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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Barn Ref: LQ7

In an enchanting position beside a beck with tumbling waterfalls, this former mill barn, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been skilfully converted into an outstanding, contemporary holiday home. Deer, squirrels and birds share the delightful grounds. A perfect base to explore the Lake District, Northumberland and Scottish Border. Visit Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, county shows and farmers’ markets. Excellent walking and cycle routes abound. Shops and pubs 2½ miles.

Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and French door to garden. Wet room with bath and toilet. First floor: Beamed living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, French doors to patio, wooden floor and well-equipped beamed kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair on request
  • Three TVs
  • Three DVDs
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Decked patio with furniture
  • 2-acre grounds with sitting-out area
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Beck, waterfalls and sloping banks in grounds

WAS
NOW
£443-£812
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Spinney (Luxury) Ref: CC143111
This beautiful Honeymoon Cottage is sure to impress even our most discerning customers. Newly built in 2004 and designed with a cottage style in mind, The Spinney is luxuriously furnished and equipped with a four poster bed and cosy open fire giving a romantic air to the accommodation. Situated in the village of Lamplugh in a wonderful rural location 6 miles south of Cockermouth, it is close to Loweswater, Ennerdale Water and Crummock Water. This peaceful non-commercialised area of the Lake District is the perfect setting for a romantic break. Fishing is available locally at Cogra Moss, which is within walking distance and there are many other beautiful walks locally. The Coast to Coast cycle route goes past the front door and the award winning Kirkstile Inn is close by for bar meals. Cockermouth is well worth a visit, with shops, restaurants, Brewery Tours and the Lakeland Sheep and Wool centre to name a few of the attractions. Trotters Animal World is a mere 20 minute drive and the seaside town of St Bees is a similar distance.

Ground Floor: The cottage is south facing, has under floor heating, double glazing and comprises of:
Lounge: With open views, open fire with Victorian cast iron surround, TV, DVD, video, CD/radio and French windows to the garden.
Dining/Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With single bed (can be used as a dayroom) and TV.
Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed, open views, TV and en-suite with shower, WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 3: With four poster bed and single bed by arrangement.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

All electric, oil, initial supply of coal, bed linen and towels provided. Cot, highchair, stairgate and telephone available. Wi-Fi broadband available.Garage with table tennis table and storage for bikes. Outside enclosed, lawned gardens with patio area, BBQ and garden furniture. 2 small well behaved dogs welcome. Parking for 2 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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£560-£1470
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Amble Cottage Ref: CC123249
Ambleside is the perfect destination for a self catering break at any time of the year, the village having a host of indoor and outdoor attractions to suit all ages and pockets. The village has two lovely parks, Borrans Park at Waterhead from where the famous Windermere Lake Steamers depart for Bowness and lakeside and Rothay Park and her wonderful stepping stones that many visitors will cross to reach the foot of Loughrigg Fell.
This cosy, traditional slate property set just behind Zeffirelli’s Cinema on Millan’s Park offers great facilities for holiday makers at any time of the year and if you have pets, Amble Cottage is the perfect choice as guests are most welcome to bring up to three dogs to join in the fun. Set out over three floors, Amble Cottage has a comfortable lounge with gas stove and Sky Freeview and a super kitchen dining room which leads directly out to the enclosed courtyard.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance into....
Lounge: With gas fireplace, digital TV and DVD with Sky Freeview.
Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave. Access from here to the enclosed courtyard.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

Second Floor: Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

All fuel and bed linen included. Cot, highchair and stair gate availableOutside: Parking via permit on street for one car. Enclosed courtyard with furniture provided.

WAS
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£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Only 5 miles from Windermere, these two holiday properties (refs 28652 and 28653) have been converted to a very good standard from an original barn and both retain some of the old beams, feature stunning slate flooring and offer stylish accommodation. Ghyll Bank sits on a hillside offering breathtaking views over the area towards the Lake District hills (Langdales) and down the valley towards Morecambe Bay. The properties are 1½ miles from the picturesque village of Staveley at the foot of the Kentmere Valley. The valley, rich in history, stretches for 10 miles between Staveley and Kentmere Reservoir. There are many footpaths and bridleways close by leading to Brunt Knott, Craggy Wood, Reston Scarr and Kentmere Horseshoe. Other activities include sailing, fishing and cycling, visit the Beatrix Potter museum or take a short drive to the centre of the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales. The village offers shops, restaurants, pubs, bakery and cycle hire. Trains to Windermere and Kendal. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

Ground floor: 3 steps down to living/dining room. 1 step to kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms. Two shower rooms, both with toilet.

Pet free of charge.

Both properties: Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned shared garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small stream in adjoining paddock.

