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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
2
Bedrooms
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Pets
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Daffodil Cottage Ref: CC143218
Daffodil Cottage derives its name from the location, 100 yards from ’Wordsworth House’, the birth place of the great wordsmith and a very popular visitor attraction. The ’Gem’ town of Cockermouth lies at the foot of Lakeland’s north western fells, close to Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere and only six miles from the extensive Cumbrian coast. The cottage sits just off the Georgian main street, with an array of individual shops, a modern supermarket and great choice of pubs and restaurants. Jennings historic brewery is based in town and offer daily tours. This very comfortably furnished cottage is perfect for couples seeking affordable accommodation, with amenities on the doorstep.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, two seat sofa, dining table and chairs.
Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, CD radio/i-pod dock and en-suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Parking for 1 car.

WAS
NOW
£285-£430
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

100 metres to Brotherswater

This large detached stone family house was originally built in the 18th century and stands in a wonderful position beside Brotherswater which is on the Ullswater to Ambleside road at the start of Kirkstone pass. A superb base for a fell-walking, climbing or mountain biking holiday, the cottage is surrounded by spectacular craggy lakeland scenery. Nestling between the Helvellyn and High Street range of mountains, there are countless footpaths to explore nearby. Totally renovated, this house provides a well equipped central holiday base from which to explore the lakes and fells. Ullswater is just a short drive away where, during the summer months, you can take the Lake Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and Pooley Bridge. Ambleside is 6 miles away and has a pretty town centre with shops, galleries and tea rooms. Also within easy reach is Lake Windermere 15 miles, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, the Beatrix Potter exhibition and the Brockhole Visitor Centre. Shop 2 miles, pub with food ½ mile, (4 pubs within 2 miles).

Lower ground floor: Shower room. Separate toilet. Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one four poster), 2 twin, two with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. Rayburn (with oven). Microwave. Washing machine. Coin-operated tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£561-£1628
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Toby Cottage Ref: 28031

This charming 200 year old holiday cottage, with its own enclosed garden, is situated in the picturesque village of Natland. The tastefully renovated cottage retains lots of original character with exposed beams and wood burning stove. Just 2 miles from the market town of Kendal with many attractions. Outdoor activities including walking, cycling, golf, sailing and horse riding are all within reach, or visit Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle. This property makes an ideal base to explore the many wonderful Lake District attractions, all within a short drive such as the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and cruises on Lake Windermere. Shop 30 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (4ft).

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£208-£654
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Squirrel’s Nest is a superb second floor apartment at Badgers Rake, perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Ideal either for a peaceful and relaxing break or as a fantastic starting point for stunning walks. It’s within easy walking distance of all the local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer. Not often do you find a property with a large communal garden, spectacular scenery and off road parking so close to the centre of the village.

Second Floor: This second floor apartment is double glazed and heated by a night storage ducted air system and comprises:
Entrance hall: With space for coats and boots.
Lounge: Has a sunny aspect with large picture window giving stunning views over the village to distant fells. There is a digital TV, DVD/video and radio, a wall mounted fire with a long mirror above, occasional tables and lamp, independent overhead lights and concealed lighting.
Dining/Kitchen: With patio doors leading onto a balcony with seating, the kitchen offers everything you require should you want to cook, including cooker, induction hob, slow cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and every utensil you need. The dining area has a large table and matching oak cabinets.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom suite with king size bed and plenty of storage with views of Wansfell.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with Italian furniture, give ample storage, again with views of Wansfell.
Store Cupboard: Large, very useful space for cases and bags, vacuum, iron and ironing board, books, games and a whole lot more.
Bathroom: Fully tiled with washbasin, WC, bath with shower over and heated towel rail.

All electric and bed linen included.Shared use of the spacious garden. Communal washer/dryer for guest’s use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the property available. Pets by arrangement, kept on a lead in the garden.

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£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Biskey Dip Ref: W43164

This attractive holiday home, well maintained to a good standard, is the perfect holiday retreat within a few minutes’ walk of the centre of the lovely village of Bowness-on-Windermere. An excellent base for visiting the many attractions of Bowness, including lakeside walks, water sports and boat trips as well as the Beatrix Potter Exhibition. Lake cruisers offer trips to Ambleside, or to Lakeside, to the Aquarium of the Lakes and the Lakeside to Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The Lakeland Fells surrounding Lake Windermere offer ample walking, cycling and climbing, whilst Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwent Water are within easy reach. Shop, pub, restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (controlled by the owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Internet connection. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. On road parking (permit provided). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children. Friday to Friday. NB: 10 steps to terrace.

