Windermere, ten and a half miles long and over 200 feet deep, is Englands largest natural lake. Bold of huge rivers, the name is derived from the old Norwegian word meaning lake of the man called Vinandr. Used by the Romans to transport heavy materials, it did not become a popular holiday destination until 1847, when the branch of Kendal and Windermere Railway were built for it. Britains richer flocked to Windermere to build their extravagant summer cottages. Many would later be transformed into guesthouses and hotels that serve as temporary homes for modern travelers. These transformations are the backbone of Windermeres accommodation - offering originality and personalized service at an affordable price.
Some popular accommodation options include:
Autumn Leaves Guest House
Autumn Leaves is a three star Bed and Breakfast in central Windermere overlooking Ellerwaite Park. The exceptionally clean rooms are small but cozy and comfortable, and an absolute steal of around 25 pounds a night, a lot for Windermere hotels. Prices include a large, freshly prepared breakfast that will make you go well past lunchtime. Autumn leaves are less than 200 meters from the center and a ten minute walk from the train station. With the lake itself a few minutes away on foot, it is an ideal base for budget conscious travelers.
This 4-star Bed and Breakfast is just a ten-minute walk from the lake and a five-minute walk from the city center, giving Beckmead House an ideal location for those who need a break from everyday life. Rooms at this guest house have private showers, central heating, hair dryers, a full range of complimentary toiletries and a clear access to coffee and tea. The breakfast consists of the usual British fries (bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, toast and beans) plus fresh fruit, flakes and yogurt. Special menus are available for vegetarians and those on limited diets, making this a smart choice for many.
The mortal man
The twelve rooms at this inn have been recently renovated to include updated décor and luxurious four-poster beds. The Mortalmans place among the rugged traps of Troutbeck Valley guarantees each guest a great view of the surrounding countryside, one of the most memorable views of all the Windermere hotels. The lounge offers travelers a chance to unwind in front of the burning log fires, while sampling their selection of local bottles and traditional malt whiskeys. The mortal man is a good choice for those who want to relax and unwind.
This 4-star non-smoking lodge is just a short walk from the lake. The sixteen rooms in this 19th-century house have clean, soft furniture and beds with luxury mattresses to ensure a good nights sleep. Originally a private home, no two rooms are alike, but each room has its own bathroom, free aromatherapy products, a flat screen TV and a refreshment center filled with coffee, tea and hot chocolate. On the first floor lounge, guests can relax on Chesterfields sofa and look at the original stained glass windows, admire the views of Windermere and the Falls across the coast. The lodge is centrally located in Windermere, making it a convenient location for those who want to explore the surrounding area.
Eastbourne Guest House
Eastbourne has a deceptively spacious guesthouse of slate and stone and has a five-star rating for its nine well-appointed en-suite rooms. Built a few years after the surrounding Windermere hotels, Eastbourne was intended to be the private residence of a rich gentleman, and was built to meet its demanding standards. None of its original splendor or quality has been lost in retirement. The rooms are some of the largest Windermere, with king size beds, four poster beds and double showers with a three main power shower. It costs a little more, but this is a case where you definitely get what you pay for.
This is just a selection of what Windermere hotels, and the whole area, have to offer. You can find everything from farmhouses to luxury spas. If a vacation at Windermere is what you want, you are sure to find accommodation that is covered by your budget guidelines.