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Cumbria is one of Britain's most loved and visited holiday locations, providing a unique combination of dramatic mountains and awesome lakes. It's a place that attracts visitors all year round and appeals to a wide variety of holidaymakers from couples who want to stay in a cosy Lakeland cottage to families who are looking for country homes with a view.

Cumbria has a great blend and variety of contrasting landscapes, including the renowned Lake District National Park which includes all the iconic places synonymous with the Lake District such as Windermere, Keswick and Ambleside as well as famous lakes such as Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston.

The mountains and fells here are spectacular and include iconic peaks such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, Grisdale Pike and the largest mountain in England Scarfell Pike. The county extends well beyond The National Park offering great cottage holiday destinations like the tranquil Eden Valley in the east and the rugged uplands to the north around Hadrian's Wall or the Western Lakes and Coast on the west and the Cartmel Peninsula in the south.

Because of its quite compact geography it's easy to get around the Lake District and despite of its popularity it's still possible to escape fellow holidaymakers to admire the wide open spaces and spectacular views with the feeling that you're the only one there, apart from the sheep!

The great outdoors is of course one of the main reasons people visit; this is wonderful walking and cycling country as well as providing lots of opportunities to sample the watersports on the numerous lakes.

Families will find no shortage of top quality visitor attractions, those interested in National Trust properties and gardens will also not be disappointed. The region is packed with picturesque Lakeland villages to discover, specialist shops, cosy pubs and restaurants.

Those thinking about taking a cottage holiday in Cumbria are sure to find something suitable, whether it's in the 'hot spots' of the central and southern lakes or the more remote and rugged areas of the northern lakes, or maybe the less well known regions to the west and east of the county.

So whether you're looking for lots of activities and attractions or a quiet 'away from it all' break this region will suit.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Cumbria to find your perfect retreat.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Whitehall Ref: B4872

For a holiday with a difference, Whitehall is a wonderfully atmospheric 14th-century Pele Tower providing a magnificent setting for a large family or group, perfectly placed for exploring the Lake District and Solway Coast. Grade I listed, the house has been owned by the same family for 150 years and has a long and fascinating history. An addition to the original building was made in the 16th-century and the first restoration was made in 1861, after it was bought by the merchant and philanthropist George Moore.
Whitehall has all the benefits of modern living, whilst retaining its original character. The house stands in an acre of grounds containing the picturesque ruins of a Victorian manor house. Two of the larger lawns can be used for family games. Inside the house are spacious rooms, including a first floor sitting room with enormous Tudor stone fireplace, looking out over tranquil pastureland. The grounds are full of birdlife and the garden is home to red squirrels. The scenery of the Northern Lakes is close at hand.
Bassenthwaite Lake, 7 miles. Whinlatter Visitor Centre, Altura Mountain Bike Trail and Go Ape, 17 miles. Cockermouth, 10 miles. Hadrian’s Wall, 16 miles. Keswick, 16 miles. Ullswater, 26 miles. Shops and restaurant 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Cloakroom with toilet. Games room. First floor: Living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (with interconnecting door and also separate access). Shower room with toilet. Gallery: Separate toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included 5 hrs per day (£3 per hour thereafter). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden with large lawns and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Games room with table tennis and magnetic dart board.

WAS
NOW
£523-£1383
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Sonya’s Cottage Ref: CC143159
This tranquil corner of Cumbria is one of the areas best kept secrets, known only to bird watchers and locals. Sonya’s Cottage lies just outside the village of Anthorn, overlooking the estuary in an ’Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, on the Solway coast. It is next to an RSPB bird sanctuary, hence the popularity with bird watchers, with an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes and badgers. There are many walks from the cottage one which follows the Roman Wall along the coast. This former barn was converted into a beautiful character cottage with beamed ceilings, accommodation designed to be wheelchair friendly and stunning views from all rooms. There are several pubs within three or four miles which serve food and the historic City of Carlisle is a 20 minute drive.

Ground Floor: The property is wheelchair friendly, all on one level, with wide doorways, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With views over the estuary, LCD TV and CD/radio.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, fridge and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Wet room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet available.

