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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
1
Pavey Ark Ref: E5212

This very spacious lakeland property occupies the most magnificent and enviable position above Bowness-on-Windermere, with lake views across Windermere from the vast living room and balcony. Its fantastic facilities include an indoor swimming pool with sitting area, dining area and shower room and toilet, sauna and TV/media room (and was once the temporary home from home of the Harry Potter stars and film crew). The sloping gardens feature three terraces with splendid views of the entire length of the lake, leading to 8 acres of private lakeland woodland which guests are welcome to enjoy. The delights of Bowness are within downhill walking distance and include good food pubs, restaurants, a variety of shops and galleries, hotel spa, Steam Boat Museum, cinema and of course Windermere with its steamers, boat hire and ferry. Numerous footpaths lead off to tracks around the lake and onto the fells. Should guests wish to explore further afield, Hawkshead, the home of Beatrix Potter, Kendal with museums and high street shopping, Ambleside through to Grasmere with the homes of William Wordsworth at the heart of the lakes, are approximately half an hour away.

Lower ground floor: TV/media room. 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with patio doors. Shower room with toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining room French doors. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory with breakfast area.

Gas flame effect fire in lliving room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. BT Vision TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Terraces and furniture. Balcony. Shared 8-acres of natural woodland. Parking. Indoor heated swimming pool and sauna (supervised children only) with sitting area, dining area and shower room and toilet. No children under 3 years.

WAS
NOW
£1861-£2410
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Bothy is part of Meadowcroft Cottages, a small cluster of cottages located in a quiet area to make a relaxing holiday at any time of year. Nestling at the end of a leafy lane, the bustling town of Bowness is a mere 15 minutes level walk and the public car ferry and launching area are close by, providing opportunities for exploring Hawkshead, Sawrey and Coniston.  The Bothy offers spacious accommodation for the larger party in pleasant, characterful surroundings, and with the emphasis very much on comfort.
This property can be booked together with Corner Cottage (128125), Cairn Cottage (128214) and Meadows End (128126) to accommodate up to 22 guests.

Ground Floor: The property has gas centrally heating and comprises:
Lounge/dining room: Spacious with coal effect gas fire, stripped pine doors, TV and dining table. 
Kitchen: With underfloor heating, electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Shower room: With shower and WC.

First Floor: Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, basin and shaver point.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and basin.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With full size bunk beds.

All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot.Lawned garden with furniture to the rear of the property, detached from the cottage providing a view of the lake. Parking for 2 cars.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Ideal touring location

Situated ½ mile from the shores of Lake Ullswater in superb surroundings. This working farm borders the River Eamont and is close to the craggy peaks of the lakeland fells. Fells nearby include the High Street range, 1 mile, and Helvellyn, 8 miles. Penrith, 6 miles. Windermere, 13 miles. Access is via a small, private holiday park under the same ownership. Good location for peace and quiet yet only 1/4 mile walk to Pooley Bridge with shops, pubs, cafes and steamer trips. Young children’s play area and small football pitch nearby. NP81 is adjacent to the owners quiet seasonal holiday park with no letting or sub letting.

2 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room with shower cubicle. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

NSH included. Tumble dryer. Garden with decking and furniture.

Both properties: Open fire in living room (available September-May, initial fuel included). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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£272-£934
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Milltop Cottage Ref: LE8

Home to breathtaking views, outstanding surrounding countryside and a relaxing ambiance, Milltop Cottage is a popular choice for visitors exploring this unique corner of England. In a rural hamlet just a mile and a half from the pubs and restaurants of Sedbergh, the cottage is full of charm and has been carefully furnished and presented. Sedbergh is situated in southwest Cumbria, England’s Lake District, and yet, is placed within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, enabling guests to enjoy the highlights and contrasts of these two very different, but equally stunning landscapes. Excellent access for walking and cycling in the Howgills. Shop 11/2 miles.

