With an elevated position above the wooded shores of Lake Windermere, Hillthwaite is all ... more
about fresh air, superb food and awe-instilling views. Set in its own pretty gardens with a terrace at the fore, this wholesome country bolthole is the perfect place to take a little time out.Within walking distance of quaint Windermere and Bowness, this stylish break gives you the opportunity to explore the picturesque natural scenery, oak-floored inns and rustic-cool gastro pubs of the Lake District. The hotel features an indoor pool, sauna and steam room, an acclaimed restaurant and comfortable, immaculately-kept guestrooms. With its flickering fire and tasteful chandeliers, the lounge feels like a quintessential English sitting room, ideal for taking stock with a cup of tea and a love-worn book.
Few hotels can boast their own waterfall; but somewhere in its 40 acres of private land, ... more
Lodore Falls Hotel has ticked that too-often-empty box. Located on the southern shores of the enormous Derwentwater lake, where imposing mountain ranges are mirrored in the glassy water, this stately retreat is everything you could want from a stay in the Lake District.Rooms here are tastefully furnished with English florals, tactile throws and plump pillows and the public areas have a warm, traditional air. The hotel's cosy lounge is characterised by an open fire, cosy armchairs and hand-picked antiques, while the Lake View restaurant serves gourmet local cuisine in an eccentric-gentleman-style dining room overlooking the water.Besides exploring the stunning National Park, the leisure options here are plentiful, with a lovely spa and beauty salon, outdoor pool, hot tub, plus a number of all-weather sports courts. Wander out on the wooden pier and hire a sailboat or kayak for a peaceful way to absorb the scenery.
Guided by Mark Richards, the consummate fell-walker, this film concisely defines an ... more
original week s walking holiday in two parts. The opening sequence is a three-day journey, drawing you from the eastern edge of the National Park through ten spellbindingly beautiful Lakeland valleys, destination - the fabulous mountain sanctuary at the head of Great Langdale. There, at the ultimate high divide and westernmost limit of old Westmorland, amid such enigmatic heights as Pike o Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the much-loved Langdale Pikes, Mark embarks upon the thrilling second phase of his High Way adventure, climbing the dizzy heights, there s romance and drama in every step. An invigoration to walk, an inspiration to watch.