The Lake District is a huge area and there are so many places to visit that ideally you would need to stay at least a week to feel like you had done the area justice.
There are also too many hotels and guest houses to mention, but it had been years since we visited so we took it upon ourselves to stay at two very different places in the popular walkers paradise that is Grasmere and Windermere, which is an absolute must.
We started our visit with a stay at The Lancrigg in Grasmere, a very pretty country house hotel nestled in 30 acres of gardens and woodland.
Lancrigg provides a tranquil and relaxing place to soak up the beautiful surroundings of the Easdale Valley.
This boutique hotel has 10 spacious bedrooms which are all individually finished and named to reflect the history of the house. A recent addition is the Poet’s Bar which features a slate topped bar and a table set into a beautiful bay window which provides spectacular views of the surrounding gardens and Grasmere fells. The historic house has recently undergone refurbishment with upgrades to bedrooms which has maintained the unique historical feel but with added luxuries and modern facilities.
It’s fair to say Lancrigg is steeped in history and there is much to discover during your stay. The secluded setting amongst 30 acres of gardens and woodlands brings with it a sense of calm and offers peace and tranquillity to all who stay. We can certainly vouch for this.
During our stay here we discovered just how pretty Grasmere is; it is also possibly the most popular village in The Lake District, being perfectly situated in the heart of the national park, surrounded by beautiful landscapes which draws in visitors all year round. It is also famous for its connection to William Wordsworth who described the places as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’.
It certainly is full of really unique independent businesses, all adding to the quaint feel of this popular spot. We visited William Wordsworth’s former home; Dove Cottage and bought some Grasmere Gingerbread from Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, which promotes itself as ‘Quite simply the best gingerbread in the world’!
In fact we spent a good half day wandering around Grasmere.
However, true to form we wanted to check out the local walks and chose a 4 mile National Trust walk along remote country paths, through parks and picture perfect countryside. Along the way there are sign posts for easier walks and wheelchair access which we thought was brilliant. The route we took certainly would not be. It took two and a half hours to complete and we rewarded ourselves with a coffee break before wandering around Ambleside.Our return journey was a much simpler and quicker affair, we did a real tourist activity and got the open top bus and we couldn’t believe it only took 13 minutes to get back! But it had been a great day and we were ready for dinner in the newly refurbished dining room, complete with a grand fireplace and beautiful bay window overlooking the gardens.
Lancrigg restaurant offers sumptuous food freshly prepared using only the finest local produce and the menu includes traditional dishes as well as modern favourites, designed around seasonality and the very best of Cumbria’s natural larder. We enjoyed a hearty dinner which was well deserved after such an energetic day. This walking malarkey is addictive.After all of that fresh air and activity we slept like babies and rose the next day to another lovely sun filled day, a hearty breakfast and on to the next stop in our journey – Windermere. If you’re searching through hotels in Grasmere, we can highly recommend Lancrigg for your next visit.
Easdale Road, Grasmere
Cumbria LA22 9QN
Tel: 01539 435317