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.

Testimonials

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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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Reviews

6th August 2016

Charcoal House Reviews

 

Written on Facebook, 5 stars

We stayed at beautiful Charcoal Cottage for a week with extended family. It was the perfect place and we enjoyed lots of barbecues and family dinners together.

The pictures do not do it justice especially the living room which is fabulous – would highly recommend – The Wilkins family, Harrow, Middlesex

23rd JULY 2016

Weavers Cottages Reviews

 

“Simply stunning!”  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Review posted on the ‘Home Away’ website

If you think of The Lake District you imagine the idyllic landscape with rolling farmlands and lakeside surroundings set amongst a rugged mountain backdrop.

When we arrived in the picturesque village of Cartmel in the south of the region we were greeted with so much more.

Weavers Cottage welcomed us into the heart of the Lakes. The cottage was immaculate in its presentation, every room had its own unique feel from the very comfortable bedrooms through the fabulous large kitchen to the huge sunroom/ conservatory at the rear, opening out to the ample garden.

When you have everything you need and want from a holiday let, you are certain to have an enjoyable stay, and this proved to be the case with Weavers Cottage.
We walked into the village the first night to take in the atmosphere of rural Cumbria. Picture perfect is all I can say.

We travelled throughout the Lakes during our stay in fabulous sunshine, apart from one freak thunderstorm of the Wednesday morning. Coniston, Windermere, Grasmere, Bo’ness, Ravenglass, and Keswick to name a few place we visited, all with different stories to tell and absorb.

We only ate out in the village itself on two occasions, The Royal Oak pub and The Pig and Whistle, both delivering good quality food and beverages.

We also sampled the local ale at the brewery just off the square and with the cheese shop right across the way, what better way to spend a few warm afternoon hours!

One excursion close by was The Old Mill Farm which was both interesting and exciting for my 2 young sons. The lovingly restored traction engines were a delight to see as were the working Shire horses. Seeing these magnificent animals up close was a personal highlight… definitely a must see!

This was a truly excellent summer break for us, and with the added bonus of such a exceptional holiday let in The Weavers Cottage, what more could you want or need from the gorgeous Lake District. 5 stars all round! – Neil Gilchrist & family, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire 

8TH JULY, 2016

Cartmel Hill Reviews

5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor

“Probably the Best Holiday Cottage we have stayed in!”

In summary a fantastic property beautifully decorated and appointed.

If you love walking and good food/drink you will be in heaven. Dogs are welcome too! We were fortunate to be one of the first guests in this fabulous property located just outside of Cartmel.

We had been looking for a cottage that would accommodate our family of 4 and our dog. Finding cottages that allow dogs and midweek stays are like hens teeth. This is not a cottage it is a mansion and ticked all the boxes. The website is very informative, the communications and payment were very good and exactly how it should be.

Simon is very knowledgeable about the area and sends through good information and even suggestions for local walks.

We couldn’t stop smiling as we parked. The house is huge. Most of the living space is upstairs with a generous well stocked kitchen (we almost felt guilty using the brand new stuff) and a living room with beautiful views across Morecambe bay towards Heysham and beyond.

We all squabbled for prime position in the large swivel chair (a favourite for us all).

Two of the 4 bedrooms (a fifth is available for larger groups) are located upstairs. The master bedroom is beautiful with a massive ensuite, exposed beams and views across the valley. Downstairs is an equally large main bedroom again with ensuite, almost spoilt for choice! There is also a playroom with a keyboard and another TV very useful if, like our family, there is a difference in TV watching habits.

The decor and materials used are of very high quality, the beds very comfortable and the house was very cosy. Outside the enclosed garden (to keep dogs on the inside!) is great for lazing and evening drinks whilst the sun drops below the horizon.

From the house there are numerous easy walks, best to come armed with OS explorer map, OL7, if you wish to enjoy the area and not get too lost. Dropping down the drive there are good walks to Holker hall, and to Cartmel. The easiest is via Walton Hall Farm along a bridleway, takes 20-30 minutes to get into Cartmel. It avoids drinking and driving, especially with such good pubs in the village. It is worth bringing a torch for the return journey.

Up the drive there are great walks. One of these is described in the house details, and leads to How Barrow with great views across the Leven estuary.

The house comes with great suggestions for eating in the area we found the best pub grub was at the Cavendish Arms. The main pubs (Royal Oak & Kings Arms) seem to suffer from short staffing and the wait was a little excessive. Of course no trip to Cartmel would be complete without a trip to L’Enclume or Rogan & Company (we were not disappointed).

There are some great local shops (Cartmel Cheese & Bread and Unsworth Brewery). We travelled to Booths in Ulverston for general food items, great choice/quality albeit a little expensive.

All the properties on the Holidaycottagescumbria website look equally well appointed and we would certainly look forward to staying here again. Top marks! – The Grove Family, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

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