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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Burnthwaite Cottage Ref: CC129259
This 250 year old cottage, part of the former parsonage for the village of Ings is the picture of all that is traditional here in Lakeland and the perfect little love nest for two. Within just minutes drive, the busier resorts of Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside can be explored although we are certain that much time will be spent either gazing out of the lounge window viewing the countryside or spent in the award winning country pub, The Watermill, 50 yards away. Staveley, just two miles South of Ings is a thriving village community and offers some fabulous walking in the Kentmere Valley as well as a variety of local trade workshops including wood turners, bakers and micro brewery. The area is also very popular with cyclists and storage is available at Burnthwaite Cottage.
The living space here at Burnthwaite Cottage has been deliberately created on the first floor to make best advantage of the view across meadow and to the countryside beyond. The ancient, thick walls with some exposed detail are a constant reminder of the past but with just a hint of contemporary styling throughout, the owners have successfully married 20th Century living in an 18th Century cottage.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Bedroom 1: With double bed and delightfully presented.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

First Floor: Kitchen: With electric oven, two ring hob, washer/dryer, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
Lounge/Diner: With TV and basic Sky package.

All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available.Off road parking for one car. Bike storage available upon request.

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£320-£540
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Beckside Ref: 18258

This traditional Lakeland cottage adjoins the main property and is approached through private grounds - a haven for red squirrels. It enjoys panoramic views of Helvellyn and the Causey Pike range and is situated on the edge of Coombe Beck, set against the spectacular backdrop of Skiddaw. Osprey can also be viewed from the garden of this tranquil, unspoilt location (seasonal). Forestry walks from the bridge across the beck at the property, and sailing and fishing on Bassenthwaite lake. A regular bus service, 400 yards, provides further options for days out. A perfect holiday retreat. Shops, restaurants and Theatre by the Lake, 2 miles. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. 2 steps down to kitchen. Garden room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). First £10 partial NSH, electricity convector heaters and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with sitting area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years due to unfenced stream and ravine in the garden.

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£229-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Carlton House is a fabulous addition to our portfolio of properties in Keswick. Comprising three luxurious two bedroom apartments, one on the ground floor, one on the first floor and another on the second floor, two of which have garage parking. They were completely renovated and refurbished with stylish furnishings, fully equipped modern kitchens and contemporary bathrooms. Each apartment exudes quality, with solid wood furnishings, leather sofas, luxury carpets, pocket sprung mattresses and modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, Blu ray and ipod docks. Situated 100 yards from the town centre, Carlton House has the benefit of all the towns amenities on the doorstep and the parks, lake and fells all within walking distance.
Carlton House Apartment 3 can be booked together with Apartment 1 (CC111389) and Apartment 2 (CC111390) to accommodate up to twelve guests.

Second Floor: Apartment 3 is situated on the second floor and is accessed via the staircase, has fell views, is heated by gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With 40" LCD TV, Blu ray DVD/ipod dock home cinema system and dining table and chairs.
Kitchen: With electric oven and induction hob, dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and clock radio/ipod dock.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and clock radio/ipod dock.
Bathroom: With shower enclosure over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen included. Wi-fi internet access. Cot availableOutside: Parking by permit in nearby church car park.

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£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
High Ridge Ref: CC123209
This bright and spacious second floor apartment, all on one level, sits in the absolute heart of Ambleside, with free parking via a  permit above Compston Road, and therefore has a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants right on the doorstep, or below to be precise. Ambleside has been welcoming tourists for over 150 years, the modern day attractions complementing the glorious, lakeside setting surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Ambleside is a superb base for exploring the local and wider areas of the Lake District and many excursions begin here, from guided walks, mountain biking or drives over nearby mountain passes.
High Ridge is a spacious, modern property and has been beautifully dressed in a contemporary style, bang on trend. Perfect for the smaller family or indeed two couples, the apartment is light and airy with good sized rooms and interesting architectural lines and features. Gaze down from the perfectly placed window seating in the lounge onto the town below and people watch as folks meander through the town going about their business - cushions are provided - you may be there some time!

Second Floor: Property is on the second floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge with freezer box.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
A few steps up to....
Dining Area.
And through to spacious.
Lounge: With flat screen TV with DVD.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

All fuel and bed linen included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Parking via permit on street for one car.

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£345-£595
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Toby Cottage Ref: 28031

This charming 200 year old holiday cottage, with its own enclosed garden, is situated in the picturesque village of Natland. The tastefully renovated cottage retains lots of original character with exposed beams and wood burning stove. Just 2 miles from the market town of Kendal with many attractions. Outdoor activities including walking, cycling, golf, sailing and horse riding are all within reach, or visit Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle. This property makes an ideal base to explore the many wonderful Lake District attractions, all within a short drive such as the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and cruises on Lake Windermere. Shop 30 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (4ft).

