When a hotel is located minutes from stunning Lake Windermere and has access to new £3m spa facilities, the comments from guests checking out come as a surprise. “That bacon at breakfast,” they read. “The breakfast was amazing,” they continue. “Great rooms, great service, and THAT breakfast.”
The key to these comments is the local produce used in the breakfast. And this sums up the Cranleigh. The family-run hotel has the relaxed and friendly feel of a local guest house, but just round the corner is the luxury and comfort of a stylish getaway – a gem in the heart of the Lakes. The lounge, dining and reception areas of the main building have been refurbished using contemporary classic design as a theme throughout, with the finest-quality fabrics and furnishing.
The effect is a finish that complemented the Arts & Crafts design of this period property, with the ultimate aim of creating a truly unique Lake District hotel.
At first glance, it may not look like there is much space for the Cranleigh to deliver. But the space has been used to great effect. Each room has been designed to be individual and be a home rather than simply a room. And with names like Getaway and Sanctuary, it’s easy to imagine there isn’t anyone else around.
Separate from the main hotel, the Sanctuary is a converted detached bungalow that has been transformed into its own private retreat featuring high ceilings, natural beams, remote control contemporary log-effect fire and a private hot tub alongside a stunning glass bath.
With prices ranging from £250 to £400 a night, it is ready-made for a special romantic occasion, an amazing experience the hotel believes is one of the best-kept secrets in the Lakes – though they boast that celebrities do have the inside knowledge and have been known to come along to get away from it all.
Without the wallet of a celebrity but still wanting to treat your partner to a romantic getaway, there are other options which are decadent and stunning.
With its private entrance and deck, The Suite 10 also has the feel of tranquility and being away from the hustle and bustle of everyone else. And that feeling certainly continues when you see the size of the air spa bath, which can be enjoyed while watching the TV on the wall next to it.
The bed is soft and welcoming, as are the luxury chocolates. And it’s the little touches that make it extra special – the soft toy puppy just waiting to be hugged on the bed and the under-floor heating in the bathroom meaning you can walk in without being troubled by cold feet.
With a huge TV in the main bedroom which can be used to watch the 200 free DVDs on offer, it is very hard to pull yourself away.