30 places to stay in the Lake District / Cumbria

Near Ambleside. Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

Near Ambleside. Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

Almost £20 million has transformed this waterside hotel into the ‘Lake District’s first world class resort’. 131 bedrooms, including the 29 room Winander Club, a health spa, outdoor pool and two restaurants. One is Blue Smoke on the Bay.

www.englishlakes.co.uk/low-wood-bay

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Keswick. Sally’s Cottages

Keswick. Sally’s Cottages

The offices are in Keswick but this family-run, award-winning holiday cottage letting agency has more than 350 cottages across the northern and western Lake District ‘helping to find your dream holiday cottage for the perfect getaway’.

www.sallyscottages.co.uk

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Askham, near Ullswater. Askham Hall

Askham, near Ullswater. Askham Hall

An ‘enchanting hotel,’ said the Good Food Guide 2019 of this 19 bedroom hotel, a main entry in the Good Hotel Guide 2019 as well. Grade I listed and family-owned, its restaurant Allium has three AA rosettes. Delightful gardens.

www.askhamhall.co.uk

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Near Coniston Water. Howe Foot

Near Coniston Water. Howe Foot

Enchanting location, with quality, craftsmanship and striking natural materials the hallmarks of two immaculate self-catering cottages. Both sleep two. Coniston Water one way, Ulverston the other.

www.howe-foot.co.uk

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston
Near Bowness-on-Windermere. Lindeth Fell Country House

Near Bowness-on-Windermere. Lindeth Fell Country House

Five star gold B&B, AA Guest Accommodation of the Year (England) for 2019-20 and Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2018. Main entry Good Hotel Guide 2019. 14 bedrooms, lovely gardens.

www.lindethfell.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Brigsteer, near Kendal. The Wheatsheaf Inn

Brigsteer, near Kendal. The Wheatsheaf Inn

Food and Drink Pub of the Year 2015 and 2018 at the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards and Tourism Pub of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2016. Six rooms, same group as Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank. 

www.thewheatsheafbrigsteer.co.uk

Kendal and the South 
Hartsop, near Patterdale. Hart Barn

Hartsop, near Patterdale. Hart Barn

A wonderful showpiece for Cumbrian artists and makers, this stylish, romantic retreat for two was Self-catering Property of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017. Great walking countryside from the front door. 

www.thewildhart.co.uk/hart-barn

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Windermere (town). Cedar Manor Hotel

Windermere (town). Cedar Manor Hotel

‘Superbly appointed,’ says the Good Hotel Guide 2019 of this ten bedroom hotel, Sustainable Hotel of the Year at the Hotel Cateys 2018.  The restaurant has an AA rosette, the hotel three AA red stars. 

www.cedarmanor.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Kings Meaburn, near Penrith. Steele’s Mill

Kings Meaburn, near Penrith. Steele’s Mill

Five star self-catering - sleeps four - in a restored corn mill in lovely, peaceful surroundings. Conversion of the property done with enormous care, skill, love and sensitivity. Watch the bird life or explore the Eden Valley.

www.steelesmill.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Loweswater. Kirkstile Inn

Loweswater. Kirkstile Inn

A wonderful setting for this 11 bedroom pub, a former Pub of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards. Not far from Crummock Water and Buttermere. Owners also have Cumbrian Legendary Ales, brewers of award winning Loweswater Gold. 

www.kirkstile.com

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Tebay. Tebay Services Hotel

Tebay. Tebay Services Hotel

Just off the M6 but the traffic seems a long way off inside the 51 bedroom hotel. A main entry in the Good Hotel Guide 2019, with log fires, local artwork, Harris tweed fabrics and Cumbrian slate. Views of the fells, farmshops nearby.

www.tebayserviceshotel.com

Eden Valley and the East
Near Ambleside. Randy Pike

Near Ambleside. Randy Pike

Rococo meets Gothic meets luxurious living at this B&B. Three huge bedrooms and bathrooms, lavish colours and a touch of eccentricity. Owners also have the Jumble Room restaurant (Good Food Guide 2019) in Grasmere. 

www.randypike.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Clifton, near Penrith. George & Dragon

Clifton, near Penrith. George & Dragon

A ‘delightful place to unwind,’ is how the i newspaper put it in 2018. The 11 bedroom inn is a main entry in the 2019 editions of both the Good Pub Guide and Good Food Guide and is in the same ownership as nearby Askham Hall (hotel). 

www.georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Grayrigg, near Kendal. The Hyning Estate

Grayrigg, near Kendal. The Hyning Estate

A beautiful and peaceful setting for nine self-catering properties, all five star gold, with inspiring green credentials. Charging point for cars too. Self-catering Holiday of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2015.

www.thehyningestate.com

Kendal and the South 
Carlisle. The Halston

Carlisle. The Halston

Once the city’s main post office building, now a five star apart-hotel, with 22 rooms, the Penny Blue bar/restaurant and Barton’s Yard bistro/bar. Self-catering Holiday Provider of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017. Perfect base.

www.thehalston.com

Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast
Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley. The Punch Bowl Inn and Restaurant

Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley. The Punch Bowl Inn and Restaurant

‘One of Cumbria’s great treasures,’ said The Times travel section last year of this nine bedroom inn, a main entry in the 2019 editions of the Good Food Guide, Good Pub Guide and Good Hotel Guide.

www.the-punchbowl.co.uk

Kendal and the South
Borrowdale. Hazel Bank Country House

Borrowdale. Hazel Bank Country House

‘Outstanding service, delicious food, beautiful setting,’ quotes the Good Hotel Guide 2019 of this seven bedroom hotel, Best Small and Exclusive Property at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2018. 