Living room with electric woodburner. Open-plan farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with sitting area. Utility. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Three single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. All bedrooms have low doorways.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Lawned garden with furniture and views towards the Howgills
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£413-£1049
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Meadows End is part of Meadowcroft Cottages, a small cluster of cottages located in a quiet area to make a relaxing holiday at any time of year. Nestling at the end of a leafy lane, the bustling town of Bowness is a mere 15 minutes level walk and the public car ferry and launching area are close by, providing opportunities for exploring Hawkshead, Sawrey and Coniston. Meadows End is furnished with a wealth of pine and pretty co-ordinating fabrics throughout to give a light feel to this deceptively spacious property. Mountain bike hire is available at this property.

This property can be booked together with Cairn Cottage (128214), Corner Cottage (128125) and The Bothy (128124) to accommodate up to 22 guests.

Ground Floor: Meadows End is furnished with a wealth of pine and pretty co-ordinating fabrics throughout to give a light feel to this deceptively spacious property. Laid out over three floors and having night storage and electric heating, Meadows End comprises:
Entrance hall.
Cloakroom: With WC.
Garage: With washing machine, fridge/freezer and dartboard.

First Floor: Lounge/dining room: Open plan room enjoying a woodland and garden view with TV, video, DVD player and recorder, CD/Hi-Fi Playstation 2 with games, a selection of books, videos, DVD’s, electric fire and dining area.
Kitchen: With electric oven/hob, microwave and fridge. Washing machine and fridge/freezer in garage.

Second Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, TV/DVD and hairdryer.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds, LCD TV/DVD and Playstation 2.
Bedroom 3: With full size beds - so plenty of choice for all the family.
Bathroom: Tiled with shower over bath, WC and basin.

All electric and bed linen included. Cot. Mountain bike hire is available at Meadows End - details are sent out with your confirmation.Garage and extra parking for 2 cars or a boat. Barbecue and garden furniture.

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£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Sycamore Tree Farm Ref: 25799

This 18th-century detached farmhouse is high on the Mallerstang Fell side with views over the Eden Valley. The Settle to Carlisle railway runs through Mallerstang which is higher up the fell. The holiday cottage is at the end of a private road and winds through a farm up towards the fells. An ideal spot for nature lovers and walkers with access to Wild Boar and the fells. The garden attracts a wealth of wildlife. Fishing, horse riding and golf available nearby. Shop 5 miles, pub 3 miles.

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

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room with patio doors. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one leading to a third double. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and convector heaters included May-August, £25 supplement September-April. Bed linen included. Travel cot. TV (for DVD only). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. One pet welcome (to be kept on lead - livestock). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in garden. Drops in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Mount Pleasant Ref: CC116122
Mount Pleasant is the pièce de résistance of our larger properties in the Northern Lakes. It’s got it all, location, views, south facing, the finest quality, space, garden and pub nearby. Renovated and luxuriously refurbished, including sumptuous carpets, bespoke hand built kitchen and stunning Victorian style family bathrooms, and  situated in the village of Threlkeld with views in every direction, from St Johns in the Vale and Cleugh Head to the front and the mighty Blencathra towering behind. Built from slate with a brown hue, mined locally and unique to Threlkeld, this impressive detached house enjoys the sun all day long and has phenomenal views from every room. There are two cracking pubs in the village, one with a restaurant and one serving bar meals. Keswick is 3 miles and access to the M6 is only 15 minutes drive. For those travelling on public transport there are regular buses from Penrith train station which drop you right outside the property, and continue in to Keswick.
If Mount Pleasant is not available for the week you want, you may want to look at Mary’s Cottage (CC111378), Marley’s Den (CC111286) or Tommy’s Cottage (CC111367).

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprising:

Dining/Kitchen: With limestone flooring, granite work surfaces, island unit, electric range cooker and gas hob, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, TV and dining area with large solid oak dining table and chairs and original old fashioned range.
Snug: With open fire, comfortable seating, games table and TV/DVD.
Utility/Drying room: With washer/dryer, sink, drying rack for walking gear, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Lounge: Spacious L shaped room with TV, DVD, CD/radio/i-Pod dock, gas stove and stunning views.
Bedroom 1: With solid brass king size bed, wardrobe, dressing table and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Victorian Style Family Bathroom: With cast iron roll top slipper bath, shower cubicle, high level flush WC and double wash basin.

