Welcome to your guide to luxury hotels in the
English Lake District
The Lake District has its fair share of luxury
accommodation, and some of it is simply superb. The Samling, for example,
is about as fine a hotel as you'll find anywhere in the world: it's one of
those places that defines the word "service".
Of course some of these hotels are pricey, but many
have special offers and discounts, so you can enjoy luxury and comfort all
around the Lakes without breaking the bank.
Our favourite luxury hotels in the Lake District are
listed below by region, starting with the South Lakes and heading north.
We'd appreciate feedback from you on all these hotels and any others you
think should be included here. By the way, it's worth remembering that the
number of stars isn't always an accurate guide to the comfort and luxury
you'll find, because a hotel may be marked down for things you may not
consider important like not having a lift (elevator) or 24 hour reception.
If you're a hotel owner, and would like to be
included on this page of luxury Lakes hotels, please see
page for details.
South Lake District Luxury Hotels
Newby Bridge - The
Whether you're looking for
exquisite attention to detail, a warm welcome, or superb comfort and the
opportunity to get away from it all, there's no better place than The
Knoll. It's a superbly equipped, peaceful country retreat which stands
in acres of beautiful grounds perfectly located at the southern tip of
Lake Windermere, in the midst of some spectacular woodland.
moment of your arrival, you know you're in a special place; each of the
eight bedrooms is tastefully appointed, with elegance and charm, all
with a beautiful bathroom. you could enjoy drinks on the lawn before a
fantastic dinner of local produce, or you can sit in front of the open
fires - depending on the season, The Koll can accommodate whatever you
feel most inclined to enjoy.
And arguably the best part of the Lake
District is right on the doorstep, just waiting for you to enjoy the
spectacular scenery....this is a gem of a place, and comes highly
recommended. By the way, the food is local and organic, and the business
is accredited by the Tourism and Conservation Partnership. This is a
Guest House that not only provides you with a great stay, but cares
about the environment and the principles on which the business is based.
The Knoll, Lakeside, Near Newby Bridge,
Cumbria, LA12 8AU Website: www.theknoll-lakeside.co.uk
Email for any further information or to enquire about
Call and ask for Jenny or Denise: Phone: 015395 31347 Fax :
Storrs Hall Hotel
I like this hotel, opulently
furnished and exquisitely decorated as it is; and with a minimum age
policy for its guests, adults can be sure of a relaxing break in total
comfort. It's a
Grade 2 listed Georgian mansion right in the middle of 17 acres of grounds
on the shores of Lake Windermere, with panoramic Lake District views.
Fabulous! The luxurious rooms have king sized beds, and the restaurant has
been awarded 2 AA rosettes. If you want a quiet break, this is the
place. Children under 12 are not accommodated.
Storrs Hall, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3LG
Phone: 01539 447111. Fax: 01539 447555.
Windermere - Miller Howe
Miller Howe was one of the first of the modern
breed of luxury country house hotels with superb cuisine. The founder,
John Tovey, has retired, but the new owners claim that the
traditions he started live on. I haven't stayed there myself, so reports
from visitors would be most welcome. The furnishing is opulent, and some
of the rooms have king sized beds. Let us know how you find it.
Miller Howe Hotel & Restaurant, Rayrigg Road, Windermere,
English Lake District, Cumbria, LA23 1EY
Phone: 01539 442536. Fax: 01539 445664. Web: www.millerhowe.com
Windermere - Aphrodite's Themed Lodge
One of the most
unexpected and interesting properties in the Lakes, a hotel with a
difference! It has all the qualifications of a
luxury hotel - king sized beds, hot tubs, massive showers, luxury
bathrooms, heated outdoor pool, and so on.
But in addition, it has the
most unusual feature of a different theme to each room - and some are very
wild and whacky, too! Have a look at the website and pick the
theme that best suits your mood, then look forward to a luxurious stay
with a difference!
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JD
Phone: 01539 445052 Fax: 01539
Applegarth Villa & JR's Restaurant
Applegarth Villa is a marvellous Arts and Crafts period property set in
a tranquil area of Windermere, a short stroll away from the village’s
shopping area. Applegarth offers a choice of rooms, varying from luxury
four-posters to futuristic surrounds, all rooms and suites being
gracefully appointed with the most excellent furnishings and
decorations, carefully selected by Applegarth’s
interior designer. Wall mounted flat screen TV's, wifi and other modern
facilities blend in with the surrounding elegance.
