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With eight beautiful new ‘wow factor’ suites, including cinema rooms, spa rooms, hot tubs, mood lighting and luxurious bathrooms, the Windermere Boutique Hotel is probably the most romantic hotel in the Lakes.

If you are looking for the ultimate in luxurious accommodation in Windermere and you want to spend a romantic weekend with a loved one or a midweek break to celebrate a special occasion, this is the place to be.

Once the home of a wealthy Edwardian gentleman, the Windermere Boutique Hotel combines beautiful, modern suites with many original features and furnishings.

Just a ten minute walk from the lake, the Windermere Boutique Hotel has been totally refurbished with romance in mind. The new suites include: the Je t’adore, the Ti Amo, the Love Snug, the Sweetheart Suite, the Rosa Room, the Honey Suite, the Sugar Suite and the Tivoli Suite.

This is the perfect place to spend some quality time with a loved one whatever the weather is doing outside. Step inside the door to your luxury suite and forget all the stresses and strains of everyday life. Heavenly facilities in a great location keep guests coming back to the Windermere Boutique Hotel.

A wide choice of romantic attractions await in Windermere if you can drag yourself out of your suite. Go boating on Windermere or enjoy a picnic on the lake shore. Walk in the steps of William Wordsworth who was inspired to write some of his most famous poems while living in the Lake District, including ‘Daffodils’.

The Windermere Boutique Hotel enjoys a superb location close to Bowness and Windermere. Bowness offers a wide choice of quirky shops, country inns, cafes and restaurants.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is also worth a visit in Bowness.

If you are celebrating a special occasion or you simply want to tell someone special how much they mean to you, we can arrange for you to have petals scattered on the bed before you arrive or a bottle of champagne in your room on arrival. We will be happy to discuss any special requests when you book your room.

The Windermere Boutique Hotel is a wonderful place to live out your wildest dreams, indulge yourselves in the luxurious surroundings and find a little piece of heaven in the Lake District.
The Love Package includes house champagne, scattered rose petals, a wrapped rose and chocolates in a heart-shaped box.

Strawberries, balloons and flowers can also be arranged prior to arrival.

Whether you want to book a midweek break or a romantic weekend in Windermere, we will do all we can to make sure it is a memorable one for you and your partner.

If you are planning a trip to the Lake District any time this year it is well worth seeking out the best places to go before you travel so that you don’t waste any time when you get there.

Windermere is not only the largest lake in the Lake District it is also the largest in England and has been a major tourist attraction since the railway was built in the mid-19th century.

Bowness-on-Windermere is where most of the attractions are situated including Windermere Lake Cruises. Take a trip to the western shoreline which is much quieter around the wooded Claife Heights and the beautiful grounds of Wray Castle.

Dove Cottage is the former home of poet and author, William Wordsworth. He arrived at the cottage in 1799 and remained for nine years, living with his wife, Dora, his sister, Dorothy and three children. The cottage is full of memorabilia and original manuscripts. You can also view the garden where Wordsworth composed much of his poetry.

Hill Top is the farmhouse in Near Sawrey where famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter created some of her best-known tales. She bought the house in 1905 and left it to the National Trust following her death in 1943 on the provision that it was left as it was and was opened to the public. At Hill Top you can spot many features from the author’s illustrations, including Mrs Tiggywinkle’s kitchen. This attraction can be very busy in summer so if possible visit in low season.

Great Langdale is famous among fellwalkers and is home to some of the most challenging hikes. The Langdale Pikes is a tricky chain of hills on the valley’s northern side. The more challenging Crinkle Crags and Bowfell are also worth exploring.

Keswick was founded on graphite and slate-mining and is situated beside Derwentwater. Explore the lake by cruiser or traditional wooden rowing boats. Keswick is also a great place to shop for outdoor gear.

Borrowdale boasts rich green fields, dry stone walls and traditional cottages which sum up the feel of the Lake District landscape. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity, neighbouring Buttermere is also worth a visit with its twin lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water overlooked by rolling fells and Alfred Wainwright’s favourite mountain, Haystacks, where his ashes were scattered in 1991.

Honister Pass separates two valleys and is home to one of the Lake District’s last working slate mines. Take a 1.5 hour guided tour of the underground shafts of the old Kimberly Mine or an industrial history tour during the high season. Honister is also home to the UK’s first Via Ferrata rock climb. Not for the faint-hearted the Via Ferrata Xtreme route is also worth a try.

