WITH a cocktail in hand, I lie again within the out of doors pool and watch a myriad of stars glow above the darkish silhouette of the mountains.
It’s laborious to consider that such astoundingly clear evening skies sit inside the coronary heart of the Lake District — and my associate Gemma and I are attending to gaze up at them as we chill out in luxurious.
The one mild to obscure our view is on the finish of the pool, the place sparks are crackling in a fireplace pit.
From right here, within the beautiful Langdale valley, all of the aches and strains of a busy day trekking the rolling countryside soften away.
We’re on the Brimstone Resort, the place every thing blends naturally into the panorama, the low slate-clad buildings set amongst bushes and grassy banks.
And our immaculate suite is not any totally different from the resort’s predominant buildings, with pure supplies and earthy tones reflecting the gardens exterior.
Upon first opening the door, Gemma gasps: “Oh. My. God. That is the very best room I’ve ever seen.”
I couldn’t argue together with her there.
Break up throughout two ranges, the wooden and stone room is huge and opulent.
On the reverse finish to the door there’s a cool balcony, framed by a set of French doorways, whereas inside, cozy sofas are dotted round a roaring log hearth.
Hid by two sliding doorways is a formidable roll-top tub — preferrred for lengthy soaks after days rambling the countryside.
It’s the bed room that actually takes the biscuit, although.
Set on a mezzanine degree, overlooking the lounge, is a mattress that’s so massive, it might simply match a complete household — and also you’d nonetheless get evening’s sleep.
Plus there are totally different mild settings to match your temper, resembling “attractive”, which creates a dim and seductive atmosphere, and “tinkle”, which activates simply the lights within the ensuite upstairs and bathrooms downstairs.
This opulence continues all through the remainder of the resort, together with within the Studying Room, a snug spot with plush armchairs, the place friends can cool down with a novel and complimentary beers, wine or tender drinks or tuck into free sandwiches, desserts and even a cheese board.
In case you’re after a extra substantial dinner, although, you gained’t should enterprise too far.
The Range restaurant, reverse the resort and subsequent to an outdated waterwheel, serves an astonishingly good dry aged sirloin.
However actual foodies will need to head to the Outdated Stamp Home, within the centre of Ambleside.
The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2019 for its scrumptious and distinctive dishes, all of that are influenced by the Cumbrian panorama.
Or there’s the Copper Pot cafe, which has improbable sharing boards of gooey baked camembert with caramelised onions and vegetarian platters of falafel, hummus and goat’s cheese.
Whenever you’ve had your fill of high quality grub, benefit from the surroundings by plotting an journey by way of the countryside.
The Lake District is dwelling to a few of the most well-known strolling routes within the nation and we really feel spoilt for selection, with each simple strolls and difficult treks at our fingertips.
Plodding by way of swathes of greenery, we make the hour-long journey from our resort to the village of Grasmere, dwelling of poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Dove Cottage.
The village is standard amongst vacationers, partly due to the large Grasmere Lake, the place you may rent a ship for just a few hours on the water, an excellent place for recognizing birds.
Grasmere can also be the best place for a mid-walk pitstop — sure, extra meals!
Head to Baldry’s, a conventional tea room, which has an enormous number of teas and scrumptious home-made sponge desserts.
After loading up on goodies, our gorgeous trek again to base is simply strenuous sufficient to tire us out and make us really feel we now have earned a go to to the resort’s luxurious spa, with a superb vary of salt, natural, dry and steamy saunas.
Within the spa’s out of doors pool, we take pleasure in a remaining lap of luxurious, below a shining evening sky.
This place actually is match for the celebs.
GO: LAKE DISTRICT
STAYING THERE: Rooms on the Brimstone Resort price from £331.50 per evening together with breakfast, free studying room treats and Brimstone Spa entry.