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The Haweswater Hotel, Bampton, Lake District
Sitting above Haweswater, in one of the Lake District's quietest eastern valleys, Haweswater Hotel offers peace, good walking and fine food. Built in the 1930s, when the valley was flooded to make today's reservoir, the hotel's interiors are classic examples of Art Deco-Modernist design; a treat for architecture-lovers. The property has retained its original features and rooms are styled with heritage furniture and fittings, including some striking advertising posters. Most bedrooms have lake views and after a day's walking you can return to quietly classy food. Choose an easy walk beside the lake or a tougher route over the fells, and return to relax by a warming fire or amongst the fine gardens.
Rooms available from £126.65 per night
On the narrow road that borders the eastern shore of Haweswater, which ends at a small car park at the head of the lake, this is a peaceful location; the only traffic is walkers, farmers or people connected with reservoir maintenance. No other buildings are in sight, and yet the M6 is just 20 minutes' away. You come here for the peace, the views, and the walking. But for a day out, Lowther Castle, with its impressive Gothic ruins and wild gardens, is a 15-minute drive.
By car: around 2 hours from Manchester, 3 hours 30 minutes from Birmingham and 5 hours 30 minutes from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: direct trains to Penrith Station from Glasgow Central (1 hour 30 minutes) and London Euston (3 hours). The hotel is a 30-minute drive. thetrainline.com
THE LOOK AND FEEL
Built in 1937, the Art Deco-Modernist interiors have been carefully preserved or restored including parquet and linoleum-patterned flooring, wood-panelling and arched metal-framed windows. Furniture and fittings - sourced from auctions and sales - are authentic, including 1930s fireplaces, chrome-framed armchairs, opaque-glass lampshades and distinctive curved-edged bureaux.
The lounge, with its fire and comfy sofas, huge windows and open archway to the entrance hall, is a convivial place where guests often end up chatting to each other.
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are allowed in several bedrooms, and in the bar area where owners can dine with them
BED AND BATH
Bedrooms are lightly furnished with a mix of Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces, together with enamelled bedsteads and deep-hued walls. The overall effect is smart but homely. Bathrooms are colourful with patterned tiling and, unusually, have deep square baths to make the most of the space.
Room types: Rear View room, Lake View room, Lake View suite, Lake View Deluxe suite, Lake View Balcony suite, Garden suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
Despite the 1930s styling, the food is firmly in the 21st century, and pretty impressive, too. Starters might include pan-fried scallops on sweet potato purée while a popular main course is herb-crusted local lamb with potato terrine. Puddings are definitely aimed at walkers, including the self-styled 'chocolate brownie to die for'.
The Restaurant: Art-Deco brasserie, modern British cuisine. Mains include Gigha turbot and rack of lamb. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Lounge & Bar: casual dining and cosy bar, serving light bites. Open daily for lunch and dinner.