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. Prices start at £900 for a short break. Find out more.
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. Prices start at £775 for a short break. Find out more.
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. Prices start at £285 for a short break. Find out more.
Sunny Bank, Greystoke
Greystoke is a real hidden gem in the east of Cumbria. Found just outside the borders of the national park, this 17th century village is packed full of options. The quintessential village green features an ancient market cross, the open air heated swimming pool is perfect for a splash about and hosts an annual charity beer festival, and the cycle cafe and "quirky workshop" offers lessons on everything from building a bike to creating beautiful felt art!
Sunny Bank in the village is a pretty cottage with a wonderful garden and beautiful decor. It's an ideal bolthole for two in this peaceful part of Cumbria.
Sunny Bank sleeps 2 guests and no pets. Prices start at £270 for a week's break. Find out more.
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. Prices start at £410 for a short break. Find out more.
The Pump House, Appleby
Appleby-in-Westmorland is a lovely market town with sandstone buildings, cloisters running along the wide main street, and lots of history to discover. There is a castle, an old alms house, and a station on the Carlisle to Settle Railway. Appleby is also host to the world famous Appleby Horse Fair, which takes place every June.
The Pump House is a quirky property set alongside the River Eden. The upside down living accommodation includes a charming lounge on the first floor that looks over the town towards the historic church.
The Pump House sleeps 2 guests and no pets. Prices start at £260 for a short break. Find out more.
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. Find out more.
Townend Stables, Wiggonby
Equidistant from both Carlisle and the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, as well as just a 25-minute drive from the Lake District National Park, Wiggonby is the perfect location for those who want access to all the best parts of Cumbria.
Townend Stables was originally built prior to 1886 and is now a beautifully-appointed holiday cottage with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and spacious rooms. It's the perfect place to relax after exploring the northern and western reaches of the county.
Townend Stables sleeps 8/10 guests and two dogs. Prices start at £370 for a short break. Find out more.
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. Prices start at £230 for a short break. Find out more.
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. Prices start at £2,630 for a short break. Find out more.
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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