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Fly to The Lake District – the best places to stay

You can now fly to The Lakes! From 4th July Carlisle Lake District Airport, just a stone’s throw from the UNESCO World Heritage site, will be running flights to and from Southend, Belfast, and Dublin. If there wasn’t already an excuse to go to one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, a short and sweet direct flight really is the perfect reason. Great for both a couple’s weekend trip away or a week long family holiday, The Lakes is full of stunning scenery, beautiful walks and fabulous places to stay. Here are some of the best places to stay when visiting Cumbria.

Luxury lazing at The Samling 

Overlooking Windermere and placed just a stone’s throw away from the idyllic town of Ambleside, The Samling is the perfect place for those  that fancy a touch of luxury. 

With panoramic views of The Lake District National Park and 67 acres of grounds guests can wander the grounds to their heart’s content whilst taking in the beautiful expanses of picturesque fells. 

The Samling allows guests to enjoy a sense of discrete luxury with 12 contemporary suites, exceptional fine dining with a range of menus created by Executive Head Chef Robby Jenks, one of the world’s best wine lists and an outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake. The Samling’s core value is attentive yet genuine and unobtrusive service, with the ability to cater for all guests’ needs. Be it wakeboarding lessons on Windermere, helicopter tours for a unique view of the landscape or a cocktail masterclass after a day of strolling through The Lakes, The Samling have a range of experts on hand to assist, making each and every stay utterly tailored and unique.

B&B prices start from £230 per night. To find out more, please visit www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk

Hike the hills and relax in the spa Brimstone Hotel

For those looking to switch off and get out in the elements Brimstone Hotel in the glorious Lake District is the place.

Situated in the heart of the Langdale Valley within the Lake District National Park, each of the 16 luxury suites and rooms has sublime interior design, with private balconies and exquisite in-room dining. For those needing some R&R, Brimstone’s spa offers the perfect sanctuary. With a relaxation pool, seven thermal experiences, a range of luxurious treatments, plenty of chill-out areas and a private area available to book. For those fancying more of an outdoor adventure The Lake District is right on their doorstep. Brimstone Hotel provides everything from routes and maps to specialist Arc’teryx mountaineering gear for those that wish to brave the fell tops of the Langdale Valley. After a day of exploring, guests can head back to the cosy Reading Room to put their feet up and enjoy a complimentary feast of fresh pastries, cakes, sandwiches, and other afternoon tea goodies.

Rooms at Brimstone cost from £350 per night including breakfast in bed, Brimstone Spa access, Reading Room treats and outdoor kit hire. To find out more visit www.brimstonehotel.co.uk 

Cosy on up at Grasmere ‘bistro with beds’, The Yan

The Yan at Broadrayne is a contemporary bistro with beds overlooking the Central Fells – a stunning viewpoint where guests can spot Herdwick sheep, incredible wildlife and water springs. The 17th Century former farm has seven family-friendly plush en-suite bedrooms, a rustic bistro and an open-plan lounge area, perfect for an evening of board games after a long day exploring The Lakes. Family-run, The Yan epitomises Cumbrian hospitality, offering guests a wholesome welcome, hearty food and stylish interiors. Close to Grasmere, The Yan is the ideal base for individual travellers, couples, and even families who want to experience the fresh Lake District air – from walks, to wildlife, William Wordsworth to wandering. 

Prices at The Yan start at £90 B&B rate per night. For more information please visit www.theyan.co.uk 

Outdoor family adventures at Beach House Holidays 

Beech House Holidays is a Cumbrian self-catering gem complete with everything a family may need for a staycation. Close to both Hadrian’s wall and the Lake District National Park, the beautifully converted 18th Century barn provides luxury self-catered accommodation for up to eight people, with an exceptionally stylish interior, beautiful fittings, huge bath-tubs and sumptuous beds. Tucked away in 20 acres of secluded private Cumbrian countryside, the beautiful surroundings provide the perfect playground for children to run around and explore. With farm animals such as lambs and horses, beautiful gardens and a whole host of walks from the barn, Beech House Holidays makes for the ultimate family getaway. ‘Simple suppers’ can also be requested which includes a delicious home-cooked meal with two bottles of wine and a fabulous cheeseboard – perfect for a stress-free stay the family will love.

Prices at Beech House Holidays start from £350 a night, with a two-night minimum stay for up to eight guests with an exclusive-use basis. For further information visit www.beechhouseholidays.co.uk/threshing-barn

Pub lunches and family film nights at the Hare & Hounds 

Much loved inn, The Hare & Hounds in the south Lake District is an ideal spot for a family where quality time, good food and great surroundings can all experienced. The pub’s spacious self-catered Barn Annexe is thoughtfully decorated, with one king size bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge designed for children. High ceilings and light-filled rooms give the annexe open plan feel with windows looking out onto stunning views of the Lyth Valley and Whitbarrow Scar.

Parents staying at the Barn Annexe will be enticed in to the lovely village pub for its delicious menu, tasty kids options and welcoming atmosphere. The pub staff will even deliver its homemade pizzas to the annexe door for a cosy family movie night in. 

The village of Levens and the surrounding countryside has plenty of walks for all the family and for those looking to go further afield, the pub is minutes from the historic market town of Kendal and less than half an hour from the popular Lake District destinations Windermere and Ambleside. It’s also in easy driving distance of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and north Lancashire. Prices start from £130 (bed and breakfast). For further information please visit www.hareandhoundslevens.co.uk

An oasis of calm and tranquility at Ullswater Heights

Ullswater Heights is a stunning luxury holiday park in the quaint village of Newbiggin. Right on the doorstep of The Lakes the park creates its own haven of peace and quiet. Ullswater Heights encircles a beautiful eight-acre lake and is set amongst 70 acres of land and designed gardens that complement the surrounding countryside. The resort sets a whole new standard for high-end holiday accommodation, offering gorgeous holiday lodges including spa getaway lodges with private courtyards, Jacuzzis spas and saunas as well as Safari-style, centrally heated glamping tents also with Jacuzzis.

The resort is a dream getaway for couples, families with children and especially people travelling with dogs and even has an on-site restaurant called the Lake House Bar and Restaurant where guests can enjoy a mouth-watering menu of home-made classics with locally-sourced Lakeland produce and ingredients. 

For those wishing to roam further afield, both the Eden Valley and The Lake District is right on the doorstep and Ullswater a stone’s throw away where guests can enjoy scenic walks and Ullswater Steamers steamboat tours.  

Holiday lodge rentals start from £464 per week. For more details please visit https://leisureresorts.co.uk/parks/ullswater-heights-holidays/ 

If there wasn’t already an excuse to go to one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, a short and sweet direct flight really is the perfect reason.

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