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.
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.
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.
Todd Hills Hall Farmhouse is a luxurious rural cottage boasting panoramic views of the Pennines. The pet-friendly cottage near Melmerby in Cumbria boasts seclusion and fresh air and features log fires, exposed beams and Aga, plus a hot tub, snooker table, beautiful gardens and ornate furnishings.
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.
- 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!