The Lake District Guide

Welcome to your guide to Lake District Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfasts

If you're looking for more economical accommodation that's still of a high standard, you certainly need to be selective, because unfortunately there's plenty of accommodation that's not so good in the Lakes. Our aim here is to help you find a pleasant place to stay at reasonable rates.

Click on the village or town to see our recommendations for Guest House and B&B properties in

Central & Southern Lake District

Bowness Ambleside Windermere Coniston

 Newby Bridge Hawkshead Grasmere

Western Lake District

Ravenglass Low Lorton, Loweswater

Northern Lake District

Keswick Shap Penrith

Central and Southern Lake District Hotels and Guest Houses

Bowness - The Old Court House

The Old Court House was built in 1843 to serve as Magistrates Court, Police Station and village jail. Any miscreant who overindulged in the local ale was thrown into the cells and dealt with by the Magistrates when he'd sobered up. These days, The Old Court House serves as an excellent bed and breakfast house and the standard of accommodation has improved immeasurably. The atmosphere is bright and cheerful and the house is stylishly decorated. Bedrooms are all en-suite with modern accessories and some have handsome four-poster beds. Breakfast is taken in the attractive dining room, which provides a hearty full English together with fruit and cereals, with a vegetarian alternative if required. The Old Court House is very conveniently located in the centre of Bowness, just a few minutes from Lake Windermere and nearby a variety of restaurants and pubs.
The Old Court House, lake Road, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3AP
Phone: 015394 45096 Email: See the website Web:

Bowness - Laurel Cottage

You would never guess that Laurel Cottage, built in 1613, was originally the old village school. It is certainly an education to see how well it has been transformed into a most comfortable bed and breakfast guesthouse, yet retaining the original historical features. The bedrooms, mostly en-suite, are individually and tastefully decorated in a bright and cheerful style, and Four Posters are available. The finest feature of the house is the original oak-beamed dining room where breakfast is served. Hosts, Syma and John, serve the traditional "Westmorland breakfast", similar to the full English but with additional local fare, with a vegetarian alternative available. Syma and John are very welcoming and families should note that Laurel Cottage is child friendly with a reduced tariff for children.
Laurel Cottage, St Martins Square, Kendal Road, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3EF
Phone: 015394 45594 Email: Web:

Coniston - Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage is a delightful modern property set in award-winning gardens which provide an element of tranquillity and peace in the environment of this pleasantly decorated house. There are three comfortable guest rooms, all ensuite, including one with a superking sized bed - a delight for a couple of foot-sore or weary fell walkers! With private parking, in the centre of Coniston, this property offers an ideal base for either long distance fell walkers or anyone wanting a short break. There's a comfortable lounge for guests with TV and a separate dining room. The owners also have self-catering properties available as well, all of which are described on their website.
Mrs Jean Johnson, Orchard Cottage, 18 Yewdale Road, Coniston, LA21 8DU
Phone: 015394 41319/41373 Fax: 01539441373 Email: Web:

Coniston - Yewdale Hotel

Not to be confused with the excellent vegetarian guest house of similar name, this is a guest house/hotel in the centre of the village with restaurant attached.
Yewdale Hotel, Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8DU
Phone: 015394 41280
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Newby Bridge - Graythwaite Hall

Just a short drive from the western shores of Lake Windermere, Hawkshead, and Newby Bridge in the English Lake District, you'll find Low Graythwaite Hall, a wonderful 16th century house set in acres of magnificent gardens and woodlands. This is a venue for the finest bed and breakfast accommodation (and you can even get dinner if you so desire!). Grizedale Forest is nearby, with all that has to offer for the family - walks, entertainment, beautiful scenery, and more) so Low Graythwaite Hall is a perfect spot for touring the southern Lake District. It's a superb location, which allows you to en nearby fell walking, riding, riding, and mountain biking. Remarkably, for a property this size, there is an indoor heated swimming pool free for guests' use, and even a gym (at an extra charge). Breakfast gives you a great start to the day, with locally farmed and the finest organic produce and our the Hall's free range eggs! (There is also a cottage available for hire.)
Low Graythwaite Hall, Graythwaite, Nr. Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA12 8AZ
Telephone: 015395 31676 Or you can make enquiries via the website:

Haverthwaite - near Newby Bridge - Coach House

A two hundred year old B&B in a non smoking house with beautiful gardens.

