The Lake District is idyllic, with its rambling hills, great lakes and a bevy of fabulous hotels where you can enjoy being pampered. After a long day of walking, hiking or biking what could be better than relaxing in the heat of a hot tub, or taking a dip in the pool?
We’ve put together a list of hotels in the Lake District and Cumbria area that not only offer comfort and great hospitality, but somewhere for you to splash around, detoxify and have aches and pains soothed away, helping you make the most of your time away from home.
8. Beech Hill Hotel and Spa
An elegantly luxurious hotel set amongst the lakes, Beech Hill Hotel and Spa combines stunning views with superb food, sumptuous rooms, and a glorious spa. The hotel’s AA award winning restaurant specialises in French and English cuisine and is a destination in its own right.
The Lakeview Spa is designed to provide a unique experience, with an outdoor vitality pool in a scented garden, a 40ft indoor swimming pool with a glass ceiling, a Himalayan sauna room, an aromatic steam room and two treatment rooms where you can receive Elemis Spa therapy.
Many of the 57 rooms have balconies making the most of the stunning scenery, but some even have access to the hotel gardens through French windows. Treat yourself to a suite such as the Ruskin Suite where you can have privileged access to your own private spa bath as well as enjoying more space, a decked seating area and an extravagant seven foot bed.
7. North Lakes Hotel and Spa
A luxury hotel that is firmly free of pretension, the North Lakes Hotel and Spa offers rooms of every degree of comfort with all the four-star amenities you need. From family rooms with bunk beds to beds with four posters, they have a wide range to offer and the signature suites are well worth a look too!
Thoughtfully furnished to provide the best in comfort, the rooms have been designed with guests in mind. After all, how often do you stay in a hotel, only to find the ‘tea and coffee facilities’ contain just one tiny carton of milk? Well, here you’ll find a refrigerator stocked with fresh milk, as well as a capsule coffee maker and herbal plus infusion teas. Attention to detail can be found throughout, with every mattress covered in a luxury mattress topper, and rooms equipped with non-allergenic pillows and free WiFi. Each room also comes with complimentary spa passes.
Winner of the Best Luxury Hotel and Spa Award for 2016, the North Lakes spa is an oasis of relaxation and calm. Slip off your complimentary bath robe and enjoy the searing warmth of the whirlpool or be enveloped in heat of the steam room and sauna. Time in the Lake district should of course be spent outdoors, but nothing beats coming home at the end of the day to a hot tub and letting the spa jets gently massage aching muscles and cold joints.
6. Windermere Boutique
Windermere Boutique is a quaint hotel on Lake Windermere offering the ultimate in luxury suites. Book yourself into a spa-suite and enjoy a massage spa bath in the comfort of your own room. Surrounded by mood lighting and complete with double shower and steam room, there’s even a TV in the bathroom, in case you want to enjoy a relaxing evening catching up on your favourite shows.
Even if you don’t end up booking a spa-suite you will still have plenty of options for relaxation. Head downstairs to enjoy the 20-metre heated swimming pool, sensuous spa, and state of the art technogym. The spa offers you the opportunity to design your own pamper package, by combining two thirty minute treatments such as a luxury leg and foot massage and an Indian head massage.
Be sure to book in for breakfast while staying at the hotel as it is guaranteed to set you up for the day! Served in a warm and well-lit restaurant with a roaring fire place at one end, the Windermere Boutique offers full English breakfasts with all the trimmings, and continental options such as croissants and fresh bread.
5. Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Overlooking Lake Windermere and just over a mile away from the Lake District Visitor Centre, this sophisticated country house hotel offers elegant accommodation framed by England’s most famous countryside peaks. You and your girlfriends can book the outdoor hot tub for private parties in 30 minute slots and unwind with a glass of wine while taking in some truly mesmeric views.
The Lake District Spa’s day packages combine all of the relaxation of treatments and therapies with a heavenly lunch in the award-winning restaurant, or an afternoon tea for couples or groups of friends.
4. Hillthwaite House
This family owned, three-star hotel is one of the Lake District’s gems. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, Hillthwaite House makes the most of its location by boasting panoramic views at every opportunity.
Choose from comfy classic accommodation or stately occasional rooms which offer incredible views, perhaps a private balcony or even a second bedroom in case you want to make it a family affair. Some rooms such as Occasion Room 15 come with a unique slipper bath shaped so that you can slip right into its bubbly depths, with a supported back so you can relax for hours or even watch a favourite TV show on the screen mounted opposite the bath.
The hotel also features a large heated indoor swimming pool, complete with jet sprays for massaging your back and easing sore shoulders. There’s also a sauna and a steam room to detox your skin and warm you up after a day rambling among the Lakeland hills and fells.
3. Aphrodites Hotel
Pampering is what guests can expect while staying at the Aphrodites Boutique Hotel. This luxurious, chic hotel is set on private grounds aloft Lake Windermere. Guests are offered various beauty and holistic treatments amid a sumptuous décor. Guests can take pleasure in the well manicured surroundings and quality service.
Most of the suites in this boutique hotel boast Villeroy & Boch spa bathroom with large air massage baths, perfect for two, and generous outdoor hot tubs on the patio with wonderful views over the gardens. Whether you are planning a romantic break in the Lake District, a summer holiday or a long weekend, the Aphrodites is one of the most indulgent deluxe boutique hotels in Cumbria.
2. The Cranleigh Boutique
The Cranleigh is a funky boutique 5-star hotel in the Lake District, ideal for you and your other half to enjoy a well-deserved romantic getaway. For utter spoiling look no further than The Indulgence Suite, with its extra large tranquility bath (big enough for two), heated floor tiles, spacious shower enclosure and 40″ television screen behind a wall of mirrors. as well as the secluded courtyard hot tub.
The Hideout Boutique House is another luxurious options for guests. A private boutique house location 1 mile from The Cranleigh in the village of Bowness-on-Windermere, this space is an outstanding place to relax and enjoy. With its super-size air spa bath for 2 including underwater lighting, mood creation intelligent iPad controlled lighting, hidden 65″ cinema screen and complimentary cocktail bar and cocktail making accessories.
1. The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
A warm and welcoming family-owned hotel, the Gilpin is famed for its attention to detail, great service and stunning accommodation. They have two luxurious hotels on two separate estates, one in a country house with its own private lake and Jetty Spa featuring treatment rooms, hot tub and indoor heated pool. The other features six garden rooms complete with hot tubs and five self-contained detached spa lodges with their own rainmaker showers, steam rooms, and outdoor hydrotherapy hot tubs and saunas. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
The Lake House Jetty Spa is designed with couples in mind and encompasses a double treatment room in a raised tree canopy overlooking the lake. Alternatively, you can head to the Old England Spa courtesy of complimentary passes from the Gilpin Hotel. Here you can enjoy facilities such as a steam room, sauna, ice room, aromatherapy shower, gym and a 20-metre swimming pool – so there’s no excuse not to make the most of your time there!
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