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Bed and breakfast accommodation and guesthouses

Lake District Bed and Breakfast

Guesthouses v B&Bs

Guesthouses vary from bed and breakfast establishments mostly in a matter of degree. They may have better or designer decor and furniture and a thick pile of plush towels. They may have a long menu choice at breakfast. They may have bottled water in the rooms as well as a tea and coffee tray, or tissues and a chocolate on the pillow. They may serve evening meals, by prior arrangement, and/or have a drinks licence. Often they will have grounds or gardens which guests may use with patio furniture or a barbeque or picnic tables. (They may just be B&Bs with pretensions.)

Someone's home

It is always as well to bear in mind that the house you are visiting is also someone's home. The host's bedroom may be next to yours at night and the sitting room or dining room may contain of family portraits or photographs.

Phone ahead

Bed and breakfast establishments do not normally have receptionists on call at any time of the day as a hotel does. So it is usually helpful to call the host a few hours before your arrival so that they can plan their day to be there when you arrive.

Using the room during the day

If you are booked in for the coming night, most establishments will nowadays allow you to use your room during the day, once it has been cleaned and beds made soon after breakfast. On the day of departure, though, you are expected to vacate the room by a set time, commonly 10 am. If that is inconvenient, the host may agree to look after your bags for a few hours until the time of your departure from the area. This is especially useful if you are relying on public transport or taxis.

Singles, twins, doubles and triples

Rooms are usually doubles, i.e. a double bed, so if you book as a single person you may well be charged quite a lot more than half the double room price. If the host had rented the room to two people s/he would have been able to get the full price for it. Some places however will have a single room and then be able to charge less. Twin-bedded rooms are also sometimes available as are three person family rooms. The configuration then is usually one double with a single but may vary. Cots and high chairs are normally available on request but do make sure to book them beforehand.

Holly-Wood House

Holly-Wood House is a Windermere b&b and is a Victorian built guesthouse with the full range of rooms. It is set in a quiet residential road a few minutes walk from the centre of the village. There are six rooms, all with ensuite shower rooms: three double rooms, a twin, a single and a room with both a double and a single bed. They also have "complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, radio alarm clock, flat screen TVs, complimentary spring water, a hospitality tray with Fair-trade products and quality cotton towels''. All beds have crisp Egyptian cotton bedding. Rates vary between £33 and £42 per person sharing.

Cherry Holme Bed & Breakfast

Cherry Holme Bed & Breakfast offers luxurious accommodation just north of the village of Glenridding, at the southern tip of Lake Ullswater. The accommodation is composed of seven rooms, four of which have fine views of the lake and fells. All rooms are en-suite and include mini bars with snacks and soft drinks. There is also free wireless broadband and a sauna! Two double rooms, at £60 per head per night, have four-poster beds. A twin bedded room and more simple double room are cheaper at £50 per person per night.

The Beckside Guesthouse


The Beckside Guesthouse is a Keswick b&b to be found in a slate built Victorian terrace three minutes walk from Keswick town centre. It offers 'hearty' breakfasts, 'quality accommodation' and 'genuine hospitality'.

There are three ensuite double rooms one of which can be made into a twin. Rates here are based on two adults sharing and vary with the length of stay. The basic rate for one night's bed and breakfast is £30.


There is a Lake District Bed and Breakfast for everyone throughout the area.
Lake District Bed and Breakfast


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