Winter is fast approaching in Windermere and this is one of the best times to visit the Lake District if you want an idyllic break in a peaceful location.

Extremely picturesque, the Lake District Aphrodites Spa Boutique Lake District Hotel is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in England.

Scenic lakes, lush green forests, farmlands and heritage houses are the images that come to mind when you think of this beautiful place. Most of Cumbria was marked into the Lake District National Park in 1951 and has been the most visited national park in the UK ever since.

This haven of beauty and tranquillity is also popular for its association with English Literature from the 18thand 19thcenturies. The lakes is a place that is truly worth exploring.

Some of the best places to visit include:

Windermere 

Windermere is the largest lake in the whole of the UK .It has been a tourist hotspot and one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District due to its great connectivity with other parts of the region.

The long narrow ribbon lake comprises 18 stunning islands offering captivating Lake District landscapes. A quick tour of Bowness is a must before going for a cruise. There are numerous cruise options including steamers and launches that are equipped with teashops and outside decks. Make the experience enjoyable by boarding one of the finest cruises in Lakeland. 

Wray Castle  

This Victorian neo-gothic mansion was built in 1847 as the private house of a renowned Liverpool surgeon. Presently this magnificent castle is owned by the National Trust. The magnificent mock castle encompasses extensive scenic grounds, numerous rooms, towers and halls making it an ideal family attraction. The Castle has a place in local history with Beatrix Potter holidaying here as a young woman. From try on dressing-up clothes, mock ruins, hidden doors and spooky goings on, Wray Castle is a perfect place to take the kids. Unlike other attractions, there is nothing delicate on display. The extensive grounds boast of panoramic views of lake and mountain making it an ideal place for a family outing. A number of rare tree specimens including redwood, mulberry trees and varieties of beech welcome the visitors. 

Hill Top  

The children’s author and illustrator best known for the series of her Peter Rabbit books – Beatrix Potter once owned this beautiful 17thcentury house. Now the house is managed by the National Trust and open to visitors as a museum. Hill Top is famous for Lakeland vernacular architecture with stone walls, a slate roof and above all for its most loved characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck. The garden is well maintained and full of flowers and fruit trees.

Grammar School  

Archbishop Edwin Sandys founded this historical school in 1585 to teach Latin, Greek and Sciences including arithmetic and geometry. The great English poet William Wordsworth was also a student here from 1779 to 1787. A part of the school has been transformed into a museum preserving valuables such as furniture of yesteryear and writing materials. It also holds an exhibition tracing the school’s history and explaining the process of transforming a quill into a writing instrument. The most significant items on show are the old books, maps and trivia about William Wordsworth. 

Dove Cottage  

This 17thcentury vintage house located in the heart of the remote Lake District was once the first family home of the great English poet, William Wordsworth. He wrote some of the greatest poetry in England. Stroll around the house and get a sense of Wordsworth’s days by looking at the stone floors, glowing coal fires and dark panelled rooms. This little cottage is the only place in the world to see William Wordsworth’s personal belongings. 

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