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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Mount Ref: 28213

Tucked away at the foot of Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this holiday home is ideally placed for walking or touring direct from the door. It lies on the outskirts of the quiet market town of Sedbergh, offering peace and tranquillity, yet is only ¾ mile from the town centre. The owners live in the nearby farmhouse, where they make and sell their own delicious ice cream. Visit Farfield Mill Heritage Arts Centre close by or the Lake District, which is easily accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin (can be 6ft zip and link). Bathroom with roll-top bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Open fires in dining room and both living rooms (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Front garden. Rear patio and furniture. Verandah. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£664-£664
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Standing in a short row of cottages, just a stone’s throw from the southern shore of Ullswater, this comfortably furnished and cosy, traditional slate cottage enjoys spectacular rear views to the fells from its south east facing garden. There is superb walking from the doorstep, water sports are available in the village, and a cruise on the famous Ullswater steamer is a must. A spectacular drive over nearby Kirkstone Pass drops down into Windermere and Ambleside making this an excellent central holiday location. Shops, pubs and restaurants in village 200 metres.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors, beams and flagged floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 bunk (top bunk for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with 3 Velux.

Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£248-£790
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

"An idyllic Lakeland setting in 4 acres of woodland on the western shores of Lake Windermere at the heart of the beautiful Lake District. . ."

A romantic single-storey detached cottage with open views to woodland. Entrance lobby. Open-plan living/dining-room with wood-burning stove and fully fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower.

Graythwaite Cottages offer the opportunity for an exceptional holiday experience. The original buildings of this unique Victorian ‘model farmstead’ have been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard. They provide not only superb holiday accommodation, but also an outstanding range of facilities, including an indoor heated swimming-pool, table tennis and a fitness suite. The stunning location offers plenty of gloriously natural space to visitors and a one-mile walk (which crosses a road) leads to private frontage on the softly lapped shores of Windermere itself. A 2½-acre stocked lake provides free trout fishing and, at the hub of the estate, beautiful Graythwaite Hall’s lovely surrounding gardens are open to the public in the Spring.
The cottages form part of the Graythwaite Estate, which has been in the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remained intact as a large working estate throughout four centuries. The farm stead, from which the cottages have been formed, was built in 1890 and its position was chosen at a time when the popularity of the Lake District was just beginning to rise in wealthy Victorian circles. Thus the tranquillity and beauty which first captivated visitors to this area can still be enjoyed in heavenly surroundings where peace reigns supreme.
Visitors are well placed to explore the extraordinary and dramatic scenery for which the Lakes are so famous. Hilltop Farm at Near Sawrey, the cottage where Beatrix Potter’s imagination was stirred to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, is just 4 miles away. At Hawkshead (4 miles) there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Within 10 miles are Rydal Fell, Rydal Water, Grasmere and the cottage of the poet who made them famous and brought the Lake District to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway (4 miles) runs through the valley of the River Leven; its trains connect with a leisurely steamer going to the busy, cosmopolitan town of Bowness-on-Windermere. The steamer also wends its way further north to Waterhead, the stop for the pretty little town of Ambleside.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Full dual NSH included
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity and bed linen included
  • Towels available for hire on request (provided for overseas visitors)
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Digital TV
  • Microwave
  • Shared washing machine on request
  • Shared heated drying room
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio with furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Shared 4-acre grounds
  • Parking
  • Fly fishing foc
  • Table tennis available
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 5ft), open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Fitness suite with treadmill, bikes and multi-gym £20 per person per week (£15 per short break) poa
  • Bicycle hire
  • Natural purified lake water supply
  • NB:Lakeside frontage (1 mile)

SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool with limited changing facilities, open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Four acres of shared woodland grounds
  • Trout lake, 2½ acres with free fly fishing
  • Fitness suite with aerobic and toning equipment £20 pp pw (£15 per short break) poa
  • Private lake frontage
  • Bicycle hire nearby
  • Dedicated children’s play area

WAS
NOW
£342-£342
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Trusmadoor Ref: 24335

Set in the unspoilt northern Lakes, and away from the mainstream tourist tracks, this comfortable single storey holiday cottage stands in the grounds of a delightful country house hotel which is set in 2 acres of grounds just 4 miles from Keswick on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite Lake. With breathtaking views over open countryside and the lake, which is ½ a mile away, plus use of the hotel’s restaurant, bar and games room you will be ensured of a relaxing stay with superb walking from the doorstep. Hotel with bar and restaurant 50 yards. Shops 5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with whirlpool bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio. Shared 2-acres of hotel grounds with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the grounds.

