The Lake District, in Cumbria, is an incredibly popular holiday destination with visitors from all over the world. It is estimated that around 15 million people visit every year to take in the stunning countryside, breath-taking views, lakes and of course its cultural heritage.
Having nurtured the literary talents of poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge and the writers Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransom, the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 and it really isn’t hard to see why. The Lake District isn’t just a great location for climbing and hiking though, it is also home to some truly fantastic Spa Hotels popular with those visitors who are looking to admire the scenery and relax.
Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa
It is hard to miss the impressive Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa as you travel through the Lake District, nestled as it is at the side of the A591 – the main road from Windemere to the Southern Lakes. While its roadside location may put some visitors off it really shouldn’t, the Low Wood have built up a well-deserved reputation for luxurious surroundings. Once an 18th-century coaching inn, the ivy covered black and white building is now home to an impressive spa and luxury 4-star hotel with views out over Lake Windemere. The Low Wood has recently undergone a £20m refurbishment programme and now offers guests even more luxury amenities. The newly created spa offers a range of luxury massage treatments – including some that are perfect for soothing hiking-weary bodies, two infinity pools, both indoor and outdoor, an outdoor sauna and a gym.
The onsite water sports centre, located just across the road, caters to those guests who want some adventure before they relax. There is also a grassy terrace and several lounge areas which are perfect for just relaxing in.
Watch my video on the spa here:
Brimstone Hotel and Spa
Part of the stunning Langdale Estate, the Brimstone Hotel and Spa offers a seriously luxury spa experience in some of the most spectacular surroundings. The suites at the hotel are decorated in understated neutral tones which are a perfect foil for the stunning natural surroundings of the picturesque estate. The spa features a superb range of relaxing spa treatments and the ultimate in relaxation; a heated rooftop pool that is surrounded by the spectacular outline of the nearby fells.
With candlelit massages, foot baths, steam relaxation rooms and saunas and ice showers the Brimstone Hotel and spa really is a romantic haven that is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to escape and be pampered. Currently only available to hotel guests.
See the duet spa suite accomodation:
See the spa suite accomodation:
Lodore Falls Hotel
At the northern end of the Lake District lies Derwentwater, and its beautiful lakes, mountains and waterfalls. The Lodore Falls Hotel is Victorian lodge-stye building that is typical for the architecture of the area. What is not typical, however, is the stunning spa that lies within its building. The building itself is completely up to date with a thoroughly contemporary feeling to its décor. The Falls Spa however is the ultimate in luxury – with views that look out over the spectacular scenery of nearby Skiddaw and Catsbells the spa boasts an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite and champagne bar. There is also a private Rasul room which offers Arabian wellness rituals and “Liquid Gold” scalp massages.
Guests who are looking to explore the local area can take advantage of the free boat hire that the hotel offers to explore Derwentwater itself. The restaurant options at the hotel are also worth a mention, with an Asian dining experience that offers an award-winning menu and a two rosette restaurant which showcases some of the finest local produce.
See a brief overview of the spa:
See a walkthrough of a spa suite at the hotel:
And the view from the balcony:
If you are looking for something a little different then The Gilpin may very well be the place for you. The Gilpin comprises the Gilpin Hotel and the Lake house which is located just a mile away. The former is set in a stunning 21 acres of ground complete with resident alpacas and llamas. There are six garden suites with hot tubs, five spa lodges with ensuite spas and three spa suites offering some rather spectacular features including saunas and spa rooms with steam rooms. The Jetty spa has been built in Swedish style and prides itself on the ethos of “kicking back”. Treatments take place in Scandi wooden building that are accessed via the spa trail, which has been designed to offer a thoroughly tranquil experience. From aromatherapy treatments to hot stone massages, they have a range of different treatments to suit everyone. The latter has room for 12 guests with private spa facilities and a chauffeur driven car to bring guests to The Gilpin Hotel to enjoy the additional facilities it has to offer.
For a break from ultimate relaxation, The Gilpin also offers horse-riding, fishing, paintballing and mountain biking.
The Lake District has much to offer visitors, particularly in the summer months, and these spas provide a welcoming, relaxing environment in which to luxuriate throughout your stay – no matter whether you’re interested in exploring or just want somewhere to relax.