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12 BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

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The Lake District is without a doubt the UK’s most popular national park, attracting around 15 million people every year. And we definitely understand why – The Lake District’s picturesque landscape doesn’t miss craggy hilltops, mountain tops, and glittering lakes of course. The area will be a perfect adventure for those looking for an outdoor adventure – from lake cruises to mountain walks the area will have you covered!

To smoothly introduce you to a selection of the best boutique Lake District hotels we’ve put together this little shortcut:

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Keeping things simple, here’s your shortcut to the Best Boutique Hotels in the Lake District:

Boutique Hotels overlooking Lake Windermere: Laura Ashley The Belsfield

Boutique Hotel in the Lake District for Families: The Samling Hotel

Boutique Hotel in the Lake District with a nice view: Lakes Hotel & Spa

5 Star Boutique Hotel in the Lake District: Linthwaite House Hotel

Boutique Hotel in the Lake District for Couples: Linthwaite House Hotel

Boutique Hotel in the Lake District with a SPA: Langdale Spa & Hotel 

(For more details on each hotel, please keep scrolling)

How to book hotels in the Lake District: You will find in this guide direct links to the biggest hotel booking portal in the world, Booking.com. Booking.com is one of the safest and easiest ways to book your stay.

Few things to consider before booking a hotel in the Lake District 

Location: The Lake District is the most popular British National Park – a tranquil region full of wonderful views, peace, and greenery. To help you better understand the Lake District’s map and choose one spot that suits you best, we’ve made a short guide through the best areas to stay in the Lake District at the end of the article.

Price: On average, 3-star hotels in Lake District cost US$130 per night, and 4-star hotels in Lake District are US$199 per night. If you’re looking for something really special, a 5-star hotel in Lake District can on average be found for US$346 per night (based on Booking.com prices).

Amenities: Since this is an article about high-quality boutique hotels in the Lake District you can expect the best amenities and services offered in a city.

Lifestyle: Each one of us has its character and preferences. There are certain hotels that are specific to their themes. You can find modern, cozy, luxurious, or chick interiors to name a few. There is something for everyone.

1. Linthwaite House Hotel:  Bowness-on-Windermere

5 STAR 

Linthwaite House Hotel boutique hotels lake distric

A relaxed country house hotel with plenty of stylish warmth

Linthwaite House, a contemporary country house hotel is situated on a hilltop overlooking Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District. Set in 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of established gardens and well-maintained private woodland grounds. 

Linthwaite House offers luxurious accommodation, with stylish, individually designed bedrooms and bathrooms. Many overlook the lake and manicured gardens as well as the surrounding hills and mountains.

The on-site restaurant, Simon Rogan serves dishes using local ingredients. Henrock’s á la carte menu features small plates and sharing dishes. Henrock is open for dinner in the restaurant or lunch and afternoon tea in the Bar & Conservatory.

There are two rowboats available and guests can also book to take part in fly fishing. Alternatively, after a day of exploring The Lakes, guests can book an in-room massage to relax.

Hotel rating: 9.3  (Superb)   Rooms: 36

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FROM $405/NIGHT

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2. Lakes Hotel & Spa: Bowness-on-Windermere

5 STAR 

Lakes Hotel & Spa boutique hotels lake district

The Heart of Lakes, just a stone throw away from everything

The 4-star hotel perfectly situated with views of Lake Windermere, just a short stroll from the bustling village center of Bowness-on-Windermere and the boats that travel the length of Windermere, making it easy to visit Ambleside, Brockhole, Wray Castle, and Lakeside without a car.

The hotel features some great on-site facilities – half of the rooms with hot tubs on private balconies, an on-site spa with poolside seating and a bar, stylish restaurant and cocktail bar, bike hire, wake surfing, and paddleboarding.

The on-site Waterbird Restaurant offers a sumptuously seasonal a la carte dinner menu using only the best locally sourced produce. Moreover, guests can also head towards an on-site bar area to choose from a selection of sandwiches, tapas, or homemade bar meals, served during the day in the bar conservatory where they can take in the breathtaking views over the lakes, hills, and mountains or dine in a cozy lounge with a roaring log fire.

