• In recent weeks we have been blessed with stunning sunny weather, spring has certainly come early this year and it has got us excited about the season ahead! Spring is a great time to visit the Lake District and here’s why...

    Peace and Quiet

    In spring you get the best of both worlds, promising weather and peace and quiet. Peak season in summer is very busy with tourists, great for many but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Come for a break mid week in March and you can enjoy quiet footpaths and some sunny days.

    Work off Winter

    We all do it...eat and drink more than we planned over Christmas and New Year. The dark cold nights of January and February make getting back into fitness a challenge! The longer days and warmer temperatures mean it isn’t so hard in March. Here in the Lake District we have so many fabulous walking trails which are great for jogging.

    Bluebells and Daffodils

    You know that spring has arrived when the daffodils and bluebells have sprung. Against the backdrop of the fells and rolling green fields the spring flowers look utterly beautiful. A spectacle everyone should enjoy during a trip to the Lake District.


    In March most of the trees are still bare, but this brings its own beauty, many of the spectacular views are hidden by green trees in summer. In spring you can see the Lake District from a new, magical perspective.

  • 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

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