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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in the West Lakes and Cumbrian Coast your home away from home

The delightful West Lakes area lies between the Cumbrian mountains and the Irish Sea. Known for its peace and tranquility it is the perfect place to enjoy a restful and relaxing holiday rental. The coastal towns of Whitehaven, Workington, Egremont and Barrow-in-Furness all have their own charm with plenty of small shops, banks, cafés and restaurants. The valleys and lakes of Ennerdale, Eskdale, Wasdale and Dunmerdale offer waterside walks and stunning scenery. Wasdale is the home of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest lake at Wastwater.

Things to Do in the West Lakes and Cumbrian Coast Hill Walking

The area around the West Lakes and the Cumbrian is perfect for walkers of all ages and ability. Gentle ambles or strenuous hill challenges can all be found around beautiful Eskdale and Scafell.

Ride the Railway

The miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was opened in 1875 to transport iron ore from Eskdale to Ravenglass. Now restored, visitors can take a trip along the 7-mile line through some of the most unspoilt Lake District scenery. Steam engine fans will love the “La’al Ratty” experience and the railway museum at Ravenglass.

Nature Watching

This unspoilt rural area has plenty of wildlife for those who enjoy nature spotting. In particular, nesting ospreys can be seen flying above Lake Derwent Water.

Places to Visit Near the West Lakes and Cumbrian Coast Muncaster Castle and Gardens

Located on the River Esk, Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family since 1208. The Pele tower is on Roman foundations and the towers, battlements and mullioned windows give the Castle great appeal. The 77-acre woodland gardens are a show of colour in sring with azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons and a Terrace walk.

Maryport Maritime Museum

The charming town of Maryport is well worth visiting from your West Lakes vacation home. It has many interesting exhibits and objects from whale’s teeth to telescopes and tells tales of maritime history including the Mutiny on the Bounty.

Whitehaven Rum Story

This local attraction focuses on the original rum shop, courtyard and cellars which were the centre of the UK rum trade. The Kinetic clock graphically demonstrates how rum is made, from processing the sugar cane to bottling.

Weather in the West Lakes and Cumbrian Coast

The Lake District generally has cool winters with average daily highs around 44°F (7°C) and some snow. Summers reach 68°F (20°C) in August and may be cloudy with showers. Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit this beautiful area.

Travel to the West Lakes and Cumbrian Coast

The nearest airport to your West Lakes and Cumbria coast holiday home is Newcastle Airport which is 94 miles away. Other options are Edinburgh Airport, 137 miles away in Scotland, or the Leeds/Bradford International Airport which is 118 miles away.

The West Lake District is also very accessible by train from London’s Euston Station or Manchester to Oxenholm (Kendal), Penrith or Carlisle. You can pick up a hire car from the station, making the journey very pleasant and hassle free.

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                                                                                                      Very comfortable, well-appointed and well-decorated place in great area.

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                                                                                                      We really enjoyed our stay in the volcano. It had everything we needed and Caroline and Carl were so helpful and informative. We found it better than it appeared in the photos. The area is really lovely (not so much Drigg itself but the surrounding area) and is off the tourist trail - a big bonus. Lots to do nearby, including the excellent muncaster castle. Highly recommended!
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                                                                                                      Fabulous cottage in Cockermouth. Quiet location, very well appointed and spotlessly clean.

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                                                                                                      La'al cottage, Kirgate, Cockermouth, located adjacent to All Saints Church and close to the town centre is very peaceful and a delight to return to each day after exploring The Lakes. The cottage is well designed, with a very comfortable lounge / diner and well equipped kitchen downstairs, with a shower room and bedroom with its huge solid oak bed upstairs. The bed has gorgeous white bedding, duvet and extra pillows making it mega comfortable and likewise the bathroom has fluffy white towels. Despite staying in July, the heating was also very welcome. The whole cottage is freshly decorated in neutral colours and spotlessly clean. Unlimited WiFi is most useful and a must have when travelling these days. There's even unrestricted parking on cobbles adjacent to the cottage. The owners have made a great effort to make this a home from home place to stay with lots of nice additions for example wall pictures, mood lighting, TV and digital radio in the lounge, a good sized dining table and chairs, ample clothes storage space, ironing board and iron, aired and hair drier. There are also a myriad of little things that make your stay even better like wine stoppers - even for that bottles of sparkling wine - extension cables, hand wash and toiletries to name a few. From Cockermouth the beautiful Buttermere Valley is just a short drive away, and Bassenthwaite with its stunning Osprey viewing even closer. In and around Cockermouth offers a wealth of places to visit, fantastic scenery and good places to eat. That said, with such a lovely cottage to spend the evenings, we chose to eat in, buying food and wine from the local shops, many of which are independent traders selling local produce. A little gem set in one of the planet's most beautiful regions.
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                                                                                                      Fantastic

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                                                                                                      What a beautiful home, very welcoming with everything you need. Great little village too. We travelled with our sons and we all loved every minute. Will definitely stay again and again.
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