Hotel rating: 8.8  (Fabulous)  

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FROM $243/NIGHT

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3. Laura Ashley The Belsfield: Bowness-on-Windermere 

4 STAR 

Laura Ashley The Belsfield boutique hotels lake district

The Landmark Hotel in an enviable position above Windermere Lake

Built in 1845, The Laura Ashley – Belsfield Hotel is an award-winning hotel that stands in 6 acres of gardens with unparalleled views over Lake Windermere. The hotel has been awarded 4 Black AA Stars and 2 Rosettes.

The en suite rooms enjoy designer furnishings and feature satellite TV. Many have views of the lake and the mountains, and ground-floor rooms are available.

Dining is available in the Belsfield Restaurant and Belsfield Brasserie, with drinks in the Lounge Bar and opportunities to relax and take tea or coffee in the Drawing Room and Library, moreover, on warmer days, guests can relax on a grassy terrace overlooking the lake. For the active, there’s a tiny gym plus staff will print off local walks. If you’re keen on lake cruises, check out the hotel’s ‘cruise’ packages.

A little bit less than half of 62 rooms feature lake views, and all are differently styled with soft colors, feature wallpapers, classy lampshades, and silk or velvet throws and cushions. Bold mirrors add glamour, thick curtains add luxury while bathrooms are well-lit with interesting details such as tongue-and-groove paneling or silver-colored dishes.

The hotel is 5 minutes walk from the center of Bowness, the World of Beatrix Potter museum, and from Lake Windermere itself. It is also just 5.5 miles from Tarn Hows. The property has state-of-the-art conferencing facilities for hosting company events.

Hotel rating: 8.6  (Fabulous)  Rooms: 62

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FROM $283/NIGHT

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4. The Samling Hotel – Windermere

4 STAR 

The samling hotel boutique hotels lake district

Easy to get to, difficult to leave

The Samling hotel is looking out over panoramic lake views, south along Windermere and west towards the Coniston Old Man mountain range. Guests can enjoy hospitality and comfort, with award-winning fine dining.

There’s space to relax indoors or outdoors with a sitting room and snug ‘library’, paved terraces, gardens, and a hot tub (free but a book to ensure exclusive use). Walking guides are available and dogs are allowed (£25 per stay). Alternatively, if the weather makes you change your plans, you can book a cocktail or wine-tasting masterclass. Deer, rabbits, and birds, including kestrels, flit around the grounds.

12 guest bedrooms match the style with the rest of the hotel – creamy calm, soft carpets, milky walls, and velvet sofas. Colors are pale and delicate with carefully chosen accents – perhaps a blush pink vase or mirror-topped table – to add interest, while walls are sparingly hung with abstract art. Most bedrooms feature lake or garden views.

The on-site restaurant with Head Chef Robby Jenks is developing and refining menus with a purity of flavor based on the core ingredients in each dish. The ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s greenhouse, gardens, and woodland, all locally sourced.

Hotel rating: 9.6  (Exceptional)  Rooms: 12

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FROM $319/NIGHT

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5. The Daffodil Hotel & Spa – Grasmere

4 STAR 

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa boutique hotels lake district

Think luxury, style, and plenty of indulgences – the ultimate escape awaits

The Daffodil Hotel offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. 

Rooms at The Daffodil Hotel and Spa are stylish and spacious featuring a sleek style – walls are milky, carpets with bold patterns, and furniture is smooth. The bedroom’s decor is carefully selected too  – reading lights, good mirrors, and themed prints or photographs – and clutter-free, meaning they feel spacious and restful.

Guests staying at The Daffodil can also indulge in the hotel’s luxury spa complete with Germaine De Capuccini therapies and products, a 10 yards thermal pool, steam room, sauna, and tepidarium. Spa treatments are available by prior arrangement.