www.hazelbankhotel.co.uk

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Lakeside, near Newby Bridge. Lakeside Hotel

Lakeside, near Newby Bridge. Lakeside Hotel

‘We overlook nothing but the lake,’ says this welcoming 75 bedroom hotel at the southern end of Windermere. Lakeview Grill Restaurant (two AA rosettes) and John Ruskin’s Brasserie. Lovely indoor swimming pool. 

www.lakesidehotel.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Newbiggin-on-Lune, near Kirkby Stephen. Brownber Hall

Newbiggin-on-Lune, near Kirkby Stephen. Brownber Hall

‘Hackney meets the Howgills,’ is the general consensus among travel writers of this eight bedroom mansion, a main entry in the Good Hotel Guide 2019. Much praised food, including Neapolitan-style pizzas. 

www.brownberhall.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Ambleside. Waterhead

Ambleside. Waterhead

Four star town house hotel, close to the town and a few steps away from the lake and the jetty for Windermere Lake Cruises. Almost half of the 41 bedrooms overlook the water. Downstairs is the Waterhead Bar & Grill. 

www.englishlakes.co.uk/waterhead

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell. Masons Arms

Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell. Masons Arms

East of Windermere (lake) with a cracking location, overlooking the Winster Valley. The atmospheric pub - with two cottages and five suites - is one of six that was Pub Group of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2018. 

www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Near Bowness-on-Windermere. Storrs Hall

Near Bowness-on-Windermere. Storrs Hall

Wonderful position, the lawns of the 30 bedroom hotel go down to the water’s edge. The Boathouse is a private suite, self-catering lodges too. Lake Edge Restaurant (two AA rosettes) and Tower Bar.

www.storrshall.com

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Coniston Water. Brantwood

Coniston Water. Brantwood

It’s 200 years since the great Victorian John Ruskin was born and here’s a chance to stay in his old home. The Eyrie sleeps two people, The Lodge, built by Ruskin, sleeps nine. Both have wonderful lake views. 

www.brantwood.org.uk

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston
Bassenthwaite Lake. The Pheasant Inn

Bassenthwaite Lake. The Pheasant Inn

‘We combine outstanding hospitality and local character with delicious food and an amazing setting,’ says this 15 room, former coaching inn, a main entry in the Good Hotel Guide 2019. Bistro and Fell Restaurant (two AA rosettes).

www.the-pheasant.co.uk

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Near Ambleside. Juniper House

Near Ambleside. Juniper House

Find out how a labour of love turned into the lap of luxury at this spacious, colourful, inventively designed and delightful retreat. Owners also have the Jumble Room restaurant (Good Food Guide 2019) in Grasmere. 

www.randypike.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Crook, near Windermere. The Wild Boar

Crook, near Windermere. The Wild Boar

Well known, AA five star inn, a few minutes drive from Windermere (lake). 34 bedrooms, including three suites, 72 acres (29ha) of woodland and own microbrewery. Grill & Smokehouse Restaurant. 

www.englishlakes.co.uk/the-wild-boar

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Near Sedbergh. The Malabar

Near Sedbergh. The Malabar

Delightful, spacious hideaway, the six bedrooms in a converted 18th century barn. Indian influences in the furnishings and food. It’s in the Good Hotel Guide 2019 and was B&B of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017.  

www.themalabar.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Near Hawkshead. Yewfield

Near Hawkshead. Yewfield

Guest house plus self-catering, with sublime views over the Vale of Esthwaite. One of ‘five of the best B&Bs for vegans and vegetarians,’ said The Observer in May 2019. It’s in the same ownership as Zeffirellis and Fellinis in Ambleside.

www.yewfield.co.uk

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston
Kirkby Lonsdale. The Sun Inn

Kirkby Lonsdale. The Sun Inn

A five star destination which is in the 2019 editions of both the Good Pub Guide and Good Hotel Guide. The inn combines the ‘charm and character of a 17th century country inn’ and two AA rosette restaurant with stylish accommodation.

www.sun-inn.info

Eden Valley and the East
Askham, near Ullswater. The Queen’s Head

Askham, near Ullswater. The Queen’s Head

Re-opened in spring 2019 by the owners of nearby Askham Hall and George & Dragon pub (Clifton). Six bedrooms and a Health Barn across the road, offering treatments, workshops and a flotation tank.  

www.askhamhall.co.uk/the-queens-head

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Near Penton, Longtown. Liddel Water Lodges

Near Penton, Longtown. Liddel Water Lodges

Who wouldn’t dream of a place like this? Two log cabins, close to the Scottish border, unspoilt countryside all around. One has two bedrooms, the other five. In same ownership as The Halston in Carlisle. 

www.liddelwaterlodges.co.uk

Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast
Ravenstonedale, near Kirkby Stephen. Black Swan Hotel

Ravenstonedale, near Kirkby Stephen. Black Swan Hotel

This was Best Inn of the Year at the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards 2018 and is Editor’s Choice for ‘value’ in the Good Hotel Guide 2019. 16 bedrooms, the restaurant has two AA rosettes. 

www.blackswanhotel.com

Eden Valley and the East
Brigsteer, near Kendal. Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Brigsteer, near Kendal. Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Once a school house, now five ensuite bedrooms, a dining room and drying room, with cracking views of the Lyth Valley and Lakeland fells. Down the hill is The Wheatsheaf Inn which is in the same ownership.

www.lumleyfeebunkhouse.co.uk

Kendal and the South 
And many more places to stay

And many more places to stay

This is only a small selection of places to stay in the Lake District and the rest of Cumbria. Check the STAY section for more hotels, pubs and inns, B&Bs, self-catering places, camping sites, bunkhouses, shepherds’ huts and more. Picture: The Hyning Estate.

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