This largely wild and remote region of England is, for lovers of the great outdoors often regarded as one of the best counties in England. Perhaps the best way to enjoy it is from a cosy stone-built Cumbrian self-catering holiday cottage tucked away in the heart of a Lakeland or Pennine hill village with a welcoming pub within easy walking distance. Cumbria is the home of the English Lake District National Park, a paradise for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and those who like to mess around in a boat on the Lakes. Cumbria also appeals to literature lovers, keen to follow in the footsteps of the poet William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit children's books. Their homes are open to the public, the latter also to be found in The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness on Windemere.
Step back in time at the authentic stone remote cottage of Wray Green, which sits atop Wild Boar Fell in Cumbria. Sink into the comfort of the lovingly restored and furnished three-bedroom cottage. Pets are welcome. Ample parking, plus a storage area for hiking and cycling gear. Sleeps 7.
The River Crake lies at the end of the garden at Sawmill Cottage, a charming 18th-century rural cottage near Low Nibthwaite in the South Lakes. The pet-friendly cottage spoils guests with wonderful views, a generous garden, an open fire, a games room and modern comforts blended with old-world charm.
In the small Cumbria coastal village of Cark in Cartnel, The Old Bank House is a large, characterful holiday cottages nicely located for exploring the southern Lake District and Morecombe Bay. This well-equipped pet friendly holiday home sleeps 11.
Get swallowed up in the beauty of the remote North West Cumbrian countryside at the quieter end of The Lake District with a stay at the secluded Swallow’s Nest, a cosy, family-friendly barn conversion in Catterlen, near Penrith.
Upper Tweenways promises comfort and style in the midst of the wonders of Cumbria and The Lakes District. The cosy romantic cottage in Ambleside lies within a stone-built terrace and possesses contemporary design features and is the perfect place in which to relax after daily adventures by the lake.
Set within 5 acres of woodland, The Studio enjoys the serenity and beautiful views. The romantic cottage near Bowness-on-Windermere promises cosy accommodation with an authentic wood-burning stove, delightful décor and French doors to a sunlit patio, as well as access to Cumbria & The Lake Distr...
Situated moments from Lake Windermere is Lake House, a mid-terrace townhouse near the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria and The Lake District. The rural cottage offers modernity and contemporary comfort as well as proximity to endless attractions which will please young and old alike.
The Place offers stunning lake and mountain views and sleeps up to 8 people in a wonderful setting. It is the perfect blend of Lake District character and modern luxury, just a short stroll from the lake of Loweswater and within easy reach of the peaceful delights of the Western Lake District.
A traditional Cumbrian farm converted to a comfortable Lake District holiday cottage for large groups or families. This pet friendly cottage sleeps 18 guests in 8 bedrooms with glorious views across the Lake District Fells near Lake Windermere and Staveley.
Hause Hall Farm hosts these two gorgeous rural cottages near Martindale in Cumbria. Hause Hall and Cruick Barn are pet-friendly converted cottages boasting superb views and a blend of modern luxury and rural character, as well as extensive outdoor entertaining areas and access to the fells.
James Court Cottage is located on the idyllic grounds of the Irton Hall Estate, just outside the peaceful Cumbria village of Santon Bridge. This cosy Lake District holiday cottage sleeps 4 with oak flooring, a wood-burning stove and wonderful walking and climbing on its doorstep. Pets welcome
This Grade II listed Cumbrian longhouse was out of domestic use for hundreds of years before its recent 5 Star Gold Award winning restoration. Its history is evident in its thick sandstone walls, ships beams timbers and traditional oak window shutters.
Becks Fold is a large Lake District holiday cottage with a grandiose decor and a modern style. Double height ceilings, original vaulted beams and underfloor heating create a sense of charm. At this truly warming and inviting secluded rural retreat close to Lake Coniston in Cumbria. Sleeps 10.
Ash Pot Barn enjoys spectacular views from its position on the side of Wild Boar Fell, near Ravenstonedale in Cumbria and The Lake District. The stone-built, semi-detached barn conversion boasts seclusion and character, as well as an open fire, contemporary comforts and a bespoke kitchen.
