When it comes to natural beauty, it doesn't get much better than Cumbria! This north-western county is home to some of England's most spectacular scenery, the bulk of which lies in the world-famous Lake District. This vast rural expanses is the ideal place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and unwind. Equally, it's an exceptional venue for activities, from gentle walks to extreme sports. As it's so popular with holidaymakers, there's no shortage of excellent hotels across the Lake District, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
The majority of the Lake District is rural, and there are plenty of remote hotels, but each of the most popular lakes is flanked by a thriving and vibrant town. One of the most popular towns is Keswick, which sits on the shore of Derwent Water. The bustling market town is packed with exquisite guesthouses and B&Bs.
Dalkeith Guesthouse sets the standard for this pretty town. The period property offers breath-taking views out to the surrounding hills, and guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. There's also free WiFi, which is handy for planning daily excursions.
Water Sports Galore
No visit to the Lake District would be complete without getting out on the water. If taking it easy is your style, you can hop on a scheduled cruise at most of the lakes. The cruises on Derwent Water - known as Keswick Launches - will take you to the centre of the lake, offering the best views of the majestic hills around you. More energetic options include dinghy sailing and windsurfing.
Weddings at Windermere
Windermere is the largest and best known of Cumbria's lakes. It's also one of the most picturesque, which makes it a popular setting for weddings, particularly in the summer months.
The Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel is an exquisite wedding venue, with gorgeous grounds overlooking Windermere. Not only is the location just right for the day itself, it's also ideal for the perfect wedding pictures, which will last for years. The hotel's restaurant provides fine foods for your special day, and the long list of facilities is sure to impress your guests.