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December 12, 2016

New Luxury Windermere Holiday Cottages

local holiday cottage agency Cumbrian Cottages has signed up five superb new-build holiday homes at Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Windermere.

With Lakeland slate and wood exteriors, and stylish and luxurious interiors, the properties are just 200 yards from the River Leven where it flows out of Windermere.

Under the same ownership as the historic Swan Hotel, holidaymakers can enjoy all the freedom of a contemporary holiday cottage in a beautiful riverside location, with the bonus of being a few yards from the hotel’s indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and – of course – bar and restaurant.

The Hedgehog (ref UK1053), The Mallard (UK1054), The Owl Nest (UK1055) and The Dormouse (UK 1056) are all large, three or four-bedroomed townhouse-style properties, sleeping up to eight. All are child-friendly. A weekend break this winter starts at £1042, rising to a peak summer week at £2389.

The Love Nest (UK1057) is a romantic studio-style bolt-hole with open-plan living and sleeping all on one level. A weekend break this winter starts at £1042, rising to a peak summer week at £1941.

Each holiday home benefits from a terrace with outdoor fireplace and a bike store. There is complimentary access to the hotel pool, Jacuzzi and gym and a children’s adventure playground as well as shared access to two acres of grounds running down to the (unfenced) River Leven, where fishing is permitted (licence required).

Lake Windermere is on the doorstep and other nearby attractions include  the Lakeland Motor Museum, the market town of Cartmel and Holker Hall and Gardens.

Cumbrian Cottages: 01228 599960,


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October 2, 2016

Half Term in the Lakes in a Cumbrian Cottage

Leading Lakeland holiday cottage agency Cumbrian Cottages is urging families to book now for October half term, particularly if a lake view or rural retreat is top of the wants list.

“The perennial pull of the Lake District seems to have been boosted by good weather and the August release of the Swallows & Amazons film, and family-sized properties in key locations are booking quickly for half term,” says director Drew Dunn.

Currently available (at today’s date) for week-long stays for October half term week:

Garries Cottage – a typical Lakeland cottage, long low and white-washed. It shares its owner’s panoramic views of the fells and Bassenthwaite Lake (two miles below) and 10 acres of grounds in the foothills of the Skiddaw range. Outstanding value at £592 for a family of four at half term arriving 22 October, it’s pet-friendly too at an extra charge, and has free WiFi. The facilities of Keswick are six miles away, with a village pub little more than a mile.

Also with lake views is Bluebell Cottage, looking out towards Coniston Water. One of a terrace of former quarry-workers’ cottages, this is beautifully presented in modern country-cottage style with oak and slate floors and good facilities like the hand-built kitchen and availability of WiFi. A double and a twin room share a family bathroom. £762 is the cost of seven nights starting 22 October

Extended families looking for a fantastic location and luxurious comfort will find both at Skiddaw Heights overlooking Keswick. Four bedrooms (sleeping eight) and three bathrooms make this ideal for three generations. Just a mile from the town centre, and with views of both Derwent Water and the fells, Skiddaw Heights is a fantastic base with room for everyone to relax, including the dual-aspect living room and a magnificent dining kitchen. October half term week for eight people (arriving 22 October) is £2303.

Cumbrian Cottages, 01228 599960,


August 28, 2016

September Savings in Cumbria

Leading local specialist Cumbrian Cottages has a raft of special offers on seven-night rentals that kick in as soon as children return to school, saving up to £289 on original prices.

For example, couples are spoilt for choice, with discounted properties including The Nook in the village of Greystoke. Remaining September weeks range in price from £403 to £408, saving £69 to £79.

This cosy stone end-terrace cottage has had a contemporary make-over while retaining original features such as the old kitchen range now a decorative focal point in the open plan living space. Greystoke has a good pub and village shop and is on the C2C coast to coast cycle route.

At the top of Windermere’s main street, Above Cott is a bright and spacious first-floor apartment which has two doubles (one en-suite) and a twin room providing flexibility for up to six people, in a superb location.  The little town’s first-class facilities – from eateries to retail outlets – and tourist attractions are all on the doorstep.

