Hotels With a Pool in the Lake District

Enjoy a full day of pampering at the Salutation Hotel & Spa, just one of the Lake District's 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 & Spa, BW Premier Collection / Expedia
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9 December 2020

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!

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (104 Reviews)
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.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
Fitness Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel
Map View
Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa, Borrowdale
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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.

The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel, Luxury
4.2/5 (412 Reviews)
The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa
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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.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Luxury
4.6/5 (561 Reviews)
Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
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The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa’s downstairs pool room is chic and elegant, with an airy modern twist on a colourful 70s-influenced vibe. The pool is big and welcoming, the loungers are comfortable, and the hanging basket chairs make for a great spot to curl up and read a book next to the water or to dry off. Don’t miss the rest of the spa, either, with the luxurious gym offering an array of facilities and treatments, including an outdoor spa, tropical shower, and crushed ice fountain.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Embleton Spa Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Apartment
4.6/5 (131 Reviews)
Embleton Spa Hotel
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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.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Bar/Lounge

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  • The Mansion Bed & Breakfast

    Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse
    4.5/5 (57 Reviews)
    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.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa

    Hillthwaite

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.4/5 (188 Reviews)
    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.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Bar/Lounge

    Lakeside Hotel & Spa

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.2/5 (16 Reviews)
    Lakeside Hotel
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    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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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge
    These recommendations were updated on December 9, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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