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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
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Pets
0
Biskey Howe Cottage Ref: CC128176
Biskey Howe Cottage is just a short stroll from the heart of Bowness, a major tourist hot spot within the Lake District National Park. Visitors from all walks of life come to sample the many interesting shops, the international cuisine and, of course, Lake Windermere itself.
The cottage is a contemporary style property set out on three floors and offers comfortable accommodation, with well chosen accessories and personal touches throughout. Up to the minute kitchen and bathrooms continue the modern theme throughout and the galleried double bedroom over the lounge is a delightful feature.

Ground Floor: Biskey Howe Cottage has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance
Open plan lounge/dining area:
with TV, basic sky package and DVD.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
Lower Ground Floor:
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom which has access to the rear of the property.
Bedroom 3: Double bedroom with stylish furnishings and co-ordinating fabrics.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Galleried master bedroom with en-suite with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi access available.Private parking for one large or two small cars to the side of the property.

WAS
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£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Haystacks Ref: CC114150
Haystacks is an attractive three bedroom cottage which is furnished in a contemporary style and situated in the heart of Braithwaite, one of north Lakeland’s most popular villages. It really is a perfect base for your holiday, with a choice of two pubs, restaurants, a village store and walks directly onto the fells and Whinlatter Forest. There are some fantastic walks around Braithwaite, including the ’Coledale Round’ which takes in Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike, a visitor centre and great mountain biking on Whinlatter and sailing on Bassenthwaite Lake. The vibrant town of Keswick is only two miles away, with parks, restaurants, shops, visitor attractions and lake cruises

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, radio and wood burning stove (logs not provided)
Kitchen/Diner: With double electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave and radio.

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

All oil, electric and bed linen included. Outside: Walled garden with shrubs, lawn, patio and garden furniture. Parking for 1 car. Shed for bikes etc.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Calgarth Lodge Ref: CC127241
White Cross Bay Leisure Park has been awarded a four star award by Visit England along with the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, so guests can be assured not only of a high standard of accommodation but also of a location doing its utmost to protect the local environment. Set mid way between Ambleside and Windermere, the park is situated in the very heart of the Lake District within 60 acres of wooded parklands, which run right down to the shores of Lake Windermere. White Cross Bay has an indoor heated swimming pool, with sauna, solarium and gym, all payable on site, as well as a modern clubhouse bar and restaurant with regular daytime and evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the site, details available at reception. Launching is also available should you have your own boat, with prior arrangement.
Calgarth Lodge enjoys a peaceful, wooded location on the site, a short walk from the Lake shore and the excellent facilities that White Cross Bay has to offer.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises;
Hallway
Open plan living accommodation with...
Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Dining/Lounge area: Enjoying direct access to the decking, TV with DVD and video and en electric fire place.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail
Bedroom 1: With double bed, good range of fitted units and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and fitted units.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available throughout the park. Excellent leisure facilities available, payable on site.Outside: Private parking. Decked area with seating, patio heater and BBQ provided. Washer/dryer and bike storage available.

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£425-£830
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Tirril Lodge Ref: CC118193
Tirril Lodge is an impressive Country House of considerable size and character and will comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests. It is ideal for a large family gathering or groups of walkers seeking to enjoy the splendour of the Eastern Lakes. The house is easily accessible, only 5 minutes drive from the M6 in the village of Tirril, and lies only 3 miles from Ullswater and Pooley Bridge and 3 miles from Penrith. The pub in Tirril is within easy walking distance and provides a restaurant and small shop. Bar meals are served throughout the day. A mile away in Yanwath is another pub restaurant renowned for its cuisine. Tirril Lodge sits in spacious grounds with views over open countryside to both the front and rear. Activities available locally include pony trekking at Sockbridge and a variety of water sports on Ullswater, including sailing instruction, as well as some of the best fell walking in the Lake District.
Windermere is 24 miles and major attractions on the east coast are within a 2 hour drive.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Large entrance hall.
Drawing room: With TV, DVD and open fire (initial supply of fuel provided)
Sitting room: With TV and video.
Dining room: With large dining table and open fire or electric fire.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and combi microwave oven.
Breakfast Room.
Separate WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
Bathroom: Situated between bedrooms 1 and 2 with corner bath, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With king size bed, single bed and en suite shower with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Bedroom 5: With bunk beds, two single beds and wash basin.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen included. Full size cot available (not a travel cot). Telephone for incoming calls. Two well behaved pets welcome. Wi-Fi internet access available.Spacious grounds with lawns orchard, patio and garden furniture to seat 12. Ample parking.

