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The Lake District is the best-known part of the county of Cumbria. But there is more to Cumbria than just the Lake District. Cumbria is a land of beauty and variety, from busy cities and historic market towns to stone and slate villages each possessing their own character. The 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.
What Not To Miss:
- Check out Carlisle Cathedral, with opulently majestic interiors as well as a wide variety of artwork on display. Plus, there's an on-site library if you want to find out more about its rich history.
- The 800-year old Muncaster Castle, set amidst 70 acres of woodland with a wide variety of antiques on display, is a great place to visit. What's more, there is a Birds of Prey Sanctuary that the kids will love.
- Head to the Solway Aviation Museum and marvel at the range of historic aircraft on display.
- The Catbells Lakeland Walk is a lovely place to head off hiking for an afternoon. Take along a camera to capture the stunning views of the area.
Where To Stay
- Picturesquely positioned on its namesake lake, Windermere is a town steeped in rich heritage and local folklore. A great base from which to explore Lake Windermere.
- Described by resident William Wordsworth as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found", Grassmere has long captured people's imagine. Surrounded by beautiful fells, it's a great base for unlocking the beauty of the Lake District.
- The quaint market town of Penrith was in fact once Cumbria's capital. Nowadays, it's a great all-round spot for holidaygoers - situated right next to the national park and Ullswater Lake, as well as offering a wide variety of local shops to explore.
- Whilst perhaps not as notorious as some of other options, Ravenstonedale is a classic Cumbrian spot which is ideal for a relaxed getaway. Head off hiking, play golf, go fishing or ride through the surrounding hills.
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.
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The best places to stay in Cumbria
- Ideally suited to visit William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter's houses, The Windemere Suites is a designer B&B with lavish, sleek suites featuring plenty of monochrome hues. A little different from the usual Lake District retreat!
- Located in a peaceful rural setting, The Ryebeck provides tasteful and comfortable accommodation as well as serving up top-notch modern British cuisine.
- For those visiting Cumbria to lap up the beauty of the Lakes, book a room at Linthwaite House Hotel. An Edwardian pile with glorious views over Windermere as well as 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 a top-notch spa, plus a swimming pool and gym - so plenty to do if the weather's not playing ball.
- Langdale Hotel & Spa has everything you need for a great country getaway; set amidst 35 acres of stunning grounds, surrounded by wonderful walking trails and just a short distance from Lake Windemere's many activities. Plus, you can come back to unwind in their spoiling spa.
- Just five minutes from Lake Windemere, the elegant Nanny Brow offers spacious and tasteful country-chic accommodation with period furnishings.
- The Michelin-starred option, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a truly spoiling stay. Boasting luxurious suites (with some featuring private hot tubs) as well as a pool, spa and 40 acres of stunning grounds, it's a wonderfully romantic option.
- Set in a country house, Broadoaks boasts inviting rooms mixing classical and contemporary styles. Unwind in the spa after a day out exploring the countryside.
- Moss Grove Organic Hotel is an eco-friendly offering in the heart of Grasmere. Offering elegant, comfortable rooms, excellent breakfasts and an outdoor hot tub, it's a great base for exploring the romantic charm of Grasmere.
- Set in a gorgeous Gothic mansion, The Forest Side boasts ultra-chic accommodation and is dog friendly! You'll fall in love with the exquisite cuisine served up in the restaurant.
- Oak Bank offers cosy, individually-styled rooms and a top-notch British restaurant.
- Lancrigg is a charming country-house style hotel boasting beautiful fell views, extensive lawns and great grub.
- 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.
- Set in a country house overlooking Ullswater, Rampsbeck boasts tasteful accommodation in light hues and has magnificent lake views. There are plenty of activities nearby to get stuck into before returning to tuck into their locally sourced grub.
- If Norman history is your thing then a stay at the Tufton Arms should suit - Appleby castle is on your doorstep.
- If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary then Another Place will be right up your street. Boasting a sleek swimming pool with stunning natural views, there's also a spa and a brilliant restaurant.
- With its utterly delectable food, the 18th century George and Dragon gastropub is a top spot for foodies.
- Set in an historic country house, Askham Hall Hotel is an idyllic stay. Their spacious rooms feature classy furnishings and modern bathrooms, whilst there's also an outdoor pool a lovely food served up.
- Surrounded by lovely gardens and with the countryside right on your doorstep, Lowthwaite B&B is the ideal country retreat. Their charming rooms start from £80 per night.
