6 romantic getaways in Lancashire and the Lake District
Enjoy lounging in luxury for a romantic retreat this Valentine’s Day.
The Samling, Windermere
Enjoy Michelin-star food at The Samling, which has been voted the Best Boutique Dining hotel in the world. Built in 1700, the hotel sits in 67 acres of wild flowers, woodland, garden and fields. Bedrooms are all different - you could chose a cottage in the grounds or a room over three floors and the top-notch restaurant uses only the best local ingredients.
01539 431922, www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk
The Cranleigh Boutique, Bowness-on-Windermere
Taking the crown for the most romantic hotel in the UK – and voted third in the world - the five-star Cranleigh Boutique, is just minutes from the lake shore and has designer bathrooms, mood lighting and luxury furnishings in its modern bedrooms. A concierge service enables guests to request champagne on arrival or even a helicopter ride across the fells. There are also the Church Suites and The Hideout House, a private haven for those seeking a truly special getaway.
01539 443293, www.thecranleigh.com
Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge
Situated in a corner of Lancashire between the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales lies Hipping Hall at Cowan Bridge. Eat like lords and ladies in the 15th Century dining room. The bedrooms are comfy and relaxing, offering a welcome hideaway from the stresses of life and the perfect Valentine’s break.
01524 271187, www.hippinghall.com
Assheton Arms, Downham
Honest, high quality food is served up here in this seafood-led historic pub. Caught that day fish is always on the menu. From the outside, the Assheton looks every inch the timeless English country inn.
The inside also retains the character of a 19th century tavern but with a 21st century buzz, cuisine, service and luxurious rooms to match.
01200 441227, www.asshetonarms.com
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Park House, Gisburn
Overlooking an 11th century Norman Church, this lovely bed and breakfast is designed to impress. The owners, hospitality industry veterans, have used their expertise to create a wonderful place to stay and relax with Georgian elegance and contemporary style. The multi award-winning La Locanda is just a few steps away with walks in Gisburn Forest nearby. An ideal country retreat.
01200 445269, www.parkhousegisburn.co.uk
Stanley House, Mellor
Reinvigorate body and mind at Stanley House set in 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside at Mellor. The award winning spa therapies, state-of-the-art gym and energy-giving cuisine are housed in a hotel which combines a Grade II listed house with stunning bedrooms, all with the latest technological advances. Modern British food in the restaurant and classics in Mr Fred’s.
01254 769200, www.stanleyhouse.co.uk