If this all sound too strenuous, the Lakes offers many opportunities for gentler forms of relaxation. There are plenty of gentle walks around the fantastic scenery: you can take a boat or steamer trip or enjoy a relaxing spa at one of the regions’s luxury hotels.
There is a wealth of activities for families in the area. Brockhole is a good example where the kids can enjoy the brilliant adventure playground or attend one of the many nature based activities.
Fine Individual Hotels has many establishments within the Lake District – the beautifully refurbished Borrowdale Gates offers great views of Catbells and is very close to Derwent Water. The hotel offers a fine menu using some of the area’s finest locally sourced produce.
The Lakeside Hotel offers unrivalled views from the water’s edge of Lake Windermere. This four star establishment features a 17 metre pool overlooking the lake as part of its luxury Health and Leisure Spa. This classic Lakeland hotel boasts 75 individually decorated rooms. On the food front John Ruskin’s Brasserie offers a contemporary dining experience with chic décor and delicious food. The Lakeview Conservatory serves drinks and light meals throughout the day.
Grasmere is a perfect location for a trip to the Lakelands, and the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa is located right at the centre of the village. It is the Wordsworth connection that has made Grasmere so popular with the Poet declaring it as “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. The hotel restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes with constantly refreshed menus making the most of local produce. The Dove Bar and Bistro offers real Cumbrian beers and informal dining throughout the day for those in need of refreshment.
With it’s elevated view of Lake Windermere Linthwaite House Hotel is beautifully situated in 14 acres of wooded hilltop gardens. This friendly and welcoming hotel offers great service and fine dining. The hotel has recently developed a state-of-the-art Loft Suite which is quite simply stunning if you’re looking for something with a real “wow” factor. If you’re bringing the little ones the Linthwaite has a family suite and children under the age of 10 can stay free on a bed and breakfast basis.
The bustling town of Ambleside with it’s lakeside location, great shopping and eclectic mix of cafes, pubs and restaurants is another superb location for a Lake District short break. Rothay Manor is one of the finest hotels in the town and offers 16 individually designed and decorated bedrooms. The restaurant has an excellent reputation for fine dining and has been listed in the Good Food Guide for 41 years.
Swinside Lodge Hotel is a Georgian Lakeland House standing in its own grounds beautifully situated at the foot of Catbells surrounded by magnificent hills, valleys and woodland. The tranquility of the location means the hotel gardens are a haven for wildlife – with numerous species of birds, red squirrels and hares making regular visits. Chef Clive Imber delights guests with a delicious menu at the 2 AA Rosette restaurant.« View all blog articles.