The on-site restaurant, The Daffodil serves a traditional British menu with a modern twist. The dining room enjoys a lake view, as does the Sitting Room where afternoon tea is served. In addition, the property has a beautiful terrace for enjoying the finer weather.

Hotel rating: 9.0  (Superb)  Rooms: 78

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FROM $219/NIGHT

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FAMILY ROOMS

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6. Langdale Hotel & Spa – Ambleside 

4 STAR 

Langdale Hotel & Spa boutique hotels lake district

Woodlands and waterways in the heart of The Lake District

The Langdale Hotel & Spa, set in 35 acres of woodland and waterways in the heart of the Lake District, is the perfect place for getting away from it all. Massive millstones, a water-wheel, cannon, and other relics are reminders of its former life, as 19th Century gunpowder works.

Made up of several buildings dotted around a forested estate, formerly a gunpowder factory for the local mining industry; Langdale has the feel of a small, country resort, particularly as it shares the site with a timeshare development of lodges tucked among the trees.

The majority of the 52 bedrooms are located village-style, in historic properties around the estate, with just 5 situated in the main building. Each room is different in style with Feature and Ultimate rooms for those special occasions. Bedrooms are spacious, featuring super-king beds, and tubs/showers contemporary, bright-white bathrooms.

The leisure complex includes a 20-meter pool, gym, sauna, and steam room as well as a spa (with own-brand Pure Alchemy products) and ‘thermal experience’. Guests can dine at the Stove Restaurant & Bar, an on-site restaurant with a menu designed to suit all tastes.

Hotel rating: 8.9  (Fabulous)  Rooms: 52

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FROM $298/NIGHT

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On-Site SPA

swimming pool

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7. Lindeth Fell Country House – Bowness-on-Windermere

4 STAR 

Lindeth Fell Country House boutique hotels lake district

Family-run luxury guest house with its Edwardian elegance

An award-winning, luxury bed, and breakfast, Lindeth Fell Country House is set in an elegant Edwardian house with high ceilings and period features. Guests are welcomed with tea and homemade scones served in one of the two large sitting rooms or on the terrace overlooking the seven acres of garden, a mix of formal lawns, wild meadow, mature woodland, and lily-strewn tarn.

The hotel offers spacious, individually decorated rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, an airy en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities. Many bedrooms offer lake views.

The 14 rooms, all individually decorated, share the same decor touches: traditional country-house style: plain carpets, brightly patterned or shimmery wallpapers, smart armchairs, and headboards, and solid reproduction or fitted furniture.

Food-wise there isn’t a full-scale dining operation on-site however, there are some alternatives: homemade soup, sandwiches, scones, and cake throughout the day; full afternoon tea; and a large range of cold platters and snacks available to order at the guest’s request. You can also relax in a cozy lounge with log fires and a fully licensed resident bar.

Hotel rating: 9.5 (Exceptional)  Rooms: 14

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FROM $286/NIGHT

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family rooms

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8. Grange Boutique Hotel – Grange over Sands

4 STAR 

Grange Boutique Hotel Boutique hotels lake district

Victorian boutique hotel with original features and design 

Situated in the heart of the coastal town of Grange over Sands, with its Promenade, The “Grange Boutique” provides a great base for exploring the Lake District National Park, the Lake District Peninsula, and the famous Medieval village of Cartmel, with its Michelin Star Restaurants, Race Course and Craft Beer.

This boutique heritage house is being restored back to the prestigious home it once was, full of love, life, warmth, log fires, and vitality. The designs reflect a balance between Victorian splendor and Modern Country Chic, a harmony of style, relaxation, and calming space.

Hotel rating: 9.5 (Exceptional)  

$$$

FROM $201/NIGHT

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Excellent Breakfast

ON-SITE bar

9. Macdonald Leeming House – Watermillock

4 STAR 

Macdonald Leeming House boutique hotels lake district

You don’t have to go far to be faraway

Macdonald Leeming House is a 4-star hotel in the Lake District, offering comfort in beautiful surroundings. Set in 22 acres of gardens in the countryside of Cumbria, the 200-year-old country house hotel has breathtaking scenery and facilities including a pool, sauna, hot tub, and spa treatments at sister hotel Old Macdonald (no farm) a 40-minute drive away in Windermere (included in the rate). Although it might be an inconvenience for some guests the trip is worth the drive with a 20m pool, four rooms in the thermal suite (including an aroma steam room), and an outdoor terrace for lounging over the fine Windermere vista.

