A selection of the best luxury hotels in Cumbria, UK. A selection by Laura Becker
The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is an exclusive boutique hotel that offers visitors a luxurious stay in the beautiful Lake District. With magnificent views of Lake Windermere, just over 2 miles away, guests can enjoy delicious fine dining with 1-Michelin star rated Hrishi or savoury dishes with an Asian twist at Gilpin Spice. The hotel offers luxurious suites and lodges, each with its own hot tub or private spa facilities. Guests can relax in their own gardens, lake and steam rooms for the ultimate in relaxation.
Rooms: 31 Stars: 5
Experience the luxury of a boutique hotel just a mile from Lake Windermere. Enjoy home-cooked food, free Wi-Fi, and a 15-minute walk to Windermere Rail Station. Rooms feature large widescreen TVs, DVD players, and king-size beds with bathrooms. Upgrade to one of the luxury suites with outdoor hot tubs and seating areas. Retaining charm from its Edwardian past, the hotel has open fires and beamed ceilings. Explore the nearby attractions such as the World of Beatrix Potter and Bowness, or take in the scenery with a walk or cycle in the National Parkland. Ambleside is just 5 miles away.
Rooms: 13 Stars: 4
Situated in 20 acres of landscaped gardens, Merewood Country House Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Cumbria. Built in 1812, this boutique hotel boasts many original features and offers free Wi-Fi and on-site parking. Each room comes with en suite bathroom facilities, a flat-screen TV, telephone, tea and coffee facilities, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel’s restaurant menu showcases the region’s finest produce, including Cumberland sausage, locally caught trout, and Cumbrian cheeses and chutneys. Afternoon tea is also served. Just 6 minutes’ drive from the centre of Windermere, the hotel is conveniently located near many attractions, including the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge, Windermere Steamboat Museum, and the World of Beatrix Potter.
Rooms: 20 Stars: 4
Farlam Hall Hotel & Restaurant is a 4-star boutique hotel in Brampton with landscaped gardens, a cocktail bar, terrace, shared lounge, concierge service and free WiFi. All rooms are refurbished with high ceilings and garden views, a wardrobe and flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests can enjoy activities in and around Brampton like cycling, or take a short drive to Gretna Green and Hadrians Wall. Carlisle and Penrith are nearby, and Newcastle International Airport is 77 km away, with a paid airport shuttle service available.
Rooms: 12 Stars: 4
Experience the height of luxury at The Punch Bowl Inn, a 5-star boutique hotel in Kendal, Cumbria. Situated 9.1 km from the World of Beatrix Potter, the hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, free WiFi, free private parking and a restaurant. Each room is fitted with a wardrobe, flat-screen TV, private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling in the nearby areas of Trough of Bowland (40 km away) and Derwentwater (47 km away). For those flying in, Leeds Bradford International Airport is 108 km away.
Rooms: 9 Stars: 5
Perched in the Borrowdale Valley, the family-run Hazel Bank Country House is a boutique hotel in the heart of the Lake District. Awarded 2 AA-Rosettes, this stunning 1840 building offers a 2-acre estate of tranquil countryside, with views over Rosthwaite. Enjoy free WiFi and private parking, as well as complimentary sherry, water and truffles in each room. All en-suite bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane toiletries and a hairdryer. Start the day with a cooked-to-order breakfast, and try local Cumbrian cuisine at the renown restaurant, led by Masterchef Finalist Darren Comish and proprietor Donna MacRae. Just 15 minutes from Keswick, explore the nearby attractions such as Whinlatter Forest, Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, Honister Mine and Derwent Water.
