5 Suprising Lake District Escapes

Charlotte Maxwell
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If you’re in search of stunning countryside and breath-taking views, the Lake District is one of the UK’s favourite staycations for those who love the outdoors. Whether it’s the fells or the food that tickles your fancy, the Lake District is a dream destination for those looking to explore England.

Diving, climbing and walking will all give you that much needed refreshing burst of countryside in your life. And after all of your active pursuits, you can wind down at a spa and feast on local cuisine.

No matter what sort of break you’re looking for, we’ve cherry-picked the best hotels for a whole host of experiences – something only the Lake District can offer.

Pooches in Paradise

Overlooking Derwentwater, Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa offers spectacular views that have to be seen to be believed. Residing on the water’s edge with a mountainous backdrop, this hotel is the perfect example of luxurious nature. You’ll even have your own private hot tub overlooking the river.

But what makes this hotel even more spectacular is that you can enjoy all this luxury with your dog by your side – because what stay in the country would be complete without man’s best friend?

Understanding that dogs are part of the family, Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa allows pooches to stay in your room. And to make your stay there that bit easier, dog bowls and beds are available for all furry guests.

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Prices from £132 per night

The American Dream

Proving that you don’t have to cross the Atlantic to experience the American dream, Compston House is a US-themed B&B that brings the big apple to the rolling hills of Ambleside.

Run by New Yorkers Sue and Jerry, no detail has been spared in ensuring your trip features a big old slice of stateside hospitality. For starters, each room is inspired by a different US state – from Florida to Hawaii and Texas to New York.

And if you’ve had your fill of the full English, you can tuck into the American Dream with a classic US breakfast – Sue’s fresh hot homemade pancakes, plus a New York-style omelette overstuffed with cheese or eggy bread.  You’ll be set up for a day of adventuring.

Prices from £80 per night

Wake up in the Fells

Looking for a room with a view and a spot that’s hidden away from it all? Rampsbeck Hotel might just be the one for you.

Set on the shores of Lake Ullswater (with almost a quarter of a mile of unspoiled lake on its front porch), it literally doesn’t get much more Lake District than this. Whether you’re looking for active relaxation, leisurely strolls, horse treks or a steamer cruise, your weekend retreat certainly won’t be short of activities.

Prices from £119 per night

The Luxury Stay

In need of nothing but luxury for your weekend away? Belsfield Hotel is your best bet. Each bedroom is styled with Laura Ashley décor and furniture that oozes English countryside elegance. Its location on the Eastern shore of Lake Windermere, directly overlooking the Belle Isle, gives Belsfield Hotel unparalleled views – all from the comfort of your lavish boudoir.

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Prices from £139 per night.

The Artist’s Getaway

Set in an idyllic mountain location, this is pretty much the perfect hideaway to reconnect with your inner artist. The tranquil Lancrigg hotel has been a much-loved haunt of musicians, artists and poets – including Wordsworth, De Quincy and Coleridge – and it’s easy to see why.

Nestled in the mountains in acres of private woodland, it’s the perfect spot to restore mind, body and soul. Not to mention Lancrigg is a vegetarian’s dream.

The restaurant prides itself on offering a delicious menu of exclusively vegetarian food, boasting over 30 years’ experience in catering for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other special diets. So grab your book or pad and pen and unwind and take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings.

Prices start from £69 per night.

About Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.