Cumbria - the gateway to the Lake District
Home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lake District, Cumbria is picturesque, rural and settled deep in the northern English countryside. Artists, musicians and writers have all found their inspiration here, and it's naturally, a highly desirable place to live.
With the Lake District arguably being Cumbria's most notable asset, there's no question that this region of craggy rock faces, deep valleys and glassy lakes offers scenery that's simply breathtaking.
Naturally, country walks are ten-apiece in Cumbria, but if you want something a little more commercial, the towns of Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Penrith and Whitehaven offer all the amenities you may be looking for.
Historic castles are scattered across the rolling countryside, so there's ample opportunities for days out with the family, while the infamous Hadrian's Wall is also worth a visit.
This stunning county is the perfect location for anyone searching for a more rural, quiet life, while still having good links to busier areas when required.