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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
5
Bedrooms
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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.

WAS
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£465-£1140
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Hazel Cottage Ref: CC123280
Set high above the village of Ambleside and within acres of beautiful Lakeland landscape, Hazel cottage offers unbeatable views of the surrounding fells from every window. On a working farm, your neighbours are of the four legged variety and include a large herd of highland cattle, quite a sight to wake up to in the morning! The accommodation is cosy and comfortable, ideal for a couple and perfectly presented with everything you’ll need for a self-catering break. Do be aware that the location of Hazel Cottage is rural, high on the Kirkstone Road, the access lane not tarmacked.

Ground Floor: Hazel cottage has night storage heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance with a few steps leading to the...
Bedroom 1: With double bed and pretty furnishings.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.
Bathroom: with shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

First Floor: Cosy lounge/dining area: with TV and DVD.
Neat kitchen: with an electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box, dishwasher and microwave.

All electric, bed linen and towels provided. The property is not suitable for children under 12 years. Wi-Fi available. Parking for two cars. Picnic bench seating.

WAS
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£335-£570
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Guards Hill Byre Ref: CC133155
Guards Hill Byre is on the site of a Roman field hospital and is partially built from stone from the ’wall’. This superb barn conversion provides excellent accommodation for a short break or full week in Hadrian’s Wall country. It could be a romantic retreat or a base for couples and young families to explore the wall. Situated at Walton, just north of Brampton it is centrally located and within easy reach of the Lake District, Scottish Borders, Eden Valley and the historic border city of Carlisle. The owners are in the hospitality trade and will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. They provide a welcome pack, pick up and drop off at the station or for cycling and walking, books and games, towels, secure storage for bikes etc and private garden.

Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio/i-pod dock and electric optimist flame effect stove.
Dining/Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed and pull out bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack provided. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Large enclosed garden with lawn, patio, and BBQ. Parking for two cars. Storage for bikes etc. Two dogs welcome.

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£310-£540
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Holly House Ref: 17393

This charming, spacious village house has been totally refurbished and provides an excellent standard of holiday accommodation in the heart of the attractive lakeside village of Pooley Bridge, adjoining the owner’s other property. Well-equipped and comfortably furnished, it has five en-suite bedrooms and will equally suit couples or family groups. Enjoy being close to all the village amenities with the added bonus of having a peaceful large garden to the rear of the property with views across open fields. Just a short walk will take you to the shore of Ullswater where there are all year round regular steamers travelling the sinuous length of the lake, calling at Howton on the way south to Glenridding. Water sports, cycling and walking are all popular activities and whichever you choose you’ll be amazed by the spectacular scenery which Wordsworth called ‘the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur’. South of the lake you can drive over the scenic Kirkstone Pass which takes you down into the popular village of Ambleside and on to Windermere. The traditional market town of Penrith with a good variety of shops, pubs and restaurants is 6 miles. Shops and pubs 30 metres.

Lower ground floor: Utility room with toilet. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Half landing: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 4 steps to 1 double (5ft) with shower in room and en-suite toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in utility room. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Large garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 6 years. NB: There are 3 steps to sitting-out area and 5 steps to garden.

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£980-£1925
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Hindriggs Cottage Ref: 27293

Ideal walking base

This traditional, red sandstone barn has been tastefully converted to create two holiday homes which retain a good deal of charm and character. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the cottages stand on the edge of the picturesque and peaceful small fellside village of Dufton, which has a good pub on the village green and is on the Pennine Way. There is excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep and one of the highlights is High Cup Nick which is a spectacular geological feature and walkers are rewarded with an amazing view along the Eden Valley to the Lakeland fells. The ancient, attractive market town of Appleby, 3 miles, stands on the River Eden and is on the famous and scenic Carlisle to Settle train line. Dufton provides a good base from which to explore the contrasting but equally beautiful Lakes and Dales National Parks. The Scottish border and Hadrian’s Wall are also an easy, pretty drive away. Have an afternoon tea at the tea room, 200 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub with restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Ample parking.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared sitting-out area. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£276-£914
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
This delightful detached stone built cottage was completely renovated, extended and fully furnished to a very high standard. The cottage has two bedrooms, with super king size beds, and two bathrooms, and is sure to appeal to two couples or small families seeking superior accommodation in a peaceful location. It is situated one mile from the village of Calthwaite, which has a pub serving bar meals, midway between Penrith and Carlisle. 10 minutes drive from junction 41 on the M6 and 20 minutes from Ullswater, the Caldbeck Fells, Carlisle and the Eden Valley. There is an M&S food store three miles away at a service station, and a vast array of shops in both Carlisle and Penrith.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating, with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs and comprises:
Open plan living area with designated lounge and kitchen/dining areas.
Lounge: With woodburner, flat screen TV, DVD, CD/radio, patio doors and large picture windows with lovely views to Saddleback.
Kitchen/Diner: With electric range cooker with gas hob, American fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and dining table and chairs.
Bedroom 1: With super king size bed which can split into single beds (please advice when booking) and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With super king size bed and en-suite bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Garden, large patio with garden furniture and extensive grassed area. Parking for 2 cars. NB: There are horses and other animals in a field nearby. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£425-£830
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Minutes from Lake Ullswater

