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Cheap staycations in the Lake District to stay at in 2023

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

With the cost of living crisis crippling hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis, it seems that it may be impossible to go away on holiday, even in the UK!

However, there are still some cheap and affordable UK staycations that are perfect for those wanting a few nights escape from reality.

Further to that, if none of these staycations float your boat, be sure to check the below map for other staycations around the Lake District area! It's worth nothing that in peak season, some of these staycations may be over £100, and are a 2 night stay minimum. This is because it isn't worth the owner's time and money to host a stay for 1 night for that price (due to turn-over costs etc).

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1. Grasmere Glamping in Grasmere, Cumbria

These gorgeous micro-lodge pods are hidden away in the grounds of a 17th Century farmhouse right in the heart of the Lake District National Park. You can enjoy the beauty of the Lakes directly from your bed, as well as enjoying the LED flatscreen TV and bluetooth music system for those rainy nights!

The pods also feature underfloor heating so that you can stay cosy during those autumn and winter nights. Guests can also enjoy the wood burning stove which is wonderfully inviting! With amazing eco-credentials, both of the pods at Grasmere Glamping benefit from full insulation and an eco-friendly wood chip boiler which provides all the hot water.

The only bedroom in the property is perfect for those who love being cosy, with soft white linens and warm woollen blankets. The dazzling views of the surrounding hills with make the perfect accompaniment to your morning cup of tea too!

Those staying at these pods have hit the jackpot in terms of the location! Guests are able to enjoy mountain and valley walks directly from the door, as well as having a traditional Lakeland pub serving up proper local grub just 400m away from the pods! It's also a fairly easy stroll to the local village of Grasmere, which was a former home of the poet William Wordsworth.

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These bespoke luxury cabins located in Cumbria are made from locally sourced larch; offering those (especially couples) who love the great outdoors a secluded space to unwind and relax. It features underfloor heating as well as a fully insulated outdoor bathtub with views of Cumbrian woodlands.

This is a perfect romantic getaway for couples who want to escape reality and features a cosy outdoor decking with furnishings overlooking the beautiful Lake District landscapes. It's worth noting that this is pet friendly and unfortunately this location is intended for adults and isn't recommended for children.

Brow Wood Cabin is a luxury log cabin in an extremely romantic retreat which offers a private outdoor decking to relax under the stars with your loved one, as well as a communal area in which you can socialise with like-minded adventures around the cosy fire pit.

The private decking outside the cabin offers guests an amazing outdoor space to not just cook on the BBQ, but also a unique outdoor bath to unwind and soak once you've finished your adventures for the day.

Inside the cabin, a king-sized bedroom awaits you after a long hard day of exploring; with a huge comfy bed which also features hidden storage space within the drawers below it. A sky light window can also be found; allowing for the morning sunshine to shine upon the cabins modern living space.

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3. The Paddock Pods in Kendal, Cumbria

You are spoilt for choice with three gorgeous hand-built tiny house style self-catering pods set on a classic family farm in the Lake District National Park. These pods were designed to remain cosy in the colder months and breezy in the summer; two of the pods are even warmed throughout with the help of underfloor heating.

The smart architecture of each pod cleverly maximises the views of the hills, pasture and grazing farmland, all whilst the natural light pours in through the large windows. Designed with luxury, comfort and elegance in mind; The Paddock Pods combines tiny-house style living with some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the region.

For couples wanting to go away together on a cute couple's holiday; these pods can be booked together so that you can adventure and eat together (the perfect combo!) while retaining separate facilities and their own space. It's worth noting that even though the pods are separated, all three of them are within fairly close distance within each other. As well as this, the pods are located on a working farm!

The Paddock Pods are perfectly located for ramblers, nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers and wild swimmers. Either on bike or foot, you can reach breath-taking vantage points and have easy access to the independent pubs/restaurants/shops of charming towns like Windermere and Kendal.

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4. The Fold at Broadrayne Farm in Grasmere, Cumbria

A very interesting bolthole with everything you need for that cosy little retreat in the heart of the beautiful Lake District. This is a small studio apartment that is romantically located on a 17th century farm in the heart of the Lake District National Park. It is wonderfully located within easy walking distance from the gorgeous village of Grasmere.

Despite only being a studio apartment, it has everything you need for a cute romantic escape. The open plan room has a bedroom and kitchen area with an ensure bathroom. The bedroom has a characterful metal bed which is meticulously made up with crisp white linen and bright cosy textiles. The ensure bathroom has a shower, toilet and a sink; with all towels provided for your stay.

Guests are able to enjoy a number of walks as soon as they head out the door; with valley and mountain walks, and of course the famous Coast-to-Coast walk all starting from the farm itself! You are also easy walking distance from a traditional local pub that serves up one of the best dishes in Grasmere! There is also a quiet seating area that allows guests to take in the most breath-taking views towards Helm Crag.

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5. Great Langdale Glamping in Great Langdale

These luxury handcrafted glamping pods are complete with underfloor heating, wood-fired hot tubs, log-burners and of course, spectacular views in the heart of the Lake District. This is the ideal couples retreat when looking for an affordable UK staycation.

Situated on a traditional working farm, Great Langdale Glamping has everything you need for a unforgettable and romantic stay in this awe-inspiring part of the world; especially with one of the most breath-taking views and your very own wood-fired hot tub!! Also, thanks to the underfloor heating and log burner, it really doesn't matter what time of the year you stay at!

Guests will be sure to be kept nice and toasty in this lovely timber cabin.

Based on a family-run farm, don't be surprised if you find yourself taking amongst the animals whilst outside; with shearing, lambing and gathering all taking place during key times of the year.

The valley itself overs an incredible 12,000 acres, so guests will never feel cooped up! For those who are up for the adventure; the surrounding fells include the famous Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Rossett Pike. Hikers are truly spoilt for choice with not only the number of routes possible, but also the amazing scenery all around them!

The glamping pods at Great Langdale has been expertly crafted with a bespoke design; making it that little bit extra special place to settle for a few days of rest, fresh air and of course relaxation. Just a 15-minute drive from the picturesque village of Coniston, the town of Ambleside, and only a 5-minute drive from Grasmere, guests can be sure that they are in the perfect location for everything!

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Thank you for taking the time to read our article, we hope you have found some inspiration to book your next trip away (without having to worry about the cost!). We have more cheap and affordable staycations in other locations which we can't wait to share with you, so stay tuned and updated on the page!

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