Welcome to your guide
to luxury hotels in the English Lake District
The Lake District has its fair share of luxury
accommodation, and some of it is simply superb. The Samling, for example,
is about as fine a hotel as you'll find anywhere in the world: it's one of
those places that defines the word "service". Of course some of these
hotels are pricey, but many have special offers and discounts, so you can
enjoy luxury and comfort all around the Lakes without breaking the bank.
Our favourite luxury hotels in the Lake District are
listed below by region, starting with the South Lakes and heading north.
We'd appreciate feedback from you on all these hotels and any others you
think should be included here. By the way, it's worth remembering that the
number of stars isn't always an accurate guide to the comfort and luxury
you'll find, because a hotel may be marked down for things you may not
consider important like not having a lift (elevator) or 24 hour reception.
If you're a hotel owner, and would like to be
included on this page of luxury Lakes hotels, please see
our contact page for details.
Our Favourite Luxury Lakes Hotel -
The Samling hotel is renowned as one of the
most luxurious hotels in the country. And no wonder. One look at its
website will show you that staying here is an experience different to
almost any other hotel you've ever visited.
Set in 67 acres of classic Lake District landscape, the hotel consists of
11 beautifully appointed bedrooms with stunning views over Lake
Windermere. The restaurant at The Samling uses the finest, freshest local
ingredients cooked to perfection and has received numerous Michelin stars
and AA Rosettes over the years. You can easily see why The Samling is one
of the most popular hotspots for foodies in the UK!
Famous fans at the hotel include Tom Cruise, the Beckhams and Stella
And while many things about the hotel stand out, one of our own high spots was
relaxing with champagne in the hot-tub - it's a must at this
luxurious and elegant hotel!
The Samling, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LR
For more information and contact details, click www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk
Windermere - Holbeck Ghyll
Set in a beautiful location on the shores
of Lake Windermere, with breathtaking views over the Lakeland Fells, Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel,
Restaurant and Health Spa sets the standard to which other Lake District
luxury hotels must aspire. The building was acquired by Lord Lonsdale as a
luxury lodge in 1888, and he later gave the building an Arts & Crafts
"makeover" - this beautiful work can still be seen in the wealth of
artistic detail to be found throughout the house, including stained glass
windows and carved wooden panelling.
There's a seductive quality about Holbeck Ghyll - the welcome is so warm, and the atmosphere so relaxed,
that you'll find any stress and tension draining away as soon as you
settle into the comfortable armchairs by the cosy fire. The theme of
luxury and relaxation extends into the bedrooms, which are all luxuriously
equipped, with en-suite facilities and every modern amenity. Most rooms
have spectacular lake views, as you can see in the pictures below, and
they are individually designed and elegantly furnished. You'll find rich
bed linen, fresh flowers, LCD satellite TV, CD and DVD players, a decanter
of damson gin, direct dial telephones, bathrobes, a trouser press and a
hairdryer come as standard.
Holbeck Ghyll is also noted for the excellence of its food and wine: it
has won many awards, including a Michelin Star, which the hotel has
retained for ten successive years. Other accolades include Four AA Red
Stars, Three AA Rosettes for Food, The Cumbria Tourist Board Award for
Hotel of the Year, The "Which? Good Food Guide": Wine List of the Year
2009, The Cumbria Restaurant of the Year 2008, and "Lake District Life"
Magazine: Restaurant of the Year 2007.
The restaurant, under
the guidance of Head Chef David McLaughlin, is open to residents and non-residents for all meals.
Traditional British cuisine with a distinct French
influence provides a rich source of inspiration and endless delights!
Holbeck Ghyll is indeed a luxury Lake District country
house hotel. From the superb bedrooms, through the attentiveness and warm
approachability of the staff, to the magnificent Michelin starred dining
experience, Holbeck Ghyll sets the highest standards - and always achieves
Ghyll Country House Hotel, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LU
Phone: 01539 432 375 Fax: 01539 434 743 E-mail:
MacDonald Luxury Hotels
MacDonald's offer three excellent
properties in the Lakes:
Swan Hotel, Grasmere
This 1650 Coaching Inn is one of the
oldest Lake District hotels, perfectly located in the centre of the
Lakes with a view of astoundingly beautiful countryside (a private
garden has views over Helm Crag), and all the facilities you would
expect of a 4 star establishment - log fires, an excellent
restaurant, wonderful atmospheric rooms with plenty of old features
and, above all, first rate service and accommodation. Close to
excellent walks and cycle tracks, the Swan Hotel is indeed an ideal
base for exploring all that the Lake District has to offer.
