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Holiday Cottages in Cumbria

Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria © Joe Cornish

Holiday cottages in Cumbria provide the perfect starting points for exploring the wealth of beauty that the Lake District has to offer. Cumbria is one of the most cherished counties in all of the UK and a stay in our holiday cottages is perfect for families, friends, couples and the dog!

The Trust has 19 unique holiday cottages across Cumbria, from Windermere to Keswick. The wonder of Cumbria comes in the form of the Lake District which sees 15 million people a year come visit the world-renown area.

The Lake District is one of the largest national parks in all of the British Isles and Cumbria’s Lake District National Park has been looked after by the Trust since 1951. We care for a quarter of the Lake District and the 885-square-mile park that makes up the Lake District is has become a national heritage. Cumbria and its outstanding areas of natural beauty have been of great influence for some of England’s most esteemed authors, poets and artists, including admired children’s author Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth.

Cumbria is a top spot for enjoying the best of the British landscape, take in some of the greatest views in the land and revel in the freedom of being outside in one of England's most beloved locations.

There are plenty of unique walking trails that you will not find anywhere else in the country. You can spend all day out on an adventure in Cumbria and discover some of the hidden gems of the Lake District National Park. The mountainous terrain makes the Lake District perfect for exploration. The four highest mountains all peak above 3,000 feet (well over 900 meters), featuring Scafell Pike which is the tallest of the four and almost reaches 1,000 meters, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Do not forget those hiking boots!

As a base for walkers, the Cumbrian cottages of Bird How, High and Low Hallgarth offer comfortable accommodation with easy access to the low fells around Tarn Hows or the high fells of Coniston or Langdale Valley.

On the shores of Lake Windermere stands the Summer House, Tanner Bow, High and Low Strawberry Gardens. Windermere inspired Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons' and is the largest natural lake in the whole of England. Windermere was formed from melting glaciers over 10,000 years ago during an ice age and today, Windermere is perfect for boating and taking ferry trips.

Heading west, in the Wasdale valley, is the Trust owned Wast Water and the lake is, in fact, the deepest in the country at 258 feet deep. Wast Water is surrounded by a number of notable peaks, including some of the highest mountains in England, so this is a sight that surely should not be missed!

As its name suggest, the former summer house is located within the grounds of Wray Castle. Sleeping 4, this cottage is surrounded by lush countryside the cottage offers some stunning views over much of the Lake District including Fairfield, the Langdale Pikes and the Central Fells.

Tanner Bow sits just 130 metres from the shores of Lake Windermere. Sleeping 4, the stone cottages offers an elevated position for great views across the lake towards Bowness, particularly from the sitting room window seat. High and Low Strawberry Gardens stand on the water’s edge of Lake Windermere. These cottages are an ideal escape from modern life. No TV, an old style range and access to a jetty and boat, this is the perfect place to enjoy the peace of Windermere and the rest of Cumbria’s sublime landscape.

The former Carding Mill, Millbeck Towers offers the ideal large family cottage. Sleeping 12 this is an ideal cottage for a family get together with large rooms, rambling garden and direct access to the Skiddaw Range.

No article on Cumbria and the Lake District is complete without mentioning Beatrix Potter.

If you’ve ever held a place in your heart for her stories, it’s worth discovering Hill Top, the lovely cottage garden Beatrix purchased with the proceeds of her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit. The 17th century Hill Top cottage, along with the surrounding countryside acted as inspiration for many of her subsequent books. Low Hallgarth, mentioned earlier, is one of the cottages previously owned by Beatrix.

The children’s author was passionate about the Lake District and preserving a way of life. Potter was an ardent supporter of the National Trust and on her death, she left 4,000 acres and 14 farms to the Trust.

Why choose a National Trust holiday cottage in Cumbria?

Holiday cottages in Cumbria are ideal for couples, families or friends and you can enjoy a trip to Cumbria, where you can explore the thriving unique landscape and seek adventure in the Lake District.

The proceeds from National Trust Holidays go directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes, so you can continue to enjoy our holiday cottages over and over again.

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  • The exterior of Silverthwaite, Great Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria © Mike Henton


    Ambleside , Cumbria

    A grand house dating from the early 1900s stands in an elevated position in the Langdale valley.

  • Bowderdale, Gosforth, Cumbria


    Gosforth, Lake District , Cumbria

    An early -19th century cottage, part of a working fellside farm commanding an elevated position.

  • The exterior of Millbeck Towers, Keswick, Cumbria © National Trust

    Millbeck Towers

    Keswick, Lake District , Cumbria

    An imposing and spacious house with huge views across to Derwentwater.

  • The exterior of Holeslack Farmhouse, Kendal, Cumbria © Mike Henton

    Holeslack Farmhouse

    Kendal , Cumbria

    A spacious farmhouse in a fantastic location looking towards Sizergh Castle.

  • The exterior at Thrang, Lake District, Cumbria © Mike Henton


    Seathwaite, Lake District , Cumbria

    Difficult to find a more remote and peaceful spot than here.

  • Trees, Windermere, Cumbria  © Mike Henton


    Ambleside, Lake District , Cumbria

    A log cottage in a peaceful setting close to the shores of Lake Windermere.