Tarn Hows is one of the national park’s most beautiful spots and is actually a man-made creation. A local land owner decided to enhance the view by combining three pools in the mid-19th century. The area is now owned by the National Trust and the lakeshore paths are ideal for relaxing walks from nearby Coniston and Hawkshead.

The name ´Windermere´

The word “Windermere” is thought to translate as “Vinandr’s Lake”, from the Old Norse name, Vinandr and Old English mere, meaning lake. It was known as “Winander Mere” or “Winandermere” until at least the nineteenth century.

Prisoner of War Camp

A prisoner of war camp as sited at Moota near Cockermouth during the Second World War. Around 1,200 Germans were held there and employed on local farms.

Torpenhow

The three elements of the name ‘Torpenhow’ all mean ‘hill’ in different languages – Anglo-Saxon (‘tor’), British/Old Welsh (‘pen’) and Old Norse (‘how’).

Alston Moor

Silver from Alston Moor was used to make silver coins at Carlisle’s Royal Mint, and Alston Moor lead was used in the roofing of Windsor Castle.

The highest town

Alston is the highest market town in England at 1,043 ft (318 m). In winter if the snow conditions are good, there are numerous ski runs to try.

Cross Fell

Cross Fell is the highest point on the Pennine fells at 893 m (2,930 ft). It used to be called Fiend’s Fell because evil spirits were believed to inhabit it. St Augustine, an early Christian missionary, is said to have erected a cross on the summit, held mass and banished the howling demons. The summit was thereafter known as Cross Fell.

Miltonrigg Woods and York Minster

Oak trees from Miltonrigg Woods were used in the rebuilding of York Minster’s roof after the 1984 fire.

Local Slate for the Queen

Slates from Honister grace the roofs of Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Ritz Hotel in London.

Wettest place in England

Seathwaite in Borrowdale is officially the wettest inhabited place in England with a mean annual rainfall of over 3 metres (120 inches). The heaviest annual rainfall ever recorded in the UK was at Sprinkling Tarn in 1954 when over 6½ metres of rain fell over the course of the year.

Dalston Cocks

Dalston’s motto is: ‘Whilst I live, I’ll crow’, a reference to the sport of cock-fighting which was once popular in the village. A wrought iron sculpture of a black and red cockerel sits atop the lamp base on the village green.

Wragmire Oak

The Wragmire Oak was the last tree to survive from the Forest of Inglewood and for 600 years marked the boundary between the parishes of High Hesket and St Mary’s in Carlisle. After 1000 years the tree finally succumbed to old age and fell on 13 June 1823.

Twelve Men

Wreay is famous for its ‘parliament’ of Twelve Men – a self-electing council responsible for the welfare of the villagers, who still meet once a year.

Orienteering

The world’s first permanent orienteering course was laid out at Whinlatter in 1992.

Hawkshead Seed whigs

Hawkshead was well known for two baking specialities: Seed Whigs and Hawkshead Cakes. Seed Whigs are oblong-shaped tea cakes flavoured with caraway seeds. Hawkshead Cakes are pastries filled with currants, sugar and butter.

Lake District farmers markets and quirky local shops have been a major attraction in most towns and villages in Cumbria for many years. The markets offer a wide choice of highly sought after local produce and goods.

The lively farmers markets and colourful street markets take place at least once a month and offer a range of local produce including high quality meats, cheeses, pickles, chutneys, fruit and vegetables.

Popular farmers markets include:

Kendal Market Square on the last Friday of every month, Keswick Moot Hall on the second Thursday of every month, Penrith on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, Pooley Bridge on the last Sunday of every month and Sedburgh on the last Wednesday of every month.

Visitors can also find several local markets in the villages and towns and daily indoor markets. The markets are a great place to explore, find real value for money and try local delicacies.

