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Review: Laura Ashley The Belsfield, Lake District

Review: Laura Ashley The Belsfield, Lake District


Written by Katie Byrne


The second Laura Ashley hotel in the world, this is the place to go for stunning views and wild romance

For unrivalled views of the Lakes, The Belsfield in Bowness-on Windermere is the place to be. Only the second Laura Ashley hotel in the world, the interiors are – as you would expect – sumptuous and welcoming, but suitably laidback to complement the natural beauty of the surroundings. From every window there is breathtaking scenery, and before long you realise a pattern emerging: check-in with a view, eat with a view, wake up to a view.

Step into the chic glass-panelled reception area and you can see straight down to the lake. However, you’ll find the most impressive vista of all from the bay windows of your own room. Sweep aside the ornate curtains and you can see the lake and jetty without even having to rouse yourself from the Egyptian cotton sheets of your four-poster bed.

Other touches include a giant bathroom with waterfall shower, free-standing tub and, most appreciated, under-floor heating. The rooms are so comfortable you’ll find it difficult to leave, but if you do, there’s plenty to see. Take a boat ride to Ambleside from outside the hotel, or enjoy a winding drive to the charming villages of Kendal and Grasmere.

The knowledgable concierge will assist you in discovering local sights and areas of natural beauty. After a day exploring mountains and tarns, return for some fine dining, all created using seasonal, local produce.

Double rooms from £150, including breakfast. 0844 736 8604, lauraashleyhotels.com.


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