WAS
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£422-£890
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Howes Beck Cottage Ref: CC118166
This bungalow style cottage, converted from a former byre has the benefit of all the accommodation being on the ground floor. Built out of local stone, Howes Beck enjoys a tranquil setting situated just outside the hamlet of Bampton in the Eastern Lakes and close to Haweswater. There is a pub in Bampton and a village shop/cafe, with more amenities in the market town of Penrith, approx seven miles away there is also a pub at Bampton Grange only a 10 minute walk away. The property is situated in an elevated rural position on Bampton Common that looks across to Knipe Moor. Howes beck runs down behind the property and there is an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels and sheep.

Ground Floor: Property is fully central heated the accommodation comprises:
Lounge: With woodburning stove, TV, DVD, CD player, DAB radio, ipod player and video.
Kitchen/dining: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, drying rack, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom:  With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All electric, coal fired central heating, all coal and bed linen provided. Cot available. Internet access available.Outside cobbled courtyard and private parking.

WAS
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£345-£595
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Poppies is a lovely ground floor apartment, tastefully furnished and decorated in a modern yet comfortable style.

New for 2014: washer dryer and free Wi-Fi throughout.

The apartment is situated within the Neaum Crag Estate; a woodland development of exclusive apartments and wooden lodges, overlooking a small open tarn.The estate covers some 18 acres of beautiful private grounds in an area of real seclusion at the entrance to the Langdale Valley, with many lovely walks available directly from the door. Situated in a virtually central position within the Lake District National Park; all the main attractions are easily accessible. This makes the location a perfect choice for visitors to enjoy the peaceful setting and an area of scenic paradise for walkers and climbers alike.
There is also free use of the estate Log Cabin Leisure Club on-site with small indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Wi-Fi, table tennis and convenience shop (March-mid November.) Laundry facilities are available all year round.  

Ground Floor: The Poppies has electric and night storage heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance hall: With useful storage for coats, boots and walking gear; leading to open plan living accommodation.
Lounge/dining area: With TV, DVD player/HD recorder, CD player (i-pod compatible) Wi-Fi access and FM/DAB radio. A selection of books and local maps are available to use. The feature electric stove effect fire provides instant extra warmth if needed on chilly winter evenings. Double doors from the lounge lead onto a south facing patio area with outdoor furniture to relax, watch the local wildlife and enjoy the woodland and mountain views.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, fridge with freezer compartment and washer dryer.  
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with plenty of good storage and doors leading out onto the patio area.
Bathroom: With electric shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric  included.Wi-Fi access available in the property. Sorry, no cot.Two patio areas with bench. Private parking for one car. NB: There is a large pond within the grounds.

WAS
NOW
£345-£619
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
High Eskholme Ref: LE4

In an area of sparkling beauty, High Eskholme Cottage lies at the heart of Eskdale Estate which is set within the peaceful Eskdale Valley. It is a charming, detached, mullioned-windowed stone holiday cottage with a secluded garden on the edge of the pretty golf course and has been restored to offer all amenities whilst retaining the ‘cottage’ charm. The Estate is unique in having so much contained within one boundary - guests can enjoy the challenge of a professionally designed golf course, the wildness of the Muncaster Fell, the peace of the River Esk and the beauty of the woods, all within a few hundred yards of the front door. Golf is at a discounted fee and there are limited fishing permits for anglers. Ravenglass is about 2 miles, where the narrow gauge steam railway chugs its scenic route along Eskdale, and historic Muncaster Castle, which has lovely gardens and a renowned rare owl sanctuary, is about 1 mile. Shop about 3 miles, pub about 2 miles.

Living room with open fire and mullioned windows. Sitting room with sofa bed (for +2). Spacious fitted farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with slate flagged floor. Utility. Sun porch. First floor: Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair on request
  • Satellite TV (included Sky sport)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Secluded garden with furniture
  • Shared use of 1700-acre partial landscaped and natural unspoilt woodland with golf course
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Fly fishing at cost
  • Golf by arrangement at cost
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake and river in grounds

WAS
NOW
£428-£1198
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Long Mynd - The Falls Ref: CC123126
Long Mynd is part of The Falls, Stockghyll, an area of pretty woodland and tumbling waterfalls cascading from Red Screes above to Ambleside Village and the lake below. The Falls are set in one and a half acres of grounds and landscaping on the former site of the old Bobbin Mill. The original buildings have been converted to luxury cottages and apartments with the addition of new accommodation being built in the same slate and stone to blend sympathetically into the area. The Falls are a superb base for local, country and woodland walks with Ambleside Village a short stroll away and Langdale Pike within 4 miles. Offering a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, Ambleside still retains its unique village atmosphere in the heart of the Lake District. Long Mynd is a spacious and luxurious, privately owned apartment.

