So, you’ve decided to travel to England’s famous Lake District National Park. First, great choice – the Lake District is considered one of the most scenic places to visit in England. 

The stunning, glacially carved lakes and craggy mountains in the Cumbria region of England are packed with quaint, charming towns, beautiful hiking trails, and plenty of outdoor activities.

The 2360km² landscape is full of unique accommodation options. So many in fact, that choosing one can be a difficult task. 

But you’ve come to the Lake District, so you want to stay somewhere authentic and quaintly British countryside, right? If that’s the case, you have come to the right place.

The Lake District holiday cottages are some of the most gorgeous in the whole of England. You can stay in a cozy and traditional cottage or an affordable bed and breakfast – holiday cottages are definitely better than paying for some standard and impersonal hotel.

To help you out with your trip planning and preparation, I’ve found some of the most awesome Lake District cottages and bed and breakfasts, so you can concentrate on putting together your itinerary. 

Whether you’re looking for the best bed and breakfasts on a budget, or you’re taking out all stops and going for an all-out luxury cottage, I’ve got something on this list for you!

Let’s get started!

In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Lake District for One Night

FIRST TIME IN LAKE DISTRICT

Speddy Cottage, Chapel Stile

Enjoy the feeling of being in the countryside at the Speddy Cottage! Still close to the conveniences of town, this cottage is a great place to appreciate the beauty and peace of the Lake District whether you’re traveling as a couple or a big group.

NEARBY ATTRACTION:
  • Walking distance to Grasmere
  • Famous bar, The Old Dungeon Ghyll is closeby
  • Easily walk to the center of Chapel Stile

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Unique Accommodation in the Lake District

Cottage in the Lake District

Among the traditional market towns and villages, staying at a hotel just won’t do, unless it’s a hotel with a private hot tub, but even then that’s gonna dent your wallet. The Lake District has the magical atmosphere of stepping back in time, making it a perfect place to take a break from the rush and craze of daily life.

Staying in a cozy cottage or a quaint little bed and breakfast, you can better appreciate the special qualities of the area. You’ll also get a more authentic and local experience since many of the property owners also live in the area and they can help you with any questions you may have about the region.

Accommodation in Lake District
The mountains of the Lake District National Park.

Before you take a look at the best cottages and bed and breakfasts in the Lake District, I have quickly outlined what to expect from both, so you can be sure to understand which would be better suited to you.

Staying in a Cottage in the Lake District

Holiday cottages in the Lake District come equipped with the comforts of home like kitchens, private bathrooms, and outdoor seating areas, but with the charm and decorations suited to the English countryside. Since cottages come in various sizes, they can accommodate solo travelers who want some peace and quiet, couples looking for a romantic escape, or whole families!

Cottages can range from budget private rooms to luxurious holiday cottages with high-class amenities, including hot tubs or roll top baths, or even a log burner to provide some warmth in the winter.

The cool thing about staying at one of the best cottages in the Lake District is the atmosphere. These charming little properties fit right in with the countryside surroundings, giving your vacation an authentic and unique feel.

Often the property owners can also assist you with any questions you might have about the area, making it a much more personal experience than staying in a standard hotel.

Staying in a Bed and Breakfast in the Lake District

Usually, bed and breakfasts will have multiple private rooms in one common building, so you can enjoy your personal space but still have hospitality services like prepared breakfast and maid service.

Bed and breakfasts are usually in cottage-style houses, making them the perfect way to enjoy the ambiance of the national park but at a cheaper price than private cottage properties.

Bed and breakfasts are usually better suited to couples and solo travelers since the rooms usually only have single or double beds. However, sometimes you can find unique bed and breakfast properties that can accommodate larger groups or families – more on that below.

The best bed and breakfasts in the Lake District are the perfect combination of a private cottage and a hotel. Usually, breakfast is provided in the room price and staff are often more present than at a cottage in case you need assistance or have questions.

Most bed and breakfast properties still have the charm and style of a traditional countryside house, but with great modern facilities to ensure you have a comfortable stay.

