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Traveling to and staying in the Lake District

Hello, this will be my first time in England, and I was hoping to take a train one day from London to the Lake District to visit Beatrix Potter's home, among other things. Could anyone possibly provide recommendations for hotels/B&Bs in the area, as well as advice regarding rental cars once we arrive at the station in Cumbria? We were also interested in perhaps taking a Windermere cruise, if anyone has experiences to share! Thanks so much.

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Firgarth Guesthouse in Windmere
Pam Hornby & Colin Fishwick
About 1 km 10 to 15 min walk from the Windermere train station towards Ambleside.

Take ferry across lake to the Bunny Lady's home.

World of Beatrix Potter bus 555 is a 15 minute ride or 3km half hour walk on the same side of the lake from Firthgard.

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It will be a lot cheaper if you book your train fare from London to the Lake District (Oxenholme, Kendall, Windermere or wherever) in advance at The cheap advance tickets are strictly limited to the specific train, so if you miss it you will have to buy a new ticket at full price.

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We absolutely loved our stay at Mosedale End Farm, a Farm Stay in Mosedale about 10 minutes from Keswick. Nice and quiet and just beautiful. Lots of great walks in the area and a fabulous pub 2 miles away. Check their website for more details.