It is that time of year when the mind turns to a cottage getaway for two and a romantic Valentines weekend in our of our Lake District self catering cottages. Here are some suggestions for things to do, apart from snuggling up with your loved one in from of the fire of course.
Buttermere has some really dreamy scenery. Bridges over waterfalls, pebbled bays around the lake, and paths wide enough for holding hands. Finish your walk with a delicious ice cream made fresh on the farm at the village end of the lake.
The view from Friars Crag
John Ruskin described the view from Friars Crag as one of the most beautiful in Europe, let alone the Lake District. You will rarely have it to yourself, but when you do, it is incredibly special to sit on the bench with your loved one and gaze across the water to Borrowdale and the graceful form of Catbells.
Drinking Hot Chocolate
1657 Chocolate Shop in Kendal is a quaint traditional shop on a cobbled street. Take your other half on an old fashioned date and enjoy one of 18 delectably different varieties of chocolate drink in the restaurant, served by ladies in starched 17th century style aprons & uniforms.
Love the Lakes
Call in to one of the Love the Lakes shops, either in Keswick or Bowness. Treat your loved one to sensually scented candles, beautiful bath oils and soaps or gorgeous jewellery. All products on sale are produced in Cumbria. You might be lucky enough to be served by owner Sean who keeps an inspiring walking diary at stridingedge.net.
A rowing boat on Loweswater
This picturesque little stretch of water is very peaceful and off the beaten track. Red squirrels scamper along the shore and there is a stunning hidden waterfall not far from the waters edge. Boats can be rented from the National Trust. One of our favourite Lake District pubs is close by, The Kirkstile Inn.
High above Buttermere tucked into the crags of Warnscale is an old miners hut. I once served up a three course meal cooked on the open fire by candlelight, whilst camping out on a freezing cold January night. Top off a romantic ramble over Haystacks by calling in to soak up the view from the bothy window.
Brand new walking kit
The closest thing to a hug has to be a nice new fleece or cosy insulated jacket! Does your other half struggle to walk past a window display of Gore-tex without insisting on a browse round the shop? Indulge their clothing fetish and treat them to something new. Our Lake District cottages are near to some of the best outdoor shops in the UK including George Fisher, The Climbers Shop and Planet Fear.
Picnic by a tarn
The many tarns of the Lake District have inspired Coleridge, Wordsworth, Ruskin and Southey. Our favourites in the office are Eel Tarn above Eskdale for the lilies (in season) Dock Tarn for the peaceful location, and best of all, the heart shaped tarn on Seathwaite Fell. Take a picnic with you and enjoy the serene setting.
A day at a Spa
There are many luxury spas in the Lake District offering relaxing packages for couples. Who could resist a day to escape from the world for a soak in the hot tub or an indulgent massage? There are lots of secluded spa locations near our cottages in the Lake District. Read more here.
Afternoon Tea at in a posh restaurant
Sharrow Bay is an opulent hotel on the shore of Ullswater which serves a luxurious afternoon tea in their wonderful dining room. Afternoon tea is their signature offering and worth booking in advance for the Michelin starred menu. The Samling is on a hillside above Windermere and is a recent winner of World's Best Dining Hotel in the boutique category.
We also have some really romantic cottages, We went to the The Bothy recently to take some pictures. You can view our slideshow here.