8 great autumn breaks in the Lake District

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Planning a trip to the UK’s number one outdoors destination? Autumn is a magical time to visit – the trails are a little less busy, the fireplaces are lit and the picturesque landscape is painted in hues of yellow, orange and red. It’s no wonder poets, artists and writers have been coming to this region for centuries, inspired by its natural beauty. Whether you are in for a fun-packed holiday with your family or planning a romantic getaway, we have put together a list of some of the best accommodation in the Lake District to help you plan your autumn break. From lodges with hot tubs to cosy cottage homestays, there’s something for everyone.

Lake District cottages

Coachman’s House
This 19th century former coach house has been converted into a charmingly bright and airy cottage. It features a snug library with a log-burner and a peaceful garden surrounded by woodlands, which are filled with colour in the autumn.

Coachman's House in Lake District

Escape to the country with a stay at Coachman’s House

Located in the village of Coniston, you can visit the Ruskin Museum, which tells the story of the village and all the famous characters that shaped it, including the writer, artist and poet John Ruskin. From the cottage, it’s a short walk down to the lake, where you can ride the steam yacht gondola, or to the fells to enjoy the scenic hiking routes.

Silver Bank, Coniston LA21 8HW

Bird How
Experience an off-the-beaten-track getaway surrounded by wild rugged nature. This remote stone cottage is the ideal place to completely disconnect and immerse yourself in the enchanting landscape of Eskdale valley.

With some of the more challenging (and rewarding!) routes on your doorstep, avid hikers will be in their element at Bird How. This cottage offers a back-to-basics experience so be prepared to leave behind some home comforts. If you are happy to swap the TV for the comforting crackling of a log fire, this could be a fantastic option for your Lake District holiday.

Holmrook CA19 1TH

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Luxury hotels

The Samling
The luxurious and soothing atmosphere, coupled with the magnificent views, make The Samling one of the most popular hotels in the Lake District for an autumn retreat. Located on Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the region, it is surrounded by 67 acres of land where you can find deer roaming free.

The view of the lake can be admired through the large glass windows of the elegant dining room (serving top-notch cuisine!), or you can book the private hot tub for an indulgent experience. It’s also a great place from which to explore the main attractions of the Lake District and some of the most popular hikes.

Ambleside Rd, Windermere LA23 1LR

Applegarth Villa
Autumn walks around Lake Windermere will be a feast for your eyes, but no doubt you will feel the cold chill in the air. What better way to warm up than plunging into your very own private hot tub with a glass of bubbly?

Applegarth Villa Hotel and Restaurant in the Lake District

Relax at the exquisite five-star Applegarth Villa Hotel

With Applegarth’s seven hot tub suites, you’re in for a treat. This exquisite 5-star hotel is housed in a Victorian-style building with a stylish modern interior. It also boasts a communal area with fireplace, a classy bar and an award-winning restaurant. Located in the heart of Windermere village, it’s a great starting point to explore the area.

College Rd, Windermere LA23 1BU

Great for families

The Old Fire Engine
Are you looking for something completely different? Kids will go wild for this place! Designed like an old fire engine complete with firefighting accessories and unique features like the sliding pole, it makes for a truly memorable stay.

Located in the north of the Lake District, near Keswick town and the impressive Blencathra fells, there are plenty of scenic walks and fun activities to keep the whole family busy. After a day exploring the natural surroundings, you can relax in the sauna while the kids have fun dressing up in firemen costumes.

Threlkeld, Keswick CA12

Another Place, The Lake
Another Place has managed to perfectly merge style and sophistication with a laid-back and friendly atmosphere, making it a great place for the whole family to enjoy. The hotel’s concept is simple: spending quality time together, having fun and eating great meals.

Located on the shore of Ullswater, the second largest lake in the National Park, there are plenty of activities for kids such as stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking directly from the hotel’s jetty. For quieter times, you can read a book by the fire in the library, go for a swim in the 20-metre indoor pool overlooking the lake or unwind with a spa treatment.

A592, Watermillock, Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0LP

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Unique stays for couples

Damson View Glamping
If you want to stay close to nature, but don’t want the hassle of tents and shared showers, this is a great option for you! Located in the Lyth Valley near the little village of Crosthwaite, it’s a great starting point for walks and hikes with nearby peaks from where you can spot Blackpool Tower and Lake Windermere.

Damson View Glamping in Lake District

Relax and unwind in one of five luxury glamping pods while admiring stunning views

The 5 wooden pods are equipped with a kitchenette, sofa, table for two and king-size bed – ideal for a romantic getaway. The peaceful pods are surrounded by orchids and offer spectacular views of the mountains and valley.

Orchard Barn LA8 8HS

Randy Pike
If you want to feel pampered and inspired, you will love Randy Pike! Three eclectically decorated suites are housed in the Victorian residence of local restauranteurs Andy and Chrissy Hill. Each room has its own unique design and decor as well as a vast bathroom with a standing bathtub and magnificent views.

This one-of-a-kind stay in the Lake District offers the option of having a delicious breakfast brought straight to your room. Another great perk are the surrounding hiking routes with the stunning Lakeland Fells right on your doorstep.

2 Randy Pike, Ambleside LA22 0JP

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Image credits: ©Applegarth Villa; Damson View Glamping; holidaycottages.co.uk; Nina Kathryn Claridge Photography; The Samling

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