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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
Esthwaite Ref: CC127166
Esthwaite takes its name from the freshwater Lake near Hawkshead, famous for its trout fishing, one of a host of Lakeland waters available to holiday makers who enjoy the traditional sport, Esthwaite, the cottage, however, is in Windermere, tucked behind the main thoroughfare only a short stroll to a wide range of amenities in both this village and neighbouring Bowness.
A modern take on a traditional stone built cottage, Esthwaite is an end terrace, built on three floors and is comfortably furnished in a fairly contemporary style. The two bathrooms with bath or shower are sure to be put to good use after a days walking on the fells followed perhaps by a drink outside in the small seating area.

Ground Floor: Esthwaite has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance into hallway leading to...
Open plan lounge and kitchen/diner: With TV, basic Sky package, DVD player and CD/Hi-Fi.
Kitchen: with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher and has access to the small seating area.
Useful under-stairs cupboard.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With full size bunk beds.
Shower room: With shower, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Second Floor: Open plan with no doors...
Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with en-suite bath, WC and hand basin.

All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Cot and highchair available.Small seating area to the rear with furniture provided. Parking on street via residents permit.

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£370-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Irton Hall is a stunning holiday location with impressive history, set in the foothills of the Western fells of the Lake District between Wasdale and Eskdale. Parts of the magnificent hall, such as the Pele Tower, date from the 14th century. The Pele Tower (ref 25366) creates a totally unique holiday venue on four floors featuring spacious rooms with beams, sandstone walls and an original stone spiral staircase from top to bottom of the tower. The third floor family bedroom and en-suite are accessed via this spiral staircase; the other floors have additional standard staircase access, whilst the first floor living room has a leisure area with pool table. Broughton House (ref 24374) forms the west wing of Irton Hall, where spacious elegant rooms, chandeliers and a grand staircase with stained glass windows make this a dream holiday venue. A pool table in the living room and wi-fi access enhance the excellent facilities available. The Clock Tower (ref 24587) is a wonderful original stone detached building behind the main hall with a modern interior, including 4 shower rooms and a spacious family living area with patio doors opening onto a private decked area. Set beside the main hall, Lamplugh (ref 25507) is a delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage with spacious rooms looking out over grounds, having its own private sitting-out area and freedom to roam the nature trails within the woods. Lingard Cottage (ref 26257) is a semi-detached cottage to the side of the main hall and has its own entrance hall and French doors to sitting-out area. Ormondroyd Cottage (ref 26258) is also a semi-detached cottage to the side of the main hall with its own entrance hall and French doors from the living room to a small balcony overlooking open countryside.
Both Oliver Cromwell and Henry VI visited the hall, although it is reputed that Henry VI was refused entry and spent the night under the 1000 year old oak tree in front of the house, known as ‘The King’s Oak’.
Surrounded by 19 acres of natural parkland where children can play to their hearts’ content and guests may wander and explore the natural habitats of abundant wildlife in the grounds. A short drive will bring you to wide sandy beaches, the Eskdale miniature steam railway at Ravenglass and Muncaster Castle and Gardens which also house the unique International Owl Sanctuary. The Langdales are to the east, accessed via the Hard Knott Pass and Wrynose Pass, whilst Wasdale and Wastwater with their amazing views of Great Gable and Scafell Pike are 5 miles away. Ideally situated at the heart of the western Lake District, many lakes are within easy reach such as Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere, whether to stroll along the banks and watch the reflection of the drifting clouds in the Lakes, or expend some energy climbing the rugged hills to admire the stunning views from the top - the choices are endless. The historic port and marina of Whitehaven which hosts the Tall Ships Race every two years is 14 miles, with shops, restaurants, museums and many holiday activities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: Living/games room with beams. Second floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams. 5 steps to living room with beams. 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 double (5ft) with additional double sofa bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, steps to 1 double with two additional singles. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep spiral stone stairs to third floor: 1 double bedroom (4ft) with two additional singles (3ft 6in) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Some bedrooms have low beams and sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating (on timer) included, (£10 per day May-September, by arrangement). Gas included. Travel cot. Two satellite TVs. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. Ample parking. Pool table (in living/games room). Friday to Friday. NB: Steep spiral stairs in property.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. 19-acre shared lawned parkland and natural woodland. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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£1400-£2663
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Hey Down Ref: CC111345
This delightful cottage occupies a prime position for families visiting Keswick, across the road from Fitz Park and 400 yards from the town centre and leisure pool. Hay Down is a traditional Lakeland stone cottage, which is spacious, well furnished and equipped and has the bonus of a private parking space and patio area. Keswick is the perfect base for both walkers and for those who have just come too ’see the sights’ and enjoy the spectacular scenery. This lively town has great restaurants to suit all tastes, pubs, shops, galleries and visitor attractions, not to mention the mountains rising up in every direction

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV and open fire (fuel not provided).
Dining Room.
Kitchen: With gas cooker, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With single bed.
Bathroom: With power shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All gas, electric, bed linen and broadband internet access provided. Cot available.Outside: Paved courtyard with table and chairs. Parking for 1 car. For guests with allergies please be aware the owners do bring their dog when they stay.

