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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

The mantra of Seaville Farm Barn is ‘just bring yourself’ for here, in the sympathetically converted barns of a Grade II listed farmhouse, less than ten minutes’ drive to sandy beaches, every effort has been made to provide the perfect getaway. To preserve the façade of this interesting building, all the accommodation is individually designed, featuring exposed stonework and high beams. Relax, unwind and enjoy this peaceful location which is full of the sounds of birdsong and has walks from the farm leading to the SSSI wildlife sites of Border and Skinburness Marshes and on to coastal paths. Whilst the working farm setting is home to hens, ducks, Jersey cows and a donkey called Mollie, there is plenty of space to enjoy kicking around with a ball or to pedal a toy tractor. And ‘foodies’ will love the home made fare served at the farm’s tea rooms, where fresh eggs and Jersey milk can also be purchased. This northwest corner of Cumbria sees the majestic fells of the Lake District give way to the undulating coastal plain of the Solway Firth. Across the tidal sea estuary, the mountains of Scotland stand proud – on a clear day the skyline is filled with high peaks. All around Seaville Farm Barn lies rich farmland, which after a mile or two runs west to the long sandy beaches of Silloth and Allonby or North to the special nature site of Morecambe Bay and the ‘sinking sands’ of Burgh-by-Sands. Eastwards, the River Eden affords lovely walks along its meandering valley and around Talkin Tarn near picturesque Brampton. Hadrian’s Wall is just 10 miles away and the border city of Carlisle is about half an hour’s drive as is Bassenthwaite Lake with its osprey viewpoint. The opposite shore of Scotland, taking in a visit to Gretna Green on the way, can be explored in a day trip. Golf, riding and sea fishing are nearby; the charming Victorian town of Silloth (4 miles) has a good selection of shops and pubs. E4999 (The Millers Cottage), E5000 (The Hayloft) and E5040 (Swallows Nest) can be booked together to sleep up to 12 people. From mid November to mid February, a dining/family room is available seating up to 30 people with a wood burning stove and sitting area (£100pw, £20 per day, on request).

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

All properties: Underfloor oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (at cost). Shared garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Shared children’s play area. Bicycles and child’s pedal tractors. No smoking.

WAS
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£341-£523
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Crofthead Ref: CC119145
Crofthead is the idyllic chocolate box cottage with delightful panoramic views. This traditional detached Lakeland cottage also benefits from a stunning location, surrounded by open pasture, with sheep quietly grazing and the spectacular backdrop of the Caldbeck Fells. Crofthead oozes charm, character and quality, with both antique and modern furnishings enhancing the cosy cottage ambience, but with modern bathroom and kitchen, with excellent range of appliances and facilities. This quiet corner of the Lakes is ideal not only for walking, but also cycling along quiet country lanes and relaxing in tranquil surroundings. The pretty villages of Hesket New Market and Caldbeck are both very close, each with traditional pubs, shops and cafes.

Ground Floor: Centrally heated with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs and comprising:

Spacious Lounge: With oak beams, wood burning stove, CD/radio/i-Pod dock, TV and DVD.
Dining/Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 1: With single bed.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds which can convert to a super king size bed (please advice when booking).
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and basin.

All fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Telephone for incoming calls and unlimited Wi-Fi. Cot available.Outside: Parking for 2 cars. Garden with patio and garden furniture. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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£480-£1140
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Panoramic views to Great Dodd and HelvellynPanoramic views to Great Dodd and Helvellyn

This stone built holiday cottage looks out upon some of the finest scenery in the Lakes. St Johns-in-the-Vale is nearby with the challenging walking country of High Rigg, and rising up behind are the lower slopes of Blencathra. Set on a working sheep farm, just off the A66, an ideal touring base for the Lakes. The traditional village of Threlkeld, 1 mile. The bustling market town of Keswick, 6 miles. Lakeside walks at Thirlmere and boating trips on Derwent Water. Grasmere, 10 miles, Ambleside, 14 miles, Windermere, 18 miles. Ullswater, with steamboat trips, is 10 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub 1 mile.These stone built holiday cottages (refs 14652 and 18199) look out upon some of the finest scenery in the Lake District, including Great Dodd and beyond to Helvellyn. St Johns-in-the-Vale is nearby with the challenging walking country of High Rigg, and rising up behind the properties are the lower slopes of Blencathra. Set on a working sheep farm, just off the Penrith to Keswick Road (A66), an ideal touring base for the Lakes. The children can enjoy the climbing frame, slide and swings in an enclosed play area. The traditional village of Threlkeld, 1 mile, has two excellent pubs serving food. The bustling market town of Keswick, 6 miles, with a selection of shops, tourist attractions, restaurants and pubs. Lakeside walks at Thirlmere and boating trips on Derwent water are a must. Travelling along a country lane through the Vale will bring you to the prehistoric site of Castlerigg Stone Circle. Grassmere, 10 miles, Ambleside, 14 miles, Windermere, 18 miles. Ullswater, with steamboat trips, is 10 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with wooden floor. Bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with Velux.

