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The Lake District is the best known part of the county of Cumbria. But there is more to Cumbria than the Lake District. The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Cumbria features hotels across the board from luxurious hideaways in the Lakes like Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, an immaculate country house hotel to The Sun Inn in Kirkby Lonsdale a characterful town pub in a charming market town.
Cumbria is a land of beauty and variety, from its busy cities and historic market towns to its stone and slate villages, each possessing their own character.
Cumbria's landscape is diverse. Wild fells and high passes with endless views stir the imagination. Quiet pastoral countryside and valleys enchant. Rivers twist and tumble.
Glacial lakes reflect cloud-topped mountains. Man-made drystone walls march across the dales. Woodlands and coastal scenery add to the mix.
The best places to stay in Cumbria get very busy especially during the summer months. So our advice is to plan ahead: either book well in advance or else come during the quieter months, when you can really appreciate this stunning county without the crowds.
For exploring the great outdoors
The best places to stay in Cumbria to explore this rich landscape include:
- Sharrow Bay a luxury retreat with top notch cuisine and walking straight from the door.
- For something a little less extravagant check out the Howtown Hotel near Penrith. It's very old fashioned, down-to-earth and is hugely popular with walkers.
- Another great place to stay is the Wasdale Head Inn, famous with the climbing fraternity and spectacularly situated below Scafell Pike.
The legacy of the past is here in prehistoric and Roman remains. Stone circles and burial cairns dot the land. Old Roman roads and forts still command attention.
Historic places of worship and ruined castles speak of Norman times. Country houses and gardens delight the visitor.
If Norman history is your thing then a stay at the Tufton Arms should suit - Appleby castle is on your doorstep.
Walkers call this county 'paradise'. Everywhere the grandeur of the scenery speaks to the glory of Cumbria.
The best places to stay in Cumbria for walkers reflect its atmosphere and rugged surroundings. A warm welcome, good food and a comfortable bed are at their heart.
- New House Farm is off the beaten track, but boasts fabulous views plus a 17 acre garden with hot tub.
- The Pheasant Inn is situated near Lake Bassenthwaite in the less touristy Northern Lakes and is staunchly traditional but in a good way - roaring log fires and oak panelled bar.
For enjoying the lakes
- For those who simply want to visit Cumbria to lap up the beauty of the Lakes, then book a room at Linthwaite House Hotel. It's an Edwardian pile with glorious views over Windermere and a great restaurant.
- The Swan Hotel and Spa overlooks the river Leven on the southern shore of Lake Windermere. As well as luxury accommodation it offers top notch spa, plus swimming pool and gym - so plenty to do if the weather's not playing ball.
- Last but not least in our summary of the best places to stay in Cumbria is Augill Castle a family friendly treat for everyone. It's a quirky property with great atmosphere and more importantly all sorts of thing for the kids to get up to - including their very own children's cookery school.
Best Hotels in Cumbria
Wasdale Head Inn 12 rooms from $72near Gosforth, Cumbria
Famous climbing inn at the head of Wasdale, spectacularly sited below Scafell Pike with magnificent views. Satisfy your stomach with hearty pub food or enjoy the finer things in the wood-panelled Dining Room. Rooms are simple but extremely comfortable and all boast breathtaking views.Great walks - Miles from anywhere, this Inn has some of the most unspoilt walking in England.Views - All bedrooms have stunning views of WasdaleClimbing - At the foot of England's highest mountainSights nearby - The Smallest Church in England, St Olaf's at Wasdale Head.
