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Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, Borrowdale, Lake District
In picturesque Borrowdale lies The Lodore Falls, one of the Lake District's longest-established hotels. The hotel has moved with the times, most recently with a swanky spa that includes an outdoor pool. It's a large and comfortable place, with gorgeous views over Derwentwater and fells, that happily mixes traditional and modern, both in its bedrooms and two restaurants. Guests can choose to be active or relaxed, with plenty of space to recline and enjoy the views - perhaps with afternoon tea in the conservatory - as well as provision for keen walkers. Dogs and children are very welcome, too.
No need to use the car; the local bus or lake launch can take you to Keswick or around the lake.
There's a landing-stage for lake cruises opposite the hotel, while Honister Slate Mine with its shop, mine tour and Via Ferrata experience is a 20-minute drive.
By car: 2 hours from Manchester, 3 hours from Edinburgh and 5 hours 45 minutes from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: trains run from Manchester Piccadilly (just over 1 hour), London Euston (3 hours) and Edinburgh (2 hours) to Oxenholme Lake District station. The hotel is an hour taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
With its range of bedrooms, modern and traditional restaurants, plus spa, the hotel suits everyone from families and empty-nesters to weekend-break couples. The views from most of the public rooms will keep you mesmerised for several hours if you're not careful.
Service & Facilities
Taking a dip in the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, with views over the lake and steam gently rising, is hard to resist. Most bedrooms allow dogs, and beds and bowls can be provided. They're allowed throughout the hotel apart from the restaurants and main lounge; owners with dogs can take their meals in the library lounge.
Spa and wellness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
If you're keen on spending time in the spa, it can be worth splurging on a suite as all include complimentary access. All rooms have bathrobes and water, and even the smallest squeeze in a couple of chairs for relaxing.
Standard, Classic and Lake View Rooms, Lodore and Deluxe Spa Suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
Mizu has a wonderful Asian team in the kitchen who know their stuff - as do the waiters who will help you through the lengthy menu. Mizu's sticky pork belly went down well, and we also loved the sweet potato and teriyaki salmon sticks.
Mizu Pan-Asian: AA Rosette. Elegant, Asian cuisine. Open 5-8.30pm every day, 12-2pm Sat & Sun. Platters from £20.
Lake View Restaurant: two AA Rosettes. Formal fine dining, local produce, modern British cuisine. Afternoon tea 12-5pm, dinner 5.30-8.30pm, Sunday lunch 12-2pm. Mains from £15.
Lake View Bar, Conservatory & Lounges: relaxed, classic bar food. Open 12-11pm. Mains from £13.50