10 of the best places to stay in the Lake District

9 mins read

1. Ees Wyke Country House, Near Sawrey 

Ees Wyke Country House is located In the heart of the picturesque Beatrix Potter country and was one of the places she stayed whilst editing her books. Undoubtedly set in a magical location with beautiful views of Esthwaite Water-inspired timeless books such as “The Tales of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck”.

The property dates back to the Georgian era and offers elegant, comfortable rooms. Take in the panoramic views in the dining room whilst tucking into a first-class Lakeland breakfast or a delicious dinner.

Above all, there is no shortage of things to do in the area, whether it’s a walk around the beauty spot Tarn Hows, a visit to Beatrix Potters Hill Top House or something more adventurous like hiking mountain bikes in Grizedale Forest. This is one of our top places to stay if you want to switch off from it all. Please note that only children over 12 are allowed.

The grounds of Ees Wyke Country House. Where Beatrix Potter would holiday on the banks of Esthwaite Water

2. Waterfoot Park, Pooley Bridge 

Based in the East of the Lake District, Waterfoot park offers a mix of accomodation options, including self-catering holiday homes, camping and glamping pods. The park is situated on immaculately kept grounds with breathtaking views, not far from Pooley Bridge. Waterfoot park prides itself in being inclusive for the whole family, even the furry members. Furthermore, the facilities are top-notch with everything you need. They have a shop, a bar, a beer garden, a playground, a shower, a toilet block, laundry and finally, wifi. The area is a haven for those who enjoy the outdoors with plenty of walks, watersports and cycling. For a more relaxed option, take a cruise on the Ullswater Steamers. Waterfoot Park is a highly rated, family-friendly complex in a great location.

Waterfoot Park facilities at Pooley Bridge

3. Beaumont House, Windermere 

If you want something luxurious, look beyond the plush Beaumont House. Set in a tranquil location near the action-packed centre of Windermere, this adult-only guest house is a couple’s dream. A Victorian house which showcases many of the original features. A family-run B&B which provides delicious breakfast and 5-star service. Staying here would give you access to many shops, cafes, pubs and activities. Fell Foot Park and Brockhole offer the opportunity to hire kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and a range of other water vessels. You can visit the World of Beatrix Potter or the Lakes Aquarium on a rainy day. You will never tire of this area, and Beaumont house makes a lovely place to lay your head after a long day of fun in the Lake District. 

The entry to Beaumont House in Windermere.

4. Windermere Suites, Windermere

Do you have a special occasion or some romancing in mind? Valentines, anniversaries, babymoons, birthdays, or do you want a bit high living? You deserve the best and might get it here at Windermere Suites. Relax in your spa bath or get lost in your super king bed. Enjoy some suites extras by butler services like Champagne on Ice, fresh flowers and handmade chocolates. You won’t forget popping the question in such decadent luxury amongst such stunning views if you make it out of the room! 

The luxurious bedroom set up if Windermere Suites.

5. Diamond Lodge Boutique, Ambleside 

This is an ideal base for walkers who enjoy being at the centre of the bustling Ambleside, filled with cafes, restaurants, pubs and outdoor gear shops. Recently renovated, the Diamond Lodge offers a luxurious, relaxing stay in the heart of the lakes. A short walk from the longest lake in England, you are spoilt for choice with activities. Effortless modern style, clean, spacious rooms and fantastic breakfasts are available. Additionally, the property boasts a large car park making it easy to come and go whilst exploring the beautiful lake district. 

A bedroom in Diamond Lodge Boutique in Ambleside.

6. Bakers Cottage, Cockermouth

This beautiful 2-bedroom cottage offers luxury and comfort to accommodate up to four guests. Situated in the historic market town of Cockermouth on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Staying here gives you access to both worlds: the outdoor activities provided by the Lake District and the Urban twist and culture of Cockermouth. The vibrant town has a large variety of amenities with plenty of places to eat and drink. Visit the birthplace of William Wordsworth or wander around, taking in the sights, especially the elegance of the Georgian townhouses that populate the area. 

Champagne on ice in Bakers Cottage, Cockermouth.

7. The Punch Bowl Inn – Kendal

The Punch Bowl is in tranquil surroundings with excellent access to the major Lake District hubs of Kendal and Windermere. A great base for visiting the striking ruins of Shap Abbey or the impressive Sizergh Castle and gardens. The service at the inn is rated highly, plus the rooms are large and comfortable. The inn offers quality food, from traditional British fare to yummy pizzas and ice cream. Once you have had your evening meal, a game of pool or darts is on offer. If relaxing is more your thing, why not enjoy those long summer nights in the lovely Punch Bowl beer garden? 

The beer garden at the Punch Bowl Inn, Kendal.

8. Hazel Bank Country House, Rosthwaite

Hazel bank is an award-winning family-run Country house in the well-known Valley of Borrowdale. The property is nestled in acres of tranquil countryside above the village of Rosthwaite. The rooms benefit from stunning views and ensuite bathrooms with top-notch toiletries. Guests are spoilt for choice with fabulous locally procured food prepared by Darren Comish, a Masterchef finalist. Things to do in this location are far from lacking; a trendy area for walking and reasonable access to Whinlatter forest or Honister Slate Mine

The manicured garden at Hazel Bank Country House, Rosthwaite.

9. Twenty Queen Street House, Ulverston 

If you would like to explore the Southern Lakes and Morecambe bay, look no further than Twenty Queen Street house as the place to stay. A high-class Georgian townhouse over four levels with everything you could think of, including a library and a sauna. Branded as a family-friendly, sporting travel cot, high chair and stair gate, you can relax knowing your little ones are also being looked after. Twenty Queen Street House is the talk of the town holding reviews in The Guardian and Cumbrian times as the 4th best place to stay; you can’t argue with the thoughtful touches like fresh flowers, robes and concierge service provided.

An open fire in the lounge of Twenty Queen Street House, Ulverston.

10. Crookabeck B and B, Patterdale 

Get away from it all, and surround yourself with the serenity of the Patterdale Valley. Stay in the converted farmhouse of Crookabeck and enjoy a hearty full English breakfast before a day of exploring. You can walk from the doorstep in every direction, maybe even challenge yourself, go for Helvellyn and striding edge. The location is truly idyllic, coupled with warm, welcoming hosts to ensure a delightful stay in the Lake District. 

Crookabeck farm house from the outside.