Brimstone in Langdale
A romantic’s dream, this resort in the Langdale Estate brings something different to the Lake District’s luxury marketplace. The local rock exterior gives way to brilliant ski lodge-like indulgence — blazing fires, spa baths, private balconies, help-yourself boot space and a reading lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages. In the luminous, glass-fronted stove into the dual shower, huge spa tub and bi-fold doors opening out to Lakeland viewpoints — it is not possible to find fault with bedrooms as nicely designed and beautifully manicured as these. At the restaurant, arrange the sharing lamb shoulder, then served in a deep oven dish with lashings of both veg and shallot gravy.
The Forest Negative
Forest Side is a glamorous speech in the center of the Lake District that places food — and foraging — firmly in its centre. The home was beautifully transformed with glistening crushed velvet sofas; silver and bird of heaven backgrounds; and floorboards reused to produce the dining tables. The Herdwick sheep which graze out could be redeemed for all of the carpets, the insulating material, even the wool used from the celestial custom-made Harrison Spinks beds. The very best thing about the chambers would be the bathrooms that are excellent, with touch-button controllers for tub and shower, and herbal infusions products. Feast on the likes of scurvy grass and pickled allium flowers in the foraging-inspired Michelin-starred restaurant.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
There are flowers everywhere, charmingly ordered; also anticipate a light-filled indoor pool and sauna, and a terrace from the tarn with spa, outdoor heaters, deck seating and personal corners. A tasteful, bookish drawing area resulting in a sun-filled conservatory. Six unimpeachable bedrooms have great furniture and armchairs, beautiful lamps, shelves of items and books and heaps of the hottest magazines, and iPads and iPods. Guests may roam around Cat Crag, using a 360 degree panorama extending up to the Isle of Man, but a lot of them just stay put — they have even been spotted rowing around the lake in their dressing gowns.
This 18-century Georgian home was once a gentleman’s home surrounded by green lawns leading down to the lakeshore. There is even a rowing boat to borrow. Indoors, it is all high ceilings, sash windows, plasterwork and original cornicing. Service is relaxed — it seems more like a private home than a hotel. All the 12 rooms has its very own personality, such as Robin Ghyll using its beams and walnut bed, and Willy Goodwaller, using its own freestanding bathtub and rococo furniture. The restaurant provides country nosh using a classy twist.
The home sits among 67 rolling acres in the northern end of Windermere and exerts old-school elegance. Surrounded by forests and neatly-trimmed lawns, it seems unnaturally secluded, and the reasons are dotted with contemporary artwork. The gabled home dates from the late 18th century and was once possessed by Wordsworth’s landlord. The Samling nevertheless has the atmosphere of a stately country manor: tall windows framed by ruched curtains, lounges full of classic armchairs and pianofortes, walls adorned with Wedgwood and watercolours.
The Daffodil Hotel & Spa
The place Is Difficult to fault: Urban, green and silent. It is on the edge of Grasmere, a favorite village that is famous for its Wordsworth relations: that the poet lived at local Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, a mile or so up the street, and is buried with his wife and kids from the village churchyard. It is ideal for walkers, also. There is complete room service and a superb spa with heated thermal pool.
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