10 of the best spas in the Lake District

Riverside Spa at Rothay Garden

Riverside Spa at Rothay Garden - Credit: Archant

The Lakes have always been known as a peaceful retreat and there are plenty of places you can go to pamper yourself

Armathwaite Hall Secluded in 400 acres of deer park and woodland, the magnificent Armathwaite Hall is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a few spa treatments. Winner of the Professional Beauty Residential Spa of the Year 2014 and awarded a five bubble rating by The Good Spa Guide, Armathwaite Hall’s spa is a timeless yet contemporary space of luxury relaxation. Director Carolyn Graves says spa breaks are booming. ‘In the last five or six years we have become a nation of spa-lovers,’ says Carolyn. Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RE Tel: 017687 76551, www.armathwaite-hall.com

The Gilpin Lake House If you choose to stay at the stunning Gilpin Lake House, you will have exclusive access to the Jetty Spa. A sanctuary with exquisite service, just six suites (maximum of 12 guests) can enjoy 100 acres of private grounds with its own lake, boat house, cedarwood hot tub, Japanese Ofuro hot tub, and heated swimming pool. Take time out in the Swedish style spa treatment room, which has been built to blend in with the environment. Raised three metres into the tree canopy, there are floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake. Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Crook Road, Windermere, Lake District, LA23 3NE Tel: 015394 88818, www.thegilpin.co.uk

Holbeck Ghyll Relieve the stress of a hard day at Holbeck Ghyll’s spa. Also open to non-residents, the spa offer a number of indulgent day-spa packages where you can combine treatments and use of the spa facilities with a lunch in their fine dining restaurant. After enjoying a variety of ESPA treatments, you can order a glass of wine and take a seat in the outdoor hot tub which has breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and beyond. Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LU Tel: 01539 432375, www.holbeckghyll.com

Langdale An idyllic 35-acre woodland estate, Langdale boasts a fine hotel, five-star self catering cottages, a choice of bars and restaurants and extensive spa facilities. On offer is a range of therapies and treatments, as well as great leisure facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, gym and hot tub. If you fancy a day of pampering, opt for their luxury Seasonal Spa Day, which changes with the seasons to reflect the best possible therapies. A complementary glass of Prosecco and £10 lunch voucher is also included. Langdale Leisure Ltd, The Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JD Tel: 015394 37302, www.langdale.co.uk

Rothay Garden Rothay Garden’s stunning Riverside Spa brings the beauty of the Lake District inside. Available exclusively to guests of the four-star hotel, the spa has amazing floor-to-ceiling windows which allow you to enjoy superb views of the surrounding fells while soaking away. During the summer months, the glass-fronted doors also open giving you that step closer to nature. Rothay Garden Hotel, Broadgate, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RJ Tel: 01539 435334, www.rothaygarden.com

The Burnside Situated just 300 metres from the steamer piers and bustling village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, The Burnside provides a welcoming escape from the stress of everyday life. Their new spa offers guests an indulgent experience, from unwinding in one of two Jacuzzi’s or listening to music through the underwater sound system of the main pool. With mood lighting, poolside seating and bar facilities, you can relax in style. The Burnside Hotel, Kendal Road, Bowness, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3EP Tel: 015394 42211, www.burnsidehotel.com

Lodore Falls After a pamper break? You should try the Falls Beauty Salon. Located in the Lodore Falls Hotel on Derwentwater, this relaxing destination offers everything from luxurious Elemis body massages and facials to manicures and pedicures. Take a dip in either the outdoor or indoor pool, or enjoy a leisurely walk up to the hotel’s very own waterfall formed by the beck from Watendlath Tarn. Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UX Tel: 017687 87722, www.lakedistricthotels.net/lodorefalls

The Swan Hotel & Spa A beautiful boutique hotel that’s ideal as a base to explore the countryside, The Swan is also perfect to use as a haven for unwinding. High-quality brands such as ESPA and OPI are available for a range of quality treatments. If you’re looking for a longer stint of relaxation, you could try one of the hotel’s Spa and Stay packages? The Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8NB Tel: 015395 31681, www.swanhotel.com

Best Western Castle Green This top Kendal hotel, recently given a very smart makeover, offers a wide selection of aromatherapy beauty treatments and massages in its Green Rooms. It’s all about creating a world of total sensory relaxation and they have qualified therapists on hand to ease away the pressures of modern life. The Best Western Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6RG Tel: 01539 734000. www.castlegreen.co.uk

The Ambleside Salutation Located inside the Ambleside Salutation, the Oxleys Blue Fish Spa uses only the finest natural and where possible, organic spa products including Declor and Li’Tya. They also have the latest Technogym equipment for a state-of-the-art workout before relaxing in the pool. The Ambleside Salutation, Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BX Tel: 08445 767676, www.bestwestern.co.uk