Quaint Lake District Alternative?

Ive been searching for a nice B&B or guest house in the Lake District but between the cost (we are a family of 4) and the very common 2 night minimum Im not having much luck. Can anyone recommend a nice little town nearby where I might find 2 doubles or a family room for a total price around 140GBP?

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3298 posts

I stayed near Melmerby Northeast of Penrith when I visited the area. I had been searching for something in Gamblesby and ended up at a farm B&B for my stay. It was Victorian House with Elizabethan stables! It was a working farm, and sadly I can't find it now, but I did find Greenholme which looks somewhat similar. There were sheep everywhere when I visited. Dogs and gates. I felt like I was in an All Creatures Great and Small episode. ; ) http://erudite.co.uk/greenholme/ Look for other B&B's near these two little villages. There are some that look plusher.

Posted by Pete
Worthington, Ohio
10 posts

Thx for the reply. My searching has been taking me farther toward the Yorkshire Dales. And speaking of All Creatures Great and Small we once stayed in Thirsk where the author had his practice when we were on the other side of Yorkshire.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3298 posts

From the Melmerby area I was able to see the Lake District and get up to Hadriean's Wall. I did like the Yorkshire Dales area too. Rivaulx Abbey and Castle Howard were both great. I did a bit of walking too. Pam

Posted by Laurel
Arlington, WA
829 posts

Pete, Google at Keskadale Farm. It's a working farm and has been featured on ETBD at least once. We stayed there a couple of years ago and were actually put in the self-catering cottage because the house (the B&B) was full. Nice people. It's worth a look and maybe an email to them. You never know until you ask.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3298 posts

Wow, Laurel, Keskedale looks great! I'm ready to go back. ; ) The B&B I stayed in near Melmerby was also a working farm and it was fascinating to see the goings on.