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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ghyllside (Luxury) Ref: CC117103
Ghyllside offers 5 star luxury in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley - a walkers’ paradise. The cottage lies at the foot of Honister Pass, above the hamlet of Seatoller overlooking Hause Gill and England’s most beautiful valley. The cottage underwent major refurbishment and has tasteful furnishings and top quality appliances.
The Langstrath Pub in nearby Stonethwaite, offers beverages and home made food. There is a village store in Rosthwaite, 1 1/2 miles away and many more amenities in nearby Keswick.
Derwentwater, Buttermere and Crummock water are all close by with many fantastic walks on the surrounding fells, including Scafell Pike and Haystacks. A must to visit is the slate mine at the summit of Honister Pass.

Ground Floor: Ghyllside is centrally heated and comprises:
Lounge: Lakeland slate open fireplace. For relaxing after a day out, there is a 32" HD TV (with Sky), DVD/CD player, an i-pod dock and broadband internet access. Ghyllside has a generous selection of CDs, DVDs, books, games, tourist information, maps and guides.
Kitchen/Diner: Is equipped to the highest standard. It includes a NEFF hob,oven, a second combination microwave/ oven, fridge with little freezer section and dishwasher. The Italian extendable glass dining table seats six. There is an additional table top freezer in on out-building you can use.
Utility Area: With separate washer and dryer. There is ample room to dry clothes in the adjacent boiler cupboard.
Bedroom 1: Bunk bedroom (beds only suitable for children) with en-suite shower, WC, washbasin and under floor heating.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: Master bedroom is exquisitely furnished with an oriental theme to the furniture. There is a queen size bed, TV and DVD and ample built in wardrobe and storage space.
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and built in wardrobe and desk. ( By prior arrangement, the single beds can be joined to form a super king (6ft) bed).
Bathroom: Is stunning. With views of the fells, the limestone and slate finished bathroom contains a large separate shower, a full size bath, generous storage as well as under floor heating.

All fuel, bed linen and towels are provided. Payphone available for outgoing calls only. Cot and highchair available upon request. Broadband internet access. The patio and garden behind the cottage provide a relaxing place to sit outside and features a table and six chairs. Parking for 2 cars. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds.
Please note that this property is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

WAS
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£585-£1640
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Candy Cottage Ref: 29272

This spacious and comfortable two storey holiday apartment is situated above one of the country’s oldest traditional sweet shops in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale. Candy Cottage is well located for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks making this a great area for walkers and those who love the great outdoors. Lake Windermere, which offers good watersports, is within a 20-mile drive. Golf, fishing and riding can also be found locally. Other places of interest within a short drive include Ingleton, with its famous caves and waterfalls, Kendal, Silverdale and Arnside AONB, and Lancaster. The North West Coast, whose popular resorts include Blackpool and Lytham St Annes, can also be reached within an hour. Shop 50 yards, pub 25 yards, restaurant 30 yards.

Stairs to entrance. First floor: Living room. Kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. Partially open-sided stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional Z-bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat, on-demand (Apple) TV. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Car park (permit provided), 10 yards. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£189-£449
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
2 Greta Grove House Ref: CC111155
Situated on the fringe of the town, this luxurious apartment which forms part of a group known as the Greta Grove apartments, offers the best of both worlds, in that it has all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and yet has an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door.

Ground Floor: This ground floor apartment is furnished and equipped for your every need, with the benefit of French windows leading to a small patio and lovely views to Skiddaw and beyond.
Heated by gas central heating and comprising:

Lounge: With TV, electric fire, DVD and French windows with a lovely view.
Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower, wash hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, wash hand basin and WC.

All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Private parking for 1 car. Small patio with furniture.

