Glamping with a hot tub in the Lake District: 13 sites to steal your heart

Posted on 24th Nov 2021. In , , , ,

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With beautiful scenery, fabulous gin distilleries and a plethora of gorgeous accommodation on offer (including stunning boutique hotels), if you’re looking to escape from reality for a few days then a glamping trip to the Lake District might be just what the doctor ordered!

From relaxing romantic breaks to family holidays with plenty of toasted marshmallows, there are gorgeous glamping options to suit everyone. To help you find your next much-needed holiday, we’ve rounded up 13 fabulous glamping breaks in the Lake District and, even better, they all have their own hot tubs – bliss!


 

Unique Glamping in the Lake District

1. Silva Treehouse, Penrith

A magical treetop retreat with all the mod-cons

The surroundingsLocated on the family-run Maughanby Farm in Cumbria’s beautiful Eden Valley, Silva Treehouse is close to some of the Lake District’s most beautiful landscapes. Site owners, Lucy and Grant, have dedicated themselves to improving the biodiversity of the farm by improving the habitats, sowing wildflowers, digging ponds and establishing woods, making this a true haven for wildlife.

From wild swimming to stunning walks, there are plenty of activities on offer for those who fancy getting out into nature. The site is also close to the town of Penrith, with its charming eateries and independent shops, and local attractions such as Lowther Castle.

As well as the stunning Silva Treehouse, Maughanby Farm is home to some other truly unique accommodation including the Moonshine Shack and Walden Hut.

The accommodationWith underfloor heating, three bedrooms and a slide leading to the games room (yes you read that right), Silva is really more penthouse than treehouse. Nestled in the trees and beautifully crafted from homegrown timber, Silva allows you to truly become one with the breath-taking surroundings.

The treehouse boasts a sitting room with a cosy wood-burning stove, a bathroom with all the mod-cons and three bedrooms, two featuring luxe king-size beds and one double. A built-in slide comes out beneath the treehouse where there is a games room complete with a ping pong table and, even more excitingly, a bar.

The treehouse’s outdoor area is the perfect spot for stargazing and features that all-important wood-burning hot tub. For an additional £45, the team will even have the tub ready and waiting for you with a bottle of fizz on ice.

Eat: The stylishly rustic kitchen is well-equipped for simple suppers and the outdoor area is kitted out with a fire pit, pizza oven and BBQ for the ultimate al fresco feasts. For £12.50 you can also receive a breakfast basket for two stocked with bacon and sausages from the farm’s pigs and eggs from the hens.

You’ll love: As well as a fabulous location, Silva Treehouse has an incredible sense of fun that you’re sure to fall in love with. Maughanby Farm also offers a communal area in which to kick back and enjoy a few drinks – there’s even a fancy dress box for when a few becomes a lot!

Cost: Silva Treehouse sleeps six and stays start from £345 per night.


 

For more staycation inspiration, see our guide to glamping in The Forest of Dean, the best shepherd’s huts in Cornwall, the best lodges with hot tubs, and the best glamping in the UK. You might also like this article from a partner site: Taking a Dog to the Lake District.


 

2. Kelker Well Roundhouse, Hutton Roof

A sustainably built roundhouse in stunning surrounding

The surroundingsIf you’re looking to truly get away from it all, then Kelker Well may be the Lake District glamping option for you. Set in a secluded spot, getting to the site requires a quad bike transfer or 10-minute walk, meaning you’re very unlikely to be disturbed during your stay!

The roundhouse is perfectly positioned for exploring the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Morcambe Bay with its wide expanse of sand and beautiful seascapes. There are also five fells that can be walked from the doorstep and the nearby village of Burton-in-Kendal has a village shop and a pub if you fancy sampling the local tipples.

The accommodation: This charming structure houses a cosy living room and kitchen area with a wood-burning stove as well as a separate bedroom area with a king-size bed and a bathroom with a shower and compost loo. The sofa in the living room also turns into a double bed meaning the roundhouse can sleep four. Outside, the wood-fired hot tub takes centre stage alongside an al fresco dining area with incredible views of the surrounding landscapes.

The roundhouse has been created with sustainability in mind and it runs off-grid meaning there isn’t unlimited electricity available so you might want to leave your hairdryer at home!

Eat: The kitchen area is compact but offers everything you might need to cater your break including portable gas stoves and a cool box. The wood-burning stove has an in-built oven and plate for boiling water while outside there is a Weber BBQ if you fancy getting your grill on.

Adjacent to the roundhouse is a mini allotment that you can make use of and you’ll also be greeted with a basket of goodies including bread and jam and eggs and cheese from the neighbouring Whin Yeats farm which is owned by the roundhouse’s host’s father.

