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12 beautiful and unusual places to stay in The Lake District

If you are looking for some unusual places to stay in The Lake District then look no further. Whether you are a family looking for somewhere wild and fun or a couple needing a proper escape then I have compiled a list of the best that The Lake District and Cumbria have to offer.

By Alice Phillips– 5th March 2021
unusual Places to Stay in The Lake District

Hinterlands Cabin

Set in a beautifully remote part of The Lake District, the Hinterlands cabin is a warm and cosy Scandinavian style, off-grid, luxury place to stay. You can hide away here with your other half and snuggle up in front of the wood-burner, relax in the wood-fired hot tub, get lost in the view out of the floor to the ceiling picture window and fall asleep on the award-winning mattress and Egyptian cotton linens. The cabin is very thermally efficient too so you’ll be staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer, perfect all year round.

 

Cartmel Jail

Just south of The Lake District National Park, Cartmel Villiage is a real hidden gem, away from the business of The Lakes. It also has a priory and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. You can pick up some local Cartmel Cheese or Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. In the centre of the Village, you can stay in what used to be a jail. You can cuddle up in a four-poster bed and gaze up through the skylight to spot any shooting stars.

With s small ‘kitchenette’ area and tea and coffee making facilities and a small courtyard to enjoy warm summer evenings. This is one of the most quirky places to stay in The Lake District.

 

Castlerigg Hall Glamping Pods

Castlerigg Hall Campsite, near Keswick in The North Lake District, is home to Glamping here with six different options of glamping pods for families, couples and friends. A real home for quirky places to stay in The Lake District. Their New Hexagonal pods can sleep two adults and up to two children, each one decorated differently, customised to meet the needs of visitors to this fantastic campsite with a wonderful view. Each of these hex pods is self-contained and you could spend plenty of quality time with your family enjoying your time in these luxury pods. 

The campsite itself has fantastic facilities on-site, with a small shop and plenty of places to watch the nature that surrounds this wonderful campsite. They even have a live webcam if you’re missing the Lake District. Castlerigg Hall Campsite is home to six different camping pods, everything from affordable to luxury to fit any need or budge. Find out more here.

The Boathouse at Knotts End

A traditional Cumbrian building that has been transformed into a modern and beautiful holiday let and is one of my favourite unusual places to stay in The Lake District. With front row seats to Ullswater and views up and down the lake then you don’t even need to leave your house to get the amazing views. With an open plan living and sleeping area, you can enjoy the views all the time. It’s filled with all the facilities you would need to comfortably enjoy your week in one of the most quirky places to stay in The Lake District.

Everything about this stay looks so inviting and cosy that it’d be hard to leave. However, you are right on the shores of Ullswater, a few miles from Aira Force waterfall and just down the road from Helvellyn Range. 

 

The Boathouse at The Lingholm Estate

Staying on the boathouse theme, built on the grounds of the original boathouse but re-built into what is now a modern and outstanding statement building on the shores of Derwentwater. In the grounds of the Lingholm Estate, a few miles outside of Keswick and in the shadow of Catbells you are not short of things to do. The beautiful fully glazed front has amazing views all across the lake and you can even see that from the bathtub! This is luxury at its best and for a romantic couples getaway, another one one of my favourite unusual places to stay in The Lake District.

 

Reflection

This next stay is really one of the most Quirky Places to stay in The Lake District. A truly Completely different to anything you will have seen before, Refection is an incredible property set just north of Carlisle in some beautiful countryside near the River Esk. You can visit the historical city or take some time to cycle or walk along the river. You’re also only a stone’s throw from the National Park. This building is clad in mirrors – hence the name – so really blends into its surroundings. 

You can enjoy the view from the hot tub or cosy up inside in the beautiful bed. There’s a mini kitchenette for you to make your morning coffee and admire the views out into the surrounding countryside. At Reflection, you’re able to escape the everyday.

Netherby Treehouse

Just down the River Esk and on the Netherby Estate is the Netherby Treehouse that is great for an adventurous getaway. You can explore the grounds and surrounding countryside and come back to your treehouse and nestle up in the cosy double bed downstairs or the snug single beds up the ladder, perfect for the family. The Kitchen is fully kitted out with everything you need to feed the hungry family after a day of fun adventures. You can go out on the deck to look over the estate or cosy up in the wood-fired hot tub.

 

The Lake District Love Shack

Perfectly put together for any couple to escape every day and right in the centre of the Lake District National Park, this contemporary and innovative design fits perfectly in its wooded surroundings. The locally sourced wood clads the outside of the building and the wood inside is reclaimed cedar which makes for a beautiful and romantic place to stay. 

There’s plenty of cosy corners to snuggle up in like the king-sized bed, snuggle sofas with a wood burner, double hammock or separate cosy garden studio with woodland views and a vinyl record collection. The design and feel of this whole place are perfect for a super romantic getaway in beautiful Lake District Woodland.

 

Old St Luke’s Church

Just west of the National park sits the lovely village of Soulby. Here you can walk from the door into some beautiful countryside, paddle in the river or take the short journey to The Lake District or The Yorkshire Dales. The stunning church conversion sleeps 6 and comes with lots of home comforts to make your stay great for the whole family. The downstairs in the conversion has underfloor heating, a wood burner and a fully equipped kitchen to keep everyone fed for the week. Three wonderful and cosy bedrooms also feature alongside a beautiful stain glass window that reminds you of the history of the building.

 

Don’t worry, there are more amazing and unusual places to stay in The Lake District coming right up.

Red Squirrel Den

If you’re looking for a romantic, cute and cosy bol hole in the centre of the Lake District with mountain walking from the door and the perfect location for all adventures then Red Squirrel Den near Ullswater is the perfect bolthole for a couples getaway. This Charming renovated cottage has everything you need for a stay away including a full kitchen, cosy bedroom, wood burner and a beautiful bathroom. 

Walks, pub lunches and lake views all from the door make this an exceptional and one of the best quirky places to stay in The Lake District.

 

The Stag

This Shepherd’s hut for 2 has everything it needs to make it on to the list of quirky and unusual places to stay in The Lake District. Amazing views over the North Lake District, having just sheep and cows for company and an outside bath to enjoy all of it from. The conversions ad build of this shepherds hut is stunning with a kitchen, bed and beautifully finished bathroom. 

This cosy getaway destination is perfect for adventurous couples or anybody trying to get away from their busy lives. You are really in the heart of the countryside here in this beautiful hut, bliss!

 

The Lodge

The Eden Valley falls west of the national park but shouldn’t be underestimated as a beautiful place to getaway. The Lodge is a traditional 3 bedroom log cabin that sits right on the River Eamont and set in beautiful woodland and even featured on George Clarkes Amazing Spaces (one of my favourite shows!)

The decor inside brings out the traditional features of the cabin with a winding staircase leading up to the first floor where the bedrooms are. It has all the amenities you need like a wet room for those post-adventure rainy day drying needs, a  fully equipped kitchen and yes, even a hot tub!

All of these are beautiful and unusual places to stay in The Lake District will make for a fantastic staycation. Whether you are coming as a family for an adventure-filled week of adrenaline-pumping activities or you are visiting for a romantic getaway with beautiful views, cosy corners and bubbles, this collection of quirky places to stay in The Lake District is a fantastic place to start. 

And if you loved this article, you might want to read my article on accessible walks in The Lake District >  https://girlabout.co.uk/wheelchair-accessible-walks-in-the-lake-district/

 

Happy adventuring, 

Ali x

@girlaboutthelakedistrict

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