Our Favourite Spas in the Lake District


3rd January 2022

One could argue that a day out fellwalking, kayaking or mountain-biking is every bit as therapeutic as day at a spa. But many prefer something calmer and more relaxing than negotiating the narrow trails through Grizedale Forest or tackling the white waters of the River Leven.

For those of us who would rather have a full body massage or a reflexology footbath, here’s our guide to the best spas in the Lake District.

MacDonald Old England Hotel, Bowness on Windermere

The MacDonald Old England Hotel is just down the road from Birkdale House. In fact, it’s within walking distance, making it very convenient should you decide you fancy a day of pampering.

Choose from a number of options, including their Signature Spa Day – an 85-minute treatment, a delicious two-course lunch overlooking Lake Windermere, followed by a dip in the lakeside pool or a detox in their thermal suite?

Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa

Nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere and just ten minutes by car from Birkdale House is Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa. Unwind with revitalising spa treatments, invigorating spa days and therapeutic thermal journey packages.

A full spa day includes a 30-minute treatment, use of the indoor and outdoor thermal spa facilities, and exquisite lunch or afternoon tea options. Unpretentious luxury in a unique setting.

Beech Hill Hotel and Spa

The Lakeview Spa at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa includes three treatment rooms, including one for couples, a Himalayan Sauna, an aromatic steam room and the choice of three pools, including two outdoor Vitality Spa Pools with stunning views of Lake Windermere and the Lakeland fells beyond.

Spa day packages include a number of ‘Rejuvenate’ options, as well as a number of ‘Relax’ options. All spa day packages include afternoon tea, access to the spa and a choice of treatments.

The Swan Hotel and Spa

At the southern tip of Lake Windermere is the Swan Hotel and Spa, which is currently undergoing an exciting transformation. Part of this exciting transformation includes the introduction of the Holte Spa, a fresh, new and exciting concept aiming to enhance the traditional expectations of spa.

Tailored thermal journeys, an authentic outdoor Finnish sauna and naturally filtered pools will ensure that guests leaves feeling fully revitalised and ready to tackle another days in the Lakes.

Lakeside Hotel and Spa

A short drive up the western shore of Lake Windermere from the Swan is the Lakeside Hotel and Spa.

Spa days here begin by the lake, where you are served a coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice. Before your spa treatment, why not explore the gardens or take a gentle swim? Afternoon tea is available with some of the packages available, as are group spa days, ideal for celebrating with friends.

Of course, if you’d rather not leave the luxury and comfort of Birkdale House, then we can arrange for one of our therapists to come to you – for more information, please get in touch.