Privately owned and managed, the hotel is very much your traditional English hotel of oak panels, heavy fabrics and floral displays, retaining the character of the original 17th century coaching inn, with open fires adding to the warm and welcoming atmosphere.
While the design of the 76 bedrooms is on the old-fashioned side of traditional and could do with an update, many have glorious views of the lake, some with terraces, and after all, there is only one real reason for your visit: The Lakes.
The Lakeside Hotel is an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding terrain with a variety of walking routes, while being on the shores of Lake Windermere offers the chance to take a rowing or motored boat trip along the lakes.
To help with the recovery, The Health & Leisure Spa, which is open only to hotel guests, has a 17m pool, a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi (which could be a few degrees warmer) and a fully equipped gym.
There are several dining options available – the formal Lakeview Restaurant with its nod to fine dining, the more casual John Ruskin’s Brasserie with its chic, contemporary décor and the Conservatory where you can gorge on your afternoon tea and lake side views in equal measure.
The Lakeside Hotel also caters to the business traveller, including the recent addition of the Windermere Suite, which can host up to 100 delegates in a separate building with its own grounds and breakout lounge.
While The Lakes may be the draw for many, The Lakeside Hotel is also conveniently positioned to explore the sublime 17 course tasting menu at the 2 Michelin starred L’Enclume, a short taxi ride away in the pretty village of Cartmel.
Whether your weekends are driven by your desire to explore stunning English countryside or by experiencing a fabulous feast at one of the country’s finest restaurants, The Lakeside Hotel has the location for both.
The Lakeside Hotel has rooms available from £139 per night on a bed and breakfast basis for a minimum two nights’ stay. Alternatively, they are offering four nights for the price of three at £298 per person on a bed and breakfast basis.
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