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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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Bield Ref: CC111260
This duplex apartment is situated on the second and third floors above the Rohan Shop in Keswick town centre, with the benefit of having all amenities literally on the doorstep and private parking right outside the property which is rare in the town centre.
There is so much to do in and around Keswick your car need not move from its parking space, with parks, a leisure pool, boating on the lake, a climbing wall, bike hire, museums and most of all the spectacular walks in all directions.
The Bield has the benefit of some lovely rooftop fell views, particularly from the third floor and provides very spacious accommodation to relax after a hard days walking or biking, with an array of places to eat and drink within a few yards.

Second Floor: The property is heated by gas central heating and comprises of:
Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD, CD radio, gas fire and rooftop views to Catbells.
Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave. Freezer under the stairs.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
 

Third Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
Bedroom 2: Double bedroom.
Bedroom 3: Bunk bedroom.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available.Private parking for 2 cars.

WAS
NOW
£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Ghyll Close Ref: CC127227
A mere three miles to the south of Windermere, Ings is a great location for enjoying a relaxing trip to the Lakes; close enough to enjoy the more popular tourist hotspots of Bowness and Ambleside but far enough away to benefit from the peace and quiet of a semi rural location. The quaint hamlet of Ings has good facilities, a local shop, garage and award winning pet friendly country pub, The Watermill, as well as some wonderful walking and cycling into the Kentmere Valley.
Ghyll Close is a comfortable, modern home, spacious for six with two seating areas arranged around the wood burning stoves. Both rooms look out over the green gardens, ideal for holidaying outdoors whenever the weather will allow. Perfect for couples and families alike. Ghyll Close is particularly suitable for those with mobility difficulties as it offers a spacious king size bedroom and bathroom accommodation on the ground floor.

Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Entrance hall leading to....
Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
Kitchen: With electric double oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine.
Dining room: With wood burning stove and doors out onto the patio area.
Lounge room: Again with door to the garden, multi-fuel stove and TV/DVD.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed with wooden floor.

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

All fuel, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Fuel for fires available locally.Outside: large gardens with furniture provided. Wi-Fi internet access available.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Holborn House Ref: CC128147
Tucked away up a quiet side road from the main thoroughfare of Bowness and only two minutes walk into this popular holiday resort, Holborn House is also located  just a stones throw away from Biskey Howe with its spectacular views of Lake Windermere and surrounding fells and is an ideal spot for our holidaymakers. Handy for shops, restaurants and local attractions, all you need is within easy walking distance and, with private, off road parking, there is little need to use your car. Furnished in typical cottage style, Holborn House has all the essential items for your comfort and convenience and the two en-suite bathrooms are an added bonus, particularly for two couples wishing to holiday together. The décor is light and airy with pretty, co-ordinating fabrics and linens.

Ground Floor: Holborn House is gas centrally heated and comprises:
Lounge/dining area: With a wood burning stove, Freeview TV, DVD, i-Pod docking station and CD/Hi-Fi.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge and microwave.
Utility area: Located off the stairway housing a washing machine.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with LCD Freeview TV and en-suite with shower, hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with LCD Freeview TV/DVD and en-suite with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.There is a private parking space to the front of the property.

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Stonefold Cottage Ref: W4359

Panoramic views

This detached barn conversion is full of ’olde worlde’ character, with exposed oak beams, yet with all modern day comforts. It is situated on the hillside, a mile from the village of Waberthwaite, in the south-west corner of the Lake District National Park. Its elevated position provides panoramic views over the Lakeland Fells and the Irish Sea. Holidaymakers can enjoy sitting on the patio area and watching the sunset behind the Isle of Man. An excellent area for walking, cycling and visiting attractions in the area, from the Bird of Prey Centre and gardens at Muncaster Castle, to a ride on the miniature railway at Ravenglass. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/kitchen. Dining room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite toilet, 1 twin, each with beams.

First £5 electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There is a stream at this property.

