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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
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

This 17th-century, semi-detached farmhouse, complete with hot tub and sauna, makes a superb holiday home, set amongst a small collection of converted farm buildings (non-working farm). The property benefits from a quiet, rural location whilst being less than 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Kendal with its many shops, pubs and restaurants. Visit the Brewery Arts Centre, one of the leading arts centres in the UK, presenting an all year round programme of exciting and diverse, top quality events, performances and exhibitions in all art forms. The property is surrounded by picturesque countryside making for a perfect place for a relaxing holiday. It has a pretty patio at the front with French door access to the kitchen and an enclosed courtyard to the rear, housing a hot tub and sauna for you to enjoy after a long day exploring this lovely part of south west Cumbria and the Lake District. The farmhouse is also well-placed for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are beautiful circular footpath walks from the front door with excellent panoramic views, whilst for the more energetic, the challenge of the Lake District Fells with many wonderful attractions are within a short drive including the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, Aquarium of the Lakes and cruises on Lake Windermere. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Second living room (from 2015). Dining room/kitchen with French doors, beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Gym (2014 only). Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, two with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Paddle stairs to second floor: Second living room (2014 only).

Multi-fuel burner in living rooms (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Wii. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Two dishwashers. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Parking (3 cars). Hot tub (April-December). Sauna. Gym equipment (2014 only). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 3 steps in courtyard. Paddle stairs from balcony leading to courtyard.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Mill Race Ref: CC112115
The Mill Race is a truly stunning conversion of a former mill which is laid out over three floors. Only the finest materials have been used, from travertine floor tiles to slate work surfaces and quality bathroom fittings. Combined with luxury furnishings and accessories and a wealth of appliances to create a unique self catering ’cottage’ of an excellent standard. Situated on the bank of the fast flowing Applethwaite Gill at the foot of the mighty ’Skiddaw’, in the peaceful hamlet of Applethwaite, 1 mile from Keswick. The property has 70 metres of river bank with limited level ground. Quotes from our  guests
Well what can we say - Eva’s 60th Birthday and what a marvellous property to celebrate - The  house had everything we needed, space, superb equipped rooms - super efficient central heating and log fire (we brought loads). The kitchen had all we needed to ensure the cuisine was up to scratch - It was the coldest winter most of us can remember and to walk across the ice of Derwentwater to the centre Island was " memories are made of this" Congratulations to the owners of Mill Race and Cumbrian Cottages for one of our holidays to remember for a life time.

Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and under floor heating and comprises:
Spacious entrance hall where boots, jackets and bikes may be stored.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink.
Bedroom 1: With King size bed and en-suite shower room with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds which can be converted to a Super King (please request on booking) and en-suite shower room with WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 3: With King size bed and en-suite with shower bath, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 4: With King size bed and en-suite bath with WC and wash basin.
Separate Guest WC: off first floor landing.
TV connection in all bedrooms.

Second Floor: Lounge/Diner: With TV with Sky Sports, DVD, wood burning stove and balcony with table chairs and lovely views down Derwent Water.
Kitchen Area: With Rangemaster double electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, American fridge freezer and microwave.

All fuel, (except logs) bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available but guests should provide their own bed linen and blanket. Telephone for incoming and free local calls and Wi-Fi. Two well behaved dogs welcome - please bring own dog bed.Outside:  Decking with table and chairs and steep banking to the stream. Parking for 3 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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£935-£2660
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eastern Cottage Ref: W40032

17th century cottage

This delightful semi-detached holiday cottage faces across the green to the tumbling Coledale Beck in the picturesque village of Braithwaite. One of its many charms is the inglenook fireplace with open fire, an ideal place for relaxing after a day in the spectacular mountain scenery of North Lakeland. The cottage is ideal for relaxing holidays throughout the year and with Borrowdale, Derwentwater and Buttermere close by, makes an excellent base for walking. Other outdoor activities include cycling, sailing on Bassenthwaite Lake and rock climbing. The bustling market town of Keswick, 2 miles away, offers individual shops, peaceful parks, cultural festivals and an excellent leisure centre. Wider attractions include historic houses, colourful gardens, a wide variety of museums, a stone circle and award-winning brewery. Having discovered this beautiful area, return to the peace and comfort of this old lakeland cottage, built of cobbles and slate, and enjoy its modern comforts and welcoming atmosphere. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steep steps to the garden.