OVERALL BEST VALUE COTTAGE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
Speddy Cottage, Chapel Stile
OVERALL BEST VALUE COTTAGE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

Speddy Cottage, Chapel Stile

  • > $$
  • > 2-5 guests
  • > Indoor fireplace
  • > Walking paths behind the cottage
BEST BUDGET BED & BREAKFAST IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
Maindee Guest House
BEST BUDGET BED & BREAKFAST IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

Maindee Guest House

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Communal kitchen
  • > Nice outdoor patio space
BEST BED & BREAKFAST FOR COUPLES
Superior Double at High Grassings Country H
BEST BED & BREAKFAST FOR COUPLES

Superior Double at High Grassings Country H

  • > $$
  • > 2 guests
  • > 12 acre property
  • > Great panoramic views
BEST COTTAGE FOR COUPLES
Ed’s Place, Little Langdale
BEST COTTAGE FOR COUPLES

Ed’s Place, Little Langdale

  • > $$
  • > 2 guests
  • > Private outdoor seating
  • > Great view of Little Langdale
BEST COTTAGE FOR A GROUP OF FRIENDS
Rydal Hall’s Coach House
BEST COTTAGE FOR A GROUP OF FRIENDS

Rydal Hall’s Coach House

  • > $$
  • > 10 guests
  • > Equipped kitchen
  • > Views of Thomas Mawson gardens
OVER-THE-TOP LUXURY COTTAGE
New Stickle Cottage
OVER-THE-TOP LUXURY COTTAGE

New Stickle Cottage

  • > $$$$
  • > 4 guests
  • > Equipped kitchen
  • > King-sized beds
BEST COTTAGE FOR FAMILIES VISITING THE LAKE DISTRICT
Thrang Close, Chapel Stile
BEST COTTAGE FOR FAMILIES VISITING THE LAKE DISTRICT

Thrang Close, Chapel Stile

  • > $$
  • > 6 guests
  • > Indoor fireplace
  • > Beautiful landscaped gardens

Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Lake District!

The 15 Top Cottages and Bed & Breakfasts in the Lake District

So now that you know what to look for in a cottage or bed and breakfast in the national park, let’s take a look at the best Lake District holiday cottages and bed and breakfasts so you can plan on where to stay.

I’ve taken into account many different travel styles, so whether you’re bringing the whole family or you’re planning a honeymoon trip, one of these options for unique accommodation is certain to work for you.

Overall Best Value Cottage – Speddy Cottage, Chapel Stile

Speddy Cottage, Chapel Stile
This place just screams “Lake District!”
  • $$
  • 2-5 guests
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Walking paths behind the cottage

All the cozy charm of the national park will be yours to enjoy when you book a stay at the Speddy Cottage. Located right in the Chapel Stile area which is in the Western Lake District and with views of the Lingmoor Fell, the cottage is perfectly situated for you to enjoy a great vacation.

With 3 bedrooms, the cottage works well for couples, families, or groups of friends! Speddy Cottage is equipped with all the comforts of home, like a complete kitchen, parking onsite, a comfy living room, and an indoor fireplace which is perfect for the colder months of the year.

Still close to the conveniences of town, this Lake District cottage is a great place to appreciate the beauty and peace of the area whether you’re traveling as a couple or a big group. If you want to bring your fur babies, this holiday cottage is also pet friendly.

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Best Budget Bed & Breakfast in the Lake District – Maindee Guest House

Maindee Guest House
No frills, just great value at this guest house in the Lakes District.
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Communal kitchen
  • Barrow in Furness

There’s no need to overspend your budget when you stay at the Maindee Guest House. For a small additional fee, you can enjoy breakfast every morning on-site, or use the kitchen space to save more money and prepare your own food. Bagged lunches are also available upon request if you want to spend more time out exploring the South Lakes area.

You’ll still have your own private room with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-fi throughout the property. The Barrow train station is only ten minutes by foot from the bed and breakfast, adding to the convenience of this best bed and breakfast on a budget in the Lake District!

Best Bed & Breakfast for Couples – High Grassings Country Home

Superior Double at High Grassings Country H
This spot is perfect to bring your partner for a romantic getaway.
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • 12 acre property
  • Great panoramic views

Comfort, convenience, and value are combined at a great price at the High Grassings Country House. As a couple, you’ll have a private bedroom and bathroom, plus tea/coffee making facilities in your room as well as a TV and Wi-fi.

A cooked breakfast is included every morning in the room price, and some of the area’s popular restaurants and shops are within walking distance of the property. It’s a great place if you enjoy nature since there are awesome views from the property and nearby places to walk to appreciate the scenery.

Best Cottage for Couples – Ed’s Place, Little Langdale

Ed’s Place, Little Langdale
I love this cute and cozy cottage!
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Private terrace with outdoor seating
  • Great view of Little Langdale

The perfect, cozy cottage for two, Ed’s Place is somewhere you can enjoy your privacy! With a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and separate seating area, the cottage has all the comforts of home but also the charm of the English countryside!

