Guide to the ten best spas in the Lake District holiday cottages

Guide to the ten best spas in the Lake District

Jemima Kirkwood 22 March 2021

If you're visiting one of our self catering Lake District cottages why not treat yourself to a pamper day at one of our fabulous local spas. Below, we've compiled our Top 10 Best Spas in the Lake District to help you decide where to go for a relaxing day. Many of these spas feature wonderful pools, intense massage and aromatherapy saunas.

Armathwaite Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake

relax and unwind

There could be no more relaxing location for a spa than this spectacular country house. Armathwaite Hall is set in 400 acres of park and woodland on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, one of the more beautiful and tranquil parts of the Lake District. This is the perfect place to unwind and the spa offers an infinity pool, an outdoor hot tub overlooking the stunning gardens, a hydrotherapy pool, aroma room, steam room, sauna, tropical shower and a gym. The spa lounge has a central fireplace and dining area. Armathwaite offers a range of beauty treatments or why not treat yourself to a spa day - a full day of relaxation sounds wonderful! View our Bassenthwaite Cottages

Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere

enjoy the many treatments to help you relax

Holbeck Ghyll’s spa offers a number of indulgent day-spa packages where you can combine treatments and use of the spa facilities with a lunch in their fine dining restaurant - marvellous. After enjoying a variety of ESPA treatments, why not unwind in the outdoor hot tub, taking in the breathtaking views over Lake Windermere and beyond - with a glass of wine in hand of course! Browse our Windermere cottages.

The Spa at High Head, Eden Valley

Treat yourself to a massage

This day spa is located in High Head Sculpture Valley, a unique park well known for its large sculptures displayed along woodland paths. It hosts indoor exhibitions throughout the year and has a luxurious beauty spa in a Scandanavian style log cabin. High Head Spa is just 8 miles from Carlisle right in the heart of the Eden Valley, one of Cumbria's hidden gems. There's a full range of treatments including aromatherapy, hot stones massage, reflexology and manicures – after which, you can retire to the Farmhouse Tea Room for something delicious to round off the day. We have lots of cottages in the Eden Valley.

The Falls Spa, Borrowdale

atmospheric candles

You have probably visited the Lodore Falls on a trip to the Lake District – wonderful frothy waterfalls tumbling from the Borrowdale fells towards Derwentwater. Well, did you know that you could take a refreshing dip there before retiring to the Lodore Falls Hotel for a pamper session? The Falls Beauty Salon is a relaxing destination offering everything from Elemis body massages and facials to manicures and pedicures. Enjoy a swim in either the outdoor or indoor pool and a soak in their outdoor hot tub. They offer a range of packages - The Ladies Day which is ideal for a group of friends or, the Mother and Daughter day offer lovely days out with your nearest and dearest. Have a look at all our Lake District cottages in Borrowdale.

Langdale Spa, Great Langdale

Experience a facial and head massage

The Langdale Spa is located in an idyllic 35-acre woodland Langdale Estate. On offer is a range of fabulous therapies and treatments for invigorating and relaxing - bliss! You can use the 20-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, tropical shower, deluge shower, gym and hot tub. An afternoon lounging around the poolside sounds like a great idea to me! If you fancy a Spa Day, have a look at the Taster Experience Spa Day and indulge in top-to-toe therapies. Browse our Ambleside cottages.

Amethyst Health & Beauty, Cockermouth

plan a proper couples retreat

Let's face it; there are times when you're up for a full day's fluffy-robe-and-slippers, and other occasions when all you need is an efficient brush-up by an expert. Amethyst is just right – a full range of luxury Elemis skincare, plus reflexology, Indian head massage and aromatherapy. Men can have a traditional wet shave, and ladies can choose anything from a well-priced massage an express manicure. If you are one for adventuring and spend a lot of time in your walking boots, a spa foot treatment and pedicure will let you fully relax and give your feet some breathing space.  Find your Cockermouth cottage in our collection.

North Lakes Hotel Spa, Penrith

essential oils and candles

If you have had a long journey on the M6 or A66 to reach the Lake District then you might like to know what there is a handily located spa right on junction 40. The North Lakes Hotel may have a central location but it has the feel of a country retreat. Exposed wooden beams, complimentary robes and slippers plus an inviting pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room create the perfect calming ambience. The spa offers a full choice of treatments using ESPA products and has a newly opened Spa Relaxation Lounge which sounds delightful.

Elements Beauty, Cockermouth

indoor swimming pool

Elements is just the sort of handy place with experts you need when the rest of your group is heading up Pillar Rock and your muscles have had enough. Try their Swedish Massage to assuage your aching parts, or indulge in some relaxing aromatherapy. A leg and foot treatment is wonderful if your tootsies have spent the rest of the week in walking boots, or go for the full works with a total body massage. There's a full range of treatments for both men and woman making this a lovely place for a day out relaxing together. They are centrally located in Cockermouth, handy for our nearby self-catering Lake District cottages.

The Spa at Underscar, nr. Keswick

jacuzzi time

The Spa at Underscar is located in 40 acres of woodland on the slopes of Skiddaw, a couple of miles outside of Keswick; it feels like you're really out in the wilds, but it's convenient for much of the north and west Lake District. Here you can have the usual options including Decleor scented facials, Indian head massage and reflexology. You will find yourself drawn to their 'Earthly Pleasures' and 'Madagascan Dream' packages which sound just lovely. Discover all of our Keswick cottages.

Aqua Sana, Whinfell Forest Park

Whinfell Forest Park is best known as a wildlife park and red squirrel sanctuary, but it also has a wonderful spa with extraordinary facilities! Relax by Laconium which produces gentle heat and was a favourite with Roman Patricians. Rub handfuls of ice over your body from the ice fountain to stimulate circulation. The Indian Blossom Steam Room was inspired by the ambience of a Maharaja's palace.  Then there’s the Balinese multi-steam bath, the Zen garden, the Japanese Salt Stream bath and multi-sensory showers. The outdoor heated pool and Hydro Pool are fab or have a nap on one of the Water Beds. Aqua Sana uses Decleor and Elemis products, including the Madagascan Red Island Ritual – a spicy-scented scrub, with warming fragrant oils. The top of the range Elemis Signature Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial is said to reduce wrinkles, for a little while, at least.

Please note all details are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but please check the establishment's website for prices, package details, opening times and terms & conditions.

We have a wide range of self-catering Lake District cottages near all of these Spas, from a cosy cottage for two to a large homestead sleeping 25 – for you and all your friends!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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