The Lake District is understandably one of the most popular destinations in the United Kingdom. It has spectacular scenery, awe inspiring walks, plus history and culture not just in the form of some literary greats. The best hotels in the Lake District can be tricky to find; the good ones need to be winkled out from the vast array of elderly, overpriced, over-chintzed places that abound in this area, especially around the most popular lakes.
However, exceptional Lakeland boltholes do exist. We have found gracious waterside houses in glorious grounds, as well as simple, remote inns, perfect for walkers, plus a few fresh and contemporary newcomers.
For those who are looking for a spot of pampering in the Lake District, there are no shortage of properties purporting to fulfil the brief. However of the best hotels in the Lake District for luxury our favourites would have to be Gilpin Hotel and Lake House and Linthwaite House Hotel.
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House has been owned and run by the same family for over 21 years and has built a reputation for superb yet understated service. Bedrooms are luxurious and if you book a garden suite it comes with a private cedar wood hot tub.
The food too is excellent – 3 AA Rosettes – and head chef Daniel Grigg uses the finest local produce and West Coast seafood on his menus.
Linthwaite House Hotel is an Edwardian pile with fabulous views over Lake Windermere. It offers a stylish, yet relaxed vibe without skimping on the luxury.
The loft suite is ideal for a romantic break; its enormous bath can easily take two and if star gazing is your thing, then the telescope positioned under the skylight window will do the trick!
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.
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!
If you’re feeling a bit strapped for cash there is also plenty on offer, though some of the best hotels in the Lake District for those on a budget are definitely more desirable than others. Our selection aims to offer cheaper options, which have not sacrificed service or charm!
The Punch Bowl Inn has garnered accolades galore and it’s not difficult to see why: superb food, stylish bedrooms, roll top baths and power showers. What more could you ask for after a day in the fells?
Lyth 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.
For those of you who like to stretch your legs now and again whether to go for a short amble or for a more serious hill climb, there is no better location (a good source of info for walkers of all abilities is Walkopedia). The best hotels in the Lake District for walkers are not necessarily out in the middle of nowhere, though if you want to go straight from the door, it’s better to be slightly off the beaten track.
The Howtown Hotel is a wonderfully old fashioned establishment situated 200 yards from Ullswater. With fantastic paths direct from the front door it is immensely popular with the walking fraternity. Accommodation is on a half board basis and a loud gong signals that your hearty dinner is ready.
The Wasdale Head Inn is a famous climbing inn and couldn’t be better situated at the foot of Scafell Pike, though it might be a bit bleak for some! The bedrooms are simple but comfortable and all have magnificent views of Wasdale. Ritson’s bar is understandably busy in the evenings – everyone congregates here to exchange stories of days on the fells.
The Pheasant Inn will also suit keen walkers. Located close to Bassenthwaite in the less touristy north Lakes area, it has Sale Fell on the doorstep and is only 10 minutes from the Skiddaw range. Bedrooms are tasteful yet essentially traditional and all have been enlarged and modernised over the past few years. You’ll also get great food here and if you can summon up the energy, there’s free access to a private local spa with swimming pool.
nr 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.
near 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.
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.
Planning a trip to the Lake District but fussy about what you eat? Our selection of the best hotels in the Lake District for foodies should solve that problem. Whilst the majority of our recommendations in the area have great restaurants or produce simple, yet hearty fare, we can suggest a couple of places where you can get something really special.
Holbeck Ghyll Hotel is a superbly run hotel in a classic Victorian Lakeland house – plus it boasts a Michelin star which it has held for the last 12 years. Food is not the only thing to get excited about; the views over Lake Windermere are breathtaking and there is a top notch spa on site.
The Samling is another property which should satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Head chef Ian Swainson, is one of the most exciting young chefs around. Set amid sixty seven acres of beautiful grounds, The Samling is a great base for exploring the area's literary highlights – Wordsworth's and Beatrix Potter’s homes are both close at hand.
Last but not least Sharrow Bay prides itself on the quality of its food and some claim that it’s the place where Sticky Toffee Pudding was invented. Situated on the shores of Lake Ullswater, what was once a fisherman’s lodge has been converted to a traditional yet stylish country house hotel.
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!
Charming hotel located in the hills surrounding Lake Windemere. Beautiful views, Michelin chefs, separate cottage.
Stately hotel on shores of Lake Ullswater. Forests, hillsides, views. Luxury bedrooms, classical decor - the original Lakeland country house hotel
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