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£297-£755
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
The Hollies Ref: 16523

Within walking distance of all Windermere’s facilities

Tucked away on a quiet road, The Hollies is a five star, 5 bedroomed, quirky Victorian house situated between the villages of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. Within walking distance of train station, lake, marina, cinemas, theatre, restaurants, supermarkets, local shops and incredible fells - all minutes away. The Hollies is an ideal base for extended families or groups. A second twin bedroom with wet room on the ground floor is helpful for those with limited mobility. The open plan kitchen/dining room has crafted shaker style units with Belfast sink and robust granite worktop, and a desk with imac computer. A four oven gas Aga beneath oak beams rescued from an old chemist shop, and slate recycled from Grasmere bus station - is perfect for drying out a soggy kit! A library of books, maps, family games and films for little ones make this a wonderful place. The house is stylishly decorated with handmade wide white shutters. Oil paintings, teardrop chandeliers, Minton tiled floor, rugs and throws on comfy sofas fuse old and new in a tasteful way. Linen curtains over French doors lead from the ’grown ups’ dining room with woodburner to a walled gravelled courtyard - perfect for those balmy summer evenings, whilst the little pocket garden is lovely for a quiet moment. There’s even a Christmas box full of decorations for a festive stay- including Christmas tree if needed. All 4 upstairs bedrooms have luxurious bath or shower rooms and are provided with fluffy white towels so don’t be tempted to bring your own. Shops, restaurants and pub 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors and tiled floor. Kitchen/dining area. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin, with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 bunk with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Woodburner in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. CD. Gas Aga (4 oven and hot plate). Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small front garden and bench. Rear enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

WAS
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£1203-£2512
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Lakeside 50 metres

Nestling in a clearing of trees, at the foot of Helvellyn and close to the shore of Lake Thirlmere, Dale Head Hall’s Victorian coach house, set within the grounds of one of lakeland’s finest hotels, has been carefully restored and converted into five apartments offering delightful holiday accommodation amidst breathtaking scenery. Overlooking the cobbled yard they retain much of their rustic charm and are comfortably furnished and equipped. Stroll through the wonderful garden and enjoy spectacular lake views the tranquillity that this very special setting offers.
The walking and wildlife from the doorstep is excellent. There is a stunning walk along the lakeside or for the more ambitious hiker Helvellyn beckons. The popular, bustling market town of Keswick with an abundance of interesting shops, tourist attractions and eateries is 5 miles. Thirlmere connects to the South Lakes via a spectacular mountain pass, where you can enjoy the many opportunities that Grasmere, Windermere and Ambleside have to offer. An excellent central location for exploring the Lake District. Shop and pub 500 yards and restaurant on site.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Sunday to Sunday.

All properties: Oil central heating (on pre-set timer), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. 24 hour laundry service available. Shared drying room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared gardens with lakeside terrace, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds 55 yards away.

WAS
NOW
£224-£608
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Ramblers Rest Ref: CC124125
Ramblers Rest is two minutes from the centre of Coniston and with an easy walk to the Lake, unpretentious from the outside but a sheer delight inside.
This luxurious ground floor, one bedroom apartment has en-suite and a cosy lounge with inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, a separate kitchen and utility. The comfort and luxury provided by the owners of this apartment will be hard to beat. Furnished throughout with light oak furniture, leather sumptuous soft furnishings and with a fully fitted and very well equipped kitchen, you will love the attention to detail. The king size bed has the finest white goose down duvet and pillows (with synthetic alternatives provided if required). For your comfort and luxury there is endless hot water and large bath sheets.

Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With Inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), LCD TV, DVD and CD/radio.
Kitchen: With electric fan oven and gas hob, dishwasher, fridge and microwave.
Utility room: With washer/dryer, coat and boot storage.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower, WC and hand basin. 

All gas and electric provided. Bed linen and towels provided.  Initial supply of logs beside wood burner, with additional supplies in bicycle store for a small charge.Parking for one car. Now has a locked shed available for storage of bikes. Ramblers Rest is under the same ownership as Swallows Nest in Coniston.

WAS
NOW
£345-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Peacefully situated on a vegetable and grassland farmstead, these holiday cottages have been converted from a 200 year old barn and retain charm and character. Its tranquil location in a quiet area between the Solway Plain and the North West Lake District National Park, makes it ideal for getting away from it all, but enables easy access to North and West Cumbria. The breathtaking beauty of the western Lake District is on the doorstep, while Silloth and the Solway Coast, 10 miles, well known for its golf courses. William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, 20 minutes. Keswick, 25 minutes, is surrounded by fells and lakes - a walker’s paradise. Carlisle, The Border City, is within easy reach, 20 minutes, and over Hadrian’s Wall takes you into Scotland. The cottages enjoy stunning views over Cumbrian countryside towards Skiddaw and the Lakeland fells. Set off from your doorstep and meander along the old disused railway line or the banks of the Little Waver, which runs through the farmland and includes three wildlife ponds. Discover the wildlife including red squirrels, badgers, deer, foxes, and a variety of birds. Enjoy home grown vegetables straight from the field. Shop 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.
Properties 19990, 19991 and 19992 can all be booked together to accommodate larger parties.

Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with additional single and en-suite bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with beams.

All properties: Woodburner in living room and biomass central heating included (£30per week November-March). electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer in boot room. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared farmland, sitting-out area and orchard. Shared barbecue. Children’s play area. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking please. Friday to Friday. NB: There are rivers and ponds on the farm.

WAS
NOW
£234-£462
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hastings Ref: CC111356
Hastings is a delightful two bedroom, two bathroom self catering cottage, which is perfect for two couples or a family of four. It has the benefit of private parking, an outside seating area, a ground floor bathroom and fell views from some rooms. Situated in a residential area two minutes level walk to the town centre, with shops, pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions. With fell top and low level walks around Keswick and many other outdoor activities, such as climbing, mountain biking, cycling and sailing.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With wood flooring, wood burning stove (fuel not provided), TV/DVD and CD radio.
Dining/Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.
Rear entrance lobby: For walking gear.
Bathroom: With electric shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed with two single mattresses for comfort and a fell view.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot availableOutside: Paved seating area. Parking for 1 car and on street parking. 2 medium size dogs welcome.

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Dulcanter Heights Ref: CC121146
Set in the very heart of the beautiful Langdale Valley at Chapel Stile, Dulcanter Heights enjoys a unique location within this picturesque village and offers mesmerising views of the surrounding fell range across to Lingmoor Fell and the Langdale Pikes. The location offers some of the finest low and high level walking within the Lake District National Park, right from the doorstep and the views from most rooms of the house but particularly from the decked balcony accessed from the lounge room will prove most tempting to even the most novice of walkers and their pets. The village caters well for those taking a self catering break, the general store offering an excellent selection of every day provisions and the popular Wainwright’s Inn and Purdey’s Bar serving local ales and homemade food throughout the day and into the evening.
This ancient former bank barn has been cleverly re-designed in recent times to offer two quality units with the option of being utlised together if required by way of an interconnecting door (please ask at the time of booking).  Dulcanter Heights is on the first floor but with ground floor access from the side of the house.  The property has been thoughtfully prepared to ensure comfortable and up to the minute facilities for self catering guests whatever time of year you choose to visit the Lakes, the wood burning stove perfect for breaks in the cooler months so come and sample traditional Lakeland at its best, here at Dulcanter Heights.

