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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
Brookfield Ref: 27130

Ideal location for touring the Lake District

Conveniently located in the hamlet of Torver, close to the village of Coniston, this delightful Lakeland bungalow has been completely renovated and attractively furnished to a very good standard, whilst retaining some of its original features with an Aga in the kitchen, lovely large living room with open fire and wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, and boasts an attractive garden. The Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam and Swirl How can be walked in a day and offers fantastic views. Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the walking, scrambling and climbing are absolutely superb. The Langdales are a little further away. The property is situated 5 miles from Ambleside, a mile from Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest behind you. The pretty village of Coniston is popular with hikers and rock climbers and is within walking distance. Visit John Ruskin’s former home, Brantwood, explore the Ruskin Museum or take a walk round the village church, his final resting place. Coniston Lake is ideal for kayaking and canoeing, or tour the lake on the steam yacht Gondola in the summer months. Windermere is a short ferry trip across the lake, and all the beautiful lakes can be reached along wonderful scenic drives. Shop and pub serving food 200 yards, restaurant 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), step down to one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Aga. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 2 steps front and back of property. Fenced river.

WAS
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£523-£1377
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Honeysuckle Cottage Ref: CC128165
Honeysuckle Cottage, oozing with character and charm, nestles peacefully in a quiet backwater of Bowness village, with a gentle stroll of a few minutes taking you to the many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars as well as to the shores of Windermere itself with its attractions. For the more energetic it is also minutes away from some superb walks including the famous Dales Way. The cottage itself is ideal for a stay at any time of the year, in winter it is cosy and welcoming with stripped pine throughout and feature fireplaces. In the summer the beautiful terraced garden is ideal for some outdoor living.

Ground Floor: The cottage is gas centrally heated and comprises:
Lounge: Cosy lounge looking onto terraced garden, TV, DVD Player and electric coal effect fire.
Dining room: With feature fireplace, stable-door leading to small yard area.
Kitchen: With oak units, equipped with double electric oven/gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Outhouse: With washer/dryer.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom.
Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with pine furniture and feature fireplace.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric, gas and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available. Wi-Fi available. Garden furniture. On street parking.

WAS
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£335-£595
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
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£415-£830
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Crakeld Holm enjoys a most picturesque location in the Eden Valley, which is on the eastern side of Cumbria, on the fringe of the Lake District. It nestles in an idyllic, scenic, rural setting overlooking the beautiful River Eden. It is renovated, furnished and presented to a high standard and is equipped with super-fast broadband with a wireless download speed in excess of 30Mb/s. The property was originally a sandstone bank barn dating from the 18th century but is now transformed into a fabulous detached four-bedroom house. Much of the original character has been retained, in particular the main entrance with its lovely sandstone archway which leads into the original upper hayloft. This is now a dramatic open-plan living area and kitchen with traditional slit windows, hefty timber beams and high ceiling. The room itself is a showstopper, only bettered by the wonderful southerly view from the French windows and balcony out over the river and viaduct beyond. 

Eden is a haven for peace, tranquillity and a vast variety of wildlife, perfect for ornithologists and country lovers. It is an outstanding area for walking, whether for a hike on the high open fells or a gentle riverside stroll. Cyclists will love the quiet country lanes and the C2C cycle route. Outdoor activities don’t stop here - why not try canoeing on Ullswater (10 miles), a spot of fishing on the doorstep for trout, salmon and grayling (by prior arrangement with the owners), pony trekking or golf in Penrith (6 miles). There are attractions for the whole family including a cruise on Ullswater, a ride on a restored railway high in the North Pennines, and even alpacas to meet! Surrounded by dramatic landscapes including Ullswater and the north eastern fells, it is also close to both the borders of Scotland and the Yorkshire Dales. This secluded and unspoilt destination will inspire, rejuvenate and refresh visitors at any time of the year. A lively calendar of events adds to a holiday here with festivals of all kinds, country and craft fairs, farmers’ markets, and traditional agricultural shows to name just a few. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Seven steps to main entrance at first floor (level side entrance): Entrance hall. Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, traditional slit windows, hefty timber beams, high ceiling, wooden floor, well-equipped kitchen area and French doors to balcony. Utility and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Ground floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity and full oil underfloor central heating included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Timber balcony with south-facing views
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband connection
  • Shared natural woodland
  • Barbecue
  • Fishing available by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: River in woodland

WAS
NOW
£657-£1904
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Sunset View Ref: E4107

