday. The interesting market town of Alston (the highest town in England) is 2 miles with quaint cobbled streets and lies in an AONB. The farmhouse is perfectly placed for touring Cumbria and the Lake District, Northumberland and the Durham Dales, and the borderlands of Scotland. Visit South Tynedale Steam Railway in Alston and Hadrian’s Wall. Travel the famous, scenic Settle to Carlisle line from nearby Langwathby station. The cities of Carlisle, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Durham make interesting day trips. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with flagged floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft), one with additional single (for child), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Oil Aga included. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£421-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
0
Pets
2
The Chapel Ref: 26506

The beautiful stone chapel with an original dove tower, was once owned by John Myers, cousin of William Wordsworth, has been restored keeping its character with original oak beams, exposed stone walls and locally mined slate. The Chapel is quiet and romantic and enjoys beautiful views of the Whicham Valley, Black Combe Fell, and the Coniston fells at the top of the valley. The Chapel is arranged with the living area on the upper floor to maximise the fell and valley views, and there is a woodburner for those cosy evenings. It also boasts a large bathroom with a freestanding bath and large wet room style shower. A paradise for lovers of wildlife and birds, the cottage is located amongst 5 acres of garden and woodland, and surrounded by fields in the Lake Distric National Park. There are wonderful walks from the cottage and just 1 mile away is the Irish sea and a beautiful dog friendly beach at Silecroft. The Whicham Valley is remote, unspoilt and an idyllic corner of the Lake District, ideal for walkers, mountain bikers, climbers, nature lovers and those enjoying the peace and beauty of the countryside. The Duddon Valley, Southern Lakes and fells are easily reached with Coniston Water, Ennerdale Water, Wastwater, and Lake Windermere all within half an hour’s drive. Visit Muncaster Castle, La’al Ratty Miniature Steam Railway or the South Lakes Wild Animal Park. Horse riding is available nearby including Cumbria Heavy Horses and beach rides at silecroft. Massage and beauty treatments can be arranged nearby or at the cottage. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower and toilet. First floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed (5ft), sofa bed (4ft), beams and wooden floor.

Woodburner in living room and bedroom (initial fuel included). Underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£228-£723
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Warner Lea Ref: 28688

This old world, terraced character holiday cottage handsomely nestles in the heart of a conservation area leading towards Biskey Howe, yet stands only a stone’s throw away from the village of Bowness. The property has been lovingly decorated and furnished with a warming woodburner in the living room to enjoy after a long day exploring. Internal features include quality oak style and carpeted floors, lavish bedrooms, beautiful bathroom, oak designer kitchen, and much more. Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the UK, and is largely seen as the jewel in the crown of the Lake District. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy golf, walking, hiking, climbing, water-skiing and sailing, or simply cruising down the lake on one of the authentic steam boats. The village of Windermere is just 1mile away, while Ambleside, Coniston and Grasmere are all with easy reach. Or why not take the car ferry that still crosses the lake between Ferry Nab and Ferry House, and provides a convenient approach to the western side of the lake for access to the villages of Hawkshead and Sawrey. A Lakeland treasure in a peaceful part of the village, Warner Lea is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included for 2014 only). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£281-£980
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rundales Cottage Ref: 26109

This delightful barn conversion combines modern fittings with original features to provide a cosy and well equipped holiday home. Situated in a rural position adjoining the owner’s cottage, it is just a mile from the attractive, ancient market town of Appleby, in the beautiful Eden Valley. This is an ideal retreat for couples and small families. Its peaceful position and pretty outlook is central to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. It is also close to the Scottish Border and Hadrian’s Wall. Excellent walking, cycling, golf and fishing available nearby. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer (in outhouse). Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 5 years. NB: Unfenced pond at front of property.

WAS
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£180-£547
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Biskey Dip Ref: W43164

This attractive holiday home, well maintained to a good standard, is the perfect holiday retreat within a few minutes’ walk of the centre of the lovely village of Bowness-on-Windermere. An excellent base for visiting the many attractions of Bowness, including lakeside walks, water sports and boat trips as well as the Beatrix Potter Exhibition. Lake cruisers offer trips to Ambleside, or to Lakeside, to the Aquarium of the Lakes and the Lakeside to Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The Lakeland Fells surrounding Lake Windermere offer ample walking, cycling and climbing, whilst Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwent Water are within easy reach. Shop, pub, restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (controlled by the owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Internet connection. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. On road parking (permit provided). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children. Friday to Friday. NB: 10 steps to terrace.

