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.
Chimney Gill is a modern rural retreat near Sebergham, in Cumbria and The Lake District. The beautiful rural cottage on a working farm blends contemporary style with a country character, including exposed beams and a farmhouse kitchen. Guest enjoy complimentary access to a leisure club.
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.
Lakewatch Sanctuary is a romantic studio with beautiful water views near Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria and The Lakes District. The sophisticated studio boasts a balcony with lake views as well as light and airy open-plan spaces with sleek modern décor. Relax and unwind on a holiday by the lake.
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.
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.
Lily Hall is a luxurious haven with incredible views of the surrounding Lake District countryside. This award-winning property sleeps up to eight people and two dogs in the tranquil location of Ennerdale.
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.
This ground floor, semi detached cottage on a working farm is located near the small village of Lupton near to Kirkby Lonsdale and can sleep four people in two 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.
La’l Tethera is a cosy and welcoming modern apartment offering couples an ideal base for a holiday in Ambleside. The romantic cottage lies close to the main attractions of Ambleside and promises contemporary comforts, open-plan design and proximity to the delights of Cumbria and The Lakes District.
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.
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.
Reflections is a romantic, pet-friendly property just a few short miles from Coniston and Windermere in the Lake District and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The 17th century building has been fully modernised in a luxurious style, whilst retaining much of its original character and features.
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.
- 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!