This essentially wild and remote region of England is often regarded as one of the best counties in England for lovers of the great outdoors. 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. You'll also discover more about the author of Mrs Tiggywinkle at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness on Windemere.
9 Camden Building is a quaint apartment boasting original stone features and is set right in the heart of Kendal in Cumbria and The Lake District. Exposed beams and traditional character permeate the cottage, which sleeps 5 and promises open-plan design, sophistication and access to the market town.
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 14 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.
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.
In the popular Lake District village of Windermere, just a mile from the lakeshore, Yew Trees is a lovely spacious bungalow with private off-road parking. Pet-friendly, it's within easy reach of all the attractions of Windermere and the surrounding countryside.
Weathertop House is a luxury rural cottage on the edge of Ravenstonedale conservation village offering spectacular Pennine 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.
New Lodge promises stunning views of Lake Ullswater from its cosy sitting room. The lakeside cottage in Watermillock, Cumbria, promises seclusion and modern sophistication, plus architectural design, floor-to-ceiling windows, two log fires, lovely gardens and a private shoreline with a small jetty.
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.
Glen Bank won the Visit England's 5* Gold Award in 2019 and is surrounded by farm and woodland in Appleby-in-Westmoreland in Cumbria. The pet-friendly cottage boasts outdoor entertaining areas with sweeping views and offers a light-filled orangery, two wood burners, exposed beams, and a dog shower.
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.
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.
Kirkbridge Hall sits on the 20 acres of mixed woodlands of Melmerby Hall in Cumbria and promises tranquillity and views. The pet-friendly cottage in Melmerby is a stone-clad terrace beside St John’s Church and offers lovely grounds with orchards, solid oak floors, antique furniture and a log fire.
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.
Luxury and elegance define Bank Chambers, a distinguished lakeside cottage in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria and The Lake District. Distinguished furnishings permeate the property, which features a large furnished balcony with a hot tub, and avails guests of a boathouse and a yacht.
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
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- Newby Bridge
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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!