11 of the best hotels in the Lake District for Couples
Breath-taking views, plenty of outdoor pursuits, history and heritage, toasty pubs, fancy restaurants, cosy log fires…the Lake District is replete with everything it takes to make some time away as a couple magical. There are hundreds of hotels and b&bs across this great county that are perfect for couples holidays. Below we’ve compiled a list of 11 best places to stay in Lake District for couples, coming in at every budget level to keep everyone happy!
The Samling – Windermere
The exclusive Samling hotel is set just off Lake Windermere. Climb up the Fell away from the road to this luxury locale, where Michelin-starred dining, the finest accommodation, and white glove service combine. Coming in with a hefty price tag, this is traditional luxury at its best. Enjoy the grounds, bar, and aforementioned restaurant (bold and award-winning local flavours delivered against the backdrop of that awe-inspiring Lake view), as well as mountain or lake views from almost every room.
The ultimate for a romantic Lakes getaway a deux.
A double room midweek in August starts at £490.
Address: Ambleside Rd, Windermere LA23 1LR
Beaumont House – Windermere
This adults-only 5-star bed and breakfast retreat is set in a classic Lakes stone Victorian house, replete with many original features. Perfect for those couples opting to journey using public transport too, Beaumont House is only 10 minute walk from Windermere train station. Providing ‘comfort with a touch of class’, the 10 charming en-suite rooms are modern and plush, perfect for relaxation. Free access to an offsite health club allows you to enjoy the facilities of an indoor swimming pool, spa, and wellness centre. Enjoy the lounge and honesty bar come evening, and next morning enjoy a great brekkie from the continental bar, followed by your choice of hot dish from the a la carte menu.
A double room midweek in August starts at £135.
Address: Holly Rd, Windermere LA23 2AF
Lakes Hotel & Spa – Bowness-on-Windermere
Offering views over the spectacular Lake Windermere, Lakes Hotel & Spa is also just a short stroll from the village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere. This is one of the best hotels in the Lake District for couples wanting to spend some time using spa facilities, as they boast some of the best onsite facilities available in the area. Half of the rooms come with private hot tubs on their balconies, a truly indulgent touch, and the onsite spa offers a truly spectacular range of facilities, including the wonderful pool, steam room, sauna, two feature hot tubs, cold plunge pool, poolside bar, water features, and treatment rooms (using lavish Elemis products). Spend a weekend happily within the hotel itself, enjoying the stylish restaurant (featuring contemporary Asian cuisine) and bar as well as the spa facilities – or take to some outdoor pursuits with the hire of one of their bikes. If you prefer life on the water, the hotel also provides wake surfing and paddleboarding opportunities. If you’re travelling by public transport, relax and enjoy as the luxurious hotel Bentley comes to collect you from Windermere train station.
A double room midweek in August starts at £205.
Address: Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HH
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Linthwaite House Hotel – Bowness-on-Windermere
Perched on the hilltops overlooking Windermere, this hotel from the LEEU collection is a stunning retreat from the everyday. Linthwaite is furnished with stunning modern art at every turn, and fitted out with inhouse Michelin-recommended restaurant Henrock, courtesy of Cumbrian gastronomic genius Simon Rogan. Enjoy wandering the stunningly manicured grounds and playing a game of outdoor chess, strolling a walking trail, or even heading up to their own private tarn, where two rowing boats are available for guests. When it’s time to retreat back inside, relax in the airy conservatory bar area overlooking the gardens and lake, or relax in the stunningly appointed, individually designed bedrooms.
A double room midweek in August starts at £336.
Address: Crook Ln, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3JA
Hazel Bank Country House – Rosthwaite
This award-winning Lakes stone country mansion in the Borrowdale Valley is set in its own idyllic four acres of tranquil countryside and woodland. It’s ideally situated for the enjoyment of all outdoor, Lakes-inspired pursuits. From here, you have easy access to Buttermere, Honister, Keswick, and Derwentwater, so you can really become immersed in the spectacular Lakes scenery.
First-class service is a given at family-run Hazel Bank Country House. Commanding views of some of the Lake District’s most renowned fells, including Scafell Pike and Great Gable, Hazel Bank is situated high above the hamlet of Rosthwaite. Built in the 1840s, this classic country house offers traditional service of the finest calibre.
The 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant offers a four-course set meal inspired by local produce – a dining experience perfectly fitting to the proud winners of The Good Hotel Guide’s “Country House” category, 2023. This is a great hotel in the Lakes for couples in need of complete relaxation and recharging away from all that noise.
A double room midweek in August starts at £209.
