Little Boats of the Lake District
Lake District, UK
- Half board
Explore this land of inspiration
Having inspired a smorgasbord of creatives, including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, the Lake District is undeniably impressive. Hillscapes seem to flow down towards lengthy lakes and everywhere you look is a unique scene: red deer sipping from the water’s edge or red kites, once almost entirely extinct, swooping through the skies above. Few ways to enjoy the views are better than by boat ride, during which you are invited to sit back and take in the sights.
During your boat tours, you will stop in charming towns and villages such as Pooley Bridge, Ambleside and Brantwood House - with names that seem to jump straight out of a storybook.
4 nights at your hotel
8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Dedicated Saga Host
Plus all this…
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted drinks reception
- Guided orientation walks
- Free hotel Wi-Fi and safe
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Porterage at your hotel
Excursions and visits
- Windermere cruise and walk from the hotel (full day)
- Coniston Lake cruise and entrance to Brantwood House (half day)
- Ullswater cruise (three-quarter day)
Day 1 Windermere
Settle into your hotel and join your tour manager for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Windermere Cruise
Following breakfast, we invite you on board your pleasure vessel for a cruise along Windermere, the largest lake in England.
As you travel from Bowness to Ambleside, look out for otters, red deer, osprey and red kites. You will spend some time at leisure in Ambleside, within which you can find ‘Bridge House’ a 17th-century house built on a stone bridge. It is truly a charming image of rural Lake District life.
This afternoon, take a walking round trip from your hotel. B, D
Day 3 Coniston Water Cruise
In 1939, Sir Malcolm Campbell attempted to break the water speed record on Coniston Water by successfully reaching 141 miles per hour. His son, Douglas, continued his father’s daredevilry with his iconic hydroplane ‘Bluebird’.
Today, you will be travelling across Coniston considerably slower. While perhaps a little less exciting, your slower speed will allow full appreciation of your surroundings. On calm days, the woodland and hillscape are wonderfully reflected in the mirror-like water. Included in your tour is a visit to Brantwood, a 250-acre estate consisting of garden trails that wrap around a museum house, once home to John Ruskin, a prominent Victorian art critic.
Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, D
Day 4 Ullswater Cruise
When William Wordsworth spotted daffodils growing on the shores of Ullswater, felt inspired to write his poem 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'.
During your cruise, we hope that you too will understand the romantic connection that the poet has to nature, illustrated by the rolling hills that flow down to the water’s edge. Enjoy the area’s seclusion and capture the breathtaking scenery on your camera before making a stop in Pooley Bridge where you can spend time at leisure. See the new bridge that replaces the one washed away by flooding in 2015. B, D
Day 5 Farewell
Leave the Lake District behind after breakfast, perhaps with a camera filled with stunning landscapes and plenty of happy memories. B
A five-minute walk away from your hotel is the World of Beatrix Potter, bringing to life her enchanting stories. Stroll through the Peter Rabbit Garden - spotting several details from the stories, including the watering can in which Peter hides - and enjoy a trip down memory lane with Benjamin Bunny, Lily Bobtail and Sammy Whiskers.
If you’re feeling adventurous, consider hiring a boat and take a trip across to Lakeside, passing Belle isle, the largest of Windermere’s 18 islands, which is privately owned.
In the heart of the Cumbrian countryside is Macdonald Old England Hotel, enjoying splendid views across Windermere and boasting country house charm. From your alfresco dining area (if you choose to sit outdoors), you can watch as locals moor their boats on the private jetty.
Take a stroll in the hotel’s private gardens before retiring to one of 106 bedrooms. Other facilities at the hotel include a bar, a twenty-metre indoor pool, gym and spa (extra charge). Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Located in Bowness on Windermere, your hotel is the perfect base to explore this charming town during your leisure time. Parking is available at a cost of approximately £20 per night.
Getting there by car
2 miles from A591 Motorway. Car parking is available at £20 per night for hotel guests.
If you're arriving by rail, coach or air
If you have arranged rail travel through Saga you will receive tickets to the closest mainline station. Transfers to and from the hotel are not included. Your Saga host will meet you on arrival at the hotel. If you wish to make your own travel arrangements the closest railway station to the Macdonald Old England Hotel is Windermere Station, approximately two miles away.
Once you arrive
If you are making your own way to the hotel, please aim to arrive after 4pm. If you arrive earlier than this, you may find that your room is not ready. Porterage of luggage between the reception area and your room is included.