The Swan Hotel & Spa, Lake District
With its whimsical charm, enchanting lakes and towering mountains, the Lake District is the perfect rural escape for anyone desiring to exchange the hustle and bustle of the city, for a peaceful countryside retreat.
In a 17th century former coaching inn, overlooking the River Leven lies The Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge. Situated in the quaint hamlet of Newby Bridge at the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere, the hotel stands right in the heart of the District.
Eccentric yet chic interior design, a family-friendly atmosphere, an entertaining games room, a boutique spa, a revitalising health club, a buzzing pub and a stylish restaurant, combine to make the hotel a playground for all ages. Nevertheless, for couples seeking a romantic secluded getaway, behold: The Love Nest.
One of the hotel’s five luxurious holiday cottages, tucked away to the rear of the main building, the Love Nest is ideal for lovers who do not wish to be disturbed. With beautifully designed, handmade wallpaper embellishing the walls, floral print accents and floor to ceiling windows allowing for natural light to gleam through, this lodge exudes elegance. Having its own private terrace with an outdoor fireplace, scenic views of the hotel’s grounds can be adored, with a glass of wine in hand, anytime throughout the year. Boasting a super king en-suite bedroom, a fully-fitted kitchen and a spacious bathroom with double walk in rain showers and a roll top bath, guests have all they could possibly require for a few days of romance and solitude.
Similar in structure but differing in theme, the other four cottages have been designed with families in mind. For children, no expense to ensure their enjoyment and comfort has been spared. Each kids’ bunk room has been fitted with classic wooden white bunk beds, a TV and a PS4 games console. Other amenities comprise of; two super king en-suite bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen which also triples as a breakfast and dining room, a utility/wash room and a private terrace. Accommodating a family of up to eight, these nests are the idyllic countryside holiday home.
Other hotel accommodation includes a range of exquisitely designed rooms, and an array of sumptuous suites. I was lucky enough to stay in one of the hotel’s new lavish loft suites. Oozing with vibrant colours and striking patterns, the three loft suites, although not one in the same, scream panache. With gorgeous white marble bathrooms, in-room roll top baths, super king beds with pop up TV’s at the foot, cosy fireplaces and white washed hardwood flooring, The Swan’s custom designed, luxury loft suites are unparalleled in character, splendour and comfort.
After having checked into my plush room, I hurried along to the hotel’s onsite spa. In desperate need of skin revival, I could hardly wait for my ESPA Express Facial appointment. Succeeding 30 minutes of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, culminating with a soothing Oriental head massage, I sauntered out of Vu Spa feeling like a brand-new woman, ready to take on the world. Having used an assortment of ESPA beauty products on both my face and neck, the masseuse had left my skin feeling absolutely rejuvenated and velvety smooth. In addition to the ESPA Express Facial, Vu Spa offers a variation of treatments including; a choice of massages, a selection of day/bridal packages, hot stone treatments, waxing, tanning and nail care.
As I wandered back to my suite following my revitalising facial, I became captivated by the hotel’s unusually, aesthetically pleasing interior design. Tangerine-coloured sofas, a salmon pink games room with a powder pink pool table and dozens of vibrant nature-inspired print cushions, all caught my eye, and whilst is sounds like it shouldn’t work, remarkably it does. Flamboyant sofas with damask print cushions and other motifs decorate various corners of the hotel, surrounding blazing fireplaces, making the hotel a cosy home away from home.
Saturated with glorious shades of pink, delightful floral prints, handmade wallpaper and quirky light fixtures, the hotel’s River Room restaurant stands to be my definitive favourite space. Not solely due to its unmatched appeal, but also owing to the scrumptious home-cooked meals the restaurant serves.
For dinner, I began with an appetiser of vegetable spring rolls. Served on a bed of stir fry peppers and yellow and red onions, coated in soya sauce, I was left salivating in anticipation for the main course. Having selected the house burger with extra mature cheddar cheese, onion rings, salad and fries, I was not left disappointed. The burger, containing locally-sourced succulent beef was equally as appetising as my starter. When the waiter came by to ask if anyone wanted dessert, my mind shouted yes, but my stomach cried no, as such, I settled on sharing a dessert. We sampled the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch and vanilla ice cream. Drenched in mouth-watering caramel, it was by far the best sticky toffee pudding I’d ever indulged in.
As both the Swan Inn pub and the riverbank terrace serve the same menu as the restaurant, diners have the choice of savouring their meal in the hotel’s lively yet relaxed pub, or outdoors, whilst admiring the picturesque views.
If feeling guilty due to the overindulgence of the River Room’s delicious comfort food, guests have the choice to embark on a guided walking tour of the local area. Starting with a short yet exhilarating ride on a steam train, your stay in the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without strolling through some pastoral open farms and taking in the breathtaking rural landscape views.
If you’re looking for a place of relaxation, luxury and inimitable flair in the British countryside, look no further than The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge.
The Swan Hotel & Spa
Newby Bridge, Ulverston LA12 8NB