Holiday in comfort and style in the Lake District with a stay at 2 Beacon High, a coastal cottage nestled in a quiet locale in the traditional south Lakeland village of Lindale, Cumbria, featuring a spacious sitting room, well-equipped kitchen and beautiful enclosed garden.
Eden Lodge lies in Bardsea overlooking Morcombe Bay, close to the Cumbrian coastal town of Ulverston in the Lake District. It has a well-equipped kitchen, a games room and hot tub. This large, Edwardian rural holiday home sleeps 25, great for large group holidays and celebrations all year round.
Set in the small rural village of Milton, Cumbria, you’ll find The Byre, a farm cottage perfect for families looking to escape the rigours of their daily lives. This countryside cottage nestled between three North West national parks offers the ideal holiday getaway on a working livestock farm.
Immerse yourself in the charms of village life at Sea View Cottage in Greenodd. Stroll around the tiny village and return to your cosy and immaculate three-storey holiday cottage with modern comforts and inviting décor. Explore beaches, mountains and weekly markets from this child-friendly cottage.
Old Cottage lies in the quaint rural village of Nateby near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria between The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The two bedrooms sit downstairs, while the kitchen and sitting room enjoy rural views from the first floor of this dog-friendly cottage.
Onsite owners greet you with a welcome package, just the first of many outstanding touches you’ll find with a stay at Woodside Barn, a remote child-friendly cottage in the secluded hamlet of Pennington on the Cumbria, coast near Ulverston and the Lake District. Sleeps 4.
Kings Cottage in the historic market town of Alston, Cumbria, makes the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage for couples planning a romantic holiday in the Pennines. This recently refurbished character cottage lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Original stone walls and exposed beams create character in Bridgelands Cottage, an 18th-century cottage boasting antique furnishings and a log fire. The pet-friendly cottage in Cark-in-Cartmel offers modern comforts and a south-facing garden as well as direct access to the beauty of Cumbria.
Rainbow Cottage is a sought-after rural cottage boasting authentic details and contemporary style. Located near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria between The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, the pet-friendly property offers expansive gardens, a games room, beautiful views, seclusion and wheelchair access.
- Cark in Cartmel
- Irton Holiday Cottages
- Kirkby Lonsdale
- Kirkby Stephen
- Newby Bridge
- Spark Bridge
Everybody has their favourite lake, for some, it is Windemere, on which 'the novel Swallows and Amazons is reputedly based. You can take to the Lake by hiring a rowing boat or view it from the decks of a genteel Victorian pleasure steamer. For others, it is Grasmere or Coniston Water in the south or Bassenthwaite or Buttermere in the north. Each Lake has its own character, just pick one and you'll find a suitable holiday cottage offering magnificent views of the fells close to hand.
Sharing the border, with Northumberland, between England and Scotland, Cumbria draws you into its amazing coastline, from the Solway to St.Bees, where you feel the whole world is just yours to enjoy. To the north of the County, find the western end of Hadrian's Wall built by the Romans in the 2nd century and Castle Park, known as "Castle of the Kings". Carlisle, with its own castle and cathedral, is also home to the Museum and Art Gallery at Tullie House, take time to check out its extensive displays of art, human history and natural sciences.
Cumbria also boasts an attractive coastline along which towns grew up in the industrial revolution and now offer a faded grandeur to visitors choosing to enjoy the impressive coastal walks to be had along the shorelines. Visit the harbour and the Haig Colliery mining museum in Whitehaven or ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam railway which travels through the stunning countryside in Eskdale. You'll find plenty of industrial heritage worth exploring in addition to big and often deserted beaches.
And if lakes, beaches and visitor attractions aren't enough, don't forget the Fells - a Mecca for walkers at any time of years, made famous by the books of Alfred Wainwright. England's highest mountain Scafell Pike can be found here. You don't need to be a mountaineer - just the owner of a good pair of boots, sensible clothing, a map and, with an eye on the weather, the hills and fells are yours for the day.
So, spend the day in the open air in a county that offers splendid activities for all ages, then return to your holiday cottage to share a dinner of locally produced food before clambering into your comfortable cottage bed - sleep is guaranteed!