- Another great place to stay is the Wasdale Head Inn, famous with the climbing fraternity and spectacularly situated below Scafell Pike.
- Punch Bowl Inn, Cumbria is a quaint 18th century inn with fantastic walking trails all around. Boasting stylish and comfortable rooms with exposed beams, you will come back after a day hiking to enjoy lovely meals.
- Located in Arnside and surrounded by superb walking trails, the award-winning Number 43 features fresh interiors in light hues with bespoke furniture. An upmarket choice.
- Black Swan boasts country style accommodation and gastro pub cuisine. What's more, it's ideally located for long days out hiking and you can bring along your pooch.
- Dating from the 15th century, The King's Head is a cosy spot offering smart but unfussy accommodation.
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- Cumbria's obviously nicest weather-wise in the summer months with the average temperature rising to 16°C in August. However, whenever you decide to visit be sure to remember a jacket - you're always at risk of a spontaneous bout of rainfall!
- If you fancy a quieter and cheaper time to visit then consider coming in spring or autumn, the latter of which is when the surrounding nature turns a series of beautiful colours.
- International visitors can fly into Newcastle Airport or Manchester Airport, both of which are served by a variety of international destinations.
- From here, take a train or a bus on towards your final destination in Cumbria.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in Cumbria
Howtown Hotel 13 rooms from £166nr 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 UllswaterTraditional - Old fashioned, no frillsRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Augill Castle 14 rooms from £180Nr 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
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House 31 rooms from £215Windermere, Cumbria
Immaculate, country house hotel, with luxurious bedrooms and private suites, plus a Michelin starred restaurant. 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
Wasdale Head Inn 12 rooms from £59near 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.
Haweswater Hotel 17 rooms from £70Penrith, Cumbria
With a stunning location and superb service, the Haweswater Hotel is perfect for those who are looking to escape to a quiet corner of the Lake District. Excellent, comfortable rooms, stunning views and a restaurant serving delicious dishes all combine to create a rural gem.Back to Nature - In a remote location overlooking Haweswater, it's perfect for a retreat to nature.Sights nearby - The Lake District is full of beautiful houses such as Askham Hall and Rydal Mount & Gardens.Great walks - Go for lovely walks around Haweswater.Outstanding location
Lowthwaite B&B 4 rooms from £80Penrith, Cumbria
Set in a charming house near Ullswater, Lowthwaite B&B is perfect for people who want to escape back to nature. Nestled amidst beautiful gardens, the guesthouse offers excellent rooms and delicious breakfasts.Sights nearby - Take a trip to local sights such as Askham Hall and Brougham Castle.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Black Swan 14 rooms from £80Cumbria
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
The Masons Arms 7 rooms from £85Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Awash with traditional charm, The Masons Arms is a delightful hotel in the Lake District. Featuring excellent food in the restaurant, a wide range of ales and comfortable rooms. The pub's cottages, that sleep up to six, make it a great option for families or groups.Families - With lovely cottages that sleep up to six people, it's a great option for a family holiday.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.Sights nearby - Take a trip to the wonderful nearby Holker Hall & Gardens.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Sawdays
The Hare and Hounds 4 rooms from £85Kendal, Cumbria
Historic and homely 16th-century country inn. Rooms are individually designed with lots of character. Beds are king-size and very comfortable. The restaurant is superb and the bar has a cozy fireplace and atmosphere. A wide range of cask ales on offer makes this an unforgettable Cumbrian inn.Fishing - The rivers have brown trout, sea trout and salmon while the lakes offer coarse fishing.Great walks - No shortage of great walks with the Lake Distict on the doorstep.Sailing - Boats are available to hire on the lakes.Full of character
Rampsbeck 19 rooms from £85Penrith, 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
The Plough 6 rooms from £85Cumbria
Popular gastro pub with a bold yet comfortable contemporary-country style and large, inviting bedrooms. Well-placed for exploring both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.Sights nearby - Be sure to visit the historic Levens Hall and Fairy Steps, both just a short distance awayGreat walks - The Plough is surrounded by numerous stunning hiking trailsBack to Nature - Get out and about exploring all over the Lake DistrictFull of character
Brownber Hall 7 rooms from £90Cumbria
A striking country house set in glorious Cumbrian countryside. Smartly renovated rooms feature large sash windows, crisp white linen and fabulous views. A cosy fire lit lounge with a well-stocked bar is a welcome place to return to after a day spent hiking or cycling in the surrounding area.Country Escape - A large rural house set in picturesque gardens with fabulous walks in the area and a roaring fire and honesty bar to return to.Full of characterSecluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
The King's Head 6 rooms from £90Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Sitting in the charming village of Ravenstonedale, The King's Head has a history that dates back five centuries. It exudes a homely feel with its cosy pub, excellent restaurant and lovely rooms. A great base from which to explore the beautiful Lake District surroundings.Local exploring - A great base from which to explore the beautiful Lake District surroundings.Great walks - The fells and footpaths that surround Ravenstonedale are a paradise for walkers.Fishing - Take a day of wild brown trout fishing on the River Eden.Sights nearby - Visit the historic nearby market town of Kirby Stephen.
