About us

Holiday Cottages Cumbria is owned, managed, and run by me, Simon Cleasby with the help of a team of hard working housekeepers, maintenance staff and a top quality laundry company.

I consider myself a very knowledgeable local Cumbrian with a huge passion for the Lake District and Cumbria. I traveled and worked my way around the different continents for a few years before coming back to live in the South Lakes in 2002 and I’m very keen to share my knowledge of this wonderful local area. I take great pride in offering a quality of service rarely found these days.

I’ve put together several large folders in each cottage containing many of my favourite walks and drives around the Lake District. I’ve also included details of many of the great tourist attractions found throughout Cumbria as well as details of some of our favourite places to eat, drink and buy great local produce.

I am very passionate about our local Lakeland produce and my wife and I buy the majority of our fresh, seasonal produce direct from many of our wonderful local suppliers, farmers, fishermen and farm shops that we are fortunate to have in Cumbria. I’ll send you a list of our favourites before the start of your holiday.

I love Cumbria and the Lake District and I  take a lot of pleasure when I hear from so many happy guests that I’ve helped other people enjoy this wonderful area too.



5th Sept. – “The property manager, Simon, was very helpful and went beyond what you would expect to ensure that everything was perfect for us, which it was. We will definitely be back!” – Jack, Cheshire

30th June – “Thank you for the informative and helpful email and attachments. Thank you Simon for the advice and information about the area and specifically your recommendations for places to go. Much appreciated” – Monica, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

24th June – “From the first point of contact to the completion of our holiday Simon and his fantastic team are a pleasure to deal with. Very professional but personable” – Lynne, Robert, Catherine and Sonny, Barnsley South Yorkshire

29th April – “Another excellent stay. Thank you Simon for all the extra touches” – Rob & Tina, Filey, Yorkshire

8th April – “Shamrock Cottage was a great place to stay again. Simon & Ailsa are lovely owners who really care about their guests. Can’t wait to stay again, thank you” – The Dickinson’s, Cornwall

28th March –“Simon your customer service is second to none.  Will definitely recommend . I feel like I have made a new friend”. Ann-Frodsham, Cheshire


15th May – “This is the 4th of Simon’s cottages I’ve stayed in and I have to say, “Simon, you deliver what everyone needs EVERYTIME! Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic!! We highly recommend Simon’s cottage to everyone xx” – Julie, Cheryl, Basil & Percy, Halstead Essex


13th Nov. – “I really appreciate all your help and great advice, we have stayed in many places in the UK over the years and never have I received such helpful and honest advice – Samantha, Lancashire

6th Oct. – “Thanks to Simon and the housekeeper for ensuring this cottage is so special” – Sheila, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

18th Sept. – “Simon, thanks to all of your support, we have enjoyed the stay at Rose Farm.
Our experience there was one of the most relaxing and fun stays ever, and I have to say I regret that we did not have time to stay more than 2 nights. I would definitely like to recommend to my friends!!! Again, thank you so much to let us stay at Rose Farm!!” – Shinji, Ricoh Europe

21st Aug. – “Thank you so much for posting back my son’s laptop charger. It has been such a pleasure dealing with you from start to finish.
We hope to return to the area again in the future and would definitely come to one of your cottages, and would recommend to any of our friends and family!” – Beverley & Family, Peterborough

16th Aug. “Simon, the owner is a pleasure to deal with.” – Laura, Edinburgh

26th July- “From our initial enquiry to completion of our holiday all correspondence has been both professional and personable. Thank you Simon for giving us a taste of a lifestyle I have dreamed of for as long as I can remember. We will certainly be recommending your properties to all of our family and friends!” Lynne & Robert, South Yorkshire

9th June – “Thanks again Simon, your customer service is second to none and I am sure we will be back soon” – Andy, Lancashire

26th May – “Simon was a star with the information he provided us for our weekend. Thank you!”– Christine, Staffordshire

23rd May – “Thanks again for your wonderful customer service” – Frank, Lancashire

10th Feb. – “Thanks for everything Simon. We had a lovely stay, the cottage is perfect.
Thanks also to your housekeeper-the cottage was spotless.
Wishing you all happy times and sunny days” –  Lynn and Dave, Newcastle upon Tyne

6th Jan. – “Thanks Simon for going that extra mile when I locked myself out of the cottage and rescuing me within 30 minutes with a smile and a replacement key. Thank you so much” – John, Lincs



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10th October, 2016

Rose Farm Reviews

From email

We had a wonderful weekend at Rose Farm. The house was great, really comfortable and the views were fantastic.

We had some amazing walks which the dogs really loved. This was a part of the Lake District that we haven’t visited before but somewhere we’d certainly come back to – Leslie Dowie, Glencarse, Scotland


7th October, 2016

Cartmel Hill Reviews

5 of 5 stars Reviewed Trip Advisor

“Stunning House”

This is a stunning house in a wonderful location with amazing views.

The house itself is warm and welcoming with beautiful furnishings and everything you could want for a home from home stay.

The fact that you can bring a pet dog is an added bonus and the reason we initially chose it. We are so very pleased we did, and can’t wait to return – Dee Chadwick

23rd September, 2016

Carree Cottage Reviews

Just a quick email to say thank you for the warm welcome feeling on entering the cottage, the lamps being on and the knowledge of being able to have a cuppa was really nice.

We enjoyed our stay very much, my daughter was especially happy which is a big plus as sadly she has health problems and OCD which plays a factor in this, so for her to be so relaxed and content was a big plus.

My son had stayed in 1 of your cottages last year so we booked on his recommendation and are glad we did.

Hopefully in the future we can make a second visit.

Thank you and a big thank you to the person who cleans the cottage as well – Anna McGlynn, Brighouse, West Yorkshire