Hotels With a Pool in the Lake District

Enjoy a full day of pampering at the Salutation Hotel & Spa, just one of the Lake Districts best hotels with a pool
Enjoy a full day of pampering at the Salutation Hotel & Spa, just one of the Lake District's best hotels with a pool | Courtesy of Ambleside Salutation Hotel and Spa, BW Premier Collection / Expedia
Cassie Wilkins

Lovers of the outdoors flock to the Lake District to embark on country walks and marvel at epic vistas and incredible landscapes. While the bravest visitors might take a dip in the lakes themselves, a heated pool is the height of luxury after a long day of adventuring. This is Culture Trip’s round-up of the best hotels in the Lake District with pools – just don’t forget to pack your swimwear!

1. Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel

The outdoor pool and the trees around the grounds of Armathwaite Hall Hotel
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One of the UK’s most impressive stately homes, Armathwaite Hall Hotel makes for an extravagant and picturesque lakeside getaway. A great spot for a rejuvenating swim, Armathwaite’s 16-metre heated pool has an infinity edge for that extra special aesthetic. There’s also a shallow plunge pool, an outdoor hot tub with scenic views, and a designer hydrotherapy pool for ultimate relaxation. Don’t feel like getting wet? You can also head to the tranquillity terrace for a spot of forest bathing.

2. Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel

A contemporary bistro dining area at Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa in Borrowdale with an outdoor pool next to the lake and mountains
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Next to Derwentwater, in the heart of the Lake District, Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa ticks all the right boxes for a luxurious mini-break. The state-of-the-art spa exudes five star opulence — the highlight being an impressive 16-metre heated outdoor hydro pool offering amazing panoramic vistas over the lake and the Catbells Mountains, complete with jets, underwater loungers, and an overflow jacuzzi. Heavenly.

3. The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel, Luxury

Seating around the grounds and gardens at Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, which has a stone exterior and flagpole out front
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Home to one of the Lakes’ most unique spa locations, The Wordsworth Hotel’s gorgeous Victorian-style conservatories perfectly complement the faded stone exterior of this picturesque old hunting lodge. Letting in light and scenic views over the garden, the glass roof over the pool also provides a wonderful touch of nature and serenity to the Wordsworth’s spa experience — especially when the weather isn’t quite good enough to head out exploring.

5. Embleton Spa Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Apartment

The indoor swimming pool at Embleton Spa Hotel, with yellow painted walls and tiled flooring
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More laidback than the usual Lake District spa hotels, Embleton has an old country farmhouse vibe. Loved by locals and guests alike for its great food, warm welcome, and friendly staff, the on-site leisure club has an indoor 14-metre pool that guests and members of the leisure club can use, along with a steam room, hot tub, and a gym. In true Embleton community sharing style, the pool is also used for occasional swim schools and lessons, so just double-check the timetable before you head down to avoid disappointment.

6. The Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

Two couches and a tray set with tea in a sitting area at the Mansion Bed & Breakfast
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If you prefer to swim next to the sea, The Mansion Bed & Breakfast in might be right up your alley. Located in a historic building in Whitehaven, where the Lakes meet the sea, this 18th-century hotel is a relaxed, family-friendly B&B with a 10-metre indoor pool that guests are free to use. There’s also a hot tub and sauna cabin in case you need to warm up after a blustery walk along the beach.

7. Hillthwaite

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Chairs next to the blue-tiled indoor pool at Hillthwaite
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A charming old country house with views overlooking the town and Lake Windermere, Hillithwaite is a tranquil and exclusive spot for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday. A refreshing way to begin or end your day, the hotel’s leisure area may be a little small, but it still has everything you need for a mini pampering session, including a heated indoor pool, sauna, and steam room.

8. Lakeside Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Boats on the water and docks outside the Lakeside Hotel, which is surrounded by trees
Courtesy of Lakeside Hotel / Expedia

Home to the only Aveda spa in the Lake District, Lakeside Hotel’s pool area is as luxurious as the rest of the spa. Featuring panoramic vistas over Lake Windermere, the 17-metre indoor pool is perfect for a scenic swim. If you feel like being especially brave, you could even wander through the spa garden down to the shore and go for a quick dip in England’s biggest lake before heading to the sauna, for an exhilarating Cumbrian take on a traditionally Nordic spa experience.

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