Broadgate House 3 rooms from £95Millom, Cumbria
Set in a glorious Georgian house and surrounded by vast natural beauty, Broadgate is a Cumbrian gem. The charming rooms give off a tangible sense of the history of the place. It's easy to see why Wordsworth took so much inspiration from the surrounding landscape that looks out over Duddon Estuary.Great walks - The surrounding gardens and countryside are perfect for romantic strolls.Sights nearby - Take a trip to day trip Holker Hall or Muncaster Castle.Full of characterOutstanding locationRecommended by - Sawdays
Crake Trees Manor 6 rooms from £95Cumbria
Set on a delightful farm in rural Cumbria, Crake Trees Manor is a superb guesthouse. Set in a lovely stone house, the Manor offers charming rooms, delicious breakfasts and access to beautiful surrounding countryside. Perfect for a rural retreat.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.Views - Great views from hotelFull of character
Cook House 2 rooms from £95Kendal, Cumbria
This former Cook House has taken on new life as a quaint B&B. Tucked into the sleepy Lake District village of Levens, Cook House is full of rural charm and character. Lovely rooms, friendly hosts and beautiful surroundings all combine to create a convivial atmosphere.Sights nearby - Visit nearby Levens Hall with its worldwide famous topiary garden.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.Full of character
The Royal Oak 14 rooms from £98Keswick
Right in the heart of Keswick, The Royal Oak is a delightful hotel. Offering smart rooms, an excellent restaurant and an atmospheric bar, it's a great launchpad from which to explore the Lakes.Local exploring - A great base for exploring Keswick and the surrounding Lake District.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of wonderful walking routes.Full of characterTraditional
The Black Bull, Sedbergh 18 rooms from £99Cumbria
A smart market-town, coaching-inn with quietly classy food and a modern, relaxed style that retains a traditional pub feel but subtly updated. Calm and welcoming rather than pretentious, and only minutes from the M6 motorway.Country Escape - A country inn with good food and surrounded by fabulous walking countrySights nearby - Local attractions include Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, and Sizergh CastleGreat walks - From the doorstep onto the Howgill Fells, or in Yorkshire DalesRomantic - Good for couples.
Sun Inn 11 rooms from £99Kirkby 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
The George and Dragon 11 rooms from £100Penrith, Cumbria
Delightful gastropub with comfortable rooms that offers a great base for people staying in the Northern Lake District. Delicious food served in the restaurant and plush bedrooms make a great choice for people wanting to explore nearby landmarks such as Ullswater and Keswick.Local exploring - A great base for exploring the Northern parts of the Lake District.Sights nearby - Go and visit the Rebel oak tree, the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie was finally defeated in 1745.Fishing - Salmon fishing on the nearby River Eden and brown trout fishing on the River Lowther.Great walks - Go for lovely walks around nearby Ullswater.