The Coach House, Hollow Oak, Haverthwaite, Cumbria, LA12 8AD

Phone: 015395 31622

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Hawkshead - The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn is located in the heart of the charming village of Hawkshead. This warm, friendly and traditional Lakeland Inn has recently been completely refurbished, so that you now have a choice of several outstanding bedrooms all with superb en-suite facilities. The rooms are all elegantly designed and a great deal of care has been taken to ensure the wealth of character to be found in this 15th Century Inn has been preserved. A superb English menu of predominantly Lake District produce is complemented by excellent local beers and friendly service from the Woolf sisters who run the pub, and whose family have resided in the village for 7 generations. Scenic walks, fishing, and exciting mountain biking are all to be found nearby, with unique and fascinating shops in the village. You're within easy reach of Windermere, Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter, Brantwood and Coniston Water. Wordsworth's first school is right next door to the Sun Inn. With so much to do, and such a comfortable and friendly base, you'll certainly return!
The Sun Inn, Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NT
Phone: 015394 36236 Email: Web:

Hawkshead / Coniston / Tarn Hows - The Yewfield Guest House

A superbly furnished and very tranquil house, with a few rooms reserved for guests by the charming owners. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and situated in a most beautiful spot, the luxury and superb vegetarian breakfasts come at a price far below what you might expect to pay for accommodation of this standard.
Hawkshead Hill, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0PR
Phone: 015394 36765
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Hawkshead - Ann Tyson's House

The eponymous Ann Tyson was landlady to William Wordsworth who lodged at her house as a boy while he attended the local grammar school, in or about the 1780s. Now her historic, Grade 2 listed, cottage has been transformed into a modern bed and breakfast guesthouse with all the facilities you would expect from a progressive establishment. There is a wide range of rooms, varying from those with full en-suite facilities to family rooms and single rooms. Some rooms are located on the ground floor for the benefit of the less-able. Families will be pleased to note that children are made welcome, and dogs too. We are told that one of the rooms contains the antique bed once owned by the nineteenth century writer, John Ruskin, who lived nearby. You will receive a very warm welcome in the family run Ann Tyson's House.
Ann Tyson's House, Wordsworth Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0PA
Phone: 015394 36405 Email: Web:

Windermere - Ashleigh House

Ashleigh Guest House is a traditional Lakeland stone Victorian House offering lovingly restored beautiful interiors creating a traditional English homely atmosphere.
Ashleigh Guest House, 11 College Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1BU
Phone: 015394 42292 Email: Web:

Windermere - Adam Place

Linda and Steve offer a warm welcome at Adam Place. This 19th Century Lakeland slate house is a superb base for walking and exploring the beauty of the Lakes. The house is located in a peaceful part of town, a short walk from both the train and bus stations, and there is plenty of free unlimited street parking. Rooms are light and airy and in some cases offer ensuite bathrooms. The rooms provide accommodation to sleep from 2 to 4 people; all have TV and hospitality tray. There's a wide choice of breakfast menus including fruit juices, fresh fruit, a range of cereals, and you can have traditional, vegetarian or continental breakfast, all served to your preference.
Adam Place Guest House, 1 Park Avenue, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 2AR
Phone: 01539 444600 Email: Website:

Windermere- Latimer House

Like many of the houses in this part of the world, Latimer House was built in the Victorian period to provide elegance and space in a comfortable garden environment. All of these qualities remain firmly in place now that Latimer House serves as guest accommodation. Indeed, the success with which the owners, Mike and Sandy, have updated this property is shown in the English Tourist Board's accolade of Four Diamonds. This means you can be assured of every comfort and convenience during your stay, down to residents' parking, a wide choice of tastefully decorated rooms all maintained to a high standard, a beautiful garden to relax in, and a convenient location close to the shops, cinema and attractions of Bowness and Windermere. What's even better is that you get your breakfast - the high quality full English or something lighter to suit your taste - served in your room each morning! Now that's a special touch of luxury!

