This Georgian hotel, from the same team as the popular Watergate Bay in Cornwall, is the perfect place to stay as a family. As well as three types of room, there are sharing suites and on-site cottages, all of which are warm and inviting, or the two-bed Treehouse. If you’re heading up as a two, look at staying in one of the six lovely shepherd’s huts, which are beautifully painted and come with wood-burners, a roll-top bath and Robert’s radios – plus, firepits outside. The hotel offers a range of activities for families, including kayaking, paddle boarding, archery, stargazing, sailing and pony trekking – not to mention a designated, supervised kid’s club. When it comes to downtime, guests can chill out in the aptly named Living Space, have a hot drink in the library or book in for a treatment at the spa. If you’re staying for a couple of nights, mix things up between the informal restaurant and terrace, a relaxed fine-dining spot called Rampsbeck and, in the summer months, there’s a pretty greenhouse that transforms into a pizza restaurant and cocktail bar. Try the excellent Ullswater martini in at least one of them.
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Ullswater is the second largest lake in the area, surrounded by steep mountains on one side and rolling hills on the other. Another Place has everything for guests to take to the water whatever the weather. There’s a team of friendly teachers on hand to help you safely navigate the cold water, scenic kayaking lessons are a must and there’s the year-round Sheep Dip facility, where guests can hire wetsuits and pop in to shower and change after a plunge in the lake. Along with group activities such as steamboat cruises, guided walks and pony trekking, the biggest attraction here is Aira Force, one of the most famous waterfalls in the Lake District, which is said to have inspired Wordsworth’s poetry. There’s a mile-long walking route around the waterfall, where you can expect to spot a variety of flora and fauna, including ‘wishing trees’ which, legend has it, will bring you luck. Ullswater is also home to Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England, which is a great hike for those who relish a challenge.