Inns in Cumbria & The Lake District

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The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK and it's not hard to see why! With its stunning scenery and attractive lakeside towns and villages, the region has something for everyone. And it's not all about lakes; don't forget the beautiful coast, stunning Eden Valley and the lovely Cumbrian Dales.

Although Windermere is perhaps the best known destination, other lakes include Ullswater, Grasmere and Coniston Water. Cumbria is also rich in literary connections; visit William Wordsworth's birthplace in Cockermouth and also Dove Cottage near Ambleside which is now a museum. Children will love visiting 'The World of Beatrix Potter' at Bowness-on-Windermere. And where better to stay than in a traditional Lake District inn or hotel, right at the heart of the lakes! To plan your break, simply scroll down the page and browse our selection of hotels and inns in Cumbria.

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Blenheim Lodge

Blenheim Lodge, Bowness-on-Windermere

Prices From: £90 prpn At a Glance:

A charming Lakeland guesthouse, Blenheim Lodge is peacefully situated just 2 - 5 minutes' walk from Bowness centre. Most bedrooms enjoy views of Lake Windermere. Free use of the nearby Parklands Country Club Leisure Centre. Prices start from £63 per night for single rooms and £90 per night for double rooms including breakfast.

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The Tufton Arms Hotel

The Tufton Arms Hotel, Appleby in Westmorland

Prices From: £135 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to the Grade II listed Tufton Arms Hotel, originally a 16th century coaching inn and now an intimate, luxury hotel in the centre of the charming medieval town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. At the heart of our hotel is The Conservatory Restaurant offering fine award winning cuisine.

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Sun Inn

The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale

Prices From: £99 prpn At a Glance:

This fine 17th century inn is perfected situated in the centre of the picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. A wonderful blend of historic and contemporary, the inn features oak floors, log fires and leather sofas. The AA rosetted restaurant serves excellent food locally sourced wherever possible. Meals are served in the restaurant or in the traditional bar. Free Wi-Fi. AA 5 Star Inn, Rosette for Food.

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The Eltermere Inn

The Eltermere Inn, near Ambleside, Cumbria

Prices From: £90 prpn

Built in 175, the Eltermere Inn overlooks Elterwater, an area of fantastic natural beauty at the foot of the Langdale Valley. Some of the very best walking is from our very doorstep. The hotel's restaurant serves an 'a la carte' menu and our fantastic bar is open for all beers and wines, morning coffee, afternoon tea and exciting bar meals. With a menu which changes daily, we use only the finest of fresh ingredients.

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The Barbon Inn

The Barbon Inn, Barbon, Kirkby Lonsdale

Prices From: £81 prpn At a Glance:

This 17th century former coaching inn is located in the delightful village of Barbon, in the Lune Valley between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, 10 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6. All ten bedrooms are individually furnished and en-suite. The Hotel's restaurant is in a smart, candlelit room and boasts an à la carte menu, table d'hote menu and for guests not wishing to dine in the restaurant, meals can be ordered from the bar menu and taken in the bar or the beer garden.

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Best Western Plus Castle Inn

Best Western Plus Castle Inn, Bassenthwaite

Prices From: £97.50 prpn

Set beneath some of England's highest fells and overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, the Castle Inn is the ideal location to explore the northern region of the Lake District. Originally a coaching inn dating back to 1770, the Best Western Plus Castle Inn is now a modern venue with views of Bassenthwaite Lake. Set in the beautiful Lake District, it offers free Wi-Fi, a pool and sauna.

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The Cuckoo Brow

The Cuckoo Brow, near Ambleside

Prices From: £66 prpn At a Glance:

Muddy boots, wet dogs and children welcome. This traditional Lake District Inn nestles in the quiet village of Far Sawrey. Boasts newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms, excellent hearty food, local ales and log fires.

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The White Hart Inn

The White Hart Inn, Bouth, Ulverston

Prices From: £60 prpn

Situated in the Lake District National Park in the hamlet of Bouth, this 17th century former coaching Inn boasts original oak beams, slate floors and two woodburning stoves. Surrounded by fields, fell and woodland the inn is popular with walkers and mountain bikers. The bar boasts six real ales all cask marque inspected, including Cumbrian brews from Coniston Brewery, Ulverston and Jennings.

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The Hare and Hounds, Bowland Bridge

The Hare & Hounds, Bowland Bridge

Prices From: £75 prpn At a Glance:

As featured in the Good Pub Guide 2012 and the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide, this charming and historic inn is renowned for it's food and drink. Only 3 miles from the shores of Lake Windermere.