WAS
NOW
£293-£680
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Heronry Ref: LK4

This outstanding, detached, single-storey barn conversion is situated in the courtyard alongside the Grade II listed mill house, and is set in 3½ acres of grounds. Completed in 2007, from the outside The Heronry looks like a barn in keeping with the surrounding buildings. The interior is spacious and contemporary with porcelain tiled floors throughout and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows along the rear of the building, creating a light and bright huge space. Running alongside the rear of the property and viewed from the massive windows, is Carwinley Beck which is regularly visited by its heron. This funky property is very special and those wishing to relax in superb surroundings will not be disappointed and great care and attention to detail has been taken to provide a welcoming holiday experience. The area immediately in front of The Heronry is paved and provides a pleasant outdoor dining area. Guests are free to wander round the grounds and enjoy the large mill pond, enclosed scented garden, fish pond and stream with numerous decked and sitting areas for relaxing. It is also ideally positioned for touring and exploring the exciting surrounding areas which are full of history, beautiful scenery and have much to please the outdoor enthusiast. There is northern Cumbria, its lakes and fells and numerous market towns; southern Scotland including the world famous Gretna Green (8 miles); Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland all within a short drive. City of Carlisle
9 miles. Shops and pubs 3½ miles.

Spacious, contemporary open-plan living/dining room with large wall-mounted TV, electric fire, porcelain tiled floor, stunning floor-to-ceiling windows to the rear and well-equipped kitchen area with sleek kitchen units. Spacious double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, floor-to-ceiling windows and large en-suite bathroom with double Jacuzzi bath, large shower cubicle, double wash basins and toilet.

  • Electricity fire included
  • Full underfloor electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared use of owners’ 31/2 acres of lawned grounds with enclosed scented garden and numerous decked areas
  • Shared barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No children (except babes in arms)
  • NB: Large mill pond, small fish pond and stream in grounds

WAS
NOW
£374-£698
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Nook Ref: CC123224
The Nook is a characterful country cottage in the very heart of Ambleside set on a quiet lane behind the main thoroughfare yet within a stone’s throw of a host of walks, attractions, shops and restaurants. Of course, when the weather is fine and dry, a variety of low and high level fell walks and cycle routes can be enjoyed from the doorstep of The Nook by all the family but occasionally, it may just rain and there are plenty of indoor activities to sample in that case; The Climbing Wall, a new facility offering climbs for all abilities and from age 5 in a supervised environment or why not take in a film at one of Zeffirelli’s cinemas and enjoy a ’meal deal’ at the same time.
Beautifully presented, The Nook offers stylish and quality accommodation for 6 combined with traditional features of stone and wooden floors, beamed ceilings and wood burning stove to warm your toes in the winter. The thoughtful owners have provided a selection of Julia Bradbury guide books and DVDs for your enjoyment which may just whet your appetite for getting on your boots and out onto the fells and a DAB radio so you can keep a check on the forecast for the days ahead. Blessed with ample parking for up to 3 cars and an enclosed courtyard seating area, The Nook is the perfect village based accommodation, a real home from home in which to spend a rather special Lakeland holiday with your loved ones.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
Rear entrance to...
Utility: With washer/dryer, microwave and freezer.
Kitchen: With an electric oven and gas hob, fridge and dishwasher.
Dining area.
Lounge: With front door leading to St Mary’s Lane, has wood burning stove (fuel available locally), I-pod dock and Freeview TV.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed, wall mounted Freeview TV, en-suite with shower, wash basin and WC
Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

Second Floor: Bedroom 3: With twin beds, Freeview TV and en-suite with wash basin and WC.
Some limited head height and steep stair on this floor.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available. Fuel for wood burner available locally.Outside store available for walking gear and bikes. Parking for up to 2/3 cars. Courtyard with seating provided. This property will only accept a maximum of one baby.