Punch Bowl Inn, Cumbria 9 rooms from £105Crosthwaite (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
Number 43 6 rooms from £110Cumbria
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
Bay Villa 3 rooms from £110Grange over Sands (Grange-over-Sands)
A classy, discreet B&B with just three suites furnished with antiques, and with mesmerising sea views. A perfect bolthole in a genteel time warp seaside resort.Great walks - The surrounding landscape is full of fantastic walking routes.Sights nearby - Visit historic houses such as Holker Hall and Levens Hall.Birdwatching - The Lake District coastline is a haven for birdwatching.Full of character
Low Graythwaite Hall 9 rooms from £110Cumbria
With a little corner of Lake Windermere all to itself, Low Graythwaite Hall really has a cherished position on the district's most famous stretch of water. Boasting lovely rooms and beautiful gardens, it's a great place to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings.Great walks - Take lovely walks along the banks of Lake Windermere or hike up some of the beautiful surrounding fells.Birdwatching - The lake of home to wide variety of birdlife.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Willowbeck Lodge 4 rooms from £110Carlisle, 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 £114Grasmere (Ambleside)
In the heart of pretty Grasmere village, this eco-friendly B&B offers a relaxed welcome, generous bedrooms, strong use of natural furnishings and Mediterranean-style, brunch breakfasts.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
Broadoaks 20 rooms from £120Cumbria
A smart country house and spa located near the famed Lake Windermere. Romantic rooms mix traditional and contemporary styles with dark hues, four poster beds and indulgent bathrooms. An award winning restaurant makes a welcome respite after a day spent in the countryside.Weddings - Offering an experienced team, beautiful backdrop and excellent catering service.Country Escape - A chic country house located in the beautiful Lake District.Sailing - Take a luxury cruise across scenic Lake Windermere.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool
Heads Nook Hall 6 rooms from £120Cumbria
An imposing country house situated in beautifully manicured gardens. Spacious rooms are traditionally styled with antique furniture, sash windows, persian rugs and the best have free standing baths. Boasting two swimming pools and collection of elegant reception rooms. Ideal for a rural escape.Country Escape - An impressive country manor in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the fascinating tablets at the Roman Vindolanda.Swimming Pool - Indoor and outdoor poolsFull of character
Howe Keld 12 rooms from £120Keswick
Situated close to Keswick town centre and just a short walk from Derwent Water, and with wonderful views of the hills. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Relaxed and friendly young owners who are keen to help guests enjoy the Lake District. Breakfasts will set you up for a day out exploring.Active Holiday - The Lake District is perfect for walking, cycling or sailing.Sights nearby - Nearby Wordsworth House makes for a great day out.Great walks - There are many low level walks to explore.Sailing - Boat trips on Derwentwater
Pentonbridge Inn 9 rooms from £125Carlisle, Cumbria
A contemporary-style but low-key coaching inn with seriously good food, this place will appeal to foodies who like its away-from-it-all location close to the Scottish border.Sights nearby - Nearby Carlisle has got a day's worth of activities with its medieval castle, art gallery and Tullie House Museum.Great walks - Beautiful walks from the doorstep and also the chance to explore a section of nearby Hadrian's Wall.Remote - Off the beaten track.
Drunken Duck Inn 13 rooms from £125Cumbria
In the little village of Ambleside, nestled amongst the Southern Lowland Fells lies this 18th century inn. A landmark Lake District pub as famous for its smart food as its own-brew beer and with an attractive contemporary-country style. Comfortably inviting rooms are stylish yet uncluttered.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 WordsworthSwimming Pool - Located at the Langdale, 15 minutes awayGreat walks - Traverse the Southern Lowland FellsRecommended by - CN Traveller
Raise View 7 rooms from £125Ambleside, Cumbria
Stylish yet relaxed B&B with contemporary country-house furnishings and a welcoming atmosphere. Ideal for outdoors enthusiasts who want a comfortable base and knowledgeable, friendly hosts.Country Escape - Situated in the heart of the Lake District, it's perfect for a break in the countryside.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of wonderful walking routes.Sights nearby - Take a trip to nearby Rydal Mount & Gardens.Restrictions on children
Lancrigg 10 rooms from £129Grasmere
Set in beautiful and peaceful grounds, with stunning fell views, yet only 15 minutes from Grasmere, this small country-house hotel has a relaxed and contemporary style plus excellent food.Country Escape - A quiet spot ideal for walking enthusiasts or those wanting to simply unwind.Great walks - Take scenic walks around Grasmere and Rydal Water.Sailing - Take a cruise on the iconic Lake Windermere.Sights nearby - Visit the William Wordsworth’s homes.Recommended by - Sawdays
L'Enclume 16 rooms from £129Cumbria
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 £130Ambleside
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
Oak Bank 13 rooms from £133Cumbria
Boasting a fantastic location in the pretty village of Grasmere situated in the heart of the Lake District. Cosy rooms are individually styled with warm hues, sash windows and sink-into beds. The exemplary restaurant serving contemporary British fare is an inviting spot to return to.Country Escape - Located in some of the UK's finest countryside and boasting a superb restaurant and friendly staff to return to.Sights nearby - Visit William Wordsworth's grave, the daffodil field he wrote of and his former home.Restrictions on children - Children under 10 cannot be accommodated.Full of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Tufton Arms Hotel 22 rooms from £135Appleby 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 nearbyTraditionalGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Leathes Head 11 rooms from £135KESWICK, Cumbria
