The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
Owned by Karen and David Richards, The Idle Rocks offers a home-from-home experience with coastal chic interiors. There are no check-in desks or the usual formalities one expects at a hotel. Guests are encouraged to reengage with the simple pleasures of life; to throw another log on the fire and relax with a glass of champagne.
Days can be spent sailing the local waters, quality time on the beach and invigorating coastal walks, followed by long soaks in the bath.
Price: Grand Sea View Rooms from £280 per night.
Location: Harbourside, St Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5AN
Book: 01326 270771 / idlerocks.com
Lakeside Hotel, Lake Windomere
Nestled in the heart of the English Lake District this cosy country-house hotel looks out to the most beautiful parts of Lake Windermere.
To make the most of the view each of the hotel’s lakeview bedrooms feature cosy seating areas at the window. For best views book into the Ultimate Lake View room.
Head chef of the hotel’s Lakeview Restaurant, Richard Booth, comprises a menu of locally sourced Cumbrian seasonal produce including; Cumbrian Loin of Lamb and West Coast Halibut.
Price: Queen Double room is £189 including bed and full English breakfast
Book: +44 (0)1286 870422
Top 3: Waterside retreats
By Calum Donoghue, 2 February 2015