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Middle Ruddings

Middle Ruddings, Braithwaite, near Keswick

Prices From: £93 prpn

Middle Ruddings Country Inn enjoys a superb situation in the idyllic Lakeland village of Braithwaite. The inn features a friendly bar with a cosy fireplace serving Cumbrian real ales and bar meals. Middle Ruddings serves award-winning breakfasts with freshly baked bread. Rooms at Middle Ruddings feature private bathrooms and some rooms offer balconies and beautiful Lakeland views.

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The Allerdale Court Hotel

The Allerdale Court Hotel, Cockermouth

Prices From: £65 prpn At a Glance:

Open log fires, original oak beams, individually designed bedrooms, an excellent contemporary styled restaurant and a warm Lakeland welcome - all this and more awaits you at the Allerdale Court Hotel. Situated in a quiet corner of the attractive old market town of Cockermouth, on the edge of the English Lake District, Allerdale Court is a family run hotel offering the best of the traditional and modern, where your comfort and enjoyment are always our no.1 priority.The 25 comfortable bedrooms are all en-suite and include a four poster and superior rooms. A warm, traditional Lakeland welcome awaits!

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The Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl Inn, Crossthwaite, Kendal

Prices From: £105 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to the Punch Bowl Inn, situated in the heart of the Lyth Valley at Crosthwaite in the Lake District. The inn offers a blend of old charm and new luxury, with excellent food, comfortable interiors, good beers and wines, and a stunning location. The nine suites are tasteful and luxurious, the restaurant light and airy, and the bar warm and friendly. AA 5 Star Inn, 2 AA Rosettes.

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The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, Dockray, Matterdale, near Ullswater

Prices From: £70 prpn

Nestled peacefully amongst the Eastern Lakeland Fells and within easy reach of many of the best-loved Lakeland walks, this charming country retreat is ideal for a peaceful break in Dockray. Run by a charismatic and friendly family, the hotel provides a relaxed, informal but efficient service, well suited to the Lakeland way of life. The facilities include 10 en-suite bedrooms, a large restaurant and a bar that boasts a fine selection of wines, locally produced real ales and malt whiskies. The hotel is now a completely smoke free environment.

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The Britannia Inn

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater, Ambleside

Prices From: £70 prpn

A 400 year old Lakeland Inn with oak beams, real fires and small, cosy rooms. Famed for our real ales and extensive menu of freshly cooked dishes, using local produce as much as possible. Situated in the middle of picturesque Elterwater village, with the magnificent Langdale Pikes as a backdrop, there are walks of every variety in all directions from the front door.

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The String of Horses

The String of Horses, Faugh, Heads Nook, near Carlisle

Prices From: £70 prpn At a Glance:

Dating from around 1659, the String of Horses is a traditional coaching inn set in one of the most beautiful areas of Britain, near Hadrian's Wall, The Lake District and the Scottish Borders. It is situated only 10 minutes from Carlisle and Junction 43 of the M6 Motorway. With its oak beams and panelling, open fires and gleaming brassware, The String of Horses offers a warm welcome. Though acclaimed for its ‘yesteryear’ ambience, the inn looks after its guests in 21st century style, with great food, free Wi-fi access, digital TV and en-suite bathrooms in every room.

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Inn on the Lake

Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Ullswater

Prices From: £144 prpn At a Glance:

The Inn on the Lake enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District, set in 15 acres of grounds and lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. The interior dessign compliments the outside panorama with beautiful lounges and 47 comfortable bedrooms. Our Lake View Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA rosettes. The Ramblers Bar, set in the hotel's grounds offers traditional Lakeland hospitality serving real ale and good food. Minimum two night stay on a weekend.

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The Traveller's Rest Inn

The Traveller's Rest Inn, Grasmere, Ambleside

Prices From: £70 prpn At a Glance:

An original 16th Century coaching inn on the outskirts of Grasmere village, The Travellers Rest epitomizes the traditional Lakeland inn. Full of old world charm and character with oak beams and inglenooks, roaring log fires in winter and beer gardens with panoramic views in summer, comfortable bedrooms, real ale and award winning food.

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Macdonald Swan Hotel

Macdonald Swan Hotel, Grasmere

Prices From: £108 prpn At a Glance:

A 17th century coaching inn, the Macdonald Swan Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District and was mentioned in Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Waggoner’. Nestled in the Cumbrian countryside with views over the fells and access to several challenging trails, this is a cosy and inviting hotel, ideal for walkers and cyclists.

