The best places to stay in the Lake District

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Beaumont House - 10 of the best places to stay in the Lake District
Beaumont House - 10 of the best places to stay in the Lake District

1. Ees Wyke Country House, Near Sawrey 

The best place to stay in the Lake District

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”. If you grew up with these classic stories you will find Ees Wyke Country House one of the best places to stay in the Lake District.

Moreover, 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.

Furthermore, 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
Ees Wyke Country House, Near Sawrey – one of the best places to stay in the Lake District

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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 one of the best places to stay in the Lake District, being inclusive for the whole family, even the furry members. Moreover, 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. Additionally, 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 - best places to stay in the Lake District
Waterfoot Park, 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, making it high on the list of the best places to stay in the Lake District. 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.  best places to stay in the Lake District
Beaumont House, Windermere 

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4. Windermere Suites – Windermere

If you’re seeking a luxurious retreat, Windermere Suites might just be the place for you. Whether you have a special occasion in mind or just want to indulge in some high living, this is the perfect spot. Relax in your spa bath or get lost in your super king bed.

With a butler service that includes Champagne on Ice, fresh flowers, and handmade chocolates, you will feel pampered from the moment you arrive. And if you’re feeling romantic, you won’t forget to pop the question in such decadent luxury amongst such stunning views. However, if you manage to make it out of the room, there are plenty of activities to enjoy nearby

The luxurious bedroom set up if Windermere Suites - best places to stay in the Lake District

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5. Diamond Lodge Boutique – Ambleside 

If you are a walker who loves being in the midst of a lively town, then the Diamond Lodge in Ambleside is the perfect base for you. Recently renovated, this luxurious lodge offers a relaxing stay in the heart of the Lake District.

Moreover, it is conveniently located near cafes, restaurants, pubs, and outdoor gear shops. A short walk from the longest lake in England, you will have plenty of activities to choose from.

Furthermore, the property features an effortless modern style, clean and spacious rooms, and fantastic breakfasts. Additionally, the large car park makes it easy to come and go as you please while exploring the beautiful Lake District.

A bedroom in Diamond Lodge Boutique in Ambleside -  best places to stay in the Lake District

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6. Bakers Cottage – Cockermouth

Looking for a luxurious and comfortable stay for up to four guests? Look no further than this beautiful 2-bedroom cottage situated in the historic market town of Cockermouth, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. By staying here, you’ll have access to the best of both worlds – the outdoor activities provided by the Lake District and the urban twist and culture of Cockermouth.

In addition to the stunning natural surroundings, this vibrant town has many amenities and plenty of places to eat and drink. Take a stroll through the birthplace of William Wordsworth or wander around, taking in the sights – especially the elegance of the Georgian townhouses that populate the area. With so much to see and do, a stay in this cottage will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Champagne on ice in Bakers Cottage, Cockermouth - best places to stay in the Lake District

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7. The Punch Bowl Inn – Kendal

Nestled in tranquil surroundings, The Punch Bowl offers excellent access to the major Lake District hubs of Kendal and Windermere. It is a great base for visiting the striking ruins of Shap Abbey or the impressive Sizergh Castle and gardens. Guests can enjoy a range of activities in the area.

Moreover, the service at the inn is rated highly, and the rooms are large and comfortable, providing a cozy retreat after a day of exploring. The inn offers quality food, from traditional British fare to yummy pizzas and ice cream, satisfying any culinary craving. Once you have had your evening meal, a game of pool or darts is on offer. Alternatively, if relaxing is more your thing, why not enjoy those long summer nights in the lovely beer garden?

The beer garden at the Punch Bowl Inn, Kendal - best places to stay in the Lake District

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8. Hazel Bank Country HouseRosthwaite

In acres of tranquil countryside above the charming village of Rosthwaite lies the award-winning family-run country house, Hazel Bank. This delightful property boasts stunning views and well-appointed rooms with ensuite bathrooms stocked with top-notch toiletries.

Guests are treated to an unforgettable culinary experience with fabulous locally procured food prepared by none other than Darren Comish, a Masterchef finalist. As for activities in the area, there is no shortage of options. Take a leisurely stroll through the trendy walking area or a visit to the nearby Whinlatter forest or Honister Slate Mine. There is something for everyone to enjoy nearby.

The manicured garden at Hazel Bank Country House, Rosthwaite - best places to stay in the Lake District

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9. Georgian Townhouse with a Sauna – 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 - best places to stay in the Lake District

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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 - best places to stay in the Lake District

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