The oak-panelled bar with its living fire offers a relaxing atmosphere
in which to order from the extensive menu available at JR's Restaurant. The gourmet dishes
are freshly prepared by award winning chef, John Draper. JR's Restaurant
is available to non-residents but advance booking is essential as this
fine gastronomic location is much in demand.
Applegarth Villa & JR's Restaurant, College Road, Windermere, Cumbria,
Phone: 01539 443206 Email:
Cartmel - Aynsome
This ancient manor house, the ancestral home of the family who founded
the historic Cartmel Priory, has been converted into a sumptuous modern
hotel yet retains the charm of its elegant past. It is conveniently
situated for tours of the South Lake District in the unspoilt Vale of
Cartmell, with views of the Norman Priory and the surrounding meadows and
Aynsome Manor has 10 luxurious bedrooms, surrounding a quaint interior
courtyard, each individually furnished and decorated to the highest
standard. The lounges are majestic and spacious, yet with a relaxed
atmosphere with log fires and charming views of Cartmel Vale. The dining
room offers and extensive gourmet menu with an ample wine list of
well-chosen vintages. Overall the environment is one of imposing period
charm while providing every modern amenity.
Manor Hotel, Aynsome Lane, Cartmel, Nr. Grange over Sands, Cumbria LA11
Phone: 01539 536653 Fax: 01539 536016
The Beech Hill Hotel
The Beech Hill is situated in the perfect location for panoramic views
of Lake Windermere, the surrounding fells and Coniston Old Man. Views
can be obtained from the bedrooms, the bars, the lounges and the
restaurant. Furthermore, you can take in these panoramic vistas in the
lap of luxury. The splendid bedrooms are impressively furnished and
decorated, with every facility you could need.
Several luxurious and opulent suites are
available for special occasions and romantic breaks! The comfortable and relaxed bar
lounge affords the perfect setting to take in the panorama of Lake
Windermere while the indoor swimming pool provides a comfortable place
to relax after a gentle stroll along the lake shore or an invigorating walk on
The Beech Hill boasts 2 AA Rosettes for excellent cuisine. You can
select the Gourmet menu or opt for the Simple Taste menu, both of which
provide a panoply of gastronomic delights!
Beech Hill Hotel, Newby Bridge Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3LR
0844 50 27587 Email:
The Belsfield Hotel
The Belsfield dates back to 1845, when it was built as a country
residence for a prosperous industrialist. Now converted into a luxury
hotel, it stands in six acres of gorgeous gardens overlooking Lake
Windermere and the Cumbrian Fells, near the delightful little town of
Bowness-on-Windermere. The 64 bedrooms are each tastefully decorated and
furnished with modern amenities.
Four poster beds are available, along
family suites and ground floor bedrooms. Guests are invited to use the
heated indoor swimming pool and sauna and to enjoy the outstanding views
over the lake from the patios and bar lounges. The Chandelier Restaurant
is excellent and boasts a carvery at
lunchtime and a superb gourmet menu in the evening. The Belsfield is
a most popular venue for weddings, receptions and family occasions,
while business functions are catered for with several large capacity meeting rooms.
The Belsfield Hotel, Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EL
Phone: 0844 736 8604 Email:
- The Grange Hotel
The Grange was built in 1866 in the rare but interesting Italianate style.
Although the fabric of the building retains its ancient charm and
splendour, the hotel has been fully modernised to the highest standard.
The regular rooms are stylish and graceful but the front-facing Superior
rooms have an extra touch of class which will be readily appreciated by
the discerning guest. From the gardens you can see the picturesque town
of Grange-over-Sands, famous for its period houses and Victorian
The graceful Carriages Restaurant provides a premium quality menu,
sourced where possible from the locality, and the lounge menu affords
simpler fare of excellent quality. The Breakfast Buffet includes the
full English with home-baked breads, fresh fruit and local delicacies.
The Health & Leisure Suite contains a large heated pool with optional
power jets, a spacious Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, a fast-tan
solarium and a fully equipped gym. Ladies will adore the extensive range
of health and beauty treatments in the Grange’s Beauty Salon.
are aromatherapy massage as well as skin-purifying treatments and
professional manicures. A speciality of the Grange is the Pamperbreak, a
term which speaks for itself and is available at a fabulous
Grange Hotel, Station Square, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6EJ
Phone: 01539 533666 Fax: 01539 535064 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.grange-hotel.co.uk
Central Lake District Luxury
Grasmere - Rothay Garden Hotel
Rothay Garden is no ordinary hotel. It is one of the finest in the Lake
District, the latest four-star hotel in Cumbria. The hotel has recently
undergone a £2 million redevelopment, which has guaranteed its stature
as "first amongst equals" in the vicinity.
