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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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Helm View Ref: LD9

Located within the heart of the Lake District, Helm View is situated in the secluded tree-lined district of Annisgarth, a short walk from the centre of both Windermere and Bowness and five minutes on foot from the open countryside with views over Windermere and beyond. This modernised Lakeland slate house is a spacious retreat combining tradition with modern facilities and the chance to relax in front of the log fire or on the patio. There are numerous attractions nearby with outdoor activities, sightseeing, shops, restaurants, Lake Windermere and the Beatrix Potter visitor attractions. Ambleside and Hawkshead are within five miles. Shops
1 mile.

Step to entrance. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, patio doors to garden and large modern fitted beamed kitchen. Games room. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - no fuel provided
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Gamecube
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden and patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

WAS
NOW
£412-£1070
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: W41865

Fantastic views

A unique opportunity to experience a holiday with the most amazing views of the Duddon Valley and Lakeland Fells. This stylish and spacious detached cottage is situated near to the owner’s farmhouse on a working farm and provides an excellent base. Guests are welcome to walk around the farm and see the animals, including the lambs (children should be accompanied by adults). Situated 3 miles from the village of Broughton, with shops and pubs, and within a short drive to the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Muncaster Castle with its gardens, owl centre and maze. Shops, pubs and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining room. Conservatory with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Wood View Ref: 26333

This beautiful 17th-century barn situated next to a farm, is set in the peaceful surroundings of the Rusland Valley and the entrance into the holiday property is through the original great barn doorway. The sitting room has valley views from the balcony and the layout on the second floor is quite unusual. Stairs lead up to a half landing, where they divide. One stairway takes you to two bedrooms; one a double, the other, below a truss, through a 3ft high small door leads into a twin - think Alice in Wonderland. With pitched roof and oak beams it is sure to please both adults and children. The other stairway leads to a further double bedroom. To the rear you have a courtyard with private entrance and grounds which offer ample space to relax and the hot tub and sauna will provide fun and relaxation for both adults and children. The valley itself has lanes ideal for cycling and easy strolls and, all a short walk from the house, you come to a track leading through woodland and on to High Dam, a pretty tarn, with a circular route and opportunity to laze on the banks, paddle and swim. At the head of the valley is Grizedale Forest with its many trails and the Go Ape aerial walkways through the tree tops. A few miles east lies Newby Bridge, and the southern basin of Windermere. To the north are all the fells and mountains, or go south and you will discover the coastline, with its villages and walks. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams/kitchen with tiled floor. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with Velux, 1 twin with low 3ft doorway and Velux. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Courtyard garden and patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Grounds with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecues. Ample parking. Cycle store. Hot tub. Sauna. Welcome pack. Pets welcome under strict control please (working farm). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£619-£1847
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
This period detached house is situated in the heart of the village of Ravenglass, with views from some bedrooms across the estuary to the Irish Sea. Herbert House is part of Muncaster Estates who also own the Pennington Hotel next door and the historic Muncaster Castle, which has been in the Pennington family for 8 centuries. Guests are offered a 50% discount off the entry fee to Muncaster Castle and a 10% discount off meals at the Pennington Hotel. Ravenglass is a pretty fishing village on the Cumbrian Coast with sandstone houses, pubs, hotels, shops and cafes. The Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway operates from the village station and travels along the Eskdale valley. Wast Water, Englands deepest lake, Sca Fell our highest mountain and the beautiful Wasdale and Eskdale valleys are all nearby and offer great walking. Herbert House is 1/2 mile from Newtown Hous and Knott View and may be let separately or together for up to 32 people.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and electric fire.
Sitting Room: With TV, DVD and games.
Dining Room:
Kitchen: With range cooker, washer/dryer, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With double bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

Second Floor: Bedroom 4: With zip and link twin beds which convert to a super king (please advise when booking).
Bedroom 5: With twin beds.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. 2 dogs welcome.Outside: Enclosed paved front garden, with table and chairs. Parking for 4 cars.