Black Swan 14 rooms from $98Cumbria
Experience English village life in this traditional country inn. Rooms are decorated in a 'country' style with soft palettes and furnishings. Explore the leafy grounds or enjoy some gastro pub grub and a pint of local ale at the popular restaurant. Pack the car and the kids and the dog!TraditionalGreat walks - Plenty of long walks in the Lake District, England's largest National ParkFishing - Wild trout fising with John Pape AnglingFour poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Rampsbeck 19 rooms from $104Penrith, Cumbria
A fine country house overlooking the shores of Ullswater and the Cumbrian fells beyond. The rooms are comfortable, light, airy and some boast fabulous views. Produce is locally sourced and the menus are created to appeal to your appetite. Activites abound to leave you feeling relaxed and content.Great walks - On the fells of Helvelynn, fabulous views.Restrictions on children - All children allowed at hotel. Over 10s only in Restaurant.Sights nearby - Patterdale, Watermillock and Howtown.Birdwatching - Lakeland Bird Of Prey CentreRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Sun Inn 11 rooms from $121Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
Traditional town pub with comfortable rooms in a charming market town near the Lake District and the Dales. Popular with locals for its award winning menu. A great base for serious walking, but need a car. Dog friendly with lots of outdoor activities on offer in the surrounding area.Local exploring - Great base for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.Sights nearby - Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby LonsdaleBirdwatching - RSPB’s reserve at Leighton MossGreat walks - Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.Recommended by - Sawdays
Punch Bowl Inn 9 rooms from $129Lyth Valley, Cumbria
Quaint 18th Century Inn, ideally situated in a Lake District village with sweeping valley views. Plush boutique styling throughout, rooms exude comfort and indulge in modern bathrooms. Popular lunch food for locals and great dinner menu. Good base for local exploring but a car is needed.Romantic Break - Ideal for a romantic weekend away, with his and hers tubs, candlelite dinners and sweeping views of the countryside.Active Holiday - Some of the best walking in the British Isles is right on your doorstep, be sure to bring your hiking boots!Foodies - Chef Scott Fairweather never fails to impress, with local ingrediants and inventive combinations.Great walks - With something for every level of comitment, from full day hikes to an afternoon stroll.Recommended by - Sawdays
Drunken Duck Inn 17 rooms from $129Cumbria
In the little village of Ambleside, nestled amongst the Southern Lowland Fells lies this 18th century inn. Arguably the Lake's most famous gastro pub it is also a pretty superb hotel. Rooms and gardens look like a 'Country Living' spread. What's more? Guests have access to nearby Langdale Club.Spa - Langdale Spa and Country Club which is situated in Elterwater which is a 15 minutes driveSights nearby - Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, former homes of poet William WordsworthGreat walks - Traverse the Southern Lowland FellsFull of characterRecommended by - CN Traveller
Number 43 6 rooms from $135Cumbria
Award winning B&B with breathtaking views over the Kent Estuary. Bedrooms are light and airy and decorated in fresh coastal tones, furnished with Lloyd Loom bespoke furniture and Herdwick pure wool carpets. Modern showers & underfloor heating add to the luxury. A luxury base for exploring the area.Views - Stunning views across the Kent Estuary.Great walks - Arnside offers good walking for a wide range of abilities. Take an invigorating stretch up to Arnside Knott.Sights nearby - Visit Levens Hall and Holker Hall.Fishing - Visit Wych Elm Fly Fishery
Willowbeck Lodge 4 rooms from $135Carlisle, Cumbria
A family affair exceeding expectations. Owners create gourmet dishes, whilst son runs a successful on site coffee shop. Double storey, windows look out onto acres of garden and woodland beyond. Fresh, country style rooms with large four piece bathrooms make the most of views with private balconies.Back to Nature - Located in acres of beautiful gardens, complete with woodland, stream, lake and within easy reach of The Lake District.Great walks - The Lake District, England's largest National Park, provides some of the most beautiful and best walking routes.Sights nearby - Carlisle Castle is within easy reach and well worth a visit.Restrictions on children - Children above the age of 12 are permitted.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Moss Grove Organic Hotel 11 rooms from $140Cumbria, The Lake District
Moss Grove Organic, ideally situated in the heart of the Lake District aims to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. Each of the 11 rooms share a relaxed and totally natural style. Their mediterranean style buffet uses locally sourced organic produce. A private hideaway.Sights nearby - Lake District Tour from WindermereLocal markets - Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread ShopCycling - The Cyclist's Coast to CoastGreat walks - Coast to Coast Guided Walk
L’Enclume 16 rooms from $158Cumbria, The Lake District
Michelin-starred, restaurant-with-rooms with a low-key, relaxed style in a pretty village setting. Creative, locally sourced food and simple but smart rooms that together add up to a wonderfully refreshing and easy-going atmosphere. Cosy suites are the perfect retreat after a slap up meal.Foodies - Fans of haute cuisine will rave about the Michelan starred restaurantGreat walks - Across the village to Cartmel's medieval priorySights nearby - Have a flutter at nearby Cartmel racecourseRomantic - Good for couples.
