The Belsfield

Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District

Classic room

True period romance in a charming Laura Ashley hotel on Lake Windermere, with breakfast and optional dinner

The Belsfield cleverly balances the old with the new, with the cream and white Victorian-meets-Italianate masterpiece serenely set in landscaped gardens right on the shores of Lake Windermere. Step through the glass reception area with its sweeping lake views to find yourself in one sleek and contemporary building. The rest of the property, however, is perfectly on point with its period design with small splashes of modernity thrown in.

Refurbished throughout by Laura Ashley designer Kay Cullen, its high-ceilinged public rooms benefit from all the attention to detail you would expect. Think archive prints, cheerful accents and classic furniture, especially in the grand drawing room and library. There's even a mini gym for those keen to squeeze in a workout, and an utterly 19th-century, England-style Belsfield Restaurant that inspires you to dress up for dinner. The hotel boasts a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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