You can’t visit the Lake District and not take advantage of spending time on the water. If you’re anything like our family, then enjoying water based activities becomes high on the priority list. So for our second accommodation when we visited the Lakes, we headed further up Lake Windermere to Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa.
Low Wood Bay is a handsome white building, which used to be a former coaching inn in the 18th century. In contrast to the white washed walls, the black features that surround the windows and doors really stand out making it look opulent and characterful.
Climbing ivy creeps up the walls and wraps itself around the building, while hundreds of pink flowers bob along in the breeze safely ensconced in their baskets, giving the exterior that wash of colour against the monochrome.
But after parking up the car you realise that the front of the building is just a small fraction of the hotel. It’s evident once you step inside, that Low Wood Bay has gone through much growth. And as it has grown newer wings seem to have been added. This makes it a fascinating hotel to explore. There’s almost a new find behind every corner. Different cafes, different lounges, a variety of reading corners.
The modern side of the hotel lends itself to the spa area as well as its own coffee and juice bar named Norman’s. You’re able to join in on any of the exercise classes or practice some racket games such a squash. And of course there’s the pool area with its own steam room, jacuzzi and sauna.
The kids loved being able to splash around in the water daily and it was great having the facilities open to us throughout our stay.
Our visit coincided with the construction of what will make a magnificent infinity pool along with a lake view sauna and hot tubs. Once the work has finished I can only imagine how blissful a location that set up will be, as it’ll take advantage of the lake side position open to Low Wood Bay.
Next to the spa area, still in the modern part of the hotel looking through the floor to ceiling height window and onto the lake, are two seats that become the prime spot for anyone looking to watch the sun slowly come down in the evenings. With Norman’s just behind, it’s a place to settle back with some drinks and watch Lake Windermere under an orange fiery glow.
But if you’re there during the summer months or the weather is beautiful and crisp, leave the seats to someone else and make your way down to the private jetty where the boats are moored.
Either sit on the edge of the jetty with your legs dangling off it, or skim stones into the water as the sun comes down on the small pebble beach.
Being on the lake front means that the Low Wood Bay has its own watersports centre. It’s open to everyone, but hotel residents get a discount. And this is what makes the hotel an even more exciting prospect in terms of staying.
It’s a great way to try out a variety of watersports, especially for those families with older children who may want to experience a variety of different activities on the water.
With paddle boarding, boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and even waterboarding, fly boarding or water skiing, there is a level of comfort or excitement for every family member.
With two small children we decided to kayak. It was surprisingly peaceful, even with the kids. And we loved getting on the water.
In the older part of the hotel, where we were staying, the rooms matched the exterior of the hotel.
Monochrome and opulent.
Our suite was well kitted out for our needs.
We had a beautiful view which looked out onto the lake, and in the evenings we’d happily share the complimentary Grasmere gingerbread that had been left for us to enjoy with a cup of tea.
One of our best meals was also had at Low Wood Bay. There are a variety of restaurants and lounges to eat in, but Blue Smoke on the Bay was just perfect for us. It had stunning lake views and the food was cooked on a wood fired grill using sustainable British wood giving it a delicate smoky flavour.
^^Hot wood smoked salmon cured with Gosling’s Rum, chilli and muscavado sugar, served with charred fennel and mango and chilli salsa.
^^Langoustine bisque with cream, brandy and Artisan bread.
^^Himalayan salt chamber aged beef fillet.
We throughly enjoyed our stay at Low Wood Bay. With two young children we weren’t able to take advantage as much as we would have wanted to in regards to the watersports centre but for families with older children this hotel will definitely come up trumps!
For more information on activities and things to do in the Lake District read this post here.
Disclosure: We were offered a complimentary stay in return for our honest feedback on Low Wood Bay and its services.