Your guide to recommended hotels in the
English Lake District (page 1) (see more here)
One of the great things about the Lakes is the
hospitality and friendliness you'll find there.
No matter what kind of accommodation you choose to stay
in, you'll find excellent service and comfort. If you're looking for a
comfortable hotel, in the mid to upper price range, there are hundreds of
excellent properties to choose from. We've listed a selection below; these
have all been recommended to us by family and friends, or we've stayed
We'd love to hear from you if you have any comments on
these hotels or if you have a favourite Lakes hotel which you think is
worthy of inclusion in this guide. Do remember that stars are not always a
guide to the comfort level you may expect to experience, since small
hotels may not have some of the features like lifts (elevators) and night
staff that are required for a high star rating.
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Southern Lake District Newby Bridge
Central Lake District
Northern Lake District
The Samling hotel is renowned as one of the
most luxurious hotels in the country. And no wonder. One look at its
website will show you that staying here is an experience different to
almost any other hotel you've ever visited.
Set in 67 acres of classic Lake District landscape, the hotel consists of
11 beautifully appointed bedrooms with stunning views over Lake
Windermere. The restaurant at The Samling uses the finest, freshest local
ingredients cooked to perfection and has received numerous Michelin stars
and AA Rosettes over the years. You can easily see why The Samling is one
of the most popular hotspots for foodies in the UK!
Famous fans at the hotel include Tom Cruise, the Beckhams and Stella
And while many things about The Samling stand out, one of our own high spots was
relaxing with champagne in the hot-tub - it's a must at this
luxurious and elegant hotel!
The Samling, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LR
For more information and contact details, click www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk
South Lake District
Newby Bridge - The Newby Bridge Hotel
beautiful setting for a hotel run by a company who care about their
guests' comfort and relaxation. The hotel has a spa and pool open to hotel
guests only, and some beautiful bedrooms with four posters. It's also in a
good location for exploring Windermere, Coniston and the Lake District
Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8NA Phone: 015395 31222
Kendal - Damson Dene Hotel
by the same company as the hotel above, this applies the same stringent
standards of care and attention to guests' comfort and holiday enjoyment.
And a real plus is that they take great care with the sourcing of their
food, much of which they actually grow themselves (including the lamb and
mutton). In case you're wondering about the name, the damson is a wild
fruit which grows extensively in the south Lakes - and makes a delicious
jam. The hotel has a swimming pool.
Crosthwaite, Near Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8JE Phone: 015395 68676
Windermere - The Beech Hill Hotel
hotel certainly has a glorious setting - no wonder, as all the hotels in
the small family group which owns it seem to have been chosen for their
spectacular views! With a swimming pool, great food (the hotel has 2 AA
rosettes for food - a high accolade indeed) and bedrooms with stunning
views, what more could you wish for? Some of the bedrooms have Jacuzzi
spas and one or two have king-sized beds. On the shore of Lake
Windermere, just a short distance from Bowness.
Phone: 0800 592 295
Windermere - The Famous Wild Boar
in the Gilpin valley and named after Sir Richard Gilpin, who famously
killed a wild boar nearby, this old coaching inn lives on as a comfortable
country style hotel, with a great location and comfortable bedrooms. Run
by English Lakes Hotels, a company who certainly know what they're doing
when it comes to hotel management.
Crook, Nr Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NF
Reservations: 08458 504 604 Telephone: 015394 45225
Windermere - Craig Manor
tasteful and pleasant hotel situated in a wonderful location, overlooking
Bowness and Windermere. With a pool and leisure club available nearby, and
rooms to suit all tastes, this is a reliable hotel with a good reputation
(and a very decent restaurant with a spectacular view).
Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2JF Phone: 015394 88877 Fax: 015394 88878
Windermere - Hillthwaite House
hotel certainly has its fans. In a beautiful location and run by a family
who care about what they're doing, this hotel has consistently been
praised by our friends and relations for the friendly attitude of the
staff, the good food, the comfortable rooms, and the reasonable prices.
All too often in the Lakes, small hotels charge too much and the standards
are a disappointment. Here at Hillthwaite they have the balance just
right, and they are deserving of the success they have achieved. And they
have a heated pool and a sauna/steam room.
Thornbarrow Road, Windermere,
Phone: 015394 43636 Fax: 015394 88660
Central Lake District
Ambleside (Great Langdale) - New Dungeon Ghyll
absolute gem of a hotel in the Langdale valley, praised by all who stay
there for its comfort, superlative views, fine cooking and general
all-round air of relaxed comfort. Truly a hotel to have a wonderful break
from the pressures of everyday life.
