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Situated in Kendal, this apartment is close to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry and Brewery Arts Centre. Also nearby are Kendal Castle ...
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Kendal is known as the “Gateway to the Lakes”. It offers an ideal place to base yourself if you are heading to admire the scenic fells and peaks, take strenuous hikes in the sublime landscapes of Lakeland or head over to pay homage to William Wordsworth, or Beatrix Potter for that matter.
There’s a wide choice of hotels in Kendal, suitable for every need and every budget, but, as with the whole of the Lake District, the best rooms do tend to get booked up pretty early during the peak months of the summer, so it pays to plan ahead.
Technically Kendal isn't in the Lake District, but it couldn’t be any closer and it offers a number of reasons to opt to stay here.
It has a wonderful shopping centre that will ensure you are kitted up with provisions, able to purchase local arts and crafts, and even indulge in a little browse round the cobbled courtyards where the designer boutiques can be found.
Its range of cafes, bars and restaurants also ensures you have plenty of options for the evenings during your Lake District break.
And there’s a rather funky arts centre and some intriguing museums to explore right on your doorstep.
In fact, Kendal is far from being the “Auld Grey Town” it is known as; it actually is a vibrant, colourful place. Its name comes from the sombre grey stone, that is characteristic of Lakeland dwellings, and is used for many of its buildings.
Kendal, of course, will forever be associated with its eponymous mint cake. You won’t be short of places to pick up an energy boost if you are tackling Scafell Pike or any of the other wonderful places just a short drive away. It’s amazing just how many varieties the cake comes in, and its fame owes much to its being taken by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their historic ascent of Everest in 1953.
But Kendal is much, much more than just its mint cakes. Let’s take a look at its excellent selection of hotels.
Staying centrally in Kendal will place all of the town’s amenities at your doorstep, but there are also a number of hotels that are based in the countryside surrounding the town. If you are looking for a spot of romantic seclusion or, indeed, a garden for the children to play in, then looking just outside of the town may be your best bet.
Wherever you choose to stay in Kendal you’ll find that your options range from 4 and 5 star luxury hotels to more budget-friendly 2 star hotels, bed and breakfasts and even a hostel or two within reasonable distance.
Family-friendly hotels in Kendal tend to offer play gardens or have a room for children to play in. They also tend to be more flexible about arranging a room that suits your family’s needs.
In the surrounding countryside you will find country inns that offer rooms, and often also provide wonderful home-cooked food to welcome you back after a day on the fells or acquainting yourself with the Romantic poets’ lives.
From boutique hotels to hostels, Kendal has the perfect accommodation for your Lake District break just waiting to welcome you.
The ruins of the 13th century Kendal Castle overlook the town. This was once home to the Parr family, whose most famous member, Katherine, was the last wife of Henry VIII.
The town’s intriguing museums and galleries include Kendal Museum, one of the oldest in the country. There’s also Abbot Hall, a very fine art gallery, the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, and the internationally renowned Quaker Tapestry.
It’s always worth asking at your hotel about events and performances at the Brewery Arts Centre, as there’s a full programme of cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions and special festivals all year round.
And, of course, just a short drive away you’ll have the immense beauty of Lake Windermere, the fells and peaks of Lakeland and more literary lives to explore than you can imagine. The Lake District was made famous by two things: the advent of the railways and the writings of the Romantic poets. William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and his less well-known house at Rydal Mount can be visited, you can follow the trail of Beatrix Potter through the countryside, and see where Arthur Ransome was inspired to write Swallows and Amazons.
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