Lake District luxury hotels
The Lake District of England is a great spot for a relaxing week or weekend communing with nature. The scenery is smashing, the food is first-rate, and the Lake District luxury hotels specialize in truly pampering their guests.
Located on 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds three miles east of Windermere, Gilpin Lodge has 14 rooms and 6 suites in two modern annexes to a 1901 country house. The most inviting are the Garden Suites, which have outdoor hot tubs. Dining is a big part of the experience here – which is good since it’s a drive to other restaurants – and there are four dining rooms to choose from. All are 3 Rosette winners. You can enjoy a cocktail in the stylish lounge or on the terrace. Spa treatments and massages are available in your room. And guest may use the facilities at the local health club.
Just a mile from the Windermere train station, Miller Howe Hotel and Restaurant has beautiful views of the lake from the garden terrace, and balcony rooms. The 14 rooms in the Edwardian country house are beautifully decorated in the British Arts and Crafts style. But if you plan to stay a while, book the Gardener’s Cottage which has it’s own garden and kitchen. The restaurant is quite good and serves lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.
As the name suggests, Moss Grove Organic Hotel is as environmentally responsible as it is luxurious. The Victorian house – which is in the heart of Grassmere – was restored using natural products such as sheep’s wool for insulation, recycled timbers, and clay paint. And the restaurant serves organic, local, and fair trade foods. The décor is a charming combination of old and new, with rustic material side-by-side with flat-screen TVs and other modern amenities. The huge, marble bathrooms are state of the art and some rooms have private hot tubs or balconies. Moss Grove is the hippest Lake District luxury hotel.
The Samling is the top choice of celebrities because of its seclusion. It’s located on a rise a few hundred feet above Lake Windermere and surrounded by 67 rolling acres of greenery. There are just 11 rooms – five in cottages and six in the 18th-century stone house where Wordsworth paid his rent. Service is first-rate and discrete, but not stuffy. In fact, the ambience here is quite relaxed considering the prices. Take a stroll through the grounds to admire the sculpture or go trout fishing at the lake. The Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the best in the area, with a wine list to match.
The first Relais & Chateaux hotel in Britain, Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel is on 12 acres of Lake Ullswater waterfront. The views of the lake from here are the envy of the other Lake District hotels. The nine rooms in the Victorian main house are very formal – exactly what you’d expect from a luxury manor house. The rooms in the Edwardian Gatehouse and Bank House and less so. The restaurant, which has won a Michelin star every year in recent memory, is absolutely top notch, and service is impeccable.
1) Gilpin Lodge
2) Miller Howe
3) Moss Grove Organic Hotel
4) The Samling
5) Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel