Wish you were here?

Chateau de Rochecotte
St-Patrice, France

Ornate exterior and gardens,
antique decor,
glorious views

Wish you were here?

Residence Fondo La Campagnola
Villa di Gargnano, Italy

Traditional villas,
fabulous lake views,
cosy rooms

Wish you were here?

Palazzo Stunis Charme B&B
Ostuni, Italy

19th century mansion,
elaborate decor,
peaceful atmosphere

Wish you were here?

Le Cep
Beaune, France

Sumptiously furnished,
full of character,
friendly staff

Wish you were here?

Cricket Inn
Beesands, England

Gorgeous sea views,
outstanding seafood,
great for walkers


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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.

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Askham Hall

Askham, CA10 2PF, near Penrith, Cumbria, England, 01931 712 350
Nothing like it anywhere else in the Lake District - now with 1 Michelin Star

Augill Castle

South Stainmore, CA17 4DE, Kirkby Stephen, 01768 341 937
Luxurious castle, great atmosphere

Cedar Manor

Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1AX, North West England, 015394 43192
Relaxed hotel with a modern twist

Ees Wyke

Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria LA22 0JZ, 015394 36393
Georgian gem with heroic breakfasts

Farlam Hall

Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2NG, England, 01697 746 234
Charming family, quiet surroundings, excellent food

George and Dragon

Clifton, near Penrith, Lake District, Cumbria CA10 2ER, England, 01768 865 381
A charming village inn on the Lowther Estate

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Crook Road, LA23 3NE, near Windermere, 015394 888 18
Well presented and well run

Hipping Hall

Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2JJ, 01524 271 187
Excellent food, relaxing atmosphere

Howtown Hotel

Ullswater, Nr Penrith CA10 2ND
Unique, delightfully old-fashioned Lake District hotel

Linthwaite House

Crook Road, LA23 3JA, Windermere, 01539 488600
Unique, welcoming; great view

Number Thirty One

31 Howard Place, CA1 1HR, Carlisle, 01228 597080
Upscale B & B with excellent dinners

The Queen's Head

Newly refurbished pub with rooms, just two minutes from Askham Hall.
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