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£875-£2195
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Incy Bella Ref: 19031

This stunning, well designed detached holiday cottage offers elegant, contemporary styled accommodation which is comfortable and very well equipped. Situated on the edge of this attractive Eden Valley sandstone village, it is surrounded by good walking and cycle routes. An excellent base for exploring the highlights of northern England as the Lakes, Northumbria, Scottish Borders and the Yorkshire Dales are all easily accessible. Shop within 1 mile, pubs 200 metres.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio door/dining room/kitchen with beams.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Double electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small terraced garden with patio and furniture. Balcony and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£224-£543
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Warner Lea Ref: 28688

This old world, terraced character holiday cottage handsomely nestles in the heart of a conservation area leading towards Biskey Howe, yet stands only a stone’s throw away from the village of Bowness. The property has been lovingly decorated and furnished with a warming woodburner in the living room to enjoy after a long day exploring. Internal features include quality oak style and carpeted floors, lavish bedrooms, beautiful bathroom, oak designer kitchen, and much more. Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the UK, and is largely seen as the jewel in the crown of the Lake District. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy golf, walking, hiking, climbing, water-skiing and sailing, or simply cruising down the lake on one of the authentic steam boats. The village of Windermere is just 1mile away, while Ambleside, Coniston and Grasmere are all with easy reach. Or why not take the car ferry that still crosses the lake between Ferry Nab and Ferry House, and provides a convenient approach to the western side of the lake for access to the villages of Hawkshead and Sawrey. A Lakeland treasure in a peaceful part of the village, Warner Lea is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included for 2014 only). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£281-£980
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Sycamore View Ref: E5123

In the beautiful upper Eden Valley, nestling between Appleby and Kirkby Stephen at the foot of the Cumbrian Pennines, and conveniently located adjacent to and just off the trans Pennine trunk road (A66). This makes the location an excellent touring base for exploring the Yorkshire and Durham Dales to the east, and the Lakes to the west. These detached holiday lodges provide accommodation of an excellent standard, they are tastefully furnished, very comfortable and well equipped, they enjoy countryside views and a totally separate and lovely setting on a no through lane within a small, rural caravan park. The park encourages wildlife and has a conservation pond with a wide variety of birds in the surrounding woodlands and frequent visits from roe deer. This is a wonderful base for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits – less than a mile away, main roads give access to the myriad attractions and stunning landscapes of the Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales and County Durham, and the shops, pubs and restaurants of Brough are also only 1 mile. The larger town of Kirkby Stephen, 5 miles, has a supermarket and variety of gift shops, cafes, tourist information office, library and station for the Carlisle/Settle railway.

5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Decked balcony.

All properties: Elec flame-effect fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot and H/chair on request. CD. M/wave. F/freezer. Wi-fi available at £12pw, £7 per 3 days, £3 per day. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking. Outdoor multi-activity play area. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake and stream in grounds.

WAS
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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

"An idyllic Lakeland setting in 4 acres of woodland on the western shores of Lake Windermere at the heart of the beautiful Lake District. . ."

A detached stone barn conversion. Entrance hall. Large open-plan living/dining-room with wood-burning stove and French doors to patio. Modern fully fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/W.C. First floor: Large galleried landing leading to four bedrooms; one double, three twin-bedded. Bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower. Shower room/W.C.

Graythwaite Cottages offer the opportunity for an exceptional holiday experience. The original buildings of this unique Victorian ‘model farmstead’ have been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard. They provide not only superb holiday accommodation, but also an outstanding range of facilities, including an indoor heated swimming-pool, table tennis and a fitness suite. The stunning location offers plenty of gloriously natural space to visitors and a one-mile walk (which crosses a road) leads to private frontage on the softly lapped shores of Windermere itself. A 2½-acre stocked lake provides free trout fishing and, at the hub of the estate, beautiful Graythwaite Hall’s lovely surrounding gardens are open to the public in the Spring.
The cottages form part of the Graythwaite Estate, which has been in the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remained intact as a large working estate throughout four centuries. The farm stead, from which the cottages have been formed, was built in 1890 and its position was chosen at a time when the popularity of the Lake District was just beginning to rise in wealthy Victorian circles. Thus the tranquillity and beauty which first captivated visitors to this area can still be enjoyed in heavenly surroundings where peace reigns supreme.
Visitors are well placed to explore the extraordinary and dramatic scenery for which the Lakes are so famous. Hilltop Farm at Near Sawrey, the cottage where Beatrix Potter’s imagination was stirred to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, is just 4 miles away. At Hawkshead (4 miles) there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Within 10 miles are Rydal Fell, Rydal Water, Grasmere and the cottage of the poet who made them famous and brought the Lake District to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway (4 miles) runs through the valley of the River Leven; its trains connect with a leisurely steamer going to the busy, cosmopolitan town of Bowness-on-Windermere. The steamer also wends its way further north to Waterhead, the stop for the pretty little town of Ambleside.

