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On the Map: Unique Retreats in Cumbria

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Published 26/06/2021 On the Map: Unique Retreats in Cumbria


Cumbria is pure rural heaven, boasting not only the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District at its heart, but the rolling Eden Valley, the North Pennines, and even a small slice of the Yorkshire Dales!

Famous all over the world for its picture-perfect landscapes, mountainous glacier-carved fells, and vast, shimmering lakes, Cumbria represents a natural playground of epic proportions.

Indulge in all those invigorating walks, watersports, and outdoor activities, before relaxing in one of these unique Cumbrian retreats for a true holiday to remember.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Reflection | Longtown

Wanderlusts Gypsy Caravans

Wanderlusts Gypsy Caravans

A traditional horse-drawn gypsy caravan adventure through beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Embrace the open road and the simplicity of life on a truly unique gypsy caravan adventure through the Cumbrian countryside! With Wanderlusts Gypsy Caravans, you can enjoy the rare chance of an adventure holiday with a difference - traveling in a beautiful horse-drawn, bow-top vardo, and waking…

Hidden River Cabins

Hidden River Cabins

Luxury log cabins with hot tubs and river views on a private estate in the Cumbrian countryside. Hidden River Cabins is set of spacious log cabins with river views, in an untouched corner of the Cumbrian countryside. If you're looking for freedom and seclusion in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, these cabins could just be perfect. There is a choice of five cabins at…

Station House

Station House

A former Victorian waiting room at St Bees Railway Station, now a unique self-catering holiday home. All aboard! How about getting away from it all with a truly unique stay in the former waiting room of a Victorian railway station? Station House is a detached, self-catering holiday home at St Bees Station, a popular stop on the Cumbria Coastal Line.  Sleeping four, this…

Lake District Love Shack

Lake District Love Shack

Designed by acclaimed architects Sutherland Hussey, this stylish RIBA award-winning holiday let is perfectly positioned to offer seclusion and tranquility in the Lake District. As you look out over Lake Windermere from the Love Shack, it's hard to imagine that this was once where a rustic log cabin once sat.  Owners Karen & Adam found this incredible spot and had the vision to…

Howgills Hideaway

Howgills Hideaway

Fall in love with the sanctuary that is Howgills Hideaway, a gorgeous retreat tucked away in Cumbria's idyllic Howgills Fells.  Here, you're invited to soak up the simple life with an unforgettable stay in a timber-clad glamping pod or a secluded static caravan. Howgills Hideaway is found at Beck House - a traditional, upland livestock farm run by the…

Shank Wood Log Cabin

Shank Wood Log Cabin

Get back to nature and breathe clean air in ancient Cumbrian woodland, in a secluded eco-friendly cabin that sets your senses to ‘Do Not Disturb'. At Shank Wood Log Cabin the beautiful bounty of nature provides your accommodation, dining and entertainment...all in one breathtakingly natural setting where traffic sounds are replaced with leaves rusting on trees, joyous birdsong and…

Old St Lukes Church

Old St Lukes Church

Set in a quiet Cumbrian village between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, this stunning church conversion could well be your new sanctuary. From the outside, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Old St Lukes Church is still a used church for sunday services; its authentic stonework in earthy tones exuding from all sides  that bygone village church feel.…

Netherby Treehouse

Netherby Treehouse

A rustic haven of loveliness waits for you at Netherby Treehouse - a truly wonderful home-on-stilts on the idyllic Netherby Estate, nestled in the borders of England and Scotland. A hidden Cumbrian gem, Netherby Treehouse invites four guests to escape to this beautiful bolthole above the ground, where homely touches, cosy interiors and a stunningly unique design will wrap you in comfort from…

Reflection

Reflection

Contemplate life and love from the secluded beauty of a luxury Lake District micro-home with a uniquely mirrored façade. Privately nestled on landscaped grounds in the north-Cumbrian town of Longtown, the aptly-named Reflection is the ideal setting for a view-filled lakeside escape for two. Longtown itself is located by the rushing River Esk.  Crossing four Areas of Outstanding…

Red Alert Fire Truck

Red Alert Fire Truck

Rescue your holiday at the Red Alert Fire Truck - a sizzling escape in an outstandingly picturesque farmland location, set within the Lake District National Park. Ever wondered what it's like to be a firefighter, but didn't fancy risking your life to find out? Well, now's your chance to indulge! Red Alert is a quirky former fire truck that's uniquely equipped for a truly memorable family…

