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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Brackenber Lodge Ref: B5012

Set in glorious countryside, near to Appleby golf course, this comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage enjoys lovely views. Large shared garden, with deep pond, provides plenty of space in which to relax. The surrounding area is perfect for walking, the Pennines are only 1½ miles. Fishing, riding, golf and good inns are all close by. Appleby, 3 miles, with shops, is famous for its colourful Horse Fair in June. The Eden Valley, Lake District , Ullswater ½ hour’s drive, and Yorkshire Dales are all within easy reach. Shops 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. 4 steps down to kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with additional single, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating at cost. Convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owners’ tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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£277-£753
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Whitlow Farmhouse Ref: 25415

Standing in a stunning, elevated position in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this refurbished, former 19th century farmhouse has enviable views across Alston Moor and the beautiful, unspoilt South Tyne Valley. Perched on the Cumbria/Northumberland border, the traditional features and generously proportioned rooms make this an ideal choice for families and friends looking for a comfortable and well equipped holiday home. Standing detached alongside one other property, its peaceful, rural location makes it feel off the beaten track and yet it is just 500 yards from the Alston to Brampton road which connects the Lake District to the Northumberland National Park. There is a network of public footpaths direct from the doorstep linking up to numerous trails and cycle routes. The archaeological remains of Whitley Castle (Roman Fort), described as the hidden gem of the North Pennines is a stones throw from the property and trout and salmon fishing can be enjoyed on a quiet stretch of the South Tyne River running through the owner’s farm (2 permits available by request in advance). Whitlow is perfectly situated as a touring base for exploring a wealth of natural and historical treasures in the area. Hadrian’s Wall is only 10 miles away, with the Scottish Border and the Lake District approximately 25 miles. Nearby Alston, 21/2 miles, the highest market town in England, offers an interesting array of cafes, shops, pubs, narrow gauge steam engine railway (which runs through the farm) and 18-hole golf. Shops, pubs and restaurants 21/2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 shower rooms with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, two with additional single, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in kitchen included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Range with gas hob and electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£514-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Wild Goose Cottage Ref: W40737

Stunning conversion

Set in a quiet area just off the cobbled main street in Alston, this terraced holiday cottage was formerly the home of a farm labourer. Originally built in 1611 the property has now been sympathetically restored whilst retaining much of its character and charm. The beam above the fireplace dates back over a thousand years, and was previously part of an ancient ship! The property boasts an upstairs balcony with a sun room, perfect for relaxing and watching the sun set. On the border of Cumbria and Northumbria, Alston is the highest market town in England, and is ideal for touring the northern lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria. Within easy driving distance are Hadrians Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater or Keswick. Alston lies within an AONB with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage, and spectacular scenery all around. There is a range of traditional pubs and shops, local crafts and the narrow gauge railway in the town. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors, beams and wooden floor. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. All with wooden floors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single (2ft 6in for child) and wooden floor.

Gas central heating, gas and electricity (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

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£349-£1122
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Honfleur Ref: CC132156
Honfleur is a modern detached bungalow with ample parking and a large garden overlooking open fields, to the distant Lakeland Fells. Situated near the Fox Inn in Ousby, a peaceful village nestling at the foot of the Pennine Hills in the beautiful Eden Valley. The quiet country lanes are perfect for cycling and there are walks from the door to Melmerby Fell and Cross Fell. Bar meals and restaurant facilities are available in the pub and occasional live entertainment. There is a village shop and bakery with cafe in Melmerby two miles away together with village pub serving bar meals. There are a wealth of amenities in Penrith, seven miles. The bungalow is very comfortably furnished and well equipped, with a large kitchen/diner.

Ground Floor: Property has night storage and panel heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, electric fire and patio doors to the garden.
Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and dining table and chairs.
Utility room: With sink, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bedroom 4: With single bed (for flexibility of sleeping arrangements only).
Bathroom: With shower cubicle, bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Garden with lawn, patio and seating. Parking for 5 cars.

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£400-£725
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Old School House Ref: CC132162
Old School House is exactly what the name implies, it adjoins the former village school (now The Tower House and home of the owners) in Melmerby. This attractive cottage is situated in a delightful position overlooking the village green, it has an excellent standard of furnishings and exclusive use of the owner’s heated swimming pool (2 hour’s per day guaranteed). The pool is heated to 30 degrees and has a fast lane for continuous swimming, there is also a sauna to relax and unwind after a good days walking. The cottage is 100 yards from the village bakery and 200 yards from a pub serving good food. Melmerby is a pretty village at the foot of the Pennine Hills, at the start to the ascent of Hartside and close to the Lake District.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided).
Conservatory
Dining/Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

All electric, oil, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi internet access. Cot available.Outside: Garden with lawn, patio and seating. Indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. Parking for 1 car.

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£520-£1360
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Staffield Hall is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Staffield Hall and relax. Staffield Hall is a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors. Manor Hall (ref 30606) is a ground floor apartment and Lady Tower (ref 30602), Garden of Eden (ref 30605), King Oswald (ref 30607) and Heavenfield (ref 30604) are first floor apartments. Butler’s Loft (ref 30601), Dovecote (ref 30600) and Peel Tower (ref 30603) are second floor apartments. Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 double bedrooms, one (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request) with en-suite bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request) with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Open fires in living room and kitchen (initial fuel included). Two Freeview TVs (one 3D LCD). Washing machine. Tumble dryer.