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared gravel area and benches. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared enclosed play area with climbing frame, slide and swings.

WAS
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£235-£714
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Wansfell Lodge Ref: CC127148
Wansfell Lodge resides on the spectacularly situated Limefitt Park, in one of the Lake District’s most beautiful valleys. The valley sides climb steeply to the surrounding peaks, such as High Street and Froswick providing breathtaking scenery. The Lodge is situated in a tranquil location with direct access on to the Lakeland Fells with an abundance of walks and wildlife and although it is only 3 miles from Windermere it retains the feeling of remoteness. On site facilities include  a small supremarket, the Haybarn Inn (open April - October), a traditional Lakeland pub serving meals, including breakfast, and a selection of fine ales and a beer garden.  There is also a games room, adventure playground and  launderette on site. Internet access is avaialble both in the lodge and throughout the site.
Nearby leisure activities include pony trekking, cycle hire, golf, fishing and a host of water sports. A truly wonderful location from which to enjoy a fabulous activity packed holiday.

Ground Floor: The luxury accommodation has gas central heating and comprises:
Living area: Open plan with colour TV, DVD, CD/radio, electric fire, dining table and chairs and doors to the balcony.
Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite shower, WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom.
Bathroom: With bath, WC and hand basin.

All fuel and bed linen provided.  Cot and highchair available available by request.  Internet access is avaialble both in the lodge and throughout the site.Outside is decking surrounding the front and side of the chalet with table, chairs and BBQ. Private parking for two cars. NB: The on-site shop and the Haybarn Inn are only open from April to October, they close during the winter. The Maximum number of guests is 6 including babies.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Briarwood Ref: CC128103
This delightful apartment is situated on Helm Road, in an elevated position above the bustling town of Bowness. Briarwood has a balcony offering pleasant views towards Claife Heights and surrounding fells and has private parking ensuring that the pleasures of this busy town can be accessed on foot and a selection of walks can be taken from the door.

Second Floor: The accommodation is gas centrally heated and comprises:
Lounge/dining room: Pleasant open plan with picture windows giving access to a balcony, TV, DVD, video, radio, comfortable seating and dining furniture.
Kitchen: Adjoining and open plan with electric built in oven and grill, electric hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With small 4ft double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot and payphone available. Wi-Fi access available.Garage parking.

WAS
NOW
£320-£540
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Quietly situated close to magnificent Ullswater, this single-storey holiday home with large, enclosed garden has been converted from an attractive Victorian school building, complete with its original bell-tower. From the doorstep, there are excellent walks to the high fells and a ten minute walk to the lakeside. The dramatic Lakeland scenery can be enjoyed by steam boat from Pooley Bridge. Climbing, sailing, canoeing, hang-gliding, golf, horse riding and pony trekking are available locally. Keswick 12 miles. Penrith 5 miles. Excellent restaurant 2 miles. Pub and shop ½ mile.

Entrance hall. Living room with open fire, mullioned windows and French doors to garden. Kitchen/dining room with fitted units and quarry-tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, both with
en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, geothermal hot water, central heating and bed linen included
  • Travel cot
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking (cars and boats)
  • Cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities

WAS
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£465-£1335
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
2 Harney Peak Ref: CC115120
This former Lakeland Hotel was converted, refurbished and upgraded into self catering apartments. Situated in the centre of Portinscale, a peaceful village one mile from Keswick, which has a village store with tea room (seasonal opening hours), The Farmers Arms Pub, restaurant and two Marinas. There is a footpath to both the lake and into Keswick that has many more amenities. Harney Peak is ideally situated to explore this beautiful part of the lakes either on foot or by car.
Number 2 is a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with the benefit of being situated on the ground floor.

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating the accommodation comprises:
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with:
Lounge area: With TV, DVD and CD/radio.
Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available. Internet access available. Outside: Parking for two cars. There is on site lockable communal bike storage room and you also have access to a communal drying room.

WAS
NOW
£355-£605
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.

