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.
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.
Onsite owners greet you with a welcome package, just the first of many outstanding touches you’ll find with a stay at Woodside Barn, a remote child-friendly cottage in the secluded hamlet of Pennington on the Cumbria, coast near Ulverston and the Lake District. Sleeps 4.
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.
Original stone walls and exposed beams create character in Bridgelands Cottage, an 18th-century cottage boasting antique furnishings and a log fire. The pet-friendly cottage in Cark-in-Cartmel offers modern comforts and a south-facing garden as well as direct access to the beauty of Cumbria.
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.
Blaithwaite House is a Grade II listed rural cottage steeped in tradition and perfectly suited to a special celebration. Situated on Blaithwaite Estate, the pet-friendly cottage near Waverton, Cumbria, vast grounds with fantastic views, a summer house and a multitude of unique activities.
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.
Pepper Cottage boasts rural charm and modern facilities, inside you'll find large open plan kitchen-living area, luxurious bedrooms and indulgent bathrooms Outside you can enjoy the two seating areas, picturesque views over rolling hills, doorstep walks and Hawkshead is just a stones throw away.
Thill 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.
Miller Moss Cottage at Monkhouse Hill, an appealing and spacious 5 star family cottage for four in the Northern Lakes. The magnificent upstairs living area has a fully equipped kitchen and views over both Warnell Fell and the Eden Valley. Access to a luxury hotel spa with swimming pool is included.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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!