WAS
NOW
£226-£618
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Littlecroft Ref: CC127194
Only seconds walk from a host of restaurants, shops, bars and even the train station, Littlecroft is in an ideal location, in a relatively level area of the village and is therefore suitable for guests of all ages. Lakeland, the now world famous kitchenware store, is a favourite haunt of locals and visitors alike and is only minutes away from the cottage, as is a cycle hire shop for those more energetic amongst you - Littlecroft has a bike store to secure these or why not bring your own? This area of Lakeland has some fabulous cycle routes, including Grizedale Forest, reached via the car ferry at Bowness one of the best in the north of England.
Having undergone a full refurbishment in, Littlecroft is now a stylish, contemporary cottage sitting amongst a terrace of similar Lakeland stone properties. Careful planning has ensured that the cottage has retained a good deal of light in every room and, married with a clever choice of light furniture, with the odd splash of primary colour, Littlecroft wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of any home design catalogue! Two double bedrooms make Littlecroft an ideal choice for two couples or, if you are a couple with two children, the lower ground floor TV room also has a sofa bed for occasional use. The two parking permits provided are also a huge benefit to visitors, given the popularity of this part of the Lakes.

Ground Floor: Littlecroft has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance leading to...
Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel available locally), flat screen TV, DVD, video, CD/Hi-Fi, i-Pod dock and sumptuous leather sofas.
Kitchen/diner: With slate floor, gas range, cooker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.
Door leading to courtyard.
Lower Ground Floor:
Snug: with combi TV/DVD and sofa bed seating which may be used for alternative sleeping arrangements - not an extra person. (please bring your own linen).  

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed with crisp linens, co-ordinating oak furniture and flat screen TV.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and fitted furnishings.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.  

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot or high chair available. One well behaved pet welcome. Wi-fi availableOutside: Rear courtyard with furniture and BBQ provided. Lockable store available for bikes. Parking on street via residents permit with the benefit of a further permit for use on a nearby car park.  1 small pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Chapel Cottage Ref: B6097

This well-appointed holiday cottage (left in photo) is set in the Lakeland village of Blawith, with excellent views over the fields to the Coniston Fells. It is over 300 years old and has been carefully converted to retain its character, with a wealth of beams, Lakeland slate floors, welcoming open fires and a bottle of wine on arrival. To the north is Coniston Lake, 1 mile, whilst the market town of Ulverston is to the south. Well situated for walking, mountain biking and water sports. Horse riding and fishing available locally. Shop 3 miles pub, 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Landscaped gardens and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. NB: Slate staircase unsuitable for children and the infirm.

WAS
NOW
£220-£637
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
 Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Until recently Ladstock Hall was a very grand country house hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it has now been converted into several apartments and cottages the standard of which is excellent.
No. 3 is a spacious 1 bedroom "cottage" which is furnished in a traditional style using superb quality modern furnishings with excellent facilities and equipment. It also benefits from a separate locked store for bikes etc. This area is great for mountain biking in Whinlatter Forest,  walking on the surrounding fells and sailing or fishing on the lake. There is a bridleway immediately behind Ladstock Hall where you can walk to Braithwaite, a little over half a mile, which has a village shop, restaurant and 2 pubs each serving good food and real ale.

Ground Floor: Heated by oil central heating the accommodation comprises:-
Lounge: With LCD TV, DVD, video, CD/radio, electric flame effect fire, leather suite and views towards Skiddaw.
Dining/Kitchen; With electric range cooker, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and patio doors.

First Floor: Master bedroom: With delightful views, TV, king size bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Bathroom; With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-Fi. Patio area with furniture. Shared use of the large sharedl gardens. Rear access on to bridal way. Parking for 2 cars. NB: No cot is available as the property is not suitable for babies or children. There are significant drops within the grounds of the property.

WAS
NOW
£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

This charming Grade II listed house is situated in the peaceful village of Sockbridge, ideally situated for exploring the northern lakes and fells, just 2½ miles from Ullswater and 15 miles from Keswick. Formerly part of the small estate once owned by Wordsworth’s grandfather, this holiday property is light, warm and spacious, and retains many original features. There are several pleasant walks to be enjoyed across the fields and along the river directly from the house. Nearby, across a quiet no-through-road, is a completed children’s play area. The market town of Penrith, with its variety of shopping facilities, is only 3 miles away at Junction 40 of the M6. Shops 2 miles.

