Have you decided to treat yourself, your family or your partner to a Lake District break this year? Then you’ve made a smart choice. The Lake District is Britain’s favourite national park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the light plays on the cloud capped mountains and sparkles off the lakes. The ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries whether you’re looking for an action packed family holiday or time away as a couple.
But should you book into a hotel or go self catering for your Lake District break? There are pros and cons to consider for both types of accommodation, and there are plenty of choices in the Lakes from romantic cottages to luxury hotels.
If you want to do what you like when you like, then the self catering option may be for you. Choose one of the holiday villages in the Lakes and you’ll even enjoy on-site facilities like swimming pools and gyms, while lovers of peace and quiet can really get away from it all off the beaten track. You can choose from a wide range of properties, often with little extras like a hot tub with a fell view.
Self catering is often seen as the cost-effective choice, thought it’s easy to get carried away and eat out every night; just because you have a kitchen doesn’t mean you have to cook. You might also end up spending a fortune on activities to keep the kids entertained. A self catering cottage is usually seen as the more relaxing option as you don’t have to stick to a schedule, but choose wisely – if you have teenage children who’ll struggle without a good phone signal, don’t book that delightfully remote cottage with no Wi-Fi.
There’s no doubt self-catering can offer a more immersive experience, and may be a great choice if you’re heading to the Lakes to mountain bike and hike for the length of your stay.
There’s no doubt about it, for Lake District breaks that provide ultimate relaxation, a hotel stay is unparalleled. Just imagine; you won’t have to share the bathroom and you’ll never run out of hot water. There are always clean towels and someone else to make the beds and do the cleaning. Forgot the toothpaste? Ask room service to send some up to your room. Want to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in bed? Then you can do that too.
Of course, hotel luxury comes at a price, although Lake District breaks in some of the superb hotels in the region can be much more affordable than you think, especially off-season. If you’re treating your partner to a break together, there’s no doubt that sleeping in a large, comfortable bed with soft pillows, and fluffy towels and robes is designed to make you feel thoroughly pampered.
But what about families? Hotel breaks can work surprisingly well for a family too. Talk to the manager before booking and you’ll be surprised at how accommodating a hotel can be. And of course, there’s always Wi-Fi for the teens and activities for the younger ones. And while your children are enjoying themselves under the watchful eye of the hotel staff, you can relax in the spa and look forward to dinner.
There’s no doubt that self catering offers freedom and flexibility, and there are some stunning rental properties in the Lakes so you’re spoilt for choice. But for sheer indulgent luxury, often at surprisingly affordable prices, a hotel break in beautiful surroundings is the perfect choice.
What do you prefer hotels or self catering?
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