In terms of being nearly irresponsibly handsome, The Lake District has easy-on-the-eye right down to a tremendous artwork. Bursting with bucolic mountain tarns and rugged windswept fells, these picture-perfect lands – a set of blustery Cumbrian counties bordered by the Pennines and the Irish sea – offered inspiration for Romantic poets and youngsters’s authors alike.

Nonetheless as charming as ever, this Unesco heritage website can also be residence to among the most splendid boutique lodges within the UK. Right here’s our choose of one of the best.

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Elegant grasp bedrooms at The Forest Facet (The Forest Facet, Grasmere)

Harried city-dwellers will discover the right spot to loosen up in The Forest Facet, a superbly renovated Gothic pile (now a restaurant with rooms) that dates again to 1853. Set on the outskirts of Grasmere, it gives prime entry to the north and central lakes – Windermere is a fairly 25-minute drive away – and Wordsworth’s Dove cottage is reachable on foot.

Rooms are high-ceilinged with trendy touches (like pea-green succulents and beech wooden furnishings) whereas the remainder of the place shimmers with burnished silver, velvet sofas and smooth shades of gray. The restaurant serves up Michelin-starred fare (there’s additionally an expansive kitchen backyard, a charcuterie and the chef has a predilection for on-site pickling) and the encircling grounds are speckled with roe deer and uncommon purple squirrels.

From £229 per nighttheforestside.com     

Really feel at residence in certainly one of Brownber’s eight visitor rooms (Brownber Corridor)

Need to escape the hordes of Wellington-wearing vacationers that clamber throughout Lakeland’s most well-known mountains? Head barely additional afield and settle into the classic furnishings at Brownber Corridor. Its location within the beautiful higher Lune Valley, with views throughout Howgill fells, put it inside prime putting distance of the Lake District, with out the trouble of the crowds.

The homely however hip really feel extends from the communal areas to the visitor home’s eight rooms, with eclectic design touches and a home-away-from-home vibe. That is prime strolling territory, and the trail under the home runs by Smardale Nature Reserve, and there’s horse-riding, wild swimming and star-gazing in your doorstep, too.

From £90 per nightbrownberhall.co.uk    

One other Place, The Lake, Ullswater

Cosy up in a four-poster mattress when you take pleasure in views over Ullswater within the Joules Suite at One other Place (One other Place Lake District)

Views of Ullswater’s sail-flecked floor might be soaked up from nearly all 40 rooms on the preposterously fairly One other Place, The Lake. You’ll see it from the infinity pool on the Swim Membership spa too, which is solely encased in glass (there’s additionally a scorching tub on the terrace for steamy evenings beneath the celebs). Right here, Georgian grandeur meets modern cool, and rooms are splashed with pops of daffodil-yellow, blush pink and teal.

The brand new Joules suite is especially fairly, with a comfortable four-poster and homely design touches from the unmistakably British model. Down on the lake you’ll discover operating trails, kayaks for rent and open water swimming for the courageous. Then heat up on the Rampsbeck restaurant with regional produce from salt-baked turnip to local-reared pork.

From £180 per nightanother.place  

Beautiful views from the Linthwaite Home conservatory (Linthwaite Home)

Enclaved by fairly polished gardens and with views of Victorian steamers gliding throughout the lake, Linthwaite Home is a satisfying mix of previous and new. Exterior its home windows, rugged fells rise like giants; inside, modern interiors – like shellback chairs upholstered in inexperienced velvet and leopard print – gleam like treasure.

The 30 bedrooms have every been designed by Beverley Boswell, the lady behind the interiors of South African sister properties Leeu Estates, Leeu Home and Le Quartier Français within the Cape Winelands. Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan will take over the restaurant right here in October 2019, opening Henrock, with small sharing plates together with uncooked aged beef, elderberry and shiso; halibut baked in cabbage leaf, bay shrimp and pink pepper; and fried apple pie, miso butterscotch and cassia clotted cream.

From £200 per night time linthwaitehouse.com

Brimstone, Ambleside   

Waterfall pool on the Brimstone Spa (Brimstone Resort)

Tucked into the timber, Brimstone gives next-level service to its well-heeled visitors. Step by the doorways of this stylish, chalet-style retreat and also you’d be forgiven for considering you’d wafted into an upmarket alpine ski retreat – all slick slate, polished wooden and gleaming glass. However delve additional and also you’ll discover sculptural velvet, moss-green upholstery and soothing espresso–toned leather-based. There’s no chintz right here, and the employees are simply as sensible, serving to to equipment visitors out with moist climate gear and offering all-important recommendation on strolling routes. After a day on the paths, return to the soothing surrounds of the swanky spa for mineral steam baths, scorching stone massages and twin therapies within the just-for-two couple’s spa.

