Choose Cumbria for a refreshing staycation – top 8 places to stay

3 May 2019

It may be a mission to get to but why not take a few extra days and spend some quality time in the beautiful county of Cumbria and the jewel in its crown, the glorious Lake District, a World Heritage Site since 2017. It’s a region of incredible beauty, famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. Be wowed by the ancient woodlands and forest, winding river valleys, shimmering lakes, majestic mountains and fells and the simply stunning coastlines. Explore the area on foot, by bike or from the comfort of your car during the quieter months of May and June – you will experience fewer crowds, the days are longer and warmer, and the awe-inspiring landscape is at its best. Discover it all from the comfort of a pub with rooms – see our collection below:

The Pheasant Inn – Bassenthwaite Lake

A beautiful North Lakes location for this classic old coaching inn renowned for its timeless bar, traditional atmosphere, warm hospitality & modern British cooking. After a strenuous walk tuck into afternoon tea or book a spa treat at nearby Armathwaite Hall.

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The Crown Inn – Pooley Bridge

Riverside terraces and stunning views of Ullswater and the surrounding fells draw the crowds to this revamped pub in a honey-pot Lakes village. Book the spacious attic rooms for fantastic views from a corner picture window over Ullswater to the high fells.

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The Masons Arms – Cartmel Fell

Timeless Cumbrian gem in a stunning setting overlooking the Winster Valley offering tip-top beers, good food and a fabulous alfresco terrace. Five swish two-level suites are available on a room only basis whilst two cottages at the rear are self-catering.

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George & Dragon – Penrith

Estate-owned inn with a country-house feel and elegant rooms; renowned for its food, much of it sourced from the estate farms and owner’s kitchen garden. Dogs are welcome over-night in all the bedrooms and dog packs are provided at £10 per stay.

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The Sally – Irthington

The lounge area at The Sally a pub with accommodation in Irthington, Cumbria

Unassuming traditional local revamped in a contemporary style with comfortable rooms and freshly cooked pub food. There’s a drying room for walkers tackling the Hadrian’s Wall long-distance path and guests flying from Carlisle Airport are offered free transfers.

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The Punch Bowl Inn – Crosthwaite

Fabulous Cumbrian bolthole in the lush Lyth Valley – seek it out for sublime food, romantic rooms, stunning views and great fell walks from the door. For a special treat book Noble, an impressive suite with twin baths enjoying wonderful views down the valley.

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The Plough – Lupton

Mid-way between the Lakes & the Dales, this warmly hospitable roadside inn has the kind of pared-back authenticity that feels timeless. With gorgeous country-house style bedrooms and punchy seasonal food, it is a singular place in a special setting.

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The Royal Hotel – Kirkby Lonsdale

Overlooking the Market Square in the small, bustling town of Kirkby Lonsdale, in the pretty Lune Valley, this Georgian inn is spruced up in elegant period style with opulent bedrooms and a crowd-pleasing menu.  An ideal base for exploring the Lakes and the Dales.

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Thank you for visiting our blog – this is where we have the latest on what our pub industry expert David Hancock has been up to including his discoveries when searching for Britain’s best pubs with rooms. We’ve also got insider tips and extra updates to share about what makes our handpicked inns such wonderful – and individual/unique places – to help you find anything from the cosiest corner, to a special room with a view or even the heartiest breakfast.