How to Spend 72 Hours in Lake District Luxury
A Long Weekend in Ambleside
Sailing quiet waters in a picturesque landscape, tasting world-class dining, feeling a million miles away and letting everyday worries simply glide from your shoulders. This is what a few nights in the Lake District does. Don’t take our word for it, however. Here’s an itinerary, get in touch and we’ll make it happen!
But, if you fancy a daydream. Enjoy.
Arrival – Check-in, Head out
Pick up your keys from your Lakelovers accommodation safe box, drop your luggage, and head straight to The Drunken Duck for an evening of relaxation. Whilst we’d recommend visiting the Duck during the day to enjoy a pint in the beer garden to soak up the panoramic views down to Ambleside, another time perhaps!
An evening meal at ‘the Duck’, with crackling open fire, dancing candles and the bar and restaurant a buzz of chatter, is a heavenly delight not to be missed.
Enjoy a pint of one of their exceptional onsite brewed beers in the bar before heading into the more formal dining room for a stand-out three course meal, exceptional service and superbly welcoming bottle, or two, of wine!
Day 1 – Wonder and Wallow
After a peaceful sleep in your tranquil Lake District setting, sumptuous bedding and super king bed, wake refreshed and ready for a day in the heart of the most uplifting scenery in the UK. You cannot help but feel alive and energised by the vibrancy of a cottage holiday in Ambleside.
Head less than 10 miles to Windermere where you can relax over a good coffee or pot of tea, eggs and the morning paper before wondering the aisles of Booths. At this high-end supermarket, located just behind Windermere train station, you’ll find mouthwatering regional produce to take back to your weekend country escape.
Back in Ambleside, don’t miss the Wordsworth Museum and check out Lucy’s on a Plate for a more substantial brunch.
A wonder around the wonderfully quaint centre of Ambleside is a delight itself. Look out for the 17th century Bridge House teetering, as the name suggests, over the top of Stock Beck.
From the small lane behind Barclays Bank in the centre of Ambleside, you’ll find a gem of a short walk (mile long). It is a circular, woodland walk with the gushing 90ft waterfall of Stock Ghyll as a surprising feature and being so close to Ambleside centre makes all the difference for a post-lunch walk.
Of course, you’ll head back to your cottage to enjoy a soak in your garden hot tub, before you lose the evening light.
Refreshed, relax and take your time over a home cooked meal, enjoyed in your stylish self-catering cottage. We told you it wouldn’t take long to relax.
Day 2 – Wild and Award-Winning
Whether you wake raring to go or fancy a lazy morning, we’d recommend you include 3 hours on your itinerary for local Loughrigg Fell, which can be climbed from Ambleside. This relatively small peak, which can actually be climbed in less than 3 hours, is right in the heart of the Lake District, rewarding enquiring travellers with truly panoramic views. Take an OS map with you and if the cloud cover stays away, you’ll enjoy views south, down the glassy length of Lake Windermere, over the craggy and soon-to-be snow-capped Langdale Valley to the western Coniston Fells and of course north to Wordsworth territory, Grasmere and Rydal Water. And this is where we recommend you head for an evening bite to eat. The brightly coloured Jumble Room in Grasmere is one of the most welcoming and giving eateries in the Lakes. Its style would best be described as laid back with bags of personality.
For something a bit more formal, try the much talked about Forest Side, in Grasmere. This upmarket Michelin starred restaurant is gaining a reputation for its provenance inspired menus. And with the bounty that the Lake District has to offer, dinners are delighted time and again.
Day 3 – Slow and Luxurious
Now that you’ve seen Lake Windermere from above, the gentle rhythm of life – the comings and goings of boats and grand homes that cling to her shore – you’ll want to have a taste of lake life for yourself.
From Low Wood Water Sports Centre in Ambleside, you can charter a private luxury yacht. Enjoy a private tour of the lake, taking in her rich historical stories, and anchor up for a glass of wine whilst dinner is prepared for you. Alternately, replace the yacht dining with champagne and cocktails or afternoon tea and plan a stately meal at the nearby Holbeck Ghyll. The lakeside dining experience here is where traditional stately house meets top-class fine dining and has been welcoming distinguished guests for years.
However you decide to plan your long weekend in the Lakes, we’re pretty sure that 3 nights in the Lake District will only whet your appetite. Where will you head next? A luxury self-catering cottage in Langdale? We hear the fast flowing fresh mountain water there is healing.