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A Beautiful Place to Stay in The Lake District - 1692 Wasdale

October 3, 2022


What I loved about it:

This is a b&b, but with a difference, a truly beautiful place to stay in The Lake District. There are so many little touches that mean you’ll have a beautiful stay whether you’re there for one night or a week. The location is possibly the only thing that tops it. You are perfectly situated to head into the Wasdale valley as well as Ennerdale, Eskdale and the Duddon Valley as well as the Cumbrian Coast.
The rooms are all unique, built-in converted barn and farm buildings, with bundles of character, and some jaw-dropping features like walk-in showers, mezzanine floor bathrooms and some of the comfiest beds I’ve ever been in. This beautiful place to stay in The Lake District needs to be on your bucket list.


Nether Wasdale, The Lake District

Suitable for:

Couples, Romantic Getaway, Single looking for luxury

Value for money (out of 10):



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Stunning Rooms, Amazing Views & A Beautiful Place to Stay in The Lake District

If you are looking to get away from The Lake Districts’ main hustle and bustle then going to 1692 Wasdale is the perfect place to stay. The location is perfect for getting into plenty of the most spectacular valleys in The Lake District, immersing yourself in adventure and relaxing surrounded by nature. Ennerdale has fantastic family walking and cycling trails, Wasdale is overshadowed by Scafell Pike but you can’t overlook the deepest lake in England.

As soon as you arrive at 1692 Wasdale you are welcomed into a warm, and relaxing atmosphere. Kay met us and gave us a tour around the place. The communal areas are all very well thought out with somewhere to relax, plan adventures and enjoy looking at the view during your stay. Breakfast and an optional evening meal are served in the dining room, where you feel like you could be eating in a restaurant anywhere. The wonderful personal touches of 1692 Wasdale give it away as an independent and beautiful place to stay.

Each room is different, making the most of the natural features that the old building had to offer. There is a ‘dirty boots’ cloakroom for your wet walking gear, so your room can stay clean and fresh. The beds are so comfortable, with views out of the large doors out onto the fields. Each room feels very private with its own bathroom and outdoor seating.

A moment for the bathroom… ours was on its own mezzanine floor with a walk-in shower and free-standing bath. From the bath, you could see right out to the west coast of Cumbria and beyond. Some of their rooms are dog friendly too. You can choose at booking which room you have, if you book direct, and pick if you would like warm fuzzy carpet or traditional flagstones with underfloor heating. I cannot talk highly enough about these rooms, they are among the best I have come across in b&b accommodation all around the world!

When staying at 1692 Wasdale you can request plenty of little extras to help you celebrate that special occasion. Whether it’s a bouquet of flowers or a full romantic package, you can celebrate with the one you love. Everything here is perfect for couples celebrating a wedding, anniversary or just a romantic weekend away.
Kay and her family were more than happy to cater to any dietary requirements and recommend local places to eat. Gosforth is only 5 minutes drive up the road and has a few options for eating out. In your room, you will find a whole guide to local things to do, places to go, local walks, food to eat and more.

We ate at The Wild Olive Gosforth, which Kay highly recommended. It was a wonderful evening and so handy only being up the road. Make sure if you are having a few drinks that you pre-book your taxi home. This part of The Lake District is rural and some forethought is needed!

You can tell that a lot of love and time has gone into restoring what was once a derelict building in need of a lot of TLC. As you explore the building you can see pictures of the family lovingly putting it back together and making it the place is it today.

Whilst we stayed we spent one day exploring the Ennerdale Valley, just 20 minutes from 1692 Wasdale. This valley is relatively untouched, with no public road going further than the valley head car park. Over recent years there has been a large rewilding project happening in Ennerdale so it’s a great place to go and find wildlife, walk, climb, run and ride. This valley was also the location for the final scene in 28 Days Later. After a great walk, we headed to the Gather in Ennerdale for tea and cake before we check-in.

The following day we spent it in the Wasdale Valley. After waking up and having an early morning hot tub, admiring the views down towards the sunrise behind Scafell Pike we were inspired to go and explore. Lunch is important so we headed to the Gosforth Bakery for a pie and a sandwich. This place always comes highly recommended by locals but is only open a few days a week so make sure to check ahead of time. It will be worth it though!

A quick dip in Wastwater and off we went for a walk in the fells. There’s no shortage to choose from but we opted for Yewbarrow, a great walk that combines great views, a lovely valley and some scrambling.

If you want to have a go at something new and adventurous then you can contact West Lakes adventure for paddleboarding, canyoning, guided walks, archery and more. You’re in no better place to try something new than the shadow of Scafell Pike

These old farm buildings turned into a luxury place to stay, remote, but in the best way. Watch the alpacas or chickens from your window and capture a perfect sunrise or sunset from the hot tub.

You will come back from 1692 Wasdale feeling refreshed and renewed. It is a beautiful place to stay for couples to get a romantic getaway, whilst being perfectly placed to go and explore the setting around the Wasdale valley and beyond.


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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October 3, 2022