Please note: a HOT TUB has been installed at the property, this can be made available for you during your stay at an additional cost of £10 per session - this must be arranged directly with the owner during your stay.Outside lawn, patio with table and chairs. Ample parking. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Broadrayne Ref: 29224

Set in the heart of the picturesque South Lakeland National Park, this detached three bedroom country bungalow stands on a large plot, with well-tended gardens, bordered by open fields in a quiet and peaceful, rural location situated on a working farm, near Crosthwaite. It is located 5 to 6 miles from Windermere - the perfect holiday base to discover the beauty of the Lake District. This charming bungalow benefits from spacious accommodation, fitted with a well equipped kitchen and opening out to a patio and lawns, where the views of the surrounding countryside are a delight. Enjoy the well-maintained garden. There are many walks and cycling routes right on the doorstep. This lovely holiday home has the advantage of all the peace, quiet and beauty of being nestled in glorious countryside, whilst the bustling village of Bowness is just twenty minutes’ drive away. From Bowness, the Lakeland Steamers cruise up and down Lake Windermere to Ambleside and connect with the Haverthwaite Steam Railway at Lakeside. There is also a car ferry crossing the lake, meaning you can easily explore the quaint Lakeland villages of Hawkshead, Far Sawrey and Satterthwaite, and find easy access to the stunning Grizedale Forest, where magical scenery for walks and cycling trips will be found. A magnificent cottage in the enchanting Lake District, to be enjoyed at any time of the year. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. 2 steps to kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, (one 5ft), 1 single (2ft 6in) with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower attachment, bidet and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/
grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. ¼-acre, enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 2 steps from living room to garden.

WAS
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£290-£793
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Kennels Ref: CC132170
Standing in the grounds of Yew Tree Farm (property reference 132109) this is a perfect bolt hole for a relaxing break in an outstanding rural location. Full of rustic character and charm it can be booked alongside Yew Tree Farm to accommodate extra family or friends or independently. Reagill is a delightful village situated in the unspoilt Eden Valley. This area is probably Cumbria’s best kept secret, with picture postcard villages and beautiful rolling countryside. It is ideal for walking and cycling and offers fishing on the Eden. Nearby attractions include Brougham Castle, Acorn Bank house and gardens and Rheged Discovery centre. Reagill is easily accessible from the M6 and just a stone’s throw from The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. The nearest town is the market town of Appleby, famous for its horsefair or the larger town of Penrith is just a 15-20 minute drive.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Living room: With beams and original trusses, woodburning stove, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/diner: With flagged floor and beams, patio doors, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, freezer and washer/dryer.
Sitting room.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

All heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Sitting area. Private parking for 2 cars. 2 pets welcome.

WAS
NOW
£320-£450
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Jebel Kasr Ref: 25301

This welcoming, cosy, modern cottage adjoining the owner’s home is an ideal holiday base for couples exploring the spectacular northern Lake District. It is quietly situated in the picturesque village of Thornthwaite on the slopes of Winlatter Forest, which is renowned for its mountain biking tracks and lovely forest trails. It is surrounded by stunning scenery and lies 3 miles to the west of the popular market town of Keswick, where you will find a wealth of tourist attractions and amenities. The village stands 1 mile from Bassenthwaite Lake, great for water sports and fishing. Bike storage available. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double or twin (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas stove in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small sitting-out area with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£196-£491
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Fisherbeck Fold Ref: CC124159
Fisherbeck is a most charming 17th Century, former Lakeland Farmhouse situated in an idyllic location on the Eastern side of Coniston Water.  The apartment enjoys fabulous views over the lake, across the open countryside towards Coniston Old Man.  The view will beckon even the most novice of walkers to ramble straight from the door; to Brantwood, home of Ruskin, into Coniston village itself with a good selection of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants or simply just to meander along the country lanes and be inspired by the stunning scenery that has been so influential to many famous writers and artists throughout the ages.
Fisherbeck Fold has been thoughtfully converted to retain an abundance of character and original features, including heavily beamed ceilings, sloping floors and original panelled doors.  The apartment has shared use of the delightful cottage garden, with numerous viewpoints, with strategically place seating from where to take in the most magnificent views of Yewdale Fell, Coniston Old Man and the Steam Yacht Gondola.