Large sitting room with wood-burning stove and rug on oak floor. Spacious well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen. Utility. Cloakroom/toilet. Garden room with French doors to patio and terraced garden. Oak stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with double aspect and en-suite shower room. Large twin bedroom with bay window and views towards fells. Single bedroom with feature stone wall. Bathroom and toilet with arrow-slit windows. Oak floors to bedrooms and rugs throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Terraced garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£423-£1199
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

This delightfully situated traditional Lakeland cottage, adjoining the owner’s property, is set in the peaceful hamlet of Bowscale, between Mosedale and Mungrisdale in the Upper Caldew Valley, a quiet unspoilt area in the lee of the Lakeland mountains, Skiddaw and Blencathra. This is John Peel country, providing wonderful walking in the immediate locality and the Lakes generally. Golf, fishing and riding are all available. An excellent holiday base for touring the Lake District National Park (Keswick 11 miles), with all of the Lakes within easy reach, the Eden Valley (Penrith 12 miles) and the Border Country with Hadrian’s Wall. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

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

Storage heaters and electricity included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and seat.

WAS
NOW
£398-£398
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Holly House Ref: 17393

This charming, spacious village house has been totally refurbished and provides an excellent standard of holiday accommodation in the heart of the attractive lakeside village of Pooley Bridge, adjoining the owner’s other property. Well-equipped and comfortably furnished, it has five en-suite bedrooms and will equally suit couples or family groups. Enjoy being close to all the village amenities with the added bonus of having a peaceful large garden to the rear of the property with views across open fields. Just a short walk will take you to the shore of Ullswater where there are all year round regular steamers travelling the sinuous length of the lake, calling at Howton on the way south to Glenridding. Water sports, cycling and walking are all popular activities and whichever you choose you’ll be amazed by the spectacular scenery which Wordsworth called ‘the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur’. South of the lake you can drive over the scenic Kirkstone Pass which takes you down into the popular village of Ambleside and on to Windermere. The traditional market town of Penrith with a good variety of shops, pubs and restaurants is 6 miles. Shops and pubs 30 metres.

Lower ground floor: Utility room with toilet. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Half landing: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 4 steps to 1 double (5ft) with shower in room and en-suite toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in utility room. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Large garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 6 years. NB: There are 3 steps to sitting-out area and 5 steps to garden.

WAS
NOW
£886-£1925
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Manesty Ref: CC112100
Occupying an elevated position in a small private cul-de-sac in Applethwaite, 1 mile north of Keswick. Applethwaite is an ideal location for those looking for a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the main towns in the Lakes, but with easy access to Keswick with all its attractions. This three bedroomed bungalow boasts magnificent views towards Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Fells, which can be enjoyed from the lounge or the garden.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is oil centrally heated, double glazed and comprises:
Lounge: Bay window with superb views towards the lake and fells, TV, DVD and CD/radio/cassette player.
Dining room: With hatch to the kitchen.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
Utility room: With washer/dryer and is ideal for storing mountain bikes etc.
Bedroom 1: with double bed and views to Bassenthwaite Fells.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
Bedroom 3: Small double bedroom with views to Bassenthwaite Fells.
Shower room: With large shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Cloakroom: with WC.

All oil, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Rear private garden with furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Maximum of 2 small dogs allowed. Please note that the neighbouring property Merlstead has access over the driveway.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Leatheswater Ref: LXB

Close to the shores of Thirlmere lake and nestling at the foot of the magnificent Helvellyn, this first floor holiday apartment forms part of an elegant country house hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it enjoys stunning views of beautifully landscaped, mature gardens and the lake, and has been designed and furnished to a very high standard. Within the Lake District National Park are Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Shepherd’s Crag, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum and Hardknott Castle. Good walking abounds with gentle lakeside walks and more strenuous walks - notably Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Lake Windermere offers boat trips and good shops; Keswick (6 miles) has tennis, riding, golf and fishing; sailing on Lake Bassenthwaite. Restaurant on site and good pub nearby.

Entrance to first floor: Living/dining room with modern fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Hotel laundry service (at cost)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone by meter
  • Large shared garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking
  • Lake fishing available (permit required)
  • Shared drying room (for boots etc)
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No children
  • NB: Lake, with walk, 33 yards from property

WAS
NOW
£291-£643
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