The Place Holiday Cottage. Sleeps 8 Loweswater in Cumbria

Cumbria

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.

Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

The River Crake lies at the end of the garden at Sawmill Cottage, a charming 18th-century rural cottage near Low Nibthwaite in the South Lakes. The pet-friendly cottage spoils guests with wonderful views, a generous garden, an open fire, a games room and modern comforts blended with old-world charm.

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Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

Lovely 18th Century Cottage near Cartmel village in the south lakes. Peaceful off-road location, Log fire, Free Wi-Fi. Short Breaks from £240.

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Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5

Birkdale House is a large and traditional Victorian property set in the beautiful Matson Ground Estate near Lake Windermere. This beautiful house has been refurbished to a high standard and has its own cinema room and games room too.

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Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

Wreay Mansions is a luxurious rural cottage in Watermillock with impressive views of Lake Ullswater and the hills of Cumbria. The former hunting lodge offers refinement and elegance and boasts a 30’ furnished balcony, a lawned garden, fresh air, contemporary comforts & the chance to escape in style.

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Sleeps
Bedrooms
1

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

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Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

High Bridge Haven boasts beautiful ocean views from its gardens and offers couples a romantic getaway in Kirkby-in-Furness. The newly-built cedar cottage rests on spacious grounds in Cumbria and offers true sophistication, a gazebo with a hot tub, a light-filled interior and a wood-burning stove.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Linden Barn is a newly-converted barn bordering the countryside of Cumbria. The charming, pet-friendly cottage combines style with tradition and sits in a quiet corner of Orton. Spacious grounds surround the cottage, and the interior features tiled floors, an open-plan design, comfort and log fire.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Urban chic meets the country at Billy Boo, a sophisticated rural cottage near Backbarrow in Cumbria and the Lake District. Set on a working farm inside a national park, the cottage promises luxury, an open fire, a hot tub, light and airy open-plan spaces, beautiful country views and on-site fishing.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Set in the vast grounds of Melmerby Hall, Stag Cottage is an award-winning self-contained 17th century Grade II listed sandstone cottage in Melmerby, Cumbria. The pet-friendly, 5-Star Gold cottage promises 20 acres of grounds plus a private garden, an open fire, mullion windows and beams.

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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, 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!