WAS
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£244-£857
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Butterfly Cottage Ref: CC129307
Just five miles to the north of the medieval market town of Kendal sits Low Jock Scarr, a beautiful country house and estate on the banks of Bannisdale Beck and set in several acres of woodland. Guests at Butterfly Cottage are welcome to meander through the colourful grounds and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the location, the site often frequented by a wide variety of birds including woodpeckers and pheasant. The location is perfect for exploring both the Lakes and Dales as Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy reach by car. And if you can steal yourselves away from the gardens, Butterfly Cottage offers a comfortably haven for the smaller party, perfect for a self catering break at any time of year, the wood burning stove ideal for enjoying a break in the cooler months to take in the autumn colours on display within the grounds.

Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Entrance into hallway leading to open plan living accommodation...
Lounge area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
Dining area:
Kitchen: With range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. French doors to the garden area.
Cloakroom: With wash basin and WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Fuel for woodburner available locally. Towels not provided but available to rent for £5 per set per person direct from the owner. Sorry, no cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: Ample parking. Shared gardens with seating. Laundry facilities available on site upon request.

WAS
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£480-£1140
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
22 Rose Terrace Ref: CC111418
22 Rose Terrace is the perfect little cottage for couples seeking a romantic retreat and young families alike. The convenient location on the main road into Keswick mean it is easy to find and has great access to the towns amenities, also situated across the road from the River Greta and Fitz Park. The owners bought the cottage in 2013, when they renovated it from top to bottom and furnished it to a very high standard. The ground floor is open plan, with a modern kitchen and living/dining area with tiled flooring. The master bedroom is a generous size and is situated on the 1st floor next to the excellent family bathroom. Bedroom 2 is an attic bedroom and is accessed via a steep winding staircase with narrow steps, it is best suited to children although the beds are adult size

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio/ipod dock and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
Bathroom; With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

Second Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

All electric, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-fi internet available.Paved forecourt with bench seat. On street parking nearby.

WAS
NOW
£345-£595
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Bretherdale Hall Barn Ref: CC129284
Within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in a friendly farming environment sits Bretherdale Hall Barn and her neighbouring farmhouse, Bretherdale Hall all set in a charming courtyard setting. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from all rooms, from summer sunsets to spring green fields dotted with lambs and foals. Only 9 miles north of Kendal, the hamlet of Bretherdale is within easy reach of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and is close to the M6 at Junction 38,  which boasts the best UK services, with its award winning food shop, providing local, quality organic produce.
Bretherdale Hall Barn has been carefully refurbished and rebuilt with use of local materials throughout, beautifully married with modern, contemporary styling to create a truly 21st century feel. The fittings are of excellent quality and have been successfully complimented by carefully chosen furnishings and accessories to create an individual look. A pergola covered patio and outside dining table with plenty of seating is on hand to provide a useful outside space with shelter if required, with a wonderful vista of the surrounding countryside. The adjacent leisure building, complete with secure drying cupboards, sauna, steam room and showers plus the separate games room with pool table, surround sound TV, DVD, Wii and Xbox and library of films and games for all ages is to be the venue for many an entertaining evening. Bretherdale Hall Barn can be booked in conjunction with Bretherdale Hall (CC129194) to provide accommodation for up to 18 people .

Ground Floor: The ground floor is limestone with underfloor oil fired central heating and comprises:
Front entrance porch leading to a spacious hallway.
Bedroom 1:  Double aspect room with double bed, wardrobe and dressing table and en suite with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC
Bedroom 2: With views of the valley this room has twin beds, dressing table and built in wardrobe and en suite with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC
Bedroom 3: Double aspect room with king size bed large built in wardrobe and dressing table en suite with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC
House Bathroom: With stunning centrally placed stone bath, wash basin and WC
Back entrance porch leading to WC and Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

First Floor: With two staircases leading to the first floor the main one is a magnificent purpose built of oak with open tread staircase.  The first floor has oak flooring throughout the area, with a vintage Italian chandelier hanging over the dining table and a stunning central hanging wood burner for open plan living.
Lounge Area: With wide screen TV with full sky HD package, DVD and ipod and iphone dock station.
Dining and Kitchen Area: Has a central island with hob and pop up extractor and air circulator, a breakfast bar, there is a further double oven, microwave, dishwasher, American style drinks fridge/freezer with built in wine chiller.

Second Floor: The whole floor is carpeted and approached by the back staircase into a galleried area with a library.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds with dressing table and built in wardrobe plus an en suite with shower/bath, wash basin and WC
Bedroom 5: With king size bed with oak wardrobe and dressing table and en suite with shower/bath, wash basin and WC.
 

All fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. A basked of logs is provided. All en suites have built in hairdryers and shaver points.  Travel cot & high chair available for a small charge. Wireless broadband available.Ample undercover parking for up to 4 cars with additional parking for at least another 6 cars on site. Spacious patio with outside dining furniture for 10. BBQ. Access to the leisure building with sauna and games room. Plus a full size table tennis table available. Please note these facilities are shared, and there is a board in the spa area where guests can book out morning, afternoon or evening sessions for their private use. Separate drying cupboard with a supply of spa towels situated in the spa block for the sole use of guests in the property. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£1080-£2575
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Kates Cottage Ref: 28053


This traditional, detached character cottage set in the tiny hamlet of High Brow Edge, is ideal for a peaceful holiday, with wonderful views towards the Furness Fells and Blackcombe. There are riding stables just 10 minutes walk from Kates Cottage and nearby attractions include Haverthwaite Railway, Lakeland Motor Museum and South Lakes Wildlife Park. Visit Bowness and Windermere, enjoy a boat trip and visit lakeside villages with boutiques, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. The Lake District is a paradise for walking and climbing. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: 2 steps to living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. 7 steps to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Natural grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£212-£664
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Shepherds Cottage Ref: CC143220
Situated in the grounds of Seaton Hall, a working dairy and sheep farm, where the cows walk by twice a day for milking. Steeped in history, this former shepherds cottage fell into dilapidation but is now restored and renovated into a charming self catering cottage. Originally a 13th Century Benedictine nunnery Seaton Hall was demolished by Henry VIII under the dissolution of the monasteries and rebuilt in the 16th Century. One gable end of the monastery survives to this day and is a scheduled ancient monument. There are footpaths through the grounds to walk the dog, with more great walking in Eskdale and Wasdale. Within a two mile radius you will discover Bootle village, with shop, Millstones cafe, The Brown Cow pub and a sand and shingle beach. Local visitor attractions include ’La’al Ratty’ miniature railway, Muncaster Castle, a wildlife Park and Hodbarrow Nature Reserve. The picturesque villages of Broughton in Furness and Ravenglass are nearby, each have a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants. You can hop on the train at Bootle Station and enjoy the beautiful coastal trip to the historic port of Whitehaven.

Ground Floor: Property has night storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD and wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided).
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.

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

All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available. One large or two small dogs welcome.Outside: Patio with patio table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars.

WAS
NOW
£320-£540
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pine Rigg is within a complex of apartments known as Quarry Rigg, ideal for those looking for a central location within walking distance of a variety of shops and a good choice of restaurants close at hand. There is a regular bus service and the railway station is situated close by for holidaymakers preferring to use public transport. Pine Rigg is within a few minutes walk of the lake and is furnished in a contemporary style and we are sure that much use will be made of the balcony for ’al fresco’ evenings whenever possible.

First Floor: The property has instant electric heaters and comprises:
Open plan living space.
Lounge area:
With TV and access to small balcony with patio furniture.
Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Dining area.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and basin.
Bedroom 1: With full size bunk beds.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.

All electric and bed linen included. Cot.Residents parking (not a reserved space).

WAS
NOW
£295-£480
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Orrest Head Cottage Ref: CC127230
Orrest Head Cottage is a detached house located in the grounds of Orrest Head House just above Windermere Village. The house is surrounded by National Trust Fields and looks out over a delightful vegetable garden to lake Windermere beyond. For the keen walkers (or even an after dinner stroller) the house backs straight onto the path through Common Woods and up to Orrest Head, one of the finest short walks in the Lake District (according to Alfred Wainwright). Even though the house is in such a rural location it is within a couple of minutes stroll into Windermere Village, with all the restaurants, bars you’d expect and of course Booths Supermarket.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance Hall: A good place to drop your bags, hang your coats or place your dog’s bed.
Lounge: A tranquil, bright and airy room with leather seating and a flat screen TV
Kitchen/Dining Room: With table and chairs, microwave, fridge/freezer, separate hob and fan oven
Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and views to lake Windermere
Bedroom 2: With single bed and views to National Trust field and cows (if you’re lucky!)
Bedroom 3: With twin beds
Bathroom: With shower, bath, WC and wash basin

All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. Wi-Fi available.Patio area with furniture and ample parking. Guests have use of the grounds of ref CC127235.

WAS
NOW
£440-£805
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Alocin Cottage Ref: 29630


Situated in the picturesque village of Melmerby, where the stream runs through the village green, this detached sandstone cottage has been converted from a former hayloft to offer well-equipped and comfortable holiday accommodation in the tranquil and unspoilt Eden Valley. Alocin Cottage is tucked away in a quiet corner of a peaceful caravan park which nestles at the foot of the Pennine Hills, where excellent walking and cycling starts from the doorstep. The Coast to Coast cycle route passes through the village and there is a pleasant walk along the River Eden to Long Meg Stone Circle. The market towns of Penrith, known as the gateway to the North Lakes, and Alston, the highest market town in England, are both 9 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

4 steps to entrance: Lower ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin on request), 1 single. Shower room with toilet and restricted head height. Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Freezer. Small patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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