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Full electric central heating included
  • Travel cot
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity and bed linen included
  • Towels available for hire on request (provided for overseas visitors)
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Digital TV
  • Microwave
  • Shared washing machine on request
  • Shared heated drying room
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio with furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Shared 4-acre grounds
  • Parking
  • Fly fishing foc
  • Table tennis available
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 5ft), open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Fitness suite with treadmill, bikes and multi-gym £20 per person per week (£15 per short break) poa
  • Bicycle hire
  • Natural purified lake water supply
  • NB:Lakeside frontage (1 mile)

SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool with limited changing facilities, open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Four acres of shared woodland grounds
  • Trout lake, 2½ acres with free fly fishing
  • Fitness suite with aerobic and toning equipment £20 pp pw (£15 per short break) poa
  • Private lake frontage
  • Bicycle hire nearby
  • Dedicated children’s play area

WAS
NOW
£2355-£2355
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Waingap Ref: 19355

Set in beautiful walking country near the Dales Way with stupendous views towards Morecambe Bay

This charming, detached holiday home surrounded by its own land enjoys stupendous views towards Morecambe Bay. Set in beautiful walking country near the Dales Way, the footpaths, bridleways and walled lanes provide walks directly from the house. Centrally placed for touring, with many historic buildings close at hand including Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall and Gardens, Holker Hall and Motor Museum, plus the 12th century priory at Cartmel. Lake Windermere, surrounded by exciting visitor attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes, Lakeside to Haverthwaite Steam Railway and the Brockhole Visitor Centre, plus the towns of Bowness and Windermere are all within 20-30 minutes’ drive. The market town of Kendal (6 miles) has a castle, leisure centre, riverside walks and excellent variety of shops and restaurants. The high fells of Central Lakeland and the beautiful lakes of Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwent Water can be reached in about 40 minutes for climbing and scrambling or simply to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Lower ground floor: Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen with slate floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden. Drops in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£365-£1050
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Excellent views with pub and shop within walking distance

This rural, 17th century, semi-detached stone cottage is situated in the North Pennines, an AONB. With stunning views and miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes, including the Coast to Coast route straight from the door. There are also golf courses nearby in Alston and Hexham. Approx an hour from the Northumberland National Park, Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Dales. Killhope Mine 3 miles. Alston, the highest market town in England, is nearby, with various shops, restaurants and pubs. Nenthead is 400 yards, with shop, pub (serving food). Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (restricted headroom, can be 6ft double on request) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity paid by honesty box. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD and large library. Small library of books. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden, furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£214-£576
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Waitby School Ref: CC131123
Waitby School was built on Waitby Fell in 1680 by James Highmore, a local to the area, for the children of Waitby and Smardale. About a mile and a half west of Kirkby Stephen, Waitby is said to have been an ancient market town, with a castle, chapel and cemetery, but no trace of either is now to be seen. However, the school remains, standing proud on the fellside and, having been purchased recently by another local family, has been lovingly restored, in conjunction with English Heritage, to offer luxurious holiday accommodation.  The property stands alone and enjoys uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside, dotted with livestock and the occasional farmer and tractor at "doin up time".
Many original features have been retained in the restoration of the School, including wood panelling, wooden double doors, the outside boys lavatory, complete with seat, and, of course, the school bell. After much careful planning, these characterful features have been successfully combined with state of the art fixtures and fittings to create and individual holiday home of great distinction, and a most unique holiday experience.

Ground Floor: The property has oil fired central heating with underfloor heating to the ground floor, radiators on the first floor and comprises:
Entrance through original school cloakroom with original coat pegs and double doors, leading through to open plan living accommodation...
Lounge area: With sumptuous seating, quality wood flooring, wood burning stove, state of the art TV with Sky package and a stereo.
Kitchen area: Hand made with electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave and dishwasher.
Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with jacuzzi bath, hand basin and WC. This room also has two sets of French doors leading to either the front or rear gardens.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed, quality fittings and accessories and an en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With three single beds furnished in a contemporary style with quality furnishings and accessories.

All electric, fuel, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and high chair available (request on booking). Payphone for incoming calls. Wi-Fi.
There are beds for 7 people in Waitby School, the prices shown are for the property not per person.Large enclosed gardens to all sides of the property with furniture provided. Off road parking for up to 4 cars. Cycle store. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£480-£1640
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Excellent views

Stunning views

An attractive semi-detached holiday cottage situated in the heart of beautiful and historic Dovedale Valley, with stunning views of the fells, and unlimited walking from the door to High Street, Fairfield, Hartsop Dodd, Saint Sunday Cragg, Helvelyn and many more. The cottage is 100 yards from the Brotherswater Inn, which is open everyday, serving quality local food and real ales. There is also a well-stocked shop nearby. Ambleside is only 6 miles away and Windermere, with its many attractions is 10 miles. Glenridding, with its steamer service on Ullswater, is only 6 miles whilst Brotherswater, with trout and char fishing, is a gentle 15 minute walk away through the nearby camp site and the return walk can include the local inn. Shop 25 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £1.50 per day or £5 per week. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring.

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£280-£701
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