Ground Floor: With a pleasant aspect overlooking Stockghyll, most of the accommodation is on the ground floor and comprises:
Entrance Hall.
Lounge/dining room: Attractive and well laid out room with colour TV, video, CD stereo and having French doors leading onto the patio, furnished with garden furniture and with BBQ available.
Kitchen: Well equipped, fully fitted kitchen with electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave.
Bedroom 1: Large master double bedroom, easily able to accommodate a cot and has a spacious en-suite shower room with power shower.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
Bathroom: With electric shower over bath, hand basin, bidet and WC.

First Floor: From the inner hallway, a short flight of stairs leads to:
Bedroom 3: Twin bedoom.

Gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot, highchair and free wifi available.Patio with garden seat and a bin store able to take bikes or a pushchair. Private parking. Please note that although this property does not accept pets, the owner may on occasion take their own pet to the property and so we cannot guarantee it to be suitable for anyone with allergies to pets.

WAS
NOW
£500-£1235
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set in an elevated position overlooking the beautiful Duddon Estuary, Peat House (ref W41088), a wing of the owner’s former farmhouse, and Moorside Lodge (ref W43062), a single-storey lodge which is situated in the ground of the owner’s farm, provide an idyllic holiday retreat, and have been lovingly furnished. This is an ideal base for a coastal holiday, and is also close to the south western Lake District Fells and Lakes. The village of Askam has a good range of shops and a railway station, where you can take a trip along the Cumbrian coast and through glorious countryside, with wonderful views. There is an abundance of walks right on the doorstep, whilst Coniston Water is only a 30-minute drive. Grizedale Forest Dalton Animal Park, 4 miles, makes an excellent day out, with a variety of wild animals from around the world. Lake Windermere and many historic houses and gardens easily accessible for days out. If relaxation is your preferred activity why not just sit on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful views. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

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

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 2 years.

WAS
NOW
£209-£581
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Barn Ref: 23451

Outdoor covered hot tub (for 4 people)

This wonderful holiday home stands in the most beautiful of settings, lying to the western side of Corney Fell, dominated by Black Combe and enjoying the most extensive views. This superb barn, nestled around a courtyard with stables, offers a large living/dining room/kitchen featuring a fabulous inglenook fireplace, and four bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The barn has lovely features - carpeted and wooden floors, original beams, and has been warmly decorated and furnished with style. This welcoming home from home will be a haven to relax and unwind. Why not soak in the hot tub, read a book in front of the cosy inglenook fireplace, or take a stroll along the valley. Alternatively, there are plenty of attractions for you to visit in the nearby locality. The small town of Bootle is just 1½ miles away with shops and pubs, the lakes Wastwater, Ennerdale and Coniston are all within a 20 minute drive, Muncaster and Ravenglass are 5 miles, and the coast is just 2 miles away. With golf and horse riding nearby, and a pub within walking distance, this is an idyllic holiday location. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Sitting area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with additional single, both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Some low beams. Wooden floors throughout.

Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included October-March). Oil central heating, oil and electricity included (£35per week, £15 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric Aga. Double electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large courtyard with patio area and furniture. Paddock. Barbecue. Parking (4 cars). Outdoor covered hot tub (for 4 people). Natural water supply from borehole. Two dogs welcome (sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£619-£1858
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Peacefully set on a working farm this cosy holiday cottage has been tastefully refurbished and adjoins the owner’s farm house. Built on the site of an outpost of Hadrian’s Wall, the cottage stands alongside the castle ruin and Bewcastle church. It is off the beaten track and will appeal to country lovers and those looking for a tranquil retreat. The Scottish Border, Lake District and Northumberland are within an easy drive. Walking and cycling are available on the farm. Shop 10 miles, pub 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

Open fire in living room, NSH and electricity (£25per week, £20 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Natural farmland. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two pets welcome under strict control (working farm). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a fenced pond in the grounds.

WAS
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£163-£483
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