The 10 Best Airbnbs in the Lake District

The Lake District offers idyllic accommodation in beautiful settings, such as this traditional cottage in Langdale Valley
The Lake District offers idyllic accommodation in beautiful settings, such as this traditional cottage in Langdale Valley | © Chris Harris / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Molly Codyre
25 September 2020

Fancy spending the weekend in a beach-front chalet? How about a 1930s-style lakeside farmhouse, or a cosy 500-year-old cottage? The Lake District has it all – at one of these stunning Airbnbs.

The Lake District, in northwest England, is a must-visit for outdoor lovers – with mountains, valleys and coastline aplenty. A trip to the region promises fresh countryside air, some of the UK’s most famous landscapes and idyllic boltholes where you can spend the night.

Larch Cottage

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Larch Cottage, Lake District
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With nothing but ancient woodland for 14 acres (6ha), and with one of the district’s lesser-known lakes in eyeshot, Larch Cottage is a rural retreat. You’ll have the cottage, which is halfway between Hawkshead and Sawrey, to yourself and three others; there’s a double and a twin here, along with a spacious open-plan kitchen-dining room. If the weather permits it, take the dinner party outside to the lake’s shores, throwing logs on the burner and snuggling up under a blanket come dusk.

About this place:

Cosy, Great Location, Wellness, Rural, Relaxed, Countryside

Brocklebank – Beachfront Chalet, Lake District

Lodge, Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Brocklebank – Beachfront Chalet, Lake District
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The coastal village of Silecroft, between Millom and Bootle, boasts a quiet namesake beach that looks out on the Irish Sea. And this architect-designed beach chalet leads straight out to the shore; ocean-facing patio doors mean you can be up and out for your morning swim in minutes. From the Airbnb, which is fit for four and comes complete with a barbecue, you’ll also be able to spot the rolling hills of Black Combe in the periphery.

Heron Place, Great Langdale

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Heron Place, Great Langdale
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With space for eight guests, round up friends and family for a weekend away at this recently renovated 1930s-style Lakeland farmhouse. Stylish furnishings are a given here, while its highlight is a stream that runs under the house; you catch watch from a glass panel in the garden room. As for its location, Heron Place is a brilliant base for walking excursions being in the Great Langdale Valley, with the Langdale Pikes nearby.

About this place:

Cosy, Great Location, Countryside, Relaxed, Remote

Reimagined 1715 Beachfront Cottage with Terrace

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Reimagined 1715 Beachfront Cottage with Terrace, Lake District
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Stay in a cosy fisherman’s cottage, which has sat in the small coastal village of Ravenglass since 1715. The Airbnb retains much of its original charm with rustic wooden floors and beamed ceilings, while whitewashed walls lend it a modern feel. Featuring an enormous beach-facing terrace, make watching the waves roll your plan for the day – with a book, and perhaps a glass of wine, in hand.

About this place:

Countryside, Beach, Cosy, Relaxed, Remote, Great Location

Puddleduck Cottage in the Centre of Windermere Village

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Puddleduck Cottage in the centre of Windermere Village, Lake District
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A stone’s throw from England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, Puddleduck Cottage is in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District. From this award-winning Victorian slate cottage that sleeps four, you’ll be able to clock up your daily steps on numerous trails – all while taking in the best of England’s nature. When you’re finished rambling, head into its town of Windermere Village where you’ll find numerous traditional British pubs.

About this place:

Great Location, Cosy, Countryside, Stylish

Midland Bank Chambers Flat in Historic Ambleside

Apartment, Short-term Rental
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Midland Bank Chambers Flat in Historic Ambleside, Lake District
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The ancient town of Ambleside is the last place you would expect to find this contemporary property, which looks rather like a Scandi penthouse. A former bank, the exterior is a little more in keeping with the historic village; however, inside you’ll find modern fittings such as a designer free-standing tub and rainfall shower. As an Airbnb plus property, you can expect all the mod cons for a top-notch stay.

About this place:

Stylish, Great Location, Modern, Boutique

Derwent Farm House

Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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Derwent Farm House, Lake District
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Although there is wifi should you so need it, turn off your phone and head to Derwent Farm on the River Derwent for a weekend of rest and recuperation with five others. This traditional farmhouse, in Grange, about 4mi (6km) from Keswick, is a listed building with many original features, such as a stone staircase and real fire. Keen horticulturists will enjoy its well-maintained, flower-packed garden that leads down to the river and a dinner table.

About this place:

Cosy, Countryside, Traditional, Rural, Relaxed, Stylish, Great Location

Snug Cottage in a Stunning Setting

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Snug Cottage in a Stunning Setting, Lake District
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This property, which was built for farm workers, boasts many period features like oak beams and a log burner, while the facilities – including its on-site hot tub – are all of today’s standards. It sleeps five guests over three bedrooms, so bring along the whole family or a group of friends who enjoy hiking and cycling; there are great paths of all levels surrounding this Lorton Valley property.

About this place:

Countryside, Cosy, Traditional, Remote, Relaxed, Great Location, Stylish

Castle Rock Cottage

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Castle Rock Cottage, Lake District
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More of a sprawling manor house than a cottage, see how the other half lives in this spacious countryside property that sleeps six. From the large private garden and outdoor eating area, you’ll be able to take in views of the quiet hamlet of Thirlmere and enjoy it as a base for walking, biking, boating and even rock climbing. And if you have a couple of dogs, they’ll be more than welcome to join, too.

About this place:

Traditional, Relaxed, Remote, Great Location, Cosy, Countryside

Whillan Beck Cottage

Cottages, Short-term Rental
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Whillan Beck Cottage, Lake District
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The 500-year-old Whillan Beck Cottage has all the credentials of a romantic bolthole: a riverside paddock, views of a 17th-century packhorse bridge from its bedroom, and footpaths and fell walks surrounding. With Whillan Beck actually running next to the cottage, you’ll fall asleep and rise to the sound of tinkling water – with perhaps a few birds chirping in the trees. The cottage is a short walk from numerous pubs in Boot, Eskdale, and you’ll find yourself on some of the Lake District’s best hikes up to Scafell and Scafell Pike from nearby.

About this place:

Countryside, Cosy, Traditional, Relaxed, Remote, Great Location
These recommendations were updated on September 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.