Nanny Brow 11 rooms from $159Cumbria
Set in peaceful grounds though only five minutes from Lake Windermere, this elegant, Arts and Crafts B&B is full of period details and furnishings. Bedrooms are vast and with lofty views up Langdale Valley. There’s a bar and terrace, too.Great walks - Fantastic for walkers - Miles of great walks over Loughrigg FellViews - Beautiful views stretching for five miles of the Brathay ValleySights nearby - Visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth MuseumBack to NatureRecommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
Cedar Manor 8 rooms from $165Windermere, The Lake District
This former vicar's house is a heavenly stay very close to Lake Windermere with impressive views. A hearty menu of gourmet meals is served. Comfortable rooms, some modern some ecclesiastical in theme are decorated with Zoffany fabrics and Lloyd Loom wicker. The coach-house bathroom is palatial.Fishing - From brown trout to salmon there is a huge variety to be caught in Cumbria's lakes and rivers for the DIY fish supper.Sights nearby - The Beatrix Potter House and Museum is a charming afternoon out.Restrictions on children - Children are not permitted at this hotel.Remote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Tufton Arms Hotel 22 rooms from $165Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria
Old coaching inn in the centre of picturesque Appleby. Elegant rooms, antiques, rich fabrics. Conservatory restaurant, wine shop, bar.Fishing - In the River Eden nearbyGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Applegarth Villa 22 rooms from $171Windermere, The Lake District
Adults-only, boutique bolthole with high-quality, designer bedrooms, including sumptuous suites with private hot-tubs. Family-run with a relaxed atmosphere and bistro-style restaurant and bar with an expansive collection of whiskeys. A real, spoiling treat in a great location.Romantic Break - Adults only hotel with a cocktail bar, huge rooms and private hot tubsSights nearby - Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth's houses are a short drive awayPrivate Hot Tub - All the seven suites have their own private outdoor hot tub.Sailing - A sailing trip along the iconic Lake Windemere
Eltermere Inn 12 rooms from $171Cumbria
Everything you would want from a Georgian property. Traditional decor, high ceilings and roll top baths; this is sophisticated country living. The restaurant offers a hearty, locally sourced menu & a well picked wine list. Guests enjoy complimentary entry to Langdale Spa as well as many activities.Great walks - The Langdales are great for walkers - book a day with Mike Wood, the hotel's recommended guideSights nearby - The Wordsworth Museum, Beatrix Potter's house, Ruskin's house are all close byHideaway - Get away from it all in this beautiful Lakelands innSpa - Guests have complimentary access to Langdale SpaRecommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
The Pheasant Inn 15 rooms from $171Cockermouth, Cumbria
An old, remote coaching inn, with fine dining and bistro. Friendly and welcoming with well kept gardens and a cosy lounge with fireplace. Enjoy country walks and fishing in the nearby Lake Bassenthwaite. A country retreat with access to local spa and pool.Foodies - Enjoy locally sourced produce at this acclaimed casual Bistro- think wholesome food, fine wines and craft ales.Country Escape - Make the most of your surroundings at this charming coaching inn just meters from the Bassenthwaite Lake.Sights nearby - Head to Dalemain House and Gardens and explore the historic house and it's beautiful gardens.Great walks - Sale Fell is on your doorstep, and for the more adventurous Skiddaw range 10 mins away.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Overwater Hall 11 rooms from $184Ireby, Cumbria
Secluded country house in 18 acres of gardens and woodland. French windows, ballustraded terraces, views. Spacious comfortable rooms, award winning restaurant.Restrictions on children - No children under 5 allowed in the restaurantViews - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Remote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Askham Hall Hotel 12 rooms from $184Penrith, Cumbria
Country house hotel with a thoroughly modern twist. Large comfortable rooms with up to date bathrooms, enviable views, enticing food and homely feel. Great for stop over or a cosy weekend.Garden - Attractive outside space.SpaFull of characterSecluded setting - For escaping.
Farlam Hall 12 rooms from $184Brampton, Cumbria
Quintessential English manor house in the heart of Cumbria. Country retreat, gardens. Elegant lounges, individually styled rooms, restaurant.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Relais & Chateaux
The Ryebeck 24 rooms from $184Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
A comfortable country-house hotel in a peaceful setting, with beautiful views of Lake Windermere, yet still close to popular attractions. Relaxed and informal, with comfortable, unfussy bedrooms, it has an excellent restaurant turning out well-crafted Modern British dishes.Great walks - Superb walking either low-level or higher fells such as Langdale Pikes.Sights nearby - Visit Beatrix Potter’s house less than two miles from the hotel.Views - Great views from hotel
Langdale Hotel & Spa 50 rooms from $190Ambleside, Cumbria
With a series of low-lying, traditional-slate buildings dotted around a forested estate, this hotel feels a world away from the Lake District’s tourist honeypots. Tucked in the Langdale Valley, it’s close to some great walking yet both Ambleside and Coniston are within a 15-minute drive.Total relaxation - Kick back and relax with comfy suites, great food, hearty ales, heated indoor pool, sauna, and spa therapies.Back to Nature - Step away from the hustle bustle of a city and enjoy nature at its best with 35 acres of stunning grounds.Great walks - Pack your wellies, beautiful walks can be organised in the surrounding area.Kayaking - Hire canoes, kayaks or stand up paddle boards at Windermere.
