City and town life tends to whiz along at an alarming speed.
There’s always a deadline to beat and an appointment to keep - but 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. You can also take out your own boat at to explore the lake at your pace. For more details on rowing or motor boat hire and cruise timetables, visit www.windermerelakecruises.co.uk.
Alternatively, why not 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, also makes for a great day out.
Get Ready For Action
If adventure is more your bag or you fancy trying something new…
Canoe & Kayak Hire
Bike Hire - conveniently located at Windermere station
Off road driving adventures
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.