This weekend I had the pleasure of taking a luxury two night birthday break in The Lake District – my favourite UK destination by a country mile! With plenty of nearby hotels to choose from I was more than spoilt for choice, but the newly refurbished Wild Boar Inn caught my eye more than the rest. Just 4 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere, this pretty little inn has all the charm of The Lakes and then some. I must admit however, it was the huge copper bathtubs that really sealed the deal!
After a picturesque 2 hour drive from York across the Yorkshire Dales, we arrived at the hotel hungry and desperate for a hot drink. On entrance, I was greeted by a cosy, welcoming bar area filled with comfy leather sofas and a truly relaxing atmosphere. My first taste of the hotel’s incredible menu was a Cumberland Cheddar Cheese Sandwich served with homemade coleslaw and a delicious pickle, plus a much needed mocha! As this was a birthday break, there was a little surprise included as I didn’t know what type of room I’d be staying in. So…when I opened the door and saw the exquisite suite you can see in the image below, I was left simply speechless.
Each of the rooms in the hotel are named after types of pig, which was actually a really quirky idea that has you staring at everyone’s doors as you walk past. The room on a whole was the best I’ve ever stayed in – from the iPod docking station to the Egyptian cotton bedsheets – but it was the aforementioned bath tub that was the highlight of the suite, as not only was it pretty impressive it also allowed me to watch the movies on TV after a long day of exploring!
The Wild Boar Inn has 72 acres of its own private woodland – ideal for an early morning ramble! So after a tasty full English breakfast I slipped on my walking boots, grabbed the free map and off we went. Surrounded by nothing but nature and the sound of Gilpin Beck below, it really was the perfect way to start a Sunday morning.
Tired out from all that exercise, we travelled 20 miles down the road to the South Lakes Wild Animal Park. Now you’d probably not think of visiting a zoo in the middle of The Lakes, but I can honestly say it was the best attraction of its kind that I’ve ever visited! So many different animals, lemurs just wandering around and the some of the most beautiful views out across Ulverston. Definitely recommended for everyone from families to seniors.
Sunday evening was the highlight of my stay as we dined in the hotel restaurant. With an onsite Smokehouse, everything from the steaks to the salmon are all smoked onsite providing a really unique option on the menu. I opted for the deep fried fish with triple fried chips and mushy peas, whereas my other half tried the smoked option with a fillet steak, peppercorn sauce and chips (how very manly!). Honestly, it was the best meal I’ve ever eaten and I’d have no qualms in eating it over and over again. If that wasn’t enough, we both completely over-indulged with the delicious sticky toffee pudding with homemade butterscotch sauce. There aren’t any words to describe how nice it was!
Very reluctantly, we packed up the car on the Monday morning after yet another spectacular breakfast and headed back home. Without a shadow of a doubt, The Wild Boar Inn has shot right to the top of my list as my favourite UK hotel, and everyone from the waiting staff to the managers made my birthday weekend the best one yet. I will certainly be returning…just hopefully for a little longer next time!