Hotel rating: 8.3 (Very Good)  Rooms:  40

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FROM $219/NIGHT

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10. Abbey House Hotel – Barrow in Furness

4 STAR 

Abbey House Hotel Boutique Hotels Lake District

Elegant stay with a royal past

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is a luxury Lake District hotel, set in 14 acres of landscaped grounds on the doorstep of the Southern Lake District. Originally built for the Vickers Shipyard as a home to Commander Craven.. The newly created Oscar’s restaurant offers award-winning food.

Lovingly restored through a multi-million-pound refurbishment in its Centenary year, Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is truly breath-taking from the moment you turn into the driveway to the imaginative contemporary interiors and accommodation suites. All rooms are individually designed.

Hotel rating: 9.2 (Superb)  Rooms:  59

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FROM $189/NIGHT

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11. Kotel Windermere – Windermere

5 STAR 

Kotel Windermere boutique hotels lake distric

Luxury Studio Accommodation in the Lakes

Located in the heart of the Lakes, the property offers 19 luxury studios and apartments with funky decor. Kotel Windermere promises to be The Lakes’ newest destination for the modern luxury traveler. Enriched by an illustrious heritage, their buildings’ provenance has been artfully woven to create a luxurious new residence.

Accommodating from one to six guests, apartments come in a gamut of shapes and sizes, from uniquely configured Kozy Studios, to ‘Jaw-Dropping Deluxe Apartments’. Authentic features, including dark wooden flooring and paneled walls, have been incorporated with their new design.

The units come with parquet floors and feature a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, a dining area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. A fridge is also provided, as well as a kettle.

Hotel rating: 8.8 (Fabulous)  Rooms:  19

$$$

FROM $213/NIGHT

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12. Ambleside Lake House – Windermere

4 STAR 

Ambleside Lake House Boutique Hotels Lake District

Serenity and comfort by the lake

Set above Waterhead Bay in Ambleside, the family-run Ambleside Lake House is a 4-start guest house, with green surroundings. Ambleside Lake House offers an idyllic location in Ambleside. Located a short distance from the popular towns of Ambleside and Windermere, guests may enjoy some of the best shopping, dining out and entertainment the Lake District has to offer.

The rooms are individually decorated, and each has tea and coffee facilities. All rooms have a desk and a modern bathroom with toiletries.

Traditional Full English breakfasts are served daily at the Ambleside Lake House, featuring fresh Lakeland produce and Cumberland sausages. Light Continental options are also available.

Free parking is available, and Ambleside town center is a 10-minute walk away.

Hotel rating: 9.1 (Superb)  Rooms:  19

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FROM $193/NIGHT

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THE LAKE DISTRICT BOUTIQUE HOTELS MAP

What are the best places to stay in the Lake District?

WINDERMERE 

Stretching for 10.5mi the Windermere is ‘the queen’ of Lake District Lakes as well as the largest body of water in England. The area is a center of tourism and one of the busiest spots in the national park. The town is split in two: Bowness-on-Windermere – located on the eastern shore of the lake, and Windermere Town located at the top of a steep hill called Lake Road. 

In this area of the Lake District, you will find:

  • Windermere Jetty
  • Lakes Aquarium 
  • Blackwell House
  • Fell Foot Park Gardens

AMBLESIDE 

Once a busy mill and textile center, now a little, cozy town and a favorite spot for hikers with a selection of outdoor shops and small pubs and cafes. The town itself is built from the stern grey stone that’s a characteristic point of the Lakeland. 

