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Cheap Rooms - Ten Cheap Hotels in The Lake District

Ten Places to Stay in The Lakes for Less than £100


The average price of a hotel room in the UK dropped by 13% in 2009 to £84 per night. Before you start planning a travel budget based on that price, remember though that it's just an average - probably brought down by a fair number of doss houses and grim Fawlty Towers-type establishments.

All the rooms on this list are doubles with private bathrooms for less than £100 per night. When choosing a cheap room remember:

  • Breakfast may not be included
  • There may be a fee or a slow connection for wi-fi
  • Factor in travel costs to attractions
  • Beware of super cheap special offers which may be almost impossible to pin down.

1. Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Very nice facilities in this rambling Lake District hotel include use of the indoor swimming pool, gym and steam room. Affiliated with Best Western, the hotel has large, well equipped rooms with simple contemporary furnishings. There's an emphasis on green touris. The hotel is working to protect native flora and fauna and ensure biodiversity on its eight acres of protected woodlands.

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2. The Swallow Hotel, Carlisle

Part of a small, UK hotel chain, this Carlisle hotel provides reliable, modern rooms of a reasonable standard, plus free use of an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and gymnasium. Rooms have wifi access and breakfast is included in the rates. Carlisle is a good base for touring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders and Hadrian's Wall.

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3. Autumn Leaves Guesthouse, Windermere

Recently refurbished village house in Windermere. Double rooms are all ensuite, with brass beds and luxury toiletries. One single room is not ensuite but has a private shower room. Nice, basic standard for the price. We've heard the welcome is friendly and the breakfast - with vegetarian choices - is generous.

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4. The Allerdale Court Hotel, Cockermouth

A small, family run hotel on the western edge of the Lake District, The Allendale Court went through hard times after the Lake District floods in November 2009. But it's now the centerpiece of the town's new Market Square and its 21 character rooms have been refreshed, many with fresh modern bathrooms. Free wi-fi in all rooms is a feature. And even the four poster rooms are well within the budget.

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5. Lonsdale House, Ulverston

An 18th century townhouse mansion in a Lake District market town makes a very good base if you like your civilized comforts after a wild walk in the Lakeland fells. The hotel has a pretty walled garden where you can take tea in good weather, several four poster rooms with Jacuzzis and good bar and restaurant facilities. WiFi is available from most - but not all rooms. And, for a supplement of £15 the hotel will provide a welcome fruit basket, bath robes, bottled water, chocolates and luxury toiletries.

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6. Rosemount Cottage, Burgh-by-Sands

This 4-star B&B has one a gold award from Enjoy England. The house, a Grade II listed cottage on the Solway Coast, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty in the northwest Lake District, is the very picture of a storybook English village cottage. It's handy for touring the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Cycleway. Rooms, all ensuite, were refurbished during the 2007/2008 season, so they are relatively fresh and offered on either a B&B or self-catering basis (for a larger group - the house can accommodate six). The breakfasts here are legendary and have won several awards.

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7. The George Hotel, Penrith

Don't be put off by the rather tired public rooms in this venerable hotel. All the guest rooms have been done up recently, though maintaining their traditional country house look. They are comfortable and sufficiently equipped with nice fresh bathrooms that have bath and shower. WiFi is available in the hotel, though not necessarily in the guestrooms. But who needs the internet when you can hire a bicycle to take off and explore the lakes. Breakfast is included in the rate and there is a good value dinner, bed&breakfast rate available.

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8. Storrs Gatehouse in Bowness on Windermere

A lovely B&B in the heart of the Lake District. Decor is cozy if a bit old fashioned, most of the rooms featuring four poster beds. Luxury White Company toiletries are a nice touch. The breakfast room overlooks a pretty garden. Windermere is Beatrix Potter country and has been a popular Lake District resort since Edwardian times so there is plenty to interest all family members nearby.

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9. Six Castlegate, Cockermouth

The B&B is located in a Grade 2 Star Listed Georgian town house on one of the oldest streets in the birthplace of William Wordsworth. Each room has been individually decorated to provide simple contemporary comfort - including flat-screen, freeview TV and WiFi access - while respecting the house's historic character. Breakfasts feature locally sourced and seasonal produce.

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10. The Waterwheel, Ambleside

You have to book early for a chance at one of only three guest rooms in this tiny guesthouse. The white washed cottage sits on a cobbled street, overlooking the river Stockghyll and a waterwheel that sometimes still turns. Rooms are decorated in a pretty Victorian style and two of the three have magnificant, Victorian-style claw foot baths. The price is right here for a romantic getaway for two. All rooms are doubles and children and pets are not welcome.

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