Known as the adventure capital of England, today we’re taking you on a Cumbrian journey to discover hotels in the historic towns of Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside in the Lake District. Considered one of the most beautiful regions in the UK, the stunning landscape of mountains, lakes and coastlines attracts visitors and adrenline junkies from across the world throughout the year.
First stop is Kendal! Considered the gateway to the Lake District, this market town is positioned towards the South and was one of the main manufacturing towns from the 14th until the 19th century. It’s also home to the famous Kendal Mint Cake, as well as an abundance of shopping arcades and fine restaurants.
If you’re looking to learn about the heritage of this area, Kendal has it covered! Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum is a great option for discovering natural history, archaeology and geology. For contemporary and historic art, the Grade I listed Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum will definitely impress, plus visitors can witness portraits by the 18th-century local artist George Romney too!
And to round-off your trip, add a visit to the Museum of Lakeland to your itinerary. This attraction won the first ever UK Museum of the Year Award in 1973 and takes you through time to explore the story of the Lake District.
Hotels in Kendal
Beginning our choice of hotels in Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside is the Days Inn Kendal. In a prime position overlooking Killington Lakes, guests can admire picture-perfect countryside views as well as being in a great spot for fishing! This hotel boasts 37 en-suite rooms featuring WiFi, a flat screen TV as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Fuel your day with one of the options available for breakfast, including a full English. Or enjoy a coffee and a snack from the Costa shop which can be found on-site.
If you’ve got the time to step outside the hotel doors and explore, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty to do and see, especially for people who love to hike or go on scenic bike rides. Plus, overlooking the historic town, is Kendal Golf Club so you may want to take your clubs with you when you stay in Kendal!
Located just off the M6 motorway, the Days Inn is a great choice of hotel in Kendal, especially for people travelling via car. Plus there are 50 car-parking spaces on-site.
A nine mile journey from Kendal will take you to the beautiful area of Windermere. Recognised as the largest lake in England at over 10.5 miles long, this place is great for walking and cycling. The area offers many short access routes for beginners or if you’re up for a challenge, the classic Lake District Summit routes boast views over the lake and are slightly more difficult, but very rewarding! Kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding are some more exciting options.
And of course, when you think of Windermere you automatically think of the incredible work of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved children’s authors. Taking inspiration from her home surroundings, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn about the author and the famous characters she created including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mr Jeremy Fisher. Add a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere to your diary. Here you’ll go on a self-guided tour to learn more about her history, stories and illustrations; it’s a great day out for the entire family.
Hotels in Windermere
Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel boasts sophistication from the moment you arrive. A popular wedding venue, the hotel’s stylish furnishings add plenty of character and elegance to a stay in Windermere. Located on six acres of gardens with views over Lake Windermere, guests stay in contemporary designed guest rooms, some with views over the lake and mountains. Belsfield Hotel also offers excellent leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna and putting green!
For fine-dining, the AA Rosette restaurant will impress food lovers with a fusion of British and continental dishes using Cumbrian produce. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, The Brassiere has views overlooking the garden terrace and serves a delicious afternoon tea.
Next stop is Ambleside. It may be a small town but tourism here is huge. It’s known for being a fantastic base for dedicated walkers and climbers.
Just a short walk from the centre is Stock Ghyll Force, a 70ft waterfall which sits alongside the 17th century Bridge House. This is recognised as one of the most photographed scenes in the Lake District and is owned by the National Trust. And if you’re still after more top-notch views, Loughrigg Fell is a must-visit. And don’t forget Hill Top which is where author Beatrix Potter’s house is located.
For book lovers, discover Armitt Library and Museum which was founded over one hundred years ago. It’s a purpose-built home where visitors can find a collection of books of scientific, literary and antiquarian value. Today, there’s even an area dedicated to Beatrix Potter.
Hotels in Ambleside
A comfortable night’s sleep awaits guests heading to the Innkeepers Lodge Ambleside – White Lion Hotel. Furnished to a high standard, the en-suite guest rooms feature free WiFi, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms conveniently feature a desk area which is ideal for business travellers in the Lake District.
This hotel is a relaxing base to unwind. Its also great for foodie fans as they can indulge in authentic British dishes from the hotel restaurant. In the summer months, why not head to the beer garden to enjoy some sunshine with your pint?
For hotels in Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside, these three certainly offer a warm welcome to Cumbria. The historic towns boast plenty of character and provide a great base for discovery and adventure in the Lake District. They also provide business travellers with every comfort for a convenient stay when business brings them to Cumbria.
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