WAS
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£370-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
1 The Knoll Ref: CC123182
The Knoll, a grade II listed building, is steeped in history, being the former home of Harriet Martineau, writer, economist and benefactor to the local people of Ambleside. Having being invited to convalesce on the shores of Windermere after a serious illness, Harriet became enchanted by the beauty of Lakeland and, once recovered, set to make the area her home. Having purchased a field behind the local Methodist Chapel, Harriet designed The Knoll, employing local tradesmen to create what her friend "Wordsworth described as being ’the wisest step of her life, for the value of the property will be doubled in ten years’.
Harriet began the most productive writing years of her life in Ambleside, inspired by the beautiful views from The Knoll and by the visitors that attended, established writers themselves. It is said that Harriet often entertained her companions by holding annual tea and dinner parties, whereby each guest would plant two trees in the grounds, the gardens now lush with firs and other species planted by the likes of Wordsworth and Coleridge.
The interior of The Knoll is very grand and demonstrates such a keen eye for detail and design. The current owner has taken great care to furnish the building with quality pieces and rich colours and fabrics to inspire her 21st Century guests, although never far from mind, is the greatly admired Harriet, without whom this wonderful holiday home would never exist.

Ground Floor: The Knoll, now part of the original property, has gas fired central heating and comprises:
Grand entrance hallway leading to:-
Lounge: With elaborate bay window, dining table, ornate gas fire and surround, TV and video.
Conservatory: Looking out to the gardens with comfortable seating, TV and a second dining table.
Kitchen: Fully fitted with built in oven with combination microwave option, gas hob, washer/dryer, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with king size bed, built in units, TV and video and ’heritage’ en-suite with shower cubicle, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and TV with DVD.
Bathroom: With quality ’heritage’ fittings comprising bath, shower cubicle hand basin and WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available.Outside: Large gardens to the side and rear with furniture provided. Private parking for one car in garage, and one car in front of garage only. NB: Due to the layout of the ornate gardens, this property is only suitable for either ’babes in arms’ or children over the age of 6 years old.

WAS
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£740-£2260
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Lilac Barn Ref: CC118168
Newton Reigny is a peaceful village three miles from Penrith and with the benefit of easy access to the M6. Ullswater, the Northern Lakes and the Eden Valley are all easily accessible and the village benefits from a pub serving bar meals.
These two characterful barn conversations (Lilac Studio property number 118169) have an interconnecting door and may be let separately or together for up to 6 people and situated in the village of Newton Reigny the Lilacs was originally a farm and the two cottages were the Byre and adjoining barn. More recently it was the home to Simon Bull, a well known Cumbrian artist and Lilac Studio was where he did his painting. The quality of accommodation in each cottage is to a very high standard, including top quality facilities and character beamed ceiling.

Ground Floor: Lilac Barn has an open plan living area and comprises:
Lounge area: With Freeview TV and CD radio.
Dining Kitchen area: With electric cooker, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Bathroom: With roll top bath, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with views to the Pennines and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with views towards Blencathra.

Fuel, towels and bed linen provided. Cot available on request. Wi-Fi is included (but please note it is slow speed within this village). Wine on arrival.Outside: Shared use of the owners courtyard and garden. Parking for 2 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£370-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Nook Ref: CC118226
The Nook is an idyllic romantic retreat for couples but equally suitable for two single people on a walking/ cycling holiday. The accommodation is for two people with the flexibility of two bedrooms for sleeping. This delightful Lakeland cottage is full of character including beamed ceilings and is beautifully furnished throughout. Situated in the heart of the popular village of Greystoke, a village with a true community spirit, village store, excellent pub serving food and outdoor swimming pool. The quiet lanes above Greystoke, which lies on the C2C cycle route, are superb for cycling and is close to Ullswater and Keswick with great walking opportunities.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, ornamental traditional range and wood flooring.
Kitchen area: With tiled floor and underfloor heating, electric oven and ceramic hob, washer/dryer, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
Shower room: With large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
Stone staircase to.....

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

All fuel and bed linen included. Outside: Small paved garden with seating. On street parking. Storage for bikes. Sorry not suitable for babies. Not suitable for people with limited mobility due to the steepness of the steps. Please note the owners have a dog so the cottage is not allergy free.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Bay Cottage Ref: CC123270
Ambleside offers a wealth of attractions and activities for the first or returning visitor and being mostly on the level, is very accessible to all. Whether you walk, cycle or simply walk the dog, you’ll be spoiled for choice by the fantastic array of low and high level ambles available right from the door step and equally pampered by the wide selection of shopping, restaurants and bars on hand – why not try The Lakeside Inn, just 20 yards from the property for a hearty meal, reasonably priced pint and 180 degree view of Windermere?