Ground Floor: Fisherbeck Fold is on the ground floor, is centrally heated and comprises:
Shared Entrance porch with shared boot room and laundry room which holds a washer/drier and is open all the time.
Kitchen: Equipped with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer.
Lounge/diner: A room full of character with a heavily beamed ceiling and view over the Lake towards Coniston Old Man.  Gas fire in local slate fireplace, High Definition T.V., video, CD system and dining furniture.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and W.C.
Bedroom 1: With double bed, co-ordinating linens and solid pine furnishings.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds, co-ordinating linens and solid pine furnishings.
 

All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot available.  Telephone with free broadband access.Outside: Shared ground with furniture supplied. Private parking for two cars. Two well behaved dogs welcome (£20 per week per pet or part thereof). This property can be booked with Fisherbeck Nest (CC124158) to accommodate 8 people with the facility to eat together in the downstairs apartment.

WAS
NOW
£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Brighouse Ref: 28092


This traditional detached holiday farmhouse enjoys an idyllic rural situation, tucked away in the Duddon Valley, within the Lake District National Park. Close to the river, The Duddon Valley 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’s a village shop/PO, whilst Seathwaite, situated near the end of the ancient Walna Scar road, boasts the 16th century Newfield Inn, where good home-cooked food, real ales and a warm welcome await, all day all year. The property is surrounded by moorland, with wonderful views up the valley and walks from the door. Conveniently located for Ulpha, Eskdale, Boot, Seathwaite and Broughton-in-Furness. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and slate floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Study. Utility room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge - to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 1 step in garden. River in grounds, 50 yards.

WAS
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£275-£838
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Aaron’s Place Ref: CC128184
Set in a conservation area just 200 yards from Lake Windermere and the promenade, Aaron’s Place is ideally situated for exploring numerous waterborne activities around Bowness Bay. The town has a wide range of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world to suite all palates and the Beatrix Potter exhibition, literally across the road, is a must for tourists of all ages.
Aaron’s Place is tucked away from the main thoroughfare so enjoys a convenient location. All on the ground floor, the accommodation is neat, stylish and comfortable with quality furnishings and a superb bathroom with corner bath, just the spot for soaking those tired legs.

Ground Floor: Aaron’s Place has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance in to tiled hallway leading to...
Bathroom: With corner bath with shower attachment, hand basin and WC.
Open plan living accommodation...
Lounge area: With leather seating, Sky TV and DVD.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, breakfast bar and fridge with small freezer box.
Utility room: With washer/dryer.
Bedroom: With double bed, solid wood furnishings and wall mounted TV.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi access available.Private off road parking for one car.

WAS
NOW
£320-£540
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Woodside Cottage Ref: CC114104
Nestling into the slopes of Whinlatter Fell in a woodland setting, this delightful cottage in Thornthwaite enjoys superb panoramic fell views from Skiddaw to Walla Crag. Ideally located for walking or mountain biking right from the door, the property also benefits from sailing and fishing opportunities close by on Bassenthwaite Lake. The Whinlatter Visitor’s Centre is nearby and a 20 minute stroll through the woods will take you to Braithwaite, where you will find two pubs both serving bar meals, and a restaurant. The bustling town of Keswick is only 4 miles away. Woodside Cottage is all on one level but is accessed by a number of steps and has gas central heating and double glazing.

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and double glazing, the accommodation comprises:
Lounge: With woodburning stove (logs not provided), wooden floor, 32" LCD TV, DVD player, video, CD/radio and views from Skiddaw to Walla Crag.
Dining/kitchen: With slate floor, electric oven and hob, fridge with ice compartment, separate 50 litre freezer, washing machine and microwave.
Drying room: With tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with feature fireplace and panoramic views.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with views of Skiddaw.
Bathroom: With shower over bath and hand basin.
Separate WC.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Logs for the woodburning stove are not provided.Store room for bikes. Gardens and patio area.  Private parking for 1 car.

