The best dog-friendly Lake District hotelsEnjoy a luxury getaway with your four-legged friend
The Lake District is made for adventure. And, after a busy day of exploring the lakes and fells, there’s no better feeling than sinking into a comfy bed in a top-rated hotel.
But luxury doesn’t mean you have to leave your four-legged friends at home. We’ve selected ten of our favourite four- and five-star Lake District hotels where your dog is just as welcome as you are.
Please note that extra charges may apply.
Borrowdale Hotel, Borrowdale
Nestled in the pretty Borrowdale valley at the tip of Derwentwater, the Borrowdale Hotel has welcomed dogs since it opened in 1866. Although dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant, there are several dog-friendly lounges and the conservatory, where you can relax after a day’s exploring.
Forest Side, Grasmere
Located on the edge of Grasmere, Forest Side welcomes well-behaved dogs in six of their rooms. The hotel’s four-legged guests have the freedom to explore all 43 acres of woodland in their grounds and also receive a welcome pack – including a dog bed, two bowls, and a selection of treats – on arrival.
Inn on the Square, Keswick
Up to two dogs can stay in your bedroom at a cost of £15 per dog per night at this contemporary hotel in the centre of Keswick. There’s access to a hose pipe and towels to wash muddy paws, before kicking back with your furry friend in the comfy lounge or choice of bars.
Langdale Chase, Windermere
This charming hotel enjoys a superb location on the edge of Lake Windermere. Dogs are permitted in a selection of their bedrooms at an additional charge of £15 per night – take in the stunning scenery from the lake view outdoor terrace, and enjoy delicious meals in the Baronial Hall and Piano Lounge.
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, Borrowdale
Occupying a stunning location overlooking Derwentwater, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lakeside walkies at the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa. Dogs are welcome in most of the bedrooms and some suites, with dog beds and bowls available on request.
North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Penrith
Expect modern comfort for both you and your dog with a stay at this luxurious Penrith hotel. There are three dog-friendly rooms available, where a cosy bed for your four-legged friend will be provided. The hotel also boasts a dedicated Pooch Paddock for your dog to explore and meet the other canine guests.
Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside
This warm and welcoming boutique Ambleside hotel has several dog-friendly accommodation options, ranging from classic rooms to luxury suites. Choose between the array of walks from the hotel’s doorstep before cleaning up in the dedicated dog-wash room – Ruff & Tumble dressing gowns are available for that added touch of comfort.
Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick
Enjoy a picturesque stay in the heart of Keswick at this newly-refurbished hotel. Up to two dogs are welcome in 27 of the 43 bedrooms for a small added charge, with beds and bowls on offer to save on precious packing space.
The Inn on the Lake, Glenridding
Experience one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District at this restored Victorian hotel. 15 rooms are dog friendly, many of which boast incredible views of Lake Ullswater or the Helvellyn mountain range. Dogs are also welcome in the reception area, Orangery and Ramblers Bar.
The Villa Levens Hotel, Levens
This striking Victorian hotel on the edge of the Lake District has a number of designated dog-friendly rooms, along with an area of the grounds that has been allocated especially for dog walking. Your canine friend is also welcome in the bar and lounge area for a relaxing evening in front of the fire.