Please find below a selection of holiday cottages in Cumbria. Here you will find self catering cottages along the Cumbrian coastline and throughout Cumbria, including in the Lake District and in towns and villages like Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere.
If you already know where in Cumbria you would like to stay, please click on the appropriate area of the map to find holiday cottages in that location.
Cumbria is the second largest of the English counties after Yorkshire, and to many, it is synonymous with that sparkling jewel in the nation's crown - the Lake District . The stunning Lake District National Park is indeed part of Cumbria, but this region is blessed with not one, but parts of two of the nation's most stunning National Parks; a small area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park also falls within Cumbria, as do the mountains of the North Pennines and the Howgill fells. Made up of parts of what was once North Yorkshire and North Lancashire, as well as Cumberland and Westmorland, Cumbria extends as far north as Hadrian's Wall in the Scottish Borders, encompasses the lush beauty of the river Eden and the Eden Valley in the east and counts the lovely seaside resort of St. Bees and the fishing ports of Whitehaven and Workington among its county towns. Idyllic Cumbria cottages can be found in all corners of the region, offering so much more choice than 'just' Lake District holiday cottages.
Of course, Lakeland cottages are justifiably popular. With a wealth of natural beauty, including pristine lakes and high mountain peaks, and as much adventure or relaxation as you can cope with, the towns and villages of the south of the county make perfect bases for Cumbria cottage holidays. Kendal is on the edge of the Lake District National Park, and has castles, historic houses and museums as well as iconic villages such as Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside all within easy reach. In the south of the region, Yorkshire Dales cottages at beautiful Sedbergh, an established 'book town' nestling beneath the Howgill fells, are popular with walkers and mountain bikers. Dentdale borders both Cumbria and North Yorkshire; a Cumbrian cottage holiday in this region of the Lakeland fells is a walker's paradise, while the Settle to Carlisle railway passes through the pretty village of Dent, a quiet hamlet of whitewashed houses with a couple of pubs, shops and an interesting visitor centre.
Further to the north, a Cumbrian cottage in the scenic Lune Valley region has much to offer the visitor. Base yourself in the pretty hamlets and villages around Kirby Lonsdale and enjoy local beauty spots such as Devil's Bridge and Ruskin's View and nearby attractions, which include the very best of both Yorkshire and Cumbria. Or how about a Cumbria cottage holiday in the unspoilt Eden Valley? Just a short drive from beautiful Ullswater and Keswick in the heart of the Lake District, this lush, open green valley feels a world away from the busier Lakeland honey pot towns and villages, particularly in the summer season. Charming market towns such as Kirkby Stephen, Lazonby, Armathwaite and Appleby in Westmorland offer historic castles, ancient markets, local craft centres, traditional shops and welcoming pubs. Walking and cycling can be as gentle as a family stroll along a river or as challenging as a section of one of the six established routes passing through the region, such as the C2C cycle route or Wainwright's famous Coast-to-Coast walk. Abundant opportunity for fishing, water sports, golf and other sports exist. Visit historic Alston, take a trip on the Settle to Carlisle railway or perhaps use your Cumbria cottage as a base for exploring the region's larger towns, such as Penrith, home of the famous Cumberland sausage, or the border town of Carlisle, with its impressive castle, cathedral and extensive shopping. The town is also home to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, a Grade 1 Listed Jacobean House boasting a wealth of decorative art and historical artefacts. In the north of the region you'll find yourself in Hadrian's Wall Country; visit the sites, archaeological digs and visitor centres to appreciate the full importance of this Unesco World Heritage Site, and marvel at the legacy of the Romans.
A Cumbria cottage holiday in the west of the region is ideal for those seeking the very best of both worlds. Here, mountains and sea collide, with four stunning valleys linking coast and countryside. Wasdale is a place of superlatives, unrivalled scenery and, in brooding Wastwater, its deepest lake, and Scafell Pike, its highest mountain. Enjoy Ravenglass on the coast; visit Muncaster Castle and Gardens or the Roman Bath, or take the Ravenglass Steam Railway into the heart of the Lakes, to the quaint hamlets of Eskdale, Boot and Dalegarth. Visit roaring Stanley Ghyll Force, or take a dizzying drive over the Hardknott Pass for scenic views. Enjoy a tranquil walk or cycle through Ennerdale forest and around the lake, far from the busy crowds of the more readily accessible Lakeland towns. Reflect a while at the ancient standing stones of Kinniside stone circle, or head for the coast and discover Maryport's heritage harbour area, with a new Visitor Centre, Aquarium, and fascinating Roman and Maritime museums. Choose a Cumbrian cottage in St. Bees, with fine stretches of sandy beach, cliff top walks and abundant wildlife, and you've all the makings of a traditional seaside holiday but with the beauty of the Lake District on your doorstep. The port town of Whitehaven has enough for a day's visit, with its developing harbour area, Georgian architecture and museums dedicated to the town's former trades in rum, coal mining and ship building.
The combined beauty of the counties jointly represented by Cumbria offers a truly mouth-watering holiday prospect. A traditional Lakeland cottage in Coniston, Keswick or Buttermere; a Yorkshire Dales cottage in the rolling countryside around Dent or Sedbergh, or a cosy hideaway in the tranquil, verdant Eden Valley. Whichever area you choose, your Cumbria cottage holiday is sure to be memorable one, leaving you yearning to return many times over.