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In the Lake District hotel with great views of Windermere that was once frequented by Wordsworth

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Warm evening sun coupled with beautiful views of the loch and the lapping hills were enough to take the stress out of my trip to Cumbria.

A treat destination, the 12-bedroom Samling attracts a mix of affluent Americans who appreciate the finer things in life, and Brits who celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and engagements on our visit.

Dating back to about 1780, the picturesque whitewashed cottage was once visited by Wordsworth, who was said to have had a romantic flutter by the stream in the gardens, enjoying it so much that he wrote a poem about it.

Perfect position: Will Hide stayed at The Samling hotel in Cumbria, pictured, which dates back to about 1780 and was once visited by Wordsworth. Above is the view of Windermere from the terrace

Will noted that The Samling's other guests were

Will noted that The Samling’s other guests were “a mix of wealthy Americans who appreciated the finer things in life, and Brits who celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and engagements”

Adjacent to the main reception is a snug, and to the opposite direction is a drawing room and bar, the cellar of which holds around 3,000 bottles of wine, the most expensive being £16,000.

Just beyond is a modern extension with a glass-walled restaurant where the view is only surpassed by the food.

If you’re staying for a weekend, I highly recommend throwing credit card bills to the wind and dining here both nights: course after course on the £115 tasting menu was sensational.

Guests can reserve the hotel's hot tub pictured at the front desk for an exclusive use time slot

Guests can reserve the hotel’s hot tub pictured at the front desk for an exclusive use time slot

The hotel's cellar, pictured, has around 3,000 bottles of wine, the most expensive of which is yours at £16,000

The hotel’s cellar, pictured, has around 3,000 bottles of wine, the most expensive of which is yours at £16,000

The picturesque main building has a modern extension with a glass-walled restaurant where the 'view is only surpassed by the food'

The picturesque main building has a modern extension with a glass-walled restaurant where the ‘view is only surpassed by the food’

“If you’re staying for a weekend, I highly recommend throwing credit card bills to the wind and dining here both nights,” Will says of the hotel’s restaurant

Above is one of The Samling's colorful dishes

Above is one of The Samling’s colorful dishes

Breakfast is also served here, with choices such as Eggs Benedict, a full Cumbrian or warm, just-baked pastries.

The bedrooms are located in the main house or in the cottages a short walk away. My room, called Elter Water, was on three levels and painted in shades of gray and beige, accentuated by subtle pink pillows. There was a large deep bath and separate shower downstairs, and a bed upstairs with goose down pillows and duvets.

The sitting room had a large TV, but the star attraction was the window overlooking the lake, which was as enchanting as anything on the glasses.

Pictured is Will's 'Elter Water' room, which is 'spread over three levels and painted in shades of gray and beige, accentuated by subtle pink pillows'

Pictured is Will’s ‘Elter Water’ room, which is ‘spread over three levels and painted in shades of gray and beige, accentuated by subtle pink pillows’

Pictured is the bathroom in Will's 'Elter Water' guest bedroom, which has a large, deep soaking tub

Pictured is the bathroom in Will’s ‘Elter Water’ guest bedroom, which has a large, deep soaking tub

Above is the hotel's Rydal Water room.  'Bedrooms are in the main house or in the cottages a short walk away,' says Will

Above is the hotel’s Rydal Water room. ‘Bedrooms are in the main house or in the cottages a short walk away,’ says Will

It is certainly a great base to explore the area. You are just a short drive from Ambleside, with plenty of shops and cafes to wander around.

And there are some good walks from the hotel itself, including through the woods to Jenkin Crag and further up old trails, past fields of sheep and ponies to Wansfell Pike for spectacular views.

If you want to cool off, you can swim in Lake Windermere, as I did, accompanied by local adventurer Pete Kelly, who can kit you out with a wetsuit for a refreshing swim around the North Shore (swimthelakes.co.uk).

Will went swimming in Lake Windermere, pictured, 'accompanied by local adventurer Pete Kelly'

Will went swimming in Lake Windermere, pictured, ‘accompanied by local adventurer Pete Kelly’

Then relax in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub, which you can book at reception for an exclusive time slot.

At night, the sound of rain on the roof above me had a sleepy effect, and in the morning, birdsong provided a natural alarm clock.

I made coffee from the machine by the main couch, watched the sunlight ripple over the lake as the mist hugged the water, and was grateful that while we may be a swampy island at times, we’re also an absolutely beautiful island.

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