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Cumbria is one of Britain's most loved and visited holiday locations, providing a unique combination of dramatic mountains and awesome lakes. It's a place that attracts visitors all year round and appeals to a wide variety of holidaymakers from couples who want to stay in a cosy Lakeland cottage to families who are looking for country homes with a view.

Cumbria has a great blend and variety of contrasting landscapes, including the renowned Lake District National Park which includes all the iconic places synonymous with the Lake District such as Windermere, Keswick and Ambleside as well as famous lakes such as Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston.

The mountains and fells here are spectacular and include iconic peaks such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, Grisdale Pike and the largest mountain in England Scarfell Pike. The county extends well beyond The National Park offering great cottage holiday destinations like the tranquil Eden Valley in the east and the rugged uplands to the north around Hadrian's Wall or the Western Lakes and Coast on the west and the Cartmel Peninsula in the south.

Because of its quite compact geography it's easy to get around the Lake District and despite of its popularity it's still possible to escape fellow holidaymakers to admire the wide open spaces and spectacular views with the feeling that you're the only one there, apart from the sheep!

The great outdoors is of course one of the main reasons people visit; this is wonderful walking and cycling country as well as providing lots of opportunities to sample the watersports on the numerous lakes.

Families will find no shortage of top quality visitor attractions, those interested in National Trust properties and gardens will also not be disappointed. The region is packed with picturesque Lakeland villages to discover, specialist shops, cosy pubs and restaurants.

Those thinking about taking a cottage holiday in Cumbria are sure to find something suitable, whether it's in the 'hot spots' of the central and southern lakes or the more remote and rugged areas of the northern lakes, or maybe the less well known regions to the west and east of the county.

So whether you're looking for lots of activities and attractions or a quiet 'away from it all' break this region will suit.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Cumbria to find your perfect retreat.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

This 18th century stone cottage is hidden away up a steep gravel track overlooking the wooded Tyne Valley and the North Pennine Fells. It is a secluded location adjacent to the owner’s house, and benefits from solar powered hot water. There is footpath access to the Pennine Way and local tracks with a variety of local attractions including the South Tynedale Steam Railway, lead mining heritage centres, a transport museum, hand made candle factory, and the historic charm of Alston one mile away, with its steep cobbled streets and good pubs. The area is ideal for walking and mountain biking. Both Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District are within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£249-£605
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Manor House Ref: CC133148
Manor House is an amazing, large, detached house which is superb for big family and friend gatherings. It has the most fabulous facilities imaginable, including a large indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, games room, huge conservatory, seven bedrooms with six bathrooms, roof terrace, a superbly equipped kitchen and large spacious rooms. Situated in the old Cumbrian market town of Brampton which has an array of shops, pubs and good restaurants and close to Hadrian’s Wall and the historic city of Carlisle. The Lake District, Eden Valley and Scottish Borders are all within easy reach.

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
Spacious Lounge: With three distinct areas, TV, DVD, i-Pod dock, gas fire and patio doors.
Very large kitchen: With range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, breakfast bar, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility/Drying room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.

Dining room: which is open to the kitchen.
Conservatory: With cane furniture and additional dining table.
Cloakroom: with WC.
Lower Ground Floor:
Heated swimming pool:
with seating area, Large Jacuzzi and changing room with shower.
Games room: with pool and table tennis table.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed, patio doors and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With double bed, patio doors and en-suite with bath, WC and wash basin. 

First Floor: Bedroom 3: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom 4: With double bed and patio doors to roof terrace.
Bedroom 5: With king size bed, dressing area, en-suite with shower, WC, bidet, basin and patio door to roof terrace.
Bathroom: With bath, bidet, WC and wash hand basin.

Second Floor: Bedroom 6: With twin beds and en-suite with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 7: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.  

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Lawn garden and roof terrace. Parking for 6 cars including 2 in the double garage. Families and couples only.

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£1775-£3570
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Rookery Ref: 298

Set within 3 acres of beautiful grounds, this comfortable south-facing holiday cottage has wonderful countryside views and a trout stream to the front and French doors leading from the living room out to the lawned garden with furniture. The cottage adjoins the owners’ 18th century country house on the edge of the peaceful village of Long Marton. Situated between the Lakes and the Pennines with walks from the front door, the market town of Appleby with its golf course, swimming pool and shops is only 3 miles away. Pub 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one leading from double).

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Private grounds and garden with furniture. Shared enclosed rear garden. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Access to the unfenced river is through a gate from the grounds.

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£197-£603
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Stag Cottage Ref: CC132122
Walkers of the Pennine Way will be familiar with the pretty village of Dufton and the Stag Inn at the heart of the village. Stag Cottage adjoins the Inn and both are owned by the same family. The delightful sandstone cottage has modern furnishings which compliment the features of this converted stable. The Inn itself is a traditional pub which dates back to the turn of the 18th Century, it is a Free House serving real ale with a reputation for good food, you can choose from the pub menu or a la carte, it also has the benefit of a beer garden. Dufton lies in the Eden Valley on the Western edge of the Pennine Hills, with an abundance of walks and cycle rides from the doorstep. The Lake District National Park is within 30 minutes drive and the Eden Valley is renowned for the fishing and peace and tranquillity. A five minute drive will take you into the historic market town of Appleby where you will find more amenities, including shops, restaurants and pubs.

