Coming up on business to Sunderland in a few weeks time. Thought we would make a long weekend of it and spend 3 nights in the lake district before heading back down south. Have never been before so have no idea of where to stay. We don't like busy, touristy places particularly and would prefer to be in the countryside within driving distance of a few places to visit. A reasonably priced hotel (don't need a spa or pool) - but not a B & B. Don't want to spend a fortune as we will probably be out exploring most of the time.
Thank you for any suggestions.