You’ll love: The hot tub at this Lake District glamp site really does take some beating when it comes to spectacular views. Looking out over the rolling dales and fells, you will be hard pressed to find a better spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

Cost: Kelker Well Roundhouse sleeps up to four and stays start from £150 per night.


 

3. Hinterlandes Bus, Lorton

A magical mystery tour without moving an inch

The Surroundings: The exact location of the Hinterlandes bus changes throughout the year to offer you the best possible experience, however it is always nestled in the spectacular Lake District countryside. With plenty of walks available from the doorstep as well as wild swimming locations, this is the perfect base for those looking to get to grips with this beautiful part of the world.

The accommodation:If you’re looking for a weekend break that is something a little out of the ordinary, then you won’t do much better than this incredible bus. Built from not just one bus, but two, this ingenious glamping retreat is formed of a 1985 American school bus with a VW camper welded on top. The result is a spacious and strikingly stylish retreat that has been designed to include luxuries such as an Aga, sycamore carpentry, a wood-burning stove and a marble clad shower.

The upper bus houses the bed meaning that you can wake up to elevated views over the beautiful surrounding countryside while the en suite shower and composting loo means that there’s no need for midnight dashes.

Outside there are designer chairs and a table for al fresco meals as well as a fire pit and, of course, a wood-fired hot tub that will allow hours of blissful stargazing.

Eat: The kitchen area is fitted out with a wood-burning Aga for cooking as well as a fridge-freezer and some pretty plush crockery and utensils. Outside the fire pit can also be used for cooking and there is even a mini barbecue for sizzling sausages.

You’ll love: The finishes in the brilliant bus are anything but coach class with Hay furnishings, Aesop toiletries, and Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels ensuring a luxury experience you’ll never forget. Up the romance with Hinterlandes’ special package which includes rose petals on the bed and hot tub, prosecco and handmade chocolates.

Cost: The bus sleep two and stays start from £145 per night.


 

4. Reflection, Longtown

A sparkling oasis from the hustle and bustle

The surroundings: Located in three and a half acres of grounds, which you are free to explore, Reflection is located in the popular Longtown. This Cumbrian town occupies a highly desirable position close to some of England’s most beautiful areas including the Solway Coast, Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines and the incredible Lake Disrict with Ullswater situated just under an hour’s drive away. With so much to explore, you better get working on your itinerary!

The accommodation: This open-plan cabin offers a sleek, modern interior with an L-shaped sofa and television, a sleeping area with a double bed and a well-equipped kitchen. Reflection also has its own en suite shower room with a WC and underfloor heating to keep you warm and toasty.

Outside is a private garden area overlooking Carwinley Beck with seating, a chimenea and an inviting hot tub bubbling away.

Eat: The kitchen area with its fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and induction hob is ideal for whipping up snacks and easy meals while the nearest restaurants are around a five-minute drive away in Longtown. More dining options are available in Carlisle, around 10 miles away, if you’re seeking out a specific cuisine.

You’ll love: This micro home’s unique mirrored exterior is sure to captivate you. Juxtaposed with its gorgeous riverside setting, this cool cabin is a contemporary alternative to traditional rustic retreats.

Cost: Reflection sleeps two and stays start from £429 for two nights.


 

5. Croglin Yurt, Armathwaite

An other-worldly yurt with vintage finishes

The surroundings: Croglin Yurt is located alongside some other magical lodgings at Drybeck Farm in the Eden Valley. Tucked between the Pennines and the Lake District, this is a dream location if you’re seeking a spot to take in as much stunning scenery as possible.

There’s also plenty to explore on the doorstep of Drybeck Farm as the site stands on the banks of the stunning Eden River which is a popular spot for wild swimming. If you prefer to stay dry, the Drybeck team can sort out cycle hire for you to check out the local byways at your leisure.

The accommodation: Add a little magic to your Lake District glamping trip with this mystical yurt. Handmade using locally grown timber, the yurt is surprisingly spacious with a high ceiling and wooden flooring. The living space is kitted out with vintage style furnishings including a double bed, a futon that can sleep two and a wood-burner to keep the nip at bay.

Beside Croglin Yurt is a cookhouse and a private compost loo and shower as well as your own private garden where you will find that must-have hot tub and plenty of wood to get it piping hot.

Eat: Next door to Croglin Yurt is a rustic wooden cookhouse which is for the guests’ private use. As well as a dining area, the cookhouse is equipped with kitchen necessities while a fire bowl in the private garden can be used for barbecuing.

You’ll love: The yurt has an undeniable sense of whimsy and its vintage-meets-boho décor forms the perfect setting for a getaway with a difference. You can even take a slice of the look home with you by checking out Muster, an on-site shopped filled with gorgeous interior pieces and artworks.

Cost: Croglin Yurt sleep up to four and stays start from £149 for two nights.


 

Shepherd’s Huts with Hot Tubs in the Lake District

6. Crake Trees Manor, Westmorland Dales

Romantic shepherd’s huts with views over the Pennines

The surroundings: Set high in the Yorkshire Dales, Crake Trees Manor is just a short drive from the Lake District National Park and at 800 feet above sea-level, is the perfect spot to take in some truly spectacular scenery. Explore the fells on foot and head for the stunning Haweswater or Ullswater or, for those who prefer to travel on four legs, you can livery your horse at Crake Trees from £10 per night.

Crake Trees Manor is a working family farm and has diversified and developed over the years and now offers a range of accommodation options including self-catering cottages, glamping pods and chic shepherd’s huts with hot tubs.

The accommodationThe two shepherd’s huts, Yan and Tyan, are compact and simple yet chic with snug double beds and wood-fired hot tubs with spectacular views. Tyan has electric heating and low-voltage lights while Yan offers a chance to ditch the modern world and is lit only by candles and heated by a wood-burning stove.

The shower block is just a few steps away with its spacious wet rooms and shepherd’s hut guests can also use the communal kitchen.

Eat: The communal kitchen has a kettle, fridge and microwave that can be used or, for a touch of hotel luxury, order a breakfast bap with sausage and egg or halloumi – the perfect way to start the day.

Crake Trees Manor host, Ruth, also recommends trying some of the local eateries including The Butchers Arms in nearby Crosby Ravensworth and The White Horse in Kings Meaburn for hearty homemade food in cosy surroundings.

You’ll love: Yan’s fully off-grid set up may seem a little daunting for those of us who consider 20% battery to be a serious cause for concern, but leaning into the opportunity to truly switch off could be just what you need. Enjoy the twinkling candlelight, make the most of the incredible Dark Sky views and forget about that bothersome real world.

Cost: Crake Trees Manor shepherd’s huts sleep two and stays start from £300 for two nights.


 

7. High Rigg Shepherd’s Delight, Brampton

Country chic shepherd’s hut glamping in the heart of the Lake District

The surroundings: In a woodland setting close to the historic market town of Brampton, High Rigg is well situated for discovering some of Cumbria’s famous attractions such as Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines – which are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The accommodation: High Rigg shepherd’s hut is the last word in chic and the open-plan space will have you feeling right at home in no time. A king-size bed lies to one end of the hut alongside a neat sitting area with a wood-burning stove, a kitchen and contemporary shower room. The hut doesn’t have WiFI but there is a TV and a DVD player if you fancy kicking back with a movie.

Outside, an area of decking provides the perfect spot to unwind and gaze out over the lake. High Rigg also offers the ultimate glamping with a hot tub in the Lake District experience as the tub is thoughtfully located under cover meaning that you can enjoy those warm bubbles regardless of what the weather has to throw at you.

Eat: The kitchen area of the open-plan living room is kitted out with all the necessities including an induction hob, an electric oven, a microwave, a fridge and a coffee machine. Plus, on arrival you will be treated to a bottle of fizz and a homemade shepherd’s pie (when in Rome!) and you can arrange a hamper to last for a two-day stay directly with your host.

You’ll love: The interiors of this beautiful shepherd’s hut are straight off the pages of a magazine, making this the perfect Lake District glamping option for those with a penchant for picture perfect design. The muted palette and cottage charm create the perfect Instagram backdrop while being super welcoming and cosy too. The hut also boasts gorgeous French doors which ensure plenty of natural light and can be thrown open for ultimate scenery enjoyment.

Cost: High Rigg shepherd’s hut sleeps two and stays start from £499 for two nights.


 

8. The Snug, Longtown

A shepherd’s hut with fairytale interiors close to the Lakes

The surroundings: Sitting in three and a half acres of beautiful grounds which have been cleverly landscaped to ensure your privacy, The Snug shepherd’s hut is located in Longtown, a pretty market town just south of the Scottish border.  The hut is a short drive from both the romantic Gretna Green and Carlisle with its rich history and many amenities. The North Lakes are also less than an hour’s drive away meaning that this lush location offers the best of all worlds with both town and stunning countryside close by.

The accommodation: The name says it all really, this beautifully styled shepherd’s hut is the perfect cosy spot to curl up in after a day of exploring, or just to hole up in for a few days retreat from the world. The open-plan space includes a fitted double bed with a recessed TV at the foot for snuggling up with a film and a kitchen with all the essentials while adjacent is a wet room with a shower and WC.

Outside you can enjoy the privacy of your own screened area which offers a peaceful place to sit and toast marshmallows over the fire pit. A bubbling hot tub also sits outside the hut and is perfect for soaking away any aches and pains after a day’s walking along the Esk.

Eat: The compact kitchen area offers a small fridge, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, and a portable induction hob. However, if you have no intention of making washing up for yourself on your weekend break, the nearby towns and villages offer plenty of eating options. The Hidden River Café in Longtown offers a stunning setting and special dining events such as bottomless wood-fired pizza nights – count us in!

You’ll love: The skies around The Snug are utterly breath-taking. The lack of light pollution allow the stars to truly shine, setting the scene for the perfect romantic evening for two. Hop in the hot tub, pop a bottle and make the most of the incredible evening backdrop.

Cost: The Snug shepherd’s hut sleeps two and stays start from £429 for two nights.


 

9. Mire House Shepherd’s Huts, Keswick

Compact yet quirky accommodation with a luxurious edge

The surroundings: Mire House Farm lies in the Lake District Northern Fells and is surrounded by seemingly endless rolling fields and hills which are brimming with wildlife. The village of Threlkeld is less than two miles away and can be reached on foot if you fancy a tipple at one of the local pubs. The thriving town of Keswick is around four mile away and has plenty to explore including the famous Derwentwater with its array of watersports.

The accommodation: Mire House Farm is home to a range of accommodation options including Skiddaw and Blencathra, two traditional shepherd’s huts with luxurious hot tubs.

The open-plan huts feature a snug fitted double bed, a kitchen and dining area and a separate shower room with a WC – no sharing facilities here! The interiors are finished to a very high standard and there’s even WIFi if you simply can’t go completely off-grid for the weekend.

Outside is your very own hot tub from which you can gaze out at the splendour of the Lake District.

Eat: The kitchen area includes a hob, fridge and a combi microwave for rustling up simple meals for two, however the nearby villages and towns are well stocked with restaurants and bars.

You’ll love: Given Mire House Farm’s proximity to Keswick, these shepherd’s huts are ideally located for foodies. From brunch and afternoon tea to multi-course tasting menus, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you fancy pushing the boat out, sample the delights of the Michelin star Cottage In The Wood just outside Keswick which offers up delicacies such as venison with confit beetroot and burnt orange and sea bass with king oyster mushrooms.

Cost; The shepherd’s huts sleep two and stays start from £225 per night..


 

Glamping Pods with Hot Tubs in the Lake District

10. Castle Guards, Cockermouth

Four family glamping pods on the edge of the Lake District

The surroundings: Located at the north-western edge of the Lake District, Castle Guards is a working farm with four family-friendly glamping pods set at a discreet distance from each other. Castle Guards is just three miles from the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth and perfectly positioned for those who want to explore the region on foot or by bike as there are many cycle trails close to the farm.

There are also plenty of family attractions in the vicinity including the Lake District Aquarium, Blencogo Farm Alpaca Experience and the Lake District Wildlife Park.

The accommodation: These mega bunker pods have been carefully designed to offer the perfect family accommodation. With two cabin-style bunk beds, a double sofa bed and a double bed, there is plenty of space for everyone to cosy up at night. The open-plan pod also offers a sitting area with a TV, a neat kitchen and a dining table to gather round. The bathroom facilities are also first rate with power showers in each of the pods.

Each pod is also accompanied by its own family-friendly Finnish hot tub which can be added to your stay for an additional £30 per day including logs.

Eat: The pods each have a kitchen area with a hob, microwave, kettle, fridge and dishwasher so knocking up family meals is a breeze. With notice, your hosts can also arrange delicious barbecue packs, breakfast kits and even afternoon tea to be delivered to your pod to take all the effort out of enjoying a meal with the family.

If you’d rather pass the catering duties to someone else, there are also plenty of eateries in nearby Cockermouth including Blocks Steakhouse and The Bitter End,  which offers classic pub grub.

You’ll love: The team at Castle Guards really have thought of everything and there is a whole array of extras that you can add to your stay to make your trip even more special. From personalised cupcakes and balloons to a fire pit and smores kits, treat you and your party to a little something that will enhance the holiday mood!

Cost; Each of the pods sleep up to six and stays start from £300 for two nights.


 

11. Wigloo Camping Pod, Armathwaite

A four-person glamping pod with a quirky twist

The surroundings: This quirky take on the classic glamping pod is located on Drybeck Farm in the gorgeous Eden Valley, just a short drive from the Lake District. Drybeck Farm offers a variety of characterful glamping accommodation as well as a campsite on the banks of the beautiful river Eden – perfect for those who fancy ticking wild swimming off their holiday bucket lists!

