Top Five Car-Free Days Out from Ambleside

We are delighted to introduce you to Dr and Mrs Eagle, regular guests to Waterhead. They share with us their top 5 car-free days out from the hotel in Ambleside, which adds to a relaxing stay in the Lake District. 

Waterhead Hotel
Waterhead Hotel

Having tried lots of places over the years Waterhead remains our favourite. It’s a luxurious break without the guess work of whether the bed will be comfy or the quality of food and wine or if the staff are friendly.  I’m quite fussy and like a quiet room, thick curtains and a powerful shower. Add to this a stunning view, fluffy towels and bathrobes, a library of DVDs, gingerbread and freshly roasted coffee! All of this adds up to a really relaxing break and that is why we keep coming back.

We love just parking the car when we arrive and then ignoring it for the duration of our stay. Here are out top five picks for car-free outings from Waterhead:

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Waterhead Gin of the Month – Death’s Door

Our Waterhead Gin of the Month takes us across the Atlantic and tells a story of sustainability at its best. Death’s Door Spirits have reinvigorated the local agricultural heritage as well as creating a superb and highly acclaimed gin. 

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Photo credit Death’s Door Spirits

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Waterhead Gin of the Month – Bloom London Dry

There’s something for every taste in the burgeoning Waterhead gin library. This month we have a fine example of how gin is being expressed in fresh innovative ways. Bloom London Dry gin declares ‘summer has arrived!’ Summer, that is, in an English country garden.

A refreshing gin and tonic served in the garden
A refreshing gin and tonic served in the garden

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Building on Strong Family Heritage – Waterhead celebrates Large Hotel of the Year

Delighted! Two awards in two weeks. First, English Lakes scoops a prestigious national Family Business of the Year Award, then Waterhead is crowned Large Hotel of the Year by Cumbria Tourism.

CUMBRIA TOURISM AWARDS 2016 --- Large Hotel of the Year winner - Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside. (l-r) Justin Moorhouse, Matt Stanaway, Anthony Sutcliffe, and award sponsor Richard Andrew of Armstrong Watson. // Annual award ceremony from Cumbria Tourism celebrating the best in the county's tourist attractions. Held at Cartmel Racecourse and hosted by comedian Justin Moorhouse. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. HARRY ATKINSON
(l-r) Justin Moorhouse, Matt Stanaway, Anthony Sutcliffe, and award sponsor Richard Andrew of Armstrong Watson. Photo Credit: Harry Atkinson

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Waterhead Gin of the Month – Sipsmith London Dry Gin

Waterhead loves to add another bottle to its blossoming gin library, and to discover the unique character of each one. Our Gin of the Month is Sipsmith London Dry, a gin eminently suited for the crisp and refreshing gin and tonic combination.

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5 Lake District Fell Walks from Waterhead

May is National Walking Month, so time to get the walking boots out and take to the hills to blow away any cobwebs clinging from a winter of hibernation. Waterhead is the perfect location for reaching some great routes and spectacular scenery. We’ve chosen five our of favourites to help you plan your ascent. (All of these can be found on OS Map: O/S 1.25,000 OL7 The English Lakes South East) Continue reading “5 Lake District Fell Walks from Waterhead”

Waterhead Gin of the Month – Martin Miller’s

Waterhead’s Gin of the Month is Martin Miller’s, named after its inventor and producer. Martin Miller’s has won more Gold and Platinum medals than any other gin in the last ten years, taking Gold in the 2016 World Spirits Awards. Behind the name, there is personality, passion, love, obsession and, in Martin’s own words, ‘madness’. Continue reading “Waterhead Gin of the Month – Martin Miller’s”