In a peaceful location at the end of a quiet farm lane, these cottages enjoy views across open pastureland. Careful conversion of a Cumbrian sandstone stable block has preserved fine original features and the patio offers a haven for relaxation. The village of West Newton and the town of Aspatria are both about 1.5 miles away. The cottages lie 5 miles from sandy beaches and west Cumbrian coastline. Silloth (10 miles) a Victorian seaside resort has an excellent golf course. To the south lie the old shipping ports of Maryport and Whitehaven with marinas and museums. The Lake District town of Cockermouth 12 miles is easily accessible, as is Keswick, which can be reached via routes alongside Bassenthwaite Lake with its famous Osprey view point. Keswick is a shopping town with markets, as well as a lakeside theatre on Derwent Water, where boat trips can be taken. Easy access to Carlisle, and the myriad attractions, spectacular scenery and walking and cycle routes of the Lake District National Park, ensures that the cottages at Pasture Farm make an ideal holiday destination.

Ground floor: 1 step (ramp avail) down to kitchen with living area and French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with laminate floor and screened bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

T/cot. D/washer. Raised decked verandah and furniture.

All properties: Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. H/chair. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (£3 per wash, £3 per dry). Garden furniture. Parking.

WAS
NOW
£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Tower Cottage Ref: CC112120
A delightful character cottage lovingly restored by the owners, using traditional materials and complimented with quality furnishings, a modern well equipped kitchen and bathroom. Tower Cottage has a courtyard setting and is one of several cottages converted from the former grooms cottages of The Towers. Situated in the village of Portinscale, on the northern shores of Derwentwater, with restaurants, pub, tea room/shop and marina all in close proximity. There are lovely walks from the cottage, both around the lake and onto the fells and a footpath into Keswick.

Ground Floor: Property has night storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and wood burning stove (initial supply of fuel provided) in the original feature stone fireplace.
Kitchen/diner: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave.
Shower room: With shower, WC and wash basin.
Steep narrow staircase to the......

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and a glimpse of the lake.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.

All electric and bed linen included. Cot available. Two small/medium dogs or one large dog welcome.Outside: Seating area in the courtyard to the front of the cottage, rear yard and on street parking.

WAS
NOW
£320-£540
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Poet’s View Cottage Ref: CC121110
Situated in Huntings Stile this three bedroom cottage style apartment, formerly the ballroom of this much larger gentleman’s residence built for the grandson of William Wordsworth, has been transformed into an idyllic holiday retreat. Poet’s View Cottage has ample parking for two cars, a private lawned garden, a slate paved patio with a second patio giving magnificent uninterrupted views of the lake and surrounding hills and an ample supply of wrought iron garden furniture thoughtfully provided.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is heated by night storage heaters and provides:
Dining/kitchen: Having automatic washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, oven, hob and dining table.
Sitting room: In the lower level (down 4 steps) there is a sitting room with a natural wood floor and rugs, comfortable settees, video, TV, DVD and video, window seat with original panelled shutters giving wonderful views of the lake.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds, wardrobes, antique chests, beautifully decorated with matching wall coverings and bedding.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds, wardrobes and antique chests, beautifully decorated with matching wall coverings and bedding.
Bathroom: with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric, towels and bed linen are included. Cot and payphone available.Garden and patio with view of the lake. Private parking for 2 cars. Please note that due to lease restrictions we cannont accept more than 4 people at this property. This property has a private water supply.

WAS
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£600-£1840
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Gill Barn Ref: CC118146
A luxurious barn conversion extensively refurbished with a superb kitchen/diner, including granite work tops, oak doors and floors and extra shower room. Situated in the tiny hamlet of Butterwick, within a mile of Bampton which has a shop and a pub serving food. Butterwick is a particularly tranquil area of The Lakes with footpaths and bridleways leading from the doorstep. Ullswater is five miles and Haweswater three miles with walks directly onto High Street and Harter Fell.

Ground Floor: Gill Barn is heated by oil central heating and comprises:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with two sets of bunk beds (for flexibility of sleeping arrangements).
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail.
Shower room: With shower, WC and wash basin.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink.

First Floor: Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio player and wood burner (initial supply of logs).
Luxury Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.