Michael Parson, Latimer House, Lake Road, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2JJ

Phone: 015394 46888 Web:

Windermere - Brendan Chase Guest House

Brendan Chase, a Victorian house dating from the 1850s, offers spacious and comfortable rooms, and the house is non-smoking.
Brendan Chase, 1 College Road , Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1BU
Phone: 015394 45638
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Windermere - Broadlands House

Broadlands is a traditional Lakeland Stone built Victorian Guest House situated in a quiet but convenient location in Windermere.
Broadlands House, 19 Broad Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2AB
Phone: 015394 46532
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Windermere - Lingmoor Guest House

Five comfortable rooms in a traditional Lakeland house in a convenient spot in Windermere, tastefully furnished and decorated, and offering a pleasant and comfortable stay.
Lingmoor, 7 High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AF
Phone: 015394 44947
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Ambleside - Brathay Lodge

Brathay Lodge is a truly delightful property built around 1890 and totally refurbished in a contemporary style which sets it apart from the majority of accommodation in the area. The atmosphere combines relaxed informality with quality accommodation, the standards of which equal those expected in a prestigious hotel. The staff are very welcoming and will make sure that your needs are respected - whether you want to enjoy a quiet time or a more social one, you can be sure of a highly enjoyable stay at Brathay Lodge. We were especially impressed by the bedrooms, all of which are equipped with that most essential feature - king sized beds! Decorated in contemporary style to a very high standard, these rooms offer exceptional standards of comfort and elegance. There are several rooms available with wooden floors which are suitable for those of you who wish to take a pet along, and there is a specially reserved outdoor area for smokers to enjoy their pleasure!
The thought and care which has gone into all aspects of the refurbishment of Brathay Lodge is very apparent even on the website, which has facilities for online booking. This attention to detail continues all the way through from the moment you arrive to the time of your departure, ensuring that whatever the purpose of your visit to the Lakes, it will be enhanced by the wonderful accommodation on offer at Brathay Lodge.
There is a large private off-road car park which lets you enjoy the many local walks during the day; for your evening meal there is an abundance of excellent restaurants in the area. Finally, for those who prefer their Lakes pastimes wet and muddy (and even for those who don't!) there are drying facilities to ensure you have a comfortable trip. A superb buffet breakfast, free wireless internet access, and membership of the Langdale Leisure Club complete your luxury package!

Brathay Lodge, Rothay Road, Ambleside, English Lake District, Cumbria, LA22 0EE

Phone: +44 (0) 1539 432 000 Email: Web:

Ambleside - Wanslea Guest House

Wanslea is situated on the south side of Ambleside five minutes' walk from the lake and six to seven minutes walk from the town centre. All rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities. The standard rooms are very pleasant, but the real gems here are the luxury themed rooms, which far surpass any expectations one may have of the usual bed and breakfast establishment. Indeed, it's a credit to the proprietors that they have had the far-sightedness to move into luxury hotel territory with king sized beds, wide screen TVs, and spa baths - but at a rate far lower than you would pay in a luxury hotel! It's no surprise, then, to find that Wanslea is AA four star rated, an accolade of which it is well deserving.
Wanslea Guesthouse, Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0DN
Phone / Fax: 015394 33884 Email: see the website Web:

Ambleside - Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House is one of the traditionally warm and welcoming B&B's that you find in the Lakes, where a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly welcome combine to produce outstanding hospitality. The house has six bedrooms which offer multiple possibilities of rooms for individuals or groups. Lyndale is only a few minutes' walk from Waterhead where you can catch the steamers, and it's right on the doorstep of Ambleside, if you prefer to visit the town. The breakfasts are excellent, with a choice of the traditional Cumbrian or a healthier alternative, and Alison and Alan will do all they can to meet your requirements. Pets are accommodated, and the house has the convenience of an on-line room availability check and booking system.
Lyndale Guest House, Low Fold, Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0DN
Phone: 015394 34244 Email: Web:

Ambleside - 2 Cambridge Villas

2 Cambridge Villas is a stately Lakeland house of character built in the late nineteenth century of Lakeland stone, centrally located in the charming village of Ambleside. But this residence is more that just a traditional house. Proprietors Bridget and Charlie give you a warm welcome into their own home. The accommodation has recently been refurbished and is most comfortable, with an option of en-suite rooms, twins or doubles, with some single rooms.
Bridget and Charlie insist on local produce for their breakfast menu, the traditional English, with an alternative of Continental or vegetarian. One particular feature of the establishment is that it is mountain bike friendly, even providing a pressure washer to remove embedded mud. We don't indulge in mountain biking ourselves, but those who do tell us that nearby is the 10-mile North Face Mountain bike trial, one of the most fearsome in the country.
2 Cambridge Villas, Ambleside, LA22 9DL
Phone: 01539 432142 Email: Web:

Ambleside - Broadview Guest House

Broadview is one of those friendly guest houses which can make your stay in the Lakes so much nicer than just "a break". The great hospitality on offer at Broadview, including very comfortable rooms (most have ensuite facilities), and all the different and delicious options that are available for breakfast, will set up up for a great day on the fells or looking round the local attractions. Your hosts Alan and Sue will be happy to tell you about the options for exploring the area. There's also the huge benefit of free local parking, with a permit that also gives you free parking in many other car parks around the South Lakes.
The four stars awarded by the AA are testimony to Alan and Sue's success in creating a superb environment for their guests. Alan and Sue know that many guests wish to have a peaceful stay and therefore welcome families who have older children, couples and friends touring the Lakes. This ensures that the peaceful atmosphere they have created is maintained for guests who like this kind of environment.
There are six rooms, most en-suite or with private bathroom, including doubles, twin and a room that sleeps three people. All rooms have a TV and DVD player, along with full tea and coffee making facilities, a small fridge, bathrobes, fluffy towels, and hairdryer - plus, of course, the little extras that make your stay more comfortable. Best of all, one room has a king sized 4-poster bed, ideal for that special romantic get-away!
Last but not least, for enthusiastic walkers, there are drying facilities, maps, guides and packed lunches available.
Alan and Sue Clarke, Broadview Guest House, Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0DN
Phone: 015394 32431 Web: Email: see the website

Ambleside - 3 Cambridge Villas

Very pleasant accommodation at a very reasonable price.
3 Cambridge Villas, Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DL
Phone: 01539 432307 Email: Web:

Ambleside - Compston House American Bed and Breakfast

Compston House is a most delightful and authentic American guesthouse, hosted by native New Yorkers, Sue and Jerry. It has the true flavour of the States with genuine art deco furnishings of the 1940s era in the guest lounge. The bedrooms are all furnished with an individual theme, named after American states, and are kitted out with all the modern comforts.
Breakfast offers the alternatives of the traditional English or American style complete with home made waffles using an American recipe. All eggs are free range and the ham (bacon) comes from local farms. Travellers arriving by car are assured of free parking.
We are, of course, true Brits and think of everything in the Lakes as very English, but we really enjoyed this out of the ordinary experience, especially the pancakes. If you are American, you will find Compston House a taste of home. If you are not, you'll love this Stateside encounter.
Compston House, Compston Road Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DJ
Phone: 015394 32305 Email:

Ambleside - Lakes Lodge

An interesting development on the bed and breakfast theme- a kind of cross between a hotel and a guest house, with modern stylish touches and an eye for the modern customer's more sophisticated requirements.
Lakes Lodge, Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0DB
Phone: 015394 33240 E-mail: Web:

Ambleside - Kingswood Bee and Bee

Kingswood Bee and Bee is an attractive traditional Lakeland house, made into a very comfortable, bright and spacious guesthouse. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and elegantly decorated with a "Bee and Bee" theme. Proprietors Christine and David tell us that they are apiarists, that is beekeepers to you and me, hence the ubiquitous bees in the surrounding décor. Christine and David have certainly paid a lot of attention to decoration and comfort. The bedrooms are all en-suite and warm and cozy. Breakfast here is the very best. Christine tells us that all eggs are free range and the bacon and sausages are local produce. What is more, Christine grills rather than fries, a healthier alternative, which has our complete approval. Also you must try the homemade honey from Christine and David's own hives. And the tariff is very affordable so you won't get stung by the bill!
Kingswood Bee and Bee, Old Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0AE
Phone: 015394 34081 Email: Web:

Ambleside - Fern Cottage

Fern Cottage is an attractive traditional stone-built Lakeland cottage, modified into a very comfortable and cozy guesthouse. The bedrooms, either en-suite or with own facilities, are individually and tastefully decorated in a bright and cheerful style, with very comfortable beds and furnished to the highest standard. Proprietors Sally and Tom insist on local produce for their breakfast menu and there is an additional treat in the bread, which is always fresh-baked that day! Fern Cottage is biker-friendly with a secure covered shed for bikes, and is well located for walkers, with some great walks starting from Lake Windermere, just one minute from the doorstep.
Fern Cottage, Ambleside, LA22 0HA Phone: 015394 33007
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Grasmere - Riversdale Guest House

Winner of the "Cumbria For Excellence" Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2006, this charming B&B is pleasantly sited in a quiet location on the edge of Grasmere. The river flows in front of the house and the fells form a scenic backdrop. The facilities are graded as 4 star with a Silver Award.
The hosts, Chris and Maria, cater only for non-smokers, and have provided an environment in which guests can relax and enjoy the highest quality accommodation. The house offers one twin and two double bedrooms, all ensuite, so a comfortable night's sleep is ensured.
There's an extensive breakfast menu, and you can have a home-cooked evening meal as well if you arrange this at the time of booking. In keeping with the peaceful atmosphere of the house, the minimum booking is for two nights, and children and pets are not accommodated.
Riversdale Guest House, White Bridge, Grasmere, LA22 9RH
Phone: 015394 35619 Email: Web:

Grasmere - How Foot Lodge

A tasteful little place with six spacious rooms a few yards from Dove Cottage. There are well-kept gardens and a spacious lounge in which to amuse yourselves, plus a discount off dinner at a nearby restaurant if you want it.
How Foot Lodge, Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SQ Phone: 015394 35366
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Grasmere - Raise View House

A delightful little B&B which garners unreserved praise from its guests. The breakfasts are highly commended. Excellent bedrooms, comfortable beds and delicious dinners by arrangement.
Raise View House, White Bridge, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RQ
Phone: 015394 35215
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Grasmere - Banerigg House

A highly commended guest house which offers very comfortable rooms, a hearty breakfast, and a warm welcome. And just look at the setting!
Banerigg House, Lake Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9PW
015394 35204 Email: Web:

Western Lake District Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfasts

Low Lorton - Loweswater - The Old Vicarage

A beautiful guest house situated in a beautiful location! Renowned for its beautiful and quiet location, excellent food, proximity to the nearby village pub and excellent bedrooms. Check out the website for more information.
The Old Vicarage, Church Lane, Lorton, Cumbria, CA13 9UN
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Ravenglass - The Coachman's Quarters, Muncaster Castle

In olden times, the coachmen presumably used to sleep here in the company of the horses. How times have changed! Now the stable block is divided into comfortable rooms with every modern convenience including en-suite facilities and television in the rooms. It is hard to believe that this modern accommodation is actually an ancient building, but if you look carefully at the walls, you can discern the old arch brackets, which supported the roof. We are told that horseshoes are embedded in the walls for good luck.
Breakfast is now the full English, served in a bright and cheery breakfast room. Sadly no horses can be admitted but provision is made for the parking of horseless carriages. A great advantage of The Coachman's Quarters is that free admission is given to the castle gardens, well worth seeing, and reduced admission to the castle itself, which is haunted by several ghosts including the legendary jester Tom Fool.
The Coachman's Quarters: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ
Phone: 01229 717614 Email: Web:

Northern Lake District Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfasts

Keswick - Hedgehog Hill

Hedgehog Hill is a friendly, 4 star, family run guest house. It is situated in a quiet location five minutes' walk from Keswick town centre and is ideally located for the lake, the theatre and the fells. The attractive Victorian slate Lake District house has stunning views from most rooms and a light, airy breakfast room in which you can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast of your choice. Vegetarian options are available and the owners will happily cater for special diets with prior notice.
Hedgehog Hill Guest House, 18 Blencathra Street, Keswick, CA12 4HP
Phone: 01768 780654 Email:

The view from Hedgehog Hill Guest House:

Keswick - Honister House

You'll receive a very warm welcome from John and Susie Stakes at Honister House, a charming property which has the distinction of being one of the oldest in Keswick. It's located just off the market square, so it couldn't be more convenient for the town's attractions and shopping centre. A very interesting feature of Honister House is that all the en-suite rooms feature eye-catching paintings and prints of Lakeland by local artists. The rooms are superbly decorated and equipped with all the little touches that make life easy.
Honister House is AA 4 Star rated and has a Best Breakfast Award. And for the vegetarian traveller, Honister House is a real oasis: John and Susie have Vegetarian Society approval. They use locally sourced food wherever possible, and make a point of using organic and Fairtrade produce.
Cyclists are most welcome, as are walkers, who'll receive expert guidance with dozens of local walking guides available. If you just want to enjoy the charm of Keswick, with this fascinating period house as your base, well, the town is right on your doorstep!
Susie & John Stakes, Honister House, 1 Borrowdale Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DD
Phone: 017687 73181 Website: Email:

Keswick - Glendale Guest House

"The Perfect Base To Explore The Lakes"

Glendale Guest House is located in a quiet part of the town, but it's only a few minutes from here to the centre of Keswick with plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes and attractions. The shore of Derwentwater is only ten minutes' walk away, and you can stride out on many other walks without even getting in the car! The rooms are comfortable, well furnished, and spacious, and are provided with a colour TV and a tea/coffee tray. The breakfasts are a real treat with a wide selection to suit all tastes, from a simple coffee with croissant, vegetarian options to a full English breakfast with Cumberland sausage.
Best of all, hosts Martin & Gilly are always on hand to help with planning your days out, advise on walks and visits or supply you with bus times and theatre programmes!
Glendale Guest House, 7 Eskin Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DH
Phone: 017687 73562 Web: E-mail:

Keswick (Braithwaite) - Maple Bank

The new owners Rhona and Tommy offer a warm welcome to old friends and new at their magnificent Edwardian guest house set in an acre of superb gardens near Keswick. This beautiful house has uninterrupted views across the Derwent valley towards mighty Skiddaw. Its location makes it an ideal base for walking, climbing and fresh-water sports, or you can just enjoy a spot of fishing or a relaxing visit to the excellent local pubs and eating places. An important feature of Maple Bank is the service that Tony and Rhona offer: they will do all they can to make your stay a relaxing and memorable one. There's plenty of free parking which lets you abandon the car and enjoy local walks from the doorstep! And breakfast is a hearty meal that will set you up for whatever challenges you set yourself in the day ahead!
Maple Bank, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RY
Phone: 01768 778229 / Fax: 01768 778000 Email: Web:

Keswick - Seven Oaks

Seven Oaks is a modern Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse, located in an exclusive and quiet part of Keswick. Owners Linda and Chris always provide a warm welcome to travellers and offer a choice of bedrooms, en-suite rooms, twins or doubles, with some family rooms. All rooms are very well decorated and are bright and cheerful, with magnificent views of the surrounding fells. Pam and Arthur insist on local produce for their breakfast menu, the traditional Cumberland, with an alternative of Continental or vegetarian, served with Fairtrade tea or coffee. One particular feature of the establishment is that Chris is an expert fell walker and can offer tips on routes and opportunities for spotting wildlife. We found Seven Oaks to be the ideal base-camp for our Cumbria Way walk.
Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 7 Acorn Street, Keswick
Cumbria, CA12 4EA
Phone: 017687 72088 Email: Web:

Keswick - Braemar

Braemar is a charming Lakeland house built in the late nineteenth century of Lakeland stone, located in a quiet area of Keswick town. While the stone exterior depicts a picture postcard house, the interior is bright, airy and cheerful. The bedrooms all have ensuite facilities and are beautifully decorated in light bright colours, which match the cheerful atmosphere of the house. Facilities include many extras: hair dryers, ironing boards and so on. The breakfast menu offers an alternative to the Full English of either Continental or vegetarian, and packed lunches will be provided on request. Braemar is the perfect location for visiting the Skiddaw hills and the picturesque lake Derwentwater.
21 Eskin Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DQ
Phone: 017687 73743 Email: Web:

Keswick - Cranford House

An amusing website makes several points about traditional British B&Bs ("No flowery wallpaper", "No nylon sheets", "No doilies"), while also making a clear statement about the way the proprietors run this place! Well worth investigating if you're looking to stay in Keswick.
Cranford House, 18 Eskin Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DG
Phone: 017687 71017 Email: Web:

Keswick - Greystones Hotel

A pleasant place to spend a night or more.
Greystones Hotel, Ambleside Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DP
Phone: 017687 73108


Keswick - The Keswick Lodge

This hotel or guest house has received consistently good reviews for several years. In particular the food seems to be highly praised, as do the bedrooms, the facilities and the attitude of the staff.
The Keswick Lodge, Main St, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5HZ
Phone: 017687 74584 Email: Web:

Keswick - Cafe-Bar26

A modern Cafe-bar with rooms, and it certainly seems to be very popular. If you look at the website you'll get an impression of the high standards that the proprietors have created.
Cafe-Bar26, 26 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria

Phone: 017687 80863 Web: Email:

Penrith - Norcroft Guest House

Just a few minutes from Penrith town centre, Norcroft is a comfortable and homely base for exploring the northern Lakes or Penrith, which is a delightful market town with a rich and interesting history. There are a variety of tastefully decorated rooms to choose from, offering many different bedding options - single, double or family accommodation - and all are ensuite. All rooms have TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast choices include a traditional full Lakes breakfast and lighter options to suit your requirements. A veggie breakfast is also on the menu. There's ample off-road parking.
Paul Lamb, Norcroft Guest House, Graham Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9LQ
Phone: 01768 862365 Mobile: 07785 222588 Fax: 01768 210425
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Shap - New Ing Farm

This property was once a working farm and before that a coaching inn. Nowadays, the Lodge provides comfort with style in the Lake District National Park - but the prices are very affordable! The owners tell me that they believe a holiday in the Lake District should offer tranquillity and serenity, as well as a beautiful environment, and who can argue with that? The eastern and northern fells and the Eden Valley are all within easy reach of New Ing, as is historic Shap Abbey and the Rheged Discovery Centre. New Ing is located directly on the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk, and is just 200 metres from the famous Cumbrian Way, the Westmoreland Way, and the exciting Lakeland Round. Some of the best mountain bike tracks in the UK are located on the doorstep, and the property hires out mountain bikes, though they have many more activities including orienteering, kayaking, wilderness camping and climbing, with the added bonus of bush-craft skills courses! An excellent breakfast is provided, with porridge, the full English breakfast, continental breakfast or a superb range of vegetarian food. Evening meals and packed lunches are available on request. And last but not least, there are dorm rooms with some camping in the grassy paddock at the back of the building. As well as en-suite rooms, the Lodge offers bunkroom beds from £12.50.
New Ing Farm, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
Phone: 01228 598782 or 07792 222881 Email: Web:

Bowness - Blenheim Lodge

The owners, Janz and Robert, treat all their guests as friends, and the welcome is warm and relaxed. Built in 1868 of Lakeland stone, Blenheim Lodge has eleven bedrooms, offering double, single twin, and family accommodation with en-suite/private facilities. Each room is elegantly decorated with Laura Ashley decor and many boast antique and vintage furniture. Ten rooms offer stunning views of Lake Windermere and the mountains beyond, while the other offers wonderful fell views - you might even see the wild deer grazing! All rooms are non-smoking.