WAS
NOW
£585-£1640
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Wansfell Cottage Ref: CC123222
Wansfell Cottage, in the very heart of Ambleside, presents as a rather typical Lakeland stone cottage from the exterior yet, once over the threshold, offers a contemporary designed interior that flows beautifully throughout, blending effortlessly with original and traditional features such as local slate flooring and a stunning feature wall, exposed during the recent refurbishment and now home to the grand wood burning stove that sits on its hearth. The modern colour scheme is beautifully married with perfectly chosen soft furnishings and accessories in each of the rooms and great thought has been taken to provide stylish yet practical bath and shower rooms and fully fitted kitchen.
A very comfortable and convenient base, Wansfell Cottage has a host of excellent restaurants, shops and bars all within minutes walk from the property. Ambleside has a wealth of attractions for wet or dry weather, pitch and put, mini golf and the new indoor climbing wall giving holidaymakers from the age of 5 upwards the chance to experience rock climbing in a supervised environment.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance.
Dining room: With modern Hi-fi and i-pod dock.
Lounge: With leather seating, wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel available locally).
Kitchen: With traditional Lakeland slate floor, dual fuel range, fridge/freezer with water dispenser, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail. 

Second Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds with some limited head room.

All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available.Outside: Small yard to the rear, ideal for bikes. Bench seating to front. Parking on street via permit, and additional permit for use on nearby SLDC car parks (nearest one being King Street, Ambleside).

WAS
NOW
£425-£830
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Sandbank Ref: CC118225
This fabulous town house has spacious accommodation for up to 10 people and provides exceptional value for money. Situated on an attractive residential avenue in Penrith, Sandbank is the perfect base for groups of walkers to explore the eastern and northern Lakes and for family gatherings. Penrith is very accessible, it is on the M6 via road and less than three hours from London via train. The town centre is five minutes walk, with restaurants, pubs and shops.

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
Basement:
Games room:
With TV, PS2, pool table, games and table football.
Ground Floor:
Lounge
: With TV, DVD, Wii and gas fire.
Sitting room: With open fire (fuel not provided).
Dining room: With gas stove.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

Second Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bedroom 5: With single bed.
Bedroom 6: With single bed.

All gas and electric provided. Bed linen is provided please provide your own towels. Fuel not provided for the open fire. Cot available. Wi-Fi and telephone for incoming calls.Outside: Garden with Lawn, patio, seating and shed. On street parking.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Larches Ref: CC114132
The Larches is a four bedroomed detached cottage at Seldom Seen in Thornthwaite, a truly tranquil location. Surrounded by woodland on the slopes of Whinlatter forest the cottage is a perfect ’away from it all’ retreat with the delight of visiting red squirrels. It has the most fantastic summer house (or belvedere) with a deck at the top of its fellside garden, which has chairs, table and lighting. It has superb views across the Derwent marshes and to the distant fells. You can walk or cycle from the doorstep and sail on the lake at Bassenthwaite. There is an art gallery and coffee shop in the village and pubs, restaurants and a shop in the neighbouring village of Braithwaite and an abundance of amenities in nearby Keswick. The accommodation is upside down with the living space upstairs to benefit from the views towards Skiddaw and Clough Head. See the cottage’s website www.lakelandbelvedere.com for more fascinating details and photos.

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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£480-£1140
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Woodside House Ref: E5075

This delightful and lovingly restored late Georgian country gentleman’s residence offers a unique opportunity to experience the bygone days of gracious family living. Peacefully set behind tall gates and surrounded by steep woodland and terraced grounds, it boasts a grand and stylish interior, elegantly furnished with antiques – one of its living rooms has a charming library area and the large snooker room houses a bar. It sits in the Lake District National Park, just 3 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere, a vibrant, bustling town in a superb lakeside setting with lovely views. Pleasure cruisers and steamers ply up and down the lake, and a car ferry runs to the far side, taking visitors to Sawrey and Hawkshead. As well as a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants and a wide range of shops, Bowness also offers plenty to see and do including the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Steamboat Museum, an 18-hole ‘pitch and putt’, sailing marinas and cycle hire. Also just a short drive away is the interesting market town of Kendal (5 miles), known as the gateway to the Southern Lakes. This corner of the National Park affords wonderful scenic rambles, and visitors will find a great choice of walks to suit all abilities. The village pub, cafe and garage are all within a short walk.

Ground floor: Living room/library. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Snooker room. Sun room. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room/library (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Four Freeview TVs. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£1442-£1704
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Peacock Cottage Ref: CC125106
Peacock Cottage would be well placed on the cover of any chocolate box, a traditional 18th century property with superb enclosed gardens, the large topiary feature created and lovingly cared for, reflecting its name. The small hamlet of Outgate, a mile from Hawkshead, boasts one of the finest pubs in the area and is only a stones throw from the cottage. Hawkshead and Ambleside are within easy reach with plenty of shops, eateries and pubs and some of the best walking opportunities in the area, for all abilties. Peacock Cottage is well presented in a traditional style with quality fittings and furnishings throughout and having undergone a major refurbishment now offers up to the minute kitchen and bathroom facilities plenty big enough for 6. 
Peacock Cottage and The Haylof (CC125113) can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 people.

