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.
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.
Ash Pot Barn enjoys spectacular views from its position on the side of Wild Boar Fell, near Ravenstonedale in Cumbria and The Lake District. The stone-built, semi-detached barn conversion boasts seclusion and character, as well as an open fire, contemporary comforts and a bespoke kitchen.
Holiday in comfort and style in the Lake District with a stay at 2 Beacon High, a coastal cottage nestled in a quiet locale in the traditional south Lakeland village of Lindale, Cumbria, featuring a spacious sitting room, well-equipped kitchen and beautiful enclosed garden.
Eden Lodge lies in Bardsea overlooking Morcombe Bay, close to the Cumbrian coastal town of Ulverston in the Lake District. It has a well-equipped kitchen, a games room and hot tub. This large, Edwardian rural holiday home sleeps 25, great for large group holidays and celebrations all year round.
Set in the small rural village of Milton, Cumbria, you’ll find The Byre, a farm cottage perfect for families looking to escape the rigours of their daily lives. This countryside cottage nestled between three North West national parks offers the ideal holiday getaway on a working livestock farm.
Immerse yourself in the charms of village life at Sea View Cottage in Greenodd. Stroll around the tiny village and return to your cosy and immaculate three-storey holiday cottage with modern comforts and inviting décor. Explore beaches, mountains and weekly markets from this child-friendly cottage.
Old Cottage lies in the quaint rural village of Nateby near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria between The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The two bedrooms sit downstairs, while the kitchen and sitting room enjoy rural views from the first floor of this dog-friendly cottage.
High Bridge Haven boasts beautiful ocean views from its gardens and offers couples a romantic getaway in Kirkby-in-Furness. The newly-built cedar cottage rests on spacious grounds in Cumbria and offers true sophistication, a gazebo with a hot tub, a light-filled interior and a wood-burning stove.
Kings Cottage in the historic market town of Alston, Cumbria, makes the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage for couples planning a romantic holiday in the Pennines. This recently refurbished character cottage lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Riven Oak is situated amidst the beautiful Lake District near the village of Levens, Cumbria, a two-storey pet-friendly cottage with beamed ceilings, master king with en-suite shower among four ground-floor bedrooms, and open-plan living space with wood-burning stove and Freesat TV.
The New Inn is a wonderfully converted pub dating back to 1730 set in Brampton in Cumbria and The Lake District. The rustic pet-friendly cottage retains its bar and many others features and offers lovely grounds and a truly unique group getaway, as well as a log fire, games room, sauna and hot tub.
Rainbow Cottage is a sought-after rural cottage boasting authentic details and contemporary style. Located near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria between The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, the pet-friendly property offers expansive gardens, a games room, beautiful views, seclusion and wheelchair access.
Perched above Ullswater, widely considered the most beautiful of all the Lake District lakes, Cockley Moor Cottage is a wonderful Lake District holiday home benefitting from stunning views and spacious, modern accommodation for up to six guests and two dogs.
Hill Side Barn is a spacious Lake District barn conversion with a hot tub sleeps six guests seeking a high-quality rural retreat in a quiet rural corner of Cumbria area that’s not too far from the best bits of the Southern Lake District and the Cumbrian coast.
Stone-built Fell Foot is an authentic rural cottage in Santon Bridge dating back to 1899. The pet-friendly cottage is set amidst the countryside of Cumbria and the Lake District and offers spacious grounds with a hot tub, plus antique furnishings, modernity, an open fire & views of Wast Water Fells.
Set in a secluded rural location, Groffa Crag is a large holiday cottage in the Lake District near Ulverston. This spacious, pet friendly cottage in Cumbria sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms, perfect for large family or group holidays within easy reach of the Cumbrian coast, Coniston Water and Windermere.
Set in a unique location in the heart of the Lake District valley of Eskdale, Esk View boasts incredible rural views with a backdrop of mountains. This spacious Lake District holiday home is a perfect choice for a large group looking to explore the best and most tranquil of the Lake District.
Hawthorn Cottage is a delightful pet-friendly cottage in the market town of Ulverton and it offers couples a romantic escape in Cumbria and The Lake District. Oak beams and stone flagged floor complement the open fire and add character to the cottage, which boasts a lovely patio and modern comforts.
Pine Lodge sits just moments from Lake Windermere in Cumbria and The Lakes District and promises elegance and open-plan design. The cottage in Windermere boasts luxurious décor and a charming outdoor area, as well as a generous conservatory and further spaces for relaxation, plus a private jetty.
Warm, inviting, and beautifully furnished, James Court Cottage between Wastwater and Ravenglass is perfectly located for walking holidays exploring the beautifully remote Northern Lake District and the Cumbria coast. Located on the Irton Hall Estate in a quiet, relaxing village setting.
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.
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.
- Cark in Cartmel
- Irton Holiday Cottages
- Kirkby Lonsdale
- Kirkby Stephen
- Newby Bridge
- Santon 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!