Bedrooms - Some of the Gorgeous Bedrooms of Blenheim Lodge
The Langdale (pictured) features a romantic George IV four-poster bed with a five foot king-size bed and a very comfy mattress. The room's huge triple floor to ceiling bay windows offer fantastic views of the Lake and mountains around Bowness. The Fairfield offers a delightful shower en-suite, graceful Louis furniture, and an extremely comfortable king-sized five foot bed. An antique daybed set in the enormous bay windows offers a relaxing way to enjoy the ever changing face of the northern waters of Lake Windermere (pictured). The Dalesway is a romantic French boudoir-style room, with a small shower en-suite, and a fabulous Louis XV double bed, with bay windows overlooking gorgeous countryside, which creates a wonderful 'away from it all' feeling. There are equally well-appointed small but perfectly formed ground floor rooms. You can see photos of all the rooms and their views on Blenheim Lodge's website:

The Langdale View from the Langdale
Exterior of Blenheim Lodge View from the Fairfield

An Ideal Location - and an Excellent Breakfast!
Blenheim Lodge is ideal for a relaxing break. Though peaceful, it's only 2-5 minutes' walk from all the attractions and facilities of Bowness; and the Lake is only 5 minutes' walk away. But best of all, perhaps, is the complimentary membership at a nearby private leisure club, with free use of the pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, and gym, as well as other luxury facilities including beauty and massage treatments which guests can book and purchase themselves. If you want a more active holiday, the Dales Way walk ends just a minute's walk from the front door. What's more, there are 3 spectacular panoramic viewpoints a mere 20 to 40 minutes' walk from the house. The thoughtful owners cater for all tastes: a welcome mug of tea or coffee for tired walkers, two free WAADA fishing permits for the local area, taps outside for washing boots, a handy drying room for damp footwear, clothes and outdoor jackets, and private parking for motorbikes and bikes. If you're into golf, fishing, walking, or sightseeing, ask Janz and Robert to help organize a round of golf, guided fishing or country walks, or sightseeing tours that will pick you up from the Lodge and return you when the day is over. It's all part of the service! As you'd expect, the breakfast menu offers both meat and vegetarian options, all very high quality local food, including handmade sausages and hand cut bacon. The milk and eggs are of the highest quality, and all croissants are oven fresh every day.

A Quality Experience
All of this adds up to friendly and high quality service with an extra personal touch. Comfort is to the fore here, with very reasonable prices for this standard of accommodation. Finally, if you're celebrating a special occasion, Janz will arrange flowers, wine, champagne and luxury handmade chocolate truffles in your room for your arrival. Previous guests' enthusiastic testimonials on the website can be summed up in the phrase: "Come as guests; return as friends."

Blenheim Lodge, Brantfell Road, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3AE
Phone: 015394 43440 Email: Web:

Keswick - The Grange

The Grange Guest House, Keswick, offers fine quality bed and breakfast accommodation on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Keswick. Since the property was awarded 5 Star Guest House status by both Visit Britain and the AA in August 2010, you can be assured that your stay will be more than comfortable, and you'll be well looked after by Mark and Sally and the whole team.
The wonderful views and location of the Grange, together with the quality of facilities and welcome at this traditional B&B, have attracted returning guests for many years. There are many facilities which you would expect in a 4 star hotel: ample off-street parking, a superb freshly prepared Cumbrian breakfast, free 24hour wifi access, a comfortable lounge, and a scenic outdoor terrace. And the house is fully licensed - which makes the prospect of a cold beer or bottle of wine drunk to the sight of the setting sun behind the fells rather delightful after a long day's walking! There's also a lovely lounge in which you can settle down to read or play chess and other games including backgammon.
The bedrooms are spacious and tasteful, beautifully decorated, each furnished with quality bedding and flat screen televisions with digital channels. You can choose from a selection of fair trade drinks in your room, with mineral water and high quality toiletries provided with the owners' compliments. The Grange offers a quiet and relaxing break in good company, with the opportunity to take in local walks and sightseeing. Being near to Keswick allows you to enjoy the town in the evening with only a short walk home!
The Grange, Manor Brow, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4BA
Phone 017687 72500 Email: Web: