Fun activities and luxurious retreats in the Lake District

Famous for some of the most stunning scenery in the world, with mountains, forests and lakes, The Lake District is one of Crisp White Sheets’ favourite places to stay.  There is so much to see and do during your stay, from watersports and hill walking to museums and historical buildings, as well as world famous attractions such as Beatrix Potter’s house.  Crisp White Sheets has selected the finest accommodation in the Lake District to make the most of your stay.  Indulge in Michelin starred dining, blissful private hot tubs, exquisite spas and of course, glorious views.


 What to do in the Lake District

With a vast number of breathtaking mountains made popular by Wainwright’s well known walking guides, the area is home to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.  This unique landscape is ideal for walkers of all abilities, whether you prefer a stroll alongside one of the many picturesque lakes, a hike through a dense forest or challenging mountain climb. You can enjoy a range of watersports such as sailing and kayaking, as well as leisurely boat trips on the many waters,  including Lake Windermere, England’s longest lake.

Well known visitor attractions such as Beatrix Potter’s house and William Wordsworth’s cottage remain ever popular with visitors of all ages, and there are plenty of quaint villages, such as Grasmere, filled with traditional tea rooms and gift shops.  Discover historical buildings, old country houses and gardens such as Holker House or Levens Hall, as well as castles like Wray Castle or Lowther Castle.  Open farms and animal parks will delight younger visitors, and adventure areas such as Go Ape in Grizedale Forest are superb for children and adults seeking exhilaration.


Where to stay

Nestled in the lush countryside on the outskirts of Windermere, the Gilpin Hotel is a lavish Georgian country house, with a blend of traditional and contemporary styles.  It boasts suites with private hot tubs amongst 22 acres of gardens with a croquet lawn and a llama paddock.  Indulge yourself with in room spa treatments and fine dining in a choice of four sophisticated dining rooms.

Gilpin Lake House is the sister property of Gilpin Hotel, tucked away in the hotel grounds and simply perfect for couples seeking seclusion.  With an exquisite spa with pool and a cedar wood hot tub overlooking private lake and woodlands, this chic retreat makes the ideal romantic getaway.  Relax as a private chauffeur escorts you to your fine dining experience at the Gilpin Hotel, where you can enjoy the finest of local produce and West Coast seafood, accompanied by more than 200 wines from 13 different countries.

Enjoying an elevated position overlooking Lake Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll is a striking look building with an equally impressive interior.  Sumptuously appointed bedrooms, suites and even cottages are complemented by the Michelin starred dining and exquisite spa facilities.  Boasting the Visit England Awards for Excellence Silver winner’s award for 2013, four AA Red stars and 3 AA Rosettes for food, Holbeck Ghyll is not to be missed.  Relax in the splendour of the oak panelled dining room with views of the lake and enjoy the award winning wine cellar, champagnes, collection of 50 whiskies, plus a choice of vintage ports.

The Windermere Suites is a highly luxurious and contemporary boutique gem in the heart of Windermere.  Eight luxury suites offer highly sophisticated luscious comfort with funky interior design, funky bathrooms and glamorous beds.  Rose petals scattered on the bed, chocolates and champagne or exclusive romantic parcels – all the tiny details that make a romantic escape so special are all provided at The Windermere Suites.

Recently visited by the Queen, Miller Howe enjoys a unique setting next to Lake Windermere with staggering views of the Langdale Valley.  Set within 5 acres of picturesque gardens, this family owned arts and crafts hotel boast individually styled rooms full of historic character.  Expect stylish pieces of furniture and art, sumptuous rooms with balconies and lake views and fine dining worthy of royalty.

The Langdale Hotel is a distinctive 4 star, contemporary luxury hotel with a mature woodland setting in the beautiful Langdale Valley.  Luxury rooms and suites are highly stylised and sumptuous, designed to reflect the beauty of the landscape.  Set on the banks of the Great Langdale Beck, the site offers an impressive spa and choice of restaurants and bars.

Short listed for Design Hotel of the Year, the newly opened Brimstone is part of the Langdale complex.  Unrivalled glamour and luxury put this contemporary boutique hotel in a league of its own.  Indulge in the personal host service and a first in the Lake District – a sumptuous reading room with complimentary drinks and delicious homemade snacks.

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