Cumbria

Cumbria is a county in the north of England, and one of the most beautiful places to live. There are many factors that go into choosing where to live, but Cumbria has something for everyone! From the beautiful scenery to the great schools, there’s no wonder why it has become such a popular place. Read on for more information about this wonderful region.

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Best places to live in Cumbria

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Where is Cumbria?

Cumbria is located in the north of England and is bordered by Scotland to the north and west, Northumberland to the east, and Lancashire to the south. It covers an area of over three thousand square miles, making it one of the largest counties in England.

Areas in Cumbria

There are many different areas in Cumbria that prospective home buyers might be interested in. The coastal towns such as Whitehaven, Workington and Barrow-in-Furness offer stunning views of the sea as well as a range of activities for those who love being outdoors.

 If you’re looking for a more rural lifestyle, there are plenty of villages throughout the county with rolling hills and picturesque scenery.

 And finally, if you’re looking for somewhere with a bit of both, the Lake District is perfect – it has beautiful lakes and mountains as well as lively towns and villages.

Some of the more popular areas include:

Carlisle – a historic city with a cathedral and castle, Carlisle is a lively and popular area with plenty of shops and restaurants. It is also close to the Lake District.

Carlisle cathedral

Kendal – lying on the edge of the Lake District, Kendal is a charming town with independent shops and a range of pubs and restaurants.

Ulverston – a charming town in the Furness Peninsula, Ulverston is home to the world’s largest Laurel Festival.

Barrow-in-Furness – located near the Lake District, Barrow-in-Furness is an industrial town with a shipyard and steelworks. It has plenty of pubs and restaurants and is also home to the Lakeside Holiday Park.

Keswick – located in the heart of the Lake District, Keswick is a popular tourist destination with activities such as hiking and climbing available nearby

Penrith – a historic town with plenty of independent shops and restaurants, Penrith has an impressive castle and beautiful countryside nearby. Located just to the northwest of Kendal, Penrith has great transport links throughout Cumbria and beyond via its railway station so is an excellent choice for commuters

Whitehaven – a port town on the coast of Cumbria, Whitehaven has excellent transport links and is very popular with tourists visiting nearby attractions such as Workington’s beach. There are also plenty of shops in the centre so it makes an excellent choice for prospective homebuyers looking to set up their own business or just wanting somewhere to go shopping.

Universities in Cumbria

Cumbria is home to The University of Cumbria which has both campuses in Carlisle and Lancaster and has a reputation for being a very friendly and welcoming university. It’s also one of the smaller universities in the UK with around 7000 students, so it’s perfect for those who want to get to know their lecturers and fellow students well.

Carlisle castle

Top Schools in Cumbria

Cumbria is home to some excellent schools which have been recognised both nationally and internationally, including:

Keswick School – an independent boarding school located in the Lake District National Park, the Keswick School has a stunning location and is regularly ranked as one of the best schools in the country;

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – a selective grammar school located in Penrith, which is consistently ranked as one of the top state schools in England; and

Barrow-in-Furness Girls’ High School – a comprehensive school that has been awarded an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted.

St Bees School – an independent co-educational boarding school located on the coast of Cumbria, which is regularly listed as one of the best schools in England.

Population of Cumbria

The population of Cumbria was estimated at just under half a million people as of 2019, making it one of the smaller counties in the UK.

 

Reviews in Cumbria

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An excellent estate on the edge of the Lake District

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Review Date Dec 2022

Penrith is an excellent location for the region – at the junction of the M6 and A66, and on the main West Coast railway line. Just outside the Lake District National Park, prices are lower than they would be a few miles into the Lakes, but access is easy. A reasonable range of shops and other local facilities make this a great location in the NW. The development is situated on the edge of town, 5 mins walk from the open countryside of the Penrith Beacon and only 20 mins walk (5 mins drive) from town. The estate is quiet, with good parking on the properties and on the streets. Very little traffic noise, currently no anti-social behaviour and reliable local services. There will be a shop on the estate in due course, as well as a town bus route, but these are not yet in place as the final houses are still being built.

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The estate is well-designed, with quiet streets and few through-roads. Most houses are on side roads. There is a variety of good, standard Charles Church designs with 4 and 5 bedrooms. Plenty of parking. At the moment the estate is not quite finished, and so the builders still take responsibility for every aspect of maintenance of common parts – the management company has not yet been set up. Standards are high, however, and we have no complaints whatsoever. Properties are well-spaced, with no crowding, plenty of light and good views over the beautiful local countryside. Highly recommended.

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We were prepared for a good number of snagging problems with a new property (our first new-build purchase), but need not have worried.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, all issues (all very minor) have been sorted within a very short timescale.

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Lovely estate

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Review Date Aug 2022

Lovely estate, but the up keep of The footpath is somewhat lacking. Especially the lighting, as someone keeps smashing up the lights. Traffic from the a66 can be loud but it is something you get used too. The estate as a whole is lovely, perfect location. All services like bin collection work smoothly.

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My home is owned by the council, but upon moving in we had alot of snags that needed to be sorted, but we never had anyone come and fix these. Eg alot of cracking on the walls. The French doors expand massively with the sun shining with them being dark plastic so do not close properly with out slamming. Other than that a lovely house, great size and layout.

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Just the noise of traffic if your closer to the a66, but it’s something that you do get used so isn’t too much of a issue.

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Green neighbourhood

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Review Date Jun 2022

Cockermouth is a lovely quiet town, green and walking friendly. Good community for young families and close to Lake District.

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Development is very pleasant to the eye, with lots of greenery (woods on the outskirts, self seeding meadows in the development itself). Children playground is available. Houses are made of slightly different brick colours so not to be identical but it all comes together nicely.

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Make sure you know building standards and regulations and check if all are fulfilled (e.g. drainage in the garden, amount of top soil, insulation in the internal walls and ceiling between floors)

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Response has been slow and still have outstanding issues, unfortunately.

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Happy with house now, lots of space and good size bedrooms.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Easy access into town. Good path. White traffic noise but a quiet estate in general.

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Lots of snags when 1st moved in, took 18months for some to get sorted. Happy with house now, lots of space and good size bedrooms. House very overlooked by neighbours behind and garden on a slope so difficult to design. Poor soil. Convenient place to live.

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Highlight snags before moving

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Good customer service phone line but some matters took 18months to get sorted

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