We stayed in a studio apartment called The Olde Coachouse. It was small, but was clean and had everything we needed.
Great location - took about 5 mintues to walk down to Lake Windermere. We also had free use of a local leisure centre, although we never got round to going there.
Our stay at this hotel was very comfortable and memorable. Based on the exterior it seemed like it would be a bit pretentious (it has a really beautiful and imposing facade) but inside it was pretty down to earth. The staff was pleasant and helpful. They had recently completed renovations so the room we got was still shiny and new. I expected something more authentic to the time period of the exterior but how could we really complain? The finishes were top of the line.
After settling in we wanted something to eat outside of our room. Upon inquiring front reception invited to sit in the lounge (it was sparkling with Christmas decorations per the season) which was quiet, candle lite and intimate and over looked Lake Windermere. Also since we were only one of two families our toddler had run of the place - within reason. The meal was tasty. As we only spent one night, we didn't take advantage of the other amenities such as spa, gym etc, but we would be more then happy to return and do so.
Great views of Lake Windermere.
The hotel is located in Dockray, which is a tiny place near Ullswater. It is a very quiet location and ideal if you like walking. It's about 5 to 10 min drive to Glenridding where you'll find a petrol station, shops, pubs, tourist info ....
There is also a bus stop near the hotel which can bring you to Keswick.
The hotel has 10 rooms (standard and premier), a pub serving good real ales and pub food, a restaurant, a lovely beer garden, and private parking.
There is free WIFI but it didn't seem to work when we were there, although the staff said they had no problems. I think they need to reset the router.
Beware, there is no mobile connection in the hotel, so it can be very lonely for some ;-)
Continental breakfast (poor) and English Breakfast (good) were only served between 8:30 and 9 am, which was not always ideal for us.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
We didn't like our room though. We had a standard room which was very small with standard double bed filling most of the room. Our room was located near the street at almost the same level. People walking by could easily look into our room. The bathroom was tiny with no room to put anything. The tiny TV had bad reception. There was carpet everywhere (even in the bathroom) which was not vacuumed thoroughly. Not pleasant for people with dust allergies. I've read some good reviews about the premier rooms though.
We paid £69 per night incl. breakfast at the end of June. A premier room was £10 more. Prices go up during the summer season.
If I would stay here again, I would take a premier room.
If you can stand the idea of a YHA youth hostel (shared dorm and shared facilities), this is an excellent option. Cheap, clean, good food, showers as good as some hotels I've had the misfortune to patronize. YHA have (relatively) new policy of welcoming non members for a modest surcharge.
One of many excellent centres for this part of the Lakes. Virtually on shore of Derwentwater - plenty opportunities to get wet.
Beautiful view over Derwentwater. 3 miles from Keswick which is big enough for all holiday needs.
Coniston, was the chosen location for my honeymoon, we stayed in the Black Bull Hotel, with it's roaring fires, good food and hospitality, we couldn't have asked for better.
15 Rooms available all of a high standard, including 4 ground floor rooms and 4 cottage bedrooms with riverside location. Rooms range from twin to family rooms. Rooms are refurbished regularly.
Based on person per night. Off season from £30. Peak times from £45.
Midweek breaks and special offers are always available, so please ring to discuss rates.
PUB OPENING TIMES
Monday - Saturday 11am - 11pm. Sunday 12noon - 10.30pm.
Black Bull Hotel was built around 400 years ago as a Coaching Inn, providing accommodation for travellers, coach men and horses. Situated in the picturesque village of Coniston, which provides an ideal base for walkers or those wanting to take advantage of sightseeing around the Lake District. Walkers of all capabilities find it ideal and there are many other activities such as horseriding, bike hire and motorbike hire located near to us and of course the Steamship Genola which cruises the lake. it has many features which make a visit here well worth while.
Many famous people have enjoyed the Black Bull's hospitality. These include Turner the artist, Coleridge, De Quincey on his way to meet William Wordsworth
I noticed the cottage on the way to Watendlath village. Imagine a road that is getting higher and higer and down there is Darwent Water Lake. While you are walking there are less and less houses and nicer and nicer view... I noticed that cottage and took a visit card. I have never stayed there before but I am going to - next time, as the prices are resonable as for the area.
