Imposing mountains, wild landscapes, tranquil lakes and picturesque towns combine to make the Lake District uniquely beautiful, and one of the best places in Britain for walking, climbing, boating and biking.
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Forest Side Hotel
Grasmere, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)|www.theforestside.com|
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Renowned British hotelier Andrew Wildsmith has utterly reinvented this old Victorian mansion just outside Grasmere, and it now feels more boutique chic than country cosy.
The whole place brims with luxurious materials and innovative design, as well as a playful sense of humour that makes it a pleasure to stay here. Rooms are spacious and luxuriously furnished, and the restaurant is one of the best in the central Lakes (and Michelin starred).
It’s a brilliant hotel for a romantic weekend away – and several rooms are dog-friendly, too.
Views of fells and fields unfold through every window at Forest Side. The hotel’s gardens and grounds are a pleasure; you’re free to explore, and perhaps have a wander around the delightful kitchen garden, which supplies much of the restaurant’s produce.
Walks abound nearby, with some classic fells in the vicinity: Loughrigg Fell, Helm Crag and the dramatic valley of Great Langdale are all waiting to be explored, while Wordsworth’s houses at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are both nearby too.
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