Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa
It’s hard to imagine a more apposite experience for the Lake District than staying in a centuries-old castle, and this handsome pile at the top of Bassenthwaite Lake ticks all the boxes. Crenellated stone walls rise above neatly trimmed lawns. Elsewhere, interiors are full of lush fabrics and atmosphere-conjuring lighting, and windows look out towards the silent lakeshore. There’s a spa for grown-ups and a wildlife park for kids, and it’s dog-friendly, creating a great family package.