Great Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9JY
Phone: 015394 37213 Fax: 015394 37666
At Craig Manor Hotel, you’ll discover one of the Lake District’s
classic country house retreats. Built in 1848 in the heart of the
Lakes for its entrancing views across Lake Windermere and the
surrounding fells. Over the years, the building has been expanded
and carefully restored to create a comfortable, tranquil hotel which
retains the charm and character of the original house...
Craig Manor Hotel, Lake Road, Bowness
on Windermere, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, LA23 2JF
We also have another hotel - The Daffodil Hotel (http://www.daffodilhotel.co.uk),
located on the shores of the water at Grasmere, a short 5 minutes
from the village centre. The Spa at the hotel features a thermal
pool, steam room and a sauna making it the perfect place to relax,
unwind and enjoy a well-deserved treatment or two.
The Daffodil, By The Lake, Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9PR
Ambleside - Cherry Garth
charming hotel run by two sisters who'll give you a warm welcome and a
comfortable bed; some rooms have Jacuzzi spas. A small hotel, so you'll
have to find somewhere to eat out in the evening, but with all the
attractions of Ambleside close at hand, that shouldn't prove too difficult
Old Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0DH
Phone: 01539 433128 Fax: 01539 433885
Grasmere - The Red Lion
hotel is right in the centre of Grasmere Village, and has served as the
base for many of our walking weekends over the years. Each time it has
produced the same comfortable rooms, high standard of food, and and good
service. It also has a sister hotel owned by the same company - the
Salutation Hotel - in Ambleside.
The Grasmere Red Lion Hotel, Red Lion
Square, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SS
Phone: 015394 35456 Fax: 015394 35579
- The Bridge House Hotel
this I really like! A hotel where the website not only gives
you an honest view of the hotel's facilities (not, as they say,
"stage-managed"), but also an opportunity to
see each room and the view from its window before you book. Very clever, and it shows
the attention to detail and thoughtfulness of the owners of this 18
They have an excellent setting by the river, opposite Grasmere's 13th Century Church, in 2 acres
of private grounds: in fact, it looks absolutely delightful.
And of course, Grasmere is pretty much the centre of the Lakes, so The Bridge House Hotel is right in the
heart of the National Park. Even better, as a family-owned
hotel it can offer that special personal touch which makes any
holiday so delightful. They have special offers well worth
investigating - check out the summer, Christmas and New Year breaks,
Bridge House Hotel, Church Bridge, Grasmere, LA22 9SN
Phone: 015394 35425 Fax: 015394 35523
email@example.com Web: www.bridgehousegrasmere.co.uk
District Recommended Hotels
Keswick - The Grange
The Grange Guest House, Keswick, offers fine quality bed and breakfast
accommodation on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Keswick.
Since the property was awarded 5 Star Guest House status by
both Visit Britain and the AA in August 2010, you can be assured that your
stay will be more than comfortable, and you'll be well looked after by
Mark and Sally and the whole team.
The wonderful views and location of the Grange, together with
the quality of facilities and welcome at this traditional B&B, have attracted returning guests for many years.
There are many facilities which you would expect in a 4 star hotel: ample off-street parking, a superb freshly prepared Cumbrian breakfast, free 24hour wifi
access, a comfortable lounge, and a scenic outdoor terrace.
And the house is fully licensed - which makes the prospect
of a cold beer or bottle of wine drunk to the sight of the setting sun
behind the fells rather delightful after a long day's walking! There's
also a lovely lounge in which you can settle down to read or play chess
and other games including backgammon.
The bedrooms are spacious and tasteful, beautifully decorated, each
furnished with quality bedding and flat screen televisions with digital
channels. You can choose from a selection of fair trade drinks in your
room, with mineral water and high quality toiletries provided with the
The Grange offers a quiet and
relaxing break in good company, with the opportunity to take in local
sightseeing. Being near to Keswick allows you to enjoy the town in the
evening with only a short walk home!
The Grange, Manor Brow, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4BA
Phone 017687 72500
Keswick - Howe Keld Hotel
Howe Keld Hotel is a highly rated property - it has a 4 star rating
in both the AA and the Visit Britain rating system - and it's
located in one of the loveliest parts of the Lakes, as you can see
when you look out from the rooms which face the Northern fells: the
view is simply delightful. And, indeed, so are the 15 bedrooms, all
of which have ensuite bathrooms equipped with power showers and
luxury toiletries. The rooms have
been refurbished with obvious taste and good judgement in a cleverly
colour coordinated style which is a
credit to the family team running the hotel.
