Lake District with Kids – 20 Places To Stay

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10 Best Child-Friendly Hotels in The Lake District

North Lakes Hotel & Spa (Penrith)

Luxury family friendly hotel and spa, with indoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Family rooms are modern with double bed and bunk beds for children age 12 and under. Milk and biscuits are available in the rooms and kids will also love the V.I.Little.P treatment they get, including a free teddy bear and bathrobe waiting for them on arrival in their room. Penrith and Brougham Castles and the Bronze Stone Age Circle are all within easy reach.

inside the family room at the north lakes hotel and spa in the lake district

Storrs Hall Hotel (Bowness-on-Windermere)

Grade II Listed Georgian mansion luxury hotel with lake views. It also has self catering lodges within the grounds which sleep up to 6, so perfect for larger families. Kid’s will enjoy exploring the 17 acres of grounds and gardens. Restaurant offers fine dining, Afternoon Tea or you can even request a picnic, which you can take to enjoy on one of the many pebble beaches in the grounds. The World of Beatrix Potter is less than 2 miles away.

view from above of the storrs hall hotel in bowness on windermere in the lake district

Wallace Lane Farm (Wigton)

Set on the edge of the Lake District National Park, this 23-acre small-holding has many family options for accommodation including a B&B (family room which sleeps 5), glamping and cabins, camping and farmhouse cottages. The farm is surrounded by fields, and the owners raise their own rare-breed sheep as well as free-range chickens and ponies.

external view of wallace lane farm cottages

Low Wood Bay (Windermere)

This luxury resort and spa is set in a stunning position on Lake Windermere’s shore.  It has an indoor pool, games room, squash courts, choice of dining options including kid’s menu’s, health club and a watersports centre. There is also a private jetty from where guests can enjoy a waterbus trip. Resort has family rooms, free cots and highchairs plus a free baby listening service. Ideally located for top attractions right in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

stunning view of the family friendly low wood bay hotel in the lake district

Augill Castle (Kirkby Stephen)

This castle has towers and turrets and plenty of outdoor space. There is a small cinema with DVDs, restaurant with kid’s menu and family-style Italian dinners served three times a week. Hotel has a playroom stocked with plenty of toys and games and there is also a tennis court. There are family rooms available which sleep 2 adults and 3 children plus some interconnecting rooms. Hotel is located in a good position, just 6 miles from Yorkshire Dales National Park.

view of the child friendly augill castle in the lake district

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa (Bassenthwaite)

Luxury family friendly hotel set within 400 acres of deer park and woodland. There is a swimming l which is open to children at certain times daily. Family accommodation includes spacious rooms with extra beds for children or interconnecting rooms. There are plenty of gardens to explore and there is even a wildlife park next door, where kids are welcome. Hotel offers fine and casual dining options, with children’s meals. Pet friendly, free parking and free Wifi available. Located within 10 miles of Go Ape Whinlatter Forest Park, Cumberland Pencil Museum and Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.

external view of the grounds and armathwaite hall hotel and spa in the lake district

Bridge End Farm Cottages (Boot)

Located in a beautiful village, surrounded by mountains, these farm cottages vary in size and can accommodate from 2-10 people, so perfect for large families. Cottages are baby and toddler friendly and have children’s TV channels available. Guests are welcomed with a tray with tea, coffee, homemade biscuits, and fresh milk on. There’s access to a shared paddock with a riverside picnic spot. Cottages located within 20 minutes of a sandy beach, Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass Narrow Gauge Steam Railway.

inside one of the cottages at bridge end farm in the lake district

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel (Windermere)

Previously a Victorian hunting lodge, this hotel overlooks Lake Windermere and Langdale Fells. There is a spa, restaurant and bar. The 18 acres of gardens and ancient woodland is perfect for exploring. The cosy country-house hotel appeals to both adults and children. There are cottages for larger families and hotel suites with interconnecting rooms. Children must be aged 8 or over to eat in the dining room. The hotel is within 10 miles of plenty of Lake District attractions including The World of Beatrix Potter, Grizedale Forest and Lakes Aquarium.

view of a family room at the holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

The Waterhead Hotel (Ambleside)

Stylish hotel situated on Lake Windermere. There is a lively bistro-style restaurant and guests receive free passes to the Low Wood Leisure Club which has an indoor swimming pool. Extra beds are free for kids aged 3 and under and £25 (with breakfast) for older kids. Children will also receive a welcome pack and menu. Hotel is pet friendly, there is parking, room service and free Wifi. Books, DVDs & music are also available for kids. The World of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top and Grizedale Forest are all within 5 miles.

view of the waterhead hotel on the lake in the lake district

Lindeth Howe (Bowness-on-Windermere)

Once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter, Lindeth Howe country house hotel is set in 6 acres of gardens overlooking Lake Windermere. There is a restaurant which has a children’s menu and high tea is also available. The lounge and bar area maintains its Beatrix Potter connection, so a great place to relax with family. There are 2 family bedrooms or you can pay for extra beds in other rooms. The World of Beatrix Potter and Hill Top are both within 2 miles.

family friendly room at the Lindeth Howe hotel in the Lake District

10 Family Cottages & Lodges in Lake District

Ullswater Heights

Sleeps 2-6 | Pets Yes | Hot Tub | 11 Accommodation Types

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North Lakes Lodges

Sleeps 2-6 | Hot Tub | 5 Accommodation Types

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Avon Wood

Sleeps 2-6 | Hot Tub | 5 Accommodation Types

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Hillcroft Park

Sleeps 2-6 | Pets Yes | Hot Tub | 5 Accommodation Types

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Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat

Sleeps 2-8 | Pets Yes | Hot Tub | 14 Accommodation Types

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Brownthwaite

Sleeps 2 | Pets No | Hot Tub

This property can be booked with Barbondale, together sleeping four people.

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Neddy Cut

Sleeps 6 | Pets No | Open fire | Hot Tub

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Cottages

Billy Boo

Sleeps 6 | Pets No | Open fire | Hot Tub

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Hillside Barn

Sleeps 6 | Pets No | Open fire | Hot Tub

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Red Rescue Retreat

It doesn’t get much quirkier than this!

Sleeps 2+2 – suitable for 2 adults and 2 children (up to the age of 12 years old).

There is also a sofa bed which can be used if one of the children is 12+

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  • Relax and unwind in the fantastic sauna after an epic day out
  • Little ones can enjoy dressing up in the fireman costumes and play with trucks hose
  • Kids can enjoy the quirky fire engine beds and the fireman’s pole
  • Amazing walking routes directly from the truck onto the magnificent Blencathra fells
  • Close to the bustling market town of Keswick with its fantastic shopping and leisure facilities

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