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The Old Ginn House

The Old Ginn House, Great Clifton

Prices From: £85 prpn At a Glance:

Situated in the unspoilt Western Lake District, the Old Ginn House Inn has been successfully converted from a 17th century farm into a charming hostelry full of character and modern facilities, built around an appealing courtyard. The feature bar is the Ginn Room itself, after which the Inn has been named. Part of the original farm, this unique rounded room offers an attractive seating area and a well stocked bar. With quality en-suite accommodation and excellent food served in the Inn’s atmospheric dining areas, the Old Ginn House aims to ensure you have a most relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, Ambleside

Prices From: £89 prpn At a Glance:

The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is located in the picturesque Langdale Valley, close to the bustling small town of Ambleside and situated conveniently for visiting many interesting areas of the Lake District. The Hotel prides itself on the cuisine served, the relaxed and friendly service it offers, as well as the excellent standards provided. All bedrooms enjoy the most dramatic of views and are en-suite with colour television and tea and coffee making facilities. The bright restaurant overlooks the patio and to the lawn with the Lakeland fells beyond.

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The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn, Hawkshead

Prices From: £60 prpn At a Glance:

Located in the charming unspoilt village of Hawkshead, this delightful 17th Century Inn has everything to offer those looking for an ideal break or holiday away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Ideally situated in the centre of the village, the Sun Inn has oak beams and an open fire. We are ETB commended (4 diamonds) and AA recommended (4 diamonds).Our new menu features locally reared lamb and beef from the green lakeland fells, as well as trout caught in Esthwaite, only 5 minutes walk away.

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The Skiddaw Hotel

The Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick

Prices From: £119 prpn At a Glance:

Few hotels can boast a town centre location set amongst beautiful scenic countryside. Surrounded by the Lakes and Mountains of the English Lake District, The Skiddaw Hotel is just such a place. Imposing yet welcoming this hotel provides an oasis in the centre of a bustling Market Town and whatever the season, Keswick in its picturesque glory enjoys an atmosphere all of its own.

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Queens Hotel

Queens Hotel, Keswick

Prices From: £75 prpn

The Queens Hotel occupies a central location by Keswick’s market square. The hotel offers good food, traditional rooms and free Wi-Fi. On the edge of Derwent Water, the Queens is just a short walk from the shops, pubs and restaurants of Keswick town centre. The Queens Head bar serves bar meals and real ales. The public bar overlooks the marketplace, and features a real log fire. Some of the bedrooms at the family-run Queens Hotel have views of the Lakeland Fells, Skiddaw and Borrowdale.

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Three Shires Inn

Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale, near Ambleside

Prices From: £100 prpn At a Glance:

Built in 1872 the Three Shires Inn is situated on the south facing slope in Little Langdale, one of Lakeland's unspoilt areas, an ideal base for walking, touring and relaxing. We have ten pretty rooms with stunning fell views. Log fires, traditional ales, superb food, excellent views and friendly service. In summer the verandahs and window ledges are covered with beautiful hanging baskets and flower boxes. AA 4 Star Inn.

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The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge

Prices From: £99 prpn At a Glance:

This newly refurbished former 17th century coaching inn overlooks Lake Windermere and offers the best in Lakeland luxury. The hotel boasts luxuriously equipped bedrooms, a fantastic Italian restaurant or traditional Lakeland pub meals, a Spa with indoor pool, jacuzzi, and sauna, and a fitness room with latest equipment. A stunning lakeside location from which to enjoy the delights of the Lake District..

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The Crown at High Newton

The Crown at High Newton, Newton-in-Cartmel

Prices From: £69.95 prpn

Originally an 18th century coaching inn, The Crown still retains many original features, from open fires to antique furniture. Situated just three miles from Lake Windermere, the hotel boasts elegant rooms, each with tiled en-suite bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. The bar with its old oak beams and open fireplace, serves a range of drinks. Outdoor seating is available in the garden overlooking the Lakeland fells. The Crown is a 10 minute drive from Junction 36 of the M6 motorway.

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The Pennington

The Pennington, Ravenglass

Prices From: £120 prpn At a Glance:

Ravenglass is the place where the Lake District National Park meets the sea. This new luxury hotel combines the charm of a 16th century coaching inn with modern interior design, offering 21 high quality guest rooms, each with en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and multi-media system. Dining facilities include a brasserie-style restaurant, courtyard café and licensed bar.

