A trip to the Lakes is all about walking, swimming and these days, eating. But where are you going to stay?

Well, you're in luck. There are several incredible Lake District hotels which makes the destination all the more of an adventure.

From one of the most-talked-about restaurants in the country with bedrooms upstairs to an action-packed hotel perfect for families; these are the only Lake District hotels you need to have on your radar.

Here is what Condé Nast Traveller had to say:

L'Enclume, Cartmel

The experts said: "One of the most famous restaurants in the UK.

"Chef Simon Rogan arrived in the village in 2002, taking over a 13th-century blacksmith’s and turning it into the restaurant which twenty years later won its third Michelin star as well as a Green star too. These days there are 16 bedrooms – all named after plants and herbs (Juniper, Marigold…) grown on the restaurant farm.

"Rooms are simple and tasteful, in a colour palette inspired by the moors; but the tasting menu is the standout attraction and when you book a bedroom you’re guaranteed a table, both at L’Enclume and at Rogan and Co for breakfast."

Rothay Manor, Ambleside

"Although it’s been a hotel for nearly 100 years the interiors have been brought up to date by current owners husband-and-wife Jamie and Jenna with bold-green wood panelling and rust-coloured velvet scalloped headboards in the bedrooms," according to the travel guide.

"Downstairs, dinner is an event with seasonal dishes of pan-roasted halibut with leeks, or hand-shaped Garganelli pasta and mussels mariniere. It’s also a destination for afternoon tea (as of course is Ambleside). A thoroughly modern place to stay with all the comfort of a stately pile."

Victorian House, Grasmere

Conde Nast Traveller had this to say: "Probably best billed as a bed and breakfast, but better – it’s a long way from some of the stiffer Lake District stays.

"Bedrooms are smart, in mossy shades of green, and kitted out with Victorian vintage finds. One sweet shepherd’s hut room is cleverly attached to the cottage to enable access to a proper bathroom.

"And the restaurant does cater for more than just breakfast with excellent cheese and charcuterie boards, and a few homemade hearty dishes available in the evening for those not venturing out. Victorian House is a lovely low-key addition to the Lake District hotel scene."

The Hare and Hounds Inn, Bowland Bridge

"This 17th-century coaching inn in the southwest of the lakes, three miles from Windermere, is run by two great friends. One, Andrew Black, is the former publisher of Wallpaper magazine and so knows a thing or two about design. The other, Simon Rayner-Langmead, is a publicist so knows a thing or two about spreading the word.

"Four unpretentious rooms upstairs are filled with vintage furniture and freshly picked posies. And downstairs the pub menu is just what walkers need after a long day exploring. Steak and ale pies arrive steaming, and beer-batter haddock fillets come with house-made tartare and curry sauce. A well-priced insider spot to rest your head."

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Another Place, Ullswater

The experts said: "This family-friendly hotel comes from the same team as Cornwall’s wildly popular Watergate Bay.

"The rambling Georgian house sits on the edge of Ullswater amid 18 hectares of land with a glossy but tasteful extension housing a glass-fronted pool with views straight onto the lake and rolling hills. 

"And there’s also a kids club and a little spa with treatment rooms and an outdoor hot tub. One of the biggest hotels in the Lakes, it still has style and charm by the bucket load."

The Black Bull, Sedbergh

"It’s a pub with rooms, but with rooms that don’t feel like they’re above a pub at all. Inspiration comes from owners James Ratcliffe and Nina Matsunaga respective Yorkshire Dales and Japanese roots," according to the travel guide.

"Original features are celebrated downstairs in the bar, but in the bedrooms and dining room things are calm and uncluttered with clean wood panelling on the walls and industrial lighting.

"An entirely unpretentious pub (the pub garden with views of the fells is also worth a mention in the warmer months) that is full of locals as well as visiting overnighters."

The Drunken Duck Inn, near Ambleside

Last was the Drunken Duck, a favourite of The Grand Tour's Richard Hammond, Conde Nast said: "The pull for most guests is the food. The menu is bold and full of flavours such as curry potato pie with dhal, brinjal pickle and a carrot and onion bhaji, or a mussel chowder with hunks of sourdough.

"The pub is in a fairly isolated spot, but just two and a half miles from Ambleside.

"The rooms are small and fairly perfect but this is a great spot from which to explore Lake Windermere and beautiful Tarn Hows as well as for more vigorous hikes up Black Crag behind the pub."