During the warm months of the year, you can relax in the outdoor seating area, while in the winter the indoor fireplace adds a nice touch to space. Nearby are the shops and restaurants of Little Langdale where you can pick up anything you need during your stay!

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Best Cottage for a Group of Friends – Rydal Hall’s Coach House

Rydal Hall’s Coach House
There’s tons of room in this coach house for everyone in your group.
  • $$
  • 10 guests
  • Equipped kitchen
  • Views of Thomas Mawson gardens

Traveling with a group of friends to the Lake District? If everyone chips in on the price at Rydal Hall’s Coach House, you can snag a great deal and an awesome location. This two-story cottage is made of stone but has all the modern amenities like Wi-fi, an equipped kitchen, washing machine, and TV.

Enjoy views of the Thomas Mawson gardens and go out hiking on some of the nearby trails. 10 people can fit comfortably in the cottage, but if you need room for more, there is an additional pull-out sofa bed in the sitting room so no one has to be left behind. If you want to bring pets, this property is also pet friendly.

Over-the-Top Luxury Cottage – New Stickle Cottage

new stickle cottage lakes district
This cottage has every possible amenity without sacrificing rustic charm.
  • $$$$
  • 4 guests
  • Equipped kitchen
  • King size beds

Enjoy luxury comfort at the New Stickle Cottage, located right in the center of the Lake District! Situated in Langdale Valley, there are plenty of places to go walking nearby, and right next to the cottage are two great local pubs where you can always grab a drink or bite to eat.

With three bedrooms, the cottage can accommodate both couples and larger groups, and with king-sized beds in all the bedrooms, everyone can enjoy a super relaxing and comfortable night’s sleep. Parking is also available onsite if you bring your own vehicle or decide to rent one for the time you’re in the national park.

Best Cottage for Families – Thrang Close, Chapel Stile

Thrang Close, Chapel Stile
There’s lots of room to roam for little travellers at this cottage.
  • $$
  • 6 guests
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Beautiful landscaped gardens

A great space for families with young children, the Thrang Close Cottage has three bedrooms, two with double beds and one with two twin beds, so the whole family can enjoy a trip to the Lake District! The garden surrounding the house is full of pathways, perfect for young kids to explore and adults to relax, plus there are great views of the valley.

Parking is available onsite with space for up to three cars, and there is a fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare meals for even the pickiest eaters. There is also a dining room and living room to complete the perfect home-away-from-home feeling in this unique accommodation in the Lake District.

Best Cottage for Families visiting the Lake District – 2BR Cottage in Portinscale

2BR Cottage in Portinscale
  • $$
  • 4 guests
  • Portinscale, near Keswick
  • Climbing wall in kid’s room

This entire vacation rental has been beautifully furnished throughout. There are two bedrooms, including a children’s room with a bunk bed with climbing wall access. There is also a comfy living space with a fully stocked kitchen. This property is the perfect solution for those looking for a suitable space for the whole family in the Lake District. There is parking available onsite, and it’s only a short walk into the village of Keswick.

If you’re looking for ??holiday cottages that provide the ideal base for outdoor activities, this one is ideal. It’s right in the center of the Lake District and is surrounded by pleasant walking trails and it is easy to reach the top attractions of the area.

Best Bed & Breakfast for Backpackers – Raise Cottage

Raise Cottage
Classic Lake District charm, on a backpacker’s budget.
  • $
  • 1 guest
  • Fresh breakfast everyday
  • Nice garden area

Half hostel-half bed and breakfast, the Raise Cottage has dormitory-style bunk beds but in a traditional cottage house, making it the perfect option for backpackers in the Lake District!

The dormitory rooms have access to a shared bathroom and shower, and breakfast is included in the room charge. For an additional price, you can also request to have lunch and dinner meals either packed to-go or onsite after a day of exploring.

This unique accommodation is almost like a hostel in the Lake District, but way more luxurious. It has a log fire and a beautiful garden area, which are great places to hang out and socialize with other guests. There are also numerous trails for running, hiking, and mountain biking right next to the cozy cottage

Best Cottage with a View – Inglewood Cottage, Chapel Stile

Inglewood Cottage, Chapel Stile
Not a bad spot to have your morning coffee, if you ask us!
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Outdoor garden space
  • View of the meadows

A great place for couples or solo travelers interested in the beauty and landscape of the Lake District, Inglewood Cottage is located in Chapel Stile and has its own private garden behind the cottage. From the seating area, you can look out over the meadows and fells the Lake District is so famous for!

