Cumbria Accommodation Guide
Cumbria is a county in the north west of England. It is considered by many to be the crown in England’s varied and diverse landscape due to it incorporating the Lake District National Park. Cumbria also incorporates a large part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and also parts of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
With so much to see and explore, it is no surprise therefore that Cumbria is one of the most visited countries in England, attracting tourists from all over the world. In this guide we will exhibit some of Cumbria’s best accommodation choices and also explore some of the regions finest attractions.
In a typical year, Cumbria receives circa 45 million visitors, made up of 38 million day trippers and over 6 million overnight visitors. Cumbria generated a staggering 59.4m tourist days in 2016 alone! But don’t let these numbers dissuade you from visiting because Cumbria is the third largest county in England in terms of land area but also one of the most sparsely populated with just 73.4 residents per km2 (190 square miles).
The growth of Cumbria’s population has been limited over time by the fact that much of its terrain is mountainous. England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet (978 m), is one of the Lake District’s key tourist attractions across all seasons of the year.
Cumbria shares a boundary to the south with Lancashire, to North Yorkshire to the south-east, to the north-east with Northumberland and to the east with County Durham. Cumbria meets the Irish Sea in the west and also touches the Scottish border lands of Dumfries and Galloway.
Key Facts Of Cumbria
- County Town: Carlisle
- Land Area: 6,768 km2 (2,613 square miles)
- Population: 498,888 (2019)
- Average Temperature: (Summer 18 °C)
- Days Of Rain: Dry for 200 days a year
Best Attractions In Cumbria
The Lake District: The Lake District National Park, shaped by the last ice age which ended 11,500 years ago, is considered to be one of the world’s finest areas of natural beauty. Made up of 16 lakes multiple mountains and waterfalls, it has it has provided inspiration for artists, writers and musicians for many centuries. The Lake District National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 912 square miles (2,362 km2). It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017
Hadrian’s Wall: Hadrian’s Wall is widely regarded as the most important Roman monument in Britain. The wall stretches across the entire breadth of northern England for an incredible seventy-three miles from Wallsend near Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway in North West Cumbria. The wall is extremely well preserved in places and you can still visit the remains of hill forts and signal towers. They serve as a reminder of the past colonial glories of one of the world’s greatest ever empires.
Levens Hall: Levens Hall is one of the prettiest a manor houses in England and is situated in the Kent valley, near the village of Levens and just 5 miles (9 km) south of Kendal. Aside from the main house and its lavish interiors, visitors can also enjoy the large topiary garden which has become famous throughout Europe as one of French gardener Guillaume Beaumont’s earliest creations. There is also a large deer park within the house’s grounds, now inhabited by both black fallow deer and Bagot goats.
Best Accommodation In Cumbria
Gatesgarth (Coniston): This award winning holiday lodge is surrounded by countryside and offers commanding views towards the Old Man of Coniston and Coniston Water. Sleeping 8 people across 4 bedrooms (with 4 bathrooms) this stunning holiday home with floor to ceiling windows features a large sitting area on a mezzanine level, separate TV lounge and an outside hot tub. There is also a charging point for electric cars onsite.
Post Knott Lodge (Bowness-On-Windermere): One of the most exclusive holiday houses in the Lake District, Post Knott Lodge is a classic mountain retreat / contemporary chalet offering the very best in luxury accommodation in Cumbria. Sleeping 12 people across 6 bedrooms (5 bathrooms), this incredible wooden lodge also includes a stunning open fireplace and even its own sauna area!
Holmewell House (Cunsey near Hawkshead): If you are looking for luxury accommodation with fantastic views across Lake Windemere, Holmewell House should be in your short-list. Sleeping 10 people across 5 bedrooms (again with 5 bathrooms), this idyllic holiday home is unique in that it has its own private jetty granting easy access to the lake for a range of different watersports. Fishing fanatics will also enjoy the 2.5 acre trout fishing lake!
Foxrock (Bowness): Foxrock is a detached lakeland house which enjoys an elevated position between Bowness and Windermere. Recently modernised and superbly appointed, Foxrock sleeps 6 people across 3 bedrooms and includes a basement games room which is perfect for the younger members of your group. The beautiful shoreline of Lake Windermere is just a 10 minute walk away.
Laundry Cottage (Leasgill near Milnthorpe): Located in the sleepy hamlet of Leasgill, this immaculately presented cottage rests on the outskirts of the Lake District and is the perfect base to from which to explore the National Park. Sleeping 6 people across 3 bedrooms this quaint cottage affords stunning views across the countryside and also has an impressive log burning stove in the sitting room.
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