7 Things I Learned In The Lake District

The Lake District is ultimate in beauty. It has something to offer everyone and is inspirational as well as enjoyable; afterall, Wordsworth wrote some of his best works in the area. In every little village and town, there is something new to find, with beauty around every corner. Here are some of the things I love the most about the Lake District including fun facts, tips and what I truly learned from my visits to the Lake District.

1. Boats Are The New Cars

Exploring the untouched areas of each lake is best done by boat. Windermere is a good place to take a trip because there is lots to explore on the boat, Wray Castle and beautiful parkland. It's always a good idea to plan your route but Windermere Lake Cruises are a fabulous option, friendly and punctual with a little bar inside you can get to so many different places on the lake and enjoy the rural beauty of Cumbria. No trip here is complete without a boat trip.

2. It's Not Just For The Older Generation

People are under a misconception sometimes that The Lakes only attract walkers or middle aged people but there are plenty of young people enjoying what it has to offer and also lots of hostels too which are nicely situated. A lot of the hotels are afforadable for students also, it depends what you want, the B&B market is thriving up there, but of course there are more luxury hotels. Just recently, was the hotel I stayed in at Windermere. Read my review here. The Lake District offers pubs and true vibrancy, and can be enjoyed by all ages!!

3. Plan Thoroughly & Keep A Map On Hand

If you're not there for a long time, you could easily miss spots you truly want to see. Everywhere is beautiful but you may want to walk a specific walk or stop at a specific town. Make sure you plan it beforehand and have a map in hand too. A hard copy of a map is very important because some roads may not pick up on a sat nav and if you're walking you may not always get strong phone signal. It's the best way to get the most out of your trip.

4. The Popular Lakes May Not Always Be The Best

Many people have heard of the Lake District, and when they're asked to name names of lakes, they'll probably be able to tell you about Windermere, Grasmere, and perhaps Coniston. However, having explored a little more, I was utterly wowed by Lake Thirlmere and Derwent Water. Lake Thirlmere feels completely nordic, with almost a swiss vibe from the road, and you really feel completely emmersed in nature. Take time to visit the lesser touristy lakes also, as well as the popular ones, you'll be surprised!

5. Only ONE Body Of Water Is Actually A Lake

This is a fun fact for those of you who love to find out more about geography! The only true 'lake' in the Lake District is actually Bassenthwaite Lake, the others are made up of different types of bodies of water. Either way, they are beautiful! For more facts and figures of the lakes, click here!


6. It Has That Northern Hospitality Everyone Loves

Being a northerner, you appreciate and understand how northerners work. Friendly, hospitable and salt of the earth, but sometimes when you move out of your area to a tourist area, you can find a lack of Northern Hospitality, but in Cumbria, people seem happy (no surprise), and very friendly. It has a very relaxed vibe, and nobody is in too much of a rush, it has a very European pace of life, which is very welcoming! People will be happy to give you directions or offer you advice on where is good to go. A really friendly warm place and always a good cup of tea ready to be found in a cute tearoom!

7. You Come Home Feeling Like You've Had A Holiday

Away from all the hustle and bustle of the city and the mountainous terrain, it truly feels as if you've escaped England! It is such a treat, with so many hotels and cafes and bars that you feel as if you're indulging in a summer escape! There are a few main areas to shop also, Windermere, Keswick and Penrith being the major ones, and a little down in the south there's Kendal, the home of the famous Kendal Mint Cake, and there's always plenty of that to find in gift shops!

A Night At Storrs Hall

The Lake District has been a particular favourite place of travel for me for so long, Windermere gives the ultimate in British holiday vibes, even as rainy and wet as it's been. Storrs Hall, situated in the more quieter sedate part of Windermere is a haven, with beautiful private views of the lake, with 5 star treatment and an incredibly lovely warm vibe. Even in early September, when we're still in summer mode, the burning logfire was such a cosy touch. Storrs Hall has 5 star treatment across the board, their staff are impeccable and nothing is too much trouble.

