As the fells of England's most iconic national park rise above Windermere and Derwent Water, it's easy to feel totally immersed in the landscape. To get even more up close and personal with Wordsworth country, consider staying in Lake District cabins for your trip. They are engulfed by the peaks and the waters, offering adventures right on the doorstep.
The types of Lake District cabins
Whether you're looking for a rustic bolthole to rest the head between attempts on Skiddaw and Scafell Pike or a slice of rural luxury on the edge of Lake Windermere, the great range of Lake District cabins should have something to suit.
Cosy Lake District cabins for 2
Wood-burning stoves and compact sleeping quarters add up to make many hideaways in Cumbria's Lakeland a perfect backdrop for those seeking a little romance. On cold evenings, snuggle up together while watching the frost cake the fells outside. On summer nights, fling open the windows and feel the fresh mountain air roll right in.
Pet-friendly Lake District cabins
Doggies can look forward to rides on the Ullswater Steamers and treks to animal-loving pubs around the shores of Keswick. They can also enjoy the comfort of many a Lake District cabin, which often welcome 4-legged visitors just as much as 2-legged ones. Check ahead to see if any extra surcharges will apply.
Luxurious Lake District cabins with a hot tub
Rural living in the Lake District doesn't mean leaving behind those creature comforts. Farmers and herders may be tilling the fields outside, but you're on holiday. So, consider seeking out the bespoke cabin stays that tout sumptuous lounges, al fresco sitting areas and – perhaps best of all – their very own hot tubs.
How to get cheap Lake District cabins
Save your pounds for those new hiking boots or Wordsworth biographies by following these top 3 tips on how to get a bargain Lake District cabin.
Make it a short break
The Lake District is less than 2 hours away from some of England's largest cities and towns. Liverpool and Manchester are to the south, while Carlisle and Newcastle sit to the north and east. The upshot is that you shouldn't find it too hard to get here no matter where you are in the country. Those good transport links mean that 2-day or 3-day trips are real possibilities. You won't spend so much on accommodation and you can still conquer Scafell Pike in the meantime.
Search for your Lake District cabin as early as possible
With hiking paths rambling by out front and the gleaming waters of oh-so-handsome lakes like Ullswater and Windermere beckoning nearby, it's easy to see why there's such high demand for Lake District cabins. You can ensure you get the pick of the bunch and the best deals by beating the crowds and booking early.
Come in the autumn or winter
Bypass the busy summer months of coach trippers and organised rambling tours and you could uncover a whole other side to the Lake District. Come autumn, the trails tend to empty and the leafy brooks around Windermere look positively enchanting. Winter brings the snow, turning the whole place into a romantic wonderland. What's more, rates can plummet in these seasons, so it promises to be wallet-friendly to boot.
Some places to seek out Lake District cabins
There's no shortage of enticing destinations in the Lake District. Here's a list of 3 possible spots for 3 different types of traveller.
Keswick for history and culture
Haunting Castlerigg Stone Circle dots the side of Keswick, representing more than 3,000 years of human history in the region. The town also hosts the curious Derwent Pencil Museum, which traces the manufacturing of the humble writing tool through the ages.
Lake District cabins around Kendal
While Kendal clutches the outside of the Lake District National Park, it's widely considered to be the gateway to Cumbria's famous wilderness. What's more, because it's got lodges and cabins beyond the reserve, you might find rates are slightly lower than those in nearby towns like Ambleside and Bowness.
A hiker's cabin in Ambleside
Ambleside is writhed in a knot of hiking trails that weave out to some of the most famous parts of the national park. It's also a good base for hitting Scafell Pike – England's highest mountain. The result is a place where the Lake District cabins fill with ramblers and folk with boots in tow.