Barton Hall Farm can be found just outside Pooley Bridge, the village at the outfall of Lake Ullswater. Set in the countryside on a traditional working farm, this area offers some of the most wonderful landscapes in the region from the privacy of a secluded rural setting. It is minutes from Lake Ullswater, with its walking, water-sports and ponderous steamers making their regal-like journeys up and down the lake in the shadow of the majestic fells. This area offers many forms of recreation, whatever season you choose to visit. All three cottages have been tastefully converted from original old stone farm buildings; and wherever possible the original features have been retained. Old pitch pine beams stretch unhindered through bedrooms and across stairways and the local slate and sandstone are in evidence throughout. Guests are welcomed with fresh flowers, along with well furnished comfortable holiday accommodation, wood-burning stoves and well-equipped kitchens. For good walking, fells nearby include High Street range, 1 mile, and Helvellyn, 10 miles. The market town of Penrith, 5 miles; whilst the attractions of Keswick are 14 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Parking.

Parking.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Wood-fired renewable energy central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared garden area and furniture. Barbecue.

WAS
NOW
£231-£587
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Meadow Lodge Ref: CC118124
Meadow Lodge is situated in a quiet elevated position on a development of similar lodges in a most tranquil and peaceful retreat in Yanwath, four miles north of Ullswater. Surrounded by farmland, the lodge provides an ideal base from which to explore the Northern Lakes with the historic town of Penrith, the famous Rheged discovery centre, the picturesque Aira Force and the Ullswater steamers all within a short drive.

Ground Floor: The accommodation has a pine interior and is double glazed, with electric heating and comprises:
Living area: Open plan with flat screen Digital TV, DVD, radio, electric flame effect log stove and patio doors leading to the south facing terrace with views to the Pennine Hills.
Kitchen area: With large worktop, electric oven and hob, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite shower, WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available.Lawn and terrace with seating. Gas BBQ (Summer). Parking for 3 cars.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Beck Cottage Ref: RCHL24

Located in a quiet unspoilt Cumbrian village close to the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, this cosy traditional holiday cottage has the bubbling Banley Beck which runs into the River Eden running alongside it. Set in the Eden Valley, which has much to offer visitors who want to enjoy the quiet countryside walking, cycling or fishing. Within a short distance is the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park, both well renowned for their beauty, picturesque scenery and many tourist attractions. The historic cities of Durham and Carlisle are only a short journey away. A lovely traditional cottage in a village setting, well located for touring. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

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

Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced beck running alongside property.

WAS
NOW
£217-£519
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Leatheswater Ref: LXB

Close to the shores of Thirlmere lake and nestling at the foot of the magnificent Helvellyn, this first floor holiday apartment forms part of an elegant country house hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it enjoys stunning views of beautifully landscaped, mature gardens and the lake, and has been designed and furnished to a very high standard. Within the Lake District National Park are Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Shepherd’s Crag, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum and Hardknott Castle. Good walking abounds with gentle lakeside walks and more strenuous walks - notably Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Lake Windermere offers boat trips and good shops; Keswick (6 miles) has tennis, riding, golf and fishing; sailing on Lake Bassenthwaite. Restaurant on site and good pub nearby.

Entrance to first floor: Living/dining room with modern fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Hotel laundry service (at cost)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone by meter
  • Large shared garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking
  • Lake fishing available (permit required)
  • Shared drying room (for boots etc)
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No children
  • NB: Lake, with walk, 33 yards from property

WAS
NOW
£291-£643
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Castle Crag Ref: CC111393
Castle Crag is a modern, stylish town house with all the features guests are seeking, including Wi-Fi internet access, three bathrooms, excellent kitchen facilities, a patio garden for al fresco dining and private parking. Situated in a quiet residential area, 5 minutes level walk of Keswick town centre amenities, the parks and visitor attractions and only 10 minutes from the lake. The beauty of Keswick is not only the stunning scenery, but with walks from the door in every direction your car can be left in its parking space all week.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With Freesat TV, DVD, radio/ipod dock, gas fire and French doors to the garden.
Kitchen/diner: With range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility room: With washing machine.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

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

Second Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet access and telephone for incoming and free local calls.Outside: Patio garden with garden furniture. Parking for 1 car and on street parking.

WAS
NOW
£415-£830
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mere Croft Ref: CC119150
This fabulous barn conversion provides a perfect retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated down a long farm track, on the edge of the Lake District National Park and on a recognised cycle route. It is 3 miles from Hesket New Market, in a truly tranquil location with only the owner as a neighbour. Mere Croft was converted in 2013 to an excellent standard, with tiled floors, beamed ceilings and oak staircase. It has great facilities for 2 couples, including Wi-fi and two en suite bedrooms, one of which is a ground floor wet room, convenient for guests with mobility problems. The location is perfect to explore North and East Lakes, the Eden Valley and Carlisle and the Scottish Borders.

Ground Floor: Property has underfloor heating and comprises;
Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With flat screen TV, DVD and CD/radio
Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in outside utility room.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite wet room with shower, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-fi internet access.Outside: Patio with table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£395-£725
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