Weekly markets include:

Monday: Carlisle, Cockermouth, Barrow-in-Furness, Kirkby Stephen

Tuesday: Carlisle, Maryport, Penrith, Settle, Whitehaven

Wednesday: Windermere, Ambleside, Brampton, Carlisle, Kendal

Thursday: Carlisle, Egremont, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ulverston, Whitehaven

Friday: Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Egremont, Maryport

Saturday: Alston, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Kendal, Ulverston, Whitehaven, Workington

The main shops are situated around Kendal and Windermere in the southern area of the lakes. Kendal is home to a wide choice of factory outlet shops, traditional markets and local handicraft shops. Quiet lanes and squares lead off from the market place and this is where you will find the most interesting shops.

Well known for its local food specialities, including Cumberland sausage, gingerbread from Grasmere, Kendal mintcake, Hawkshead relish and sticky toffee pudding from Cartmel, the Lake District is a foodie’s paradise.

Markets have always been an integral part of the Lake District, dating back to when the main industry was agriculture. Stall holders would come from miles around to trade their wares or buy essentials.

The Appleby Horse Fair is held each year and is where Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers come to trade their horses. The fair has become an attraction in its own right. The Fair will be held from June 4-10 in 2015.

Wherever you decide to stay in the Lake District you close to a wide choice of markets and shops where you can buy everything from hand-made leather goods to biscuits, cakes and Cumbrian specialities.

If you are planning to visit the Lake District, and you want to sample typical Cumbrian beers, take a trip to one of the many microbreweries in the region.

Microbreweries have flourished in the Lake District over the past few years, and with a combination of stunning surroundings, high quality ingredients and soft Cumbrian water, the ales produced here are always special.

Dent Brewery the Lake District

Dent Brewery, in Hollins, Cowgill, Dent, originally brewed beer for local residents, but such was the demand from further afield, that they now produce quality beer for all regions of England.

Situated in Dentdale, this is one of the most remote breweries in the country, and many visitors who have sampled the ales produced here, have persuaded their local landlords and/or shops to stock the ale as a guest beer.

Dent Brewery was completely renovated in 2005, and three fermenters are now at 10 barrel capacity. The water used for brewing comes from a spring on the fellside, malts come from Muntons of Stowmarket and hops come from Charles Farm. Best-selling beers from Dent are Aviator, Dent Bitter and Kamikaze. Seven ales are brewed regularly, while others appear on guest beer lists, usually selling out before the ale has been brewed. Visitors come to sample Dent ales from all over the world, including the USA and Japan.

Dent Brewery bought the George and Dragon pub in Dent village in 2006, which offers the full range of Dent beers, plus continually changing guest beers from all over the UK.

Jennings Brewery

One of the most famous breweries in the Lake District is Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, which was originally established as a family concern back in 1828 in Lorton. The company moved to Cockermouth in 1874, and is situated in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle.

Jennings is a traditional brewer in many ways, and uses pure Lake District water drawn from the brewery´s own well, the best local natural ingredients and plenty of know-how when it comes to brewing. On completion of the tour of Jennings Brewery, guests can sample some of Jennings´ superb Lakeland ales in the brewery´s own bar, the old Cooperage. The gift shop sells Jennings´ ales, port, leisurewear and gifts.

Barngates Brewery at the Drunken Duck

Barngates Brewery is situated at the Drunken Duck Pub at Ambleside, Cumbria. Beer was first brewed here in 1997 in a single barrel in the cellars of the inn. The first beer brewed was called ´Cracker Ale´, and with modest facilities, the brewery began to produce four barrels a week.

Cracker Ale became more popular as time went by, and it started to get interest from nearby inns and pubs in the Lake District. Barngates Brewery was founded in 1999, and a five-barrel plant was built. A new ten barrel plant was built in 2008, and the brewery can now produce up to 30 barrels a week.

Ales include: Cat Nap, Cracker Ale, Pride of Westmorland, Westmorland Gold, Tag Lag, Red Bull Terrier and Chesters Strong and Ugly.

Heston Newmarket Brewery

Situated at Heston Newmarket, Old Crown Barn, Cumbria, the Heston Newmarket Brewery was set up in 1988 by the owners of the Crown Pub in the village. The beers were originally brewed exclusively for the Crown in a converted barn, and the pub became a magnet for real ale fans from all over the Lake District.

As the brewery´s reputation soared, many other pubs in the region started to stock the ales, and such was demand that the owners decided to sell the Old Crown and put all their efforts into the brewery. The range of beers brewed at Heston Newmarket is now one of the largest ranges in the country. A group of local enthusiasts formed the Heston Newmarket Brewery Cooperative in 1999 to ensure the survival of the brewery after the former owners retired.