All bed linen, oil and electric provided. Cot, highchair and payphone available. Internet access available.Enclosed rear garden with table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars. 2 pets welcome

WAS
NOW
£395-£725
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Beckend Barn Ref: CC119142
Beckend Barn, as the name suggests, is a barn conversion with the accommodation on the first floor. Situated in the hamlet of Millhouse, one mile from the village of Hesket New Market, a wonderfully peaceful corner of the Northern Lakes. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the area is great for either walking on the Caldbeck Fells or cycling the quiet country lanes. Hesket New Market is a mile away and has a village shop and the Old Crown Inn, a pub which is owned by the community and brews great beer.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With Freeview TV, DVD, Playstation 2, i-pod dock, dining table and chairs.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and basin.

All fuel, bed linen included. Cot and high chair available. Internet access availableOutside: Lawn garden with seating. Parking for 1 car. Bike storage.

WAS
NOW
£310-£540
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Arndale Cottage Ref: CC129317
Named after Arndale Beck which runs alongside the gardens and grounds this farmhouse has been renovated by the owners to an exceptionally high standard. Set in 1.5 acres of wild, unspoilt grounds, gardens and damson orchard it is an idyllic haven from noise despite being only 10 minutes drive from Windermere and Bowness and 15 minutes to Kendal. The beautiful, spacious kitchen makes this house ideal for large families or a gathering of friends. The grounds provide an ideal viewing for deer, hares, herons, buzzards and even brown trout in the stream. There are also numerous walks from the front door.

Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve is only a five minute walk away and is worth a visit to see the stunning bluebells carpeting the floor of the woodland and is home to the High Brown Fritillary butterfly, which is now very rare in the UK. Local award winning gastro pubs, the Masons Arms and the Punch Bowl are both within two miles of the property. The UK’s best restaurant as ranked by The Good Food Guide, L’Enclume is only eight miles.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and underfloor heating to kitchen and hall and comprises:
Main living room: with wood burner, TV, radio, MP3 connection and patio doors to a Sun room.
Small living room: with open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and games console Wii.
Kitchen: with slate floor, Belfast sink, dishwasher, microwave, Aga and American style fridge/freezer.
Utility room: with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Cloakroom: with WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
Bedroom 2: with 2ft 6" twin beds.
Bedroom 3: with 4ft 6" double bed.
Bedroom 4: with king size bed.
Bathroom: with WC, bath, large shower cubicle with double shower and wood flooring.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot, highchair and fireguard available. Internet access available and telephone for incoming calls only.Large garden set in 1.5 acres mostly wild and unspoilt. Rear terrace and garden seating for 8 people. Private parking for 3 cars. Please note: there is a small unfenced shallow stream and pond - care should be taken.

WAS
NOW
£655-£2165
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Surrounded by dramatic scenery

Featuring beams taken from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian Coast, this small group of holiday cottages at Birkerthwaite, a former 17th century Lakeland farmstead, lie at the end of an unmade track and are surrounded by tranquil moorland scenery and farmland. This is fantastic walking countryside and the elevated position gives views of Scafell and the Eskdale Valley, creating a unique atmosphere of tranquillity. Birkerthwaite Farmhouse (W43001) is a unique holiday property dating back to 1627 and has many original features, beamed ceilings, flagged floors and unusual oak wall cupboards built in the 1700’s. Comfortably furnished and with the benefit of an open fire and an Aga, the farmhouse is cosy and welcoming. Birkerthwaite Stable (W41477) is a single-storey converted stable with rustic charm heated by a log-burning stove. Birkerthwaite Barn (W41478) has a spacious kitchen/dining room, a galleried landing and a four poster bed. Birkerthwaite Cottage (W41479) has an upstairs open plan living area with wooden floors which opens onto a balcony overlooking gardens. Nearby attractions include Muncaster Castle and Hardknott Roman Fort, whilst the Langdale Pikes and Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere can be reached via a stunning drive over the Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes. A short drive away is Wast Water; to the west are sandy beaches. Alternatively take the steam train from Ravenglass. Shop 3 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (timed use October-May). Electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£352-£647
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

A charming detached stone-built holiday cottage, stylishly furnished, at the edge of the beautiful Lythe Valley only 10 miles from Bowness and Windermere. There are walks from the door and many cycle paths nearby, making this a superb base. At the northern end of Lake Windermere lies Ambleside and the magnificent Langdale Pikes, whilst the lake itself offers water-sports and boat trips. The area is rich in historic houses and gardens with Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall and Levens Hall all within a short drive. Other attractions include the Aquarium of the Lakes, the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and the Lakeside to Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Shop 3 miles, pub 100 yards.

Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Single bedroom.

  • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
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