We chose a nice little guest house called the Woodlands Guest House, just outside of Windermere. I'd never been to the Lake District so I wasn't sure what to expect, nor did I know the area, but I'd managed to book somewhere smack bang in the middle between Bowness and Windermere, which are two of the main areas. The guest house itself is a five star luxury guest house but I did find it through booking.com which made it far cheaper than it would have been had I booked directly with the hotel.
The drive from where we live was about three and a half hours overall, so we stopped at one of the services about half way through to stretch our legs (and we may or may not have gotten a cheeky McDonalds wrap but if I'm honest that was the first and definitely not the last of the 'treats' we got ourselves but hey, we were on holiday).
By the time we arrived at the hotel it was gone 5pm and we were both understandably shattered - he drove the whole way but being a passenger was just as tiring I swear! We were given a snappy tour of the guest house and then made ourselves at home. The hastiness was no fault of the lady who ran the guest house however, it was because Adam had, in what he thought was him being helpful, informed her that I desperately needed a wee. A great start to the holiday and I was so pleased we'd made such a charming impression.
The room itself was a lovely, cosy little room. I actually forgot to take photos (that'll be a running theme here) but I have managed to find some of the exact room. It had a nice sized double bed, a desk type area. a wall length mirror, a wardrobe/cupboard thing. and a bathroom with a shower (no bath unfortunately, a room with a bath would have set us back a lot more). I'm aware that it was one of the smaller of the double rooms they had to offer but honestly at the deal we had gotten I really didn't mind - besides at 4"11 I don't take up much space as it is. The room also came with complimentary tea and coffee supplies (which were replenished daily), a travel kettle and some incredible smelling toiletries from The White Company.
|Photo of our room taken from Booking.com|
|Wine glass bigger than my head|
|Loved the presentation of the food, it was so cute|
|Melon slices or chips? You decide|
The next day was our first full day, so we decided to walk down to Bowness and take a boat cruise around the lake itself. Before this however we took advantage of the complimentary breakfast in the guest house. The wait staff were absolutely fab and so friendly, and the food was amazing. I had a full english breakfast and Adam went for American pancakes with bacon, both of which were delicious,
The walk to Bowness took no more than 10 minutes, and we entertained ourselves by laughing at the geese standing around the lake while we waited for the cruise. The views from the boat were breathtaking, and I tried to get some nice photos but spent most of the time enjoying the serentity of the surroundings, unlike some other passengers who tried to make as much noise as possible, which dampened the experience a little.
|New best pal, Lucy the Goose|
|I got fancy with the panoramic photos which is why it looks like the same bird has appeared many times|
|Another of my fancy panoramic photos - gorgeous view|
We then ventured off to find a cafe to get some lunch, but stopped along the way at a little sweet shop as Adam insisted we had to buy some kendal mint cake, which I'd never tried, alongside some various flavours of fudge. In one of the other little stores we encountered they were selling various interesting flavours of vodka, so at 2pm on a wednesday we had a mini vodka tasting session, settling eventually on a bottle of kendal mint cake vodka, which tastes a lot better than it sounds. Again, I forgot to take photos but the burgers we had in the cafe were incredible, and I think Adam thoroughly enjoyed his flamboyant hot chocolate. The rest of the evening was spent exploring and then relaxing in the hotel with a bottle of cava drank from the disposable plastic cups that were provided in the room, the epitome of class.
|He didn't expect the marshmallows and the waitress falsely assumed it was for me.|
|L O O K. So good.|
|Everywhere was covered in orange/brown leaves and it felt so wonderfully autumnal.|
|First christmas coffee of the year!|
We recuperated in the hotel room while watching back to back episodes of Jeremy Kyle until we were ready for dinner. This time we decided to go to a nice Italian restaurant, called Riva so I dressed up, donned some heels and we left the hotel, before quickly realising that if we walked in the heavy rain we wouldn't make it, so we drove. When we got there it was 5 minutes before their happy hour was over so I quickly ordered us a cocktail each and an extra glass of prosecco for myself (it was the last night after all!). Adam treated himself to a (huge) boar burger, which I tried and was really tasty, while I had Merluzzo Alla Siciliana, which is basically cod in tomato sauce with garlic, herbs and roasted rosemary new potatoes, and yet again I was not disappointed.
Sadly that was where the holiday ended, as we packed up and left the next morning, but not before indulging on the delicious breakfast one more time.
Reading this back, it sounds like all we did was eat but I promise we did see the sights and explore too!
We had a lovely time and I hope you enjoyed reading about our few days away!
I'll be back again with my usual makeup posts soon, but I wanted to have something to look back at to remember how much fun we had.
See you again soon!