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WHAT WE LOVE...

You can't get much closer to the shores of Ullswater without boarding one of the nearby ferries, as this hotel sits right on the edge of this vast Cumbrian lake. Elegant bedrooms sit within a handsome stone mansion, and a pair of restaurants offer varied dining experiences from afternoon teas to zingy Asian dinners. The hotel makes the most of its location with bedrooms and lounges facing that epic Ullswater view, so sitting with a tea - or G&T - and watching the weather move across the sky is the main pastime here - if you're not out hiking. In summer, the vast lawns by the lake are idyllic for an afternoon stroll, while the patio is the perfect spot for sunset spotting come evening.

THE DETAILS

Location

The Aira Force Waterfall is a gorgeous spot for a wander if you're not into long-distance hiking.

The hotel's extensive gardens take you to the shores of Lake Ullswater. It's a 30-minute drive to the market town of Keswick.
By car: around 2 hours from Manchester, 3 hours from Birmingham and 5 hours 30 minutes from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: direct trains to Penrith Station from Glasgow Central (1 hour 30 minutes) and London Euston (3 hours). The hotel is a 30-minute drive. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

This place is perfect for hikers looking for somewhere a bit special to relax after a day on the trails. The huge floor-to-ceiling windows in the Orangery restaurant provide 360-degree views of that dramatic Lake District scenery.

Service & Facilities

We loved the private jetties where you can launch your own kayaks or paddleboards.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Family-friendly
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Dogs are well looked after with water bowls, poo bags, treats and a walking map provided. Dogs are allowed to dine with you in The Orangery.

Rooms

The Lake View Feature Rooms have glorious views, four-poster beds and space for dining and relaxing. The fluffy bathrobes in every room offer an excuse to put your feet up after a long soak in the tub.

Standard Room, Fell Room, Lake View Room, Lake View Feature Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Afternoon tea in the Lake View Lounge is sublime - especially by the fireplace on a chilly day. The fresh smoked salmon and eggs for breakfast is the finest way to start the day.

Lake View restaurant: all-day dining venue, scenic views. Seasonal chef's menu from £31.
The Orangery: romantic restaurant. Flatbreads, small plates and mains. Open daily 11am-11pm.
The Candleroom & Ramblers Bar: rustic restaurant and cosy bar, modern British cuisine. Open daily 12-11pm.

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