Tours of the brewery are available for just £10 per person, and include sampling the ale and a pub lunch at the nearby Crown.

Yates Brewery

Situated at Ghyll Farm, Westnewton, Wigton, Yates Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in Cumbria, and it was first established in 1986.

Many of the original outlets which stocked Yates Beer over 20 years ago, still do so today, and the beers have many loyal fans. Yates Brewery has won many awards for the high standard of ales it produces, and brewery tours are arranged on a regular basis.

Wherever you are staying in the Lake District, you won´t be far from a microbrewery, and if you want to experience the true taste of Cumbria, you will be spoilt for choice when working out an itinerary.

The Lake District is home to some of the most historic houses and gardens in England, all of which are privately owned. Every house has its own unique features, and many have award-winning gardens, hosting live events and festivals throughout the year.

All of the houses listed also have quaint tearooms or cafés selling delicious home-made food and Cumbrian specialities.

Blackwell, the Arts and Craft House, Bowness-on-Windermere

Blackwell is one of the most iconic houses in the Lakes, and many of the details you can see today remain unchanged from 100 years ago when the Holt family first viewed the house. Enjoy stunning views over Windermere from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. The house was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery. Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm, and the whole house is open with no roped off areas. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer an incredible terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and marvel at the stunning views.

Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel

A visit to Holker Hall is like stepping back in time to the days of a gentler Lake District when tourists were a rarity and the hustle and bustle of modern day living had not yet reached the Cumbrian borders. Holker is the home of the Cavendish family, and visitors can enjoy the incredible library with over 3,000 books, and explore the stunning gardens, where the world famous Holker Lime is situated. It is also worth tasting the delicious local products which come from the 17,000 estate surrounding Holker Hall, including the lamb, sheep´s milk cheeses and some tasty foods served in the café. This is a great place for a family day out.

Levens Hall and Gardens, Levens, Kendal

Levens Hall is world famous for its beautiful Topiary Gardens, which date back to 1694. The gardens change with the seasons, and colourful displays of flora and fauna make these some of the most visited gardens in England. The house itself boasts fine oak panelling from the Elizabethan era, and is also said to be haunted. The Bellingham Buttery serves a range of delicious home-made lunches and teas.

Muncaster Castle, Gardens and World Owl Centre, Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle, Gardens and World Owl Centre is undoubtedly one of the best attractions in the Lake District. The large gardens boast stunning views and are famous for their colourful rhododendrons, which are at their best from March to June. Muncaster has 77 acres of gardens with miles of winding pathways through woods and also the 12th century Church of St Michael and All Angels within the grounds. The supposedly ´haunted´ castle and The World Owl Centre is home to over 50 species of owls, and a display takes place daily. The interactive computer suite and the Vole Maze are also open daily and the grounds include a café, a gift shop and a Plant Centre.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit the Lake District you will find plenty of attractions, stately homes and gardens with easy reach of Windermere.

Hot tub hotels in Windermere provide perfect accommodation for romantic weekends and special occasions in the Lake District.

Hot tubs rooms and suites are the perfect places to stay for visitors who want to spend a romantic holiday in Windermere, a honeymoon, a wedding or celebrate a special occasion in style. More hot tub and spa hotels are booked in Windermere and Bowness than in any other part of the Lake District, and the local scenery and attractions keep visitors coming back for more.

Imagine chilling out in a hot tub room at your hotel in Windermere after spending a day outdoors exploring the lake. Windermere is the largest lake in England, at 10.5 miles in length, and is officially a ´mere´.

Windermere offers a host of attractions and things to see and do around its shores and whatever time of year you decide to visit a spa hotel or hot tub hotel, you will find plenty of attractions nearby. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip across the lake, sailing, rowing boat hire and a wide choice of annual events around Windermere, including the Great North Swim, due to be held from June 12-14, 2015.

Spa hotel guests who can drag themselves away from their luxurious hot tub suites, can enjoy farmers markets, local fairs, sporting activities such as horse riding, hiking and walking, plus a choice of outdoor activities, including boat trips, walking, hiking, and the best choice of restaurants and pubs in the Lake District.

