The Lake District Guide

Welcome to your guide to family friendly accommodation in the English Lake District

When you're travelling as a family, you may want to make sure that the whole family has a great time by selecting accommodation that understands and caters to the needs of your children. There are some super places in the Lake District that practically guarantee you and your kids, babies and toddlers will have a wonderful holiday - we've listed some of the best below.

Remember that you might want to think about whether a hotel is totally geared up for children, or whether it just provides the basic facilities like cots and high chairs. For instance, are children's activities available all the year round, or just at certain times? How much do these facilities cost? And there are many other factors - here are just a few. Do they have a crèche for babies and toddlers? Are there qualified staff to look after your children in any activity open to them? Are the children's activities open to parents as well (if you want to spend this time with your children)? Will you need to book childcare and children's activities in advance? Does the hotel have children's menus and different dining times? Will you need to make special arrangements for a toddler sleeping in your room? Does the hotel provide other equipment like kettles, microwaves, buggies and backpacks? Is there a baby listening system? Are there child reductions on the hotel tariff?

Here is our list of child-friendly and family-friendly accommodation in the Lake District.

South & Central Lake District family friendly accommodation

Whitewater Hotel, Newby Bridge, CumbriaNewby Bridge - Whitewater Hotel & Leisure Club

This is a family friendly venue with all the luxurious touches that adults will appreciate. See their entry in the romantic breaks section!

Bowness on Windermere - Burnside Park

One of the best options for a family can be self-catering rentals. When this is combined with the facilities of a hotel and leisure club, swimming pool with dedicated children's area, a children's play area and a family friendly approach in every aspect of the operation, a relaxed cafe with kids' menu and a fine dining restaurant for the adults, you have all the ingredients of a successful holiday.
Burnside Park, The Lodge, Kendal Road, Windermere, LA23 3EW
Phone: 08700 468624 Fax: 08700 468649
Email: Web:

Lake Windermere - The Low Wood Hotel

Low Wood Hotel Lake WindermereThis is another hotel that has pioneered special activities for children. They've got a club for kids under 12 run by a big furry dog - or at least, by his human colleagues! And with goody bags, children's menus, regular splash times for the children at the hotel's leisure clubs, rooms with facilities for children, reductions on prices, and best of all a watersports centre where children can learn to sail, this is the child-friendly hotel at its best. The hotel is a luxury hotel with all the other facilities you'd expect, and they do take account of other guests' needs by restricting the hours in which children can dine in the formal restaurants. That seems to us to be a good compromise. And finally, the hotel has one of the best views across Windermere.
Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LP
Phone: 08458 503 502 Email: Web:

Western Lake District family friendly accommodation

Eskdale - Fisherground Farm Holiday Lodges & Cottage (self-catering)

Fisherground Family HolidaysA truly different and memorable holiday on a farm lodge, with all the facilities and activities you could ever want for children and adults alike, either on the farm itself or within a few minutes' drive. The grounds give children the chance to be themselves, to explore and run around safely, while the adults enjoy a relaxing holiday in the most tranquil and gorgeous scenery in the Lake District.
Contact the owners: Ian & Jennifer Hall, Orchard House, Applethwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4PN
Phone: 017687 73175 Email:

North Lake District family friendly accommodation

Borrowdale - The Lodore Falls Hotel

Lodore Falls Hotel, BorrowdaleThis is a great example of how well a family-oriented hotel can be run! They claim to be one of the most family-friendly hotels in the Lake District, with activities galore in both the hotel and the surrounding area. There are two pools, a gym, sauna and squash courts, bedrooms and suites designed for families, with playstations and DVDs provided, and they even play children's films of the 42" Plasma TV during the holidays. Now, as if that wasn't enough, they also have access to loads of outdoor activities near the hotel, including boat hire, tuition, dragon boating (see the website for details) and Viking boating (again, see the website). There are horse riding and pony-trekking centres near at hand, mountain bike hire, and, to top it all, they offer a "two for the price of one" entry to many local attractions suitable for the kids.
The Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UX
Phone: 017687 77285 Fax: 017687 77343 Email:

Whinfell - Center Parcs Oasis, Whinfell Forest, Lake District

center parcs whinfell village

Parents who know Center Parcs already won't need any persuading that this is the ideal family break. Those who haven't come across it before will enjoy the 100 indoor and outdoor activities, the lodges ranging from good to luxurious, the subtropical swimming areas, and the special offers that allow a family to holiday in the Lakes at excellent prices! There are also Childcare Clubs for children aged 3 months to 7 years. All child care facilities are registered and run by skilled staff, giving parents time to have a pamper session and enjoy themselves while the kids have a great time!

Derwentwater - Acorn Venture Activity Holiday

Acorn Activity Holidays for families at Derwentwater

Accommodation is in a welcoming, comfortable and self-contained tent village for families, with about 20 tents set around the village square - a central marquee for dining, socialising and meeting the other families. You'll have either one tent or two according to the size of your family. There are so many activities on offer - from archery to walking, via canoeing and "mission impossible" - that it's impossible to list them all here! You and the kids will have a great time.

North Lakes Hotel, PenrithPenrith - North Lakes Hotel & Spa

This hotel has a dedicated children's play area and splash pool, which means it's certainly well worth considering for families who want to explore the North Lakes area. It also has a gym, spa pool, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, exercise classes, spa treatments and much more.
North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8QT
Phone: 01768 868111 Fax: 01768 868291 E-mail: Web:

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