Grange Hotel 50 rooms from $196Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
One of a kind and full of character: old fashioned, genteel Victorian hotel. Ornate rooms with heavily draped beds and antique style furniture. Beautifully manicured gardens. Blissful indoor pool, jacuzzi and extensive spa. Fabulous restaurant. Wonderfully romantic.Local exploring - Set on four acres of landscaped parklands boardering the Lake District, yet within the town and convenient for exploring.Great walks - Endless walks in the fells, tarns and lakes of the National Park, plus the hotel will pack you a lunch.Sights nearby - Entertain children at the Beatrix Potter Experience, a wonderful family outing.Swimming Pool - Indoor Spa Swimming Pool
The Waterhead Hotel 41 rooms from $202Coniston, Cumbria
A stylish bolthole amongst the rugged scenery of the Lake District, with views of Windermere lake. With sleek and airy rooms, a lively bistro-style restaurant and free access to a nearby leisure centre, it’s a place to relax and recharge. There is a jazzy bistro restaurant and good wine selection.Country Escape - Lakeside property with ringside view of Windemere and the beauty of CumbriaSights nearby - Both Wordsworth's and Beatrix Potter's former houses are under 10kmsSailing - Take a boat out on the famous Lake WindemereGreat walks - Up 'The Old Man of Coniston'
Howtown Hotel 13 rooms from $203nr Penrith, Cumbria
Wonderful old-fashioned, down-to-earth hotel in the Lake District. Popular with walkers and those seeking the peace and quiet provided by absense of TVs, wifi and phones. Good value with great views and hearty meals. Tranquil lakeside setting.Sights nearby - Visit the historic Dalemain House, with tudor and medieval rooms, behind a Georgian façade.Great walks - Fabulous base for walks around the Lake District.Views - Beautiful views over UllswaterRemote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Swan Hotel & Spa 58 rooms from $217Cumbria
Overlooking the River Leven on the South shore of Lake Windemere. Traditional, whitewashed Lakeland coaching inn with smart and colourful, contemporary interiors and a great, family-friendly ethos. Boasting views, walks and airy interiors plus indoor pool and spa, brasserie and bar. A great stay.Country Escape - Surrounded by Cumbria's rolling hills with all the trimmings of a proper country stayGreat walks - Several easy walks from the hotel, or nearby Gummer’s How is an easy climb with fantastic viewsSights nearby - Holker Hall and Levens Hall both boast beautiful gardensSailing - Sailing on Lake WindermereRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
Augill Castle 14 rooms from $220Nr Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Standing between the Lake District and the Dales rests this eccentric castle welcoming all the family into the countryside and the Eden Valley. Four poster beds and antique furnishings make up the comfortable rooms. Restaurant is open on weekends. Great hideaway and local exploring to be done.Families - With fantasatic facilities for kids, from cooking classes, to playgrounds, dressing up boxes and plenty of toys.Country Escape - Spectacular walking, wonderful views and whiskey in the drawing room old school weekend in the country vibes.Great walks - With national parks all around, this is the perfect spot to get on your walking boots.Cooking classes - The hotel has a wonderful cookery school for children.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Windermere Suites 16 rooms from $220Windermere, Cumbria
Designer B&B with eight lavish and sexy monochrome suites including sultry accents and highlights of silver and uber-modern lights. Bathrooms have TVs and mood lighting - plus it’s always breakfast. Located in the heart of the Lake District it is a chic little retreat amidst traditional surrounds.Romantic Break - Large suites with private hot tubs are made for romanceSights nearby - William Wordsworth’s homes at Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter's House are close bySailing - Lake cruises on WindermereSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolRecommended by - Johansens
New House Farm 5 rooms from $220Cockermouth, Cumbria
400 year old farmhouse in remote part of Lake District. Stunning panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells, with 15 acre gardens to wander in. Traditional interiors, oak beams, open fire places - deep reds and dark wood furnishings. The beautiful Lorton valley makes it a popular wedding destination.Great walks - Fantastic rural walking routesRemote - Off the beaten track.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Linthwaite House Hotel 30 rooms from $240Windermere, Cumbria
Slick, stylish designs meet an intimate Edwardian country house offering all round comfort. Award winning dishes and fine wines at the restaurant. From its hilltop location over Lake Windermere and the Fells - explore The Lake District on foot, bike or horseback. Serenity at its finest!Exclusive offer - Autumn breakTotal relaxation - Pamper yourself with in-room beauty treatments and massages, refreshing walks and spoiling four course meals.Romantic Break - Take the stunning views, plush suites, two man tubs and candlelit dinners and you are guaranteed romance.Fishing - Try your hand at Fly fishing on the hotel's lake, a wonderfully peacefull way to spend an afternoon.Great walks - The hotel provides route-finding sheets of all the spectcular local walks, plus a guide if needed.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays
Sharrow Bay 24 rooms from $245Penrith, Cumbria
Stately hotel on shores of Lake Ullswater. Forests, hillsides, views. Luxury bedrooms, classical decor - the original Lakeland country house hotelRemote - Off the beaten track.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
The Malabar 6 rooms from $245Sedbergh, Cumbria
The Malabar offers stylish classy accommodation in a expertly renovated barn in Cumbria. The elegant rooms are brimming with rustic charm with bespoke furniture and carefully selected artwork. With the Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep, it's ideal for a sophisticated countryside escape.Country Escape - The perfect rural weekend away with elegant rooms, cosy sitting rooms, roaring fires and spectacular landscape.Active Holiday - A warm and welcoming spot to return to after an active day exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park.Great walks - Excellent walking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park including the Pennine Way.Birdwatching - Yorkshire Dales National Park is a great place to watch birds of prey.Recommended by - Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
Randy Pike 3 rooms from $245Cumbria
Randy Pike is a superb boutique hotel not far from the shores of Lake Windermere, a wash with charm and character. A former hunting lodge, the aesthetic is stylish and urbane with modern design features and carefully selected furnishings. Perfect for a relaxing romantic break in the countryside.Romantic Break - A romantic and intimate setting with deluxe suites, home-made cookies, roll top baths and superb views of the woods.Country Escape - This quaint and cosy hotel makes for the perfect country escape to the Lake District.Great walks - Make the most of the beautiful walking in the surrounding Cumbrian countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the home of Windermere's most famous resident, Beatrix Potter.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House 31 rooms from $263Windermere, Cumbria
Immaculate, Relais & Chateaux country house hotel, with luxurious bedrooms and private suites. A separate Lake House with suites, pool, spa and rooms with private Hot Tubs. Set in 40 acres of stunning surroundings with a picturesque lake and lots of activities to offer nearby.Foodies - Chef Hrishikesh Desai knocks it out of the park everytime, he crafts exciting menus using locally sourced wonderful ingrediants.Romantic Break - Six of the incredible suites come with their own private gardens and cedarwood hot tubs, ideal for a romantic getaway!Country Escape - 20-acre gardens filled with magnolia, cherry blossoms and copper beech, not to mention the stunnig private lake.Fishing - Fishing can be organised on site, either on the private lake or a day trip to somewhere nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays, Michelin Travel
Windermere Boutique Hotel 13 rooms from $269Windermere, Cumbria
A beautiful Edwardian house hotel, near the shores of Lake Windermere. The individually decorated rooms are comfortable and spacious. Downstairs one can enjoy delicious food in the intimate dining room. In the heart for Beatrix Potter country, this is definitely one for the Peter Rabbit lovers.Active Holiday - Lake Windermere is perfect for watersports, and the surrounding parklands provide top notch walking and cycling options.Local exploring - Explore the rolling beauty of the Lake District, surrounding National Parkland and Beatrix Potter country.Sights nearby - Visit Beatrix Potter's Home- Hill Top, less than three miles from the hotel.Great walks - Beautiful walking routes around the shores of Lake Windermere.
The Samling Hotel 11 rooms from $269Windermere, Cumbria
Charming hotel located in the hills surrounding Lake Windemere. Beautiful views, Michelin chefs, separate cottage.Views - Great views from hotelRemote - Off the beaten track.Romantic - Good for couples.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Holbeck Ghyll Hotel 23 rooms from $318Windermere, Cumbria
Luxurious former Hunting Lodge overlooking Lake Windermere makes for an intimate hideaway. Classically styled rooms offer comfort and views. Michelin starred food and an extensive wine list welcome you at the dining room. Whether enjoying the spa or exploring the grounds - relaxing is on the cards!Total relaxation - Unwind in Victorian English style with pampering suites overlooking Lake Windermere, spa services and impeccable service.Active Holiday - Walkers and ramblers bring your wellies and explore this stunning part of the country.Great walks - Ask at the front desk for an outline of the wonderful walks around the lake and beyond.Private Hot Tub - Miss Potter Suite and Ghyll Side cottage both feature a private hot tub.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays, Small Luxury Hotels