Top 10 for a Magical Mini-Moon

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					If you don’t have the time, money or energy for a long-haul honeymoon why not enjoy a
mini-moon closer to home? You’ll have less travelling to do, you’ll spend less and with
these gorgeous getaways you’ll get far more for your money? There’s nowhere more
romantic than the Lake District, Cumbria, with inspiring scenery, gorgeous accommodation
and indulgent little luxuries, it’s perfect for your first married escape together…

The Weary, near Carlisle
The Weary Contemporary Country Retreat is a traditional inn brought bang up to date. It offers
rooms that are each individually designed, super slick and stylish with Bang and Olufson phones,
flat screen TVs, DVD players (there’s an up to date DVD library for guests to choose from) and
stereos, Egyptian cotton sheets, huge monsoon power showers and cosy waffle bathrobes. Their
restaurant menus are incredibly tempting with choices such as Pan fried breast of partridge with
local black pudding, smoked streaky bacon and quail eggs, Poached fillet of sea bass wrapped
with julienne of vegetables served with king prawns, cooked with shallots, garlic and sweet chilli
then finished with cream and Strawberry and champagne Cheesecake. Or if you’re a real pudding
person you can go for the Chef’s selection of four desserts. Why not? It is your mini-moon! From
£110 per room per night.
www.theweary.com

The Hideaway, Windermere
Tucked quietly away, just behind the pretty village of Windermere, sits a secret treasure which truly
lives up to its name. The Hideaway is a beautiful Victorian Lakeland home, surrounded by peace
but in the heart of it all. Here you’ll find restful rooms, delicious food and exceptional service.
Their suites boast fabulous features such as private terraces, extra-deep free standing baths,
double sinks and luxury bathroom goodies and they do a lovely menu of treats so you can order
little luxuries like Bollinger Champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, hand tied fresh flowers and
decadent home made sponge cakes filled with mouth-watering butter cream and topped with
gooey icing. Their nightly room rates include full English breakfast, daily newspaper and tea with
home-made cakes and start from just £65.
www.thehideawayatwindermere.co.uk

Ann’s Hill Lodge, Cockermouth
A decadent self catering cottage full of chic chandeliers and rustic character. With wood-burning
stoves, big beds, hot tub, and a Romeo and Juliet balcony, it’s a lovely place to hide away and
unwind. A personal chef can be arranged for evening meals and a delicious homemade breakfast
delivered to your door. Add to that the chilled champagne, pampering toiletries and luxury hamper
that greets guests on arrival and it really does provide everything the heart desires for a romantic,
stylish retreat. With prices from £302 for three nights this is an affordable luxury.
www.annshill.co.uk

A Corner of Eden, Ravenstonedale
For a peaceful retreat where you can really take time out together, look no further than A Corner of
Eden. This farmhouse B&B has just four rooms and because of this offers really thoughtful levels
of service. You’ll be surrounded by luxury fabrics, warmed by huge open fires, tempted by
delicious food and undisturbed by TVs. You’re encouraged to head down for breakfast in the huge
fluffy bathrobes, to try one of their champagne baths and to make the most of the Butlers Pantry
which is included in your room rate – at any time you can help yourself to home-made cakes,
bread, chutneys and jams, local cheeses, coffees and juices and there’s an honesty bar too. A real
gem, ideal for peace, warmth and midnight feasts. From £120 per room per night.
www.acornderofeden.co.uk
Lowtherwood, Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel, Windermere
For absolute indulgence and privacy, Lowtherwood is the place for you. A magnificent barn
conversion in 8 acres of fields in the grounds of Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel, this offers
stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere. It’s not cheap but you’ll get to enjoy sole use of
four double bedrooms, each with its own terrace or balcony and huge ensuite (you could try them
all out!), galleried lounge and dining room with wood burning stove and Bose surround sound,
extensive gardens with beck and pond, a sauna and outside hot-tub and a helicopter landing pad.
If you’d like, a Michelin Star chef from the hotel will personally cook and serve your dinner in
Lowtherwood. What more could you wish for? Prices on application.
www.holbeckghyll.com

