Randy Pike

B&b in Ambleside

Managed by the owners of Grasmere's Jumble Room restaurant, Andy and Chrissy Hill, this former hunting lodge feels more like a stay in the country with friends than a night in a B&B. The three rooms ooze bohemian style: distressed wood floors, quirky furniture and mix-and-match fabrics, plus iPods loaded with music. There's even a Tardis in the garden.

The house is about 2.5 miles from Ambleside, off the B5286 to Hawkshead.