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The Best Places to Stay in the UK

Places to stay

Lake District accommodation has come a long way since the days of chintzy B&Bs and dingy rooms in ancient pubs. There are some fantastic places to stay now in all corners of the Lakes, including some of the UK’s most celebrated boutique hotels and country-house hotels, and even most regular B&Bs and hotels have also raised their game – you can expect a little bit of designer style and some great gourmet breakfasts, even in the most out-of-the-way valleys and villages. The main towns of Keswick and Ambleside have the best choice of accommodation, from simple hiker-friendly guest houses to glam 4-star hotels, but the Lakes has always shown off its best side – well, on the lakes. Gorgeously located waterside hotels are found right the way around Windermere in particular, while little inland villages like Grasmere and Hawkshead are becoming known as boutique bolt-holes with accommodation to match. Some excellent and surprisingly stylish country inns – many with renowned dining too – set the standard for the entire country, never mind the Lakes, while anyone on a budget has the UK’s best selection of rural youth hostels to try out.

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