The Lake District, Cumbria is renowned for its wild and emotive scenery, providing the perfect place for Valentine’s Day or a romantic break any time of year.

From luxurious hotels with state of the art spas to cosy cottages just for two, visitors can find the perfect romantic retreat to relax, unwind, and enjoy some extra special time together.

1. Applegarth Villa (Windermere): Hot tub heaven made for two –

Applegarth Villa offers individual design and co-ordinated 5-star luxury accommodation in the heart of Windermere. Perfect for couples looking for the ultimate romantic retreat, check out one of seven magnificent new luxury suites, all with private hot tubs on the balcony. It’s time to chill the champagne, relax and unwind whilst enjoying the bubbles in your own sumptuous hideaway made just for two. Prices start from £425 per room for Bed & Breakfast.

2. Askham Hall (Askham): A rural retreat fit for royalty –

Dating back to the late 1200s, this Grade I listed hideaway was previously home to the Earls of Lonsdale and has open roaring fires, comfy sofas and intimate areas to create a warm, relaxing and luxurious feel. Couples can stroll hand-in-hand in the 12 acre gardens and enjoy a candlelit meal in the award-winning restaurant – menus are prepared using an abundance of fresh produce from the hall’s extensive kitchen garden, vegetable gardens and orchards.  Room rates start from £150 per night for 2, including breakfast.

3. Bracken Barn (Ambleside): Cosy up in an idyllic Lakeland barn-

Nestled in the heart of extensive woodland, forests and fields, Bracken Barn from Heart of the Lakes is a dream come true for couples looking for stylish modern comfort yet still in the calm and tranquillity of the Lake District. With fell walking and mountains straight from the door you will be spoiled for choice, especially as the famous Drunken Duck, with its own selection of real ales and fabulous meze boards, are a short walk away. Prices from £381 to £613 per week, sleeps 2 (one bedroom)

4. Gilpin Hotel & Lake House (Windermere): Unique spa lodges created for couples –

Gilpin’s Spa Lodges each offer a private treatment area, steam room and sauna, as well as a hot tub surrounded by a private walled garden. Aromatic blends, mood lighting and a state-of-the-art music system are just some of the finishing touches which will create the ultimate in pampering indulgence. Distinctive delicacies are created by Gilpin’s Executive Chef Hrishikesh Desai, who oversees the hotel’s main Michelin-starred restaurant Hrishi and new eatery Gilpin Spice. 2 nights in a Spa Lodge with the ‘Ultimate Magic Moments’ package is £1,240 (until 31 March 2017).

5. Derwent Bank (Keswick): Stroll hand in hand for a walking break in the Lakes –

With 32 bedrooms and 5 double bedded chalets all freshly refurbished, Derwent Bank Country House is the perfect base for those adventure loving couples; whether you want to tackle the heights of Scafell Pike, England’s highest summit, or take it easy around the shores of the lake. The house itself offers breath-taking views of the fells from one side and the serenity of Derwentwater on the other. Join a 3-night guided walking holiday from £229 per person or a 3-night self-guided walking holiday from £209 per person.

6. The Malabar (Sedbergh): Pamper yourselves in a luxury B&B –

This lovingly restored 18th century barn is located in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside and has six individually designed luxury bedrooms with plenty of personality.  Embracing sumptuous chunky beds and soft, pure wool bedding; lavish roll top baths; enormous walk in showers; and magnificent unspoilt views, The Malabar is an ideal romantic, relaxing hideaway for any date night. Prices start from £160 per night for 2.

7. The tranquil Otter (Near Carlisle): Back to nature with a rural retreat –

Located on the water’s edge of a nature reserve, each lodge at the Tranquil Otter provides the ideal setting for relaxing and watching the world go by from your own private deck. Take a dip in a steaming hot tub whilst sipping champagne, before warming up by a log burner and enjoying stunning lake views and natural surrounding beauty. Prices start from £435 for a 3 night mid-week stay for two.

8. Cottage in the Wood (Whinlatter Forest): Foodie paradise just for two –

Imagine falling asleep to the gentle sound of a flowing beck or awakening to the hum of a beautiful birdsong within a tranquil forest setting.  Awarded Cumbria Tourism’s ‘Taste Cumbria Dining Experience of the Year’, this former 17th century coaching inn boasts delicious food, understated luxury and private, secluded bedrooms enabling love birds the perfect place to nest for a romantic break. Prices start from £110 per night based on 2 people sharing.

9. Ann’s Hill (Cockermouth): Private oasis in the Western lake District –

This boutique holiday cottage retains many of its original features…not to mention its intimate feel. Relax in front of the roaring log fire with complimentary champagne and chocolates, pamper yourself in the luxurious bathroom before falling into the warmth and comfort of a super king-size bed or take to the Western Lake District and watch the sun setting on the edge of paradise. Prices start from £290 based on 2 people sharing for a minimum of 2 nights.

10. The Shepherd’s Hut (near Penrith): Forest hideaway –

Spend a romantic break under the stars in this cosy, Scandinavian-style hut and enjoy peace and tranquillity at this very special retreat.  Nestled in green meadows overlooking the Eden Valley, this snug, insulated hut, with its tiny wood stove, comfy oak bed, plethora of candles and breakfast for two, will make you want to stay in this little hideaway forever.  Prices start from £75 per night based on 2 people sharing.

For more ideas and inspiration on romantic escapes to the Lake District, Cumbria, visit: www.golakes.co.uk

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