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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Cunsey Lodge Ref: LO9

Set in a magnificent elevated position backing onto woodland with open views towards Lake Windermere, this superb detached holiday home is just a half mile walk from the shore. Built in 2010, incorporating under-floor heating with ground source heat pump, a wood-burning stove, an en-suite to each bedroom and spacious living areas, it makes an excellent base to explore the Central Lake District. Forming part of the Graythwaite Estate, guests are free to roam the estate which has lake frontage; 1½ miles away there is a 2½ acre stocked lake, providing fly fishing (at cost), an indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness suite (at cost), dedicated children’s play area, table tennis and bike hire. Beautiful walks stretch in every direction from the door towards Grizedale, and near Sawrey where Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm is located, the very cottage where she was inspired to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck. At Hawkshead, 4 miles, there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings. The ferry at Sawrey takes cars across Lake Windermere to Bowness where there are a multitude of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, water-sports of every description and cruisers for trips on the Lake. Graythwaite Hall itself has lovely gardens open from springtime to autumn and there are many other fascinating country houses, gardens and castles within a 10 mile drive, such as Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and grounds, Levens Hall and gardens, Townend Hall and Holehire Gardens. Just north of Ambleside lies Grasmere with a beautiful smaller lake, also the cottage and museum of the famous poet who loved the Lake District so much and brought it to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth. Shop 1½ miles.

Spacious open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, dining room and large well-equipped kitchen. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire £2 per person
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two digital TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Private grounds with courtyard and furniture
  • Shared use of Graythwaite Farm grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 16ft, open 8.45am - 7.45pm) with shower and changing facilities
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£2047-£2047
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Church Walk Cottage Ref: CC129298
Nestling in the shadow of the ancient parish church of Kendal, Church Walk Cottage enjoys an enviable position close to riverside walks and the centre of this popular Auld Grey Town. Kendal has a vast array of attractions for the first time or returning visitor including Kendal Castle, the former home of Katherine Parr and a delightful shopping area, pedestrianised to create a traffic free shopping experience, boasting cobbled streets lined with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and cafes. Only 10 minutes from the M6, Kendal, known as ’gateway’ to the Lakes, is ideally situated for exploring Southern Lakeland and the Yorkshire Dales.
This quintessential character property offers delightful accommodation for the smaller party with original features of flagged floors and feature fireplaces combined with modern day kitchen and bathroom. The seating area to the front is perfect for enjoying meals al fresco when our weather will allow whilst listening to the Ring O Bells (also the name of the nearby pub) just along the way. Your dog is welcome to join you here at Church Walk Cottage.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
Kitchen/diner: With gas fire place and a mix of wood and flagged flooring, Belfast sink, fridge, freezer, microwave, electric oven, gas hob and washer/dryer.
Lounge: With French doors to the small rear courtyard.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Spacious double with wood floors and feature fireplace.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower attachment over the bath, wash basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet connection.Outside: Parking via permit for one car on nearby car park. Front and rear courtyard with furniture provided.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Shepherds Fold Ref: CC123201
Occupying an enviable position in one of the oldest parts of Ambleside, Shepherd’s Fold is the quintessential Lakeland cottage, perfect for your self catering holiday. A short stroll down Peggy Hill brings you to all the attractions of the popular village and the many retail outlets who cater well for lovers of the outdoors. Foodies are also well looked after, with a good Spar, Tesco and Co Op or for those who prefer to eat out whilst on holiday, why not try The Priest Hole, Lucy’s, The Log House or even one of the traditional pubs, most of which serve good food all day long.
Shepherd’s Fold ticks all the boxes in terms of both character and charm, with traditional Lakeland porch, flagged floors, oak beams and a gas coal effect stove. The open plan lounge/dining room has the stove and beams as the main focus although the window seats and bench seating in the covered porch are certain to be well utilised, whatever the weather. The sun room, just off the staircase opens onto a cottage style garden, just the spot for an afternoon ’feet up’ and pre dinner drink.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance porch with bench seating leading to...
Lounge/Dining: With part flagged flooring, coal effect stove, TV and DVD.
Kitchen: With flagged floor, electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
Sun Room: Accessed up a few steps with comfy seating and direct access to the garden.

