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A sprawling hotel overlooking Windermere with a wealth of activities from watersports to more indulgent relaxation in its modern spa. With plenty of space and a choice of two restaurants, its bedrooms range from the more functional to the flashier, suiting guests from active families to couples on a relaxing break.

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On the main A591 that hugs Lake Windermere, it sits midway been Windermere town and Ambleside, two of the area's popular towns. The upsides are that it's easily accessible - around 30 minutes from the M6 - and has sweeping lake views; the downside is that it's a busy road that crawls with traffic in high season, and it's a two-to four-mile walk to the towns. Check out the absorbing new Windermere Jetty Museum or take the kids to Bowness's World of Beatrix Potter.

By car: The hotel is 1 hour 40 mins from Manchester, around 3 hours from Edinburgh and 5 hours from London. Free private parking is available on-site.

By train: Trains run from Manchester Piccadilly (just over 1 hour), London Euston (3 hours) and Edinburgh (2 hours) to Oxenholme Lake District station. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Oxenholme Lake District.

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The hotel sprawls across a large site, from the original creeper-covered, white-washed 18th-century coaching inn with modern courtyard extension, to a long leisure centre and a bold glass-and-slate chalet-style building with luxury bedrooms. Interiors segue from hardwood floors and elegant armchairs in the older parts, through a bright airy atrium to sleek velvet furnishings and pale grey walls in the modern areas.


For the active, there are watersports - at a centre across the road from the hotel - a large indoor pool, fitness centre and exercise studio, as well as walking route guides. For the indulgent, there's a swanky spa with indoor and outdoor water features as well as a raft of treatments. Just want to relax? There are plenty of lounges as well as a terrace for warmer days.

  • Two restaurants
  • Bar
  • Wellness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Family hotel
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


There's a wide choice of bedrooms ranging from the corporate-style courtyard rooms with limited views to the light and contemporary leisure-centre rooms (some with balconies). Rooms in the original building boast high ceilings and there are sprawling suites in a seperate chalet-style building.

Room types: Willow, Hazel, Lime, Oak Suite, Winander Club, Winander Club Oak Suite, Winander Club Oak Duplex

Key amenities: ensuite with luxury toiletries, robes and slippers, TV, tea and coffee facilities


Dine in either the elegant Windermere Restaurant or the contemporary, bistro-style Blue Smoke on the Bay. The former offers traditional classics, while the latter is more casual with an open kitchen and a wood-fired grill. There's afternoon tea in the lounge, plus an all-day café in the atrium.

The Windermere: traditional, seasonal British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Two courses £28.

Blue Smoke: seafood, steak. Open daily for lunch and Tues-Sat for dinner. Mains from £17.

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