Second Floor: Bedroom 2: With Scandinavian solid timber king size bed, wardrobe, dressing table, TV and en-suite shower, WC and  wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With Scandinavian solid timber twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table and TV.
Bedroom 4: With oak twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table and TV.
Victorian Style Bathroom: With cast iron roll top slipper bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available. Two dogs welcome.Outside: Patio style garden with veranda, terrace and garden furniture. Private parking for 4 cars and ample on street parking. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£790-£2605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Just 6 miles from Lake Windermere, Hazelwood Court offers 5 stylish self-contained holiday apartments, designed for comfortable accommodation with high ceilings, large windows, and well-proportioned rooms, all except Sheraton apartment offer en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms. This delightful country house is set in over 4 acres of carefully maintained, landscaped gardens and natural woodland, commanding breathtaking, panoramic views over the local golf course, Morecambe Bay and the rolling wooded and coastline beyond. Just 1 mile from the gardens, traffic-free promenade and award-winning shops of Grange-over-Sands, it is also only a short drive from Lake Windermere. There are plenty of places to eat out and lots of things to see and do in this area, including riding, golfing, watersports, walking, cycling, climbing and boat trips on the lake. Cartmel, 3 miles, the home of sticky toffee pudding and a nationally acclaimed restaurant, has a picturesque market square, racecourse and a 12th-century priory church. Spend the day in Ambleside, Coniston, Bowness or Hawkshead, all of which are within easy reach. Museums, galleries, studios, craft centres, zoos, aquariums, agricultural shows, equestrian events, sports and festivals all compete for your interest and attention. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

All on second floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Juliet balcony.

All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Wi-fi (in communal entrance hall). Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large shared garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared woodland grounds. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by adults. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden and rock face and fire escape behind building.

WAS
NOW
£308-£740
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Yew Tree Cottage Ref: 27823

An ideal setting for a Lakeland holiday

This charming detached cottage is set in its own private country garden. Full of character the cottage offers comfortable holiday accommodation in an excellent area. This is an ideal setting for a Lakeland holiday, the nearby hill, Whitbarrow Scar is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Kendal, offering a choice of inns, restaurants and shops, is just 7 miles away. Windermere, with boat trips and watersports is 12 miles. Discover the area around Ambleside by hiring bicycles, 15 miles, or visit the coast at Grange-over-Sands, 5 miles.
There are walks, villages with tea shops and restaurants within easy reach. Golf, fishing, sailing and riding all available in the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Beams throughout. Conservatory. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room, open fire in dining room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-local and emergency calls only. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£477-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
The Friary Ref: CC132166
This impressive Georgian country house offers extensive holiday accommodation and stands in it’s own gated grounds in the attractive, ancient market town of Appleby in Westmorland. The property has been totally refurbished to a very high standard retaining many of the original features, including an elegant staircase and traditional open fire. The grounds are mainly laid to lawn with an outdoor eating/BBQ area and hot tub. Just a five minute walk takes you down to the town centre. Appleby is built in the curve of the River Eden and is a traditional medieval town with the castle at the top of the hill sloping gently downhill to the church. This is one of the prettiest market towns in England and despite once being the county town of Westmorland it retains a village atmosphere with a great deal of interest and charm. Situated in the beautiful Eden Valley the location is superb for exploring the highlights of the North of England as it separates the Lakes District fells from the Pennines and also gives easy access to the Yorkshire and Durham Dales.The scenic Carlisle to Settle railway route runs through Appleby and makes a great day out. Further afield, the Northumberland National Park along with Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Border are within an hours drive. Superb walking, cycling, golf and fishing are all available near by. A good selection of shops and pubs 500 yards.

Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
Living room 1: spacious with wooden flooring, Gas log living flame fire in original fire surrounds, Satellite TV (full Sky package which includes Sky Sports and Sky Movies), DVD player, radio, CD player and iPod dock.
Dining room.
Kitchen: with electric range,(gas hob and electric oven) microwave, fridge with ice box, freezer and dishwasher, washer/dryer.
Living room 2: spacious with open fire in original fire surrounds.
Games room: with pool table and a selection of games.
Bedroom 1: with twin beds, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and WC.
external access to WC with wash basin.
Lovely feature Georgian staircase leading to...

First Floor: Bedroom 2: with 6ft bed, TV and en-suite (Jack and Jill style shared with the main house bathroom) with roll top bath, shower cubicle and WC.
Bedroom 3: with double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and WC.
Bedroom 4: with king size bed, double sofa bed for two
Bedroom 5: with twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and WC.
Bedroom 6: with twin beds and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 7: with king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bathroom 1: Jack and Jill style shared with bedroom 2 with roll top bath, shower cubicle and WC.

All gas, electric, fuel for open fire, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. No smoking.Large enclosed lawned garden with fountain. Patio area with garden furniture and BBQ. Bike/equipment store available. Hot tub available on request at an extra charge of £50 per booking - payable in advance. Ample parking for 7 cars. 2 dogs welcome. Please note: there is a water fountain in the garden - young children may require supervision. A refundable damage deposit of £250 is payable one week prior to arrival.

WAS
NOW
£1665-£2487
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Just 6 miles from Lake Windermere, Hazelwood Court offers 5 stylish self-contained holiday apartments, designed for comfortable accommodation with high ceilings, large windows, and well-proportioned rooms, all except Sheraton apartment offer en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms. This delightful country house is set in over 4 acres of carefully maintained, landscaped gardens and natural woodland, commanding breathtaking, panoramic views over the local golf course, Morecambe Bay and the rolling wooded and coastline beyond. Just 1 mile from the gardens, traffic-free promenade and award-winning shops of Grange-over-Sands, it is also only a short drive from Lake Windermere. There are plenty of places to eat out and lots of things to see and do in this area, including riding, golfing, watersports, walking, cycling, climbing and boat trips on the lake. Cartmel, 3 miles, the home of sticky toffee pudding and a nationally acclaimed restaurant, has a picturesque market square, racecourse and a 12th-century priory church. Spend the day in Ambleside, Coniston, Bowness or Hawkshead, all of which are within easy reach. Museums, galleries, studios, craft centres, zoos, aquariums, agricultural shows, equestrian events, sports and festivals all compete for your interest and attention. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Juliet balcony.

All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Wi-fi (in communal entrance hall). Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large shared garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared woodland grounds. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by adults. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden and rock face and fire escape behind building.

WAS
NOW
£315-£793
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Larches Ref: CC114132
The Larches is a four bedroomed detached cottage at Seldom Seen in Thornthwaite, a truly tranquil location. Surrounded by woodland on the slopes of Whinlatter forest the cottage is a perfect ’away from it all’ retreat with the delight of visiting red squirrels. It has the most fantastic summer house (or belvedere) with a deck at the top of its fellside garden, which has chairs, table and lighting. It has superb views across the Derwent marshes and to the distant fells. You can walk or cycle from the doorstep and sail on the lake at Bassenthwaite. There is an art gallery and coffee shop in the village and pubs, restaurants and a shop in the neighbouring village of Braithwaite and an abundance of amenities in nearby Keswick. The accommodation is upside down with the living space upstairs to benefit from the views towards Skiddaw and Clough Head. See the cottage’s website www.lakelandbelvedere.com for more fascinating details and photos.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Bedroom 1: With double bed and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.
Shower room: With shower and wash basin
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
Utility/drying: With washer/dryer, sink, radiator and clothes airer.

First Floor: Lounge/Dining area: 27ft long with fell views, TV, DVD, CD/radio, open fire and paintings by local artists.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave and Wi-Fi.
Bedroom 4: With 3/4 size bed and wash basin.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Owner will supply initial logs and coal but asks guests to replace as used. Internet access available. One dog welcome.Outside: Landscaped terraced garden with summerhouse and two patio areas with garden furniture and one BBQ space. On street parking. Storage for bikes in the garage.

WAS
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£480-£1140
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