Haweswater Hotel & Reservoir- A trip to The Lake District

The Lake District is an area so strongly ingrained in my childhood memories through the works of Beatrix Potter that it seemed somewhat strange that up until last January I had never been. After the madness of the Christmas period (I know- it seems so so long ago!) myself and Jake were keen to get away from people for a while and as it was also his 28th birthday it gave us plenty of excuses to take a little holiday.
In all honesty I didn't do a great deal of research on where to go, I simply perused the hotels on booking.com before spotting The Haweswater Hotel and being really taken with just how secluded the hotel was. The Haweswater is set slap bang in the middle of the Haweswater Nature Reserve and is the only establishment for about 2/3 miles each way. It's a somewhat imposing art deco building, slightly raised from the ground so that you can take in the Haweswater Reservoir in all it's glory. 

I am not someone who is a hotel 'snob' as such, I am much more about the area that I am staying in but as soon as we stepped in to The Haweswater I knew that I would really love staying there for the next three nights. It didn't feel like the usual clinical hotel setting, it felt like home. The Haweswater has retained a lot of it's original art deco features (it was built in 1937), with intricate wood panelled flooring and stained glass windows with the Manchester coat of arms- a nod to the fact that the reservoir was created to supply water for Manchester.

To Jake and I's pleasant surprise we were given a suite to stay in. We had committed ourselves to thinking that we were going to have a small room as the price-including breakfast was so reasonable and we had also booked via booking.com. So to discover that actually we had a living area, bathroom, single bedroom and master bedroom was incredible. We were so enthralled by this in fact, that we got ourselves all settled in and made a mess before I realised that I hadn't taken any photos of our room- so apologies for the lack of photos...

Our suite was tastefully and appropriately decorated but still had a few mod-cons. We had a flat screen television in both our living area and master bedroom and a huge bath which was more than big enough for two people. Better than any flat screen tv though was the views from our suite.

On our first full day Jake and I decided to hike to and then up Harter Fell. We are not necessarily seasoned walkers, in fact we are very much amateurs and whilst we were extremely lucky in terms of weather, it was bitterly cold and windy once you got up there. We also found that the clouds rolled in quite quickly so I would recommend setting off as early in the day as your possibly can.

After Harter Fell almost killing us off we headed back to hotel for a late lunch. We ate all our evening meals here and whilst it was perhaps a little costly we had no regrets as the food was so delicious- think hearty local produce, a-la-carte but not overly fussy. You can find the full menu here and I believe you can dine in the restaurant/ bar without being a guest at the hotel. Breakfast was included in our stay and the menu offered delicious cooked breakfasts (which we opted for every morning) as well as the usual breakfast buffet. 

The next day Jake and I decided to have a more relaxed one as we were somewhat aching from our hike. We started off our day socialising with the local wildlife. The birds were remarkably friendly in The Lake District- with Robins being the bravest of the bunch, taking seeds from our outstretched hands and Great Tits and Blue Tits being a little more flighty at the sound of our eager camera shutters.

We decided to take a slightly more relaxed walk on the opposite side of the reservoir, keeping our eyes peeled for red squirrels. 

 I've really struggled to write this post as it's been so incredibly difficult to put into words just how much I enjoyed this trip as well as go through the hundreds of photo's I took. But I cannot recommend The Haweswater Hotel enough, it's a real secluded gem and one I am itching to revisit. If you are looking for somewhere to completely recharge away from the hustle and bustle of life than this is 100% the spot for you.

Caitlin x