Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
For luxury decor, fantastic food and spectacular surroundings, look no further than Gilpin Hotel. Located right by Lake Windermere, and awarded three AA Rosettes, it’s a great spot for a retreat – relax on the terrace with a glass of Champagne, indulge in the fabulous spa facilities, or visit the wine cellar with over 200 varieties of wine. All 25 bedrooms boast views over Lake Windermere, but six rooms come with their own hot tubs. If it’s ultimate luxury you’re after, then opt for one of their five detached Spa Lodges, complete with its own steam room and sauna. The Gilpin boasts two fantastic restaurants: their Michelin-starred HRiSHi restaurant, specialising in delicious British cuisine with a twist, and Gilpin Spice, known for their tapas-style, pan-Asian dishes.
Windermere LA23 3NE
Inn On The Lake
This grand hotel on the shores of Lake Ullswater has 47 ensuite bedrooms fitted with the latest modern amenities. If you’re open to a little more luxury, we’d recommend one of their eight Luxury Collection rooms, where you’ll be spoilt with sumptuous decor and views of Ullswater. When it’s time to dine, enjoy seasonally-inspired lunch and dinner menus in the Lake View restaurant, or relax in the cosy surroundings of the Lake View Lounge, Orangery or Candleroom, before enjoying a tipple (or two) in The Ramblers Bar – where a range of Lakeland ales are on offer.
Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE
0800 840 1245
The Owl Nest, Cumbrian Cottages
Situated on the southern tip of Lake Windermere, this cosy cottage sleeps eight and is close to the small village of Lakeside. The Owl Nest offers a centrally-located spot for a waterside break within the grounds of The Swan Hotel and Spa. Enjoy open-plan living space, a log burner and three super-kingsize beds, as well as access to many facilities, including an indoor, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and two acres of grounds to explore. For lovers of all things outdoors, this is an ideal spot for exploring the Southern Lakes by foot or cycle.
Ulverston LA12 8NB
Recently overhauled by a £10 million refurbishment, this chic 36-room hotel is set in 14 acres of established gardens and woodlands, overlooking Lake Windermere from its prime hilltop location. Changes here include the construction of the Woodland Suites: six exquisite suites situated within the grounds, adjacent to the picturesque tarn, all complete with king-size beds, a lounge area with sofas, a walk-in shower, dual sinks and underfloor heating. The soon-to-be-completed Windermere Deck, next to Linthwaite’s tranquil private tarn, boasts views to the north of Lake Windermere and the mountains beyond – the perfect spot for a light lunch or evening drink. Order a pampering treatment to your room, or book the luxury Hot Tub Suite, with its own private veranda and hot tub.
Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JA
Set amongst a secluded 400 acres of parkland on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake, this spectacular stately home welcomes you with wood-panelled rooms, a conservatory and terrace overlooking the water. Their three Studio Suites are the pick of the bunch and the most luxurious option from the accommodation on offer, equipped with a cosy sitting area around a roaring fire, stunning views across Bassenthwaite Lake to Skiddaw mountain and plush king-size beds for a sound night’s sleep. Why not book yourself a bespoke spa experience and take advantage of the impressive facilities and full range of treatments – it’s the perfect spot to indulge and relax.
Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick CA12 4RE
The Lodore Falls is comprised of 87 thoughtfully-designed suites and bedrooms made with guests’ comfort and relaxation in mind. A whole host of new features including four brand-new Spa Suites have recently been built with floor-to-ceiling windows and wonderful views of their waterfall. With the new Spa set to open this autumn, a further 14 Spa Suites and Deluxe Spa Suites will also be available. Enjoy dinner in the AA-Rosette-awarded Lake View Restaurant, or experiment with exciting flavours at the all new Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant. Relax in the bar and enjoy views over Derwentwater, or take a boat, canoe or kayak out from the Lodore jetty.
Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5UX
This luxurious Lakeland Lodge is nestled into a small row of exclusive luxury lodges, and comes complete with a south-facing deck and sunken hot tub – the perfect spot to sit out and admire your surroundings or soak with a glass of something special. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow for uninterrupted views of the lake, and the sliding doors lead out onto a furnished deck and a private jetty, where you can make use of your own sailing craft or rowing boat. Make the most of the on-site facilities: dine at award-winning Mediterranean restaurant The Water’s Edge, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, sweat it out in the steam room and gym, or visit Pure Essence Beauty and pamper yourself with one of their many treatments.
South Lakeland Leisure Village, Carnforth,
Lancashire LA6 1BH
Enjoy the dramatic, relaxing location of the traditional Lingholm Estate – with nature at the fingertips of its tranquil lakeside location, it’s the perfect place to take in the surrounding scenery and appreciate the local wildlife. Down beautiful paths in the estate’s gardens, you’ll be met with Derwentwater and a large stretch of private lake, too. Accommodation is on offer for up to 12 guests and you’ll find something to suit all occasions – from a family retreat with your four legged friend, to a romantic lakeside weekend for two. If you don’t fancy self-catering in your open-plan living space then head to the Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, a popular destination for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, and enjoy their range of locally-sourced foods alongside artisan breads and cakes – all made in the adjoining Lingholm Bakery.
Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TZ
In the heart of the Borrowdale Valley, you’ll find Hazel Bank – a home-from-home country house hotel set among four acres of beautiful countryside. Just a stone’s throw from Keswick and Derwentwater, you’re perfectly placed for a range of outdoor pursuits. Enjoy relaxing in one of their five-star AA Gold Award-winning rooms, with breathtaking views across the garden, woodland and neighbouring fells. Don’t miss their AA Rosette-awarded restaurant to complete your stay, where you can dine on seasonal and elegantly-prepared dishes from some of their family-favourite recipes.
Borrowdale, Keswick CA12 5XL