The large majority of hotels located by lakes in England are found within the Lake District, a national park that features 14 lakes. These include the largest, deepest and longest lakes in the country. Another region known for its lakes and waterways is The Broads of Norfolk and Suffolk, where a range of lakefront hotels can also be found.
English Lakes Hotels Ltd -- Near Lake Windermere
English Lakes Hotels Ltd, a company that has offered lodging on the shores of Lake Windermere since the 1950s, operates four lakefront hotels: Waterhead, Low Wood Bay, Storrs Hall and The Wild Boar. The Waterhead Hotel is a boutique townhouse hotel near the historic town of Ambleside; the resort-style, 111-room Low Wood Bay features two restaurants, a marina and a water sports center; Storrs Hall is a Georgian manor house on 17 landscaped lakefront acres; and The Wild Boar Inn, Grill and Smokehouse is a cozy, country-style property in a serene valley. Its upgraded rooms feature log-burning stoves and copper bathtubs. Guests at any of the hotels are welcome to use the facilities of the Low Wood Leisure Club, which includes a pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna and gymnasium. All room rates at the properties include a full English breakfast daily.
National Trust Holiday Cottages
The nonprofit National Trust operates self-catering cottages in the Lake District, including several lakefront options. These include the two-bedroom High and Low Strawberry Gardens cottages, which are located within steps of Windermere's western shore and share a jetty; and The Summer House, which is also on the western shore of Windermere, located within the old kitchen garden of Wray Castle. The two-bedroom former artists' studio, Wasdale Hall Lodge, is located at the southwestern end of Wastwater, England's deepest lake. These old, rural cottages retain original features like open fire ranges, wood-burning stoves and shingled roofs, but have been updated with central heating.
Hotels in the Broads
The Broads is a network of navigable rivers and lakes throughout Norfolk and Suffolk counties in eastern England. It is the largest wetland in Britain. Several hotels in The Broads boast waterfront locations. The Broad House Country Estate Hotel sits on 24 countryside acres that include formal gardens, a meadow and woodlands. Guests may use the hotel's 10-foot rowing boat or charter the motor cruiser with a skipper and crew to explore the adjacent waterways. From the Norfolk Mead Hotel, it is a short walk across lawns to the Mead, a lake flanked by wildflowers and reeds that is home to otters and abundant bird life. The former Georgian merchant’s house turned hotel also boasts 750 feet of moorings on a stretch of the River Bure.
Country Manors and Halls
Some of the grandest old manor houses and halls that dot the English countryside have been converted into luxury hotels, and some offer lakes within their expansive grounds. Mottram Hall, an 18th-century country house on 270 acres of parkland near Manchester, features an ornamental lake for rowing boats, an 18-hole golf course and a mini-golf course, as well as 131 guestrooms. Newick Park Hotel and Country Estate in Sussex, a Georgian manor on 255 acres, has a lake where you can fish for bream, carp and pike. Other activities available for guests include hot-air balloon and helicopter rides over the countryside and the chance to drive a tank around the grounds.
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