A contemporary renovation of a Lakeland country house hotel sitting on Ullswater in 18 acres rolling down to the shore. You can paddle board, swim, or set off to explore in a kayak. Head back for sofas to sink into and an indoor 20-metre pool where walls of glass frame the view and adults reign after 6pm (or before 9am). The main building dates to 1714 and comes with ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces, the odd panelled wall.
The Victorian-style glasshouse in the grounds serves stonebaked pizzas, or you’ll find the main airy restaurant for more super food. Sofas and banquettes are in The Living Space, a child-friendly place to stop and eat, play games by the fire in the library, or slip onto the sun-trapping terrace where views shoot across the lake to mountains soaring beyond. There’s a cardio room, a hot tub, a sauna and treatment rooms, and for children, the Kids’ Zone for indoor and outdoor activities.
Bedrooms have deep mattresses and good linen – choose between those in the main building or Willow Cottage (designed by Lynsey Ford). Breakfast on bacon, eggs, DIY waffles and maple syrup.