15 great summer getaways in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 16:06 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 01 June 2018

Summer Getaways in Lancashire and the Lake District

Summer Getaways in Lancashire and the Lake District


You don’t have to travel abroad to enjoy a perfect summer holiday. Here’s a round-up of some fantastic destinations across the region.

Holbeck GhyllHolbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Ghyll

This summer package is available in the stunning surrounds of the Lakes in this 4 AA Red Star Country House Hotel, Holbeck Ghyll.

Stay in one of the Country House collection rooms where you’ll find a bottle of Damson gin awaiting your arrival. Work up an appetite with walks direct from the hotel’s doorstep taking in some of England’s finest scenery. Relax in the new Terrace bar with its unique sculptured artwork before enjoying an incredible a la carte dinner in our award-winning 3 AA Rosette Restaurant.

Package inclusive of: -

Accommodation for two in the Country House Collection, A la carte menu in our 3 AA Rosette Restaurant, Bottle of wine served with dinner, Traditional Cumbrian breakfast, Use of Spa facilities

From £175 per person, per night

Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Ln, Windermere LA23 1LU - Phone: 015394 32375




The beautiful Lake District is famous for its stunning landscape. Fells, lakes, woodland, fields and rivers a plenty, it is the perfect playground for adventurous children and equally adventurous adults.

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Lake District, The Coppermines Lakes Cottages, Coniston, boast more than 80 Lakeland self-catering properties.

Many of which are pet friendly and enjoy outstanding views, some even enjoy private hot tubs!

All of The Coppermines cottages provide a superb base for exploring the area’s famous fells and lakes, and during the school holidays there are plenty of organised events on offer throughout the area for the whole family to enjoy.

Whatever the size of your family The Coppermines Lakes Cottages know that Flexibility is key, their cottages sleep from 2 up to 35 and they also offer a range of long and short breaks throughout the year.

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages, The Bridge, Coniston LA21 8HJ - Phone: 015394 41765


Sharrow BaySharrow Bay

Sharrow Bay

Set on the shores of Ullswater in 12 acres of gardens and grounds, Sharrow Bay Hotel is a stunning setting for a relaxing Summer Break. With our Victorian architecture and our eclectic antiques collection, you can just sit back and enjoy the surroundings of the Original Country House Hotel.

Spend your days simply relaxing at the hotel enjoying the view on our south facing terrace, or for those wanting a more energetic getaway, the surrounding fells on our doorstep provide walks a plenty with views over Ullswater.

Check in to one of our 17 individually styled bedrooms with views of the Lake and Gardens to admire before enjoying our exquisite dining experience, prepared by our Sharrow Chefs using the finest local ingredients. We also have 5 dog friendly bedrooms for your four legged family friend.

Enjoy the characteristic charm with unrivalled views of the Lake at Sharrow Bay Hotel.

Bed & Breakfast rates starting from £185 and Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rates from £320 per room.

Sharrow Bay Country House, Ullswater, Penrith CA10 2LZ - Phone: 017684 86301


The Punch Bowl InnThe Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl Inn is situated in the heart of the delightfully unspoilt Lyth Valley at Crosthwaite in Cumbria, alongside the Parish Church of St Mary’s.

Offering a classic, contemporary style, formal restaurant and a traditional pub atmosphere in the bar with the same menu served throughout.

Open all year round, each of the accommodation rooms are luxurious and individually furnished with hand-picked throws, flat screen TVs and spacious bathrooms.

Rates vary from £110 to £320 per night dependent upon your room choice and the time of year you visit.

Great rates for last minute bookings also available on the website.

Punch Bowl Inn Crosthwaite Lyth Valley, Kendal LA8 8HR - Phone: 015395 68237


Low Wood Bay Resort & SpaLow Wood Bay Resort & Spa

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

Nothing short of a world class resort on the shores of England’s longest lake right in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues have invested in a multi-million pound project of refurbishment and new build at this historic property. A new sweeping drive up entrance with gatehouse has added a sense of arrival and first impressions of the resort interiors are a stunning new Atrium.

Close to completion is an amazing Spa with a thermal journey, outdoor infinity pool and hot tubs with views over the lake.

The Watersports and Marina have a fabulous choice of activities with the health club which includes pool, steam room, sauna and fitness studio.

There are a choice of restaurants with The Windermere and now the new Blue Smoke on the Bay. Blue Smoke offers a unique dining experience, with almost the whole menu being cooked from our distinct wood-fired grill.

