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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Appleby

When it comes to scenic views, it’s hard to beat those in Appleby-in-Westmoreland. This pretty Norman market town in the Eden Valley has plenty to offer holidaymakers, including gorgeous holiday cottages to rent, fantastic walks and beautifully restored buildings. In every season, it is a pleasure to stroll along ancient streets lined with enticing shop fronts or beside the River Eden. Appleby is just a few miles from the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it a popular holiday destination all year round for those who enjoy being outdoors. Read more

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54.569088, -2.480851

Couples will love The Garden Apartment, a peaceful annexe just outside of Appleby and within walking distance of The Royal Oak pub. It is ideally situated for exploring the Eden Valley and visiting the Pennines, Lake District and the Howgills, as well as Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests. The holiday cottage is equipped for self-catering, but there are lots of places to eat and drink in the vicinity if you prefer not to cook. The comfortable accommodation and lovely garden are a welcome respite for guests at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £525
Short breaks from £110 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.529580, -2.488251

Set in an exceptional position within its very own nature reserve at the foot of a waterfall, this fabulous holiday cottage is located within the picturesque Eden Valley in Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District National Park. A tranquil haven abundant with wildlife, The Watermill is just perfect for a relaxing self-catering holiday and close to Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and the areas many attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£640 to £925
Short breaks from £110 per night

2+2  |   2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.529580, -2.488251

Nestling in a beautiful position opposite a pretty waterfall, this delightful character holiday cottage sits in the picturesque peaceful Eden Valley in Cumbria and is within easy reach of the Lake District and its many attractions. Ford Cottage is a superb choice for couples (one or two) and a tranquil haven abundant with wildlife where you can relax and unwind.

Weekly guide price:
£470 to £570
Short breaks from £95 per night

2+2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.616195, -2.516617

This charming cottage in the beautiful Eden Valley is waiting for you. The converted 18th Century coach house is in Long Marton, within walking distance of the village pub and only three miles from Appleby-in-Westmorland. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is a favourite with couples and families, many of whom return for a holiday every year. The Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all within an easy drive to provide a wide choice of walks, bike rides and sightseeing opportunities.

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £650

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.544130, -2.469766

This contemporary lodge gives you the space and privacy of a cottage with the convenience of a holiday park. The two-bedroom lodge is in a quiet cul-de-sac in the award-winning Wild Rose development, close to Ormside and only three miles from Appleby-in-Westmoreland. It can sleep up to four people in two bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - with fantastic views from the huge wrap-around deck and garden. Guests have use of the park's facilities which include a swimming pool, adventure playground, pub, cafe and restaurant. With short breaks available all year round, 8, Curlew Corner is perfect for a fun holiday for couples or families.

Weekly price:
£595 all year
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.579463, -2.491402

You'll never tire of the view at this lovely cottage in Appleby which overlooks the River Eden and the Grade-II listed stone bridge from the living room, master bedroom and the patio. It is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs and within easy reach of favourite attractions, footpaths and cycling routes around the Eden Valley. Appleby is close to the North Pennines, Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is a favourite year-round holiday destination for people who enjoy spending time exploring the beautiful scenery. The self-catering cottage can sleep up to four people in two bedrooms and is ideal for couples and families.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £975
Short breaks from £81 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

7 Reasons to Holiday in Appleby

Here are seven unmissable reasons why you need to stay in a cottage in Appleby.

Outstanding Architecture - Some market towns are in a beautiful location, but the state of their buildings lets them down. Appleby is as lovely to look at as the countryside that surrounds it, with the jewel being the magnificent Appleby Castle where you can fish on the River Eden, enjoy afternoon tea beside the fire or even take a guided ghost tour. Appleby also has a lovely church dating from the 12th Century, the Hospital of St Anne and The Cloisters. Just walk down Boroughgate to see it all.

Scenic Walks and Bike Rides - Exploring Appleby and the surrounding area is a treat. Visitors who enjoy the challenge of a long route should consider the 12-mile loop that starts in Appleby and goes around Dufton Pike with an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet. A more leisurely walk is the path to Rutter Force waterfall which goes beside the River Eden. The Eden Valley also offers plenty of variety for both road cyclists and mountain bikers with access directly from Appleby. With the Lake District, North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales all close by, there is plenty to keep everyone happy.

Delicious Food - Cumbrian farms produce some of the tastiest food in the UK, and local pubs and restaurants know how to make the most of it. Traditional Cumbrian recipes include Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cumberland Sausage and Salt Marsh Lamb. Appleby’s Saturday market is an excellent place to buy ingredients directly from the producers, while food-lovers should add Appleby Creamery Cheeses and the Appleby Brewery to their gastronomic itinerary.

Breathtaking Views - The scope of the landscape gives the area around Appleby unforgettable views. Some of these can be seen from the long-distance Pennine Way, while others are more readily appreciated from a seat on the Settle to Carlisle Railway which crosses the magnificent Ribble Viaduct.

Friendly Towns and Villages - Appleby is not the only lovely town in the Eden Valley. From here you can also reach Kirkby Stephen, Penrith, Brough, Shap, Orton and Tebay, each with a unique history and individual character that makes visiting a pleasure.

Local Attractions - Whatever the weather, there is always something interesting to see or fun to do within easy reach of your holiday cottage in Appleby. Eden Valley attractions include waterfalls like those at Ashgill Force and Aira Force, beautiful ruins such as Brougham Castle and Penrith Castle, ancient stone circles, golf courses at Penrith and Kirkby Stephen, and stately homes and gardens like Dalemain Mansion and Acorn Bank.

Flora and Fauna - With much of the surrounding area protected either as a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is unsurprising that a wide variety of flora and fauna flourish in the Eden Valley. Red squirrels are a reasonably common sight as are roe deer, kestrel, lapwings and golden plover.

The Eden Valley has links to the Vikings, the Saxons, and even King Arthur, whose father, Uther Pendragon, is reputed to have built Pendragon Castle. Of all its towns and villages, Appleby is arguably the prettiest and most welcoming, and the perfect place for your next holiday.