Balcary Bay Country House Hotel
What it is: A delightful country house hotel on the shores of the Scottish coast.
Highlight: The tranquil views over the Solway from multiple points within the hotel.
This romantic seaside retreat sits within three acres of mature coastal grounds. So close to the shoreline that you can hear the water lapping in certain rooms, there’s plenty at this Dumfries and Galloway-based country house hotel. Enjoy dinner in the conservatory and watch the night draw in as you dine in style.
Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 1QZ
01556 640217 www.balcary-bay-hotel.co.uk
Lodore Falls Hotel
What it is: A four-star hotel overlooking Lake Derwentwater.
Highlight: The waterfall in the grounds of the hotel.
The rooms aren’t the only attraction at this recently refurbished Lakes hotel. The AA Rosette-winning Lake View Restaurant, overlooking Lake Derwentwater, has a unique dining experience with beautiful views. Taking afternoon tea on the outdoor terrace is one of the many fine pleasures to be experienced at this stunning hotel, which sits in 40 acres of grounds.
Borrowdale, Keswick CA12 5UX
0800 840 1246 www.lakedistricthotels.net
What it is: A luxury lodge on the edge of Kielder.
Highlight: The 2,000 acres of Kielder Water is a god-send for angling enthusiasts.
Take a break in the Ash Lodge, new to Kielder Water for 2017. Sleeping six, it’s big enough for friends and family to stay, with plenty of finishing touches that scream luxury. The kids will be entertained with the Playstation 4 that comes as standard, while if you can drag them outdoors the contrast between the calm blue of the water and the rugged land around makes for some breathtaking walks too.
Kielder Waterside Park, NE48 1BT
01434 251000 www.kielderwaterside.com
La Rosa Hotel
What it is: A weird and wacky hotel on West Cliff in Whitby.
Highlight: The Lewis room, with spectacular sea views.
Lewis Carroll was a frequent guest at 5 East Terrace when he visited Whitby, and the hotel which has taken root in the same building owes a lot to his whimsical imagination. The Lewis room reimagines his own study, and has a telescope of its own to look out to sea or up to Whitby Abbey.
5 East Terrace, Whitby YO21 3HB
01947 606981 www.larosa.co.uk
The Downcliffe House Hotel
What it is: A small but perfectly formed Victorian beachside hotel.
Highlight: The view down over Filey Bay.
Built in 1840, The Downcliffe House Hotel retains some old-school charm in its fixtures, fittings, but is brought right up-to-date with luxurious fabrics and cutting edge cuisine served at The Waterside Restaurant, which puts great pride in its fish dishes.
The Beach, Filey YO14 9LA
01723 513310 www.downcliffehouse.com
What it is: A holiday house, set in 28 acres above the Firth of Forth.
Highlight: The breathtaking balcony views.
It’s difficult to beat waking up, pulling back the curtains and being confronted with the magnitude of the Firth of Forth. The Boathouse sits in a vast area of green space, and has an on-site tennis court – but you might not be able to drag yourself from one of the four large ensuite bedrooms with decadent duvets every morning.
Archerfield Links, North Berwick EH39 5HQ
01620 897050 www.archer eldhouse.com
What it is: A serene boathouse with private mooring leading onto Lake Windermere.
Highlight: The picnic or afternoon teas you can order to make your stay extra special.
Tranquility is assured at The Osprey, a stone boathouse that has a balcony that looking out over Lake Windermere, and a private mooring if you choose to arrive in style. When the sun comes out, break out the barbecue before retiring to the generously proportioned bedrooms, or the warmth of the fire in the lounge.
Windermere LA23 1JA
01637 881183 www.uniquehomestays.com
Inn on the Lake
What it is: An award-winning four-star hotel in 15 acres of grounds.
Highlight: The Orangery, with panoramic views of Lake Ullswater.
The 47 ensuite rooms at this hotel on the shore of Lake Ullswater have breathtaking views of Helvellyn and the Lake. But it’s not just the rooms that will leave you captivated: the two AA Rosette-winning Lake View restaurant has – as you’d expect – a stunning view of the water. If you’re after something more informal, The Ramblers Bar, a little away from the hotel but in the grounds, is the place for a restorative pint.
Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE
0800 840 1245 www.lakedistricthotels.net