The Lake District was actually the first vacation we took after arriving in the UK. Granted, it was almost a year after we moved, but until then we had other things on our minds, like moving into our new house and having a baby. This was our anniversary getaway and, while there are many touristy things to do in the Lake District, we did exactly none of them. Our sole purpose in taking this trip was to get away from home, find some beautiful scenery, and just sit back and relax for a few days. In this, the Lake District delivered in spades. My photography from that weekend, I think, reflects the relaxed tone of our trip with perfect accuracy.

First, I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss our hotel. I am 100% convinced that we would never have been able to sit back and enjoy the trip the way we did had we chosen to stay anywhere else. We stayed at the Lindeth Fell Country House Hotel(and yes, part of my love of this hotel is that the name rhymes). It is a relatively small operation, which makes the service all the more personal. It was by no means cheap, but absolutely worth every penny.

We arrived with a 3 year old and a 3 month old in tow and not only was our room perfectly set up with plenty of space, a comfy king size bed, a cot bed, and a pack ‘n’play(or “travel cot”), but we were even offered a baby monitor(the equivalent of gold when traveling with kids young enough that they cannot be left unsupervised for any period of time). It was not a huge hotel, but rather a large house, so we could sit in the downstairs sitting room, or even outside to the patio and garden area, without being physically too far away from our room. By far, the single best thing about staying here was the ability to put the kids to bed and go downstairs to sit outside and have a couple drinks(and some dessert), just the two of us.

In typical British fashion, it was overcast most of the time we were there but, being the middle of July, it was also quite warm, so we spent the majority of our time parked right here at this table, often with coffee service, sandwiches, and/or biscuits(cookies):

Lake District 5

And looking out over this view:

Lake District 4  We did have just a small period of rain(and oh, the air just felt SO fresh after the rain passed), so we moved inside and let L have a nap upstairs. C decided to take her nap on the sofa, which faces out a marvelous bay window with the same view from the above pictures, while we indulged in some afternoon drinks(hey, its 5 o’clock somewhere. I think at that time it might actually have been Italy, so my prosecco was well chosen).

Clara and Prosecco

We did make it down to the actual town of Bowness-on-Windermere for dinner on both evenings we were there, and the lakefront is simply breathtaking.

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