The Lake District has long been a popular location for couples seeking the perfect honeymoon hideaway, and we've a fabulous selection of properties for two, from quaint character cottages tucked away in the centre of town, to luxurious retreats in remote locations! Whether you’re enjoying your honeymoon, fitting in a minimoon, or planning that special anniversary celebration, here are a few of our favourite ideas for romantic days out in the Lakes!
1. Catch a performance at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake
If you love theatre, there's always a great selection of things to see at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. After a full day exploring the Lakes, what better way to enjoy the evening than with a relaxed meal at the theatre's contemporary, glass-fronted Café by the Lake restaurant? Watch the sun go down before your performance starts! You can even save some pennies with a discount when you book through Sally's Cottages.
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2. Take a tour of the Lakes Distillery with lunch at the bistro
Set next to Bassenthwaite Lake, the Lakes Distillery was once a Victorian cattle farm, which has been lovingly converted into a world-class distillery and visitor experience. You can take a guided tour around the distillery, combined, if you choose, with a half-hour tutored tasting experience! The Bistro at the Distillery is the perfect way to round off your visit, with lunch and afternoon tea options, and evening meals, too! Sally's Cottages guests also receive a special discount.
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3. Enjoy a meal and a film at Zeffirellis, Ambleside
Zeffirellis in Ambleside is the place to go for good food and evening entertainment in the South Lakes! It has multiple cinema screens, showing the latest blockbusters as well as a great selection of arthouse films. Zeffirellis Pizzeria offers a superb range of evening meals with vegan options, and vegetarians will love its nearby sister establishment Fellinis, a ‘Vegeterranean’ restaurant which specialises in vegetarian fine dining with a Mediterranean twist!
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4. Picnic on the shores of Ullswater at Glencoyne
It was a walk along the shores of Glencoyne that probably inspired one of William Wordsworth’s most famous poems, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud'. Although best known for its springtime displays of daffodils, Glencoyne is the perfect location for a lakeside picnic throughout the summer! There's a conveniently located National Trust car park on the opposite side of the road to the pebble beaches, and you can sit back and relax with beautiful views along Ullswater towards Pooley Bridge.
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5. Take a wander around Tarn Hows
The short two-mile walk around the tarns at Tarn Hows is an age-old favourite, and for good reason! The area is stunning at any time of the year and is now owned by the National Trust after it was preserved by children's author Beatrix Potter. Find the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic, and we guarantee you won't want to leave at the end of the day!
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6. Follow in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets
Rydal Mount was William Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until his death in 1850, and is still owned by his descendants. Set in beautiful gardens and commanding views of Lake Windermere, Rydal Water, and the surrounding fells, it is an ideal place to wander arm in arm. The garden remains as Wordsworth himself designed it and consists of fell-side terraces, rock pools, and an ancient mound. Explore some of the Romantic Poet’s best-loved work whilst learning about his life in his beloved home.
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7. Take a leafy walk to Stockghyll Force, Ambleside
There’s something particularly romantic about a woodland walk to a waterfall, and the sun-dappled path to Stockghyll Force above Ambleside is simply magical! There are a number of waterfall walks in the Lakes, with this popular route beginning behind Barclays Bank in the centre of town. There are also plenty of pubs and cafés back in Ambleside when you're ready to seek refreshment later in the day!
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8. Explore the islands of Derwentwater in your very own rowing boat
One of the most beautiful ways to enjoy the Lake District is by boat, and if the idea of taking in the scenery at your own pace appeals to you, you could hire a rowing boat just for two from the Keswick Launch on Derwentwater! Not in Keswick? You can also hire a boat from other providers on Windermere, Coniston Water and Ullswater.
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9. Visit Claife Viewing Station on the western shore of Windermere
We absolutely love the tranquil atmosphere on the western shore of Windermere, and one superb landmark to seek out is Claife Viewing Station, close to Ferry House. The viewing station was recently restored by the National Trust and you can now take in the views over Windermere through coloured glass and imagine what it would have been like to attend a dance here in the 1800s! Just below the viewing station is the Café in the Courtyard, a delightful little building offering takeaway drinks, cakes and light lunchtime snacks. Cosy up by the indoor fire on a wet day, or relax out in the courtyard when the sun’s shining!
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10. Enjoy an afternoon tea in a real castle
Don your crown and feel like royalty at an afternoon tea at Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass. This 13th century castle is set amid stunning mountain scenery with its generous grounds and is the ideal spot for you and your other half. The afternoon teas take place in the castle’s Billiard Room with its feature wood panelling, ornate plaster ceiling, and views of the lawns. Tickets for the afternoon tea also include access to the castle and grounds, as well as the popular Hawk & Owl Centre.
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We hope that this post will help you to plan your perfect romantic getaway! And, if you’re still searching for your ideal cottage retreat, we're confident you'll find just what you’re looking for using our online search facility, so do take a look!
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