Cartmel Lock-Up

Cartmel Lock-Up

Stay in an exquisitely reformed Lake District couples' retreat, set in a hidden gem village that's perfect for foodies. Stylish and deluxe, Cartmel Lock-Up has been transformed since its original use in the 19th century, as a temporary detention centre for local rogues! Now a listed building with an additional storey recently added, you'll find the new lock-up in the heart of Cartmel…

Whitehall Pele Tower

Whitehall Pele Tower

A stately Lake District escape in a Grade I listed, 14th century tower that's ideal for groups in search of historic relaxation. Pele towers are small stone structures that were built in the north of England, to withstand Scottish sieges back in the 14th century. In peacetime however, the Grade I-listed Whitehall Pele Tower makes for a magnificently cosy escape for up to eight guests,…

Louper Weir Boat House

Louper Weir Boat House

Louper Weir Boat House is a stylish, design-led bolthole for two, complete with private hot tub and spectacular views of Lake Windermere.Boasting prime position on the edge of the Lake District's beautiful Bowness-on-Windermere - in an area known locally as ‘Millionaire's Mile', no less! - this stunning boat house is ideal if you're going all out to impress your loved one.With its stylish,…

Stable Stays

Stable Stays

A fun and completely unique stay in luxury self-catering stable, complete with a beautiful horse for company, set on a friendly farm in the Lake District. The ultimate in fun sleepovers, Stable Stays offers a unique opportunity for you to sleep in a cosy, self-catering stable, with a beautiful Friesian horse or a cute Shetland pony right by your side! Your soothing location is a historic,…

Viewpoint

Viewpoint

A soul-soothing, architect-created haven that blends perfectly into the stunning natural surroundings at the heart of the Lake District National Park. A proud finalist in the 2019 Staycation awards, Viewpoint occupies pride of place by the River Rothay, just a pebble-skim from Ambleside, in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Architect-designed, and lovingly crafted from local…

Honister Cliff Camping

Honister Cliff Camping

A unique, not-for-the-faint-hearted camping adventure, in a hanging tent that's dramatically suspended 2000ft above Honister Pass for awe-inspiring Lake District views. Enjoy camping, but wish that cosy tent could come with a little extra adventure? Honister Cliff Camping takes sleeping under the stars to a thrilling new level, offering you the chance to sleep in a comfy portaledge (a safe,…

Far Boathouse

Far Boathouse

Hide away from the rest of the world, in a ‘secret' Lake District retreat that's rich in luxury, magically nestled on the scenic edge of Ullswater.Nestled at the end of a private track on the edge of shimmering Ullswater (the second largest lake in the Lake District) Far Boathouse is so beautifully secluded, that you won't even see it until you've made your joyful descent to the lake.Once you…

Duke of Portland

Duke of Portland

Experience a captivating Lake District hideaway for two, with a private balcony secluded over the picturesque shores of Ullswater.Privately nestled on the shores of Ullswater, the second-largest lake in the Lake District, Duke of Portland occupies the perfect location for a romantic escape.A sumptuously converted boathouse, there's plenty of luxurious attention to detail inside, including a large,…

Ulverston Log Cabin

Ulverston Log Cabin

A magical Lake District retreat, lovingly crafted from hand scribed logs and gently elevated over glorious countryside that's ideal for unleashing your long-lost creative spirit.Rich in fairytale spirit, Ulverston Log Cabin has been expertly crafted using locally sourced, hand scribed logs from the estate once owned by the legendary children's author, Beatrix Potter. And you're sure to meet…

Lighthouse Cottage

Lighthouse Cottage

A unique family cottage that's styled for luxurious nautical comfort, with glorious sea-and-wildlife views from the mesmerising South Walney Nature Reserve. Dreamily positioned at the southern tip of Cumbria, South Walney Nature Reserve is a paradise for wildlife-watchers.   Home to a grey seal colony, nesting gulls, and richly diverse bird life, the rugged island also features towering…

The Lighthouse Hide

The Lighthouse Hide

A stylish and cheerful cottage that's rich in nautical romance, beautifully positioned in the heart of the rugged, windswept South Walney Nature Reserve. Mesmerisingly located at the southern tip of Cumbria, South Walney Nature Reserve is home to a grey seal colony, along with diverse bird life that makes the island a true wildlife-watcher's delight. Walney Lighthouse occupies pride of place; a…

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