Address: B5289, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale Valley, CA12 5XB
Lindeth Fell Country House – Bowness-on-Windermere
This award-winning AA 5-star-awarded B&B is set looking west over Lake Windermere towards the Coniston mountain range. A classic Arts & Crafts home, the Thomas Mawson-designed gardens add to the draw for any couple keen on architecture and design. 14 stylish bedrooms look out over either the Lake or gardens, and both lounges and dining rooms also offer stunning vistas, bringing the outside in from the comfort of an armchair. Going above and beyond the offering usual to a B&B, Lindeth Fell offers afternoon tea as part of your booking. Enjoy finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with jam and cream, and great cakes with your classic cuppa – and if you don’t fancy venturing further afield when night falls, enjoy one of their generous platters for your dinner; choose from cheese, meat, fish or veggie.
A double room midweek in August starts at £242.
Address: Lyth Valley Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JP
Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant – Windermere
This striking Victorian mansion house is located only a three-minute walk from Windermere train station, your public transport gateway to the Lakes. This adults-only haven set in the centre of town offers respite from the everyday grind, whether you choose to stay in the history of the Arts & Crafts-style main hotel, or in the adjacent coach house’s luxury hot tub suites. With views across the fells, as well as into the quiet hubbub of this popular Lakes town, Applegarth is a great option for those looking to enjoy the local history and culture as well as take in all of the outdoor pursuits the Lakes offers. Rooms are lavishly appointed, and the in-house restaurant serves up breakfast and afternoon tea as well as dinners, featuring dishes such as short rib arancini and slow-cooked chicken scrumpet.
A double room midweek in August starts at £192.
Address: College Rd, Windermere LA23 1BU
1692 Wasdale – Seascale
This delightful family-run bed and breakfast is located in picturesque Gosforth, in the Western Lakes. Their six rooms are tastefully appointed, and are all en-suite, luxury, super kings – to ensure a tranquil, comfortable stay. Their well-stocked honesty bar and hot tub with mountain views create a truly special ambiance in which to enjoy some time together.
Perfect for the outdoorsy, 1692 Wasdale is located at the head of the Wasdale Valley, a dramatic and remote part of the Lakes. This is where you will find Wastwater – England’s deepest lake. You’ll also look out upon the rugged beauty of Great Gable, Napes Needle, and England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike. With its elevated position, 1692 enjoys views so far-reaching that you can take in the whole valley and out to sea, across to the Isle of Man. Birthplace of rock climbing, the lake Wastwater also attracts the outdoorsy, who partake in diving, canoeing, and paddleboarding on this deep dark beauty.
A double room midweek in August starts at £180.
Address: Low Lonnin, Seascale CA20 1EW
This stylish adults-only property offers lavish suites, kitted out with all of the most cutting-edge tech you could wish for. These next-generation suites, set right in the heart of market town Bowness on Windermere, are perfect for couples looking for the new, the contemporary, and the bling. Plush carpets, intelligent lighting, fab sound systems, and TV to watch from the bath? What’s not to like? Get ready for a night out in style by hooking up your device to the speakers using Bluetooth, or enjoy every second of your experience, cracking open something from the complementary minibar and getting a film on. Boutique luxury accommodation features Europe’s biggest baths in three out of four of the suites, and luxurious designer finishes alongside the top-end tech to make you feel truly special. If you’d rather be catered for, choose from one of their award-winning hotel rooms instead of the Church Suites.
A Church Suite room midweek in August starts at £279.
Address: Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EW
This boutique hotel is set within a classic Victorian building in the lovely town of Grange-over-Sands, with its holiday feel and wonderful promenade. Passionately restored, the Grange Boutique Hotel is a beautiful heritage house, full of love, life, warmth, stylish interior design statements, and log fires. Spacious rooms are elegantly decorated, and a private terrace, guest lounge, and breakfast room offer options should you choose to linger a while, rather than get out and about immediately. A great base for exploring the Lakes, this is also a good hub for getting out to the charming Medieval village of Cartmel, with its Michelin-star restaurants, race course, cafes, and shops. A fabulous breakfast menu awaits you in the morning (think Eggs Benedict – with homemade hollandaise sauce, of course – as well as a locally-sourced Full English and a Continental option), and everyone’s welcome, from your dog (on prior arrangement, in three of the rooms) to the Four in a Bed Channel 4 TV show, which Grange Boutique won!
A double room midweek in August starts at £140
Address: Kents Bank Rd, Grange-over-Sands LA11 7EY
Set only a five-minute drive from Bassenthwaite Lake, the privately-owned 3-star Country House Hotel Ravenstone Manor is a North Lakes gem. This 19th-century manor is set in three hectares of ground, at the foot of Skiddaw and overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake itself. Enjoy a changing selection of simple yet tasty fare from The Dining Room, where a menu focuses in on the best locally sourced produce and complimentary wines. Take in the stunning views from the picture windows, all whilst remaining cosy inside by the open fires in both the bar and the lounge.
A double room midweek in August starts at £128.
Address: Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, CA12 4QG
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