The Best Holiday Apartments in The Lake District

The scenic mountain landscapes of the Lake District draw visitors year after year
The scenic mountain landscapes of the Lake District draw visitors year after year | Courtesy of Embleton Spa Hotel / Expedia.com
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3 December 2020

For a holiday full of hikes in the mountains and picnics in the countryside, head to the Lake District. While it’s best known for its amazing restaurants and gorgeous hotels, sometimes it’s just easier to have your own space, with a fully-equipped kitchen and lounge area. Whether you want a relaxed, pet-friendly B&B with a kitchen, or fancy a luxury cosmopolitan pad, here are some of the best holiday apartments in the Lakes.

Embleton Spa Hotel

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Embleton Spa Hotel
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Offering ensuite rooms as well as one- to three- bedroom B&B apartments, the Embleton Spa Hotel is a relaxed and friendly affair in an 18th-century stone farmhouse. The dog-friendly apartments are all tastefully decorated and kitted out, and some also have private outdoor spaces. Guests are also welcome to use the Embleton Spa, which includes a heated indoor pool, gym and steam room. Breakfast is included, and the restaurant downstairs specialises in tasty, locally-sourced food with a view.

Jeffersons Hotel & Apartments

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Jeffersons Hotel & Apartments
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A more urban self-catered retreat, Jeffersons Hotel & Apartments are located in Barrow-in-Furness, a little way south of the Lakes. Spread across a few locations in the town, Jeffersons have one- and two- bedroom apartments, and one three-bedroom house available to rent. More metropolitan than fancy, the apartments have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including washing machines and Sky TV, and are within walking distance of the town centre’s shops, cafes and restaurants.

Abbey Apartments

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Abbey Apartments
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Also in the town of Barrow-in-Furness, Abbey Apartments are great for visitors who want to explore the southern Lake District and beautiful Cumbrian coastline. These fully-serviced, modern, self-catered one- and two- bedroom apartments are in converted historic buildings, and are comfortably and practically furnished for a true home from home experience. They’re also well located for exploring the town and the nearby Furness Abbey and Piel Castle.

The Old Wool House Apartments

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The Old Wool House Apartments
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If you’d prefer a more cosmopolitan city break, the Old Wool House Apartments in Carlisle are close enough to the northern Lake District to take in all the sights while still enjoying all the action of Cumbria’s capital. These elegant one-bedroom apartments sleep up to four people, with bathrobes and slippers, rain showers, a mini-bar, TVs and comfy king-size beds — perfect for a luxurious self-catered getaway.

Howgills Apartments

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Howgills Apartments
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In the quaint town of Sedbergh between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, Howgills has five pet-friendly holiday apartments for rent in a beautiful, old stone building with off-street parking out front. With double rooms, family rooms with twin beds and bunk beds, living spaces with dining tables, TVs and comfy sofas, scenic views and some incredible walks straight from your front door, this is the perfect spot for a self-catered getaway in the great British countryside.

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  • Maritime Apartments

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    Maritime Apartments
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    The Maritime Apartments in Barrow-in-Furness are in a beautiful, red-brick industrial building that has been converted into practical, self-catered one- and two- bedroom apartments. Designed more for business travellers as there is a three-night minimum on all stays, Maritime Apartments are fully set up for leisure visitors to the Lakes too, with all the usual mod cons along with free parking.

    Grange Boutique Hotel

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    Grange Boutique Hotel
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    Promising a chic and cosy coastal getaway, Grange Boutique Hotel has three individually designed, luxury studio apartments. Including a big hearty breakfast delivered to your door every morning, along with farmhouse kitchens, fireplaces, comfy couches, hand-made beds and luxury bathrooms with spa baths, the apartments have been designed for romantic couple getaways. But if you feel like sharing, then one also has a pull-out sofa bed suitable for kids or an extra guest, and some apartments are suitable for dogs, too – just check with the owners first.

    Waterview Deluxe Apartments

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    Waterview Deluxe Apartments
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    Each sleeping up to five guests, Waterview Deluxe Apartments have several elegant and stylishly furnished one- and two- bedroom apartments in a gorgeous, historic red-brick building, great for a relaxed urban/rural retreat. Close to public transport links in the heart of Barrow-in-Furness, and within walking distance of the town centre with its cafes, restaurants, and pubs, this is the place to go if you want a high-end self-catering apartment close to the Lakes.

    These recommendations were updated on December 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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