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.
Hause Hall Farm is a gorgeous Grade II listed rural cottage situated half-way up Hallin Fell near Martindale in Cumbria. The pet-friendly cottage offers majestic, uninterrupted views over Ullswater as well as rural charm, modern sophistication, and extensive gardens for a memorable holiday.
Two Tweenways near the village of Ambleside, Cumbria, is the perfect romantic cottage for couples on holiday in the Lake District, complete with fitted kitchen, dining area, small patio with garden furniture, and access to magnificent Lake Windermere and its nearby attractions.
Urban chic meets the country at Billy Boo, a sophisticated rural cottage near Backbarrow in Cumbria and the Lake District. Set on a working farm inside a national park, the cottage promises luxury, an open fire, a hot tub, light and airy open-plan spaces, beautiful country views and on-site fishing.
Enjoy a romantic holiday amidst the splendour of Northern England with a stay at Cow Byre, a stone-built small cottage in the hamlet of Barras, Cumbria, situated just off the Yorkshire Dales featuring split-level open plan living area, feature wall, and a loft bedroom with four-poster bed.
The Penthouse is a quirky cottage in the pretty town of Sedbergh, in the Yorkshire Dales and close to the Lake District National Park. With spacious, open plan living, exposed beams, and a wonderful mezzanine, it's a perfect retreat for 2-4 people.
Weathertop House is a luxurious rural cottage on the edge of Ravenstonedale conservation village, and it offers spectacular views. Located near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria, the modern cottage boasts a hot tub, an open fire, multiple sitting rooms and outdoor spaces which capture the sun and the hills.
A secluded holiday home just outside the bounds of Lake District National Park, Udford House sits along the River Eamont near the historic market town of Penrith, Cumbria, a child-friendly countryside cottage featuring ground floor underfloor heating, open fire, and original beams throughout.
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.
A thoughtful barn conversion, one of four cottages located alongside Flesh beck stream in the rural hamlet of Mansergh, Cumbria, The Old Stables is a countryside cottage on the western edge of Yorkshire Dales National Park, featuring exposed beams, upside-down accommodation and under-floor heating.
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.
Fellside Barn is a gorgeous rural barn conversion offering panoramic views of the hills of Cumbria. The light and airy pet-friendly property in Broughton Beck boast generous gardens with a large furnished deck, as well as an interior with reminders of yesteryear and open-plan, contemporary comforts.
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.
Ghyll Bank Bungalow is a gorgeous traditional cottage nestled among farmland near Staveley in Cumbria and The Lake District. The cosy pet-friendly property enjoys breathtaking views of the fells and features charming details, furnished outdoor spaces, contemporary comforts and an open fire.
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.
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
This lovely and pet-friendly holiday home in Cark-in-Cartmel sleeps four people in two bedrooms. It lies within easy reach of the Lake District and beaches on the Cumbrian Coast.
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.
Hillberry is a modern coastal cottage whose four floors afford sea views. The light-filled cottage in Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria near The Lake District boasts contemporary style and multiple outdoor spaces from which to enjoy the views and take a glass of wine while the sun sets.
Riddings Barn is a delightful stone-built rural cottage in the charming hamlet of Howgill near Sedbergh. The stone-built conversion blends tradition with contemporary style and boasts wonderful views over Cumbria and The Lake District, as well as open-plan design and an abundance of natural light.
Whether blanketed in snow or blossoming with wildflowers, the grounds of Cazenovia Hall complement this Grade II listed rural cottage near Greystoke in Cumbria. The pet-friendly cottage promises extensive gardens, wonderful views, an open fire and a masterful blend of modernity and tradition.
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.
Set in the vast grounds of Melmerby Hall, Stag Cottage is an award-winning self-contained 17th century Grade II listed sandstone cottage in Melmerby, Cumbria. The pet-friendly, 5-Star Gold cottage promises 20 acres of grounds plus a private garden, an open fire, mullion windows and beams.
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.
Keepers Cottage is a stone-built luxury holiday cottage on the Bigland Estate in the Lake District village of Blackbarrow, near Newby Bridge in Cumbria. This rural cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms - all ensuite and having Smart TVs. With underfloor heating, it's perfect for holidays all year round.
- 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!