Keswick voted prettiest town in UK – here’s how to book a stay there

A Lake District town was recently named the prettiest in the UK.

Keswick came out top in research carried out by Fbm Holidays who combed through data of more than 160 UK destinations.

It’s not surprising Keswick topped the list, after all the picturesque town is part of the Lake District National Park and is a Special Area of Conservation.

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The market town also has 20 National Trust sites to its name and is flanked by the huge mountains of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater.

It has become the major centre for tourism in the northern Lake District, and offers a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums, and boating trips around lake Derwentwater.

Back in 1276 Edward I granted the town its market charter, and it continues to this day – Keswick Market brings many locals and visitors to the town every year.

Following on from the Fbm Holidays report we’ve decided to take a look at some of the prettiest places you can stay at in Keswick.

Scroll down below to see some of the stays which range from inns, guest houses, hotels, B&Bs and cottages on Booking.com, Airbnb, Hotels.com, Sykes Holiday Cottages and Expedia.

Castle Inn Hotel

The indoor pool

Based in the Lake District National Park, the Castle Inn Hotel is a four-star establishment with an indoor pool.

The Best Western hotel offers guests a bit of luxury while be surrounded by stunning views of the national park.

Lake District Wildlife Park is just a 15 minute walk away, while Bassenthwaite Lake is a 20 minute walk away.

The hotel boasts a pool, free wifi, free parking, a gym, an outdoor tennis court, golfing on site, a health club, an arcade/game room and a restaurant and bar.

Availability is from September for a stay here via Hotels.com.

Rickerby Grange

Rickerby Grange
(Image: Booking.com)

This guest house has been voted as being in a “fabulous location” in Portinscale, an easy walk into Keswick and on the Derwentwater Lake circuit.

Built in 1926, this four-star bed and breakfast is within 200 yards of Derwentwater and 2.3 miles of Cat Bells.

Attractions in the area include Whinlatter Forest Park, 3.1 miles away, or Go Ape, located 2.7 miles from the property.

Rickerby Grange offers a à la carte or Full English/Irish breakfast.

Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Keswick, like cycling and hiking.

The property also features complimentary parking.

To book a stay at Rickerby Grange visit Booking.com here.

The Langstrath Country Inn

The Langstrath Country Inn
(Image: Booking.com)

Built around 1590 as a miner’s cottage known as ‘Dove Cottage’, The Langstrath Country Inn is a small family-run property offering accommodation in Stonethwaite.

It’s centrally located in the northern lakes area of The Lake District National Park and World Heritage.

Attractions such as Honister Slate Mine and the Via Ferrata are just a 10-minutes drive away, while Whinlatter Forest and Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake are within a 30-minutes drive from the property.

The onsite bar and restaurant offers fresh homemade food and a good selection of wines, hand pulled ales and malts, which can be enjoyed in the beer garden.

See the hotel here for more details and to book.

3 Lydias Cottages

3 Lydias Cottage
(Image: Airbnb)

This cute cottage on Airbnb is based just a ten minute walk from Keswick town centre.

The property backs onto the beautiful River Greta- the name of the river derives from the Old Norse “Griótá”, meaning “stony stream”.

The cottage dates to the mid-1800s and has recently had an extensive refurbishment bringing the property up to the highest of standards.

Owners of 3 Lydias Cottages have done a good job modernised the home to reflect a contemporary feel whilst acknowledging its history and Lake District heritage.

The view from the top bedroom window
(Image: Airbnb)

After a long day on the fells there is no finer feeling than enjoying a glass of wine whilst sat alongside the River Greta.

The rear of the cottage provides a stunning back drop which is unrivalled in the area. The area is secured by a gate therefore providing piece of mind for those with young children and/or dogs.

You can check the cottage’s availability on Airbnb here.

Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel

The courtyard view

Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel is based in the mountains in Keswick.

The hotel boasts views of Lake Thirlmere in Keswick and has a restaurant and bar indoors.

Guests have rated it enjoyable due to its quiet location and easy parking.

Book a stay here and find out more about the hotel here.

Poppy Cottage

Poppy Cottage

Poppy Cottage is a beautifully converted one bedroom holiday home in the northern Lake District just 10 minutes’ drive from the bustling town of Penrith, the ‘gateway to the Lakes’.

Built from local stone and finished to an extremely high standard, Poppy Cottage marries period charm with contemporary luxury and is the ideal romantic retreat from which to explore this spellbinding part of the world.

At the end of a row of three cottages, Poppy Cottage has bags of character like the original beams and the wood burning stove set in the feature fireplace of the living room.

The Shaker style dining kitchen is fully equipped and upstairs there’s a boutique hotel style double bedroom with en-suite luxury shower room and, of course, those gorgeous views.

Outside there’s a really lovely private garden with a patio area, lawn and beautiful planting – the ideal spot to relax after a busy day hiking, cycling or simply sightseeing.

Just 10 minutes drive away there’s shopping, bars and restaurants at Penrith and the tranquil Caldbeck fells are almost on the doorstep if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Lake District.

But with Lake Ullswater and the beautiful town of Keswick just 15 minutes away, you’re in the ideal position to explore the stunning scenery of the North Lakes with some of the most outstanding hiking and cycling trails in the country.

Check out it’s availability with Sykes Cottages here.

The Grange Country House

The Grange Country House

Guests have rated The Grange Country House as “exceptional.”

Located in Keswick, The Grange Country House is in a rural area.

Lodore Falls and Dove Cottage are notable landmarks, and the area’s natural beauty can be seen at Derwentwater and Lake District National Park.

The hotel has free wifi, parking, housekeeping, free breakfast included, an indoor pool nearby and health club and contactless check-in.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is just an 18-minute walk away.

You can book a stay here through Expedia here.

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