Plus, you’ll have the comforts of home like a fully equipped kitchen, a living space, and an indoor fireplace, which is great during the colder months of the year. It’s easy to walk to the village center where you can find numerous local markets, restaurants, and shops.

Best Bed & Breakfast with a View – Bank Ground Farm

Bank Ground Farm
  • $$$
  • 3 guests
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Lakeside property

A bit removed from the mainstream tourist scene of the Lake District, you can enjoy some true peace and relaxation at the Bank Ground Farm bed and breakfast.

Breakfast is included in the room price, and lunch and dinner meals can also be arranged upon request.

The charming, family-run spot is located right next to a lake with plenty of hiking trails and opportunities for kayaking and paddling. This unique accommodation in the Lake District has a distinct character and familiar atmosphere, perfect if you want an authentic and local experience during your stay.

Best Cottage for Honeymooners – Jack’s Nook, Chapel Stile

jacks cottage lake district
A secluded spot perfect for a romantic getaway!
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Equipped kitchen
  • View over the village

A cozy, two-person cottage has both traditional character and comfortable modern amenities to ensure you have a pleasant stay in the national park With a nice view of the village and close to numerous walking trails, the cottage has a great location, plus the slate construction and terraced style add to the overall appeal and charm.

Inside you can use the kitchen, relax by the fireplace, or watch TV, while close by in the Chapel Stile area you can easily walk to convenience stores, local restaurants, and attractions. It’s a perfect romantic getaway in the Lake District!

Most Traditional Cottage – 2BR Rural Cottage W/ Mountain Views

2BR Rural Cottage W/ Mountain Views
  • $$
  • 4 guests
  • Secluded hamlet with only 7 cottages
  • Unspoiled views of the mountains

This charming two-bedroom cottage is located in a rural, seven-cottage hamlet called Santon Village. Though it is rural, it is only 15 minutes away from the tallest mountain in the Lake District, Scafell, and Wastwater lake.

This beautifully furnished cottage has a spacious living area with log fire, which gives the property a ton of character. There is also a fully-stocked kitchen and stunning garden with the most insane views of the national park’s rolling fields and mountains.

When staying at this unique accommodation in the Lake District, you can make the most of nearby hiking and cycling trails, or you can simply sit to appreciate the view from the garden. Of all the Lake District cottages to base yourself in, you should definitely choose this one.

Amazing Luxury Cottage – Cosy Lakeland Fountain Cottage

Cosy Lakeland Fountain Cottage
There’s nature on your doorstep at this cute and upscale cottage.
  • $$$
  • 4 guests
  • Membership to Langdale Club
  • Bar and restaurant discounts

Staying at the Fountain Cottage is a way to simultaneously feel pampered and close to nature. Just outside the door, there are plenty of amazing hiking and cycling paths, or you can relax indoors and enjoy the beautiful view of the fells and mountains while sipping a hot drink.

The cottage is suitable for both families and couples, with two separate bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living area. Plus, you can enjoy membership to the nearby Langdale Club which has a gym, sauna, pool, and other activities! Guests at the cottage also receive special bar and restaurant discounts at the club to make the deal even sweeter.

The Best Cottage for a Weekend – The Stables, Elterwater

The Stables, Elterwater
The perfect crash pad for a weekend in the Lakes District.
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Kitchen and dining area
  • Next to Elterwater Cafe

Elterwater is known as one of the most scenic and pretty towns in the Lake District, making it an ideal place to base your vacation! If you’re just staying in the area for a weekend by the lakes, you can check out The Stables, which is a great option for budget accommodation in the Lake District with high value and great amenities.

Right next to the property is the Elterwater Cafe, and just a bit further you’ll find the local shops and convenience stores if you would rather pick up groceries and cook your own food using the equipped kitchen. Private parking for one care is available on the property, making it easier to get out and explore the region.

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Final Thoughts…

Congratulations on making the decision to visit the Lake District! As one of England’s most picturesque places, there are plenty of choices for unique accommodation in the Lake District, and I’m confident that something on this list will stand out as being perfect for you!

If you’re ever stuck for choice, I highly recommend my overall favouriteSpeddy Cottage in Chapel Stile, which is in the perfect location in the Western Lake District, near all the main attractions including a short drive away from Windermere Lake, the largest lake in the national park.

Wherever you decide to stay, the great thing is that you can find both high-end luxury and convenient budget accommodation in the Lake District without losing value or style. Soon, the charm, character, and natural beauty of the English countryside will be yours to enjoy.

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