All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

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£1350-£1800
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Isaac’s Byre Ref: 26098

This delightful barn conversion, adjoining the owner’s home, retains the former Byre’s character and enjoys picturesque views of the scenery of the North Pennines, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property also has a GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) gold award. There are outstanding walks and scenery from the doorstep and the location is peaceful and perfectly placed for exploring the quaint town of Alston. Nearby guests can enjoy the local swimming pool with sauna and Jacuzzi, 1 mile (at cost). There are numerous cycle routes from the barn, golf is within 5 miles and horse riding can be found 11 miles away, as well as fishing locally. Close to the Pennine Way, the C2C Cycle Route and Hadrian’s Wall. Visit the Lake District and Northumbrian National Parks, Carlisle, Durham and Newcastle. Resident hens and a variety of wildlife can be spotted from the garden. Alston, 4 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: 2 steps (ramp available) to living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip & link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Central heating from ground source heat pump, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (entertainment and documentaries package). DVD. CD. Games console on request. Gas range with gas hob and electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (boot room). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Electricity car charging point. Welcome pack.

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£224-£709
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Hindriggs Cottage Ref: 27293

Ideal walking base

This traditional, red sandstone barn has been tastefully converted to create two holiday homes which retain a good deal of charm and character. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the cottages stand on the edge of the picturesque and peaceful small fellside village of Dufton, which has a good pub on the village green and is on the Pennine Way. There is excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep and one of the highlights is High Cup Nick which is a spectacular geological feature and walkers are rewarded with an amazing view along the Eden Valley to the Lakeland fells. The ancient, attractive market town of Appleby, 3 miles, stands on the River Eden and is on the famous and scenic Carlisle to Settle train line. Dufton provides a good base from which to explore the contrasting but equally beautiful Lakes and Dales National Parks. The Scottish border and Hadrian’s Wall are also an easy, pretty drive away. Have an afternoon tea at the tea room, 200 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub with restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Ample parking.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared sitting-out area. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£245-£914
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Pennine View Ref: 29597


Nestling beneath the Pennines in the attractive fell side hamlet of Brampton, this well presented, semi-detached holiday home has been tastefully furnished and is well equipped. Peacefully set, it enjoys uninterrupted views over fields towards the fells. There is excellent walking from the doorstep and a pub serving food is a short stroll away. The historic market town of Appleby, 3 miles, is well served with a good selection of shops, golf, fishing, riding, a leisure centre and station on the scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway. An excellent base to explore the contrasting, but equally spectacular scenery of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park, both of which are within 30 minutes’ drive. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating (bathroom), NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 6 steps to garden.

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£212-£601
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Converted from an ancient field barn, this detached cottage is stylishly enhanced by old colonial teak furniture sourced from India and the Far East. Adjacent to the owner’s home and at the heart of a traditional upland hill farm in the North Pennine AONB, it is surrounded by some of the most dramatic unspoilt moorland scenery in England. Shops and pub 2 miles.

Step to entrance. Large snug with wood-burning stove. Spacious well-equipped kitchen/dining room with Aga (for cooking) and quarry-tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom (bed accessed from one side only, for 1+1). Twin bedroom. Beamed throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Aga included
  • Washer/dryer
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Gardens with furniture
  • Barbecue on request
  • Unspoilt farmland
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: River in farmland

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Dudmire Ref: 23031

Set in the heart of the beautiful and unspoilt Eden Valley, this 19th century farmhouse has been refurbished to create an outstanding holiday home just a mile from the pretty fellside village of Dufton. It has an interesting mix of original features including flagged floors and a wealth of beams combined with modern, contemporary fittings and furniture. It enjoys wonderful, panoramic views of the Eden Valley out towards the Lakeland Fells and are surrounded by superb walking on the Pennine Way. Dufton village and a vast area to the north are in the north Pennines AONB. There is a splendid walk through the wooded valley of Dufton Ghyll, home to red squirrels, foxes and a variety of birds as well as giving the children an opportunity to fish for tiddlers. In the village, you can enjoy an excellent meal at the popular inn on the village green. For the more adventurous the Pennine Way passes through the village and Dufton is also on the National Cycle network. It is only half an hours drive to the Lake District National Park, where you can take the steamer or hire a boat on Ullswater. The Howgills and Yorkshire Dales are also within easy reach. Free livery is available on request. Fishing and golf available in the historic market town of Appleby, 2 miles. An ideal holiday base. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams and flagged floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double, (three 5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included winter). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. Two high chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed front garden, open rear garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Stabling available. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£371-£1253
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Lantern House Ref: 27084

This smart four-storey holiday townhouse is presented to a very good standard and is located in the centre of Alston, the highest market town in England. Situated in the heart of the North Pennines with views over the surrounding fells and valleys, it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with stunning moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls. Dating from the 17th century, this property today has a contemporary boutique feel and is ideal for families and friends to gather for a relaxing holiday. Alston, (used as a location for Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist), has quaint cobbled streets and various shops, galleries and a narrow gauge railway. This holiday home is perfectly placed for touring Cumbria and the Lake District, Northumberland, the Dales of Yorkshire and Durham, and the borderlands of Scotland. Visit South Tynedale Steam Railway in Alston and travel the famous, scenic Settle to Carlisle line from nearby Langwathby station. Hadrian’s Wall is a short drive away along one of England’s top ten scenic drives and there are many exhibition and view points along the heritage site. The cities of Carlisle, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Durham, plus the historic town of Hexham make interesting day trips. Shops, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Study with wooden floor. Utility room/separate toilet. First floor: Second sitting room with single Z-bed. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Second floor: 2 double bedrooms (1 small). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Third floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in utility). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking 4 yards (foc, in the Market Place). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£336-£1108
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