In brief: A 300-year-old Grade I-listed hotel in the pretty market town of Penrith.
Our highlight: The stained glass window in the ceiling of the lounge.
Insider guide: Combining old world charm with modern hospitality, this hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Ullswater and the Lake District. The cosy lounge is popular for coffee and cake, and the Devonshire Restaurant focusses on local produce, so not only can you experience the area by walking through it, but also by tasting their delicious menus. And your dog doesn’t need to miss out on any of the fun as dogs are welcome too.