Arrive 2 or 9 September and save £130, paying £392 for a week’s rental, or arrive 23 September and save £129, paying £388.

The largest savings are on bigger properties such as Holly House in the lakeside village of Pooley Bridge. This spacious house has five en-suite bedrooms so it sleeps up to ten, and is a fantastic base for friends enjoying a week of walks on the northern fells. The south shore of Ullswater is a short walk away, and village facilities – pubs and shops – are within a few yards.

Arrive 2 September and pay £1141, saving £275, or pay £1195 and save £289 for the week starting 9 September.

Cumbrian Cottages, 01228 599960,

August 17, 2016

August Bank Holiday Week: Lakeland Cottages less than £18 per person per night

The last week of the summer holidays is almost here: a final chance to look for Peter Rabbit in Beatrix Potter’s anniversary year, or go sailing on Coniston like the children in Swallows & Amazons (film released 19 August).

It’s been a great summer in the Lakes, but leading local agency Cumbrian Cottages says there are still bargains to be found for holidays starting 26 or 27 August. For example:

Detached Scarr Head Cottage gives families room to roam in idyllic countryside near Coniston. Farmhouse features include flagged floors, panelled walls and open fires. Four bedrooms provide flexible accommodation for seven people and there’s an enclosed garden for children.

At least one pub is within a few minutes’ walk, and Coniston Water is a mile and a half away for dinghy hire, steamer trips and sightseeing. Seven nights’ rental starting 27 August is reduced by £45 to £867 – that is less than £18 per person per night.

Small families will love quirky Letterbox Cottage, just down the road from Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home. Built of Lakeland slate, the house is on three levels with a wonderful kitchen/diner at ground level, then a cosy living room, and the two bedrooms and bathroom on the top floor (a set of bunks for two children, and a double for parents).

Seven nights from 27 August is reduced by £70 to £608, which is under £22 per person per night.

A couple looking for a romantic bolt-hole will find it at All Saints View in Cockermouth’s conservation area. This one-bedroom Georgian cottage blends old (original fireplaces) and new (contemporary kitchen and bathroom) with style.

The bedroom has a balcony with a view of the town’s church. Good pubs and restaurants, independent shops and Wordsworth’s birthplace are all on the doorstep, with the wild beauty of Bassenthwaite Lake 10 minutes’ drive east. Arrive 26 or 29 August and pay £395 for seven nights, saving £40.

 Cumbrian Cottages, 01228 599960,

July 21, 2016

Lakeland Holidays for fans of Swallows & Amazons

Filmed on and around Coniston Water and Derwentwater, BBC Films’ new family film release featuring six young actors plus Rafe Spall and Kelly MacDonald, opens nationwide on 19 August.

Families looking for a Lakeland adventure can still find a perfect holiday home, says leading local company Cumbrian Cottages, which offers over 1,200 properties across the region including:

Scarr Head Cottage, within two miles of Coniston Water, is a quintessential Lakeland farmhouse (whitewashed walls, slate roof, flagged floors) with enviable country views and four bedrooms to sleep an extended family of up to seven people.  The nearest pub is only 700 yards away, and Coniston village amenities a mile and a half.

Peel Island on Coniston Water is the real ‘Wild Cat Island’ from the book. The four Walker children sail there in ‘Swallow’ and team up with the Blackett girls, who sail the ‘Amazon’ before embarking on a series of adventures that make the most of the great outdoors.

A few miles away in Keswick, Lund Cottage provides a double and a twin bedroom perfect for a small family that wants to be close to a lake yet have all the facilities of the little town on the doorstep.

An ‘upside-down’ cottage, the open-plan living/dining/kitchen space is in the vaulted first floor.  Tucked into a quiet corner of Keswick, Derwentwater is just four minutes’ walk away.

Among the many outdoor adventures in the lakes, families can hire canoes and dinghies from Coniston Boating Centre, and take a trip in a traditional launch on Derwentwater.

01228 599960,

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