From the eastern bank of Windermere, the dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells are nothing short of breathtaking. This constantly changing scene serves as a living picture postcard of this most beautiful countryside, an eloquent backdrop to the captivating charm that is the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa.
Stretching for 10.5 miles between Ambleside and Newby Bridge, Windermere isn't just the queen of Lake District lakes – it's also the largest body of water anywhere in England, closer in stature to a Scottish loch. It's been a centre for tourism since the first trains chugged into town in 1847 and it's still one of the national park's most popular spots.
The marvellous Mason's Arms (6 miles) is a local secret. The rafters, flagstones and cast-iron range haven't changed in centuries, and the patio has to-die-for views across fields and fells. The World of Beatrix Potter (3 miles) is a themed attraction that brings to life various scenes from Beatrix Potter's books, including Peter Rabbit's garden, Mr McGregor's greenhouse, Mrs Tiggywinkle's kitchen and Jemima Puddle-Duck's glade (there's even a themed tearoom). Blackwell House (2 miles) is a glorious example of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement, which championed handmade goods and craftsmanship over the mass-produced mentality of the Industrial Revolution.