Hotels

18 million is the figure often given for the number of annual visitors to the Lake District. Not everyone stays overnight or longer but, for those who do, there’s a huge choice of accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, pubs and inns, self-catering cottages, houses and apartments, camping, glamping and more.

As you’d expect, plenty of hotels have wonderful locations, with views of the fells or of the lakes, or both. And there are some impressive awards between them as well. One, for instance, is Country House Hotel of the Year in the Good Hotel Guide 2022, another is named Best Luxury Hotel in the UK in Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice ‘Best of the Best’ 2022.

A third hotel was named Best Dining Experience in the UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2022 while four of Cumbria’s eight Michelin starred restaurants are to be found in hotels as well.

Below are over 65 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.

Ambleside. Rothay Manor

With eight new luxurious suites open in May 2022 and the hotel named Best Dining Experience in the UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2022, there is much to celebrate at Rothay Manor.

near Ambleside. Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

A few steps from the shores of Windermere, with wonderful views across the water to the Langdale fells, this is one of the best located hotels in the Lake District.

Askham near Ullswater. Askham Hall

Named Country House Hotel of the Year in the Good Hotel Guide 2022, this ‘lovely building in a wonderful setting’ also has a Michelin star and four AA rosettes for its restaurant called Allium.

Borrowdale. Hazel Bank Country House

If it's location, local knowledge and some luxurious living you're after, this is the perfect place to head for, a seven bedroom hotel in the heart of Borrowdale, operated by Donna and Gary MacRae. It’s the only one in the area with an AA five star, gold guest accommodation award. 

Ruleholme, near Carlisle. The Fleece

What a triumph. Having spent the best part of the pandemic building this 23 bedroom hotel, The Fleece finally opened in late 2021, a cracking addition - evident as soon as you park up and walk in - to the hospitality landscape in this part of Cumbria. The AA awarded The Fleece four silver stars for hospitality in spring 2022. 

Windermere. Cedar Manor

Named Best Luxury Hotel in the UK in Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice ‘Best of the Best’ 2022, Cedar Manor was also second in the Most Romantic Hotel category and third in the Top Small Stay one.

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