WAS
NOW
£560-£1470
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
6 Lonsdale House Ref: CC112129
Situated on the fringe of the town, this luxurious apartment is situated on the second floor of Lonsdale House, in a complex known as The Greta Grove apartments. It offers the best of both worlds, in that it has all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and yet an almost country location with fabulous views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door. The apartment is spacious, furnished in a contemporary style and is extremely well appointed with modern kitchen and bathrooms.

Second Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
Staircase to:
Second Floor:
Lounge/Diner:
With leather sofas, oak dining table, TV, DVD/CD player and magnificent views.
Kitchen: With electric oven and halogen hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge and microwave.
Bedroom 1: With double bed, fell views and en-suite shower with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and fell views.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot and highchair available. Internet access available.Parking for 1 car.

WAS
NOW
£380-£630
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Harbour Gates Ref: CC143110
Harbour Gates is situated on Ritson Wharf, the award winning harbourside development on Elizabeth Dock in Maryport. The property is in a totally unique location within the Cumbrian Cottage Portfolio. Situated on the harbour side and from your balcony you can watch the coming and goings of the small fishing boats and beyond the harbour there are stunning views of the Solway Firth and Scottish Hills. Within a few steps there is the children’s Shipwreck playground and next to that is the popular Maryport Aquarium. Across the road from Harbour Gates and beside the river Ellen is the newly built Wave Centre which is hosts to a variety of entertainment and leisure activities as well as being home to the Maritime Museum. Within easy walking distance you can be in Maryport centre which has undergone substantial investment to its infrastructure and now includes a new pedestrian footbridge over the harbour front. In Maryport there is a range of pubs and a variety of restaurants which cater for most culinary wants. Maryport is developing its Roman Heritage connection in a continued drive to present itself as a centre of interest. Beyond Maryport to the north there is the unspoilt Solway coast and the seaside towns of Allenby and Silloth. Inland and within a half hours drive are Cockermouth and Keswick. To the south Workington has undergone a City Centre transformation to bring it into the 21st Century and beyond that is St Bees, the start of the coast to coast challenge. Maryport with its coast line train connection offers visitors an opportunity to access the area with or without a car and experience history, wild life, sea air and relaxation all from a comfortable base at the HARBOUR GATES

Ground Floor: This quality accommodation is furnished and equipped throughout to an excellent standard with stunning views from most rooms over the harbour to the Scottish Hills and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With  TV, DVD, video, flame effect gas fire, CD/radio and ptio doors to a sun room and balcony with seating and  views overlooking the harbour.
Kitchen:  With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. Tumble dryer  and freezer in the garage.
Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1:  Master double bedroom with en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and hand basin and harbour view.
Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with harbour view.
Bathroom:  With bath, shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Cloakroom/Heated Drying Room.

Second Floor: Bedroom 3: Double bedroom with with en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin. Seating area and stunning views over the harbour to the Scottish hills.
Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom with view towards the river.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside paved garden to the rear. Garage for storing bikes. Parking for 1 car and  public car park opposite. Family groups only.

WAS
NOW
£445-£965
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Littlecroft Ref: CC127194
Only seconds walk from a host of restaurants, shops, bars and even the train station, Littlecroft is in an ideal location, in a relatively level area of the village and is therefore suitable for guests of all ages. Lakeland, the now world famous kitchenware store, is a favourite haunt of locals and visitors alike and is only minutes away from the cottage, as is a cycle hire shop for those more energetic amongst you - Littlecroft has a bike store to secure these or why not bring your own? This area of Lakeland has some fabulous cycle routes, including Grizedale Forest, reached via the car ferry at Bowness one of the best in the north of England.
Having undergone a full refurbishment in, Littlecroft is now a stylish, contemporary cottage sitting amongst a terrace of similar Lakeland stone properties. Careful planning has ensured that the cottage has retained a good deal of light in every room and, married with a clever choice of light furniture, with the odd splash of primary colour, Littlecroft wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of any home design catalogue! Two double bedrooms make Littlecroft an ideal choice for two couples or, if you are a couple with two children, the lower ground floor TV room also has a sofa bed for occasional use. The two parking permits provided are also a huge benefit to visitors, given the popularity of this part of the Lakes.

