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.
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.
Pet friendly Gamekeepers Manor offers truly grand self-catering accommodation (with a hot tub) for extended families or groups of friends in the village of Southburn Dene, two miles from Chester-le-Street and five miles from historic Durham. The Manor comfortably sleeps 13 in 6 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.
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.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 3
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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.
Hause Hall, Cruick Barn and The Stables form part of a gorgeous rural property on Hallin Fell near Ullswater in Cumbria. Offering majestic, uninterrupted views, this large Lake District property boasts authentic rural charm, modern luxury, open fires in three separate dwellings beside Ullswater
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.
- Sleeps 2
- Bedrooms 1
- Bathrooms 1
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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.
- Sleeps 2
- Bedrooms 1
- Bathrooms 1
The Penthouse is a quirky cottage in the pretty town of Sedbergh, in the Yorkshire Dales and close to the Lake District National Park. With spacious, open plan living, exposed beams, and a wonderful mezzanine, it's a perfect retreat for 2-6 people.
Weathertop House is a luxurious rural cottage on the edge of Ravenstonedale conservation village, and it offers spectacular 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.
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.
Brae Fell Cottage at Monkhouse Hill, an imaginative conversion of an ancient barn in the Northern Lakes. The 5 star cottage has a vaulted upstairs living area oozing character, and two bedroom suites each with double, twin and bathroom. Access to a luxury hotel spa with swimming pool is included.
Etland House is a large holiday cottage located in the Cumbrian countryside near Kirkby Lonsdale between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales in the tiny rural hamlet of Preston Patrick. It sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms and welcomes pets.
This beautiful, well equipped and dog friendly Lake District Holiday Cottage near Cunsey has views over Lake Windermere from its location on the 5000-acre Greythwaite country estate. Guests have access to a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, fishing and kids play area. Hilltop sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.
A holiday cottage in the Lake District, this pet-friendly escape is comfortable, relaxing, and ideally located near many attractions. Featuring three bedrooms, and a fitted kitchen, this property is convenient to Coniston Village and the great recreational opportunities of Coniston Water.
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- 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!