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Garden Cottage: Perfect for a romantic break

The Garden Cottage is a fabulous holiday let. It is tucked away in the grounds of the much larger Meadow Bank House which is also a rental cottage for 8 or so people. There are two parking spaces, one for the house and one for the cottage, and we never experienced any disturbance or trouble parking due to the people in the bigger house.

The view is out onto fields and trees. It is cosy in cold weather.

The Britannia Inn, an old coaching inn, is a stones throw up the lane and the food is fantastic there. Equally as nice is sitting infront of their roaring log fire in the bar with a beer or a glass of wine.

There is a nearby walk from the bridge down the lane along Great Langdale Beck and if you like, all the way to Skelwith Bridge and Force.

NB: It was a little tricky to find. If you are following the directions below, one you are in Elterwater village, Garden Cottage is behind tall reddish-brown coloured wooden gates on the left hand side just before reaching the art gallery and the Britannia Inn.

Outstanding location. Perfect for just one or two guests. Near to an excellent pub and some nice fairly easy walks. The price is reasonable, especially if you go out of season or at late notice if available.

There are plenty of photos of inside the cottage on their website.

The price for rental works out at an average of £400 per week Friday to Friday.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Hiking and Walking, National/State Park
  • Written January 3, 2013
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  • eddilowe profile photo eddilowe
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Wanslea Guest House: Excellent B&B

We stayed in a standard double room at the top of the house on the second floor with a view across to the fells. The room itself had been recently decorated and had a lovely cosy feel to it and was plenty big enough for the two of us. It was all spotlessly clean, including the small en suite bathroom and shower. There was no shortage of hot water and the room was never cold ... in fact if anything we had to turn the radiator in the room down at night it got so warm so they certainly don't skimp on the heating in cold weather. Towels are provided, there was a small TV up on the wall, a clock radio/cd player and a kettle with plenty of tea/coffee/milk pots, and mugs as well so you can actually make a decent size hot drink.

The location is superb and it's only a flat 10 minute walk either down to Lake Windermere or up into Ambleside town which at least means it's also fairly quiet except for road noise which we never found to be a problem at all. Wanslea only has a small car park fitting 4 cars if everyone parks with consideration, but there are restriction-free parking spaces either up the road or on the lane behind the B&B. We never had to find anywhere else to park though so it just depends who is coming and going and when and I imagine some guests are walking anyway and don't need to park a car. Parking in town is more difficult so walking is easier though the B&B does have parking discs for guests to use on the roads in town. There is a big pay & display carpark in town but I always find getting a space usually involves driving round 2 or 3 times until you spot someone leaving.

The owners are friendly and very helpful. We were met at the door when we arrived as the front door is kept locked ... as a guest you are given a key so you can get in and out as you need to. You are given a sheet to complete indicating what you would like for breakfast which will be cooked for you each morning of your stay ... you can change your decision at any time, just ask for another sheet for the next day. Breakfast is between 8.30-9am. Breakfast was fabulous. There was plenty of it and cooked exactly as you ask for. As well as your cooked breakfast there are cereals and fruit available, toast and jams/marmalade.

I would definitely recommend it to others.

Traditional old building, nicely decorated without ruining original features such as fireplaces and so on. The location is excellent as described above. The people who run the B&B are pleasant and the breakfast is great - fill up on a good cooked breakfast of your choice and you'll be set for the day ahead!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Hiking and Walking, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written January 3, 2013
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  • GrantBoone profile photo GrantBoone
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THE OLD RECTORY - CROSBY GARRET: A 13TH CENTURY PLACE TO STAY

We had the pleasure of staying with friends in a stunning old house in the village of Crosby Garret . On the pantry wall there is an engraving which clearly shows the year 1637.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written August 11, 2012
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  • SurfaceTravel profile photo SurfaceTravel
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Bank Ground Farm: B&B for Arthur Ransome fans

We stayed in the The Stables cottage, which sleeps 5 - unnecessary, but all that was available that weekend. The "cottages" are more like row houses, all connected in one building, but they do have separate entrances. The Stables has two bedrooms right on the ground floor along with one bathroom; the main rooms are on the first floor, as well as the exit out to the back patio; and the second floor has the very large and bright master bedroom and another bathroom.

The views from the back are directly looking over Lake Coniston and Coniston Old Man (mountain). There are meadows gently going down the slope to the lakefront, free to roam.

The back patios, also overlooking the lake, are really one large patio shared among all the cottages, so it is possible that there could be other people sat in front of your unit, though it didn't happen to us.

The food was good standard English fare, and the cottage well appointed for a B&B. The staff/owners were friendly enough and helped you out when asked, but you had to ask. They didn't go out of their way to exude friendliness, something I would have expected from English country innkeepers.

I would stay there again and recommend it to friends.

