• Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the need for romantic gesture ideas is at the forefront of lovers minds! So we thought we’d do our best to help...

    The Lake District as a destination is romantic in itself, inspiring many writers and poets over the centuries. Who needs cheesy gifts when you could be soaking up a view from atop one of the many picturesque fells in the Lakes?

    Here at Regent we are in the perfect spot for a truly memorable romantic break. Situated next to Waterhead Bay near Ambleside you only have to walk out our front door to be struck by the stunning natural beauty of the lake and fells beyond.

    Why not take your loved one on a Windermere Lake Cruise from Waterhead Bay? The spectacle of the lake and reflected landscape on the water is a special experience. And, within walking distance of the town centre, the abundance of shops, pubs and bars mean you won’t be short of places to indulge and explore together.

    If you’re planning on staying with us on Valentines night, here at the hotel we will be serving some showstopping Valentines specials as well as our delicious Al La Carte Menu. You can look forward to a variety of creative dishes with meat, fish and vegetarian options. There will even be a Valentine’s sharing dessert for two!

    Book your romantic break today before it’s too late! You can book on our website, or call to chat to one of our friendly team. Happy Valentines!

  • 28 December 2018

    New Year, New Rooms!

    Situated at Waterhead Bay on the shores of Lake Windermere, our hotel is in the perfect spot to enjoy the lake, Ambleside town and is in great proximity to the surrounding fells. This is why we are so delighted that the building work for our four new bedrooms is now underway. It means we will be able to offer more accommodation to more guests in our idyllic Lake District location.

    The two ground floor rooms, 35 and 36 will be superior rooms with their own private patio. Guests will be able to enjoy their own outside space breathing in fresh Lake District air during their morning coffee or perhaps in the evening watching the sunset with a nice glass of wine!

    The two first floor rooms will be bay view superior rooms. These rooms will have a bath and shower, a beautiful juliet balcony with views of the lake and Latterbarrow fells beyond. If that wasn’t enough, the vaulted ceiling, adds to the unique luxury feel.

    All the rooms at Regent have their own perks and each offer something unique. Thinking about staying with us in 2019? These new rooms are currently ahead on schedule with work expected to finish in April. Call us for more details and to book.

  • Ambleside is best known for its accessibility to some of the best walking trails and viewpoints the Lake District can offer, but there is even more to Ambleside than wonderful views and fells. The small town is very picturesque itself with many unique streets and ginnels that boast an eclectic mix of fabulous cafes and independent shops. It is the perfect place to find a special Christmas gift. Here’s a few of our favourite shops that are certainly worth a visit during your stay with us.


    Rush is a clothing shop in the centre of Ambleside that offers a great mix of womens, menswear and accessories. They have a range of top brands including White Stuff, Sea Salt Cornwall and French Connection. Open 7 days a week, and with such great brands and friendly staff you are bound to find what you are looking for.

    Bath House

    Bath House offer a gorgeous selection of high end fragrances, body care, home scents and gifts for both men and women. Just round the corner from Rush, this store will make you want everything in it! All the products are beautifully displayed and wrapped - perfect for a gift. What makes it even better, is that the majority of their products are produced and sourced locally.

    Horseman’s Jewellers

    Looking for that extra special gift for your loved one this Christmas? Horseman’s Jewellers is the place to find a gift with that extra bit of sparkle! They provide the very best watches, engagement rings, clocks, gold and silver jewellery, not to mention bespoke pieces and engraving.


    Now who doesn’t love chocolate at Christmas time? It is the time of year to indulge, and there is no better way to do that than with the utterly delicious chocolate treats at Friars. Know someone who hates brussel sprouts? Why not treat them to a box of Friars chocolate brussel sprouts, or perhaps the more traditional luxury dark chocolate cherry liqueurs. Whatever your chocolate preference, Friars has it all covered with their range of luxury chocolate delights.

  • Visiting the Lake District during Winter can be very special. Snow topped fells and frosty mornings are truly magical in the already beautiful setting. Not to mention the abundance of festive events and activities! Here are a few to take note of if you’re thinking of staying with us over the season.

    Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On.

    This is a fantastic annual free event that will take place on Saturday November 17th. You can look forward to a paper lantern parade of over 100 lanterns through the town at dusk, a wonderful spectacle for all involved. Following this, all the Christmas lights are switched on and onlookers can enjoy a firework display!

    If you’d like to make this an all day event there will be stalls with mulled wine and minced pies, street entertainment and activities happening in the Market Cross and Market Place areas of town from 12noon. Plus, if you’re bringing the kids, you could also book on to The Father Christmas Cruise run by Windermere Lake Cruises. For more information, please visit: http://www.amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk

    A Christmas Carol by Pantaloons Theatre Company at the Brewery Arts Centre.

    The festive season is certainly a popular time to enjoy Theatre! Plus with unreliable winter weather it is always great to plan a few indoor and outdoor options for your holiday. The Brewery Arts Centre is a venue only a short 30 minute drive from Ambleside and offers a wide range of arts entertainment all year round. On December 8th critically- acclaimed theatre company Pantaloons Theatre present a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This comedy show features live music and a multi-talented cast! For more more details and tickets visit: www.breweryarts.co.uk

    Santa Express at Hayes Garden World.

    Award winning Hayes Garden world is the largest garden centre in Cumbria, and it is just down the road in Ambleside. The centre gets into the festive spirit every year hosting events with a festive themed offering. The Santa Express opens from November 3rd and offers a wonderful adventure for children! The experience includes a visit to sanda, activities along the way, a present, souvenir picture and book to take home. Interested in finding out more? Visit their website: www.hayesgardenworld.co.uk

  • Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Lake District, and despite not being the most popular season for tourism, there is still plenty to see and do. We have a fantastic Autumn Offer on our rooms and to make a stay with us even more tempting, here’s a fantastic selection of what’s on in the area this Autumn.

    Guided Walks.

    Visiting the Lake District for the first time? Or perhaps you want to ‘get out there’ but you’re not comfortable navigating across the countryside? Not to worry! The Lake District National Park are great at arranging guided walks, many of which are free. There are walks arranged throughout the Autumn each graded easy, moderate or hard so you can pick a walk that is suitable to your abilities. Coming up this October, there is a ‘very hard’ guided walk to the summit of Blencathra from Scales Fell, this will bag three of Wainwrights summits in one! Alternately, if that sounds a bit on the extreme side, there is an ‘easy family walk’ above Derwent Water that passes through Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and the lake shore. The perfect walk for enjoying the stunning Autumn colours of the season. If you’d like to view more guided walks visit: https://bit.ly/2Ogpzhi

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival takes place in nearby Kendal between the 12th-14th October and is the only event of its kind in the UK. Celebrating the world of comic art and the artists who create them, festival goers can look forward to talks from some of the biggest names in comic art, exhibitions, workshops, live drawing, films and much more. This year there will be over 70 special guests. Alan Davis will be attending and he has written for many huge comic magazines, including Batman for DC comics, and Robocop for Marvel. If you’d like to find out more or to book tickets visit: https://bit.ly/2NSGkPJ

    Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

    Many people who come and stay with us are lovers of the great outdoors, and situated in the heart of Ambleside we are in the perfect location for walking and hiking in the fells and mountains. Kendal Mountain film Festival takes place between the 15th-18th November this year. This award-winning event has grown considerably in size and popularity since it began 17 years ago, attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over the UK. You can expect to see a variety of stunning, memorable, awe-inspiring films, photography, inspirational speakers, explorers, artists and athletes. There will be the opportunity to purchase top brands and equipment, be entertained by live music, and enjoy a pint or two with like minded individuals. If this sounds up your street, visit https://bit.ly/1vNCJ50 to book tickets.

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