Lake District countryside escape vs town centre adventure

The beautiful, British Lake District has become one of the most popular travel destinations within the UK. With its exquisite backdrop and panoramic vistas, it comes as no surprise that so many Brits are wanting to escape to the countryside this summer.

However… with so many different accommodation options in the Lake District, it can be difficult to decide what’s right for you! Especially if you have never visited the area before.

Options for overnight lodging in the Lake District is in no short supply with an abundance of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages so on. Nonetheless, deciding whether to escape to the depths of the countryside or stay in the midst of the action isn’t always an easy choice.

Allow us to help you decide whether a remote, countryside retreat is right up your street, or if a town centre location is your dream destination.


Lake District countryside escape

Benefits of a countryside hotel

  • Peaceful

When you’re looking to get away and truly unwind, a remote countryside location is the perfect place to reside. You will be completely immersed in pretty scenery, making it a great option if you want to switch off and spend some quality time with a loved one.

  • Quiet

Because less people and traffic are around, it’s also much quieter staying in a countryside location. This makes it a perfect location if you want to escape the hustle & bustle, want some time with your thoughts or even to just enjoy a good book. It also means you have a great chance of getting a restful night’s sleep.

  • Closer to the walks

If you’re visiting the Lake District because you want to walk those famous Lakeland fells and appreciate the landscape from its finest perspectives, stay in the countryside and these walks are literally on your doorstep! Walk out the front door and you’re already immersed in nature.

  • Fantastic views

Due to their often secluded locations in the prettiest of areas, many Lake District countryside hotels boast incredible views from the windows. Whether this is from your hotel room, a lounge or a restaurant, the odds are you will be completely surrounded by scenery.

If you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a Lake District countryside escape this summer or autumn, the Borrowdale Hotel is a lovely destination for a relaxing getaway. Nestled within the valley, the welcoming hotel boasts all of the above, as well as extraordinary food and service.


Lake District countryside escape

Benefits of a town centre hotel

  • Close to popular tourist attractions

If you want to get the most out of your Lake District holiday and visit all the popular tourist attractions, staying in a town centre location puts you in a great position to do just that.

When staying in the heart of Keswick you are close to ALL the exciting attractions including: Keswick Launch, Derwent Pencil Museum, The Puzzling Place, Hope Park, Castlerigg Stone Circle plus more.

You are also still very close to most of the popular walks, they just take a bit more wandering to get to them.

  • Ideal if you wish to travel around

The Lake District is a vast place, and it comes as no surprise that many people want to explore more than just one area! When staying in Keswick town centre, you are well connected to other popular towns and villages including Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere that are all connected along the same, well-maintained road (A591).

It is also very easy to catch a bus to other parts of the Lake District if you did not want to drive.

  • Great for dining & nightlife

If your perfect Lake District holiday consists of tucking into delicious, food and enjoying a few cheeky beverages, then staying in the town centre is an obvious choice!

Keswick has an amazing selection of trendy bars and varied restaurants so you can sip cocktails at the Inn on the Square Front Bar or sample local Cumbrian ales at the Kings Arms then stumble back to your room for a good night’s rest.

  • Close to shops

Many Lake District towns have an excellent selection of both independent and high street shops to go in. From quirky gift shops and independent chocolate makers to big-brand fashion names including Joules, Tog24, Fat Face plus more – there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the town centre!

If a town centre adventure sounds like it’s your cup of tea, we have 3 excellent Keswick town centre hotels to choose from to suit different budgets and tastes. The Inn on the Square, Skiddaw Hotel and Kings Arms are all conveniently located in Keswick’s Market Square amidst the action.


Benefits of a self-catering cottage

  • Take things at your pace

When staying in a self-catering cottage, you can take life at your own pace and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner as and when you please! Fancy a lie in? No problem! Out longer than you expected? Not an issue!

  • Enjoy all those home comforts

Arguably, the best part about staying in a self-catering cottage is that you can enjoy life as you would at home, but while on holiday! You can still curl up on a sofa and watch your favourite TV shows or play board games with family.

  • Have all the family together

Another excellent benefit of staying in a self-catering cottage is that you can enjoy having all the family together in a relaxed environment. Self-catering cottages are especially great if you are wanting to visit with younger children.

  • Cook your own meals

Although many of us love going on holiday and indulging on delicious food that we haven’t had to prepare ourselves, sometimes it’s handy to have the option of being able to cook your own meals.

When staying in a cottage, you get the best of both worlds and can go out for food, or stay in with a freshly prepared meal or a takeaway (psst… try the authentic Italian takeaway pizzas at LB’s Pizza House!)

We have 2 excellent self-catering cottages situated only 30 seconds away from Keswick Market Square that may be of interest to you. Both cottages can sleep up to 4 people and have all the homely amenities you could possibly desire for your Lake District getaway. To book a self-catering cottage, please call 0800 840 1240.