Divine spa break in Cumbria

by Jackie Kavau
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Set on the shores of Lake Windermere, the Lakeside has been welcoming guests for more than a century. Its prime location – just a few steps from Lakeside Quay and the steam railway – makes it ideal for exploring everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

Rooms are classically stylish, with the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in, and a spacious bathroom with luxury toiletries. There are numerous opportunities to relax – we spent an afternoon reading the papers in the comfortable lounge (it feels like you are staying with old friends, with the added bonus of staff at your beck and call for pots of tea and cakes). The conservatory is a lovely spot for a drink or a light snack, and there is a traditional pub with a welcoming wood fire that was just perfect for relaxing with a local ale.

The award-winning food is sublime – from the three-course set menu at the Lakeview Restaurant to delicious favourites at John Ruskin’s Brasserie, you will not be disappointed. Breakfast is a feast, with fresh fruits, cereals and pastries available buffet-style and a menu of delicious traditional dishes including kippers and eggs benedict – more than enough to set you up for a bracing lakeside walk! We spent a few tranquil hours sitting in the gardens, looking out over the lake, watching the yachts and sailboats, with the misty mountains in the distance. Every guest room is supplied with a guide to the most popular walks in the region – we walked the three hours to Bowness and took the steamer back to the hotel, which gave us a real sense of the area, and burned off a few of our breakfast calories. The hotel is close to many of the district’s most popular visitor attractions, so there are plenty of things to do if you don’t fancy a strenuous walk. Directly outside the hotel is Windermere Lake Cruises – they offer leisurely and informative boat trips along the lake. Alternatively, hire a bike and explore at your own pace. Great Knott Wood is only a short walk away and covers 34 hectares along the southwest shore of the lake. However, the most spectacular views are from Gummers How, a famous viewpoint opposite the hotel. Walk right up to the top and look over its brow. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views in every direction. The exclusive Health and Leisure Spa offers bespoke treatments, using Aveda products, and has fabulous state-of-the-art facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. Therapists are on hand to give you a truly indulgent experience.

Choose from a wide variety of relaxing treatments and indulgent packages to help soothe aches and pains. Try the Lakeside Traditional Body Massage, which uses Swedish techniques to treat your whole body and restore vitality.

The Purely Retreat package is spread over two days and includes a two-hour pampering session followed by a trio of treatments designed to nourish and calm your body. You can also enjoy a calming Aveda tea before being led to a tranquil treatment room for a relaxing therapy which will leave you feeling utterly soothed. Afterwards, swim away any leftover tension and stress.

    Spa Hilights
  • Aveda signature facials
  • Green Science facials
  • Purely Volcanic Massage
  • Purely Retreat Package
  • Lakeside Traditional Body Massage Lakeside Hotel
  • Lake Windermere

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