Click here for more information
Leeming House Hotel, Ullswater
One of the most impressive
hotels in Cumbria, with excellent service and accommodation, the
Leeming House Hotel is in a perfect location for exploring the
Northern and Eastern Lake District. The hotel boasts a wonderful set
of private grounds, in fact it has 22 acres of private woodland with
a private fishing area on the banks of Ullswater. This is a country
house hotel with a modern twist: comfortable, relaxed, superbly
appointed, with a restaurant of the highest quality, the Leeming
House Hotel will surpass all your expectations and leave you feeling
wonderfully relaxed and rejuvenated.
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Old England Hotel and Spa,
Located on the shores of England's
largest lake, Windermere, this extremely historic hotel has a very
modern spa attached, to give you the best of the old and the new.
With an award-winning restaurant which has one of the finest views
in England as well as superb food and a wonderful ambience, golf
facilities, private jetties and moorings, and a luxury spa, what
more could you ask for? Ah yes....luxurious rooms to suit all
budgets and tastes!
Click here for more information
South Lake District Luxury Hotels
Newby Bridge -
The Swan Hotel
at the foot of Windermere in a tranquil and convenient location, this
hotel offers comfortable rooms in a refurbished 17th century coaching inn.
They have a swimming pool and spa, the quality of their food is good and
the hotel's within easy reach of the main attractions of Windermere and
beyond. We've enjoyed some very pleasant Christmas breaks here, which were
great fun: if you stay during winter and you're
fortunate enough to get some snow, you'll find that the setting becomes
even more romantic and delightful. Unfortunately the beds are only queen
size, so if you like really big beds, that might be an issue for you.
The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8NB
Phone: 015395 31681 Fax: 015395 31917 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Samling
A glorious hotel, which epitomises
everything that a modern luxury hotel should be. Its rooms are luxurious
without any of the totally over-the-top chintz, ornate furniture and
wooden panelling that sums up some country house hotels' ideas of luxury.
Its understated service, with the finest attention to detail you can
imagine, make this a hotel where everyone should stay at least once - and
preferably as often as you can!
Ambleside Road, Windermere, LA23 1LR Phone: 015394 31922
Windermere - Linthwaite House Hotel
The owner Mike Bevans
has worked in the hotel industry for a long time, and his experience
shows. He's transformed this hotel in one of a breed of superb country
house hotels that are now flourishing in Britain, hotels which combine
effortless service and high standards with comfort and relaxation. Service
without pretension just about sums up Linthwaite. It offers superb comfort
and privacy, set in its own private grounds, with superb views and king
sized beds. The decor is modern and tastefully rich without being
over-opulent (if you want chintz, there are many other options in the
Lakes!). The food, needless to say, is superb, as you'd expect from
a hotel listed with 3 AA rosettes (which apparently makes it one of the
top 200 hotels in Britain). There's also a great vegetarian menu.
Linthwaite House Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria.
Phone: 015394 88600
- Low Wood Hotel
The family who own Low Wood also own Storrs Hall
and the Waterhead hotel, and they all have their own charm. Low Wood
is situated on the shores of Windermere, and has some beautiful boating
facilities. (The hotel will even supply a personal chef and butler to cook
and serve your meals while you're aboard your yacht!) Good bedrooms with
king sized beds, a surprisingly spacious leisure/fitness centre, and
situated in the heart of the Lakes.
Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LP
Reservations (UK only):
08458 503 502 Phone: 015394 33338 Fax: 015394 34072
Storrs Hall Hotel
I like this hotel, even though it is more opulently
furnished and decorated than the hotels I usually select (I am a bit of a
minimalist at heart - Linthwaite's style is more my cup of tea). It's a
Grade 2 listed Georgian mansion right in the middle of 17 acres of grounds
on the shores of Lake Windermere, with panoramic Lake District views.