WAS
NOW
£400-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This well-maintained detached house has been converted into two holiday apartments, and stands in a secluded, idyllic, peaceful setting in the hamlet of Thornthwaite. Well-furnished and appointed, these holiday homes enjoy stunning views towards Keswick and Skiddaw. A haven for mountain bike enthusiasts, with their adjoining acre of woodland leading to the Whinlatter Forest tracks. They also offer an ideal location for bird watching and spotting wildlife and red squirrels at play. The apartments are ideally placed for touring, exploring, and walking in the northern lakes, with the attractive and popular, bustling lakeside town of Keswick, 4 miles, offering amenities and a variety of tourist attractions. Watersports on Derwent Water, 4 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Internal stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with en-suite shower room (no toilet). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Spanish balcony

Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 1-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£240-£764
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Havelock Cottage Ref: CC127178
Built over three floors, the cottage is decorated in a contemporary but homely style throughout. Havelock cottage is a spacious and very well equipped home comprising of a roomy lounge with open fire, a large kitchen/diner, three good sized bedrooms and a large family bathroom. Furthermore, it is situated just minutes away from the many local amenities of Windermere including the nearby railway station and bus routes making it an ideal base if you prefer to explore the delights of the Lake District without the need of a car.

Ground Floor: Havelock Cottage has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance hallway leading to...
Lounge: With fully working open fire (fuel available locally), leather sofa’s, flat screen TV with Sky Entertainment package and DVD player and a good selection of books, DVD’s and games for all the family.
Kitchen/Diner: Spacious with large electric oven and gas hob with extractor hood, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine including start pack and i-Pod player with radio. The kitchen is very well equipped allowing you to enjoy some quality family time with home cooked meals (if you prefer to eat in) seated around the solid pine kitchen table which seats up to six comfortably.
The back door leads to a patio area with garden furniture.

First Floor: Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 1: A spacious room with king size bed, built in wardrobes with lots of hanging space, TV with built in DVD player, i-pod player with alarm clock and radio, hairdryer and solid pine furniture.
Bedroom 2: A light, spacious room with double bed and oversized quilt, i-Pod player with alarm clock and radio, hairdryer and solid pine furniture.

Second Floor: Bedroom 3: Attic bedroom which is a firm favourite with children! A spacious room with twin beds velux windows, TV with built in DVD player together with a selection of children’s books and DVD’s.

All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Highchair and cot available. Wi-Fi access available. Welcome pack comprising of tea, coffee, sugar and dishwasher tablets.Patio style garden to the rear. Parking for 2 vehicles - one on street by way of permit and room for a small vehicle at the back of the property. 

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Helm Byre Ref: CC131137
An ancient Celtic Kingdom deservedly known as ’ The Jewel of the Dales’, Dent is 16 miles east of Kendal in the south east corner of Cumbria, only 3 miles from Sedbergh and lies at the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and on the fringes of the Lake District National Park. An ideal base for visitors wishing to enjoy the nearby countryside, there is an outstanding variety of walks from the door, to the top of Helm Knott and Whernside, one of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks, to a delightful stroll along the Dee, part of the Dales Way, which passes through Dentdale. The craft centre at Helmside and just 100 yards from Helm Byre, offers a collection of goods produced by local Dales folk, everything from watercolours and prints to walking sticks and pottery, ideal souvenirs of your stay.
Helm Byre, Helm Knott and the adjoining Farmhouse date back to the 17th century and display a wealth of original features to remind you of its ancient past, by way of exposed beams, flagged floors and even the odd piece of farming ironmongery or two. Every possible facility has been provided, from Broadband internet access and full Sky package to the sumptuous beds and mattresses - carefully chosen to ensure a good night’s rest. The orchard garden (shared with the other two cottages next door) is fully enclosed, the trees providing plenty of shade in warmer weather and the grounds enable you to get even closer to the stunning views of the Dales that are literally on your door step, beckoning walkers of all abilities to get out and explore. All three cottages can be booked together to cater for a party of up to 20.

Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Entrance hall which leads to;
Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Lounge: With woodburning stove, flat screen TV with Sky package including sports ( does not include movie channel), double sofa bed available - please bring own linen.
Kitchen: With electric hob, microwave with grill facility, washing machine and fridge/freezer.

All fuel, electric and bed linen included. Cot and high chair available.
Please note that this property can be booked alongside Helmswood (property ref 131131) and Helm Knott (property ref 131143) to accommodate 22 in total.Parking for two cars. Wireless broadband internet connection but the signal can not be guaranteed it is weather dependent in this area.

WAS
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£320-£540
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