Cumbria has emerged as a dominant force in the hospitality industry, securing multiple spots on a coveted list of the 100 best places to stay in the UK. 

The list, created by The Times every year, was published on March 1.  

Places are judged based on criteria such as the quality of interiors and facilities, the deliciousness of food and factors like personality and value for money, with reviewers personally visiting and road-testing each establishment.

Farlam Hall in Brampton was named the list's 'top foodie hotel of the year'. 

It comes on the back of the hotel restaurant Hrishikesh Desai’s Cedar Tree being awarded a Michelin star for the first time at a ceremony hosted at Manchester’s Midland Hotel on February 5.

It was praised for its 19 rooms and suites exuding comfort and elegance, complemented by a staff that rivals those of London's five-star establishments, with a specific nod to Hrishikesh Desai's culinary creations.

Sharing similar success was Langdale Chase Hotel, described as a 'classy revival of a gothic pile nestled on the shores of Windermere', which was crowned the title of 'north hotel of the year'.

Adding to Cumbria's triumphs are Another Place, The Haweswater, Rothay Manor,  The Queens Head, Ashlack Hall, and The Hare & Hounds, each offering a unique blend of charm, character, and culinary excellence.

Ambleside's Rothay Manor was praised for its stylish and vibrant interior design, in contrast to its 'whimsical Regency villa' exterior. 

Rothay Manor hotelier James Shail said: "We are unbelievably proud to make it into the Times list of best places to stay. 

"It’s a real testament to how hard the team works, and it’s wonderful to receive this level of recognition," he said. 

You can view the full list here, or why not read our review on Langdale Chase Hotel.