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Christmas & New year in the Lake District

Christmas and New Year in the Lake District, Cumbria is a magical time. With snow-peaked mountains and the peaceful serenity of the lakes, the landscape takes on a spectacular winter beauty.

Get into the festive spirit and book your holiday break to experience the magical winter landscape, great food, and many Christmas and New Year celebrations that the area has to offer.

The Lake District is well known for the quality of the food available, with so many top restaurants, many of which source ingredients locally produced here in Cumbria. What better way to make your Christmas and New Year break special than to book into one of the excellent restaurants in the area. Wine, dine and see in the New Year in style.

 
 

Short breaks over the Christmas period

The Byre living area

The Byre

A barn, formerly used for keeping cattle on the ground floor, with hay stored on the first floor known as a hay loft. The Byre has been converted to a very high standard with oak wood used throughout, retaining the original beams.

Oaklands Guest House

Oaklands Guest House

Large spacious rooms with superb quality pocket sprung beds and quality fittings, fresh local produce used for breakfast.

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Comfortable 17 Century oakbeamed cottage in beautiful valley, with original features and cosy log-fires included free of charge. Peace, space and lovely walks to enjoy from the door. Ample parking.

Waitby School

Waitby School

Waitby School is an extended and renovated 17thC schoolhouse standing proud on a breathtaking fell in the Eden Valley. The building has been fitted with 21stC luxuries for the ultimate retreat, including jacuzzi bath & under-floor heating.

Burnside Park

Burnside Park

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, in mature gardens, yet only 300 metres from the promenade, steamer piers and bustling village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Catherine Cottage

Annes Catherine Cottage

Victorian terraced cottage with lovely conservatory, kitchen, diner, inglenook fireplace in lounge and small cottage garden to rear.

Glencoe Guest House

Glencoe Guest House

A charming Victorian home, capturing its original character, offering a warm friendly welcome. Run by outdoor enthusiasts with local knowledge of fells and surrounding area, whose aim is to please. Cycle storage, drying room, flask filling

High Swinklebank Farm

High Swinklebank Farm

High Swinklebank is a hill sheepfarm with local Kendal rough fell sheep. It is in one of the beautiful unspoilt valleys of the Lake District. Ideal for walking, relaxing and getting away from it all.

The MacDonald Swan Hotel

The MacDonald Swan Hotel

Whatever the reason for your visit and whatever the weather outside, you can expect to sleep soundly within the walls of this 17thC coaching inn. Many of our bedrooms have views across the garden towards Helm Crag.

Hundith Hill Hotel

Hundith Hill Hotel Limited

Located in the picturesque Lorton Valley, Hundith Hill offers stunning views of the Cumbrian countryside. With 25 rooms, function suites, restaurant, bar & lounge, Hundith Hill is the perfect venue for country escapes.

Ambleside Salutaion Hotel

Ambleside Salutation Hotel

Central Lake District location ideal for sight-seeing and walking. Overlooking the centre of the market town of Ambleside, the Ambleside Salutation Hotel has welcomed visitors since the 1600s.

Shaw End Mansion

Shaw End Mansion

Situated on a 200-acre estate, in a beautiful location and surrounded by fields and woodland, Shaw End Mansions 4 stylish and spacious Georgian apartments with open fireplaces, provide an excellent holiday base.

Melbecks Holiday Cottages

Melbecks Holiday Cottages

Named after the crag high on the side of Skiddaw, Randel was originally a farmstead byre and is detached from the main barn conversion.

Oaks Country Estate & Woodland Cottages

Woodland Cottages

The Oaks Country Estate and Woodland Cottages is a rural estate within close proximity of Bowness on Windermere. The estate includes 8 luxury cottages of various sizes and a large country house all properties are with hot tubs.

Howscales

Howscales

4 superbly well-equipped, cosy, comfortable cottages, set around a central cobbled courtyard and surrounded by gardens, within tranquil countryside. Resident owners. Ideal base to explore Eden Valley, Lakes and Pennines. SB available.

Hillthwaite House

Hillthwaite House Hotel

The family-owned Hillthwaite House Hotel, between Windermere and Bowness, is one of area's highest hotels overlooking England's largest lake and with magnificent panoramic views over to Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Coniston Old Man.

The Lodore Falls Hotel

Lodore Falls Hotel

Elegantly offering the perfect combination of romance, luxury and lakeside adventure - the Lodore Falls Hotel radiates countryside sophistication.

Ring House Cottages

Ring House Cottages

Ringhouse self-catering cottages are open all year, and set in the beautiful unspoilt Woodland Valley close to both Coniston and Broughton-in-Furness. For Bank Holiday weeks short breaks will only be taken 4 weeks in advance

Crookhurst Farm

Crookhurst Farm & Cottages

Crookhurst is a working farm set in open country side, half a mile from the picturesque village on the Solway coast. The farmhouse provides spacious group accommodation sleeping up to 12 people in a cosy, homely environment.

Festive Events

Check out the many festive events that are being held across the Lake District and Cumbria this Christmas and New Year.

From Christmas markets and Dickensian festivals to the switch on of Christmas lights and family shows there is something for everyone as you relax and enjoy the Cumbrian Christmas cheer.

Christmas shopping

Visit the best local shopping outlets and suppliers during your stay, and find the perfect gift for your loved ones... or that little treat for yourself!

Cumbria and the Lake District has a wealth of choice for that special gift this Christmas. Find a great selection of artisan gifts made by master craftsmen and deliciously tasty food and drink gifts.

With such choice, you are sure to find something with flair and distinction for your friends and loved ones this Christmas.

 

Festive food

The Lake District has so much to offer the food lover this Christmas, with a wealth of quality restaurants, pubs and cafes across the county, many using locally sourced produce. From Michelin starred fine dining to a hearty homemade pub meal with a pint of high-quality local ale, the choice and variety is exceptional.

Sample the best of Cumbrian produce by visiting one of the farmer's markets or food festivals taking place this season and remember to visit some of the many purveyors of high quality artisan food and drink across the county - including local gingerbread, artisan bread, exciting local beers and homemade chocolates, not to mention the famous sticky toffee pudding!

Browse some of the food and drink delights on offer in the Lake District this Christmas using the categories below.

Have a magical Christmas in the Lake District

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