Storrs Hall was built in the 1790's by Yorkshire landowner John Legard, and it's not difficult to see why this was a popular place for famous poet William Wordsworth to stay for some writing inspiration. In 1890, it was properly established as a hotel, and through the 20's and 30's, it saw many guests come, including American tourists, and you could truly feel the history inside this building. Perhaps even spirits, who knows! In 1997, Lancashire businessman Les Hindle restored the hall and it's now a beautiful luxury hotel in the heart of The Lake District.

The Hotel & Area

The hotel itself is one of those beautiful locations that would make for a perfect wedding venue. It has such a magical feel, and in summer, it would be incredibly divine. The hotel does of course offer weddings! The decor downstairs is bright and airy, modern but chic, with a hint of traditional and very classy. Plenty of little nooks to sit and read in with an afternoon tea, or perhaps just a coffee. Lots and lots of grounds to explore, including the lake walk which is perfect before you head to dinner. Thankfully the rain held off for us just in time! On its doorstep, you have Storrs Temple, which now belongs to the National Trust. It's a lovely traditional little monument, and lots of little waterside places to sit and stop and enjoy with quaint little benches and tables; it made me feel so summery even now this chilly weather is descending.

The Room

The room had a beautiful traditional vibe, with mahoganny furniture, it felt regal and special. The colour scheme was cream with beautiful orange tones throughout which brings such a bright vibrancy and complete with the most incredible Pinterest themed blue velvet chair. The view is the first thing that hits you, is the magnificent view. I would highly recommend getting a room with a lake view; it has copious amounts of wanderlust just consuming you! There will always be something calming about water, and sitting pondering life with a glass of prosecco (thank you to the staff at Storrs Hall) is a perfect way to end the week. The bathroom was a beautiful marble, so instagrammable! A large bath, wet room, with a shower that felt like tropical rainfall, and such a treat, and underfloor heating which is such a bonus. Each room comes complete with a dressing gown and slippers, which is the best after a large dinner and a hot shower, cuddling up in bed and reading or watching TV. Perfect!

The Restaurant

This is truly a gem and one of my favourite parts of the hotel. It's elegance is visible in its stunning gold decor, it's gorgeous views and an opportunity to indulge in some beautifully crafted dishes, with taste and art at its core, whilst sitting contendedly looking over the serene Lake Windermere. With an option for an a la carte or tasting menu, you can choose from three incredible dishes, starter, main and dessert with small dishes in the interim to delicately cleanse the pallete, including a pre-dessert, which was fruity and delicious. Each course was named simply, after the main ingredient in the dish. For the starter, I opted for the "Artichoke", which came with so many different flavours and colours, it's a true culinary delight. The main meal, the "Chicken" was also particularly delicious, so light and delicate, nothing on the menu was too heavy on the stomach, and the chicken melted in your mouth. Incredibly tender and cut like butter. For dessert, I chose the "Strawberry", full of tangy strawberry pieces and sorbets and a pistachio ice-cream which was the creamiest divine ice-cream I've tasted in a really long time, if not ever. The food was 5 star, highly recommended and very much a luxury feel to it, boasting the kind of service and food that you would expect to see in a top London restaurant.

The Breakfast

The breakfast has a fabulous wide range of hot food which I really was impressed by. I opted for the vegetarian breakfast which was so delicious and cooked to perfection, still with a gourmet feel! There were choices of fruit, cereal, croissants and a moderate choice for a continental breakfast. It's a choice of self-service and serve yourself, which I think is a lovely compromise and the staff are very friendly and hospitable.

Storrs Hall is the perfect weekend hotspot and getaway in one of the Lake District's most vibrant areas, but away from the hustle and bustle of the town. It's a brilliant way to explore the lake and take walks, soaking up what it has to offer. The hotel is lovely, it's a little gem that is renowned for its luxury feel and brilliant service. I will definitely be coming back, thanks for the wonderful memories!

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*I was a guest at Storrs Hall but all opinions are my own.