Brathay Loft, Langdales
We think Little Langdale must surely be one of England’s most beautiful and romantic spots – and Brathay Loft offers guests the opportunity to experience it in style. This self contained luxury apartment forms part of a unique 17th century creation called Hacket Forge, set by the banks of the bubbling River Brathay. The apartment is nestled among gardens and tranquil woodland, a few minutes from the walks and views of Little Langdale – so it’s perfect for couples looking for a weekend of fresh air and unspoiled landscapes. And it’s pet friendly too.
This retreat is steeped in historic charm, once mentioned by the poet Wordsworth and seen by children’s writer Beatrix Potter. Owners have lovingly re-imagined its interior – so Brathay Loft’s original ancient oak beams are now blended with Farrow & Ball decor, a beautiful antique bedstead, and a cosy wood burner for nights in front of the fire.
Step up Brathay Loft’s original stone steps and you’ll a very spacious open-plan lounge and kitchen diner. There’s a cosy sofa for nights in, when you can curl up in front of the wood burner. The apartment has a high definition TV and DVD player and free wifi, which might be mildly intermittent on account of the location – but it’s a small price to pay for being somewhere as pretty as Langdale. Just across from this, the kitchen has everything you need to cook up a first class meal – along with an integrated dishwasher, so you can skip the washing up. And while you are cooking you can enjoy views over garden and river out towards the Wetherlam and Swirl How fells.
From the main room, a door leads to your luxury double bedroom with a beautiful antique iron and brass bedstead, and views overlooking the river. There is a separate wet room with shower, sink and toilet.
This hideaway is nestled between woodland and gardens and you can take your morning breakfast out to enjoy while sat at your own bistro table and chairs. Take a stroll in the meadow by the river and watch the dippers and occasional Kingfishers hunting fish by the series of gentle cascades. There’s even a rope swing for the young at heart.
Walking fans don’t have far to go from here to get on paths, and there’s public routes right from the garden’s end taking you to the fells or down to the waterfalls at Colwith Force. And as for views, you don’t even have to leave the Loft – the fells of Wetherlam and Swirl How peep through the woods to provide a touch of magnificence to your whole trip.
This retreat has parking for a car, and you can store two bikes in the cottage shed if you’re hoping to hit the Lakeland biking trails.
While you are here, be prepared to be amazed by the outdoors. Brathay Loft is within easy walking distance of popular walking destinations, including Colwith Force, Tilberthwaite Ghyll, Wetherlam and surrounding fells, Slaters Bridge, Tarn Hows and the Langdale Pikes. There is a whole host of stunning scenery that you shouldn’t need a car for a view.
Nearby villages worth exploring include the quaint centres of Ambleside, Coniston, Hawkeshead and Grasmere – which are all within five miles. We recommend you try the boat rides on Ambleside – or the water sports which take you right out on the waters.
For food you are spoilt for choice – particularly if you are a fan of the wonderful fireside charms of a Lake District pub. There’s the lovely Three Shires Inn just a few minutes’ walk from the Loft. Two of our favourite restaurants in the area include The Drunken Duck, and Simon Rogan’s Michelin star restaurant L’Enclume, a little drive out west in Cartmel.
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