Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Inn Heart of the Lakes ; LUCY ROUE Discovers a Relaxing Destination for Some Peace and Quiet

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Inn Heart of the Lakes ; LUCY ROUE Discovers a Relaxing Destination for Some Peace and Quiet

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THE Lake District - land of the Romantic poets and a haven to the busy city dweller who craves a weekend of serenity. And this was exactly our goal as we headed to the peaceful village of Elterwater, near Ambleside, on a two-day break.

Nestled in the beautiful Langdale Valley, our choice of stay, The Eltermere Inn, started life as a farmhouse and can be dated back to the late 1500s.

Far from its ordinary beginnings the immaculate property now boasts twelve chic bedrooms while retaining a somewhat polished rustic charm.

The family-run country hotel sits in a perfect location, with a backdrop of the majestic Langdale Pikes and uninterrupted views over the lake at Eltermere. But despite sounding remote, it is only five miles from the popular town of Ambleside and two and a half from Grasmere.

After a trouble free trip up the M6, stopping for lunch in Kendal, we are welcomed with peppermint refreshments and cakes in the impressive bar - complete with a cackling open fire and mounted Bengal tiger head. The latter not being my cup of tea.

We are shown to one of the premier rooms, named Robin Ghyll after a local beauty spot, which features a four posterbed and contemporary en-suite bathroom. With an exposed beam and window seat to admire the views, it certainly feels premier and worthy of the hotel's four star rating.

With no time like the present for a bit of pampering we quickly enquire about the available leisure facilities.

Although there are none on site, The Eltermere Inn offers free guest passes to use at the nearby Langdale Hotel & Spa, a short drive or 15 minute walk away.

The restaurant at The Eltermere sits adjacent to the bar and feels quite compact with dark red walls and an eclectic mix of wooden tables, various framed fish and velvet chairs.

We start off with the 'Spring Spritzer' cocktail of rhubarb, bellini and prosecco - priced at Pounds 6.75 - which is everything it promises and very refreshing.

The menu offers a great choice and promises to use 'locally sourced produce' wherever possible, from Fleetwood fish to game from Skipton and Preston. I choose the fresh crab, chilli and tempura battered king prawn risotto to start, which is delicious and a great portion size. …

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