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Get cosy this winter

Ten cosy Cumbrian Christmas & New Year getaway snug-spots

Put the hectic side of Christmas and winter to one side for a few precious days and make time to sip a fine wine in an intimate hotel bar with a roaring open fire for company. From down-to-earth B&Bs to intimate hotels with a touch of luxury, make time for yourself here in The Lake District, Cumbria. Here’s just ten of our picks to get you started:
1. Why should only Father Christmas get the grotto? Glamping Pods at CastleriggWinter breaks don’t get much cosier than this. At Castlerigg campsite near Keswick, feel the true joy of getting away from it all in a camping pod – or the brand new Inspire Pod. Gaze at the winter weather through patio doors leading to a large wooden deck area for hot chocolate and marshmallows, before retiring inside to enjoy another Christmas movie on the large flat screen TV. In the words of the site’s team, this offers the ultimate pod experience this winter. Santa’s little helpers are welcome in the Castle Pods too; bring your dog with you.
2. Carols by the fire get cosy at Rothay ManorOn a chilly winter’s day, there’s nothing better than receiving a warm welcome. That, along with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies is exactly what awaits you at the Rothay Manor hotel in Ambleside, where carols and canapes get your festive retreat off to the best start. Coal-fires and comfortable lounges provide the icing on the Christmas cake after a refreshing winter walk in the heart of the Lake District, followed by a long soak in a luxurious bubble bath where you can pour yourself another glass of festive tipple.
3. Unwind in your steam-room with a view Relax in a Hot TubIt’s not often you can take deep breaths of fresh air at Christmas or around New Year without letting even the tiniest of shivers run through your body – but in a Tranquil Otter lodge an outdoor hot tub will certainly make being outside easier this winter. Gaze through the steam and admire the lakeside location in the peaceful countryside on the outskirts of the City of the Lakes, Carlisle, from your private balcony haven and let total relaxation take on new meaning.
4. Join the Inn Crowd the bar at the George and DragonNamed as the best pub in the Cumbria at the 2018 National Pub & Bar Awards, the George and Dragon at Clifton is a former 18th century coaching inn brimming with roaring log fires and bags of olde-worlde character. Known as a foodie hotspot, fresh produce comes direct from the nearby Lowther Estate and festive menus feature hearty comfort food including slow roasted soups, show cooked Shorthorn beef and mulled wine poached pear filo tart.
5. Experience real peace on earth Leathes Head HotelThere’s no shortage of peace and quiet this Christmas for those who choose to take a well-deserved seasonal break at The Leathes Head Hotel near Keswick, snugly cradled by the surrounding fells of the Borrowdale Valley. There’s twice the reason for merriment this winter too, after the elegant boutique hotel celebrated a double accolade of receiving the ‘Good Hotel Guide: Editor’s Choice for Walking’ and entered the prestigious Michelin Guide for the first time. Your silent night near the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwentwater awaits, where a two-night Christmas break is available including a guided walk on Christmas Eve, mince pies, tea, coffee, hot chocolate & mulled wine upon arrival and midnight mass at a local church before fun, games, food, quizzes and of course, The Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day. Four-night breaks (December 23-27) are also available.
6. Take a new year’s dip in wild swimming favourite LoweswaterFor an intimate winter break in the shadow of the dramatic Mellbreak fell, the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is also close to Crummock Water – a favourite among wild swimmers with a taste for a refreshing winter adventure. Whether you choose to make a bracing dip in the lake a new year’s resolution or just watch others take the plunge, this peaceful location will get 2020 off to a serene start.
7. Stay at Beatrix Potter’s House Lindeth HoweEnjoy a festive stay at the only hotel ever owned by Beatrix Potter. Fresh from a £1million refurbishment, Lindeth Howe’s Christmas package includes the chance to explore the house and gardens which inspired some classic children’s favourites, as well as enjoying some traditional board games and festive quizzes with fellow guests. There’s even a luxury mini-coach service to take guests to Midnight Mass at a local church on Christmas Eve.
8. Enjoy a get together with friends on the other side of the lakes Lodges at ArtlegarthThe Lodges at Artlegarth, Kirkby Stephen, offer you, your friends and loved-ones luxury log cabins on the edge of the Lake District – complete with real log fires, along with stunning mountain views to really help you get away from it all this winter. Located in exclusive seven-acre private grounds in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, these exceptionally spacious cabins offer an open plan lounge with stunning views through floor to ceiling glass windows.
9. A winter break on the edge of the city of the Lakes The Sally in Carlie, City of the LakesFor those who want to fuse a memorable Christmas break with history and culture, The Sally at Irthington is perfectly placed for those who fancy a bit of city life with a countryside twist. From Carlisle Castle to World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall, the choice of newly refurbished rooms puts you within a stone’s throw of both. A short drive from the M6 and the West Coast Main Line, it’s also conveniently located for a quick winter’s getaway whether you’re coming from Scotland or south of Cumbria.
10. Maybe where the hills meet the sea is where you want to be? Grange-Over-Sands

In the seaside town of Grange-over-Sands, the Cumbria Grand Hotel is perfectly placed to help you make the most of both the South Lakeland fells and the Furness coastline this Christmas. The festive package includes carvery dinners and buffets, bed and full English breakfast and a glass of bubbly on arrival. Completing the seasonal experience are music and games in the lounge; and of course, The Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day.

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Written by Peter Storry

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