I have just returned from the Lake District where myself and the missus spent her birthday weekend in the stunning location of Bowness-on-Windermere.
We stayed at the 4* Burnside Hotel & Spa which is part of the Best Western Premier Collection of hotels which are the more luxurious arm of the brand. The hotel itself was tucked away in a quiet location overlooking Lake Windermere. We stayed in a double room with breakfast included and the room itself was large in size with the bed being a comfortable extra large double bed. As well as the hotel bar, the hotel also features its very own pub, complete with a cinema, pool table and pub food menu. As strange as it may seem the Spa is housed within the same building as the pub but don’t let this fool you, the Spa itself is a tranquil and relaxing area with dimmed blue lighting throughout and state of the art facilities which include two hot tubs, a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool, treatment rooms and much more. Unfortunately I didn’t dare take my camera into the spa but have included an image from the hotel but you have to see it to believe it.
Lake Windermere itself is home to some absolutely stunning scenery and there are so many ways to take it all in. Whether it’s sipping champagne in the hotel gardens or taking a leisurely stroll to the top of the many viewpoints surrounding the Lake you won’t be at a loss for things to do. We decided to take a stroll up to Orrest Head Viewpoint which looked over all 11 miles of Lake Windermere and is ideal for the perfect picture for “The Gram”. I would advise getting out and about early in the morning due to the high number of tourists in and around Lake Windermere who will 100% spoil the perfect photographs you have planned.
Once you have completed all the touristy stuff there’s an abundance of pubs and restaurants for you to relax in and sample some of the local delicacies. We visited The Flying Pig public house which is a traditional English pub, for a quick bite and drink one evening and weren’t disappointed and we visited Porto Restaurant on our second evening which is a finer dining location and serves stunning tasting and looking dishes. The only issue I had at Porto was that I originally asked for steak but it came out overcooked so i changed to a lamb dish which was delicious.
If you are thinking of a romantic trip away I would totally recommend Burnside Hotel & Spa, Bowness-on-Windermere, just remember to book well in advance due to the high levels of tourists visiting the area.