Situated by the side of picturesque Grasmere village, enclosed in two
acres of riverside gardens, and surrounded by the magnificent Lakeland
fells, Rothay Garden boasts 25 gorgeous bedrooms and 5 stunning loft
suites with some of the best panoramas of any Lake District hotel. The
candlelit conservatory restaurant, overlooking the gardens, provides
haute cuisine at each and every mealtime, from the kitchen run by Masterchef Andrew Burton.
The palatial lounge bars and the spacious symmetry of the hotel
structure present an atmosphere of total luxury, set in the most
spectacular scenery of the Lake District. well worth investigating if
you want to be at the centre of the action and in a luxury location.
Rothay Garden Hotel, Broadgate, Grasmere,
Cumbria, LA22 9RJ
Phone: 01539 435334 Fax: 01539 435723 Email: email@example.com Web: www.rothaygarden.com
Western Lake District Luxury Hotels
Barrow - Abbey House Hotel
The Abbey House Hotel, named after the nearby
Furness Abbey, is set in 14 acres of woodland and gardens on the outskirts
of Barrow, near to Dalton, a charming medieval town. The well-appointed
suites and bedrooms are each individually furnished and decorated to the
highest standard. All have en-suite facilities and some have four-poster
beds. Family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.
The Abbey Restaurant, overlooking the gardens, presents excellent service
in sumptuous surroundings with gourmet dishes and a choice selection of
hand picked wines.
The Abbey House Hotel also provides the setting for weddings, christening
or private functions, and has facilities for business meetings,
conferences and exhibitions.
Abbey House Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow in
Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0PA
Phone: 01229 838282 Web: www.abbeyhousehotel.com
North Lake District Luxury Hotels
Bassenthwaite - Armathwaite Hall
A very traditional - and
comfortable - country house hotel in the old-school style. Wonderful views
of the lake, vast grounds to wander about in, and a very tranquil
environment. Excellent food and a superb wine cellar.
The Armathwaite Hall Hotel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RE
01768 776551 Web:
Carlisle - Dalston Hall Hotel
Minutes away from the gorgeous Northern Lake District, and a brief ride
from the historic cathedral city of Carlisle, Dalston Hall Hotel is
located in the centre of a woodland golf course. This magnificent hotel
provides the finest accommodation with 13 luxurious, individually designed,
furnished suites and bedrooms, including the magnificent bridal suite.
Rolls-Royce & Bentleys are at the disposal of guests and personal
service is always to hand. The building itself developed from a
fortified structure built to repel invaders. In the Victorian era, it
was converted to a luxury gentleman’s mansion. It is now thoroughly
modernised and contains every possible up to date facility.
For dining, your choice is between the exquisite cuisine prepared by the
Executive Chef, complimented by a choice from the wide-ranging wine
list, or the Grill Room with its relaxed style and bespoke American char
Dalston Hall Hotel has facilities for weddings and other celebrations
and for gatherings and conferences, with a selection of meeting rooms
with full facilities available.
Dalston Hall, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5
Phone: 01228 710271 Fax: 01228 711273 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:
Appleby Manor - Appleby, Penrith
Appleby Manor is a country house hotel which
prides itself on attention to detail. You see this in the bedrooms, the
restaurant's excellent menus (indeed, the restaurant has won 2 AA Rosettes
- always a sign of very high accomplishments), the impeccable standards of
service, and somewhat unexpectedly in the astonishingly extensive wine and
Whether you want an active break with access to the
beautiful surroundings of the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales, or you just
want a luxury break in a wonderful, characterful old building, this hotel
is going to fulfill your expectations - and maybe surpass them. When
we called in we chatted to some of the residents - without exception, they
praised the hotel unreservedly. In my view, the
swimming pool is a little on the small side, but this is such a minor
quibble it's hardly worth mentioning. The hotel is beautifully
situated in wooded grounds overlooking Appleby Castle.
Appleby Manor Country House Hotel.
Roman Road, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6JB
351571 Fax: 01768 352888 Email: email@example.com