If you’re looking to get out of the city and into the United Kingdom’s great outdoors, we recommend heading to the North West of England – more specifically the Lake District! It’s the most popular national park in the UK and it attracts more than 15 million people each year. It’s no surprise – whatever you want from a holiday you can find it here… provided you get good weather that is. Awesome hiking, biking and walking against picturesque backdrops, and quaint little towns where you can spend the afternoon wandering around markets and coffee shops.
But what about when it comes to where to stay in Lake District? One of the most popular types of accommodation in Lake District is a cabin. It’ll allow you to properly connect with nature and have an authentic experience of the UK’s favourite national park!
In this post, we’ll take a look at the 15 best cabins in the Lake District. We’ve taken into account a range of different travel styles, locations (the national park is pretty big) and of course, your budget!
In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Lake District for One Night
- The World of Beatrix Potter
- Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre
- National Trust Wray Castle
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Staying in a Cabin in Lake District
You can get some truly awesome cabins in Lake District. Whether you want to be on the shores of Britain’s largest lake with a hot tub, a quiet hidden away place with awesome views, or even just a pod-style cabin with your friends on a budget deal, there’s a cabin in Lake District for you.
Hotels and hostels in Lake District are cool, yes, but cabins offer you a much more authentic connection with nature – you can open your back door into the woods or onto the lakeshore.
They’re also an awesome place to come back to after a long hike in the hills. A roaring fire and cozy surroundings are the perfect antidote to a long day of hiking – and well deserved after conquering one of the fells or hills here!
What to look for in a Lake District Cabin
The amenities in cabins here vary depending on where you’re staying and what you want. It’s important to check that bedding and towels are included – these are not always a given for smaller cabins. Wi-Fi seems like a nice idea, but sometimes it’s nice to disconnect from the world with your cabin. It really is up to you!
As you can see from our list, we’ve taken a deep dive into Airbnb. They offer a wide range of cabins in all Lake District regions, and have some pretty unique choices. However, you can also try booking.com and Homeaway.com to find more cool cabins in Lake District!
|Oakland Hut, heart of Windermere||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
|Pod Cottage, Howe Farm, Coniston||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
|Shepherd’s Hut near Windermere||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
|Pet-friendly woodland log cabin||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
|Lodge on the Lake||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
|Forest Pines Lodge||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
|The Den Scandinavian BBQ Cabin||VIEW ON AIRBNB|
Top 10 Cabins in Lake District
So, with all of our travel advice out of the way, it’s time to get started on our list of the best cabins in Lake District! Strap yourself in, we’re going to be taking an awesome tour around this part of the world to find the ultimate Lake District cabin for you!
Overall Best Cabin in Lake District – Oakland Hut, heart of Windermere
- 2 Guests
- Kitchen area
- Tranquil country views
Let’s kick off our list with the best overall cabin in Lake District. Do you want to make the most of your visit while saving your money to spend on country pub lunches and pints? You bet you do!
This small hut is modern and it’s right next to the host family’s home, so they’re on hand to help with finding your way through the Lakes. You can enjoy the views from the picture window, but if the weather’s good, head out to the luxurious outdoor space. There’s a chiminea that’ll keep you warm on the coldest nights as you lie back and count the stars!
Best Budget Cabin in Lake District – Pod Cottage, Howe Farm, Coniston
- 2 Guests
- Private seating area
- Secure bike storage
Looking for the best cabin in Lake District on a budget? We might just have found it for you! This cute cabin, based at Howe Farm near Coniston means that you don’t have to compromise on privacy and convenience despite spending less cash on your stay.
The pod may look a little pokey from the outside, but once you get inside you’ll have plenty of space to move around, with modern amenities and full heating for fall and winter stays. On a tranquil summer’s evening, head outside to the private seating area, where you can watch the sunset with a few beers, and stay out till the sky is full of stars.
Best Cabin in Lake District for Couples – Shepherd’s Hut near Windermere
- 2 Guests
- King bed
- Private garden with stunning views
Staying with the other half? Well, you’re already winning by planning a trip to sweep them off their feet with – now all you need is a romantic Airbnb, and this one definitely fits the bill.
This shepherd’s hut is far enough away from the busy crowds but close enough to the central town of Windermere that you’ve picked a real winner on location! It’s not just the location that’s great about this place – the views from the private garden are sure to take your breath away! When you call it a night, there’s a king bed – what more could you want?!
Best Cabin for a Group of Friends – Pet-friendly woodland log cabin
- 6 Guests
- Functional kitchen
- Wood-burning stove
This awesome Lake District cabin is perfect for groups of friends – both human and furry, because it’s also pet friendly. It’s in Rydal, so you’ve got almost complete seclusion, but you do still have the town of Ambleside in walking distance. There, you’ll find pubs, restaurants, cafes, and lots more to stock up on supplies and keep your group occupied.
This cabin, which looks a little like Hagrid’s Hut if you squint, accommodates up to six guests, so it’s a great place for a gathering. Cook something in the small kitchen, and keep warm with the wood-burning stove or pitch a campfire outside. There’s solar power in the cabin, so you can keep your phones and speakers charged up for a little music in the evening!
Over-the-top Luxury Cabin – Lodge on the Lake
- 6 Guests
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Incredible lake views
Set inside a 5 star holiday park, you’re sure to have all your wildest dreams come true when you stay at Lodge on the Lake. Your enormous private decking area extends right out onto the lake and has incredible views of that and the mountains behind it!
If the weather’s a little too chilly, you can still enjoy these awesome views from the open plan living area. When it comes to food, you can use the fully equipped kitchen to make something delicious for you and up to five of your nearest and dearest that this incredible Lake District cabin can accommodate.
