A relaxing few days away without schedules, timetables or deadlines suited us, so we headed off on a 'staycation' to The Lake District.
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A couple of Japanese tourists, who had been strolling along the shore, stopped to pose for pictures in front of Gummer's How, a green tufty hill on the opposite bank.
a la carte menu is also served in the modern John Ruskin's Brasserie all white walls and glass partitions where we enjoyed an equally delicious dinner on the second evening.
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At the end of an attractive mooring a sailing boat bobbed with its cheery flag glinting in the late afternoon sunshine.
It goes without saying we set off late, failed to write down the directions, then fought over the route one of us armed with a map, the other shaking at a mobile route finder in her best attempt to locate a signal.
The hotel's views are joyously breathtaking. It was enough to keep us entertained on our first afternoon, and we spent the rest of the day comparing the view from the garden, our bedroom, the conservatory and the spa.
Without a shadow of a doubt, I fall into the latter category, which is possibly why we missed our flight out of the UK on the first day of our honeymoon last summer.
We needed somewhere special, to be spoiled and somewhere easy to explore.
We guzzled tasty delights such as Muncaster crab and heritage tomato salad, poached fillets of sea bass and blackcurrant souffl.
The hotel has a wonderfully traditional charm, and we took aperitifs by the fire while listening to the melodies of the evening's pianist.
Today The Lakeside remains popular for the same ease of access and stunning vistas, but certainly offers much more luxurious amenities.
Today of course it is a main route into The Lakes 15 minutes from the M6.
We chose to eat at the hotel both nights after experiencing an impressive meal on our first at the Lakeview Restaurant.
Lakeside Hotel and Spa
It is also positioned a relaxed distance away from the tourist packed centres of Ambleside and Bowness that can still be easily reached by water, allowing travellers to avoid the congested roads at peak times of the year.
The 'packed a week in advance' sort, and the 'last minute chaotic' type.
Steamers stop at Lakeside, literally by the hotel.
Boat was the transport of choice for us during our stay allowing us to mooch about Bowness where we fed the ducks, lunched at Ambleside on the northern tip of the lake, cruised the lake islands and peered at the grand lakeside houses.
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Lighter dishes are served in the bar, which is open all day, with afternoon tea available in the conservatory.
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Our table was perched above a pebble beach, where a couple of red rowing boats were parked and a dozen or so ducks snuggled in groups for warmth.
But somehow we made it, and in time for afternoon tea on the terrace at the Lakeside Hotel where our troubles began to fade away over a bowl of seafood linguine (a late lunch of course), toasted tea cakes and a glass or two of wine.
You can easily imagine Lakeside started in the 1600s as a coaching inn, a staging post for the weary traveller.
It has 75 rooms, a fine dining restaurant, modern brasserie and England's only designated Aveda destination spa.
It holds an enviably convenient position on the southern tip of Windermere, which was itself such an important transport link that it became listed as a highway.
When it came to spending a few days away with the woman who has taught me everything,there was no doubt things might go more smoothly for my mum and I by remaining in the UK.
In the 1900s, those working in the thriving cotton trade of Lancashire and Yorkshire, made up the majority of the inn's clientele as they paused on route to the local bobbin mills.
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