Holiday Cottages in Cumbria
With it's dramatic crags and deep lakes, Cumbria is a great place for exploring the outdoors. Stop off in little market towns and amble around the Lake District World Heritage Site.
You can stay in cosy cottages and lake side cabins, grand houses, mansion apartments and former farmhouses, but wherever you choose there will be spectacular scenery and views for miles, and memories to treasure.
Only 100 metres from Lake Windermere, this two bedroom apartment occupies the first floor of a traditional stone Lake District cottage. From the cottage you'll find walking trails in every direction. Head north for a 4-mile trek to Wray Castle or walk to Claife Viewing Station where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views across Windermere. Sleeps 4.
Once flourishing with freshly grown strawberries in its walled garden, this early 19th-century cottage is on the west shore of Lake Windermere. It's an idyllic setting with the lake at your feet, sailing boats bobbing by your window and the towering mountains beyond. With an easy, level path running along the lake, it's the perfect place for a gentle stroll or bike road. Sleeps 4.
With England's largest lake quite literally on your doorstep and use of a jetty to moor a boat or fish from, this simple cottage is a great base for getting out and about in Windermere.
Tucked away in the old kitchen garden of Wray Castle, a short drive from Ambleside, this pretty cottage is the perfect Lake District hideaway. Inside, the cottage has elegant, wood-panelled walls, plump sofas and big picture windows. But the real wow factor of this cottage is the stunning view of Lake Windermere, Langdale Pikes and the central fells. Sleeps 4.
A log and stone cottage built in the late 1930s but recently updated to create a stunning retreat which allows you to feel close to the outdoors with a gorgeous terrace wrapping around two sides of the cottage.
One of the highlights of a stay at Rose Castle Cottage is the views from the track on the approach to the cottage. The romantic 19th-century cottage is situated high above Tarn Hows in a truly tranquil location with no neighbours on the horizon. Comfortable and cosy but with few of the trappings of modern life, it's the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Sleeps 4.
Built in the 16th century, Holeslack is a Grade II listed building with original features that make a stay here extra special. The cottage's 16th-century spiral staircase, open brick fireplace and oak wood furniture reflect its farmhouse past, while contemporary fittings have been added for a comfortable stay. The four-bedroom cottage has views of medieval Sizergh Castle and the surrounding countryside. Sleeps 8.
Stay in a Lake District beauty spot, once voted Britain's best view. Wasdale Hall Lodge sits just yards from the south-western end of Wastwater, England's deepest and most tranquil lake. This sturdy stone cottage, renovated with traditional furnishings, is nestled in the remote valley, with extensive high fell walking and outdoor activities on the doorstep. Sleeps 4.
A cosy, rustic cottage with accommodation on the first floor and the old cow shippon (barn) below. With views all around the River Esk at the head of Eskdale you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to walks.
A rural hideaway, this remote and peaceful cottage which was once a farmhouse sits at the head of the stunning Duddon Valley. Set amongst streams and fells, you'll be itching to head out on walks from the door.
Stay close to the shores of Loweswater in this traditional Lake District farmhouse. It's full of charm inside with spacious rooms, a farmhouse kitchen and period features. Encompassed by woodland and open farmland with views across the valley, there is a 4-mile walk around the lake which finishes near Kirkstile Inn, a cosy country pub. For a more challenging trail, hike to the top of Melbreak for views of Buttermere Valley. Sleeps 6.
A former 18th-century mill, Millbeck Towers is ideal for special get-togethers with family and friends. Inside the turret-adorned property is an atmospheric space with high ceilings and historic details. An intricate stained glass window, open fireplaces and chequered tiled floors are just some of the features of this large six-bedroom mansion in Keswick. For those that enjoy the outdoors there is direct access to Skiddaw Range, the highest fells in the North Lakes. Sleeps 12.