No43 Boutique Guesthouse, Arnside
Set in a sympathetically renovated Victorian townhouse with expansive views across the Kent
Estuary towards the Lakeland Fells, Number 43 is a blend of coastal cool and a country retreat.
The contemporary en-suite rooms have under floor heating, Christy towels, big fluffy bath robes
and exquisite toiletries from The Bath House of Sedbergh, as well as flat screen televisions, Bose
music systems, magazines, homemade biscuits and Kendal Mint Cake. Breakfast menus feature
the very best of local produce and on Sundays guests are treated to a complimentary glass of
bucks fizz to accompany their choice. From £110 per room per night.
www.no43.org.uk

The Randy Pike, Hawkshead
The owners of the well-loved Jumble Room in Grasmere have launched their own B&B business at
their home near Hawkshead. Their spacious, individual in character and dressed-to-perfection
luxury suites have super king vi-sprung beds draped in Frette linens, bathrooms fit only for a king
or queen, flat screen TV’s, fluffy bathrobes, luxury toiletries and iPod docks. Nightly rates include
an exceptional breakfast (as well as abundant traditional options you can also choose from dishes
like smoked haddock kedgeree or crostini with roasted red peppers, fresh basil pesto and
Hawkshead Goats Cheese) which is delivered to your room and can be taken at any time. If you’re
staying more than one night you’ll also have access to your own ’Boudoir Larder’ of complimentary
treats, tailored to your tastes but usually including delicious local cheeses and chutneys, home-
baked cakes, elderflower presse, raspberry juice and little bottles of champagne. The owners will
even run you to the Jumble Room if you fancy enjoying dinner there. From £180 per suite per night
 www.randypike.co.uk

The George and Dragon, near Penrith
This former coaching inn has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen and has re-opened its
doors to reveal a stylishly comfortable pub and restaurant. Comfy sofas, bare wooden tables,
reasonably priced wines and beers, intimate alcoves and open crackling fires make it a perfect
place to relax and unwind and the freshest local, organic ingredients, sourced within 20 miles of
the inn, make the menus mouthwatering. Ten reasonably priced bedrooms at the inn are also
available, all in keeping with the simple chic look of the pub and restaurant. The ten rooms, each
with en suite bathrooms, contain beautiful crewel work materials, quality linens and custom made
beds. Each room has been individually designed, with paintings and furniture chosen from the
Lowther family's own collection. A peaceful hideaway offering delicious wholesome food. From
£85 per room per night.
www.georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk

Linthwaite Country House Hotel, Windermere
If you’d like to push the boat out in honour of your nuptials try out the Loft Suite at Linthwaite. The
56m2 suite has been designed to take romance to another level by bringing starlit skies and balmy
nights literally into the bedroom. Built with complete privacy and luxury in mind this offers its own
separate entrance, a retractable glass roof panel with a telescope for star-gazing, state of the art
flat-screen TVs and sound systems, a mini-fridge stocked to your requirements, huge freestanding
designer bath, double walk-in shower and twin wash hand basins, waffle bathrobes and Molten
Brown bath treats. For a very luxurious mini-moon. From £465 for the suite per night.
www.linthwaite.com
Swish Travel…Tours, transfers and taxis with lots of little luxuries
Swish Travel can help you explore Cumbria in style during your magical minimoon. They offer
tours, transfers and taxis with lots of little luxuries. Servicing all UK airport and train stations, they
offer a smart VW Caravelle complete with thoughtful touches to make your journeys enjoyable.
One of their particularly romantic offerings is their Valentine Day (available all year round!) which
provides you with a dedicated vehicle and a quiet driver, both at your beck and call for the day,
sunggly blankets, a tour of some of Cumbria’s most spectacular scenery, a cosy lunch at a
Lakeland Inn and a Love Birds Hamper full of gorgeous goodies.
www.swishtravel.co.uk/Valentine.html

         For further information about visiting the Lake District, Cumbria, visit
                                  www.golakes.co.uk

				
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