The English Lake District caters for an extremely wide range of accommodation requirements, from walkers’ hostels to high luxury hotels. Cumbria, the county in which the whole of the Lake District is located, surrounds the National Park with other beautiful areas such as the Eden Valley. In these areas also there are hotels of very high standard, but in this article we focus on the very best of Lake District hotels.
Luxury Hotels – Windermere
If you are looking for high quality accommodation in the Windermere area you will find yourself spoiled for choice. Among the larger hotels there is the Low Wood Hotel, by the Windermere to Ambleside road and with the water sports centre adjacent. Then there is the Macdonald Old England in the heart of Bowness. These are two excellent 4-star spa hotels, but this article is chiefly about smaller high class, select establishments.
Smaller and more secluded, up the hillside from the Windermere ferry, is Linthwaite House set in fourteen wooded acres overlooking the lake. Nearby are the Gilpin Lodge and the Lindeth Howe. These are just three examples among many other 4-star hotels in the area.
Further down the page we give links to luxury hotels in other areas of the Lake District.
What do we mean by a Lake District luxury hotel?
There are very many good hotels in towns, villages and the countryside all over Cumbria. You may well be asking what we mean by the “very best” Lake District hotels. “Luxury” can have different meanings for different people, so what do we mean? Here are some of the features and facilities you might look for. Of course, they’ll not all be present at every hotel, or in every room.
- Peaceful, secluded environment with privacy
- Elegantly furnished rooms with individual decor
- Suites and rooms with comfortable sitting areas
- Writing desks with good digital communications
- King-size beds, maybe a four-poster
- Hot tubs, double showers, steam rooms
- Open log fires or wood burning stoves
- Luxurious public lounge areas with lake views
- Fine dining and impressive wine list
- Private patio/decking/garden areas
- Exercise facilities and pool
- Spa baths and saunas, beauty treatments
- And above all, the very best of personal service
Some luxury hotels in the Lake District take dogs, sometimes in specially allocated rooms and usually on the ground floor with easy access to the outside. (Click on the following link for more about dog friendly accommodation).
Some hotels may be labelled “boutique” and others as luxury spa hotels. Lake District countryside and views of the lakes themselves then add further to their calm, confident luxury.
What does a luxury hotel in the Lake District cost?
In connection with some of this Lake District luxury it is probably worth quoting the old retail shopping adage, “If you have to ask the price you probably can’t afford it”.
Well, it’s not alway as bad as that, but this kind of quality does not come cheap. In the more select high class hotels you’ll do well to pay under £150 per night for room and breakfast even in low season, and you can easily pay more than £300 per night in high season. But think of what you’re getting for your money – wonderfully comfortable and stylish accommodation in the most beautiful corner of England. Don’t worry, though, if your budget doesn’t stretch to that; the price ranges vary greatly.
Some More Luxury Hotels – Lake District and Nearby
- Our main Lake District Hotels page
Whatever kind of accommodation you eventually choose, enjoy your Lake District holiday.