The views from the Lake District’s many summits are some of the most beautiful in the UK – Scafell Pike takes the title of the highest mountain in England at more than 3,200ft and its rugged landscapes undulate in harmony with the rolling clouds. Windermere and Ullswater are the largest lakes, where you can sail, canoe and kayak across the glassy water. But there are also medieval villages and charming towns to drop in on – it’s in these that the majority of the best Airbnbs in the Lake District are found. Thankfully, most provide free parking too: it’s easiest to navigate the Lakes with a car, and the scenic backdrop makes for a magical road trip. So here are our top picks for when we can head out on the highway once more.

Please note that the UK is currently in lockdown and non-essential travel is banned under government guidelines.

While we have not stayed in every Airbnb featured, we have carefully selected these as recommendations based on their location, design, previous guest reviews and the fact that they have achieved Airbnb’s Superhost status at the time of our research. All listings on Condé Nast Traveller are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.