Lying between the Lake District and the Pennines, there is plenty of opportunity for walking, hiking and cycling when Drybeck Farm is your base. The village of Armathwaite is within walking distance of the site and has its own railway station if you are keen to explore further afield on your break.

The accommodation: Part wooden glamping pod, part igloo, the Wigloo is a truly unique structure! The rounded living space contains a double bed and a double futon for families and is kept cosy by its own wood-burning stove. The interiors are simple yet chic with a skylight flooding the space with natural light.

The Wigloo also has its own cookhouse with a dining area located a few steps from the main accommodation as well as a private shower and compost loo. The two-person wood-burning hot tub is also located a few steps from the pod in a pretty wooded glade.

Eat: The Wigloo’s cookhouse provides a mini oven, a fridge and a double hob as well as plenty of crockery and cutlery. Armathwaite’s two pubs also serve traditional fayre and can be reached on foot.

You’ll love: If you opt to take the train to Drybeck Farm, you can disembark at the nearby village of Armathwaite and your hosts will come and collect with a horse and carriage – talk about arriving in style!

Cost; The Wigloo sleeps up to four and stays start from £149 for two nights.


 

12. Wellington Farm, Cockermouth

Luxe glamping pods on a bustling working farm

The surroundings: Wellington Farm rests on the edge of the Lake District and offers panoramic views over the western fells. The surrounding countryside and the nearby town of Cockermouth provide lots to investigate, however there is also plenty to do on the farm itself.

Wellington Farms boasts an on-site horse riding centre as well as an air rifle shooting range if you’re keen to practise your aim. You can even take a coin-operated quad bike for a spin or get friendly with some of the resident animals including alpacas, donkeys and rabbits.

The accommodation: Following a lockdown delay, Wellington Farm recently became home to six luxurious hand-crafted glamping pods. The pods offer a cosy living space with a 32’’ TV and sofa bed, a kitchen area, dining space, double bed and en suite with flushing WC.

Outside is your own private patio area with a seriously swishy hot tub with LED lighting and 35 jets to pummel away those aches and pains. Sit back, take in the view and enjoy some high tech hydrotherapy.

Eat: The glamping pod kitchens have a hob, fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle as well as a barbecue. Wellington Farm also offers plenty of foodie extras to make your trip even more tasty so why not add on a cooked breakfast, brunch box or even a posh picnic to enjoy on an outing. Alternatively, the on-site Wellington Farm Café and Tearoom has an extensive menu of delights including American pancake stacks, traditional Sunday lunch and light bites too.

You’ll love: What could be better than glamping with a hot tub in the Lake District? Well glamping with a hot tub in the Lake District on the site of an ice cream factory of course! Yup Wellington Farm make their very own Jersey ice cream and sell it exclusively through the on-site tearoom and ice cream kiosk so don’t forget to sample their award-winning whisky and marmalade flavour!

Cost; Wellington Farm pods start from £140 per night based on two sharing.


 

Lodges with hot tubs in the Lake District

13. Edens Vale Lodge, Little Salkeld

A luxe lodge with a breath-taking bath

The surroundings: Set at the end of a scenic winding road, Edens Vale Lodge sits in a pretty dell and offers easy access to the Lake District’s stunning walks and the Pennine’s hikes which are just a short drive away. From the lodge there is plenty of wonderful wildlife to spot including red squirrels, owls and deer.

Hosts Joanne and Mark live on-site with their menagerie of dogs, horses and chickens, and can give you a lift down to the lodge if you don’t fancy the downhill walk from the parking area.

The accommodation: This beautiful lodge has everything you need for a romantic retreat for two including a spacious open-plan kitchen/living room, a wood-burning stove, a king-size bed and an en-suite shower room. The interiors are contemporary yet rustic and are at one with the woodland surroundings.

Out on the deck is a lustworthy alternative to the classic hot tub – a wood-fired bath. Fill her up and soak away the stresses of day-to-day living in gorgeous surroundings.

Eat: With an induction hob, microwave, oven, fridge/freezer and fire pit available, rustling up a meal at Edens Vale shouldn’t pose a problem . Some store cupboard basics, such as tea, coffee and oil, are included to get you started or make the 30-minute walk to Langwathby for a bar meal at The Shepherds Inn.

You’ll love: This fabulous lodge virtually offers the full spa experience as, in addition to that mega luxe wood-fired bath, Edens Vale has its own sauna – the perfect antidote to a bone-chilling country stroll.

Cost; The lodge sleeps two and stays start from £195 per night.


 

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