Rolling emerald hills, placid valley lakes, riverboats punting quietly past old flint walls – the Lake District is a postcard come to life. A spot of divine English beauty, a subject dear to many famous poets and painters, captivating visitors all year round with it’s perennial potential for beauty, it’s no wonder that this traditional holiday spot has retained it’s popularity and charm for centuries.
The large district is home to a countless number of walking and climbing destinations – made up of mountains, rivers, and of course lakes. Within these vast planes of natural beauty lie pockets of population from which visitors base themselves. The Lake District is home to a number of hamlets, villages, and towns that are linked together by snakelike country lanes that are a sight seeing excision in themselves.
Whether you are in search of town-based Lake District hotels or a remote foothold for your adventures, the many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and holiday homes on offer in the Lake District are sure to meet your needs.
You can base yourself within an urban centre such as the large city of Carlisle, or within small village such as Grasmere – where you will still be within walking reach of tearooms, bakeries, pubs, and cafes. A happy medium is to decide on somewhere such as Windermere – the houses and luxury hotels Lake District here surround one of the largest and most famous lakes in the district – which means better access, and more amenities close at hand.
This area is known for its warmth and friendliness, and many hotel staff and owners offer great advice and information to tourists including walking maps, restaurant recommendations, and the latest scoop on the best places to visit.
While the area is an excellent place to visit at any time of year, it would be a mistake to leave your wellies or raincoat at home no matter when you are visiting – rain is a common occurrence here and should definitely be planned for.
Where To Stay – Hotels in Lake District
The Lake District is home to a vast freckling of dozens and dozens of towns and villages that are all equally as beautiful but offer different experiences to their visitors. The small village of Kendal, for example, is particularly popular as it lies within The Lake District National Park.
The best idea is plan your itinerary first, and then to see which base would suit you best. Visitors are spoilt for choice with Lake District hotels in all kinds of areas of the region, take a look at what is on offer before making a decision.
Luxury Hotels Lake District
The Lake District is absolutely bursting with quaint cottages, lavish spas, and traditional hotels in Lake District for every taste. Whether you want a place to sleep and wash while you are out adventuring, or somewhere to hole up all week while being pampered – you are sure to find a good match in this beautiful swathe of English countryside.
The Grasmere hotel is a particularly popular choice, and for good reason – the views from the old flint buildings are stunning, and the rooms are modern comfy and cosy. For families, the beautiful Cragwood Country House Hotel has sweeping lawns and incredible food as well as being kid and dog friendly. For those on a budget, the Swinside Lodge Hotel or Patterdale Hotel may be more suited, while large families or groups might want to opt for renting a house rather than staying at a hotel. For those of you who like the idea of renting, Pudding Cottage in Ambleside, San Ging in Keswick, or Ghyllbank House in Penrith are some of our favourite self-catering escapes.
Things To Do
Those in search of a scenic walk without the exertion should consider going on horseback, or trying one of the many short walks in the Lake District – one of the most popular being Buttermere – wander around the beautiful lake under the cover of woods and mountains, come face to face with friendly sheep and cows, and pass several watering holes en route. Walkers who don’t mind breaking a sweat or spending the day on their feet might want to try the Catbells Lakeland walk, whereas those who like to hear their heartbeat throbbing in their ears should try and master the formidable Helm Crag at sunrise and leave the rest of the day free for easier ambles.
Take a ride across lake Windermere, the longest lake in the country, on anything from a one-man row boat to a large passenger riverboat serving lunch and drinks. Hop on and off at the various lakeside destinations and marvel at the majestic old mansions that reveal themselves coyly from the hillside forests that meet the water.
If you are still wondering where to wander, try some of the other local attractions – anything from craft cafes to local theatre. The area hosts a number of crumbling castles, lush lookouts, and fantastic cultural festival throughout the year.
Lastly, for the literary aficionados amongst you, the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon exploring the life and times or Wordsworth.
The Lake District is a premiere destination for those looking to experience authentic English countryside and culture. The beauty of the place is breathtaking, and it’s a holiday experience that can be enjoyed entirely by all kinds of visitors.