WAS
NOW
£422-£890
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
This delightful detached stone built cottage was completely renovated, extended and fully furnished to a very high standard. The cottage has two bedrooms, with super king size beds, and two bathrooms, and is sure to appeal to two couples or small families seeking superior accommodation in a peaceful location. It is situated one mile from the village of Calthwaite, which has a pub serving bar meals, midway between Penrith and Carlisle. 10 minutes drive from junction 41 on the M6 and 20 minutes from Ullswater, the Caldbeck Fells, Carlisle and the Eden Valley. There is an M&S food store three miles away at a service station, and a vast array of shops in both Carlisle and Penrith.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating, with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs and comprises:
Open plan living area with designated lounge and kitchen/dining areas.
Lounge: With woodburner, flat screen TV, DVD, CD/radio, patio doors and large picture windows with lovely views to Saddleback.
Kitchen/Diner: With electric range cooker with gas hob, American fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and dining table and chairs.
Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can split into single beds (please advice when booking) and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With super king size bed and en-suite bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Garden, large patio with garden furniture and extensive grassed area. Parking for 2 cars. NB: There are horses and other animals in a field nearby. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£425-£830
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3


This stunning church conversion sits in the centre of a small, quiet Cumbrian village and is perfectly placed for a holiday home, as it is sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. The unique design cleverly combines original features, such as stained glass windows, beams and stonework with a contemporary, open-plan style which offers light, bright and spacious living areas, an appealing kitchen with porcelain tiled floor, a bathroom with a free-standing roll-top bath plus two en-suite shower rooms, each with a walk-in shower, along with comfortable and well-appointed bedrooms. Set in beautiful countryside, the area provides excellent walking and very good cycling. The traditional market town of Kirby Stephen, 2 miles, offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, and is also on the scenic Carlisle to Settle railway line. Within a 40-minute drive, visitors can explore Ullswater and the Eastern Lakes, Swaledale, Wensleydale and the lesser known Teasdale, along with the popular towns of Keswick, Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes. Tan Hill, the highest pub in England, is a short, pretty drive away. The river which runs through the village of Soulby is a focal point for picnics and paddling, and children can also enjoy the nearby playground. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) bedroom. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden, furniture. Ample parking. Cycle anchor. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£426-£1142
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
45 Station Road Ref: CC111399
This superb Lakeland town house provides stylish, well equipped self catering, with views from most rooms. 45 Station Road enjoys an enviable position, quietly situated 75 yards from Fitz Park and the River Greta, and 150 yards from Keswick Town centre. The beautiful park has children’s play area, bowling green, putting and cricket pitch. The lower ground floor is suitable for guests with mobility problems, there is a bedroom with a super king size bed, separate seating area with TV and large bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. It is accessed directly from the parking area, with one step into the property.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lower Ground Floor:
Second lounge area: With TV and door to patio
Bedroom 1: With super king size bed, wardrobe and door to the front garden.
Bathroom: With very large bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
Utility: With washer/dryer
Ground Floor:
Kitchen/diner: Spacious room with electric cooker, gas hob, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. Dining table seating 10
Half Landing:
Bathroom: With bath with hand held shower, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Lounge: With lovely bay window, TV, DVD, CD/radio and open fire.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed.

Second Floor: Master bedroom: With king size bed.
Bedroom 4: With bunk beds.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet access available.Outside: Small front garden, large rear patio with table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars (1 large & 1 medium)

WAS
NOW
£925-£2465
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Branthwaite Stable Ref: CC119146
Branthwaite Stable is a real gem, with everything you expect to see in a traditional Lakeland cottage which has been modernised and refurbished to an excellent standard. From cosy wood burning stove to exposed stone walls, oak beams, bags of character and some antique furniture complimented with quality soft furnishings. The cottage benefits from a superb fellside location in ’John Peel country’, situated on the tranquil Caldbeck Fells with walks directly from the door and quiet country lanes ideal for cycling. The renowned village of Caldbeck is within three miles with pub, tea room and shops.

Ground Floor: Property is centrally heated by environmentally friendly bio-mass (wood pellet) boiler and comprises:
Lounge/diner: A spacious room with beamed ceiling, stone fireplace with wood burning stove, TV, DVD and CD/radio.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. 

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With luxury king size bed and Egyptian cotton linen.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All electric , towels and bed linen included. Initial supply of logs (additional logs available to buy if required). Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet connection.Outside: Riverside patio with garden table and chairs across the lane. Parking for 1 car. One dog welcome.

WAS
NOW
£425-£830
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

The tranquil village of Waberthwaite, spectacularly situated between the mountains and the sea, is the setting for this wonderfully sympathetic barn conversion which has created two stylish holiday cottages featuring vaulted ceilings, original beams and stonework. Surrounded by pretty gardens with a small stream running through, it makes a perfect base for exploring the western Lake District fells, country and coastal walks, and cycle paths. Just 4 miles from Muncaster Castle, gardens and owl sanctuary, and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway, whilst Wastwater (voted Britain’s favourite view 2007) is a few miles further. The 18th century Georgian port of Whitehaven to the north has a conservation harbour and marina, the Beacon Heritage Centre plus shops and restaurants, or if relaxation is a preferred option, simply unwind on the sunny patio with a good book. Shop 20 yards, pub 100 yards.

Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor, granite stonework and patio doors. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, wooden floor and compact en-suite shower room with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. All rooms beamed with vaulted ceiling.

  • Tumble dryer

  • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Patio with furniture
  • ½-acre shared lawned gardens
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced stream in garden

WAS
NOW
£472-£1299
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