So, you’ve decided to travel to England’s famous Lake District! 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 full of small, charming towns, beautiful trails, and plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

And lucky for you, there’s lots of unique accommodation in the Lake District. You can stay in a cozy and traditional cottage or bed & breakfast to match the charm of the region – it’s definitely better than paying for some standard and impersonal hotel.

To help you out with your trip planning and preparation, we’ve done the research for you and put together this list of awesome cottages and bed & breakfasts in the Lake District. 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, we’ve got something on this list for you!

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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 towns and market villages, staying at a hotel just won’t do. 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.

At 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 Lake District and they can help you with any questions you may have about the region!

Accommodation in Lake District

Staying in a Cottage in the Lake District

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!

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 Lake District, 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 Lake District but at a cheaper price that 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 like 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 Lake District, take a look at this list we’ve put together! We’ve taken into account many different travel styles, so whether you’re bringing the whole family with to the Lake District or you’re planning a honeymoon trip, one of these options for unique accommodation in the Lake District is certain to work for you.

Overall Best Value Cottage in the Lake District – 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 Lake District will be yours to enjoy when you book a stay at the Speddy Cottage. Located right in the Chapel Stile area which is central in the 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 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.

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
  • Nice outdoor patio space

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 Lake District 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!

Budget Tip: Dorms in Lake District start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

Best Bed & Breakfast for Couples – Superior Double at High Grassings Country H

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 Lake District’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
We love this cute and cozy cottage!
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Private 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 the 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.

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-sized 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 Lake District.

Best Cottage for Families visiting the Lake District – 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 Bed & Breakfast for Families visiting the Lake District – Thorney How B&B

Thorney How B&B
This B&B belongs on a Lake District post card.
  • $$
  • 6 guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Great nearby walking paths

A large, private bunk bed-style room at this comfy bed and breakfast is the perfect solution to looking for a suitable space for the whole family in the Lake District. There is parking available onsite, and during the daytime, you’ll have access to all the guest areas including a communal kitchen, living room, and dining room.

There are also friendly critters onsite like ducks, hens, sheep, and cats, which is perfect for animal-loving children! Thorney How is located in Grasmere, which is right in the center of the Lake District and a perfect place to base your vacation since it 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 in the Lake District 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
  • $$$
  • 2 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 Lake District. 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 Bed & Breakfast in the Lake District – Seathwaite Tarn Bed & Breakfast

Seathwaite Tarn Bed & Breakfast
If you love the old-school charm the Lake District is known for, you’ll love this place.
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Great spot for hiking and cycling

Seathwaite Tarn Bed & Breakfast used to be a farming cottage during the 18th century, which gives the property a singular character, even in the Lake District. When staying at this unique accommodation in the Lake District, you can make the most of nearby hiking and cycling trails, as well as an outdoor terrace where you can simply sit to appreciate the view. During the winter there is a fireplace indoors to warm you up after a day of exploring.

Breakfast is included in the room price, and packed lunches can be arranged if desired. It’s about two miles from the bed and breakfast to the town, and the hosts can arrange a lift or there is also free parking on-site if you have your own vehicle.

Amazing Luxury Cottage in the Lake District – 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 in the Lake District – 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, 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 about the Best Cottages and Bed and Breakfasts in the Lake District

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 we’re confident that something on this list will stand out as being perfect for you!

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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