Fabulous! The luxurious rooms have king sized beds, and the restaurant has
been awarded 2 AA rosettes. And if you want a quiet break, this is the
place, since children under 12 are not accommodated.
Storrs Hall, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3LG
Reservations (UK only): 08458 507 506
Phone: 015394 47111 Fax:
Windermere - Aphrodite's Themed Lodge
One of the most
unexpected and interesting properties in the Lakes, a hotel with a
difference! It has all the qualifications of a
luxury hotel - king sized beds, hot tubs, massive showers, luxury
bathrooms, heated outdoor pool, and so on. But in addition, it has the
most unusual feature of a different theme to each room - and some very
wild and whacky they are, too! Have a look at the website and pick the
theme that best suits your mood, then look forward to a luxurious stay
with a difference!
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JD
Phone : 015394 45052 Fax : 015394 46702
Windermere - Miller Howe
Miller Howe was one of the first of the modern
breed of luxury country house hotels with superb cuisine. The founder,
John Tovey, has retired, but the new owners claim that the
traditions he started live on. I haven't stayed there myself, so reports
from visitors would be most welcome. The furnishing is opulent, and some
of the rooms have king sized beds. Let us know how you find it.
Miller Howe Hotel & Restaurant, Rayrigg Road, Windermere, English
Lake District, Cumbria, LA23 1EY
Phone: 015394 42536 Guests: 015394
44522 Fax: 015394 45664
Central Lake District Luxury
Very definitely my cup of tea, this hotel reflects a degree of urban chic
which is refreshing to find in the depth of the Lakes. Very sophisticated,
the design reflects attention to detail and whispers a reassuring confirmation of the
hotel's stated aim: "Every detail is designed to offer a relaxed, intimate
atmosphere, calm moods and a fresh approach to service." With king sized
beds, this contemporary town house hotel could hold its own in the best of
company. Waterhead is near
Ambleside, situated at the head of Windermere, so this hotel is very
convenient for all the attractions of the Lake District.
The Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0ER
Reservations (UK only) : 08458 504 503
32566 Fax: 015394 31255
Grasmere - Dale Lodge Hotel
& Tweedies Bar
just on the edge of the village in mature grounds, this small hotel is
blessed with a variety of comfortable, well-furnished rooms including a
most delightful room fully accessible for the disabled on the ground
With a chef who has worked at some of the top restaurants in the
world, it comes as no surprise to learn that the food is simply excellent.
If you prefer something simpler and more informal, there is the highly
enjoyable alternative of Tweedies Bar - just right for refreshments after
a tramp on the fells. The Lakes has many small hotels which have broken
the mould by basing their whole business philosophy on quality and
comfort, and the Dale Lodge Hotel is one of the foremost among them. And
if you're planning a wedding, this could well be the perfect venue....
Dale Lodge Hotel and Tweedies Bar, Red Bank Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22
Phone: 015394 35300
email@example.com Web: www.dalelodgehotel.co.uk
Grasmere - Moss Grove Organic Hotel
or not you believe that a hotel can be organic, the sentiment is in the
right place - it's all about reducing pesticide use, recycling materials,
and using local produce. The hotel is luxurious and comfortable, well
appointed and yet relaxed, and will appeal to al those who love the more
refined kind of hotel - with a green twist, in this case! King sized beds
are available too - a wonderful feature for the truly relaxing stay!
Grove Organic Hotel, Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria,
Phone: 015394 35251 Fax: 015394 35691 Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.mossgrove.com
The Langdale Hotel
And Spa (Near Ambleside)
Langdale is more of a country
estate than a hotel. It is set in a private woodland park
criss-crossed with streams and tarns, and local flora and fauna. In
the nineteenth century the estate was a gunpowder works, a factory
built in the open air due to the risk of explosions.
Nowadays the atmosphere is somewhat
more relaxed, the estate being given over to luxury accommodation in a
grand manner. In addition to a conventional hotel, there are lodges,
spread out village-style throughout the estate, making altogether 57
en-suite luxury rooms, all individually and tastefully furnished with
modern fittings. Around the estate are a multitude of facilities,
including a solarium and two swimming pools, one with dedicated lanes
for serious swimmers.