The reason we chose this venue is because it has historical links to Arthur Ransome, the prolific author of the classical children's book series, "Swallow and Amazons". Bank Ground Farm is, in fact, "Holly Howe" where the fictitious Walker children stayed during their holidays. The building was also featured in the 1974 film version of "Swallows and Amazons".

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Farm Stay, Hiking and Walking
  • Written August 9, 2011
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Hotels Bed and Breakfasts Pubs: The Lake District

New travel website for booking accommodation in The Lake District National Park. www.bookinglaterooms.com Its perfect if you are looking for accommodation, attractions, restaurants. Its particularly good for family days out promoting FREE days out. Hope you enjoy your visit to The Lake District .

New travel website for booking accommodation in The Lake District National Park. www.bookinglaterooms.com Its perfect if you are looking for accommodation, attractions, restaurants. Its particularly good for family days out promoting FREE days out. Hope you enjoy your visit to The Lake District .

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  • Related to: Sailing and Boating, Budget Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written August 12, 2010
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  • nickandchris profile photo nickandchris
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Borderside Farm: Scenic, Rural and Peaceful

A most marvellous location, tucked in off a very minor road and close to Lake Windermere. Despite being so close to one of England's most famous lakes, it remains quiet and unspoilt.
Although there were a couple of caravans here, they were unoccupied, as were a couple of very small tents that seemed to have been abandoned. We literally had the whole 3 acres to ourselves apart from a flock of tups that were later removed (I don't know whether it was for our own safety or the sheep's - they were quite big boys....!)

Upon arriving, we had an alfresco lunch, accompanied by birdsong and not much else and appreciated our rural surroundings. It was marvellously peaceful and we couldn't understand why, on such a glorious weekend,we were the only residents, particularly when you take into consideration how close we were to Lake Windermere.
The site's situation was ideal for touring the small roads by motorbike and we spent a very enjoyable afternoon tootling along them.

For us, the fact that this was a basic farm site with no electric hook-ups. More and more CL's are installing electricity so caravanners who come to escape the ratrace can enjoy all mod cons in their vans. We never understand this, caravans and motorhomes have leisure batteries and do not need a power supply. We can only presume they are watching television, using an amazing amount of lighting, microwaving and any other item they can think of to be plugged in for! Is it really worth coming away from home??

The outlook was beautiful. Fields of sheep and cows in the distance, woods and fell land. Hardly a building in sight. Oh, and not forgetting the birds of prey.

Update. Returned here in May 2008 year and again in July 2010.Glorious weekend. Still as lovely as ever.Much excitement when a hot air balloon passed over us.

2010 price: £5 per unit per night.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Farm Stay, Camping
  • Written July 5, 2010
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Summer Hill Country House: A Welcoming B&B

I can't speak highly enough of this 4* B&B. Mike and Patsy Derry are wonderful hosts in this very nicely decorated and convenient establishment. Summer Hill is about 4 miles from Ambleside and about 1 mile from Hawkshill (Beatrix Potter country).

Breakfast is a delicious treat to start the day, and the rooms are equipped with WiFI and all modern conveniences, including a DVD library.

The views from our window were lovely, and it was nice waking up to hear the birds every morning.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Sailing and Boating, Castles and Palaces
  • Written April 27, 2010
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Angel Inn - Windermere: Boutique Bed and Breakfast

The Angel Inn is a lovely place to stay. What we would call in the UK 'a pub with rooms'. This is no ordinary pub but a very trendy one with an excellent location pearched on a hill overlooking lake windermere (if you stand on your tip toes!)
The food here is excellent and I would advise a reservation is a MUST if you plan on eating here (which I would recommend you do!) The breakfasts are lovely - not too much, just the right amount of locally sourced produce - they have the most AMAZING sausages (yum!!!)
The rooms are decorated to a very high standard. I would not recommend paying extra for a Lake view room as in my opinion was not really worth the extra money for the limited view that you get (and the fact that the room is right over the beergarden which is summer is rather busy until midnight!).
I think that this is one of the best places to stay in Windermere as it is modern and bright (although appreciate that this may not suit some!)

The only niggle I had with the place was that as a resident you should have priority in the bar (especially when paying £130 a night!!!) both nights we stayed we struggled to get a seat as they were occupied in the main with tourists obviously staying somewhere with an inferior bar!!!!

excellent food, decor and staff

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Mountain Climbing, Cycling
  • Written December 21, 2009
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Church Stile Campsite: Fine facilities - and heated shower room!

A campsite a mile from Wastwater in Nether Wasdale. Excellent facilities - washing amachine, drying room, hot showers and a small children's playground. Backs onto it's own wood, complete with nature trail. Walk to Buckbarrow starts in the site. Cannot fault this site at all!