In this area of the Lake District, you will find:

  • Armitt Museum
  • Rydal Mount
  • Stock Ghyll Force Waterfall

GRASMERE

Considered as one of the Lake District’s prettiest hamlets, sitting on the edge of an island-studded lake surrounded by woods, pastures, and green hills.  Grasmere is also a place where the poet William Wordsworth chose as his home in 1799, leaving behind history in a form of a Dove Cottage

In this area of the Lake District, you will find:

  • Dove Cottage 
  • Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery
  • Grasmere Lake & Rydal Water

HAWSKHEAD

The Lake District’s villages don’t get much better than small, picture-perfect Hawkshead. White cottages, cobbled lanes, and old pubs lost among the green countryside. Bear in mind that cars are banned to enter the village.

In this area of the Lake District, you will find:

  • Beatrix Potter Gallery 
  • Tarn Hows Lake
  • Hill Top 

CONISTON

The village was historically established to support the local mining industry so the surrounding hilltops are littered with what is a reminder of old copper workings. Nowadays, the area is known for its hike and a string of world-record speed attempts made by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald.

In this area of the Lake District  you will find:

  • Brantwood (Historic Building)
  • Coniston Water Lake 

KESWICK

One of the Lake District’s major towns nestled alongside the idyllic lake of Derwentwater. Sadly, the town suffered heavy damage during the 2015 floods. However, the town is slowly recovering.

In this are of the Lake District you will find:

  • Keswick Museum
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Lakes Distillery 

FAQ

We’ve answered some of the most common questions about the Lake District

What are the Most Beautiful Spots in the Lake District?

Grasmere (Natural Feature)
Kendal Castle(Historical Landmark)
Ambleside (Natural Feature)
Kirkstone Pass (Natural Feature)
Castlerigg Stone Circle (Archaeological site)
Shap Abbey (Church)
Tarn Hows (Hiking Trail)
Scafell Pike (Natural Feature)

How many days do you need in Lake District?

We’d highly recommend spending 2 nights in the Lake District and 3 full days (at least) to get a good feel for the area and take some longer hikes around different areas.

What are the best boutique hotels near Helvellyn?

Some of the more popular boutique hotels near Helvellyn include:
The Cottage in the Wood – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Forest Side – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
The Samling Hotel – Traveller rating: 4.5/5

Which boutique hotels in Lake District have rooms with a private balcony?

A private balcony can be enjoyed by guests at the following boutique hotels in Lake District:
Windermere Boutique Hotel – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Applegarth Villa Hotel and Restaurant (Adult Only) – Traveller rating: 4.5/5

Which boutique hotels in Lake District have rooms with great views?

These boutique hotels in Lake District have great views and are well-liked by travelers:
Cedar Manor – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
The Cottage in the Wood – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Traveller rating: 5.0/5

Which boutique hotels in Lake District are romantic?

These boutique hotels in Lake District have been described as romantic by other travelers:
Windermere Boutique Hotel – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Cedar Manor – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
The Cottage in the Wood – Traveller rating: 5.0/5

Which boutique hotels in Lake District allow pets?

These boutique hotels in Lake District generally allow pets:
Forest Side – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Applegarth Villa Hotel and Restaurant (Adult Only) – Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Waterhead Hotel – Traveller rating: 4.5/5
It is always best to call ahead and confirm specific pet policies before your stay.

Do any boutique hotels in Lake District offer free breakfast?

Free breakfast can be enjoyed at the following boutique hotels in Lake District:
Windermere Boutique Hotel – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Cedar Manor – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
The Cottage in the Wood – Traveller rating: 5.0/5

Which boutique hotels in Lake District have free parking?

These boutique hotels in Lake District have free parking:
Windermere Boutique Hotel – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Cedar Manor – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
The Cottage in the Wood – Traveller rating: 5.0/5

Do any boutique hotels in Lake District have a spa on-site?

These boutique hotels in Lake District have a spa:
Windermere Boutique Hotel – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Traveller rating: 5.0/5
Rothay Garden Hotel – Traveller rating: 4.5/5

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