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£208-£654
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.

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£209-£587
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Knipe Hall (Luxury) Ref: CC118178
Knipe Hall is a Grade II listed period farmhouse set in grounds of about three acres in the idyllic and tranquil Lowther Valley, with South and West facing gardens. It offers the opportunity to leave everything behind and take advantage of the peace and tranquility and be able to walk out of the front door into beautiful countryside in this unspoilt area.  For the adventurous there are activities nearby including cycle hire, fishing and horse riding. Whilst the surrounding area is perfect for walking and cycling with its quiet scenic roads and walks from the doorstep. Set just off Knipe Moor, in an exceptional rural setting - it is but a short distance from major access routes.
The property dates from the early 17th Century and retains many period features including stone mullioned windows, flagged floors and impressive exposed timbers, which combine with a stylish bespoke kitchen, stone open fireplaces and contemporary bathroom fittings. The property has an enclosed garden and patio area with furniture, perfect for relaxing and taking in the fabulous surroundings, and a further benefit to the property is the hot tub. The property has a fabulous ’party barn’ suitable for everyone to get together, perfect for that special occasion. The property can be let along with Yew Tree Farm (CC132109) where the owner is happy to help organise transportation between the two properties.

Ground Floor: Knipe Hall is a detached property, in its own grounds, heated by oil fired central heating and the accommodation comprises:
Entrance Hall.
Kitchen: Spacious bespoke country dining kitchen with Aga, fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
Lounge: With open fire, TV, DVD, CD/Hi-Fi and video leading to second lounge with leather sofas and wood burning stove.
Utility/laundry room: Large room with plenty of space for drying walking clothes and boots.
Shower room: With shower, WC and hand basin.
Hallway leading to:
Superb Galleried Dining room.  

First Floor: On the first floor there are 6 bedrooms, 2 of which have super king size beds which can be made up as twins if required (please request on booking). Two twin bedded rooms, one double bedroom and one king size bedroom. There are 4 bathrooms in total, 2 house bathrooms, one of the double bedrooms is en-suite and one of the double bedrooms has the additional feature of a stone spiral staricase leading to a handy size nursery/dressing room.

All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available - no charge. Broadband internet access
Fishing, cycle hire and horse riding can be arranged with the owner of the property prior to arrival at additional cost.Outside: Large lawned garden, patio area, garden furniture, BBQ and hot tub. Ample parking and storage for bikes available. 2 pets welcome - no charge. The Party Barn can be accessed by prior arrangement with the owner of the property. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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£1510-£2995
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Kiln How Cottage Ref: CC116114
Situated in the middle of Threlkeld Village, Kiln how Cottage is a very well equipped and very comfortable home from home. The neighbouring property of ’Millerdale’ has the same owner and the two cottages may be let separately or together for up to 11 people. Kiln How lies adjacent to Kiln How Beck in the centre of Threlkeld village along a short lane off the main street. Threlkeld sits at the foot of the mighty Blencathra, which can be viewed from outside the cottage, and lies just four miles to the east of Keswick and 15 minutes drive from the motorway. The Horse and Farrier public house and restaurant is within 100 yards and the Salutation Inn, which serves bar meals, is approximately 200 yards. There is a footpath leading from the cottage directly onto Blencathra, which rises steeply above the village, infact there are so many walks locally your car may be parked up for the week. A shared garage with Millerdale provides storage for bikes.

Ground Floor: The accommodation has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV, DVD player and supply of DVD’s, radio/CD player and wood burning stove.
Dining/kitchen: With electric oven and five burner gas hob, washer/dryer, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and microwave.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king size bed.
Bedroom 2: with double bed and bunk beds.
Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

All fuel, electric, bed linen and included. Cot available. Telephone for local and emergency calls.Grassy bank by the side of the stream (common land). Parking for 1 car. The property is next door to Millerdale (CC116115), if required the cottages can be let together to accommodate up to 11 people.

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£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Pebble Cottage Ref: CC127228
Pebble Cottage can be found mid way between Bowness and Windermere, close to a good selection of interesting shops, (including Lakeland Limited and Booths for those foodies among you) bars and restaurants and only a gentle stroll from bustling Bowness and a host of activities and attractions. Walks are in abundance from the doorstep, a firm favourite with visitors being to the top of Orrest Head where you can take in wonderful views of majestic Windermere and her surrounding fell ranges.
Pebble Cottage has been lovingly refurbished to offer boutique hotel style accommodation in a self catering environment. Set out over three floors with generously sized living and bedroom areas, the attention to detail shows in fresh, clean lines and carefully chosen accent colours. A library of novels for some holiday reading and a collection of DVDs for all ages is provided by the thoughtful owners. Solid wood and stone floors with two wood burning stoves married with contemporary styling and fittings have resulted in a beautiful blend of country cottage charm with modern day indulgences and a holiday home just perfect for enjoying at any time of year.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance Hall leading right to...
Lounge: With Freeview HD TV/Blu Ray/DVD, deep cushioned leather seating and wood burning stove.
Dining room: With wood burning stove and French doors to the enclosed courtyard.
Kitchen: With electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and underfloor heating.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed and TV.
Shower room: With double shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.

