A warming hotel haven in a quieter part of the Lake District.
Some like it hot, but if you don’t, and enjoy stunning landscapes and nature at its best, the Lake District is breathtakingly beautiful at any time of year, not least in winter when its fairy-tale snowy vistas are singularly impressive. But if you do decide to brave the elements, why not treat yourself to a little luxury and choose a welcoming, warming base?
The 18th-century Temple Sowerby House Hotel, just 10 minutes’ drive from Penrith and on the outskirts of the northern Lakes, is just the ticket. This former manor house with only 12 rooms and a small but excellent Two AA Rosette restaurant has a drawing room with a roaring fire, reports the Daily Mail.
Superior rooms come with a separate shower beside the spa bath and, with prices from £95 per person including dinner and breakfast, are a great deal when you consider just what the deal includes: a full English breakfast with porridge and Cumbrian sausage and a dinner that begins with a drink and canapés of pork wellington, smoked trout with pea mousse and an aromatic chicken consommé, continues with dishes using only locally sourced produce such as Cumbrian lamb, pheasant, pork and beef and winds up with dreamy desserts, cheese and port.
If your mouth has started watering and you’re feeling warmer already, book now for this getaway haven in a quieter part of the sometimes hectic Lake District. Ullswater Lake is a 20-minute drive away, and Hadrian’s Wall is close at hand. If you prefer bed and breakfast in a classic room for two, rooms start at £125. Call 01768 361578 or visit www.templesowerby.com