In my experience, breakfast can be the weakest point of many hotels,
so it's a real pleasure to find a hotel like Howe Keld, where
breakfast is not so much a meal as a feast. There's a huge choice
from the cold buffet, including bread and rolls made from local
stoneground wholemeal flour; and if that isn't enough to satisfy
you, there's a superb choice of high quality local produce - bacon,
Cumbrian sausage, free range eggs, and so on. These high standards
are easy to understand when you learn that the proprietors David and
Valerie have been associated with the hospitality industry for many
years, including venues such as
Sharrow Bay, Gravetye Manor and the
finest vegetarian restaurant chain in London - 'Cranks'.
In summary, the
outstanding hospitality from warm hearted hosts, the superb location
and the spacious, tasteful rooms make this one of the finest
properties in this part of the Lakes. Bear in mind that Keswick is
the ideal base for touring the North lakes, especially Derwent water
and the northern Lake District fells.
Howe Keld Lakeland Hotel, 5-7 The Heads, Keswick,
Cumbria, CA12 5ES
Phone / Fax: 017687 72417 Freephone: 0800 783 0212
Lodge Hotel is an attractive luxury hotel run by the owners, Mike Bilton and Kath Bilton, who pay attention to all the little details
which make a stay in any hotel very special. The number of returning
guests is a tribute to the success they have brought to this
establishment. This small luxury hotel has seven rooms, each of
which has its own character and style, and all of which have
stunning views of the beautiful local scenery. Many guests come back
year after year to their favourite rooms, all of which have been
refurbished to a high standard.
The hotel looks out over the Lake
District mountains, and is only a few minutes from Keswick - yet it
is a haven of tranquillity and peace, set apart from all the
busyness of the Lakes' tourist centres. There is abundant wildlife
around the hotel, including the elusive red squirrel in the gardens.
Guests who like to dine well will be delighted with the four course
dinner which is available each evening; there is a well-chosen and
extensive wine list, all of which have contributed to the hotel
gaining the rare and very significant two AA Rosettes. Mike and Kath
have also been designated "Lakeland Hotel of the Year" by The Good
Hotel Guide, and "Lakeland Small Hotel Of The Year" by Cumbria
Swinside Lodge is perfect for ramblers and walkers, with many
beautiful walks starting right outside the hotel door. You can also
enjoy Lake cruises on Derwentwater, visits to historic houses and
castles, the tranquillity of beautiful gardens, and many local
villages and craft shops.
Phone: 017687 72948 Fax: 017687 73312
Keswick - The Skiddaw Hotel
of our favourite hotels, run by English Lakes Hotels Limited, which has a second
property in Keswick, and another in Borrowdale, this is a reliable,
conveniently located hotel which has recently been refurbished and
fulfills the expectations of travellers looking for comfort and style at a
Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5BN
Phone: 01768 772071 Fax: 01768 774850
firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.lakedistricthotels.net
Ullswater - The Inn On The Lake
by the same group as the hotel above, the Inn on the Lake occupies a
beautiful spot on the shore of Ullswater.
Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0PE Phone: 017684 82444
Fax: 017684 82303
Borrowdale, near Keswick - The Borrowdale Hotel
This is a peaceful spot, with a lot of
charm and an undoubted feel of quality in the hotel facilities. The staff
are helpful and practical. The six course silver service dinner is well
worth a try. If you like the ambience of a family run hotel, being
surrounded by friendly staff, an atmosphere which comes from long-term continued
ownership and a happy environment, this is certainly a hotel worth trying.
The Borrowdale Hotel, Borrowdale Valley, Near Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UY
Phone: 017687 77224 Fax: 017687 77338
email@example.com Web: www.theborrowdalehotel.co.uk
Borrowdale - the Borrowdale Gates Hotel
The Borrowdale Gates Hotel is
set in beautiful countryside just outside Grange-in-Borrowdale, deep in the
rugged beauty of the breathtaking Valley of Borrowdale,
perhaps the most scenic in Britain. Borrowdale's charms are increased by the presence of
the magnificent lake Derwentwater, which is the widest in the Lake District.
Stay here and you'll be surrounded by some of the most magnificent
Most of the rooms in the main house are standard rooms complete with
original features and delightful views. All the bedrooms are individually
decorated and well-equipped; premier rooms enjoy the same comprehensive
facilities with the addition of still and sparkling mineral water, power
showers and satellite television.
One thing which makes The Borrowdale Gates Hotel such a favourite with
guests is the excellent food: the hotel has had a superb reputation for
culinary expertise due to the efforts of a team of talented young chefs
who work to ensure their food is superb.
Borrowdale Gates Hotel,
Grange-in-Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5UQ
Phone: 017687 77204
Fax: 017687 77254 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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