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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Barn Ref: LQ7

In an enchanting position beside a beck with tumbling waterfalls, this former mill barn, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been skilfully converted into an outstanding, contemporary holiday home. Deer, squirrels and birds share the delightful grounds. A perfect base to explore the Lake District, Northumberland and Scottish Border. Visit Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, county shows and farmers’ markets. Excellent walking and cycle routes abound. Shops and pubs 2½ miles.

Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and French door to garden. Wet room with bath and toilet. First floor: Beamed living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, French doors to patio, wooden floor and well-equipped beamed kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair on request
  • Three TVs
  • Three DVDs
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Decked patio with furniture
  • 2-acre grounds with sitting-out area
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Beck, waterfalls and sloping banks in grounds

WAS
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£443-£812
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
NOW
£180-£547
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These detached (Spout Crag, ref 27784) ) and semi-detached (Lakeshore, ref 27785)) boathouses are in a superb, secluded position over the water on the shore of Lake Windermere. The boathouses are not only an ideal romantic hideaway and walking base, they also provide the ultimate holiday location for enjoying sailing or water sports on Windermere with direct access to the lake, small pier and boat mooring facilities with each property (storage under the boathouse 8m x 2.5m) with a boardwalk at the side. Both holiday properties are tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout, they boast a light and airy living room opening on to a large sun terrace overlooking the lake and fells. A host of Lakeland attractions can be found nearby, including many of Wordsworth’s inspirational locations - his home, Dove Cottage, is open to the public all year. Grizedale Forest, with its Go Ape high wire adventure course, Grasmere and Ambleside are all close by. Visit Hilltop Farm near Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her stories, or take a trip to Hawkshead where there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Take a trip across Lake Windermere on the leisurely steamer, which connects with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall and Levens Hall all within easy reach. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton is a wonderful day out for all the family, as is the Aquarium of the Lakes at Lakeside and Muncaster Castle with its extensive gardens. Excellent walks locally with stunning views, as well as cycling and pony-trekking. Bowness, with its wealth of shops, pubs and restaurants, is just 11/2 miles away.

43 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen all with tiled floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

CD. Lawned garden with patio. Parking (2 cars).

Both properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake frontage.

WAS
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£379-£1325
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.

WAS
NOW
£421-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Located in the Eden Valley, perfectly placed for touring the Lake District

Peacefully located in the most amazing setting, this outstanding holiday home is set in four acres of grounds and overlooks a small lake. The single storey property has been furnished and equipped to a good standard and is tucked away down a country lane in the beautiful Eden Valley. An abundance of wildlife is attracted to the water and the view through the large glass windows from the living room across the lake is delightful. There are seating areas dotted around the lake for relaxing and viewing. Nearby is the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen, which was the first town in Cumbria to be accredited with ’Walkers are Welcome’. There are many walking and cycling opportunities in the area, plus the famous and scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line runs through Kirkby Stephen. The Eden Valley is perfectly placed for touring the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Teasdale and Durham, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish border. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with patio door and beams. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric ’woodburner’ in living room included. Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 4 acres of private grounds with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Small lake in grounds, 22 ft.

WAS
NOW
£337-£1132
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Accessed by a narrow, uneven track, in a truly breathtaking, rural setting in the heart of Deepdale, this stunning detached eco-friendly farmhouse provides an away-from-it-all holiday home. With direct access from the house to spectacular Dales walks and bridleways, this is an ideal location for walking, mountain biking and wildlife watching. Great care has been taken using organic materials to create an environmentally-friendly house of style and character. The village of Dent is just 2 miles, Dent station 4 miles. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

This property is close to the 2014 Tour de France route, come and experience the spectacular scenery for yourself and follow in the trail of some true cycling legends.

Step up to living room with wood-burning stove, stone-flagged floor. Dining room with antique furniture, tiled floor. Beamed farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga, separate cooker, tiled floor. Utility. First floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed, valley views, en-suite bathroom with toilet (low ceiling). Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with free standing roll-top bath and toilet. Shower room with walk-in power shower and toilet.

  • Wood burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter £5 per basket
  • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (with monitor, small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric Aga included September-June
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Payphone
  • Natural cottage garden with lawn, patio, furniture
  • Private 10 acres of fields and woodland
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • Two open-sided barns with table tennis and darts
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • NB: Partly fenced SSSI stream in private grounds and drops in garden

WAS
NOW
£412-£1141
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.

WAS
NOW
£210-£715
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Courtyard Cottage Ref: 25824

There are lovely views from the windows and private garden of this meticulously presented, semi-detached, holiday cottage, next to the owner’s house. A welcome pack is also provided, ensuring guests feel right at home. There is a pretty walk along the nearby old canal and the River Kent into the market town of Kendal (2 miles) where great facilities are plentiful. Many wonderful Lake District attractions within a short drive include the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, Aquarium of the Lakes and cruises on Lake Windermere. For walkers the high fells beckon, with stunning views from the summits.Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Small step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, (one zip and link). Bathroom with shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating (underfloor in living room, kitchen and bathroom) included (£5 per day October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Courtyard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping cobbled courtyard which can be slippery.

WAS
NOW
£288-£643
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

Step to entrance. Kitchen with vaulted ceiling and breakfast area. Separate toilet. Three steps to lower ground floor: Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams and vaulted ceiling.

  • NB: 6 steps to patio

  • 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
£368-£848
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Chapel Cottage Ref: LQ4

Formerly a chapel, this wonderful holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, enjoys uninterrupted views over the peaceful Duddon Valley. It is surrounded by beautiful mature gardens that back onto established woodland, with superb views of Caw and Stickle Fells. On the doorstep are some of the best fell walking in the Lake District. Within a couple of miles are Ulpha’s shop and post office, close to the River Duddon. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 miles.

Beamed living room with open fire (until 2015). Well-equipped kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally (until 2015)
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Mature shared grounds with patio area
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: 3ft fenced drop at back of property. Steps in
    garden

WAS
NOW
£422-£782
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Close to Kendal, Simgill Farm, set in 40 acres and specialising in breeding alpacas, is a great holiday base and ideally situated to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales or just enjoy unwinding and relaxing. The barn conversions at Simgill Farm (refs: 27370 & 26898) have been finished with quality and comfort in mind, having spacious accommodation with large private gardens, a garage and parking. These properties are ideally located for families and friends of all ages to meet up from all parts of the country. Whether it’s for a holiday reunion, family get-together or a special occasion, Simgill Farm is the perfect base. There are plenty of walking and cycling routes right on the doorstep. Local attractions are within easy reach and the owners are happy to introduce guests of all ages to their herd of alpacas. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with two additional singles. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. 1-acre paddock play area. Friday to Friday. NB: 8 steps in garden, stream 25 yards.

Both properties: Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break, November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£0-£0
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