The Lake District is one of the most popular national parks in England, but the wider county of Cumbria has lots to offer, too. From long stretches of sandy beaches on the west coast to the rolling hills of the Eden Valley in the east, and from the historically important regions in the north to the wildlife hotspots in the south, there is a huge amount to explore! If you're looking to be close to the national park but are on a budget and want to bag yourself a bargain, booking one of our Cumbrian cottages could be just the way to do that!
Read on to discover some of our Cumbrian cottages outside of the Lake District National Park.
Ingleborough House, Kirkby Lonsdale
With a hot tub, modern decor and lush furnishing, Ingleborough House is the definition of luxury!
Its location in the pretty, cobbled town of Kirkby Lonsdale gives it the fantastic benefit of being within reach of two national parks - the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The town itself boasts quirky independent shops, fantastic restaurants, and fabulous riverside walks.
Ingleborough House sleeps 8 guests and 1 dog.
The Shippon, Kendal
Known as the gateway to the Lake District, Kendal is as close as you can get to the national park without being inside it! With cultural events, castle ruins, quirky shops, and plenty of walking to be had, you'll be able to have a jam-packed stay!
The Shippon is a beautifully converted barn on the outskirts of this bustling market town. With a spectacular driveway up through fields, you'll feel a sense of peace and tranquility as soon as you step out of the car.
The Shippon sleeps 5 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
Whistling Jack's, St. Bees
Set on the gorgeous Cumbrian coastline, St. Bees boasts sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and historic buildings. It is also part of the only stretch of Heritage Coast between the west coasts of Scotland and Wales; has a RSPB nature reserve with lots of interesting birdlife; and is the start of Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast Walk!
Whistling Jack's is a converted barn just a 10-minute walk away from the village of St. Bees. Its lovely garden, huge en suite bathrooms and characterful rooms make it the perfect place for a large group to spread out.
Whistling Jack's sleeps 14 guests and 2 dogs.
Plan Trees Cottage, Shap
Plane Trees Cottage is a 17th century, Grade II Listed farmhouse that holds a beautifully modern interior with nods to the history of the place in its sandstone fireplace, exposed beams and external covered well.
Shap is a village that sits snug between two national parks - the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. It's famous for the ruins of grand Shap Abbey and, despite its small size, lots of lovely shops including an antique bookshop, supermarket, and a ceramic arts studio.
Plane Trees Cottage sleeps 5 guests and 0 dogs.
Hall Garth, Haile
Haile is a tiny little village with a big draw - only 10-minutes from the Cumbrian coast and 5-minutes from the border of the Lake District at Ennerdale, it is the perfect place to stay if you want to best of both coast and country!
Hall Garth is a striking barn conversion that blends traditional and characterful elements with classy modern design. The views over the surrounding open countryside are just wonderful, too! It's a delightful Cumbrian cottage that makes the most of its excellent location!
Hall Garth sleeps 6 guests and no pets.
The Old Stables, Outhgill
Outhgill is in the valley of Mallerstang, described by David Bellamy as "England's last wilderness". With the River Eden flowing through, Bronze Age graves (known as the Giant's Graves), and the pretty town of Kirkby Stephen at one end, it's a truly relaxing place where Cumbria meets the Yorkshire Dales.
The Old Stables makes the most of the surrounding countryside with its outlook onto Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell. The exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and modern amenities of this Cumbrian cottage will be a delight to any visitor!
The Old Stables sleeps 8 guests and 2 dogs.
Lund Cottage, Lamplugh
Lamplugh is a quiet village just on the tranquil western outskirts of the Lake District. You could hardly get any closer to the national park without being within its borders, so you have all the benefits of the Lakes, as well as the west Cumbria coast, right on your doorstep!
Lund Cottage has beautiful views towards the fells, and is a quintessential whitewashed cottage that is surprisingly spacious inside. It includes a wood burner, large rooms, character views, private parking, and an enclosed garden. Wonderful!
Lund Cottage sleeps 5 guests and 2 dogs.
Beverley Cottage, Haverigg
If you love to be beside the seaside, then you couldn't be better placed than at one of the hidden beaches on the west coast of Cumbria! Haverigg is one of the best, with long sandy stretches, rolling dunes, and stunning sunsets to admire.
Beverley Cottage looks right over the beach and harbour, and is also close to the Hodbarrow RSPB nature reserve. The fell of Black Combe stands grandly over the area and this easy mountain walk is a great option for taking in the spectacular views of the area.
Beverley Cottages sleeps 5 guests and welcomes 3 dogs.
Brampton, just outside the historical border city of Carlisle and two miles from Hadrian's Wall, is well-placed if you're interested in Cumbrian history! If the Romans aren't quite your thing, then the beautiful Talkin Tarn Country Park is a short drive away and is perfect for a relaxing saunter amongst the woodlands and beside the water.
Gatesgarth is the perfect Cumbrian holiday cottage for a small group or family. The sandstone building holds bright and spacious accommodation that includes a pool table-cum-dining table!
Gatesgarth sleeps 4/6 guests and zero pets. Week breaks are £515.
Goosegreen Barn, Low Moresby
Just because you're outside of the Lake District, doesn't mean you have to miss out on the views and the heights. Goosegreen Barn sits above the hamlet of Low Moresby to offer a wonderful outlook over the west coast of Cumbria and towards the mountains of Scotland. As if that's not enough, you also have direct access to 4.5 acres of open meadow!
Low Moresby is ideally located between the towns of Whitehaven - with its piratical history and beautiful harbour - and Workington with its interesting industrial heritage and bustling town centre. Here, you are also just a short drive from the lesser-known and tranquil western Lake District.
Goosegreen Barn sleeps 4 guests and 3 dogs.
Wood Hall, Bridekirk
If you're looking for a grand and elegant holiday property for a large group, then Wood Hall is the place. With panoramic views, extensive gardens and sumptuous rooms, this is a truly luxurious Cumbrian getaway.
Bridekirk is a small township just outside the pretty market town of Cockermouth, which boasts lots of shops, eateries, a museum in William Wordsworth's childhood home, and the Jennings Brewery, which offers tours and tastings. Alternatively, you can be at the coast in 10 minutes or over the border of the national park in three!
Wood Hall sleeps 18 guests and 2 dogs.
We hope you love our Cumbrian cottages as much as we do! The county has a huge choice of sights and activities and, whether you're looking for a bargain holiday cottage or somewhere fantastic that's away from the crowds, head outside the national park to explore the hidden parts of the region!
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