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written May 16, 2009
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Yew Tree House Keswick: Best (bed) and (breakfast) in Keswick maybe the La

I stayed with my partner in the spring and we had a great time, it's run by a very relaxed lay back couple Judith and Bob, when we arrived they made us a very welcome cup of tea with biscuits which we needed after our long drive. You have tea/coffee/biscuits in your room as well but it was nice to have a chat about walks/activities with the people who know the area well.
They have lots of walking books and maps of the area which you can borrow.
It's all no smoking, there are en-suite and standard rooms, doubles, twins and singles.
and you can come and go as you please, the only thing Bob told us not to do was sing on the stairways after midnight!
All in all a very good experience of bed and breakfast in England, you get what it says on the packet, a great bed and a great breakfast.

We've stayed at b & bs world over, some big let downs others great, but this was real no nonsense good accommodation. The most comfortable beds we'd slept in for a while and really good breakfasts, the Full English, fruit, yogurt, cereals and juice.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Theater Travel, Road Trip, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 31, 2009

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Fisherground: Camp Fires Permitted

The first of two sites on this valley road, heading towards Hardknott Pass.Fisherground is where we spent many a weekend with our tent, both before children and after. It's popularity has increased greatly and now it is just too busy for us. Also, the prices have risen enormously, especially if like us, you are used to the prices of Caravan Club CL's.

The site only takes tents, trailer tents and small motorhomes. No caravans, due to the practicalities of getting here, (narrow, winding roads.)

THere are showers and toilets and privacy cubicles (or there were) but I think for the amount of people who use this site, they are not sufficient, especially in high season.
Laundry facilities. And a fridge.

When the main site is getting full, an ajoining field is opened. This is not as attractive as the main site but it does have the bonus of backing onto the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

I know we loved this site because you were allowed to have camp-fires, not something most sites allow. Half the fun was to go out foraging for wood.

For those with children, there is a rafting pond and an adventure playground.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (Li'il Ratty) has a halt here.

For those who don't come fully supplied, there is the King George 1V pub just along the road.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Camping, Family Travel
  • Written March 26, 2009

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Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club Site: In the Heart Of Eskdale

This is the second campsite in the valley of Eskdale, further towards the Hardknott Pass end.In recent years, what once was a basic site has been taken over by The Camping Club and all mod cons are installed.

Set in spectacular countryside, Eskdale really is a walker's paradise. England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, can easily be reached from the site, as can more sedate walks, along the river Esk.

The site is very handy for Dalegarth Station, the terminus for Ratty, the narrow gauge railway that runs along the valley.

Choice of two pubs within a mile.

No caravans. Tents and small motorhomes only, due to the narrow roads in the are

Non members welcome.

Licensed shop on site, selling local produce, including meat, bread, cake and pies. A self catering camping barn is available, sleeping up to eight people and there are also camping pods (for those who don't trust their tents in what is, after all, one of Englands wettest areas!)

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Camping, Family Travel, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 26, 2009

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Church Stile Farm Campsite: Great Site, Great Location....

This is a marvellous camp site in the western Lake District, offering good old grass pitches and caters only for tents and motorhomes. There are hook ups if so required.

Although it's a good few years since we have camped here, the site has an excellent up to date website with full details of it's facilities and location.

We had some truly wonderful weekends here in our tent, usually enjoying good weather and always sitting round a camp fire in the evenings (not sure whether these are still allowed.)

The site caters mainly for those who love nature and all it has to offer rather than for those seeking the bright lights.The rowdy element will not be tolerated!!!

The site's location couldn't be bettered, being in Nether Wasdale, close to two pubs and the Lake District's deepest lake, Wastwater. Plenty of walking for all abilities, whether it be low lying footpaths or high peak scrambles, this area has it all. Cumbria's coast is not far away, either, if you fancy sandy beaches and a paddle! Also close by is the nuclear processing plant, Sellafield, which has a very informative visitor centre with free admission. Good for a wet day!!

From the campsite,the evening sun reflecting on Wastwater's screes is a sight not to miss, turning the landscape pink as it sets.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Hiking and Walking, Camping
  • Written January 19, 2009
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Shemara Guest House

Shemara Guest House is a good value option in Keswick in the northern end of the Lake District, offering B&B style accommodation in a great location just 1 street from the main square.

We stayed in Shemara for 5 nights over New Year's Eve 2008 and into the New Year, and despite the price hikes that are common at that time of year, it cost us only 170 pounds per person including all breakfasts and an excellent Thai dinner on New Year's Eve. The family running the place were very friendly and welcoming.

The rooms were cosy, ensuite and well furnished. We were on the top floor and had good views of Cat Bells and other mountains beyond.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written January 10, 2009
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Garries Cottage: Bassenthwaites Best Cottage

I found a fantastic one on http://www.iknow-lakedistrict.co.uk/lake_district/all_cumbria/all_prices/holiday_cottages/all_specialities/ near Bassenthwaite called Garries Cottage. It was a really good price and really tucked away.

Great views and location to Bassenthwaite Lake.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: National/State Park, Mountain Climbing, Family Travel
  • Written October 29, 2008

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