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LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND - FEATURED HOTELS & TRAVEL GUIDE:
And Relaxation In The Lake District
The English Lake District
by David J Murray
English Lake District Featured Hotels / Self-Catering
in the Lake District
The Lake District, in the
northwestern corner of England is one of the most visited areas of the
country after the capital, London. In addition to its outstanding natural
beauty it is closely associated with English literature, especially that
of the nineteenth century when writers and poets such as De Quincey, Coleridge,
Southey and, most famously, the region's own son Wordsworth relished the
environment of rivers, lakes and mountains.
|The Lake District is small
by international standards, around 800 square miles and less than fifty
miles across in any direction, but within it is a striking variety of scenery.
Most of it lies within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park,
and although until 1974 it included areas of three historic counties (Cumberland,
Westmorland and Lancashire) a major administrative boundary reform project
led to the creation of a new county, Cumbria, which covers the entire Lakes
area and more.
Cumbrian weather can be unpredictable.
If it were not for the rain, of course, there would not be the scenery
that people come to admire. What is more, when the weather changes the
lighting in the mountains, the reflections from the lakes, the colours
of the fellsides, all change with it, generating a kaleidoscopic beauty.
All told there are fifteen
major lakes - Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston Water being the three
largest - and also many smaller meres and tarns. The Lake District is an
outdoor person's paradise with an enormous range of options for walking,
climbing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and much more. Furthermore in recent
decades the variety of indoor attractions has grown enormously, so that
anyone who does not wish to don waterproof clothing on the damper days
still has plenty to do and to see. There are museums, art galleries, visitor
centres (including an excellent national park centre), literary attractions
(relating to Wordsworth, Ruskin and Potter), as well as historic castles,
stately homes and other ancient properties to tour around.
|Three of the lakes (Windermere,
Coniston and Ullswater) have pleasure steamer services, and on a hot summer's
afternoon it can be delightful to observe the passing scenery from the
deck of a boat.
Access to the Lake District
is easy. The north-south M6 motorway passes its eastern edge, train services
are available from many parts of the country, including from London.
Kendal, just inside the southern
border of Cumbria is only about one and a half hours' drive from Manchester
International Airport which has a wide variety of flights from most major
countries of the world, including many daily arrivals from North America.
Some years ago the regional
tourist board used the slogan, "The most beautiful corner of England."
Almost two hundred years ago William Wordsworth described the Lake District
as, "The loveliest spot that man has ever known." It lives up to its reputation.
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|About the Author - David
Murray was born just a few miles outside the boundary of the Lake District
National Park. His professional life has taken him to every continent apart
from Antarctica but he has found nothing to compare with this most beautiful
corner of England. Among his other online interests David is web master
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How Garden House Hotel Windermere
This unique Lake District
hotel only two minutes stroll from Lake Windermere and the village of Bowness,
is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The Burn How’s unique layout is
refreshingly different to most hotels; all of the bedrooms are located
outside of the main building within the private grounds making the stay
peaceful and relaxing for the discerning guest. You can take picturesque
walks from the hotel, or cruise on Lake Windermere. The hotel has a restaurant,
a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. A cooked-to-order breakfast
is complimentary to guests. Room service is available during limited hours.
Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas.
Manor Hotel Windermere
This family-friendly hotel
is located in a state/national park, in Windermere, close to World of Beatrix
Potter and Lake District National Park. Craig Manor Hotel has a restaurant
and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Complimentary
wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange
tour/ticket assistance and dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities
include a garden, self parking, and complimentary use of a nearby fitness
facility. This is a smoke-free property.
Head Hall Lakeside Hotel Keswick
Dale Head Hall, in the English
Lake District. This hotel, offers the ideal starting point for your Lakeland
break. This Jewel of the Lake District, sits alone on the shores of Thirlmere,
with superb views of the lake to the front and of Helvellyn to the rear.
Truly The Lake District Hotel, this is a truly magical and romantic setting,
where you can wander down through mature gardens to the lake shore. Look
at the splendour of the fells across the lake, turn around and view the
majestic slopes of Helvellyn, perhaps the most well known mountain in the
English Lake District. This is the place!!
Swan Hotel Grasmere
Set in a warm and picturesque
atmosphere, Macdonald Swan prides itself on its centuries-old reputation
for true English hospitality and personal service, and welcomes guests
year after year. The Swan Hotel Grasmere is situated in the heart
of the Lake District National Park, which is an excellent base to explore
the local area. The Swan sits on the northern outskirts of the village
of Grasmere, approximately halfway between Windermere and Keswick.
This hotel offers 38 accommodation units that are well furnished with a
host of modern amenities. You can dine at the Wagoners Restaurant, which
serves traditional and Contemporary English cuisine, including Lakeland
By The Lake Hotel Ambleside
Situated on the shores of
Lake Windermere, the Regent Hotel is one of the Lake District's premier
hotels. Just minutes from the picturesque village of Ambleside, the family-run
hotel is an ideal base for exploring all that the area has to offer. Regent
by the Lake Hotel has an indoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access
is available in public areas. Regent by the Lake Hotel has a restaurant,
a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. A hot and cold full English
buffet breakfast is complimentary to guests. Room service is available
during limited hours. Guest parking is complimentary. This is a smoke-free
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