From £370 per night time; brimstonehotel.co.uk    

Spa lodges on the Gilpin (Gilpin Resort)

Looking for whole privateness? Test into one of many stylish standalone spa lodges at Gilpin for a really luxurious retreat from all of it (on this case, luxurious comes within the form of your individual en-suite spa with rainmaker showers, steam rooms, hydrotherapy scorching tubs and saunas).

Higher but, head a mile down the street to the six-bedroomed Lake Home. Wrapped in 100 personal acres, this renovated fishing lodge comes with cedarwood scorching tubs, floor-to-ceiling views throughout the lake and its personal military of employees. Again on the major home, the Edwardian constructing homes a mish-mash of uniquely-shaped rooms, all decked out in trendy country-house type. Out the home windows you’ll spot alpacas grazing within the gardens and on the centre of the home you’ll discover the Michelin-starred HRiSHi, which serves up trendy British dishes with a twist, similar to Norfolk Quail 3 ways and peanut butter semifreddo with scorching fudge and banana ice cream.

From £245 per nightthegilpin.co.uk. 

Stunning views from rooms at The Samling

The Samling is so stylishly low-key, even the deer that preserve the grass trimmed are nearly absurdly relaxed. Extra of a townhouse than a county pile, you’ll discover art work by Matisse, Picasso and Chagalle on the partitions, and décor is a classy mixture of dove gray, smooth silver and powder blue textiles. Set in 67 acres, the gabled Georgian home is surrounded by kestrel-filled grounds and woodlands dripping in gold lichen, and the japanese shores of Lake Windermere are so shut you’ll hear them lapping as you sit back within the outside scorching tub.

Ask at reception for strolling guides or, if the climate’s not in your facet, guide a wine-tasting session utilizing the Coravin system within the sensible cellar (their checklist is rated as one of many high 500 on this planet). The lodge’s refreshingly dog-friendly too (though it should set you again £25 per furry good friend) and the grounds are perfect for lengthy, head-clearing walks.

From £230 per night time thesamlinghotel.co.uk

L’Enclume, Cartmel

Rustic vibes at L’Enclume’s restaurant

This can be a splendidly higgledy-piggledy form of place, truly a restaurant with a smattering of cottage rooms dotted across the village of Cartmel. Lodging is sensible however unfussy, making means for the actual draw: the meals. Overseen by Simon Rogan, the two-Michelin starred L’Enclume is a former wheel-makers and smithy. The tasting menu calls on elements from the 12-acre kitchen backyard to provide dishes similar to Goosnargh duck with cherries and smoked beetroot, and butter poached turbot with courgettes and nasturtium. There’s additionally a chef’s desk and growth kitchen the place you may get a glimpse of the magic that occurs behind the scenes. 

From £175 per night time lenclume.co.uk.     

Lush exteriors at Armaithwaite Corridor (Armaithwaite Corridor)

With views stretching throughout to Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw and the spellbinding Lakeland Fells, Armathwaite – which has stood on its website in a single kind or one other because the 11th century – has all the trimmings of a historic nation home. Set in 400 acres of personal woodland, the lodge’s interiors, notably in the primary corridor, are unique and grand: sweeping staircases, open fireplace locations, basic wooden paneling and oil work steeped in historical past. Rooms themselves are neat and unfussy.

There’s an award-winning spa and seasonal restaurant dishing up tasty lamb rump dishes and milk ice cream with bee pollen, but it surely the expertise programme right here that’s most spectacular, with every thing from archery and clay pigeon capturing, to images workshops and through ferrata excursions on provide for visitors.

From £170 per nightarmathwaite-hall.com

An aerial view of Storrs Corridor (Storrs Corridor)

Storrs Corridor has tales to inform. In-built 1790, in its heyday it welcomed the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter for glamorous social events (the previous recited his well-known Daffodils within the drawing room). At this time, it stands resplendent on the shores of Lake Windermere, with unique structure and huge lattice-framed home windows peering out like big eyes. Interiors are relaxed and becoming for a rustic home, with fairly stained glass and cosy nooks full of mannequin boats and busts of well-known creatives.

Lodging ranges from cosy rooms and self-catered lodges, to a sleek transformed boathouse proper on the water, with a steam room, fireplace pit and scorching tub (4 junior suites additionally include twin side views of the water and surrounding countryside).

From £180 per nightstorrshall.com