Ground Floor: Heated by Oil central heating, the accommodation comprises:
Lounge/diner: With TV, DVD, and CD/radio.
Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge and microwave.

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

All fuel, bed linen and towels. No cot available as there is not enough room in the bedroom.Outside: Lawned garden looking towards the Pennine Hills with seating. Ample parking. Laundry facilities are available for a small charge.

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£320-£540
Shortlist
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This attractive detached barn conversion stands in a rural location adjacent to the owner’s home on the outskirts of the quaint, traditional market town of Alston, with its cobbled streets and historic charm situated in an AONB. The cosy living room with wood burning stove has a large, arched barn window with stunning views towards the fells. Retaining original beams and some exposed stone work the barn is an interesting mix of character and contemporary style. The location makes it a perfect place for exploring Cumbria, the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall. There are also countryside walks, golf course, cycling routes and fishing. Shops and pubs ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. One step up to dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite toilet. Beamed throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating , electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£273-£605
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Wayside Ref: 26622

This attractive, mid-terraced, former miner’s cottage stands in the centre of the small village of Nenthead in the rural North Pennines, an AONB. The C2C cycleway and a network of footpaths, including the Pennine Way, can be joined from the holiday cottage. There are mining attractions nearby and the market town of Alston (highest in England) is 5 miles. Enjoy the dramatic scenery of the North Pennines which leads on to The Lake District, Northumberland and The Yorkshire Dales. Shop and pub/restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with additional single futon (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fires in living room and kitchen included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in sitting-out area, 5 yards.

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£185-£541
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Excellent views with pub and shop within walking distance

This rural, 17th century, semi-detached stone cottage is situated in the North Pennines, an AONB. With stunning views and miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes, including the Coast to Coast route straight from the door. There are also golf courses nearby in Alston and Hexham. Approx an hour from the Northumberland National Park, Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Dales. Killhope Mine 3 miles. Alston, the highest market town in England, is nearby, with various shops, restaurants and pubs. Nenthead is 400 yards, with shop, pub (serving food). Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (restricted headroom, can be 6ft double on request) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity paid by honesty box. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD and large library. Small library of books. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden, furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking.

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£214-£576
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lovelady Shield comprises three, 5 star luxury holiday ’cottages’ situated around a delightful cobbled courtyard.
Located within the grounds of a superb Country House Hotel, 2 miles from Alston, the location is superb. Alston is often described as "in the middle of nowhere, but central for everywhere" lying high up in the north Pennine hills on the border of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria within easy reach of the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the historic cities of Carlisle and Durham. All three properties are luxuriously appointed to appeal to the most discerning customers and the experience of staying here is quite unique. The hotel facilities are available to guests staying in the cottages including free Wi-Fi, a first class restaurant, bar and lovely grounds. Food may be ordered from a bistro style menu and delivered to the cottage, or you may opt to have a casserole bubbling away in the oven for your arrival. A selection of reasonably priced wines are also available for consumption in the cottage. Ultimately you will enjoy the best of both worlds, your own self catering accommodation with restaurant facilities for that special treat. The area is truly tranquil with lovely views surrounding the grounds in a beautiful countryside setting surrounded by acres of farmland with numerous public footpaths for you to enjoy away from the crowds.
Situated on the ground floor of this superb barn conversion. Luxuriously appointed throughout including oak flooring, granite work surfaces and coordinated fabrics. Superb accommodation in a tranquil setting ideal fro a romantic retreat.
This property can be booked together with Clifton (132131) and Colleton House (132133) to accommodate up to 16 people.
 

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Open plan living space: With leather settees, Freeview sat TV, DVD and contemporary flame effect electric fire.
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With super King size bed which can be converted to twin beds (please request on booking).
Bedroom 2: With King size bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Shared use of hotel grounds with lawns and seating and bar and restaurant. Parking for 2 cars. 1 dog welcome.

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£400-£725
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
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Alocin Cottage Ref: 29630


Situated in the picturesque village of Melmerby, where the stream runs through the village green, this detached sandstone cottage has been converted from a former hayloft to offer well-equipped and comfortable holiday accommodation in the tranquil and unspoilt Eden Valley. Alocin Cottage is tucked away in a quiet corner of a peaceful caravan park which nestles at the foot of the Pennine Hills, where excellent walking and cycling starts from the doorstep. The Coast to Coast cycle route passes through the village and there is a pleasant walk along the River Eden to Long Meg Stone Circle. The market towns of Penrith, known as the gateway to the North Lakes, and Alston, the highest market town in England, are both 9 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

4 steps to entrance: Lower ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin on request), 1 single. Shower room with toilet and restricted head height. Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Freezer. Small patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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