The Best Bed & Breakfasts to Book in the Lake District, UK

The beauty of the Lake District has to be seen to be believed
The beauty of the Lake District has to be seen to be believed | © Matthew Waring / Unsplash
Cassie Wilkins

One of the dreamiest getaway destinations in the UK, the Lake District is famous for its incredible landscapes and quaint chocolate-box villages, with some of the country’s best B&Bs. Whether you prefer a secluded rural getaway, a night or two in a historic home, or a quirky guest house where you can bring your dog (after all, this is a holiday destination for the whole family), the Lake District has it all. Here is our round-up of the best bed and breakfasts in the Lake District – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Crookabeck Bed and Breakfast

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The stuff farm-stay dreams are made of, Crookabeck B&B is the Bell family’s gorgeous little farmhouse B&B in Patterdale. Located on a working farm surrounded by patchwork fields and close to Ullswater – one of England’s most beautiful lakes – Crookabeck B&B’s guest suite sleeps five people with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-space living area. The home-cooked breakfast is all locally sourced, including eggs direct from the farm.

2. Abbey House Bed and Breakfast

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Can’t decide where you want to stay? Get the best of both worlds at Abbey House Bed and Breakfast. An old Victorian townhouse in the bustling market town of Penrith, Abbey House B&B is close to the epic countryside vistas that the Lake District is best known for, but still close enough to civilisation that you won’t have to go without any of your usual creature comforts. Accommodation is provided in five en-suite guest rooms, and a full English is served every morning.

3. Bank House Bed and Breakfast

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Red-and-white exterior of the Bank House Bed and Breakfast, which also has a small front garden.
© Bank House / Expedia

If heritage chic is your aesthetic, the Bank House Bed and Breakfast will be right up your alley. Located in a 19th-century townhouse on the outskirts of Penrith, Bank House has carefully restored rooms furnished with antiques and views over the fells, a magical garden and one of the best breakfasts in the Lake District, including bread made with stone-ground flour from a nearby watermill, traditional jams, cheese, bacon, sausages and black pudding.

4. Llama’s Pyjamas Bed and Breakfast

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Twilight view of the Llama’s Pyjamas Bed and Breakfast, and adjacent cafe, with a stone wall and grassy area running along the front.
© Llama's Pyjamas / Expedia

Ever imagined staying in a Peruvian-themed boutique B&B on the edge of the Lake District? No? Neither have we – well, at least not until we stumbled across this hidden gem. Close enough to Penrith to get food delivered from local restaurants but far enough away to enjoy starry night skies and uninterrupted countryside views, Llama’s Pyjamas has 10 themed rooms to choose from, a Peruvian café where you can grab breakfast, and actual llamas you can go trekking with. Sign us up!

5. Greenbank Farm Bed and Breakfast

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Green fields with horses and trees around the traditional exterior of Greenbank Farm B&B.
© Greenbank Farm B&B / Expedia

Horse lovers won’t want to miss one of the Lake District’s most unique B&B experiences – a luxury stable sleepover next to one of the Greenbank Farm’s famous Friesian horses or JB, the Shetland Pony. If spending the night horsing around with your new roommate isn’t your thing, then fear not, there’s also a heritage-listed 16th-century four-star seven-bedroom farmhouse with a hot tub up for grabs, too. You can book out the entire farmhouse – which sleeps up to 16 – or opt for a room-only en-suite with a view.

6. Lindeth Fell Country House

Independent Hotel

Traditional double room at Lindeth Fell Country House, with floral and tartan decor.
© Lindeth Fell Country House / Expedia

For an elegant, quintessentially British holiday (modern-day Downton Abbey, anyone?), Lindeth Fell ticks all the right boxes. This award-winning five-star Edwardian manor on the outskirts of Bowness offers sweeping views over Lake Windermere and the nearby fells. Home to the Kennedy family since 1984, this luxury B&B has 14 individually designed bedrooms, complete with cream sherry, Nespresso coffee machines, robes and slippers, a wonderful English garden and a terrace perfect for afternoon tea.

7. Nanny Brow

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Exterior view of the Nanny Brow B&B, a traditional, white, multi-building property, with landscaped gardens.
© Nanny Brow / Expedia

Built by famous architect Francis Whitwell in 1904 in a stellar location atop a crag overlooking the Brathay Valley, Nanny Brow is one of the Lake District’s most luxurious B&Bs. Taking inspiration from the Arts & Crafts style at the time, this country house is beautiful on both a grand and a tiny scale, with both Whitwell’s and the owners Sue and Peter’s eye for detail obvious in everything from the gardens to the guest rooms and the award-winning breakfasts.

8. The Mortal Man Inn

Budget Hotel, Pubs with Rooms

The black-and-white Mortal Man Inn looks out over lofty snow-covered mountain peaks crisscrossed by dry-stone walls.
© Mortal Man Inn / Expedia

Prefer something a bit more akin to a traditional Lakes getaway, complete with good old English pub grub, a roaring fire and a beer garden? Head to the Mortal Man Inn in Troutbeck Valley. First established as a pub in 1689, the Mortal Man Inn’s 12 en-suite rooms may have been upgraded, but the scenic views and the quaint feel of this historic village (probably) haven’t changed too much over the last few centuries. Still, in keeping with the vibe, you can only access the wifi in public areas. Breakfast can vary, from continental to full English, depending on current Covid-19 restrictions. This is reflected in the room price when you book.

9. Moss Grove Organic

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Double room at Moss Grove Organic, with rustic, wooden furniture and palm-leaf-patterned, yellow wallpaper.
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An indulgent blend of old and new, Moss Grove Organic’s 11 rooms offer a stylish and environmentally conscious escape in a delightfully restored Victorian facade. Located in Grasmere, which was once described by William Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found,” Moss Grove is close to some of the Lake District’s most beautiful attractions – that is if you can ever bring yourself to leave the comfort of your handmade bed. Breakfast is usually a Mediterranean buffet, featuring organic, fair-trade and locally sourced produce. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is currently on hold, but you can choose from the menu, and they will deliver it to your door instead. Alternatively, you can take your breakfast to go and head to a scenic picnic spot.

10. Cuckoo Brow Inn

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Double room at Cuckoo Brow Inn with white and grey furnishings, and silky floral curtains.
© Cuckoo Brow Inn / Expedia
In the quiet village of Far Sawrey, Cuckoo Brow Inn is a laid-back, old-fashioned pub with open fires, good food, great beer and comfortable rooms where you can bring the whole family – including the dog. Breakfasts are optional, and include pastries, coffee and fruit, along with a good old fry up to fuel you up for a day’s exploring. Culture Trip loves the old stables, which have been converted into cosy lounge areas, perfect for a quiet nightcap or enjoying a rowdy game of Scrabble over a pint or three.

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