Romantic Weekends away in the Lake District
With its dramatic mountain scenery, stunning lakes and picturesque villages which inspired poets and artists for years, could there be a more romantic UK destination than the Lake District?
Cumbria is relatively easy to access from any part of the country. Located around 2 hours north of Manchester off the M6 motorway, the area is well connected both by road and by public transport. Combined with the beauty of the area, and its excellent selection of romantic hotels, it’s the perfect choice for that special weekend away.
Indeed, there are so many romantic hotels in the area, it’s hard to select just a few, but here are 5 of the best.
1. Borrowdale Gates Country House Hotel, Keswick
Borrowdale Gates is surely one of the most beautifully located hotels in Keswick, if not the entire Lake District. Surrounded by the beauty of the Borrowdale Valley, and set in secluded woodland, this Victorian country house has individually designed bedrooms with picture-perfect views, a cosy bar and beamed lounge with a wood-burning stove which enjoys views of the garden and the valley beyond.
The menus feature contemporary, country house cooking. Borrowdale Gates has a magnificent backdrop in Catbells, one of the area’s most popular walks. In spite of the secluded feel to the hotel, it’s only a short drive to the nearby town of Keswick and its many attractions.
2. The Howbeck & Windermere Suites, Windermere
Just a five minute walk from Windermere village, The Howbeck is one of the finest hotels in Windermere: a warm and luxurious retreat, and winner of the 2009 AA Award for ‘Funkiest B&B,’
The elegant bedrooms are individually designed and feature sumptuous furnishings and bathrooms, some with spa baths – perfect for a celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary or just a super romantic weekend away. Windermere is a great central base for touring the many delights of the Lake District. There are some excellent walks right on the doorstep.
3. The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, Ambleside
If you wish to combine your love of walking with a touch of romance, then this is the hotel for you. Set in a traditional stone Lakeland house, the Dungeon Ghyll enjoys one of the finest settings in England. The hotel’s warm and welcoming environment makes for a comfortable setting after a day out facing the elements.
The pretty, country-cottage style bedrooms enjoy the most magnificent views of Langdale Pikes and Stickle Beck. The hotel is particularly renowned for its fine yet hearty food and it has fast become one of the most popular hotels in Ambleside.
4. Dale Head Hall, Keswick
This exceptional 16th century house is nestled on the shores of Lake Thirlmere, surrounded by sweeping green lawns and beautiful woodland. The tranquillity and solitude of the location is second-to-none. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy spotting the endangered red squirrel and an array of bird life.
The décor and furnishings are exquisite; the lounges have stunning lake views as do nine of the bedrooms. The cuisine has received many accolades, including 2 AA Rosettes and the wonderful five course dinner, created from the freshest local produce, is served in the romance of a candlelit dining room. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest hotels in Keswick and perfect for any romantic occasion.
5. The Samling, Windermere
Nestled into the wooded hills which roll down to the shores of Lake Windermere lies this exquisite hotel. The location could not be better – it’s so close to the lake, yet it feels completely secluded. You can start walks directly from the door of the hotel which take in the beauty of the lake and surrounding fells.
Amazing views, fine food, an extensive wine list, open fires – the Samling has all the right ingredients for a romantic weekends away or short breaks. It is also one of the most prestigious Windermere hotels and one to be reserved for that extra special treat.