Elevated above Lake Windermere sits a Georgian Gothic Revival hotel with expansive lake and mountain views across the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park. The sublime independent property comprises 12 elegant bedrooms, all but two enjoying stunning lake views. Emperor beds draped with cashmere, plush goosedown pillows and marble bathrooms with Lalique toiletries create an atmosphere of pleasure and calm. For dining, try one of the tasting menus, crafted by head chef Peter Howarth. Look out for his signature scallop confit with crab and shiso, to be tried with a variety of world class wines on offer. Local adventures include invigorating Lake District walks, following in the footsteps of the legendary William Wordsworth.