Double/Twin/Single - £22 per person, per night
Single Occupancy of room - £25 per person per night
£290 per couple per week (7 nights)
No idea, but the view is fantastic. It is possible to get there by car.
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We always stay at the Meadfoot - it is convieninent for the village and shops and has good access to all routes. For non car drivers it is only a few minutes walk from Windermere station.
Quite a modern building in its own grounds it stands on a busy main road. The rooms are clean and well furnished and all are en suite but the walls are very thin! The car park is also on a camber and can be tight for parking if most of the spaces are full. However we have never had a bad stay and the people who own it are very helpful.
The photo is from the website.
The breakfast room overlooks the lawn and the breakfasts are very good.
After three nights camping we needed a change so for our final two nights in the Lake District we stayed in a B&B near Grasmere. This was far more expensive than camping but it did mean we were warm at night and that we didn’t have to face the prospect of an uncomfortable night in a tent after a long day’s hiking.
We chose Grasmere as it’s in a good central location and was close to the hike we planned to do the following day, in the Langdale Peaks. Banerigg House is about 1mile outside Grasmere on the road to Ambleside and it easy to miss as there is only a small sign outside the house. It’s very close to the Wordsworth museum at Dove Cottage and the town of Grasmere is within easy reach. The lake is across the road from the house and most of the rooms have good views over the lake.
The family running the B&B are very friendly and we enjoyed our stay here immensely. It costs 30 pounds per person per night and all rooms are en suite. Included in the price is a fantastic breakfast. You’ll need to do a lot of hiking to work it off!
Our initial plan was to stay in the campsite in Langdale and use this as a base for our hikes and trips in the Lake District. However, the campsite worked on a first-come, first-served basis and when we arrived in Kendal and called the campsite they were already full up. As was every other campsite in the Lake District seemingly as everyone we called was full. We thought by arriving mid-afternoon on a Friday we’d avoid the rush but it was a bank holiday weekend and everyone else must have had the same idea.
Thanks to the very helpful lady in Kendal tourist office we found a campsite near Glenridding at Ullswater which still had a few places. This was a pretty good second choice to Langdale as we had planned to climb Helvellyn. We drove off quickly to make sure we got one of the last places.
The campsite was at Gillside farm, about ½ a mile west of the village of Glenridding. It was in a beautiful location and on the route to Helvellyn which suited us fine. It cost us 14 pounds a night and we had to book for 3 nights minimum but by that stage we were just happy to get a place.
There must have been about 100 people there the first night but it wasn’t too noisy a site. Most groups were families or hikers and all we met were very friendly. There is a pub called The Traveller’s Rest very near the campsite, and many people from the campsite went here in the evenings. Food is available in the mornings at a breakfast van though most people bring their own supplies.
We had pretty mixed weather during our stay. On the first night there was heavy rain, the second night was fine and third night very cold. Still, it was a fun experience and the campsite was in such a great location that the views made up for any discomfort! There was a shared toilet and shower block which was kept very clean.
We used to use this picturesque site a lot in years gone by. It is still going strong and indeed, why not? It's location is stunning,2 acres of pitching is by a stream and a great view of Blencathra is included in the princely sum of £4 a night.
Most of our stays here have been in winter, with a thick white frost covering everywhere but in brilliant sunshine. A little tricky to get to in these conditions as it's on a very minor road, but most definitely worth it.
Again, only facilities are water and chemical disposal point.
For it's location, £4 a night is incredible. You are in the centre of the Lake District, only 7 miles from Keswick and 9 miles from Penrith. Most CL's around Penrith and Keswick are a darn sight more costly than this.
You are in the beautiful dale of Mungrisdale and if you take the narrow road that follows the beck up the hill, you'll come to some lovely places to picnic and wallow in the stream. At the end of this road is a disused mine and quarry with walks leading off from here. Be warned, there is little parking for large vehicles in the height of summer.
Again, this is a Caravan Club CL. close to Eskdale, Wastwater and the Cumbrian coast.
Beautiful views from a rough grassed, 1.5 acre farm field. Only facilities are water and chemical disposal point. The one draw-back to this site if you are in a motorhome is you must pitch first and continue on foot to book in (or bike if you have one) as there's nowhere to turn round a large vehicle at the house. It's a rough, 10 min walk, uphill on the way back!!