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£370-£675
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Brantfell Cottage Ref: CC128111
Tucked away in a peaceful, elevated position above Bowness Village at the start of the famous Dalesway, and with many local walks from the door, the cottage offers cosy, comfortable accommodation. It is in an ideal location, away from the crowds but within a five minute stroll to the centre of the village, lakeshore and steamers.

Ground Floor: The gas centrally heated and double glazed  accommodation comprises:
Lounge: Overlooking enclosed garden with electric fire, TV, DVD and CD with iPod dock.
Kitchen: With table and chairs, gas hob, electric oven, washing machine, microwave and fridge/freezer.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with oak furniture and adjoining door to bathroom.
Bedroom 2: Small twin bedroom (2’6" beds, suitable for children) with adjoining door to bathroom.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available.Sunny rear garden with garden furniture and barbecue provided. Parking for 2 cars.

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£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Chapel Barn Ref: 26111

This delightful, quirky barn conversion is bright and welcoming, and combines contemporary style with traditional features. The holiday home is situated in the picturesque village of Orton with a monthly farmers’ market, shop, pub, chocolate factory, café and deli with crafts. The village lies between the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley, making it an ideal touring base. Wainwright’s ’Coast to Coast’ walk passes through the village, with numerous footpaths and cycle routes meandering through beautiful surrounding countryside. Shop and pub 400 yards.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request). Shower room with toilet. 7 steps up to mezzanine: Seating area with French doors. 4 steps to first floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Small electric cooker. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed meadow garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£239-£667
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Ullswater House Ref: CC118117
Ullswater house is situated in the centre of Glenridding, close to Ullswater and has the luxury of a Lake View. This four bedroom maisonette is decorated and furnished to very good standard providing comfortable, spacious accommodation for large families or groups of up to 10 people. From Glenridding there are many beautiful walks around the lake or on the surrounding fells, Helvellyn being the most well known. There are sailing and fishing opportunities on Ullswater, and the bustling towns of Ambleside and Keswick are both within half an hour’s drive.

First Floor: The centrally heated accommodation comprises:
Bedroom 1: with double bed and a Lake view.
Bedroom 2: with double bed.
Bedroom 3: with three single beds and Lake view.
Bedroom 4: with three single beds.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.

Second Floor: Open plan design with:
Lounge/dining area: With Lake and fell views, electric flame effect fire, TV, video and CD/radio.
Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility/drying room: With a washer/dryer and fell view.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available. Wireless Broadband access for people with their own laptop.Outside there is a patio area with seating. Parking for 1 car. NB: Stream in grounds.

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£545-£1470
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Bay View Ref: 29901


This lovingly restored, three-storey terraced holiday home, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in a central village location of Haverigg, is furnished and decorated to a very good standard. The property overlooks the River Lazey and Haverigg’s harbour, and has views across the 3 miles of sandy beach to the front of the property, and Black Coombe and the range of Lakeland Hill to the rear. In Haverigg, the village shop is open 7 days a week and caters for every need. The Harbour Hotel serves excellent bar meals, whilst the fish and chip shop has an adjoining cafe. Not far away is the beach cafe, which is also open all year. The nearby town of Millom is 1½ miles away, with a good range of shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Walk to the Hodbarrow Nature Reserve and the RSPB hide and watch the many species of migrating birds which use this area to rest during their long annual migratory flights. Search for rare orchids and Natterjack toads on the dunes, which are a dedicated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Cumbrian Coastal Way, running through the village, can lead you north or south alongside the peaceful estuaries and inlets, with spectacular views all around. Water ski or wakeboard at Port Haverigg Ski Club, or enjoy beach and fell horse riding which is also available nearby. The market town of Ulverston, 20 miles, is a pretty Georgian town with cobbled streets and a Thursday market. Climb to the top of Hoad Hill for some spectacular coastal views. Nearby Coniston Priory is a Buddhist retreat with a cafe, gift shop and lovely grounds bordering the estuary. See the famous ghosts at Muncaster Castle, 12 miles, and also many rare trees and plants, or visit the World Owl Centre. Climb aboard the steam train ‘La’al Ratty’ at nearby Ravenglass and explore the beautiful Lakeland fells. Alternatively, travel to historic Lancaster or Carlisle. Both trips hug the beautiful coastline and provide a memorable day out. Georgian Whitehaven, 27 miles, has strong Caribbean connections, and this historic link has brought Cumberland Rum Butter amongst many more tasty culinary delights. Haverigg is situated on the Cumbrian Coastal Way in an unspoilt seaside location close to all the attractions of the Lake District. It is only 33 miles from Windermere and 16 miles from Coniston, and a world away from the crowds. An excellent touring base for the Lake District with quiet roads an added attraction, lack of crowds and a peaceful setting. Beach 10 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (payable to BT Openzone). Balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 12 external steps from balcony to ground floor.

