In Association with Lakelovers
For many couples, Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to escape and travel somewhere for a romantic weekend away. The options are endless, but if the English countryside beckons, a trip to the wilds of the Lake District could be just what you’re looking for…
In the lead up to the most romantic weekend of the year, The Travel Journo has teamed up with Lakelovers to offer you the ideal Valentine’s Day travel inspiration. Lakelovers offer a variety of self-catered cottage breaks where majestic views and chocolate box villages are all within reach. Plus, the benefit of a rented cottage is you can enjoy the ultimate privacy of your own country bolthole.
So get the wine cooler stocked up, get the fire on and get ready for sunset strolls along the lakes. Check out these top Lake District picks for Valentine’s Day where romance and breathtaking scenery awaits.
- Fellside Cottage, Bowness-on-Windermere (4*)
Whilst horse-drawn carriages and charabancs no longer escort ‘pleasure seekers’ from Windermere down to the lakeside at Bowness. Today this 18th century old fishing village enjoys its position as the Lake District’s luxury destination. With boutiques, spas, theatre and indulgent restaurants – Bowness-on-Windermere is certainly the place to head to for those seeking out a more special getaway.
You don’t get much more picture-perfect than Fellside Cottage. A luxuriously renovated Lakeland cottage, couples who stay here will love the low ceilings, wooden beams, white-washed walls and pretty little windows.
- Valentine Cottage, Ambleside (5*)
If it’s candlelight, log fires, and first-class food and wines that will make you sparkle this Valentine’s, then an evening meal at the Drunken Duck Inn, Outgate just outside Ambleside, is a must. A romantic stay in Ambleside, the beating heart of the Lake District, sets you amidst some of the most tranquil and serene scenery in the whole of the UK.
And Valentine Cottage sets out to make a stay for two as romantic as possible, as it’s designed for those who don’t necessary plan on leaving their alluring holiday cottage. In fact you may not even leave the bedroom with its stunning four-poster bed and feature step-in ‘couples’ bathtub.
If you do decide to venture out, you’ll want to stroll down to the lakeshore once the day-trippers have gone and perhaps take in the setting sun from Waterhead Pier.
During the day, a romantic trip on a beautifully refurbished Windermere ‘steamer’ will glide you and your loved one through some of the most spectacular and tranquil scenery in the UK. Alternatively lose yourselves hand-in-hand on one of the many Lakeland walks from your doorstep.
- Smithy Cottage, Ambleside (4* Gold)
Allow yourself to be whisked back in time when you enter this elegantly refurbished blacksmith’s cottage. Ambleside has been inhabited since early Roman times and is steeped in antiquity. But it’s the picturesque scenery and sublime natural landscape, which has attracted poets, writers and artists from the mid-18th century. Ambleside is nestled in the very heart of the Lake District, with stunning views of Loughrigg Fell, Rydal Water, the Vale of Grasmere and distant Coniston and Langdale Pikes.
It also boasts, just a short stroll to the dreamy shores of Windermere, England’s largest and finest natural lake. This delightful market town is anything but flat, giving you plenty of elevated locations where you can take in the breathtaking scenery as the likes of Wordsworth did from his Ambleside Stamp House office! Smithy Cottage is a truly unique Lakeland cottage, elegantly refurbished where couples can enjoy special time together, with a roll-top bathtub, heated slate flooring, a romantic bedroom and a feature spiral staircase.
- Secret Nook, Windermere (3* Gold)
Carving out private Lake views along Windermere’s 10.5-mile length are some of the UK’s finest properties.
Along with the grand views, it takes a lot to stand out amongst such beauty as there is an abundance of it in Windermere, but Secret Nook does it with such class and finesse that it’s no wonder there’s a VisitEngand Gold Award above the door. This cosy one bedroom apartment is filled with love, care and attention to detail. The owners have even managed to fit a bathtub in – a staple of any romantic getaway. It’s a true secret haven away from the rush.
- Thyme Out, Troutbeck (4* Gold)
If it’s time to get away from things and unwind with a romantic getaway, your senses will soon be revitalized with Lakeland’s warming bracken covered heaths. Enjoy the dizzying notes of Spring bouquets of daffodils, bluebells and hyacinths. And take time over regional delicacies of local herb-infused lamb and source-to-plate vegetables.
What better place to retreat and allow your senses to come together than the peaceful valley of Troutbeck, where Beatrix Potter herself had her own Herdwick sheep farm. The conservation village is like stepping back in time itself, with a charming community feel, with church, village shop, post office and two excellent pubs. And Thyme Out’s pretty private garden and idyllic cottage is the ideal place for a couple to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and each other.
For booking and more information about Lakelovers, Windermere, visit Lakelovers.co.uk, call 015394 88855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow them on twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
Until next time x