We have stayed here a few times, when the boys were younger. Lovely sitting out, admiring the views.
£5 per night.
Rural, scenic and close to the Eskdale valley. Not far from Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Excellent walking country. Beaches nearby.
We have used this Caravan Club Certificated Location many times over the years. It is a 9 acre, simple farm site, with friendly owners and sometimes complete with sheep. We have spent many an early evening watching the antics of the sheep dogs at work, not always producing immediate success!!
Only facilities are a tap and chemical disposal point but being in a motorhome you don't need anything else. I seem to think TV reception was poor, here but if you hit this site when the weather is good, all you will want to do is sit outside, admiring the view and the peaceful countryside.
2009 update. This area has now gone digital so if you can receive, reception is good.
This site had not gone up in price for many a year but have just received the Caravan Club 2007 handbook and noticed the rate has risen from £3 per night to the massive sum of £3.50 (joking!) Aug. 2010 and the price remains £3.50.
It's location is a real bonus for those who wish to explore the western, quieter side of the Lake District. England's deepest lake, Wastwater, is a mere few miles away along extremely scenic roads, with plenty of places to pull over, admire the views, picnic, etc. At the head of Wastwater looms Scafell Pike, England's highest mountan, at 978 metres. Very popular with fell walkers, as is the whole area.Eskdale's beatiful valley is also very close to hand.
Cumbria's sandy coast is only 3 miles away, with miles and miles of flat, open beach.
Nearest village is Gosforth, 1.75 miles away, where there is a bank, P.O. and a few local, traditional shops. There are also a couple of pubs.
We stayed here August Bank Holiday weekend 2010.The site was full, having it's regulation five units on but as there is 9 acres, who would feel crowded?? The owners are still as friendly and chatty as ever.
Actually, this CL has really annoyed us since we stayed here by making it an adults only site.It now means if Philip is with us, this site is a no go area.
It's a neat and tidy little site, 0.5 of an acre, all pitches on gravel hardstands. The best views of the Cumbrian fells are from the pitch we were on, at the far end. Actually, it is all a little too swept up for us with neatly clipped grass and signs telling you what you can and can't do. The bonus were the visiting cats!!
Electric hook ups, wc. shower.
Adults only, open all year. £7 a night.
It's situation in the quieter, western Lake District. Wonderful views and visiting cats!
We deliberately chose this site because it is all hard stands and knowing how it can rain in this part of the world thought it a wise move. Oh boy, were we right!! It never really stopped raining the whole weekend (well it was October!) so we felt rather smug and extremely relieved to not be on the sopping grass.We did see a car become bogged in to the grass; the hardstandings are a tad on the small size and a car with caravan doesn't fit on.
Unfortunately, all pitches are sloping, some much worse than others and we couldn't manage to get level. All attempts to back on to the ramps proved futile which was annoying to say the least. In the end we had to be content with using my brother-in-laws lower ramps which didn't exactly level us up but it was only for two nights. In the morning we would find ourselves halfway down the bed!!! Be warned, nowhere does it say the site is sloping.
Despite the down sides, the views are nice, the location very peaceful and for this part of the world, £7 including electricity wasn't a bad price.
We, as true Brits, even had a BBQ in the torrential rain under a makeshift canopy. How crazy can you get?
Extremely peaceful, in the middle of nowhere but only a short drive from the fleshpots of Penrith and Ullswater. Popular throughout the year. By the time we left, on Sunday, the site was up to it's full quota of 5 vans. Apparently people spend an alternative Christmas here.
We managed to leave a small memento; upon our leaving, Nick managed to hit the fence around the chemical disposal point, thus demolishing it!! Whoops....
The Heatherlea Guesthouse is just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Keswick. All rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee-making facilities and even though we had booked the smallest room available, we found it more than large enough for our needs. The bed was so comfortable, just right if you've been out walking. The friendly owners cook a great breakfast to, which will start your day off perfectly.
There is on-street parking available, but the streets can get quite busy so you might not be able to stop right outside the guesthouse.
The Guesthouse welcomes dogs, just let the owners know what your needs are before you arrive.
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