Holiday Cottages in Cumbria
No-where in the world is perfect but Cumbria comes pretty close. Nestled in the North East of England, where rolling hills and wildflowers meet the Irish Sea, Cumbria is home to some of the freshest air and clearest skies in Britain.
Ranked as the ‘second-best place to photograph in England', (with Cornwall's Jurassic Coast just clinching the top spot,) Cumbria is a world of emerald fields, majestic mountainscapes, and some of the best sunsets the world has to offer. But its landscape isn't just a gift for sightseers, it's a treat for foodies too. Thanks to its rich and fertile land, Cumbria is home to a world-renowned range of incredible local produce and award-winning restaurants.
From secluded log cabins above misty lakes to market town mansions on cobbled streets, Cumbria doesn't just cater to one kind of getaway. It's a treat for anyone craving a rural adventure.
One of Britain's most popular attractions
You can't discuss Cumbria without mentioning the Lake District National Park. Welcoming nearly 16 million satisfied holidaymakers every year, the Lake District is one of the most visited destinations in Britain, and it's easy to see why.
Taking up around a third of the entire county, it's a place to watch the sun bounce playfully across crystal water, as the smell of dewdrops fills the air. It's the place to lie atop emerald hills, while red squirrels, golden eagles and grey seals go about their days all around.
The Lake District is a spot so beautiful, it's received international acclaim. The park stands alongside the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site ‘of outstanding importance to the common heritage of humankind'.
An unfair amount of beauty
Of course, the Lake District is far from all that Cumbria has to offer. To the east, the county also boasts a picturesque portion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and to the north, part of the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The best way to soak up some of the stunning sights is with one of the areas many award-winning walking routes. If you're after a Snaptrip favourite, you can't beat the bragging rights that come with conquering one of the paths to the summit of Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England. For a relatively easy climb, we recommend reaching the top from Wastwater Wasdale. This steady climb ascends just over 900 metres and should take a little over three hours.
Cumbria has been a faithful muse
To see a beautiful site is one thing. To see one so stunning, it wakes a voice inside of you, is another. Cumbria has been the muse of countless writers. Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth are a small sample of the many literary legends who found themselves swept up in county's undeniable beauty.
In fact, Cumbria has been so successful in inspiring creativity, three of the most influential romantic writers in history have been donned ‘the Lake Poets'. Named after the innovation that they drew from wandering their Cumbrian homes.
Many of England's ‘mosts'
Alongside, arguably, the most beautiful views in Britain, Cumbria is home to a hefty handful of England's ‘mosts'. The North West county boasts both the longest body of water in England, with the 10.5 mile Windermere, and the deepest, with Wastwater, with delves 74-metres down.
All five of England's tallest mountains are in Cumbria, each offering dozens of wonderful walking routes. In the middle of the Lake District lies England's highest ever Grand Fir tree at 57 metres high (just three metres away from being the tallest tree in the country).
Most impressively of all, we think you'll agree, is Cumbria also hosts the scientifically-proven best road in the world. According to the quantum physicist Dr Mark Hadley, the A591 between Keswick and Kendal makes for the ‘perfect drive'. We think it's worth taking a quick spin, just to see what he means.
It's easy to see how Cumbria is perfect for couples. Just picture a secluded log cabin overlooking the lakes, nothing but birdsong and rolling hills for miles around. But the North East county also enjoys far more than its fair share of family-friendly fun.
For quaint cafes, wholesome shopping spots and delicious fine dining, you can wander the cobbled streets of Keswick, Penrith, Ulverston and Cumbria's many other market towns.
In Windermere, head to the World of Beatrix Potter to meet Peter Rabbit and his friends. When you're done, treat yourselves to a deliciously decadent cream tea, surrounded by the stunning lakeland scenery.
Types of holiday cottage in Cumbria
Whatever it takes for you to find the perfect self-catering holiday cottage in Cumbria, we're here to help it happen. It doesn't matter if it's a games room, open fire, or decedent back garden golf course. Whether it's for a short break or a month-long getaway, we'll do our best to make your holiday dreams come true, and all you have to do is ask.
Are you planning some dog-friendly fun? Check out our selection of pet-friendly cottages in Cumbria. If you're travelling in large groups or just fancy an extra slice of splendour, have a look at our extra-large holiday homes, luxury holiday cottages. Or, perhaps holiday cottages with hot tubs or swimming pools? If you do love to be beside the seaside, have a look at cottages located on the Cumbrian coast, or perhaps by the beach.