The Cranleigh Boutique

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Ian Jones

It’s safe to say The Cranleigh Boutique is not what you’d expect from a Lake District hotel. Far from the traditional cosy cottage feel you’d find in most of the places to stay in the Lakes, The Cranleigh Boutique plays host to a bunch of vibrant, almost out-there rooms with an entirely unique character.

It’s a two-minute walk from Bowness, which, by all accounts, is gathering a reputation as the party district of the Lakes, packed with pubs, bars and restaurants, full of youthful fun-loving visitors and locals. Apparently it’s a hot spot for people coming in from Manchester and Liverpool, and it’s not hard to see why. The area is beautiful and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, like a prettier version of those neighbouring big cities, with the edges shaved off.

The staff at Cranleigh Boutique are, to put it bluntly, lovely. Chatty and friendly, it feels more like friends you’re visiting than the stuffy greeting you get from staff at more formal establishments. Attentive and charming, they’re a true delight. As are the rooms.

Mine for the night is decked out with chandeliers and plush sheets, and lit by deep rich purple lighting, which you can change to different settings such as ‘relax’ and ‘fun’. I waste a good hour playing with this. The bathroom is spa-like, with a bath featuring powerful air jets for a luxurious soak, alongside a rubber duck and even a TV. The room also comes with a cuddly toy dog, which you can ‘adopt’ for a donation.

As for the vibe, it’s romantic but not in the well-worn, old fashioned sense. This is a hotel for the twenty-twenties: exciting, colourful and with a hint of wildness. It’s no surprise that it’s won countless awards, including Most Romantic Venue in the UK by those masters of romance, Mills and Boon.

Best of all, it’s linked with (and a short stroll to) Baha, a superb restaurant serving up exceptional food in the heart of Bowness. If you’re looking to impress a date, or try something different, look no further.

Kendal RdBowness-on-WindermereLA23 3EW View map
Telephone: 01539443293 Visit Now

What's on near The Cranleigh Boutique

Kendal Calling Festival 2024

Featuring over 200 artists and performers, immersive arts experiences and kids activities, Kendal Calling is a great, family-friendly festival set in the stunning Lake District.

from £199.00
Two men stand at railings with blue sky behind. Both are wearing sunglasses and one is leaning forward with his head under the top railing and laughing.
Morecambe Poetry Festival 2024 at various venues

Our Tourist Telescope is set on the coast – more specifically, Morecambe Poetry Festival, back for a third year with an impressive line-up now spread over two venues: the wonderful Winter Gardens and upstairs at The King’s Arms.

from £65.00

Where to go near The Cranleigh Boutique

Bar or Pub

Baha is a stylish upmarket restaurant with a Pacific Rim-inspired menu, based in Bowness-In-Windermere in the Lake District.

The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter™ is a vibrant family Attraction bringing to life Beatrix Potter’s enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside.

Tourist Attraction

Perhaps no water in England is more storied than Windermere, where swimmers who enjoy a challenge have naturally flocked here for centuries.

Gilpin Lake House

Gilpin Lake House is a stunning Lake District getaway, hosting just 16 guests on 100 acres of private grounds, with its own lake.

Culture Guides

Rebecca Watson author photo
Literature Events in Manchester and the North

In between working out, then working through, your holiday reading pile this summer, find inspiration for your next bookish acquisitions from our selection of live events and exhibitions.