The Lakeland's top hotels for a summer break
PUBLISHED: 17:56 28 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:48 20 February 2013
If you are looking for a luxurious Lakeland break, then you are spoiled for choice. Here is a selection of some of the best
The Borrowdale Hotel, Borrowdale: A charming family run hotel that is being transformed with a 1 million refurb. The lounges, dining room and bedrooms have been transformed, but the friendly character still remains. It is perfect for dog lovers. Tel: 017687 77224
Brown Horse Inn, Winster: Old pub charm of log fires, oak beams and luxurious contemporary bedrooms in this old coaching inn serving traditional ales and home grown produce from the estate. Has its own farm shop too.
Tel: 01539 443443.
Burnside Hotel, Bowness: Just 300 metres from the lake, this has fitness studios, a heated pool, spa, sauna and steam room, badminton and squash courts and a beauty salon. Fine dining with all the attractions on your doorstep. Tel: 01539 442211.
Castle Green Hotel, Kendal: Set in 14 acres of wooded grounds. There are two gyms, a spa and swimming pool to enjoy as well as a 2 AA rosette-award restaurant. All this and a traditional pub in the grounds too. Tel: 01539 734000
Dale Lodge, Grasmere: Eat in Tweedies Bar or the restaurant for innovative food, locally sourced. Stay in lovely bedrooms in the main building or book one of the new mews rooms, chill out in the hot tub and fall asleep under the stars. Tel: 01539 435300.
Drunken Duck Inn, Barngates: With its own micro-brewery, this up-dated old pub has comfy, modern bedrooms, an inviting residents lounge and a busy bar and restaurant serving fine food. Surrounded by lovely countryside. Tel: 01539 436347.
Eltermere Inn, Elterwater: Overlooking the lake and at the foot of the Langdale Valley, its perfect for an activity break. Updated bedrooms and a new bar, enjoy afternoon teas and suppers on thre terrace, or use the nearby leisure club. Tel: 01539 437207.
Gilpin Lodge Hotel, Crook Road: A Georgian home tastefully transformed into a luxurious award-winning hotel serving fine food. Garden rooms with hot tubs, on-call spa therapists for in-room treatments and tasteful design throughout. Tel: 01539 488818.
Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge: Inventive locally-sourced food cooked to perfection and served in the 15th Century restaurant complete with tapestries and minstrel gallery. Fantastic contemporary bedrooms offer a real oasis of calm. Tel: 01524 271187.
Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere: With a spectacular view over the lake, this award-winning hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant has Art Nouveau stained glass and oak panelling. A huge wine cellar. Take away the cares of the day in the health spa. Tel: 01539 432375.
Inn on the Lake, Glenridding: This sits on the shores of Ullswater with two private jetties, a Victorian style gazebo and a large garden patio. Newly refurbished, the Lake View bedrooms now have fantastic private slate and glass balconies. This hotel is right next door to the Ullswater Steamers. Tel: 017684 82444
Lakeside, Newby Bridge: On the shores of Lake Windermere, this 4-star hideway has restful bedrooms, inspired 2AA rosette dining and indulgent treatments making a prefect escape destination. It has a 17m pool and a gym. Tel: 01539 530001.
Lindeth Fell, Windermere: A classic Edwardian House set in seven acres of delightful gardens with fine view across the lake. The cuisine has an AA rosette and the outside terrace is popular for afternoon teas and pre-dinner drinks. Tel: 01539 443286.
Lindeth Howe, Bowness: Once owned by Beatrix Potter, the hotel set in private gardens enjoys a fine reputation for food with 2 AA rosettes. With cosy lounges and bedrooms which are havens of calm, it has a pool and gives spa treatments. Tel: 01539 445759.
Linthwaite Hotel, Crook: Luxury melded with informality, thats this hilltop hotel which has 14 acres of gardens and a fishing tarn stocked with brown trout. Fine dining in the restaurant or on the veranda and contemporary bedrooms.
Tel: 01539 488600.
Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale: How many hotels can boast a waterfall in their gardens? Nestled in the Borrowdale Valley just 5 minutes from Keswick this hotel has a reputation for excellent food, a superb outdoor hot tub from which to enjoy the views as well as indoor and outdoor pools, plus a Health and Beauty spa. The gardens have won several awards. Tel: 017687 77285
Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank: With fine views over the Winster Valley this traditional old pub has been sensitively updated and has self-catering rooms and suites for a flexible break. Dining room, welcoming bar and a heated outside terrace. Tel: 01539 568486.
Miller Howe, Windermere: One of the legendry hotel names of the Lakes, this beautiful house was built overlooking the lake in 1916. Now run by the Ainscough family, Miller Howe has 15 individually designed and beautifully furnished rooms and a dining room serving cuisine of an exceptionally high standard. Tel: 015394 42536.
Oak Bank Hotel, Grasmere: Guests return time and again to this friendly hotel in the centre of the village where the gardens run down to the River Rathay. Individually-decorated bedrooms and award-winning dining. Use of nearby spa. Tel: 01539 435217.
Pheasant, Bassenthwaite: A beautiful old coaching inn which has undergone a stunning refurbishment with a chich new dining room and a lively bistro. Some things havent change - the stunning old bar and the warmth of the welcome.
Tel: 017687 76234
Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite: Nestling in the Lyth valley, this refurbished inn is a blend of old charm and new luxury giving a mix of comfortable interiors, good beers and seasonal food in a stunning, quiet location. Complimentary afternoon teas.
Tel: 01539 568237.
Salutation, Ambleside: Luxurious facilities and friendly staff in this town centre hotel which has a well-appointed health club and spa complete with pool, sauna, steam room and Canadian hot tub. Eat well in the garden restaurant or the bistro. Tel: 01539 432244.
Samling, Windermere: Built in 1700, the hotel sits snugly in 67 acres of wild flowers, woodland, garden and fields. Bedrooms are all startlingly different and the award-winning restaurant uses only the finest local ingredients.
Tel: 01539 431922
Sharrow Bay, Ullswater: One of the standard setters in the region with breathtaking views overlooking the lake and a Michelin star for the kitchen. They claim the service is so good you dont even notice it. Tel: 01768 486301
Storrs Hall, Windermere: One of Lakelands most striking hotels, situated in a Grade II Georgian mansion with its own National trust-owned folly. Sumptuous interiors and breathtaking views plus luxurious rooms with big beds. Tel: 01539 447111
Swan at Newby Bridge: A landmark hotel at the southern tip of Windermere. Parts of the building date back to the early 17th century but the hotel of today is an award-winner with a brilliant bar at its heart. Tel: 015395 31681
Waterhead, Ambleside: This is a hotel which combines Edwardian elegance with the sophistication and style of a new luxury four star hotel.
The Waterhead offers guests a relaxed, intimate atmosphere - perfect for a relaxing break. Tel: 15394 32566
Wild Boar, Crook: Characterful old coaching inn with its own smokehouse in the grounds. Oak-beamed restaurant - with a special water feature - where you can see you dinner cooked. Winner of Lake District Lifes Hotel of the Year award. Tel: 01539 445225
Weve obviously only scratched the surface - if you have a favourite hotel weve missed, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and well include them in a future issue.
Its that time of the year when we start to think about taking a break and, with the Lakes on our doorstep, a staycation is a very attractive option.
This stunning part of our region is packed with great places to stay and has some of the finest hotels offering superb hospitality and serving great food.
Whether youre looking for peace and quiet, or a bit more town centre bustle, the region has something for everyone. Heres a very small selection - 25 in total - designed to fire your enthusiasm.