The Lake District is one of the most picturesque parts of the United Kingdom and this is one of the most popular places for nature lovers to take a break. A wide range of pretty hiking and walking trails run their way through the Lake District and they lead the way past a wide range of natural attractions and on to charming towns and village. People who have a taste for the finer things in life will also find a good number of luxury hotels scattered throughout the Lake District where they can indulge in plenty of pampering while also getting back to nature.
The Samling Hotel
Set in 67 acres of picturesque gardens 350 feet above Lake Windermere, this luxurious yet tranquil establishment is the perfect place to unwind in style. Waking up to the sight of deer roaming freely through the palatial grounds is an experience that guests are sure to love. This beautiful Georgian Gothic-Revival house opened its doors to guests in 2002 and has been extensively renovated to provide guests with plenty of lavish modern touches. There are twelve rooms in total to choose from, which boast pretty lake or garden views from their spacious balconies as well as marble bathrooms. Guests are invited to book a cocktail or wine-tasting master class, while walking tours of the area are regularly organised.
The Forest Side
Food lovers will really be in their element at The Forest, as this Victoria mansion comes complete with its own Michelin-starred restaurant. The interiors are cool and elegant with plenty of colourful and contemporary touches. There are twenty spacious guestrooms to choose from, each of which boasts a spacious bathroom and pretty garden views. Head chef Kevin Tickle has created an extensive and imaginative menu for guests to work their way through that highlights the abundance of fresh produce that can be found in this part of the world. Some of the taste sensations that are just waiting to be enjoyed here include venison pastrami with ewe’s milk cheese, lemon sole with leeks in horseradish and mugwort ice cream.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Set right on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a stylish place to stay for people who like their creature comforts and enjoy plenty of pampering. This stunning Edwardian house is set in 21 acres of parkland that is set with pretty pools and other natural features. For optimum privacy and luxury, guests will want to choose one of the six Lake House rooms, which boast private hot tubs and spa facilities. The decadent restaurant and terrace also provide guests with the opportunity to sample Michelin-starred dining.
Rothay Garden Hotel & Riverside Spa
This contemporary country home can be found on the edge of Grasmere. Guests are treated to a friendly and personalised service that is sure to make them feel right at home. This palatial Victorian home is set on the bank of a gently flowing river and provides guests with large gardens to unwind in. around half the spacious guestrooms boast large balconies that overlook the river, while the en suite bathrooms are bright and modern. Dinner is an especially decadent affair and guests can opt for four courses that boasts classic fine-dining with a contemporary edge.
This large and luxurious English country manor house gives guests the chance to experience how the elite lives. This grand establishment is set right in the heart of the Lake District and provides guests with a wide range of first rate amenities to make use of such as a private lake to go boating on, a stunning gazebo to unwind in and a large lounge complete with huge armchairs and a fireplace. The most comfortable option here is the Luxury Lake View Room, which comes complete with a private hot tub and plenty of other lavish touches for guests to make use of. The Woodland Suites are also particularly impressive as they boast floor to ceiling windows where guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views.
Lakeside Hotel & Spa on Lake Windermere
As the name suggests, this enchanting establishment is set right on the edge of the large and lovely Lake Windermere. This is one of the few hotels in the area that comes complete with its own outdoor swimming pool and taking a dip is the perfect way to unwind and keep cool on a sunny day. While all the guestrooms here are comfortable, perhaps to best options are the ground floor suites, which open out onto their own private patios. Guests are sure to enjoy dining on the terrace in the evening while watching the sun slowly sink behind the lake, while this is also the perfect place to sample traditional Cumbrian cuisine in a stylish setting.
This charming Victorian country house is set right on the eastern bank of Lake Windermere and provides guests with stunning views of the lake and fells. Taking afternoon tea on the terrace is a quintessential English experience that should not be missed, while this establishment also comes complete with tennis courts and a private hot tub that can be booked free of charge. In addition to the main rooms and annex rooms, guests have the chance to book one of three cosy cottages, which have been decorated in a light contemporary style and boast amenities such as a large patio, hot tub and small kitchen.