Hotel rooms with hot tubs in Bowness allow visitors to spend a day outdoors, exploring the fells and countryside of Windermere, followed by a relaxing soak in their own hot tub, or spa bath, or jacuzzi bath for two.

Hot tub hotels in the Lake District offer a range of great facilities, including personal hot tubs, jacuzzi baths, luxurious bathrooms, top of the range toiletries and sumptuous king sized beds. The advantage of booking a hotel with jacuzzi baths and hot tubs in Windermere is that you don´t have to move far from your hotel if you are planning a romantic weekend or midweek break, and you can enjoy all the hotel´s facilities. Hot tub hotels in Bowness are perfectly located so that guests can enjoy local shops, bars and restaurants without having to travel far.

Windermere is a wonderful place to relax and watch the world go by. Whether visitors want to throw themselves into a range of adventure sports and outdoor activities or relax in their hot tub, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in England, they will not be disappointed if they book a hot tub hotel.

Some of the most popular Lake District attractions include: The Beatrix Potter Attraction, the Lakes Aquarium and Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House. Dove Cottage is situated nearby in Grasmere, which was once the home of famous local poet, William Wordworth. Boat trips can be booked from Bowness Bay, where visitors can hop on and off at places of interest.

The weather may be unpredictable in Windermere, but a warm welcome is always guaranteed. Whatever time of year you decide to visit, book a spa hotel or a hot tub hotel and make the most of your time in the Lakes.

World famous for its stunning landscapes, rugged fells and beautiful lakes, it is little wonder the Lake District, Cumbria inspired some of England’s most famous poets to write some of their best works.

William Wordsworth, the Lake District´s best known son, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge penned some of their most famous works while living in the Lakes at the end of the 18th Century.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge had already written ´The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner´ and ´Kubla Khan´ by the time he was persuaded by Wordsworth to move to the Lake District.

Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in 1770 and was educated at Hawkshead Grammar School, along with brother. The school is still open to the public, and the poet´s initials can be seen carved on his original desk. Wordsworth went on to complete his education at Cambridge University, before travelling widely with Coleridge who became a great friend of the poet.

Both poets decided to return to the Lake District to live, and found great inspiration from the countryside, and the landscapes to write some of their most famous poems.

Wordsworth was much more political than many people realised, and he had firm ideas about the conservation of the Lake District and of the damage a direct rail link to Windermere may bring to his beloved home. He feared that mass tourism would change the Lakes forever and his romantic poetry was an answer to the industrial revolution.

He campaigned to keep the railways from destroying the region, and much of his poetry reflected his love for the Lakes. His best known poem is ´Daffodils´ – often referred to as ´I wandered Lonely as a Cloud´ which he was inspired to write while out walking with his sister, Dorothy in Ullswater.

Wordsworth turned down the position of Poet Laureate several times as he did not want to write to order, but eventually accepted the post when he was in his seventies. The poet stuck to his principles however, and never wrote a piece of official poetry. Wordsworth died in 1850, aged 80.

Coleridge´s life went from bad to worse in the Lake District after his marriage failed and he turned to opium. He left the area in 1803 and never fully recovered. He had co-written ´Lyrical Ballads´ during his time in the Lakes, but Coleridge suffered from mental health problems later in life associated with his opium use.

Robert Southey was the brother-in-law of Coleridge and a well-known poet in his own right. He was Poet Laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843 when Wordsworth took the post. Southey was very close to Coleridge´s children, and he wrote the children´s story, ´The Three Bears´ for them.

Wordsworth´s house, Dove Cottage is still open to the public in Grasmere, and is now a museum, which celebrates the lives of the Lakeland poets. Visitors can see manuscripts by Matthew Arnold and Thomas de Quincey who later lived in the cottage. Quincey was famous for his ´Confessions of an English Opium Eater´ which is ironic, as he later succumbed to this addiction.

The inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter´s tales, Hill Top Farm is the 17th Century farmhouse where the author bought in 1905. It was initially used as a holiday home and later a permanent residence. Many of her ´treasures´ are still on display, and Hill Top Farm was the model for Samuel Whiskers illustrations and many others included in her books.

If you are planning to explore the Lake District and walk in the footsteps of the region´s former famous poets and writers, check out the incredible choice of romantic cottages and spa hotels in Windermere.

Eight fabulous new suites have been unveiled at the Windermere Boutique Hotel, offering everything from luxury bathrooms and hot tubs to cinema rooms and separate spa rooms.

