Friday, September 4, 2015

Self-catering in Cumbria, England

One of England's most popular vacation destinations is the Lake District of Cumbria. Located in the far northwest of England it is accessible by air, train and road. The closest international airport is Newcastle which is 60 miles away but you could also choose to fly into Manchester or Glasgow Scotland.

If you flew into Manchester you can take the Trans Pennine Express Train to Windermere or you can rent a car and enjoy driving yourself. There are frequent trains from all over England and Scotland.

Even though it is known as the Lake District and does have thirteen bodies of water only one of them is actually called a lake. Before you try to find your vacation rental in Cumbria you need to know which of the 'lakes" you prefer to be near. Do you want peace and quiet? Historic sites to visit? Outdoor activities, hiking and boating? Once you have answered these questions you can begin your quest.

When it comes to self-catering cottages, there are several types. Some are rustic conversions and some are multi-cottage resorts. They offer a wide variety of sizes and amenities. To be sure to get exactly what you want and expect, check out the keys and quality grading. The English Tourism Council has a grading system that assigns stars. When you are renting in England look for the quality rose symbol with its accompanying stars and you will have a guarantee of the level of quality you will be receiving.

1 star is simple; you can expect at least a microwave.
2 stars will be a step up with all beds full size
3 stars will be more comfortable, linen will be available.
4 stars will be high quality and linen and towels will be provided as well as access to a washing machine

5 highest standards throughout and these rentals will offer extras.
Here are a few self-catering cottages that offer everything that a couple, single or a family on vacation could possibly want.


The Lodge
If you are looking for someplace really special, this five-star 18th century recently restored lodge may be just the place for you. Wood burning stoves to cuddle up in front of, two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and king size beds. A fully equipped ultra -modern kitchen and a lounge to relax round out the accommodations. After a day of touring, you will enjoy coming back to relax on your patio in the hot tub.

The Cottage on the same property offers all the same luxury and includes Continental breakfast, robes and plenty of special amenities; it is an ideal Honeymoon retreat since it only sleeps two.

Burnside Park



If you are looking for a cottage within 300 yards of Windermere that is family friendly and has a four-star rating then this may just be the place for you. This is not a single unit but rather a group of vacation cottages which if you are traveling with your children will allow then to make new friends and enjoy the outdoor playground.

Accommodations vary and include apartments and cottages and can sleep from 2-6. All linens are provided as well as a very high standard in all the lodging. Beautiful and modern bathrooms, comfortable beds and fully equipped kitchens round out the accommodations. If you don't feel like cooking you can always go to the adjacent Burnside Hotel for a meal or walk into Bowness on Windermere to try out some of the other local delights.


If you a looking for a cottage directly on the water, this is the perfect place. With a three star deluxe rating, it is something very special. With a balcony that extends out over the water, this is an outstanding and one of a kind rental. Located on Derwentwater this one bedroom unit has an open concept floor plan with a fully equipped kitchen. Outdoors fishing and boating are right at your fingertips. Within walking distance of town, you can also indulge your love of hiking in the near vicinity.


The Lake Distract of Cumbria is the perfect place for a short break or a week's vacation. Finding a vacation rental in Cumbria won't be difficult. You should be able to find an agent to help you with a rental or just use the web to find your ideal location if these don't fit the bill.

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