Rooms: 7 Stars: 5
Nestled at the foot of Skiddaw, Ravenstone Manor is a 19th-century manor house boasting 3 hectares of grounds and breathtaking views of Bassenthwaite Lake. This boutique hotel is just a 5-minute drive away and offers en suite bathrooms and stone walls. The dining room serves traditional and modern dishes made with locally sourced products, including Cumbrian game and locally caught fish. Cozy up by the open fire in the bar or relax in the lounge with a warming fire and stunning views through the picture windows. Ravenstone Manor is conveniently located 10 minutes from Keswick and Derwent Water, and 30 minutes from Penrith and the M6 motorway. Enjoy the best of Cumbria with walking around the Northern Lakes, hiking, and biking.
Rooms: 22 Stars: 4
The Roundthorn Country House and Mews Apartments offer an exclusive and luxurious experience with amazing views. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and relax in the beautiful gardens with a drink in hand. Stay in a unique and individually styled en suite bedroom in the Country House, or in one of the self-catering Mews Apartments. The Roundthorn is the perfect place to stay for a special occasion or a getaway.
Rooms: 20 Stars: 5
Experience a stay of royal luxury at Abbey House Hotel. Nestled in 14 acres of landscaped grounds next to Furness Abbey, this boutique hotel is a perfect blend of Edwardian grandeur and modern amenities. Guests can relax in their luxurious rooms, boasting high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and free WiFi. Enjoy a range of delicious dishes at the Rosette accredited Oscar’s restaurant. Explore the local area, with Barrow-in-Furness, the Dock Museum and South Lakes Wild Animal Park just a short drive away. With its historic features, award-winning cuisine and convenient location, Abbey House Hotel is the ideal destination for a special break.
Rooms: 57 Stars: 4
Experience a unique stay at The Bull Hotel, a 17th-century coaching inn nestled in the stunning Yorkshire Dales and close to the edge of The Lake District. Each room is tastefully decorated and comes with a private bathroom, TV, free tea and coffee, and complimentary toiletries and hairdryer. Enjoy hearty, local produce-based dishes in the restaurant, open Wednesday to Sunday. The Winder Bar offers a selection of local real ales, malt whiskies, and other drinks. Explore nearby Sedbergh’s historic high street, with its shops, restaurants, and tea room, or go for a 10-minute walk to the foot of The Howgill Fells. The M6 motorway is 5 miles away. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Rooms: 18 Stars: 5
Best areas to find hotels in Cumbria, UK
Cumbria is a beautiful region of England, situated in the North West of the country. With its stunning landscapes, quaint villages and breathtaking views, it is the perfect place to explore and spend a holiday. From picturesque lakeside towns to rolling hills and rugged coastlines, Cumbria has something for everyone.
The best areas to search for a hotel in Cumbria are the Lake District, the Eden Valley, the Yorkshire Dales and the Solway Coast.
The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, and it is no wonder why. With its stunning lake views, picturesque villages and rolling hills, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, ranging from luxury resorts to quaint guesthouses. Some of the most popular hotels include The Inn on the Lake in Ullswater, The Langdale Hotel in Ambleside and The Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere.
The Eden Valley is an area of outstanding beauty, situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. It is a great place to explore, with stunning scenery and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are a number of hotels to choose from, such as the Eden Valley Hotel in Penrith, the Hartley Arms Hotel in Appleby and the Lakeland Country House Hotel in Bampton.
The Yorkshire Dales is an area of stunning natural beauty, with rolling hills, picturesque villages and plenty of outdoor activities. There are some great hotels available, such as the Craven Arms Hotel in Skipton, the Craven Arms Hotel in Kirkby Lonsdale and the Old Station Hotel in Hawes.
Finally, the Solway Coast is a stunning area of coastline, stretching from the Scottish border to the Lake District. It is a great place to explore, with plenty of beaches, cliffs, rolling hills and wildlife spotting opportunities. Some of the best hotels in the area include the Corran Resort and Spa in Silloth, the Solway Lodge Hotel in Wigton and the Friars Carse Hotel in Dumfries.
No matter where you choose to stay in Cumbria, you are sure to find a hotel that suits your needs. With its stunning landscapes, quaint villages and breathtaking views, it is the perfect place to explore and spend a holiday.