Sitting quaintly on the banks of England’s largest lake, the town of Bowness-on-Windermere is a haven which should be prescribed to anybody bogged down by life’s daily stresses.
A perfect base to explore Cumbria’s stunning scenery it offers plenty of activities and fine dining yet is within touching distance of an area of real beauty with remote areas just waiting to be discovered. Our long weekend began at The Cranleigh, one of the town’s many boutique guest houses and hotels.
Owners Stephen and Louise have created a vision of cutting-edge modern luxury, with in-room facilities to rival any in the Lake District.
And it is no surprise that The Cranleigh has gained a reputation as a celebrity hideaway in recent years.
Our luxury room included a jacuzzi bathtub and flat-screen TV imbedded into the bathroom wall. In fact all 18 rooms have undergone a bespoke design experience to ensure guests enjoy an ambience of total tranquility and comfort during their stay.
The lounge, dining and reception areas of the main building ooze contemporary classic design and breakfast was a highlight.
Hotel guests have access to a £3m refurbished spa located nearby at the Macdonald Old England Hotel where a sauna, pool and steam room are all available as are state-of-the-art health treatments at an extra cost.
The Cranleigh is located just one minute’s walk from the shores of Windermere and the centre of Bowness with its large selection of established restaurants, bars, shops and cafés. Indeed the town caters for all tastes from traditional pub grub to Italian and Asian cuisine.