Ground Floor: Littlecroft has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance leading to...
Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel available locally), flat screen TV, DVD, video, CD/Hi-Fi, i-Pod dock and sumptuous leather sofas.
Kitchen/diner: With slate floor, gas range, cooker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.
Door leading to courtyard.
Lower Ground Floor:
Snug: with combi TV/DVD and sofa bed seating which may be used for alternative sleeping arrangements - not an extra person. (please bring your own linen).  

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed with crisp linens, co-ordinating oak furniture and flat screen TV.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and fitted furnishings.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.  

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot or high chair available. One well behaved pet welcome. Wi-fi availableOutside: Rear courtyard with furniture and BBQ provided. Lockable store available for bikes. Parking on street via residents permit with the benefit of a further permit for use on a nearby car park.  1 small pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£380-£675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Den Ref: CC129320
The Den is a sweet, small, single storey cottage set in a pleasant rural location on the border of the national park along with two other properties within the High Thorn Farm estate. With hand crafted kitchen and antique furniture offset by exposed brickwork this cottage is hand crafted from the very essence of Cumbria. The cottage has its own lovely, large garden and seating area accessed from the side of the property or through the living room patio doors.

Stables are available for guests horses and there is easy access to plenty of bridleways. One day free mixed coarse fishing at the owners fishing lake is included in your stay too. Extra days can also be arranged. Easily accessed by the M6 and only 5 minutes from Kendal it is an ideal location for exploring the near by fells, lakes and towns.

Ground Floor: The property has full underfloor oil fired central heating and comprises:
Open plan living space.
Living room area: with wooden floors, Freeview TV (variable reception) and patio doors to the garden.
Kitchen area: with gas cooker and hob, fridge with ice box and microwave. (Freezer and tumble dryer located in the shared stables outside.)
Bedroom 1: with double bed.
Bathroom: with shower cubicle and WC.

All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack provided. Stables with tumble dryer, freezer and storage space. Wi-FiLarge lawned garden with patio. Fishing lake two minutes walk from the property with one days free mixed coarse fishing included in your stay (bring your own tackle). Extra days can be arranged at a cost of £5/day. Stables are available for guests horses at £8/day. One dog welcome but must be kept in the kennel provided outside and are not allowed in the house. Private parking for one car. This property is located on a beef and sheep farm. There is also a fishery onsite.

WAS
NOW
£345-£595
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Brackenber Lodge Ref: B5012

Set in glorious countryside, near to Appleby golf course, this comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage enjoys lovely views. Large shared garden, with deep pond, provides plenty of space in which to relax. The surrounding area is perfect for walking, the Pennines are only 1½ miles. Fishing, riding, golf and good inns are all close by. Appleby, 3 miles, with shops, is famous for its colourful Horse Fair in June. The Eden Valley, Lake District , Ullswater ½ hour’s drive, and Yorkshire Dales are all within easy reach. Shops 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. 4 steps down to kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with additional single, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating at cost. Convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owners’ tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£277-£753
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pine Rigg is within a complex of apartments known as Quarry Rigg, ideal for those looking for a central location within walking distance of a variety of shops and a good choice of restaurants close at hand. There is a regular bus service and the railway station is situated close by for holidaymakers preferring to use public transport. Pine Rigg is within a few minutes walk of the lake and is furnished in a contemporary style and we are sure that much use will be made of the balcony for ’al fresco’ evenings whenever possible.

First Floor: The property has instant electric heaters and comprises:
Open plan living space.
Lounge area:
With TV and access to small balcony with patio furniture.
Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Dining area.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and basin.
Bedroom 1: With full size bunk beds.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.

All electric and bed linen included. Cot.Residents parking (not a reserved space).

WAS
NOW
£295-£480
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