B&B's, self catering and camping

One thing you can safely about the Lake District / Cumbria. There’s no lack of choice when it comes to staying in this part of the world, and what’s added to that selection is the huge number of holiday cottages now available to rent. 

Some are small cottages, some are grand 18th and 19th century mansions, some are modern apartments, others are converted farm, commercial or industrial buildings. A lot can be booked through specialist companies but with many you book through their private owners.

There’s been a huge growth in the camping and caravanning offering as well. It’s not just tents any more but shepherd’s huts, yurts, tree houses, camping pods, glamping burrows, horse drawn caravans, tipis and more. Facilities at many camping and caravanning sites - a number with a keen eye on environmental issues - have dramatically increased too.

Below are over XXXX places to choose from, grouped according to towns and villages. The order will change every so often, to give everyone a chance of being near the top.

near Ambleside. Randy Pike. B&B

Unforgettable name, unforgettable place. Rococo meets Gothic meets luxurious living at Andy and Chrissy Hill's bijou bed and breakfast, a former hunting lodge to nearby Wray Castle, both places built at the same time in the 1840s.

near Ambleside. The Juniper House. B&B

Book into The Juniper House at Randy Pike (see above) and you’ll discover how a labour of love turned into a lap of luxury. ‘The most beautiful suite we’ve ever stayed in,’ said one guest of Andy and Chrissy Hill’s creation. ’A perfect mix of eclectic luxury,’ reported another.  

near Coniston Water. Howe Foot. Self-catering

Turn off the A5092 about two miles (3.2km) from Greenodd and you’ll come to this magical little spot where great care and craftsmanship, and beautiful natural materials are the hallmarks of two immaculate cottages, tucked into a hollow beside Otley Beck. 

Grayrigg, near Kendal. The Hyning Estate. Self-catering

’Deserves all the praise it gets,’ said one visitor to the Hyning Estate where top notch accommodation, a great location - close to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks - and inspiring green credentials make this a pretty special place to stay.

Howtown, Ullswater. Waternook. Self-catering

In a land of superlatives - deepest lake, highest mountain, greatest view - Waternook adds another: a sublime waterside setting with ‘designer homes decorated to five star hotel standards’. Such was the view of judges as Waternook was named Best Serviced Accommodation in the UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2019. 

Newbiggin-on-Lune. Brownber Hall. Self-catering

’The perfect place to escape with friends and family for scenic walks, outdoor adventures and picturesque views,’ say owners Amanda and Peter Jaques-Walker of these two neighbouring properties, close to the Howgill Fells, within the Yorkshire Dales and not a million miles from the Lake District. 

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