Welcome to Sonata Guest House, Bed & Breakfast in Kendal

The only B&B in town with a VisitEngland Breakfast Award

A five minutes’ walk to Kendal town (from the Sonata Kendal bed and breakfast) and a twelve minute drive to Lake Windermere.

The Sonata Kendal bed and breakfast is located in the Stricklandgate side of town. It’s a 5 minute walk to the Westmorland shopping centre, restaurants and bars in the town centre.

If you are looking for Kendal Bed and Breakfast accommodation or hotels near Kendal town, the Sonata Guest House offers a great location, good breakfast and comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep. 

The Sonata Guest House, Kendal bed and breakfast is located on the edge of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The Lake District National Park is only 3 minutes by car, and it’s 12 minutes from this Kendal Bed and Breakfast to Lake Windermere (at 12 miles long, the largest of the 16 Lakes), and 20 minute to the Yorkshire Dales (try Wallace and Gromit made-famous Wensleydale Cheese Creamery in Hawes).

We are within 15 minutes of junction 36 of the M6 motorway. Manchester airport is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive time, with Liverpool within 2 hours. The Sonata Kendal B&B lies approximately 22 miles north of Lancaster, 55 miles south of Carlisle and 50 miles north of Preston.

We are on the west coast London to Glasgow/Edinburgh mainline (with a railway station at Oxenholme, approximately two and a half miles away). The local Kendal Railway and Bus stations are only 10 minutes walk.

We offer a more personal service, for example flexible breakfast times – it’s friendly and attentive but never intrusive. There are no rules, only consideration for others! You can be assured of a warm welcome and a friendly personal service throughout your stay. It’s a formula we think you will like – our reviews are on Tripadvisor, Google Plus and here.

It’s a couple of minutes walk from the Sonata Kendal B&B to the shops, pubs and restaurants. The Brewery Arts Centre is nearby (12 minute walk) for live drama, music, film and dance.

Although Kendal’s population is only around 26,000, it has a catchment of a quarter of a million people. In the 2013 Sunday Times, Kendal was voted as the second best place to live in the UK for its ‘superlative shopping, bags of community spirit and an enviable location’. Kendal hosts many events throughout the year such as Mintfest, the Kendal Mountain Film festival, Kendal Torchlight Carnival and Kendal Festival of Food. There is always plenty of things to do here in Kendal, some Kendal walks and make sure you keep an eye on our events calendar. You can now also give the gift of something really rather special – gift vouchers.

Our Best Price Guarantee: If you book by calling t. 01539 732290 you are guaranteed the best price. If you find a lower rate for the same Sonata Guesthouse booking on another website – we match this rate and add a 5% reduction. Book now. Pay only when you stay! Free cancellations up to 7 days before arrival.

Our story

Captain E W Wakefield. The Wakefields of Kendal

Mr Wakefield at the joystick in his precarious ‘cockpit’.

The Sonata property was first owned in 1851 by E W Wakefield Esq., whose grandson Captain E W Wakefield was a British aviation pioneer. True to his family motto ‘be just and fear not’, it was his plane – Waterbird, which on 25 November 1911 made the first flight from water in the UK from Lake Windermere.

We also have our own connection to early British aviation. My great-great-grandfather Mr Moray was a pilot in the early days of the Royal Air Force. He was sent to Ceylon, then a far flung British Crown Colony, where he married Miss Din-giri-manike. His family and subsequent generations, including myself grew up in Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka).

A little of his pioneering spirit brought us – a Sri Lankan couple, to Kendal and its beautiful countryside. We are located near Kendal town centre and provide bed and breakfast accommodation. We would love to tell you about our own first hand experiences of Kendal town, the English Lakes and Yorkshire Dales.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Inoka & Chris Perera

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More information about Sonata Kendal bed and breakfast:

The Sonata Kendal bed and breakfast rooms offer a comfortable stay to guests, including: white sheets, duvets and pillowcases professionally cleaned by a commercial Lakeland laundry – all beds are made and rooms cleaned daily, making this Kendal Bed and Breakfast one of the best places to stay in Kendal. The B&B is being refurbished as a contemporary Kendal Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Budget travellers now go to a Premier Inn or a Travelodge, so Kendal b&bs need to provide a nicer experience – an antidote to the claustrophobic uniformity of chain hotels, something that’s a bit like staying at the home of a tasteful friend. Hence there are no rules here, only consideration for others! The Sonata Kendal B&B attracts guests from all over the UK on business and leisure and the lack of rules, a more personal service – it’s friendly but never intrusive, and cleanliness have made this B&B so popular. When you walk into the bedroom, your heart should not sink nor when you wake, feel depressed. Instead it should both relax and energise you.The Kendal Bed and Breakfast enjoys a location in town, close to Windermere road, and our Kendal B&B guests can stroll through the town of Kendal, with its Kent River, Brewery Arts Centre and independent shops, bars and restaurants. A 10-15 minute walk to the famous Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Quaker Tapestry Visitor Centre, a little further uphill to Kendal Castle and a short drive away from Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle. Carus Green golf course and Kendal Golf club are only 2 and 4 minutes drive away. The award winning breakfast served at the Sonata Kendal Bed and Breakfast is locally-sourced to support local farmers, and great emphasis is put on fresh, high quality and seasonal produce. The Kendal B&B was built circa 1851 and it still retains attractive period features. In the 1970’s it was a sweetshop with Flying Saucers, Fizzy Cola Bottles and Love Hearts! Try some Kendal Mint Cake which is still manufactured in Kendal. Guests at the Sonata Bed and Breakfast can enjoy a comfortable stay in rooms benefiting from the on-going refurbished program which gives modern comforts to this lovely character period property. From the time the Kendal B&B opened, we are grateful for the repeat bookings and recommendations from satisfied guests. 
Sonata Guest House, 19 Burneside Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4RL