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The Fat Lamb Country Inn

The Fat Lamb Country Inn, Ravenstonedale, near Kirkby Stephen

Prices From: £98 prpn At a Glance:

An historic coaching inn, today the Fat Lamb combines modern amenities with good old-fashioned hospitality, offering accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms. The Fat Lamb enjoys a well deserved reputation for its good food, all lovingly prepared and cooked on the premises by our own chefs The scenery all around the Fat Lamb is quite simply fantastic, and we are an excellent base for countryside lovers andwalkers alike.

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The Black Swan Hotel

The Black Swan Hotel, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen

Prices From: £80 prpn At a Glance:

Awarded AA PUB OF THE YEAR - ENGLAND 2012/13. This welcoming village Inn is situated in the conservation village of Ravenstonedale, ideally located for walking the Howgill fells or touring the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. The hotel offers excellent home cooked food, wines and ales, along with great coffee and home-made cakes and scones. Free WiFi is also available in the bars and lounge. Our recently refurbished rooms are beautifully decorated and elegant, yet informal. We are featured in Sawdays 'Special Places to Stay', and Michelin 'Eating out in Pubs'.

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The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge

Prices From: £75 prpn At a Glance:

Award winning beautiful family run country inn situated in the Wasdale valley - close to Wastwater Britain's favourite view, Scafell, Great Gable etc., Muncaster Castle and the Ratty Railway at Ravenglass. Real Jennings ales, log fires, pets welcome, intimate Italian style Bistro, non smoking dining area, function room, real home cooked food, home from home for the tired business person and weary fell walker.

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The Bull Hotel

The Bull Hotel, Sedbergh

Prices From: From £30 pppn

The Bull Hotel is a 17th century coaching inn situated in the heart of Sedbergh, England's only Book Town. With beautiful views out towards the Howgills, we are ideally situated at the gateway of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Park. Featuring comfortable en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant serving excellent food, a bar offering a wide sleection of real ales and a beer garden for all to enjoy, a visit to the Bull Hotel ticks all the boxes for a relaxing retreat.

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The Kings Head Hotel

The Kings Head Hotel and Inn, Thirlmere, Keswick

Prices From: £90 prpn At a Glance:

Situated at the foot of Helvellyn in the heart of The Lake District, this former 17th Century coaching inn is surrounded by spectacular scenery with superb views towards Blencathra and Skiddaw. With award winning food served in two different restaurants, residents lounge, bar lounge and individually furnished rooms, The Kings offers a perfect base from which to explore this wonderful region.

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The Mortal Man

The Mortal Man, Troutbeck

Prices From: £85 prpn At a Glance:

An established traditional Lake District Inn since 1689, The Mortal Man is located beneath the rugged fells of Troutbeck Valley, just outside Windermere and Ambleside. The en-suite rooms all enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, with most looking all the way down the valley to Lake Windermere! The restaurant offers menus that are packed with imaginative dishes, rich in variety and taste. All dishes are freshly prepared using the finest local produce to give you a true taste of Cumbria.

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Regent by the Lake Hotel

Regent by the Lake Hotel, Waterhead, Ambleside

Prices From: £99 prpn At a Glance:

Set right on Lake Windermere from where you can catch a boat across to Bowness on Windermere. Dining is a vital part at The Regent and the head chef combines fresh local produce with traditional Cumbrian influences into a modern British style. Free WiFi.

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Brackenrigg Inn

Brackenrigg Inn, Watermillock, Lake Ullswater

Prices From: £59 prpn

A warm welcome awaits at the Brackenrigg Inn, just 6 miles from Junction 40 on the M6 motorway and Penrith. This 18th century coaching Inn offers an unrivalled setting with spectacular views of Ullswater. The Brackenrigg Inn endeavours to remain traditional though and through, retaining its old world charm and character in each of its seventeen en-suite bedrooms. Enjoy freshly cooked, award winning cuisine perfectly complimented by well chosen wines, all served by the glass. There is also a selection of real ales including their own Brackenrigg Inn draft. Another world a step away....

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The Crown Hotel

The Crown Hotel, Wetherall, Carlisle

Prices From: £65 prpn At a Glance:

Situated in the beautiful little village of Wetheral just 5 miles from Carlisle, the Crown Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Borders, Cumbria and the Lake District. Offering elegant accommodation, a fully equipped leisure club with indoor pool, squash courts and our own beauty room. The Conservatory Restaurant and Walton's Bar both offer great food and drink including local specialities and real ale.

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