• Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    'A gold standard for small luxury hotels: the type of place where you do not feel you need to wear a tie.' In extensive grounds with cultivated gardens and woodland, this 'friendly, family-run'

  • Holbeck Ghyll, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    Built as a hunting lodge for Lord Lonsdale, this ivy-covered Arts and Crafts house stands in extensive grounds that slope down to Lake Windermere. It is managed by Andrew McPherson for the owners,

  • Cedar Manor, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    A 200-year-old cedar tree stands in the walled gardens of this 19th-century hotel, which is within an easy walk of the lake and village. Caroline and Jonathan Kaye are the hands-on owners. The