Friendly and relaxed country-house hotel with a traditional style but modern cooking and with mesmerising views over fells and Derwentwater. Unfussy and informal but with comfort in all the right places.Country Escape - Boasting a fabulous location in one of the Lake District's most beautiful valleys and surrounded by glorious walking country.Restaurant - Recommended.Great walks - Find miles of hiking trails running across the mountains, through the forests and round the lakes.Sailing - Lake cruises on Derwentwater
The Queen's Head 10 rooms from £137Cumbria
The Queen's Head is a traditional country inn with a smart but relaxed, contemporary style, close to Windermere but away from the crowds. Original features and modern craftsmanship create a bright and welcoming atmosphere plus stylish bedrooms and generous food.Sailing - There are plenty of companies who will take you out sailing on Lake Windemere if you fancy a bit of an adventure!Sights nearby - Head over to Beatrix Potter's house near Sawrey, Holehird Gardens or William Wordsworth's homes at Dove CottageGreat walks - Take a leisurely stroll through the valley or test yourself with higher fells such as HelvellynFull of characterRecommended by - CN Traveller
Rothay Manor 19 rooms from £140Cumbria
Privately owned, elegant country-house-style hotel with a modern freshness and a highly regarded restaurant. Bedrooms are large and understated while there are lawned gardens for lazy afternoons.Country Escape - Set in pretty woodlands and boasting easy access to Cumbria's fabulous walking country.Sights nearby - Visit 'Hill Top', Beatrix Potter’s former home, situated near Hawkshead.Sailing - Learn to sail on Lake Windermere, just a short stroll from the property.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.
Applegarth Villa 22 rooms from £140Windermere (Cumbria)
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
The Pheasant Inn, Cumbria 15 rooms from £140Cockermouth, 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
The Malabar 6 rooms from £140SEDBERGH, Cumbria
The Malabar is a contemporary-style barn conversion offering huge rooms, cool bathrooms and sumptuous breakfasts. Remote-feeling location, with walks on the doorstep, yet only five minutes from the M6.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.Birdwatching - Yorkshire Dales National Park is a great place to watch birds of prey.Great walks - Excellent walking: Dales Way runs through the property.Recommended by - Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
Cedar Manor 10 rooms from £145Windermere (Cumbria)
Country-house-style hotel with a contemporary feel and genuinely personal touch. Supremely comfortable bedrooms, a fine-dining restaurant and a classy but relaxed atmosphere.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 under 10 are not permitted at this hotel.Remote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Eltermere Inn 12 rooms from £149Cumbria
Relaxed and luxurious, country-house-style hotel with an elegant, contemporary style. On the edge of pretty Elterwater village, with views over the lake, it’s ideally placed for both walking in Langdale or Ambleside’s shops and Windermere lakeshore. Complimentary entry to Lansdale Spa.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
Overwater Hall 11 rooms from £150Ireby, 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 17 rooms from £150Penrith, 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 £150Brampton, Cumbria
A relaxed and very comfortable, traditional, country-house hotel run by the owning family with charm, warmth and great friendliness. Expect plenty of sofas, five-course dinners and a delightfully unpretentious atmosphere.Views - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Romantic - Good for couples.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Relais & Chateaux
The Ryebeck 24 rooms from £150Bowness-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 £155Ambleside, 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.Spa breaks - The Brimstone Spa is a stunning indoor/outdoor space exclusively for adults, with numerous pools, saunas and treatments.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.
Another Place 20 rooms from £160Ullswater, Cumbria
Lifestyle hotel, lakeside escape, call it what you will, Another Place has it all. Boasting a sublime lake facing swimming pool, a fantastic restaurant and luxurious rooms. Explore the beautiful surrounding landscape or enjoy a spa treatment.Kayaking - Take to the lake and enjoy a day of exploring Ullswater by kayak.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.Sailing - Ullswater is a great lake for fresh-water sailing.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Lindeth Fell 14 rooms from £160Windermere (The Lake District)
A luxurious B&B located near scenic Lake Windemere. Interiors perfectly mix traditional British design with contemporary style - think antique furniture, boldly coloured walls, open fireplaces and chic modern bathrooms. Indulgent breakfasts and high tea are served. The perfect rural escape.Country Escape - A pretty rural house positioned in some of the UK's most picturesque countryside.Sights nearby - William Wordsworth’s homes at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, & Rydal Mount, RydalGreat walks - Find miles of scenic hiking trails to be explored.Sailing - Take a relaxing cruise across Windermere Lake.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Grange Hotel 50 rooms from £160Grange over Sands
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
Hillthwaite 34 rooms from £145Windermere (Windermere)
A contemporary rural property sat perched a-top a hill with far reaching views across the Cumbrian countryside. Smart rooms mix traditional patterns and colouring with contemporary style. An indoor pool and spa provide some serious pampering. A charming spot for a rural escape.Country Escape - Located in the stunning Lake District close to Lake Windermere. Ideal for spending days in the great outdoors.Great walks - Make the most of the miles of hiking trails through some of the UKs finest countryside.Sights nearby - Visit Blackwell house and admire the Arts and Crafts architecture.Sailing - Take a romantic cruise on Lake Windermere.
