The Swan Hotel & Spa – Newby Bridge, Cumbria

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In an idyllic riverside spot at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, The Swan started life in the 17th century as a coaching inn, but has evolved dramatically since then. Today, it has plenty to recommend it – stylish decoration, delicious food, a spoiling spa and health club (including a pool) and children’s indoor and outdoor play areas. After suffering flood damage in December 2015, it underwent a stunning refurbishment and reopened in 2016, with walls freshly painted in vibrant colours or covered in jazzy statement paper. The look is elegant country style, with wood floors and rustic furniture. The distinctive bedrooms range from the cosy to spacious suites; most sumptuous is the Fabulous loft, with a marble bathroom and an in-room roll-top bath. The home-cooked gastropub food is served in The Swan Inn pub and the classy River Room, while light lunches are on offer at The Fruity Fish juice bar or on the terrace in the sun. Doubles from £142.


Name to Know: The Harrison brothers, Lee, Craig and Jordan, all members of the management team. Ask them what and where to eat and drink.

See: Explore the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park in the Lake District.

Eat: At the hotel restaurant or pub, where you will find fabulous home cooked food, a plentiful wine list and lots of gin.

Buy: Handmade sticky toffee pudding, Cartmel village is famous for it.

Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.

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