Friday, 28 August 2015

Lake District

There are plenty of rooms with a view in the gorgeous Lake District

Written by Wendy Gomersall
ARMATH WAITE HALL COUNTR Y HOUSE & SPA
Close to Keswick on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake in 400 acres of deer park, this four-star hotel has 46 rooms with lake, park or garden views. Dine in the Courtyard Brasserie or the more formal Lake View Restaurant. The spa has 10 treatment rooms and views from the infinity pool and outdoor hot tub.

Rooms from £200 per night, including use of spa: 0808-274 0884, www.prideofbritainhotels.com

CASTLE INN & THE BURNSIDE HOTELS
Best Western offers a couple of budget options. Eight miles from Keswick, overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, the fourstar Castle Inn Hotel has a pool, a putting green, a gym and a grass tennis court. The four-star Burnside Hotel, Lake Windermere, is just 300m from the steamer piers and village centre of Bowness-on- Windermere, home of The World of Beatrix Potter. It also has a pool, two restaurants and a bar.

Rooms from £90 per night at the Castle Inn Hotel; from £112 per night at The Burnside Hotel: 0844-576 7676, www.bestwestern.co.uk

GREY GABLES
The stunning Grey Gables on the edge of Lake Windermere is an architect-designed lake house that sleeps 10 in five en-suite bedrooms. There’s also a home cinema, a games room and a jetty by the lake – perfect for water sports.

Three nights’ self-catering, accommodation only, based on 10 sharing, costs from £4,325, or seven nights’ from £6,650: 07595-466955, www.simonescapes.com

LAKESIDE HOTEL & SPA
The four-star Lakeside Hotel & Spa near Newby Bridge has a two-AA-rosette restaurant, a brasserie, a wood-panelled bar and an Aveda spa with an indoor pool overlooking the lake. Just across the lane is a Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway station, for scenic trips into the countryside.

Rooms from £189 per night in September, or £281 with fourcourse dinner: 01539-530001, www.lakesidehotel.co.uk

LAURA ASHLEY THE BELSFIELD
Also in a picturesque spot is this newly refurbished hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, a Grade II-listed building with 62 rooms and suites. The Belsfield Restaurant offers fine dining, and there’s a cocktail bar, a brasserie, an ornate drawing room and library, an indoor pool, a gym, a sauna and six acres of gardens.

Rooms from £119 per night: 01539-442448, www.lauraashleyhotels.com

LINTHWAITE HOUSE HOTEL
Stay here to enjoy stunning views of Lake Windermere, 14 acres of grounds and even a small lake (tarn), with miles of countryside to explore. Choose one of five Lake View Rooms for the best vistas, or head to the lounge and terrace to admire the scenery.

Rooms from £128 per night; Lake View Rooms from £336: www.i-escape.com

THE BOATHOUSE
I-escape offers The Boathouse at Knotts End, Ullswater, an unusual bolt-hole for two with a private lakeshore. Inside – featuring a mix of quirky styles – there’s a modern bathroom and kitchen, a bijou living area and a bedroom with a balcony and great views.

From £360 for two nights’ selfcatering: www.i-escape.com

For details on what to see and do in the Lake District, visit www.golakes.co.uk
Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@lady.co.uk
Prices are correct at the time of going to press.



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