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£219-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Holly Bank Ref: CC113125
Holly Bank enjoys stunning views, looking out across the valley to the lake and mountains, stretching from Skiddaw, Sale Fell and Lords Seat to the Borrowdale peaks. This detached bungalow has an elevated position on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite village, in the vicinity of the osprey nesting site. It was renovated and fully refurbished, providing fabulous facilities, panoramic views from most rooms and is set in two acres of delightful grounds, with woodland area, stream, lawn, summer house, outdoor seating and eating areas and ample parking. The Sun Inn and Castle Inn Hotel are each within a five minute walk, both serving real ale and food. The vibrant market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth are 10 minutes drive away with a local bus service from the Castle Inn.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With wood burning stove, leather sofas and chair, Freesat TV, DVD, CD radio and panoramic views.
Conservatory/Dining room: With dining table and 8 chairs plus easy seating and extensive views.
Games room; With PC with wired and wireless internet, desk and office chair, telephone, TV, playstation 3, CD radio and sofa.
Kitchen /Diner: With dining table and 4 chairs, gas hob and electric double oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave and patio doors.
Boot room: For storing bikes, outdoor clothing and wet dogs!
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin, under floor heating, heated towel rail and shaver point
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin, under floor heating and shaver point.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With bunk beds.
Bathroom: With bath, WC, wash basin, under floor heating, heated towel rail and shaver point.

Bed linen included. Cot available. Telephone for incoming and free local calls.Outside: 2 acres of private grounds with woodlands area, stream (please take care with young children), lawn, summer house, seating and eating out areas. BBQ. Parking for 5 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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£600-£1840
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Osprey Cottage Ref: CC113116
This cosy oak beamed cottage dates back to the 17th Century and is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of 21st Century life. The cottage has breathtaking views over open fields towards Bassenthwaite Lake, Catbells and the Borrowdale Valley beyond. Immediately behind the cottage is a wood with wildlife including  birds of prey and red squirrels and, from the top, a sensational view of Skiddaw and the surrounding fells. Bassenthwaite is a peaceful farming village with a stream running through. Osprey Cottage is a half a mile from the village where the Sun Inn serves bar meals and real ale.

Ground Floor: Heated by solid fuel central heating,storage heater and electric heaters the accommodation comprises:
Lounge/kitchen/diner: With TV, DVD, CD radio and open fire (initial supply of logs provided).
Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Very comfortable double bed and lovely views.
Bedroom 2: With very comfortable hand crafted bunk beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All electricity and bed linen provided.Off street parking available.

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£310-£540
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These two holiday properties (refs W43292 and W43293) are situated on the fell side overlooking the pretty Kentmere Valley and are surrounded by beautiful countryside. Adjacent to the owner’s home, the properties are set in a peaceful location and are an ideal base for walking, fell climbing, touring this unspoilt area of the National Park or just relaxing. Enjoy the beautiful ever changing scenery from the accommodation and stroll the many footpaths of this picturesque area, or for serious walkers there is the challenge of the Kentmere Horseshoe. Visit Haweswater, Troutbeck, Long Sleddale, and the whole of the Lake District can be easily reached by car. Staveley, 4 miles, has ample shopping, tea shops and pubs serving meals. Fishing permits can be bought for Kentmere and mountain bike hire is also available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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

Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£237-£583
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Shingle Cottage Ref: W7403

Superb views across the sea

This Victorian terraced holiday home is situated 50ft from the sea in the small coastal village of Seascale. It has spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Man and south west Scotland. Seascale boasts miles of sandy beaches. The sea provides the opportunity for fishing, windsurfing and water skiing. There is a slipway for launching boats, an 18-hole golf course, bowling green, sports centre and children’s play area. Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, World Owl Centre, Ravenglass to Eskdale Narrow Gauge Railway and the western Lake District area. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional pull out single, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

WAS
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£234-£588
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
Eeabank House Ref: 28133

This spacious family holiday home, ideally situated on a main road, makes for a perfect place to stay and is located just on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The house, formerly a B&B, offers spacious accommodation with six bedrooms spread over three floors. Lovingly furnished to a very good standard, you will find everything you need in this lovely house for a relaxing stay. Situated in Cark-in-Cartmel, home to Holker Hall, Cumbria’s premier stately home, with its stunning gardens. Grange-over-Sands (4 miles) with shops and pubs, overlooks the bay with a fine, mile-long Edwardian promenade. Further east you will find Leven with Levens Hall. Morecambe Bay is close by, and both the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Cistercian Way run through Cark. The property is located just 2 miles from the historic village of Cartmel, with its 12th-century priory church, one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in the North of England. Visit Cartmel Racecourse, the most picturesque racecourse in the country, with meetings on the late May and August bank holidays. Try the famous sticky toffee pudding shop in the village. Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the many walks with stunning views, right on your doorstep. Eeabank House makes for a perfect location from which to explore the Lakes. Shop 15 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with two additional singles, 1 twin. Shower room and toilet. Second floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Low doorways and beams in some bedrooms.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Wii. Gas cooker. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Water butts in grounds.

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£1293-£3021
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