Tucked into the lesser-visited northeastern section of the Lake District, this B&B has captivating views of Lake Ullswater and the Eastern Fells. It lies in a tranquil rural setting in the hamlet of Watermillock, close to the Cumbrian market town of Penrith and the grey-stone houses and teashops of Pooley Bridge. The location lets you sail the lake on the iconic Ullswater ‘Steamers’, trek up to the National Trust-owned waterfall Aira Force, or play a round of golf at the scenic Keswick Golf Club.
Make your plans for the day over a long, indulgent Cumbrian breakfast. The menu at The Ullswater View offers locally sourced products such as home-made bread, yoghurt and granola with a selection of fresh fruit and juice, followed by your choice from the kitchen’s repertoire of hot classics.
Pull on your hiking boots and make the most of the area’s natural beauty, starting 5 miles away in the village of Glenridding. For those with a head for heights, England’s third-largest mountain, Helvellyn, can be summited from here. Afterwards, you can rest in the B&B’s lounge, with its chic marble-style flooring, or head up to your plush room. Classic touches like floral wallpaper and curtains give yours a homely feel, updated by contemporary amenities such as a 32-inch LCD TV and an iPod docking station. The Loughrigg room comes with its own private whirlpool bath, which is wonderful for soaking in after a hike.