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.
Whiteholme Cottage in Backbarrow, Cumbria, provides families on holiday in the Lake District a countryside cottage with stunning rural views of the surrounding fells and a beautiful garden with summerhouse and barbecue. Perfect for exploring Windermere and the Southern Lakes.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 1
Warm, inviting, and beautifully furnished, James Court Cottage between Wastwater and Ravenglass is perfectly located for walking holidays exploring the beautifully remote Northern Lake District and the Cumbria coast. Located on the Irton Hall Estate in a quiet, relaxing village setting.
Hazelseat House near Ulverston is the perfect setting on the Cumbrian coast for a delightful large group or family holiday in the Lake District. The six-bedroom large rural holiday cottage provides access to a heated swimming pool, fitness area, large patio and children’s play area.
The Old Chapel is luxury defined. The authentic stone exterior of this Cumbrian holiday cottage encases a luxury cottage with vaulted ceilings and timber beams/ It is immaculately decorated with refined finishes and state-of-the-art appliances and sumptuous views of The Lake District. Pets welcome.
Renovated in 2018, Cherry Trees combines stunning traditional features with luxury modern living. Situated on the outskirts of the popular town of Bowness on Windermere, the house is set within beautiful landscaped gardens in a unique, elevated location overlooking Lake Windermere.
Knott View sits within a 17th century Grade II listed barn conversion located on a working farm near Sedburgh in Cumbria. It lies between the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District offering guests outstanding views and tranquillity within a remote rural location. Sleeps 4.
Riverside Retreat at Low Flatts is a superbly refurbished country house sitting beside the river near Armathwaite in Cumbria. Boasting gorgeous views of the river and the countryside, the luxurious cottage offers modern en-suites, an orchard garden with multiple entertaining areas and a hot tub.
In the Lake District of the charming town of Kendal, you’ll find this romantic cottage built for two nestled down a short alley just a few hundred yards from the surrounding town centre. With so much to offer in all seasons, you’ll fall in love with Wood Cottage in Cumbria.
- Sleeps 2
- Bedrooms 1
- Bathrooms 1
Langdale is a warm and welcoming rural cottage in the picturesque village of Bowness-on-Windermere. The semi-detached, pet-free property features an upside-down design so that guests can relax on the balcony and enjoy the views of Cumbria after a day exploring this beautiful corner of England.
View this large Roa Island holiday cottage for rent with hot tub, observation tower and sea views across Morcombe Bay. This Cumbrian cottage near Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness is within easy reach of the Lake District. Roa Island House sleeps 17 in 7 bedrooms on the Barrow Peninsula.
Pudding Cottage is an award wining Lake District holiday let with a swimming pool and Wi-Fi in Bowness-on-Windermere sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms. THE TIMES 'BEST 50 COTTAGES IN THE UK' in 2013 WINNER OF CUMBRIA COTTAGE OF THE YEAR and No. 1 on TRIPADVISOR for Lake District 2011-2014 FINALIST ENGLI...
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 2
Located at the southern end of the Lake District, Bobbin Mill is a large and nicely furnished holiday cottage with beautiful terraced gardens, a 10-minute walk from Lake Windermere. Bobbin Mill comprises a main house and separate 1st floor annexe, between them, sleeping 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.
Rowan Cottage near Newby Bridge is a superb and large rural holiday cottage, sleeping 8 on the Bigland Hall Estate in the Lake District. It has fantastic rural views, private hot tub and a large wrap-around patio courtyard garden on two levels with lawn.
Explore the Lake District and the Eden Valley with a stay at 2 Eden Grove Cottages in the quaint village of Armathwaite, Cumbria, a large pet-friendly cottage featuring exposed sandstone walls that comfortably houses groups of up to six in three cosy bedrooms.
Elegance permeates Briarcliffe Cottage, a stone-built semi-detached cottage in Lindale in Cumbria and The Lake District. Nestled in a traditional village with quaint narrow streets, the rural cottage possesses country charm, a gorgeous garden, modern comforts, a summer room and a cosy open fire.
Pet friendly Gamekeepers Manor offers truly grand self-catering accommodation (with a hot tub) for extended families or groups of friends in the village of Southburn Dene, two miles from Chester-le-Street and five miles from historic Durham. The Manor comfortably sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms.
Thronfield is a large holiday cottage on the Cumbrian coast at the southern tip of The Lake District. This large and dog-friendly 6-bedroom cottage in Arnside is perfect for holidays enjoying days out in the Cumbrian Fells and days on deserted sandy beaches.
Amidst the beauty of the Lake District is the lovely holiday cottage Hazel, part of the Woodland Cottages resort on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere near the town of Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, a child-friendly cottage featuring a hot tub, woodburning stove and five bedrooms.
Browside is a pet friendly Lake District holiday cottage with stunning fell views down to Coniston Water welcomes large families or groups of friends. Sleeping 14, this large warm and cosy house located in a walker?s paradise includes a hot tub for relaxing after a day in the fells.
With glorious views looking down onto Coniston Water, Underwood is a beautifully presented single-story Lake District holiday cottage with private hot tub for families of friends wishing to spend time in this Cumbrian Walkers paradise. Sleeps 6. Pets welcome.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 3
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In the popular Lake District village of Braithwaite, close to Keswick, Applegarth is a fabulous Victorian house just perfect for big gatherings, comfortably sleeping 12 and welcoming up to two dogs. With large rooms, an open fire, and mountain views, it is the perfect Lake District holiday home.
- Sleeps 12
- Bedrooms 6
- Bathrooms 2
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Hause Hall, Cruick Barn and The Stables form part of a gorgeous rural property on Hallin Fell near Ullswater in Cumbria. Offering majestic, uninterrupted views, this large Lake District property boasts authentic rural charm, modern luxury, open fires in three separate dwellings beside Ullswater
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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!