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 ston-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 literarture lovers, keen to follow in the footsteps of the poet William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit childrens books, whose homes are open to the public, the latter also to be found in The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness on Windemere.

83 cottages found 83 match all criteria.

Take in all the majesty of the North Cumbria countryside with a stay at The Stable, a romantic farm cottage for couples located in the rural hamlet of Milton near Brampton. Explore Hadrian’s Wall and The Lake District. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Number 16 is a Lake District holiday cottage in Bowness-on-Windermere, properly furnished and recently renovated to have plenty of room and a modern look. This child-friendly 3-bedroom cottage in Cumbria is just a short walk from Lake Windermere.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Brae Fell Cottage at Monkhouse Hill, an imaginative conversion of an ancient barn in the Northern Lakes. The 5 star cottage has a vaulted upstairs living area oozing character, and two bedroom suites each with double, twin and bathroom. Access to a luxury hotel spa with swimming pool is included.

Etland House is a large holiday cottage located in the Cumbrian countryside near Kirkby Lonsdale between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales in the tiny rural hamlet of Preston Patrick. It sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms and welcomes pets.

Eel House is a large Lake District holiday barn conversion in Cumbria sleeping 10 guests in 5 ground floor bedrooms. Set in rural surroundings on the large Graythwaite country estate in a pleasant courtyard, Eel House guests have use of Estate leisure facilities including a heated indoor pool, play ...

This beautiful, well equipped and dog friendly Lake District Holiday Cottage near Cunsey has views over Lake Windermere from its location on the 5000-acre Greythwaite country estate. Guests have access to a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, fishing and kids play area. Hilltop sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A holiday cottage in the Lake District, this pet-friendly escape is comfortable, relaxing, and ideally located near many attractions. Featuring three bedrooms, and a fitted kitchen, this property is convenient to Coniston Village and the great recreational opportunities of Coniston Water.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

Enjoy a true rural holiday in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Fleshbeck Cottage, which sits close to the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. The waterside cottage has been carefully restored and rewards guests with exposed timber beams, stone flooring and old range fireplace.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Sitting at the North-Western end of the Lake District and close to the coast near Maryport, Firth House is a large Holiday Cottage in rural surroundings in Gilcrux, a small Cumbrian farming village. Firth sleeps 10 in 5 ensuite bedrooms and lies within easy reach of Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Book Mell Fell View Cottage for a cosy countryside holiday that places you within the tranquil surroundings of the northern Lake District near Ullswater. This dog-friendly two-bedroom terraced cottage between Penrith and Keswick in Cumbria sleeps 4.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

This large, Lake District Holiday Cottage sits on the shores of Lake Windermere in a dream location on the 5,000-acre Graythwaite Estate. It has its own jetty and mooring for boat or dinghy owners. Guests also have use of a heated indoor swimming pool, gym and children?s play area. Pets welcome.

This pretty Lake District Cottage near Hawkshead sits on a 5,000-acre country estate about a mile's walk from Windermere. Guests have use of an indoor heated pool, gym, fitness centre and children's play area. The Forge sleeps 7.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

A cosy romantic Lake District cottage for couples in Pennington near Ulverston, Thimble Cottage is a Lake District barn conversion featuring a galleried double bedroom and open plan living area, The cottage lies in a secluded area, close to Ulverston, Coniston, and Furness Coast beaches.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Cloven Stone Cottage at Monkhouse Hill, a stunning 5 star property for four in the Northern Lakes. Two ensuite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and an open plan living area with panoramic views and a balcony with a hot tub. Access to a luxury hotel spa with swimming pool is included.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Set in the heart of the popular Lake District town of Keswick, 8 Myrtle Villas is a stylish, open-plan self-catering holiday cottage for up to four people in two bedrooms. This pet-friendly cottage welcomes two dogs

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Salkeld cottage is a romantic hideaway, set in a secluded and peaceful vale near to the river Ellen in Cumbria. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome. It's an ideal retreat for exploring the Lake District, providing stress-free getaways for busy people and a peaceful haven to relax.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Dolphin Cottage in Flookborough is a large, detached and pet friendly holiday home in Cumbria on the edge of Morecombe Bay. This restored fisherman’s cottage lies just west of Grange-over-Sands at the southern tip of the Lake District National Park. Dolphin Cottage sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms.

Tranquillity defines Low Green Cottage. The rural holiday cottage boasts two bedrooms and a peaceful cosy atmosphere as well as views of Middleton and the Lune Valley. An inviting sitting room hosts the open fire while the ample garden invites alfresco dining and relaxation. Arrive and unwind.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

This waterside Lake District holiday cottage sits on a peaceful riverbank in the Cumbria village of Cark-in-Cartmel, close to cosy pubs and independent shops. Riverside View is a coastal cottage that sleeps 7, with stunning countryside views within the Lake District National Park. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Luxury Barn Conversion in lovely Cartmel Peninsula. Winner several 4 Star Gold Awards. Sleeps 6+1. Pet-friendly, enclosed garden, games room, heated conservatory and upstairs lounge with views towards Morecambe Bay. Pub with open fire - 1 minute. 5 mins from picturesque Cartmel & Grange-over-Sands.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Book a luxury rural retreat for two at Hollins Farm Barn in New Hutton, near the idyllic town of Kendal, Gateway to the Lake District. Gothic-style bedrooms whose crook beams and exposed stonework await the lucky couple coming for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend/week-long holiday.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

An elegant Georgian Manor House on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, Silverholme is a large, pet friendly Cumbrian holiday cottage that sleeps 18 in 9 bedrooms (8 ensuite). It offers luxury accommodation with indoor heated swimming pool and cinema room with surround sound!

  • Sleeps 18
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Bathrooms 9

The charming countryside Beech Cottage in Scales, Cumbria, sits in the heart of the Cumbrian peninsula, providing families on holiday boundless opportunities to enjoy the coastline of the Furness Estuary or the splendid beauty of Lake District National Park from a dog-friendly welcoming home base.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Birch Cottage Ambleside won the A1 Business Excellence Award for best walking holiday accommodation in Cumbria 2017 Furnished in traditional pine the rural cottage is warm and cosy all year round. There are fell views from window seats & garden. Large double room with separate seating

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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 industiral revolution and now offer a faded grandure 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 Stem 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 anytime of years, madde famous by the books of Alfred Wainwright. England's highest mountain Scafell Pike can be found here. You dont 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 you holiday cottage to share a dinner of locally produced food before clambering into your comfortble cottage bed - sleep is guaranteed!