Hotels in the Lake District
Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, the area is best known for its beautiful lakes, rugged mountains and famous romantic poets. Whether you’re planning a walking holiday or simply want to relax and unwind, Lake District breaks have something for everyone. Join us as we share some of the best hotels in the Lake District, along with must-visit tourist attractions and walks to enjoy.
Where to Stay in the Lake District
Looking to book your summer holiday? While many families enjoy Lake District camping trips, the majority of sites are already booked up for the summer. The good news? There is still plenty of availability at Lake District hotels so take your pick!
Linthwaite House, Bowness-on-Windermere
Linthwaite House is a contemporary country house hotel in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Set in 14 acres of established gardens and woodlands, it offers stunning views of Lake Windermere and beyond.
Book a stay in one of the 36 individually designed luxury rooms, many of which offer eye-pleasing views of the lake or garden. Enjoy dinner at Henrock and indulge in a handcrafted cocktail in the Bar & Conservatory.
Linthwaite House is perfectly placed for visiting all major Lake District tourist attractions, including Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top, Wordsworth’s Rydal Mount and Levens Hall with the world’s oldest topiary gardens.
Ees Wyke Country House, Near Sawrey
For peace and comfort, book a stay at Ees Wyke Country House in the small village of Near Sawrey. This elegant Georgian guest house was once the holiday home of Beatrix Potter. Set on high ground, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Esthwaite Water from the dining room, lounge and most of the bedrooms.
The award-winning, luxury country house is just a short walk from Hill Top Farm, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her Peter Rabbit stories.
Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
If you’re looking for hotels in the Lake District that are a home away from home, the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal will tick all of the boxes. Set in 14 acres of gardens and woodlands, the hotel is both peaceful and picturesque. The perfect place to retire to after a day spent sailing, walking or museum-visiting.
The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, Grasmere
Head to the heart of Grasmere village and you’ll find the historic Wordsworth Hotel. Once the Earl of Cadogen’s shooting lodge, the grand countryside mansion is now a relaxing retreat, offering picture-postcard views of the lakes and fells beyond.
Breathe in the fresh countryside air, ramble across the fells and enjoy an open water swim. Trace the footsteps of Wordsworth and stand in the secluded beauty spots that influenced his poetry. A stay at The Wordsworth Hotel will not only leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated but totally inspired.
Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere
Relax, unwind and recharge your batteries at the picturesque Holbeck Ghyll. This traditional country house hotel is conveniently located between Ambleside and Windermere, with stunning views of the lake.
Each room in the hotel is individually designed, creating the feel of a private home, rather than a hotel. Treat yourself to a luxury treatment in the hotel health spa, followed by the ultimate fine dining experience in the restaurant. You’ll have such a wonderful time, you’ll never want to leave.
Things to do in the Lake District
Windermere offers a great variety of walks for abilities. From short Lake District walks like Bowness to Cockshott Point, to the Greenwood Trails stretching between Windermere and Coniston Water, there are plenty of routes to explore.
We’d also recommend hiring a bike for the day and heading to Brockhole visitor centre. Hop on the bike ferry and enjoy a peaceful ride along the quieter western shore of Lake Windermere.
Enjoy a good scramble? As the 3rd highest peak in England, Helvellyn is the perfect challenge. There are several ways to reach the summit but you must be properly equipped. Check out the Lake District’s checklist for walkers for further guidance.
Experience Helvellyn in the snow during winter and take a valuable winter skills course with a Lake District National Park Authority Fell Top Assessor. Climb to the summit of the mountain and learn the basic skills of snow craft for safe winter walking in the mountains.
Up for a serious challenge? Add Scafell Pike to your holiday itinerary. At 978 metres high, it’s England’s highest mountain, offering spectacular views of the surrounding fells and on a clear day, over to the Isle of Man and Scotland. Start at Wasdale head and follow the route alongside Wastwater lake.
Looking for easier Lake District walks? The Lake District website has a fantastic route planning tool that identifies suitable routes for those with limited mobility and other considerations like pushchairs.
Lake District Boat Hire & Watersports
With over 16 lakes, tarns and a stretch of coastline, there’s plenty of opportunity for adventurous watersports activities including rowing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or paddleboarding. Prefer a more leisurely time in the water? Try your hand at fishing or hop on a boat for the day.
Hire boats, yachts and watersports equipment at Windermere. Alternatively, book a voyage on the Windermere Lake Cruise from Ambleside, Bowness or Lakeside.
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