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

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available.Terraced cottage garden with furniture provided. Lockable shed available for bike storage. Parking via permit on nearby car park.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Greystones Ref: CC127104
Greystones is a detached bungalow set in its own delightful and mature sheltered gardens which circumscribe the property and offer seclusion for lazy days. This highly esteemed residential area is well maintained with no passing traffic, Greystones is carefully prepared with comfortable furniture giving a relaxing and homely ambience much appreciated by all our clients. Situated on the northern fringe of the village, an ideal base to explore the Lake District at any time of the year.

Ground Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With views over the garden, TV, Hi-Fi, video, CD player and log effect electric fire.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dining table.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available. One well behaved pet welcome (no bigger than a Spaniel).The property has an integral garage, garden furniture, ample parking and a private garden.

WAS
NOW
£415-£830
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.

WAS
NOW
£514-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Newtown House is part of Muncaster Estates, which includes the historic 12th century Muncaster Castle and beautiful grounds, owned by the Pennington family for the past 8 centuries. This imposing property adjoins Knotts View, and is 1/2 mile from Herbert House, the 3 properties may be let seperately or together for up to 32 people. Newtown House and Knott View are set in over an acre of grounds with lawns and seating and Newton House has views across the Irish Sea. Situated 1/2 mile from Ravenglass, a pretty fishing village on the Cumbrian Coast, with sandstone houses, pubs, hotels, shops and cafes. The Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway operates from the village station and travels along the Eskdale valley. Wast Water, England’s deepest lake, Sca Fell our highest mountain and the beautiful Wasdale and Eskdale valleys are all near by and offer great walking. Guests are offered a 50% discount off the entry fee to Muncaster Castle and a 10% discount off meals at the Pennington Hotel.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With LCD TV, DVD, CD radio and open fire.
Dining Room:
Kitchen: With gas range cooker, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility Room: With fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble drier.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4 poster bed, chair bed and en suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en suite shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (can convert to king size bed, request at booking) and single bed.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
 

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. 2 dogs welcome.Outside: Lawned garden with views, quality garden furniture and BBQ. Ample parking for cars and boats.

WAS
NOW
£575-£1640
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Row Moor Farm is situated close to both Cockermouth and Maryport, between the Lake District Fells and the Solway Coast. Each of which are within a few minutes drive. You may enjoy gentle walks along the beach or choose more strenuous mountain walks. Cockermouth is famous as the birth place for William Wordsworth but has many other attractions, including The Sheep and Wool Centre, numerous art galleries, the Kirkgate Arts Centre and a good selection of Restaurants, Shops and Pubs. At Maryport there is the Harbour, Maritime museum and Aquarium of the Lakes. The border City of Carlisle is within 30 minutes drive. Barn Cottage and Loft Cottage are adjoining each other on a working farm, next to the owners house. They may be let separately or together for up to 11 people.

Ground Floor: Heated by oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises:
Lounge/diner: With colour TV, DVD, video, CD radio, electric stove and patio doors.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Bedroom 1: Single bedroom.
Shower Room: Disabled friendly wet room with shower, WC and wash hand basin.

First Floor: Sunroom: With bed settee (linen provided), Colour TV, DVD and views. Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with feature stone wall and original loft window and en suite Shower, WC and wash hand basin.
Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash hand basin.

Oil fired Central heating, all fuel, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot, highchair and stairgate available.Outside, patio areas and garden furniture. Ample parking. Barn Cottage and Loft Cottage (CC143118) maybe let separately or together for up to 11 people.

WAS
NOW
£395-£725
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
The Hempel Ref: CC129322
This fantastic luxury house is set in Lakeside, only a stones’ throw from Lake Windermere. The house is in a great location and at the bottom of the garden, the Hatherthwaite Steam Railway runs. Great walks start here, going to Finsthwaite and High Dam on various routes. The pub and restaurant are well within walking distance. The famous village of Cartmel is only a short drive away and you can also visit the Lakeland Car Museum which is just up the road. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is about 9.8 miles long, so there is so much to do that you are spoilt for choice. There is a YMCA outward bound centre around the corner for those interested in adventure. The Hempel is located in this peaceful hamlet of Lakeside making it the perfect place to relax and chill whilst being a very short distance to the Lakes.