The Waterhead Hotel 41 rooms from £165Coniston, 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'
Hazelbank Country House 7 rooms from £170Cumbria
A charming owner-managed Manor House in a quiet corner of picturesque Cumbria. Quintessentially dressed, the property has well selected antiques, heavy curtains and cosy fireplaces. A fantastic restaurant is a welcome spot to return to after a day of activities in the countryside.Country Escape - A gem of a property set in some of Britain's prettiest countryside.Sights nearby - Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the oldest and most impressive stone circles in Britain.Sailing - Take a relaxing cruise around Derwentwater.Restrictions on children - No children under 15Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Swan Hotel & Spa 58 rooms from £177Cumbria
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
The Windermere Suites 16 rooms from £180Windermere, 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 £180Cockermouth, 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 routesTraditional - Historic farmhouseRemote - Off the beaten track.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Storrs Hall 30 rooms from £185Windermere (Bowness-on-Windermere)
Elegant 4-star hotel set in an 18th century Georgian mansion, offering rooms, suites, lodges and a luxury boathouse with panoramic views of the lake. Decor is stylish and classic. Featuring a restaurant, tower bar, regular afternoon tea and, naturally, boat cruises across the lake.Romantic Break - The Boathouse is ideal for couples on a romantic getaway, isolated from the house, with panoramic views of the lake.Great walks - The Lake District is a place pulsating in the poetry of Wordworth and Coleridge, with great mountains and placid lakes.Sailing - Take a scenic cruises across the lake.Views - Great views from hotel
Linthwaite House Hotel 30 rooms from £196Windermere, 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!Total 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
The Forest Side 20 rooms from £199Grasmere (Keswick Road)
Recently renovated, The Forest Side is a romantic gothic mansion just outside Grasmere in the heart of the Lake District. Offering chic and spacious accommodation with plenty of light hues, this dog-friendly spot boasts 43 acres of superb gardens and stunning cuisine. A top-notch country retreat!Great walks - The Lake District is home to many breathtaking hiking trailsSailing - Hire a rowing boat on nearby GrasmereRemote - Off the beaten track.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Sharrow Bay 24 rooms from £200Penrith, 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.TraditionalGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
Randy Pike 3 rooms from £200Cumbria
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.
Windermere Boutique Hotel 13 rooms from £220Windermere, 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.
Lodore Falls Hotel 71 rooms from £193Cumbria
An impressive country house boasting a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Charming rooms are traditional in style with warm hues and soft patterns. An award winning restaurant serves regional cuisine. Set within 40 acres of picturesque countryside it's the perfect spot for a rural escape.Country Escape - A country house set in an outstanding location. Take long walks, have a drink by the open fire and feast on regional cuisine.Great walks - The Lake District boasts stunning walking routes.Remote - Off the beaten track.Full of character
The Samling Hotel 11 rooms from £220Ambleside
A small luxury hotel boasting both chic interiors and fabulous views of Lake Windermere. Individually styled rooms are light and airy with bold colours, antiques and softly patterned fabrics. Offering exemplary cuisine and a choice selection of wines, this is a rural escape designed for indulging.Country Escape - A smart base offering access to arguably some of the UK's finest countryside.Active HolidayFoodiesSailing - Cruise across Lake Windermere and enjoy spectacular views.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Holbeck Ghyll Hotel 23 rooms from £260Ambleside (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
Brimstone 16 rooms from £350Cumbria
Bold slate-and-glass chalet-style hotel with modern suites, and modern-style butlers, designed for indulgence. Set amongst fine walking country and with a swish on-site spa, you can be as lazy or active as you like.Back to Nature - The Lake District provides the ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts.Spa breaks - Unwind in the state of the art spa.Great walks - Find plenty of nearby fells including Langdale Pikes, Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam.Sailing - Take a relaxing cruise on Lake Windermere.