Ground Floor: Peacock Cottage has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Entrance hall leading to...
Lounge: With open fire (fuel NOT provided),  TV, video, DVD, double sofa bed, Wi-fi internet access (the code details are on the reverse of the hub) and CD/hi-fi.
Dining room:  With extra cosy seating area and wood burning stove (initial logs provided)
Kitchen:  With electric oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer,  fridge/freezer and microwave. French doors out to enclosed patio area.
Bathroom: With walk in shower and sauna, wash basin, separate WC

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Spacious double bedroom with en-suite shower, hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 2: Double bedroom.
Bedroom 3:  Twin bedroom.
Bathroom: With shower over large bath, hand basin and WC.
 

All oil, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available.  Logs and coal for the fire are not provided but can be purchased locally.Landscaped gardens and patio with furniture provided. Off road parking for 2 cars. Sauna available for guests use.

WAS
NOW
£585-£1640
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Windermere Cottage Ref: CC127048
Welcome to Windermere Cottage.com, a contemporary take on a traditional Lakeland cottage offering modern stylish living in the very heart of popular Windermere. Within a level, two minute walk of the cottage, holidaymakers can enjoy all the delights that this super location has to offer; take a trip on the famous Windermere Lake Steamers, visit Peter Rabbit and his friends at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition in Bowness or join in the fun at the tree top adventure at Brockhole.
Specifically designed with all your family’s needs in mind, this end of terrace stone built property offers numerous high tech facilities from Wi-Fi, smart TVs, energy efficient heating system and fittings and vertical designer radiators, all creatively matched with Farrow and Ball decor and Amtico flooring. Windermere Cottage offers an unforgettable self catering experience in the very heart of the Lakes and being set out across three floors with an equal number of stylish en-suites, the property is very suitable for a family break away with your friends and family and the dog can come and join in the fun too.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
Hallway leading left to...
Living room: With wood burning stove, soft tan leather sofas and large Freesat smart TV.
Kitchen/Dining room: With integrated appliances of electric oven, induction hob, microwave, all wrapped in cool Silestone and complemented by the Smeg fridge/freezer, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee maker (bring your Nespresso pods).
The courtyard to the rear is fully enclosed and leads to...
Utility Room and a locked store: With washer/dryer and plenty of bike storage.
Lower Ground Floor:
Bedroom 1: With super king size suite with zip and links if required, (ask about bedding), TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment to the bath, wash basin and WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds, TV and en-suite shower room with cubicle, wash basin and WC.
Bedroom 3: With double bed, TV and en-suite shower room with cubicle, wash basin and WC.

All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available.Outside: Parking by way of permit for on street parking.

WAS
NOW
£480-£1140
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
The Old Vicarage Ref: W677

Excellent views / Four poster bed / Three bathrooms

This tastefully renovated 17th-century vicarage is oozing with character. Furnished and decorated to a good standard, special features include a four poster bed and three bathrooms. Surrounded by an enclosed garden with gravel driveway, patio area and brick barbecue. Lindale is a small village located 2 miles from Grange-over-Sands with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside and Morecambe Bay. This is the ideal location from which to explore the sandy beaches of the west coast, and the craggy fells and peaceful lakes of the Lake District. Windermere, England’s largest lake is close by, and offers watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Idyllic walks and picnic spots are in abundance. Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the many walks with stunning views right from the doorstep. At the bottom of the garden is St Pauls church, the resting place of John ’Iron mad’ Wilkinson, an iron worker and inventor who lived in the village from 1750. A large iron obelisk stands in the village as a memorial to him. Shop 0.5 mile, pub with food 0.25 miles.

Lower ground floor: Games room. Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 3 double, (two 5ft), one with en-suite shower room, bidet and toilet, one (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional bunk, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (3 cars). Games room. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£753-£2340
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Brackenber Lodge Ref: B5012

Set in glorious countryside, near to Appleby golf course, this comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage enjoys lovely views. Large shared garden, with deep pond, provides plenty of space in which to relax. The surrounding area is perfect for walking, the Pennines are only 1½ miles. Fishing, riding, golf and good inns are all close by. Appleby, 3 miles, with shops, is famous for its colourful Horse Fair in June. The Eden Valley, Lake District , Ullswater ½ hour’s drive, and Yorkshire Dales are all within easy reach. Shops 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. 4 steps down to kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with additional single, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating at cost. Convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owners’ tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£277-£753
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