You can channel your inner adventurer by opting for Lake District lodges on your break to Cumbria's peaks and brooks this year. These unique stays are traditional mountain retreats that will put the rambling routes and oak-speckled ridges of Skiddaw and Helvellyn right on your doorstep. Use this guide to pinpoint exactly the sort of lodge you're after.
Places to seek out Lake District lodges with a hot tub
To really soak in the lush landscapes of Cumbria, there's nothing better than an al fresco hot tub. You'll find plenty of Lake District lodges that put them right outside your door. Some are shared with nearby cabins, while others will offer seclusion and privacy with a tub that's just for you.
Bathe in the views of Lake Windermere
A whole string of hot-tub-touting Lake District lodges fringe the eastern banks of Lake Windermere. They face across to the lush shores where stirring Wray Castle pokes with its battlements above the forests. Some even have hot tubs mere metres from the water's edge, so you can unwind while the vintage steamers purr past.
Mountains abound near Lake District lodges in Ambleside
The area of Ambleside is a great place to search for that spa bath and lodge, if only for the swirling amphitheatre of ridges that begins to rise all around the town. This is where the lower, flatter Lake District gives way to the high peaks of the reserve's north side, so you're all but guaranteed awe-inspiring views for your outdoor dip.
Enjoy soothing countryside in South Lakeland
A smattering of Lake District cottages with hot tubs pepper the rolling meadows and heaths of the South Lakeland area. They offer an altogether different sort of tub-time viewing, thanks to soft hillocks and clusters of woodland. This is also the area where you're likely to find some of the cheaper lettings with a spa bath.
What sort of breaks can I have in Lake District lodges?
With its enthralling literary exhibits and its precipitous mountain peaks, its languishing lakes and its fairy-tale villages, the Lake District National Park has a unique ability to cater to a whole host of different travellers.
Romance in Lake District lodges for 2
Because lodge-style stays and cabins tend to be on the compact side, they often lend themselves to romantic escapes. Couples looking to get away from it all and spend some quality time between the verdant dales and quaint tearooms will be glad to find oodles of 2-person pads with cosy interiors and secluded locations.
A Cumbrian trip with the pup
You can filter your accommodation search to reveal the sheer wealth of pet-friendly Lake District Lodges peppering the wildernesses of the region. Then, it's just about packing up the bowl and the bed and loading that wagging tail into the car. It's normal to pay a little surcharge to check-in the dog, which is typically calculated per animal, per stay.
Short breaks to Lake District lodges
There's often no minimum stay requirement in casual lodges. That means these lettings lend themselves well to fly-in bouts of hiking up the Skiddaw ridges or sightseeing weekends to Windermere with the other half.
Some much-loved destinations for Lake District lodges
If you've decided that a lodge in this quarter of beautiful Cumbria is for you but aren't quite sure exactly where to look, consider the 3 hot picks below.
Bowness-on-Windermere for culture and nature
Bowness-on-Windermere is a magnet for all sorts. Its cultural offering includes the World of Beatrix Potter, which takes guests on a journey through the enchanting imagination of one of Britain's greatest children's authors. The nearby Holehird Gardens are a horticulturist's dream, packed to the brim with blooming Hydrangeas, daises and poppies.
Ambleside has boltholes for ramblers
Lace up the boots and you could be on the trail to Scafell Pike just moments after leaving behind your Lake District lodge in Ambleside. Once you return from conquering England's highest peak, you can settle in a cosy Cumbrian pub to sip frothy local ales.
A pad in Lakeside
Lakeside sits neatly around the southern banks of Lake Windermere. It's not as lively as Bowness, so the lodges here can offer a little more in the way of rural charm. However, it is the terminus of the steam-puffing Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, which can take you on a Cumbrian odyssey, past woods and dales and eventually out to the village of Newby Bridge – a gateway to the Furness Peninsula.