A holiday cottage overlooks a large lake in front of tall Lake District Fells. Lakeside Holiday Cottages in Cumbria

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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.

Single-storey brick-built barn conversion forming a holiday cottage with a long deck and lawned garden with a light sprinkling of winter snow. overlooking a
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Set in the small rural village of Milton, you’ll find The Byre, a farm cottage in Cumbria perfect for families looking to escape the rigours of their daily lives. This countryside cottage between three North West national parks offers the ideal holiday getaway on a working livestock farm.

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1st floor exterior o fa stone built Kendal holiday cottage.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

In the Lake District 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.

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Entrance to a stone-built Cumbrian coottage with a porch and small lawn.
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Bedrooms
1

Enjoy a romantic holiday amidst the splendour of Northern England with a stay at Cow Byre, a stone-built small holiday cottage in the Cumbrian hamlet of Barras. It is situated within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, featuring a split-level open-plan living area, a feature wall, and a loft bedroom with a four-poster bed.

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Doiuble-fronted exterior of a stone holiday cottage in Cumbria surrounded by mature trees.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

A thoughtful barn conversion, one of four cottages located by the River Lune in a beautifully remote location near Kirkby Lonsdale in 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.

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A rambling, stone-built cottage in Cumbria with a terraced garden
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Whether blanketed in snow or blossoming with wildflowers, the grounds of Cazenovia Hall complement this Grade II listed rural holiday home near Greystoke in Cumbria. The pet-friendly cottage promises extensive gardens, beautiful views, an open fire and a masterful blend of modernity and tradition.

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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Riddings Barn is a delightful stone-built rural holiday cottage in Howgill, a charming hamlet near Sedbergh. The stone-built barn conversion blends tradition with contemporary style and boasts wonderful views over Cumbria and The Lake District, as well as an open-plan design and an abundance of natural light.

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A large Coniston holiday home at the head of a hedge-lined tarmac drive with a mature woodland background.
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6

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, cosy house in a walker's paradise includes a hot tub for relaxing after a day in the fells.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Enjoy a truly 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 holiday cottage has been carefully restored and rewards guests with exposed timber beams, stone flooring and an old range fireplace.

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Rear exterior of a terraced holiday cottage in Ulverton overlooking a garden with flowering bulbs.
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2
Bedrooms
1

Hawthorn Cottage is a delightful, pet-friendly holiday cottage in the market town of Ulverston. 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.

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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, so 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 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 the "Castle of the Kings". Carlisle, with its own castle and cathedral, is also home to the Museum and Art Gallery at Tullie House; check out its extensive displays of art, human history and natural sciences.

Cumbria also boasts an attractive coastline along which towns grew up during the Industrial Revolution, and now offers a faded grandeur to visitors who are choosing to enjoy the impressive coastal walks 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 extensive 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 year, 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, and a map. 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!