City and town life tend to whiz along at alarming speed. There’s always a deadline to beat, an appointment to keep. Sometimes you just yearn for some precious time to yourself. Head for our Windermere boutique hotel and you will have some of Britain’s most beautiful landscape on your doorstep; how you choose to spend your time here is entirely up to you; here are some ideas...
Dip Your Toes In
A leisurely short break might be just what the doctor ordered. With our luxury lake district hotel as your base, some time on one of the many tranquil Lakes is the perfect start. Regular sailings on Lake Windermere from Bowness offer a relaxing way to see spectacular panoramic views from Englands largest lake. Or, why not take out your own boat at your own pace. For more details on rowing or motor boat hire and cruise timetables, visit www.windermerelakecruises.co.uk.
Head north to Coniston Water, where two traditional timber launches offer three different circular routes on Coniston Water or sail in a sumptuous, upholstered saloon on the Steam Yacht Gondola. Further north again where 'Ullswater Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.
Get Ready For Action
If adventure is more your bag or you fancy trying something new…
Canoe & Kayak Hire - www.windermerecanoekayak.com
Bike Hire - conveniently located at Windermere station - www.countrylaneslakedistrict.co.uk
Off road driving adventures - www.kankku.co.uk
Horse Riding - www.holmescalesridingcentre.co.uk
Tree Top Adventures in Grizedale Forest at www.goape.co.uk/grizedale
Discover Some History…
Hill Top Farm was Beatrix Potter's first house, bought using money she had made from her early books. Today visitors can view the untouched house, exactly as Beatrix left it. Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth during his years as a supreme poet, the house and museum at Grasmere share his life & work. Blackwell is Britain's finest surviving Arts and Crafts house designed by M.H.Baillie Scott, situated on the banks of Lake Windermere, it has some spectacular views. Brantwood is the former home of John Ruskin, and filled wit his treasures and a beautiful hillside garden overlooking Coniston Water.
Shopping in The Lake District is an opportunity to browse away from the high street; with a wealth of independent gift, clothing and homeware shops you might just find that unique gift or treat for yourself that you wouldn’t find at home. Windermere, Grasmere and Hawkshead are particular hot spots.