This former alehouse overlooks the gentle flow of the River Leven just off Lake Windermere. Following a large-scale refurbishment in 2010, the 17th-century building now flaunts a jaunty, modern interior with Designers Guild furnishings, Chesterfield sofas, and Union Jack cushions scattered throughout its 52 rooms. After a bracing walk amid the wintry lakes, refuel with local produce at The River Room restaurant, then repair to the hotel's VU spa for a hot stone massage or re-balancing facial, both of which use ESPA products.
The Swan, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8NB (01539 531 681; swanhotel.com). Doubles from £119, B&B. Treatments from £35.