Best Cabin for Families visiting Lake District – Forest Pines Lodge
- 6 Guests
- Awesome location
- Outdoor patio
The Lake District is an awesome family destination, so it makes sense to have a family-friendly place to stay for your trip!
That’s exactly what you’ll get at Forest Pines Lodge, with space for up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms. It’s equipped for families of all ages, whether you’re travelling with young children or it’s a get together for just the grown-ups. The cabin is located in Fallbarrow Holiday Park, which is near Bowness-on-Windermere. If this property isn’t available, you’ll be pleased to know there are other family-friendly cabins in the park.
Best Cabin for Backpackers – The Den Scandinavian BBQ Cabin
- 2 Guests
- BBQ Pit
- Bedding and heated blanket
Backpackers in Lake District don’t have to stick to hostels to keep their prices down. In such an expensive area, it makes sense to look for budget accommodation and that’s exactly what you’ll get at the this Scandi-inspired cabin.
It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from both Windermere and Kendal, so it won’t be hard to meet people in the nearby towns. While you’re there, pick something up from the supermarket, because the standout feature in this cabin is the indoor BBQ.
Best Cabin for views – Cedar Wood Lodge with rural views
- 2 Guests
- Outdoor decking area
- Idyllic views
The clue is in the title really! We’re heading to the North Lakes for our best Lake District cabin with views.
Cockermouth is a bit of a hike from Windermere, but you do have the largest town in the Lakes nearby, Keswick, and loads of cool places to visit like Buttermere and the Whinlatter Forest. All of that is nice, but nothing can really match up to the picturesque views you’ll get from your private decking area – try and spot Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake! Since there’s room for two here, this would be a great spot for a couple!
Best Cabin for Honeymooners – Romantic Lakeland Cottage
- 2 Guests
- King size bed
- Open fire
When you’re on your honeymoon, you want somewhere truly special to stay. For this one, we’ve gone the extra mile and found a traditional cottage for you and your new spouse to make the most of! There’s a king-size bed so you can make the most of lots of time in that… just sleeping of course!
There’s also a huge corner bath which definitely has enough space for two! Add in an open fire and we really don’t know what more you could want from this place!
Most traditional cabin in Lake District – Cosy hideaway in heart of Lakes
- 2 Guests
- Free parking
- In a wooden train carriage!
It may not seem the most traditional cabin at first glance, but this unique cabin in Lake District is a piece of local history!
A converted train carriage, it was converted after being sold off from Keswick Train Station. You’ve got a wooden stove indoors, and your very own dry-stone walled toilet outside. This is the perfect place for a genuine escape – there’s no mobile phone signal here or Wi-Fi, so you can reconnect with nature. If you really need to make a call, signal isn’t too far away, and there’s a pub close by too.
The Absolute Cheapest Cabin in Lake District – Camping Pod – Perfect Alternative
- 4 Guests
- Well equipped kitchenette
- Smart TV with internet access
Okay, so if our budget option was still too expensive for you… we’re sorry. But we’ve managed to go even one better! This camping pod is the absolute cheapest cabin in Lake District. And the fact that you can share it with 3 of your nearest and dearest just drives that cost down even further!
It’s between the towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, so the location isn’t bad. You get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to facilities too – with a kitchenette, smart TV, and internet access all provided!
Amazing Luxury Cabin in Lake District – Blackberry Landing
- 4 Guests
- Handcrafted Cabin
- Panoramic views of rural Cumbria
This handcrafted Lake District cabin may be a small space, but it delivers big on luxury! It can fit up to four guests, but the single beds are quite small. So, it’s perfect for a family who don’t mind splashing out a bit extra for a memorable experience! The panoramic views of rural Cumbria can match any of the previous cabins on our list, while the indoor fire place is guaranteed to warm you when you return from a walk in the hills!
More of the Best Cabins in Lake District
- 2 Guests
- King Size Bed
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
A ten-minute drive from Windermere, this shepherd’s hut gives you the perfect balance of seclusion and privacy with the convenience of restaurants and shops in the village.
It’s not big – but that’s the point. This is a place to savour or alone or with a partner… there is a king-size bed after all! Although it’s small, it maximises space pretty well, and you’ll also find a fully equipped kitchen, a wall-mounted TV… And would you believe there’s still space for an electric fire too?!
- 3 Guests
- Private garden
- Well behaved dogs allowed
Last but not least on our list of the best Lake District cabins is another awesome shepherd’s hut. If you’re struggling to choose between this and the one above, one of the key decision-makers might be that here you can bring your dog… as long as it’s well behaved!
Make use of the private garden and relax to the sound of birds and feeling of fresh air on your face. In the evening, start up the fire pit, or get cosy and warm inside in front of the log burner. All of that, and you’ve got a bunch of lovely walks on your doorstep too. Don’t say we don’t spoil you!
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Final Thoughts on Lake District Cabins
So, that concludes our list of the best cabins in Lake District. We’re sure you’ll agree that there’s an awful lot to choose from! Whether you’re travelling with your other half and fancy something unique like a train carriage or a shepherd’s hut, or whether you’re just hunting for the best cabin in Lake District on a budget, we’ve got you covered!
And if you’re still having trouble deciding on where to stay, don’t worry… Just go for our overall top cabin in Lake District: Oakland Hut, heart of Windermere. It’s got an awesome location, provides great value for money, and it’s just an all-round lovely place to be!
If you’re travelling on a tight budget, and the cabins still seem a bit too expensive, check out the awesome hostels in Lake District too. They offer just as much value for your money, and your bank account won’t suffer as much!
Now that we’ve helped you plan your vacation to the UK and you’re able to make the most of your time in one of the country’s prettiest areas, all that’s left is for us to wish you an incredible and safe trip to Lake District. To keep you and your belongings safe, make sure you take out a travel insurance policy with world nomads!
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