Holiday cottages in Cumbria and the Lake District

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Search for holiday cottages in Cumbria and the Lake District. Those of you who want a holiday retreat which offers one of the most picturesque areas in England, look no further than the beautiful English Lake District, commonly known as The Lakes. A popular holiday destination, famous not only for its lakes, forests, mountains and fells, but also for its associations with the early 19th-century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth.

Historically shared by the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, the Lake District now lies entirely within the modern county of Cumbria. All the land in England higher than 3,000 feet above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest lakes in England, Wastwater and Windermere, respectively.

Situated between North Yorkshire and the Southern Lakes is the vibrant historic village of Cartmel boasting a racecourse and famous for its award-winning sticky toffee pudding. Kirkby Lonsdale’s three arched bridge known as “Devil’s Bridge” and the ancient market town of Cockermouth are also well worth a visit.

Ulverston, a festival town, is also known for the Hoad Monument (a replica of the Eddystone Lighthouse), the mile-long canal, the Laurel & Hardy Museum, (Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston), the indoor and outdoor markets, traditional pubs and tea-shops. Ulverston has a contemporary feel, whilst retaining a strong sense of its past.

Kendal, seen as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes and only nine miles from Windermere, and only a few miles from the sea, is especially well placed to cater for everyone’s holiday needs.

Windermere, in the southern Lakes is the largest natural lake in England and you can discover its beauty and tranquillity at your own pace on foot or by hiring either a powered or rowing boat.

A magical experience for the whole family, a must see is The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction located in Bowness on Windermere. Take a walk through an indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside visiting Peter Rabbit and his friends on the way.

Ambleside, or walker’s heaven, is the gateway to the Langdale Valley, home to one of the most popular and distinctive mountain ranges in England. Want to save your legs? Drive up ‘the struggle’ to Kirkstone Pass or take a lake cruise to Bowness and Lakeside from the terminal at Waterhead Pier.

Moving north from Ambleside is the village of Grasmere described by William Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man has ever found”. People flock here not only to visit the shops, walk around the lake and soak up the landscape, but also to taste the world-famous Grasmere gingerbread.

Keswick, is the most popular centre for tourism in the North Lake District. Keswick's mainly traffic free town centre has a wide range of specialist shops and galleries, a busy weekly local market, excellent tearooms, cafes, pubs and restaurant offering a range of Cumbrian and International cuisine. Whatever you're looking for - history, culture, scenery, activity or just relaxing Keswick has something for everyone. Nestling between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater, the town is situated in an idyllic location. Other attractions include the highly successful Theatre by the Lake, cinema, public parks, gardens, museums, swimming pool, stately homes, and of course, the lakes and the spectacular fells.

With plenty of Lake District cottages and Cumbrian cottages to browse, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday cottage.