The Lake District has sadly lived up to its name over the last 12 months, with floods devastating the area. Of course, as in any crisis, the public have pulled together to support the areas affected.
Rallying around fetching food and torches, and helping people move furniture from their homes, people have stopped at nothing to ensure others can get back to normal and rebuild their lives and – in many cases – their homes.
The area is likely to have taken a hit in more ways than one though, with hotels, pubs and restaurants forced to close their doors while the clean-up begins. While it might take weeks, or even months for some Lake District hotels and properties to get back up and running, we’ve put together a guide to some of the surrounding area’s best places to stay – should you fancy a trip up north in 2016. Read on…
Broughton Craggs Hotel, Cockermouth - If you’ve been searching hotel comparison websites for hotels in Cockermouth, you’ll notice this stunning venue is rated quite highly. Broughton Craggs Hotel is a family-run country house set in three acres of delightful grounds.
Overlooking Derwent Valley and the Fells beyond, the hotel offers a warm and friendly welcome. What’s more, it’s known for its awards and the fact it maintains many of its original features and design. A real hit with anyone looking to explore the gorgeous countryside, this is a great choice when you’re just looking to get away from it all.
The Swann Inn, Newby Bridge - Just one of the hotels affected by the recent floods, The Swann Inn had to turn some of its guests away. But hold tight; the venue will be back up and running very soon. A luxury Lake District hotel and spa, it’s situated at the southern tip of Lake Windermere and is very much a part of the local community.
With beautifully luxurious accommodation, the hotel has its own restaurant from which you can enjoy a pint of distinctive local brew. If you fancy a leisure break away from the hotel of mum and dad, or a weekend away with friends, this is the perfect spot for the ultimate in relaxation.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere - A four-star hotel set among landscaped gardens in a 1901 Georgian-style country house, the Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is within short distance of a host of attractions. But the accommodation itself is what will bring you to the area, thanks to its warm and stylish rooms and suites, which feature flat-screen TVs, mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities – the ideal home from home.
So there you have it; bide your time and the Lake District and its gorgeous hotels will be thriving once again. From smaller, independent places to stay to larger chain venues, there really is something for everything in one of the most stunning areas in the UK. And if you must visit during the floods, be as cautious as possible, pack the right clothing and be prepared to muck in with the clean-up with the locals.