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Our selection of places to stay in the Lake District and Region are mainly in the county of Cumbria. Indeed Cumbria is generally thought of as the Lake District, although the county boundaries extend well outside the Lakes area. Along with Devon and Cornwall, the Lake District is the most visited area in Britain. Its majestic mixture of mountain, fell and valley-floor lakes is matched only in the Highlands of Scotland, which have a different atmosphere because the English Lake District is cosier, with more pasture and human settlements. Some hotels here tend to rest on their laurels, because they can always rely on visitors, but among them we single out a range of the most interesting, including Ees Wyke at Hawkshead, Forest Side and Hipping Hall just outside the Lake District and Kirkby Lonsdale.
As elsewhere, our selection in the Lake District offers an exceptionally interesting range of guesthouses, inns, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever one you choose, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.