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Ambleside Rd, Windermere LA23 1LP - Phone: 0333 220 3105


Lancaster House HotelLancaster House Hotel

Lancaster House Hotel

Situated on the edge of the historic city of Lancaster and rated number 1 out of the best Lancaster hotels on TripAdvisor.

Lancaster House is a place to savour the good things in life, from the balconied reception lounge to the open fire.

With excellent cuisine on offer, The Foodworks Restaurant showcases some of best local produce of Lancashire, whilst The Sandeman Bar offers a wide selection of bar snacks and drinks including the famous Sandeman Port collections.

Or if you’re here to relax, you can enjoy the Sandpiper Club which features a swimming pool, full gym as well as spa facilities so you can relax and unwind in the best way possible.

The Sandpiper Club is free to use to anyone staying with us, or any of our sister hotels.

Lancaster House Hotel, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4GJ - Phone: 0333 220 3190


The Midland Morecambe (c) Rob BerryThe Midland Morecambe (c) Rob Berry

The Midland Morecambe

The Midland is an internationally renowned art deco building that has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is enjoying its 10 year anniversary since reopening in 2008.

Standing alone on Morecambe’s seafront, The Midland offers guests an unforgettable stay of sophisticated glamour and magnificent views across the bay onto the Lake District fells.

Join us for our Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Sun Terrace restaurant where you can enjoy uninterrupted, panoramic seaside views, or grab a quick drink and a bite to eat in the Ravilious Rotunda Bar, uniquely designed for a relaxed but stylish feel.

The Midland also has a large number of events on every month, from soul and motown nights, murder mystery events, seafood and gin festivals and much more.

See our website to find out what’s happening.

Midland Hotel, Marine Rd W, Morecambe LA4 4BU - Phone: 0333 220 3109


The Wild BoarThe Wild Boar

The Wild Boar

Set in the beauty of the rolling countryside of the Gilpin Valley, it boasts an exceptional hospitality, traditional interiors and friendly atmosphere.

The Inn takes its name from the local legend of Sir Richard de Gilpin, who bravely fought and killed a particularly ferocious wild boar.

However, these days The Wild Boar is known more for its warm welcomes, roaring log fires and excellent menus showcasing some of the best local seasonal food and drink in the Grill & Smokehouse restaurant.

While you’re here you can enjoy freshly smoked food in our onsite smokehouse, not to mention our famous Alternative Afternoon Tea or you try one of the homebrewed beers from our own microbrewery.

Then there’s the 72 acre private woodland to explore, full of wildlife, mapped trails, green gym and things to do like pre booked clay pigeon shooting and archery can be arranged.

The Wild Boar, Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NF - Phone: 0333 220 3108


Waterhead Boutique Hotel & DiningWaterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining

Waterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining

Waterhead is situated on the shores of Windermere close to the Ambleside has everything you need to make your stay memorable, combining a traditional Lakeland setting with all the modern luxuries of a boutique hotel.

Waterhead is the perfect base for your Lake District adventures, with a central location and easy transport links right across the road, you can go almost anywhere in the Lakes on road or water.

Come and enjoy our extensive selection of 60+ gins from all around the world in our bar and garden, and our new Gin & Tonic Afternoon Tea, which features a selection of cakes, sandwiches and scones all with an infusion of gin & tonic.

Now that we’re well into summer, we have our outdoor pizza oven open for business, serving fresh, stone baked pizzas directly from our garden to your tables.

We’ve also got a full All Day menu to enjoy in the bar or garden served from 12pm daily.

Waterhead Hotel, Lake Rd, Ambleside LA22 0ER - Phone: 0333 220 3106


Merewood Country House HotelMerewood Country House Hotel

Merewood Country House Hotel

Head to Merewood Country House Hotel this summer and enjoy a three-night Gourmet break.

With beautiful interiors, award winning food, outstanding service and fabulous Lake District views, you’ll be in for a real treat.

Whether you love traditional dishes in an informal setting or fine dining in sophisticated surroundings, we have something to suit every palate and style.

During the day, get out into the fresh air and enjoy all that our World Heritage site offers - there are pretty villages and towns to potter around, lakes to cruise on, attractions to visit, whilst the more adventurous types may want to spend their days walking or cycling on the many trails on the Lakeland Fells.

