Thrills and chills in the Lake District

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  • Soaring fells and lustrous lakes
  • Hideout House – the ultimate splash-out
  • Spa time at Rothay Garden

You can't beat winter amid the soaring peaks of this scenic corner of Britain, says Clare Baranowski.

YOU CAN'T BEAT the Lake District out of season. Winter here can be pure magic, with snow lacing the fells, lake shores cloaked in mist, and – if you’re staying one of our fab romantic hotels – toasty log fires crackling indoors

Summer crowds have melted away, leaving empty roads and hillsides dotted with rugged sheep interlaced with a picture-worthy patchwork of water and woodlands.  It’s all clean, green and scenic – even if the weather is notoriously fickle!

The Lake District is rife with literary connections. Visitors flock here each year to soak up the landscapes that inspired William Wordsworth,  Beatrix Potter and scores of other writers, painters and poets.

If you’re after the great outdoors – whether walking, boat trips or scaling the famous peaks – you can’t miss the Lake District experience. But we reckon the great indoors hereabouts at some of the wonderful Room for Romance romantic hotels is even better…

We adored our recent stay at Brimstone, set against the skyline of the Lake District's famous Langdale Pikes. This luxury boutique hotel is bursting with blissful luxe and big bathtubs for two. Fireside suites have fabulous silvered, mirrored bathtubs for two while Duet suites have two side-by-side baths. And the gorgeous Spa suites have a huge, egg-shaped jacuzzi bathtub that fills from the ceiling! Guests at brilliant Brimstone also get free drinks and snacks all day in the luxurious Library lounge.

For the ultimate splash-out, try hedonistic Hideout House in Windermere. Made for naughty nights, its star feature is a downstairs playroom complete with a jacuzzi cinema with a huge jacuzzi tub for two, with underwater lighting and a giant 65 inch TV screen, plus a complimentary cocktail bar stocked with ready-mixed cocktails, spirits and mixers. So if you fancy an evening in with Mojitos, movies and more, magic! This place is packed with top-to-bottom Windermere Wow.

Luxury hotel deals don’t get much better than our great-value romantic weekend break offer (it even includes complimentary Sunday lunch!). at Rothay Garden in Grasmere. Surrounded by soaring Lakeland fells, this luxury romantic hotel is set in two acres of Lake District parkland in pretty Grasmere village. There’s a bijou spa where you can soak away any post-walking aches, and a great restaurant.  Don’t miss the more-ish Cumberland bangers and local black pudding at breakfast time. 

Tempted to make for the Lakes? Check out all our Lake District luxury romantic hotels.

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