Leaving before sunrise having packed up the car the night before, we drove from Brighton all the way to Lake Windermere. I think it was approximately 5 hours in the car, but we entertained ourselves by singing loudly and snacking lots. totally love a road trip.
Arriving at Beech Hill Hotel, we were welcomed by the crackling fire and nestled into big snuggly Chesterfields and gazed out over the lake.
We were shown to the spa for some much needed relaxation after the long drive. We had a swim, steam and sauna and then skipped outside to the huge hot tub overlooking the forest and lake. It was so misty while we were there, which made it all seem mysterious and wild!
Feeling super relaxed again, we drove 10 minutes or so to the local town which was full of cute little shops – perfect for having a browse. You can get boat trips on the lake from there, but it was too foggy for us to bother, it’s probably perfect for it now.
Our next stop was Lyth Valley hotel, a short 20 minute drive away through tree covered hills and spectacular views across the landscape.
From the outside Lyth Valley looks like a pub, and it maintains that warm and welcoming feeling as you walk inside. However it feels rather luxurious at the same time; they’ve managed to strike that balance between homely and luxurious, which is tricky to do!
Our room was like a self contained apartment with a living room, dressing table area and the most beautiful bathroom (literally still swooning over it every time I look at that picture!). Our bedroom looked out undisturbed over the hills.
Realising we hadn’t done much walking yet in the Lake District, we decided to head over the hills in our bedroom view. We came across horses, pheasants, brooks and streams which was all pretty idyllic. We also decided it would be fun to “herd” the local sheep…the sheep didn’t see the fun side.
That evening we dined in their restaurant. The food was incredible and the restaurant was rather full considering it was a weekday. All of the courses were delicious, but funnily enough the one course that stuck out the most was their homemade soup, I can honestly say I’ve never eaten a soup that tasted so heavenly.
As part of our stay we had access to another spa and gym. We decided our tummies were starting the get a bit podgy, so we drove back to the town to have a session in the gym, which has all the weights you’d need and also my favourite – vibro plates. Then we had a swim in the pool which overlooks the lake, finally a steam and then a “refreshing” scrub down in the ice room.
That bed was deliciously soft. I checked and all of the bed linen is from the White Company, and it felt luxurious. The detail they went to was just perfect for me, including the cowshed toiletries and the fluffy white robes in the wardrobe.
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