First Floor: Dulcanter Heights is on all on first floor level above Dulcanter Fold but is accessed at ground level from the side of the house.  The property has oil fired central heating and briefly comprises:
Useful cloakroom: with handbasin and WC.
House bathroom: wtih shower over bath, handbasin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 1: double bedroom with range of fitted units.
Shower room: with shower cubicle and handbasin.
Bedroom 2: twin bedroom.
Bedroom 3: double bedroom.
Lounge: with open fireplace (fuel available locally) TV, DVD and balcony.
Kitchen/dining room: with electric double oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. 

All electric, oil, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Patio style garden with garden furniture. Courtyard parking for one small vehicle shared with Dulcanter Fold. Shared laundry with washer and dryer. Bike storage available in garage.

WAS
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£560-£1470
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Parkside Lodge Ref: RCHL14

This delightful, detached Lakeland stone holiday cottage, on the outskirts of the town and overlooking the hills and valleys around Kendal, is perfectly situated for exploring the Lake District National Park (Windermere, 9 miles), the Yorkshire Dales National Park (Sedburgh, 9 miles) and the Morecambe Bay area. The property also boasts a detached conservatory in the garden which has extensive views over Kendal and the surronding area. The bustling market town of Kendal offers many amenities, two museums, cinemas, the brewery Art Centre, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and an extensive choice of restaurants and pubs. Outdoor activities include cycling, golf, sailing and horse riding and many interesting walks. Historic houses within easy reach are Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with conservatory, terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£467-£494
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Fell Croft Ref: CC118125
Fell Croft is situated in the village of Pooley Bridge, on the shores of Ullswater, with easy access from the M6 Motorway and just five miles from the market town of Penrith. The property is ideally situated, at the end of a cul-de-sac, just out of the hustle and bustle of the village. It is an easy walk to the centre of the village with its pubs, restaurants and shops and onwards to the shores of the lake. Ullswater, is the second largest lake at 7.5 miles long, the lake offers a variety of water-based activities from canoeing; sailing and windsurfing to a leisure cruise on one of the famous steamers. Many walks start in the Ullswater Valley from the trek up to Helvellyn to low level strolls along the shoreline. There are many places to visit nearby including Dalemain Historic house and gardens, Rheged, Aira Force and The Alpaca Centre to name just a few! The bustling town of Keswick is only 25 minutes drive away.

Ground Floor: Heated by night storage heaters, Fell Croft comprises:
Entrance hall: With hanging space.
Lounge: With wood burning stove (logs not provided), digital TV with built in DVD player, CD/radio/cassette and sofa bed, a selection of games and views towards the village and Dunmallard Hill.
Kitchen: With electric cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer.
Dining room: Comfortably seating eight people and pine furniture.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite with shower cubicle, shower over bath, WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with built in wardrobe and views toward Barton Fell.
Bedroom 3: Bunk Bedroom with full-size bunk beds and pine furniture.
Bathroom: With bath with shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

All electric, towels and bed linen included. Telephone available for incoming calls only. Cot and highchair available.Outside there is parking for 3 cars, paved garden area, garden furniture. NB: There is a drop by the side of the bench.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Old School House Ref: CC132162
Old School House is exactly what the name implies, it adjoins the former village school (now The Tower House and home of the owners) in Melmerby. This attractive cottage is situated in a delightful position overlooking the village green, it has an excellent standard of furnishings and exclusive use of the owner’s heated swimming pool (2 hour’s per day guaranteed). The pool is heated to 30 degrees and has a fast lane for continuous swimming, there is also a sauna to relax and unwind after a good days walking. The cottage is 100 yards from the village bakery and 200 yards from a pub serving good food. Melmerby is a pretty village at the foot of the Pennine Hills, at the start to the ascent of Hartside and close to the Lake District.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided).
Conservatory
Dining/Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

All electric, oil, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi internet access. Cot available.Outside: Garden with lawn, patio and seating. Indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. Parking for 1 car.

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£520-£1360
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