WAS
NOW
£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Harbour Cottage Ref: 8982

This lovely holiday cottage overlooking the river and harbour with 3 miles of sandy beach. A quiet village with a coastal lagoon, water skiing, sea and fly fishing, golf, horse riding, and walks nearby. Tour the Lake District along quiet roads, lack of crowds and peaceful setting. Shop and pubs 100 yards.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Partial open tread stairs to first floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with pine ceiling. Kitchen.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car, space for another 50 yards). No smoking. NB: Balcony balustrading 1 metre high, with stairs leading to riverside.

WAS
NOW
£249-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Beckside Farmhouse Ref: W41904

Ideal touring base

This farmhouse, on a working beef farm at the western fringe of the Lake District National Park, has views of Corney Fell. The holiday property is two miles from a sand and pebble beach and a short drive to Muncaster Castle and Gardens where you will find the International Owl Sanctuary. The area is rich with visitor attractions such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton and L’aal Ratty Miniature Steam Train which travels from Ravenglass to Eskdale. To help our enviroment and reduce our carbon footprint electricity is produced via solar panels for the property. Shops 0.25 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (two 5ft), one with additional single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included. Linen hire. Travel cot. Cot. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£347-£848
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Lovelady Shield comprises three, 5 star luxury holiday cottages situated around a delightful cobbled courtyard.
Located within the grounds of a superb country house hotel 2 miles from Alston, the location is superb. Alston is often described as "in the middle of nowhere, but central for everywhere" lying high up in the north Pennine hills on the borders of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria within easy reach of the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the historic cities of Carlisle and Durham. All three properties are luxuriously appointed to appeal to the most discerning customers and the experience of staying here is quite unique.The hotel facilities are available to guests staying in the cottages, including free Wi-Fi, a first class restaurant, bar and lovely grounds. Food may be ordered from the bistro style menu and delivered to the cottage, or you may opt to have a casserole bubbling away in the oven for your arrival. A selection of reasonably priced wines are also available for consumption in the cottage. Ultimately you will enjoy the best of both worlds, your own self catering accommodation with restaurant facilities for that special treat. The area is truly tranquil with lovely views surrounding the grounds in a beautiful countryside setting surrounded by acres of farmland with numerous public footpaths for you to enjoy away from the crowds.
Clifton is a luxuriously appointed three bedroom cottage fitted to an extremely high level of luxury in a delightful courtyard setting surrounded by acres of farmland with open virews across the fells.
This property can be booked together with The Shieling (132132) and Colleton House (132133) to accommodate up to 16 people.
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Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Galleried entrance hall with glass panelled craftsman built staircase.
Lounge: With Freeview sat TV, DVD and wood burning stove set in feature stone fireplace.
Dining/Kitchen: With granite work surfaces,electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Separate WC

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With King size bed.
Bedroom 3: With king size bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin .

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Shared use of hotel grounds and facilities. Parking for 2 cars. 2 dogs welcome. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Garden Cottage Ref: CC129122
Midway between Kendal and Windermere, Brigsteer is a superb location from where to explore the delights of the Lake District National Park. The area offers some superb scenery across the Lyth Valley and excellent walking and cycling opportunities for all ages and abilities. The Wheatsheaf, nearby is dog friendly, open all day and has dining from 12 noon to 9pm with seasonal menus created with the freshest locally sourced produce. The Strickland Arms, is near to the gates of Sizergh Castle (NT), and has locally sourced food, light and main meals and a bar. Family and dog friendly with a relaxed comfortable atmosphere. Also nearby the multi award winning farm shop and cafe at Low Sizergh Barn."
As the name suggests, Garden Cottage has a delightful cottage style garden, full of colour and fragrance throughout the year and enjoys distant views of the Lyth Valley and surrounding fells.This traditional double fronted cottage displays a wealth of charming, characterful features including open beams and wood burning stove and the owner has successfully combined the original features with co-ordinating linens and many personal touches throughout.

Ground Floor: Garden Cottage has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: With wood burning stove (logs provided), Freeview TV, DVD player, CD/ radio and views over the front garden. Plenty of maps and reading material about local walks available.
Kitchen: With integrated appliances in bespoke units housing electric oven and hob, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bathroom:  With bath, shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Pretty double bedroom with vaulted ceiling, bespoke furniture and co-ordinating fabrics.
Bedroom 2: Pretty twin bedroom with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. Bespoke furniture with good storage and co-ordinating fabrics.

All electric, oil and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Free Wi-Fi access available. There is a Freezer available in the store room. Garden with furniture. Car port for one small car. The property is only suitable for one small dog; the garden is small and not fully enclosed.

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
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