The Lake District is a popular destination for good reason. Not only is the scenery among the best in the world, but the accommodation offering is first-rate: whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
Here’s our pick of the National Park’s finest five-star guest accommodation – featuring B&Bs, guest houses, historic inns, and restaurants with rooms.
Set on the north-eastern edge of the Lake District surrounded by magnificent countryside, Askham Hall is home to 19 individually styled bedrooms and a 3 AA Rosette-restaurant, Allium. This restaurant with rooms has lots of special touches – including a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
This delightful 13th-century property is best known as the location for some of Britain’s best food, with chef Simon Rogan at the helm of the exceptional 5 AA-Rosette restaurant. Choose from 16 unique bedrooms and suites located around the village of Cartmel, on the southern edge of the Lakes.
Nestled in the heart of the Lyth Valley, there are few better places to unwind after a day’s exploring than the Punchbowl Inn. The rooms seamlessly blend authentic charm with modern comforts, while the elegant restaurant serves up seasonally inspired dishes crafted with local Lake District ingredients.
This Georgian lakeside villa sits on the shores of Ullswater and was once used a holiday home by Charles Darwin. Many of the bedrooms boast glorious views – rates include a complimentary bottle of prosecco or a cream tea for two on arrival, as well as a full English breakfast.
True to its name, this impressive Victorian house in Grasmere has been appointed using as many natural products as possible. Their unique organic concept underpins everything, from the wallpaper to the breakfast served – the latter is organic, local and Fairtrade.
Set on high ground overlooking Esthwaite Water, this friendly guest house enjoys a wonderfully tranquil setting with many walks accessible directly from the front door. Start the day with a lavish Lakeland breakfast; a daily changing three-course dinner is also available.
Cedar Manor is a family-owned country house retreat that’s just a few minutes away from Windermere. The ten individually styled rooms and suites are bursting with character. The Cumbrian Grill breakfast menu will also set you up for a day of adventures in the surrounding National Park.
Situated in landscaped gardens between Windermere and Bowness, Hillthwaite is a boutique stay that’s home to 34 bedrooms, three contemporary lounges, a modern bar and an exceptional breakfast and evening dining offering. There’s also a beautiful terrace, as well as a small swimming pool and sauna.
Offering luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, this stylishly restored Edwardian country house combines a warm and friendly welcome with five-star service. The 14 bedrooms are all unique in their design, and the 7-acre landscaped garden features beautiful terraces along with a private lake.
This former coaching inn is steeped in history and enjoys a peaceful location amongst the beauty of the Gilpin Valley. There are 34 rooms on offer, several of which have four-poster beds. Downstairs, the menu is rooted in fresh, local produce, with several dishes incorporating flavours from the onsite smokehouse.