Within a hop, skip and jump of the water’s edge, The Bay Cottage enjoys a super location for a Lake District self-catering break at any time of the year and with three good bedrooms and equal number of bathrooms, the accommodation is ideal for either three couples or the larger family. The spacious lounge, arranged around the open fireplace, the perfect spot for the dog, offers a cosy atmosphere for an out of season break and with all the bedrooms having TV and Wi-Fi access, everyone can enjoy their own peaceful haven to chill, relax and unwind, exactly how holidays should be.

Ground Floor: The Bay Cottage has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance from rear onto ground floor with...
Lounge room: with large TV, DVD and open fire (fuel available locally).
Boot room: with washer/dryer.
Cloakroom: with handbasin and WC.
Kitchen: with dishwasher, electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Middle Floor:
Bedroom 1
: With double bed, vanity sink and TV.
Dining room: with gas fireplace.
Shower room: with cubicle, hand basin and WC.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, TV, seating area and en-suite with shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 3: With double bed, TV, shower cubicle, WC and vanity unit.

All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available.Outside: private parking for one small car with further unrestricted parking available close by.

WAS
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£465-£1140
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Cottage Ref: CC111355
The Cottage at Twentymans Court enjoys an excellent situation in Keswick Town Centre, 100 yards from shops, pubs and restaurants and directly across the road from the River Greta and Fitz Park. The Cottage is well equipped and benefits from private parking and fell views from the upstairs lounge, to Skiddaw and Latrigg. Visitors to Keswick have the advantage of so many walks from the doorstep and a wealth of amenities and visitor attractions for your ’rest days’.

Ground Floor: Property has night storage and electric panel heaters and comprises:
Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave and CD/MP3/USB radio.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.

First Floor: Lounge: With Freesat TV, DVD, CD/radio, views across the park to Skiddaw and Latrigg and a set of Wainwright fell guides.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and Z bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Shared but secluded yard to the rear. Parking for 1 car. 1 well behaved dog welcome.

WAS
NOW
£335-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Irton Hall is a stunning holiday location with impressive history, set in the foothills of the Western fells of the Lake District between Wasdale and Eskdale. Parts of the magnificent hall, such as the Pele Tower, date from the 14th century. The Pele Tower (ref 25366) creates a totally unique holiday venue on four floors featuring spacious rooms with beams, sandstone walls and an original stone spiral staircase from top to bottom of the tower. The third floor family bedroom and en-suite are accessed via this spiral staircase; the other floors have additional standard staircase access, whilst the first floor living room has a leisure area with pool table. Broughton House (ref 24374) forms the west wing of Irton Hall, where spacious elegant rooms, chandeliers and a grand staircase with stained glass windows make this a dream holiday venue. A pool table in the living room and wi-fi access enhance the excellent facilities available. The Clock Tower (ref 24587) is a wonderful original stone detached building behind the main hall with a modern interior, including 4 shower rooms and a spacious family living area with patio doors opening onto a private decked area. Set beside the main hall, Lamplugh (ref 25507) is a delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage with spacious rooms looking out over grounds, having its own private sitting-out area and freedom to roam the nature trails within the woods. Lingard Cottage (ref 26257) is a semi-detached cottage to the side of the main hall and has its own entrance hall and French doors to sitting-out area. Ormondroyd Cottage (ref 26258) is also a semi-detached cottage to the side of the main hall with its own entrance hall and French doors from the living room to a small balcony overlooking open countryside.
Both Oliver Cromwell and Henry VI visited the hall, although it is reputed that Henry VI was refused entry and spent the night under the 1000 year old oak tree in front of the house, known as ‘The King’s Oak’.
Surrounded by 19 acres of natural parkland where children can play to their hearts’ content and guests may wander and explore the natural habitats of abundant wildlife in the grounds. A short drive will bring you to wide sandy beaches, the Eskdale miniature steam railway at Ravenglass and Muncaster Castle and Gardens which also house the unique International Owl Sanctuary. The Langdales are to the east, accessed via the Hard Knott Pass and Wrynose Pass, whilst Wasdale and Wastwater with their amazing views of Great Gable and Scafell Pike are 5 miles away. Ideally situated at the heart of the western Lake District, many lakes are within easy reach such as Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere, whether to stroll along the banks and watch the reflection of the drifting clouds in the Lakes, or expend some energy climbing the rugged hills to admire the stunning views from the top - the choices are endless. The historic port and marina of Whitehaven which hosts the Tall Ships Race every two years is 14 miles, with shops, restaurants, museums and many holiday activities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (on timer) included (£10 per day April-October). Gas included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Sitting-out area. Barbecue. Ample parking. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. 19-acre shared lawned parkland and natural woodland. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£259-£828
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Holly Cottage is a character cottage in every sense of the word, with many original features including beamed ceilings and stone flagged floor. This 300 year old one bedroom cottage is perfect for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is situated east of Brampton on the North Pennine Hills, surrounded by beautiful open countryside which is perfect for walking and cycling. It is close to Hadrian’s Wall and centrally located to visit Carlisle, the Lake District, Northumbria and the Scottish Border Country. The owners run a small farm and race horse establishment and are happy to show guests round when work allows.

Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD and electric flame effect stove.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, fridge and microwave. Use of shared freezer.
Wet room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Galleried bedroom: With twin beds which can be converted to a super king (please advise when booking), TV and DVD.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. One well behaved dog welcome. Wi-Fi internet access available.Outside: Patio with seating. Parking for 2 cars. Shed with shared freezer.

WAS
NOW
£310-£540
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Fern Cottage Ref: LE9

Overlooking the village green, this delightful adjoining cottage, furnished with great style and charm, is a wonderful holiday base for touring the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Immaculately presented, it makes for a pleasant stay in both winter and summer alike - flowers and champagne can be arranged on request and romantic winter evenings can be spent around the open fire or balmy evenings with a glass of chilled wine in the conservatory, which opens out onto a very pretty, and secluded cottage garden. This much sought-after rural community has, on a number of occasions, won the title of Eden’s Best Kept Village. There is excellent walking and cycling in the area. Ullswater 7 miles. Keswick 20 miles. Shops 6 miles, pub 200 yards.

Beamed living room with open fire. Beamed farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with Stanley range, tiled floor and door to conservatory. Traditional cottage stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Oil Stanley range (cooking, hot water, central heating) included
  • Combi microwave oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden, patio, furniture
  • Large garage
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£317-£792
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Crimson Cottage Ref: 30152

A beautiful adjoining barn conversion, Crimson Cottage exudes a romantic feel, with lovely furnishings, a large open-spaced living room with high beams and multi-fuel burner, a beautifully fitted kitchen, a pretty mezzanine double bedroom as well as a Jacuzzi bathroom, making this a perfect hideaway for couples. The holiday property lies within the grounds of Wreaks End Farm, where there are other charming, detached holiday cottages (refs 19529 and 28762), just 1 mile from the market town of Broughton-in-Furness, with its cobbled square, shops, pubs, café and restaurants. You are right on the doorstep of the Duddon Valley, which is a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Cumbria, situated between Coniston and Eskdale: remote, unspoilt and perhaps the most idyllic corner of the Lake District. The Duddon Valley will delight walkers, mountain bikers, climbers, nature lovers and those who enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside. The tiny villages of Ulpha and Seathwaite are two focal points of the valley. At Ulpha there is a post office/village shop, while Seathwaite, situated near the end of the ancient Walna Scar road, boasts a 16th-century inn, where good home-cooked food, real ales and a warm welcome await, all day all year. The property is the perfect base from which to explore this part of the Western Lakes, while Windermere, Bowness and many other attractions in the Lake District National Park are all within easy driving distance. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double (5ft four-poster) bed.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (October-April £30per week, £20 per short break). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£235-£747
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