The Most Romantic Hotels in the Lake District

Offering seclusion, scenic panoramas and beautiful hotels, nowhere could be more romantic than the Lake District
Offering seclusion, scenic panoramas and beautiful hotels, nowhere could be more romantic than the Lake District | Courtesy of the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa / Expedia
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30 November 2020

Adored by poets, artists and outdoor lovers alike, the Lake District is one of the UK’s most romantic destinations. From champagne picnics to boating on Windermere, from stargazing to hiking, and from fine dining to luxury spa treatments, there is something in the Lakes to tickle everyone’s fancy. While the scenery alone is enough to take your breath away, the hotels will be the cherry on the cake — or the rose petals on the bed. Add in a night or two in one of these hotels and you’re guaranteed to see sparks fly.

Lindeth Fell Country House

Independent Hotel
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Lindeth Fell Country House, Windermere, England | Courtesy of Lindeth Fell Country House / Booking.com

Hands down one of the most romantic hotels in the Lake District, Lindeth Fell exudes opulence with every step. From the elegant Edwardian exterior to the epic views overlooking Windermere, and the traditional landscaped gardens to the classically decorated bedrooms, lounges and bar, this award-winning boutique hotel makes for a fancy five-star weekend away.

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Nanny Brow

Bed and Breakfast
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Nanny Brow
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Sitting atop a private crag with amazing panoramas across the Lakes, Nanny Brow is both tranquil and sophisticated. Inside its striking black-and-white exterior, the Arts-&-Crafts-era country house is thoughtfully decorated, with the furniture and style giving a contemporary twist to its heritage roots. Outside, the landscaped gardens descend to wild woodlands, perfect for romantic strolls and picnics.

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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Gilpin Hotel, Windermere
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Set across two stunning rural locations close to the popular town of Windermere, the Gilpin Hotel and the Gilpin Lake House are just a mile apart but have distinctly different vibes. The modern, almost Scandinavian-inspired Gilpin Hotel has two restaurants, including the Michelin-starred HRiSHi, a champagne bar and 25 rooms including spa lodges with their own private outdoor hot tubs, ideal for a loved-up evening under the stars. For those seeking something a little more traditional and exclusive, the Gilpin Lake House is a gorgeous old country estate with just six bedrooms, a private lake, hot tubs, sauna and a pool.

Moss Grove Organic

Bed and Breakfast, Luxury
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Moss Grove Organic, Ambleside
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Marrying old and new in typical Lake District style, Moss Grove Organic’s ethos is to balance indulgence with sustainability, making for a guilt-free getaway. Located in a grand Victorian stone house in the lovely village of Grasmere, Moss Grove’s team are warm and welcoming, and its 11 rooms are decadent and luxurious, with everything you need for a special mini-break, from spa baths to Bose sound systems and hot drink trays laden with homemade biscuits.

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel
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Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa, Borrowdale
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Tucked away in the Borrowdale Valley, the 200-year-old Lodore Falls Hotel overlooks Derwentwater and the Catbells Mountain Range. With a modern facelift designed to amplify its charms, the hotel has 87 luxury rooms and suites and a fully-equipped spa including an Arabian-inspired rasul treatment room that is perfect for couples. There’s also a glorious outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, a champagne bar and two restaurants, all offering incredible panoramic vistas.

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa
The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa | Courtesy of The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa / Expedia

Named after the Romantic poet William, the Wordsworth Hotel is located in Grasmere, a place that he referred to as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found.” And while he wasn’t referring to the hotel itself, he might as well have been; from the luxurious bedrooms to the heated pool and jacuzzi in the conservatory and the unique and delicious Thai-inspired afternoon tea to the gorgeous stone exterior, it ticks all the boxes.

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  • Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
    Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection | Courtesy of Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa / Expedia

    Surrounded by fells and valleys in a historic town in the heart of the lakes, the four-star Ambleside Salutation Hotel has 57 ensuite rooms, an award-winning on-site restaurant offering breakfast and dinner and a state-of-the-art gym and spa. All the rooms are comfortable and well equipped, but the Lakeland Spa rooms are extra special, with a balcony, walk-in steam room, sauna and a private hot tub.

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    Applegarth Villa

    Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Villa
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    Applegarth
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    A modern and opulent five-star adults-only retreat in Windermere, Applegarth Villa is stylish and inspired in every way, from the classic-meets-contemporary decor and furnishings to the onsite restaurant and bar. Go all out with champagne and handmade chocolates on arrival and rose petals on the bed, or treat yourself to a night or two in one of the hot tub suites for the ultimate romantic escape.

    Lakeside Hotel & Spa

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Lakeside Hotel
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    A grandiose 17th-century building on the southern shores of Windermere, Lakeside Hotel & Spa is so much more than its exterior, though it is pretty impressive. Home to the only Aveda Spa in the Lake District, Lakeside also has stunning private suites with gardens and saunas, two on-site restaurants offering a variety of fine-dining options, a conservatory and a jetty on the lake with a private rowing boat that you can hire out for a romantic afternoon — don’t forget the champagne.

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    Grange Boutique Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Grange Boutique
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    Located in Grange-over-Sands, where the Lakes meet the sea, the Grange Boutique Hotel is warm and welcoming, with friendly owners who make you feel right at home and log fires to keep out the cold. Blending Victorian and farmhouse-chic, the rooms are all lovingly decorated, with bespoke wallpaper and extras like big handmade beds, plush carpets and spa baths surrounded by candles. Breakfast is a fully local affair, with freshly baked bread from the town’s bakery and the best meats from the award-winning butcher.

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