Ground Floor: The property has underfloor oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: Spacious with wood floor, multi fuel burner, patio doors and 40" Sky TV.
Dining room: Spacious with wood floor and patio doors.
Kitchen: Spacious with slate floor, breakfast area, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Second lounge.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Cloakroom: With WC.
Bedroom 1: With single bed and en-suite wet room with WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With super king size bed, TV and en-suite shower and WC.
Bedroom 3: With zip and link super king size bed and en-suite shower with WC.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Bathroom: With bath and WC.

All power, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for multi fuel stove provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Bike storage available. Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace and garden furniture. Landscaped grounds. Parking for two cars and additional on street parking for one car. Please note: there are several steps and unfenced stream and pond within the garden and grounds.

WAS
NOW
£1770-£1840
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Set in a peaceful farming hamlet close to Talkin Tarn, this very attractive and cosy cottage has been converted from former farm buildings. One of a little row , with its own small garden and patio, it has been very comfortably furnished and equipped throughout. Hadrian’s Wall, southern Scotland and the North Pennines are all within easy reach. Brampton (2 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants. Good walking in the area. Golf, fishing and sailing 1 mile. Riding locally. Historic Carlisle 11 miles. Shops 2 miles.

Attractive, beamed sitting-room with large feature window and ‘living-flame’ gas fire. Kitchen with door to garden. Staircase to galleried floor with dining area and short flight of stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • ‘Living-flame’ gas fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small garden with patio
  • Ample parking

WAS
NOW
£220-£678
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

WAS
NOW
£164-£436
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Skiddaw View Ref: W41342

Superb views

A haven for sports enthusiasts, this well appointed first and second floor holiday apartment in the heart of Keswick provides perfect access to the activities on Derwent Water and the surrounding fells. All the bedrooms are at the back of the apartment giving superb fell views over the rooftops. Peaks such as Skiddaw and Blencathra are very close and Scafell, Bowfell and The Langdales just half an hour’s journey away. Spectacular scenery is in every direction and a leisurely drive over the nearby Whinlatter Pass will bring you to the more tranquil lakes of Loweswater and Buttermere. Keswick itself offers the delights of numerous tea shops, bars and restaurants as well as unique shopping in the many boutiques. Shop and restaurant 10 yards, pub 20 yards.

First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£344-£810
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Todd Crag Ref: CC123262
Todd Crag is a super, contemporary second floor apartment sitting above the ‘The Mountain Factor’ in the very heart of Ambleside. The central location makes for a very convenient base with many year round attractions and wonderful walking right on your doorstep resulting in little or no need to use the car. Visit the experienced team in The Mountain Factor for an up to date weather forecast and the very latest ranges walking and climbing gear. Ambleside caters well for the self catering guest, the village having two good butchers, bakers , several mini supermarkets and of course some excellent restaurants to suit all palates and pockets.
Todd Crag is a light and airy apartment offering stylish accommodation for one or two couples with some delightful features including a warming wood burning stove, original Lakeland artwork and a super feature wall papered with a local OS map centered around the property, perfect for planning your routes for the week. Two spacious bedrooms are dressed in a muted colour scheme of Farrow and Ball with pale furnishings and quality linens, the master offering great views across St. Mary’s spire to the fells beyond from the window seat.

Ground Floor: Todd Crag is reach by 2 flights on internal stairs, has electric heating and briefly comprises:
Living/dining space: with comfy seating arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), Smart TV.
Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box, microwave and washing machine.
Shower room: with shower cubicle, handbasin and WC.
Bedroom 1:
Double bedroom with furnishings.
Bedroom 2: King size bedroom with stylish furnishings and good views across the village.

All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Free wireless broadband access available. Sorry, no cot available.Parking via permit for 1 vehicle on nearby car park which can also be utilised on several other car parks throughout South Lakeland.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
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