After burning off all those
calories, you will need to replace them at one of the fine restaurants. Purdey’s Restaurant offers some very serious cordon bleu cuisine with an
extensive wine list. Less formal, but of no less quality, is the Terrace
Restaurant and Café-Bar, which has an excellent menu, available at any
time of day. If you feel inclined towards "pub grub", just a
short walk away from the Estate is Wainwright's Inn, a traditional old
Cumbrian pub, regularly featured in the Good Pub Guide, with exceptional
real ale and good food, including a daily special.
Langdale Country Club and Hotel, Langdale (Near Ambleside), LA22 9JD
Self Catering: 015394 38012 email@example.com
Eastern Lake District Luxury Hotels
Ullswater - Sharrow Bay
The original "Country House Hotel"
which, though now under a new regime, still speaks of luxury and opulence.
It may well be "the finest hotel in the Lake District", though of course
whether you agree with this bold claim depends to a large extent on your
chosen style of accommodation. This hotel is indeed furnished in an
opulent and classical style, and it's well worth considering if you have a
really special occasion (or you like this style of luxury). Needless to say, the hotel has a
Michelin star - and many other awards as well.
Sharrow Bay Country House
Hotel, Lake Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2LZ
Phone: 017684 86301 Fax: 017684 86349
North Lake District Luxury Hotels
Borrowdale - The
Lodore Falls Hotel
Over the centuries
this hotel has attracted many visitors, and although it has had its ups
and downs, the recent acquisition by the Graves family means that once
again the finest traditions of Lakeland hospitality and luxury will be
available in one of the most beautiful parts of Lakeland. In fact this was
the hotel my family stayed in on our first visits to the Lakes many years
ago, so we have fond memories of it, and it's heartening to see it making
a return to the highest standards that a family run business is especially
placed to achieve.
which in my view matches that anywhere in the world, the Borrowdale valley
is a superb base for exploring the quieter Northern parts of the Lakes -
and of course the delightful town of Keswick is just up the road. If
you're looking for comfortable accommodation, superb facilities, wonderful
food and a great holiday, this hotel is just about perfect. They also have
spa facilities and beauty treatments.
The Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale, Keswick,
Cumbria, CA12 5UX
Phone: 017687 77285 Phone: 017687 77343 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to check out the group's other
properties on their website
They own five luxury properties throughout the Lakes, which means you'll
be able to find somewhere near your choice of holiday location!
Bassenthwaite - Armathwaite Hall
have stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed myself - it's a very traditional - and
comfortable - country house hotel in the old-school style, with great
attention to detail and excellent food. Wonderful views
of the lake, vast grounds to wander about in, and a very tranquil
The Armathwaite Hall Hotel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RE
Phone: 017687 76551 Fax: 017687 76220
North Lakes Hotel and Spa - Penrith
by Shires Hotels, a small hotels group which provides consistently
reliable accommodation. Standard four star comforts. If you want a big
bed, ask what they have available.
North Lakes Hotel &
Spa, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8QT
868111 Fax: 01768 868291
Appleby Manor - Appleby, Penrith
Appleby Manor is a country house hotel which
prides itself on attention to detail. You see this in the bedrooms, the
restaurant's excellent menus (indeed, the restaurant has won 2 AA Rosettes
- always a sign of very high accomplishments), the impeccable standards of
service, and somewhat unexpectedly in the astonishingly extensive wine and
whisky selection. Whether you want an active break with access to the
beautiful surroundings of the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales, or you just
want a luxury break in a wonderful, characterful old building, this hotel
is going to fulfill your expectations - and maybe surpass them. When
we called in we chatted to some of the residents - without exception, they
praised the hotel unreservedly. In my view, the
swimming pool is a little on the small side, but this is such a minor
quibble it's hardly worth mentioning. The hotel is beautifully
situated in wooded grounds overlooking Appleby Castle.
Appleby Manor Country House Hotel,
Roman Road, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6JB
Phone: 01768 351571 Fax: 01768 352888
email@example.com Web: www.applebymanor.co.uk
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