Take a break in the most picturesque part of the UK
HOTEL REVIEW: Laura Ashley, The Belsfield, Lake District
What: Lake fronted luxury hotel in the UK’s most picturesque landscape
Why you’ll love it: Location is everything when it comes to a memorable weekend away and this hotel ticks all the right boxes and then some. An icon in the Lake District region, set atop a hillside in the town of Windermere, looking directly onto the shores of England’s largest lake, it was recently bought and refurbished by Laura Ashley Hotels. Every aspect of the décor is beautiful and that, teamed with the friendly atmosphere and exquisite dining, makes staying here a real pleasure.
Views of the lake and the Cumbrian Hills can be enjoyed throughout the hotel. There are two four-poster bedrooms which offer 180-degree views of the lake. Directly infront of the hotel is Bowness-on-Windermere pier where boats leave regularly and it’s compulsory that you take to the waters. Whether you choose to explore the Lake District National Park, want to enjoy the nearby adventure parks or simply want to go for a long river stroll, boats will drop you off at the most scenic sights from which to continue your visit.
Back at the hotel, make sure you’re hungry. Afternoon tea, and a full bistro menu are served throughout the day. Made with fresh, local Cumbrian produce, the menu is diverse and delicious. For dinner, book into the Belsfield Restaurant, an elaborate dining room where guests are treated to a six course feast demonstrating the head chef’s flair for fine dining and creative cuisine.
From the bird print wallpaper to the power showers and comfy cotton bedding, there are lots of aspects of the hotel you’ll want to take home and thankfully, there are plenty of Laura Ashley homeware catalogues to flick through to get inspiration for your own home. Don’t forget to take a dip in the heated swimming pool, sit back and relax in the lavish drawing rooms, or savour a drink outside. Perfectly positioned to watch the sun go down on a warm summer’s evening, you’ll feel like you’re in the Italian Riviera.
Book your stay
Located in the heart of the South Lakes, of The Lake District, The Belsfield is a short distance from Windermere railway station. The hotel also has ample car parking and fully equipped function rooms to hold private parties and weddings. Double rooms including breakfast start at £150 per night.