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.
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.
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
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.
In a secluded, peaceful rural location a mile outside Hawkshead, Hatter's Cottage is an 18th century 2-bedroom cottage on a small farm in the central Lake District available all year round for long holidays and short breaks. Perfect for those who like the outdoors. Children over 10 welcome.
Blencowe Hall is an award-winning Grade I listed fortified manor dating back to the 1400s. Situated in Blencowe, Cumbria, the pet-friendly rural property boasts period features, open fires, extensive manicured grounds, activities such as trout fishing, stunning views and contemporary elegance.
Found at the start of a popular route up Helvellyn, 2 Low Glenridding is a perfect, stonebuilt cottage for up to four people and two dogs who want to explore the wonderful walking in the Ullswater area of the Lake District.
Melmerby Hall is a Grade II listed manor house sitting on 25 acres in Melmerby in Cumbria. The grand, pet-friendly rural cottage enjoys fantastic views from its spacious grounds and retains many of its original features, including its stone façade, Georgian shutters and sandstone terrace.
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.
- 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!