The Gilpin Lake House
Crook Rd., Windermere
The Lake District is one of the most scenic parts of the English countryside, and it’s crawling in hotels, though few even approximate what this lodge and lake-side hotel offers. This family owned hotel is split into two parts—one an ultra-secluded 6-bedroom lakeside retreat, and the other a revamped Georgian country house in Windermere. For those looking for total peace and quiet, the Lake House, which opened in 2010, is that way to go. Situated right on a private lake, it features its own spa, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea served wherever guests choose, outdoor hot tubs and Okura baths with breathtaking views, and plush, contemporary rooms each named after one of the family’s six daughters. Other than walk the nearby trails, swim or fish in the lake, or spend the day in the lake-side spa, there’s little to do here, except enjoy the seclusion.