Second Floor: Bedroom 3: With king size bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available.Outside: Roadside parking readily available. Courtyard with BBQ and patio furniture.

WAS
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£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Waterfall Ref: CC127121
A cosy, traditional 19th Century stone built terrace cottage situated in a pleasant residential area of Windermere, adjacent to the Brookside Inn, which is popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. The property is very convenient for shops, amenities and many excellent restaurants in both Windermere and Bowness. It offers an excellent base for all the popular pursuits in this premier Lake District location. The cottage is laid out over three floors and is, therefore, not suitable for the disabled or frail.

Ground Floor: The electrically heated accommodation comprises:
Lounge: Comfortable and well decorated with real flame cottage gas stove, TV, video, and a selection of books, games and videos.
Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and dishwasher.
Lower Ground Floor:
Playroom/utility room: Opening onto a pleasant rear paved area adjacent to the brook.
Bathroom: With shower, bath, WC and heated towel rail.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with TV.
Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Rear paved area overlooking the waterfall. Ample on street parking. 2 pets welcome.

WAS
NOW
£345-£595
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Elmcot Ref: CC112123
Elmcot is a detached house standing in its own enclosed grounds on a quiet cul-de-sac, five minutes level walk to Keswick town centre. Renovated, extended and refurbished in 2014 creating a spacious two bedroom, two bathroom property which is great for two couples, single couples or families. It is luxuriously furnished, to the same very high standards of these owners other properties (see links below), and it has Wi-Fi internet access and parking for two cars. Quiet location yet close to amenities and walks from the doorstep.

If this property is not available you may wish to consider the owners other properties, Marley’s Den (CC111286), Mary’s Cottage (CC111378),Tommy’s Cottage (CC111367), 22 Rose Terrace (CC111418), James’s Cottage (CC111398), or for a special treat/family gathering Mount Pleasant (CC116122).

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
Lounge: With stylish furnishings, electric fire, TV, DVD and CD/radio with blue tooth connectivity.
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, dining table and chairs and patio doors to the garden.
Utility room: With washer/dryer.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds which can link to form a super king size bed (please advise when booking) and TV.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi internet access. Shed to store bikes etc. Outside: Enclosed garden with lawn, patio, garden furniture and parking for 2 cars

WAS
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£525-£805
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Crakeld Holm enjoys a most picturesque location in the Eden Valley, which is on the eastern side of Cumbria, on the fringe of the Lake District. It nestles in an idyllic, scenic, rural setting overlooking the beautiful River Eden. It is renovated, furnished and presented to a high standard and is equipped with super-fast broadband with a wireless download speed in excess of 30Mb/s. The property was originally a sandstone bank barn dating from the 18th century but is now transformed into a fabulous detached four-bedroom house. Much of the original character has been retained, in particular the main entrance with its lovely sandstone archway which leads into the original upper hayloft. This is now a dramatic open-plan living area and kitchen with traditional slit windows, hefty timber beams and high ceiling. The room itself is a showstopper, only bettered by the wonderful southerly view from the French windows and balcony out over the river and viaduct beyond. 

Eden is a haven for peace, tranquillity and a vast variety of wildlife, perfect for ornithologists and country lovers. It is an outstanding area for walking, whether for a hike on the high open fells or a gentle riverside stroll. Cyclists will love the quiet country lanes and the C2C cycle route. Outdoor activities don’t stop here - why not try canoeing on Ullswater (10 miles), a spot of fishing on the doorstep for trout, salmon and grayling (by prior arrangement with the owners), pony trekking or golf in Penrith (6 miles). There are attractions for the whole family including a cruise on Ullswater, a ride on a restored railway high in the North Pennines, and even alpacas to meet! Surrounded by dramatic landscapes including Ullswater and the north eastern fells, it is also close to both the borders of Scotland and the Yorkshire Dales. This secluded and unspoilt destination will inspire, rejuvenate and refresh visitors at any time of the year. A lively calendar of events adds to a holiday here with festivals of all kinds, country and craft fairs, farmers’ markets, and traditional agricultural shows to name just a few. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Seven steps to main entrance at first floor (level side entrance): Entrance hall. Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, traditional slit windows, hefty timber beams, high ceiling, wooden floor, well-equipped kitchen area and French doors to balcony. Utility and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Ground floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity and full oil underfloor central heating included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Timber balcony with south-facing views
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband connection
  • Shared natural woodland
  • Barbecue
  • Fishing available by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: River in woodland

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£657-£1904
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