Every room has been designed individually to offer unique amenities and ‘out-of-this-world’ facilities you won’t find at other hotels in Windermere. Separate spa bathrooms feature in most rooms, and cinema rooms with armchairs and foot rests, state of the art equipment in the Ti Amo Suite and Rosa Room.

The spa rooms feature heated, ceramic relaxation chairs, whirlpool baths and much more.

If you are looking for somewhere romantic to spend a weekend or book a midweek break, the Windermere Boutique Hotel is the perfect place. Within walking distance of the lake and close to shops, pubs and restaurants, the hotel enjoys a wonderful location and offers stunning accommodation.

The new rooms include: The Sweetheart Suite & Hot Tub, the Je T´Adore Suite & Hot Tub, The Premier Penthouse Suite, The Rosa Room with Cinema Room & Hot Tub, The Honey Suite & Hot Tub, The Ti Amo Suite with Cinema Room & Hot Tub, the Sugar Suite & Hot Tub and the Tivoli Suite & Hot Tub.

Imagine a day spent walking the Lake District fells, sailing across Windermere or climbing up Hellvelyn followed by a relaxing soak in your very own hot tub.

The Windermere Boutique Hotel combines luxury accommodation with one of the best locations in the Lakes, and is within easy walking distance of England’s largest lake.

The local landscapes around Windermere inspired famous local resident and poet, William Wordsworth to pen some of his most well-known works and great historical attraction nearby include his former home, Dove Cottage at Grasmere.

There is so much to see and do around Windermere, that Bowness is a perfect base if you want to explore the Lake District.

Hotel guests can stroll through the village of Bowness, with its wide variety of quality shops, wine bars, traditional country inns and a cinema, or book a boat trip on nearby Lake Windermere.

Close to world famous Lake District attractions, including the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre and Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House, which overlooks Windermere, the hotel is within easy reach of many major attractions.

The Windermere Boutique Hotel attracts celebrity guests from all over England, and a host of visitors from Europe and Japan who come to enjoy the luxury spa suites that have made this hotel so popular.

Now that March is upon us, the daffodils are blooming and lambing season is just around the corner, spring breaks in Windermere are proving more popular than ever.

With a vast choice of attractions, including award-winning restaurants, pubs, spa hotels, museums and stately homes, Windermere is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the UK.

Over 16 million visitors flock to the Lake District each year, many for day trips or long weekends. From hiking and walking to adventure sports and boating, Windermere caters for all ages.

Spring is a great time to visit Windermere if you want to avoid the crowds, and a few days away before the school holidays will help you recharge your batteries.

Windermere and Bowness are home to a great choice of accommodation including spa hotels, boutique hotels, luxury hotels and romantic hotels near the lakeside.

Imagine a long day out on the fells, followed by a night in a luxury hotel with hot tub rooms and whirlpool baths!

A popular attraction is the Windermere Cruises which depart from Bowness Bay on a daily basis. Take your time to explore the lake at your own leisure and hop on and off at places of interest.

Windermere is also home to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre which offers stunning gardens, walking trails and much more in one of the most beautiful parts of the lakes.

Visitors who want to explore more of the lakes while staying in Windermere, should book a Mountain Goat Tour, which can be booked on a half-day or full day basis and includes some of the most spectacular views and natural attractions in England.

Orrest Head is a short but fairly steep walk is one of the most popular in Windermere. The 20 minute trek is definitely worth it for the stunning views over Windermere from the top. If you are lucky enough to be in Windermere on a sunny day, enjoy the sun set view from Orrest Head over the lake.

If you enjoy real ale and real food, the Watermill Inn and Brewing Company is a great place to visit. Situated in the village of Ings just 2 miles east of Windermere, the inn boasts an award-winning brewery on the premises and brews a range of excellent beers.

The oak-beamed bars with log fires are both child and dog-friendly, and the brewery´s Collie Wobbles Ale won Gold at the 2013 Cumbria Micro Brewery Challenge. There is a viewing window into the brewery and beer cellar and the pub is open all year round except Christmas Day.

If you are looking for somewhere essentially ‘English’ for a spring break, the Lake District offers stunning scenery, a wide choice of things to see and do and amazing hot tub hotels in Windermere.

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