Once back in the hotel, unwind and relax with a cool drink out on the terrace or in one of our cosy lounges before indulging in our delicious food.

Merewood Country House Hotel, Merewood, Windermere LA23 1LH - Phone: 015394 46484


Armathwaite Hall Hotel and SpaArmathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

Four-star country house overlooking Bassethwaite Lake, close to the Lakeland town of Keswick. Award winning Spa, fine dining, Lake District Wildlife Park on site. See our website for the latest availability and offers or call 017687 76551

Summer Getaway offer - Rooms from £249.00 per room

• Dinner in the fine dining Lake View Restaurant • Bottle of Armathwaite Hall Champagne in room on arrival • Overnight accommodation based on two people • Full Cumbrian Breakfast • Use of the Spa from check-in at 2.30pm until check-out at 11.30am on day of departure

Offer applies to new bookings only

Available Monday to Thursday inclusive, 4th June to 30th August 2018 subject to availability. To book call 017687 76551 and quote ‘Summer getaway 2018’ to reserve your room.

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, B5291, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick CA12 4RE - Phone: 017687 76551


Ullswater ‘Steamers’Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater.

Operating one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, our cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the National Park.

Ullswater runs a serpentine course for 8 miles through expansive vistas of the Lake District’s highest mountains. Whilst onboard keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including Red Deer, Red Squirrels, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey.

This is the same lake that inspired Wordsworth and where he wrote the famous ‘Daffodils’ poem. To this day these same daffodils can be seen on the west shore of the lake in Spring.

With plenty of history, beauty and tranquility Ullswater ‘Steamers’ makes a perfect day out for the whole family!

Ullswater ‘Steamers’, The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0US - Phone: 017684 82229


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (c) Mark FieldingRavenglass and Eskdale Railway (c) Mark Fielding

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Western Lake District, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England.

Known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “ little railway “ in olde Cumbrian dialect.

The centre piece in the beautiful Eskdale valley, our fleet of four heritage steam engines journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, past seven request stops to our final destination some seven miles up the line to Dalegarth for Boot Station.

Climb aboard and feel the wind in your hair with our open carriages (or closed if it’s raining) for the 40 minute journey up the line.

On arrival there is something for everyone, with our cafe serving homemade treats and gift shop with plenty of trails and walks to explore in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW - Phone: 01229 717171


Leeming HouseLeeming House

Leeming House

Escape this Summer to the Luxurious Macdonald Leeming House Hotel

Macdonald Leeming House is one of the finest 4 star hotels in the Lake District winner of the hotel Award 2018, offering luxury and comfort in beautiful surroundings. Set in 22 acres of beautiful grand gardens in the countryside of Cumbria, our 200-year-old country house hotel has breath-taking scenery and fine facilities. With direct access to the shores of Ullswater and a private fishing licence, our Lake District hotel in Ullswater hotel is a perfect venue to explore the lake district or just relax and unwind in luxury. Here you’ll experience the perfect retreat whether you’re on a romantic break away, a business trip or exploring the surrounding countryside.

Rates available from £179 this Summer book direct on the website

Our Famous Afternoon tea for two £45 per couple

Five course dining experience in our award winning restaurant £55 per person.

Macdonald Leeming House, Watermillock, Penrith CA11 0JJ - Phone: 0344 879 9142


Shepherd's Huts at Samlesbury Hall  (c) Tim Emmerton PhotographyShepherd's Huts at Samlesbury Hall (c) Tim Emmerton Photography

The Hamlet, Samlesbury Hall

For the best night’s sleep… The Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall is a luxurious Shepherd’s Hut Glamping retreat.

28 brightly coloured Shepherd’s Huts nestled in the grounds of the almost 700 year old Samlesbury Hall, where you will be surrounded by wildflowers and bee friendly plants. With the huts all festoon lit, it’s the perfect escape.

Each Shepherd’s Hut is made from the finest European oak, and can sleep up to four people. There is an en-suite, memory foam mattresses and luxurious toiletries inside.  Spend your evening wandering the grounds and snuggled up around the fire pits toasting marshmallows.

Finish off your stay by having a full English breakfast in our award winning restaurant! When the Hall is open, feel free to have a wander around (all free entry!), head up to the Bee Centre to see the working beehives, and be sure to say hello to Maria in Dottie’s Wafflery!

Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0UP - Phone: 01254 812010





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