All posts tagged: England

Haweswater Hotel, Lake District, England

Filling up our tank on a day driving around the Lake District, the service attendant asks where we are staying. “Haweswater Hotel”, we tell him and he looks surprised. “That’s a great spot”, he says “it’s where us locals hang out on our days off”. Skymie and I exchange a smirk. Originally, I questioned whether staying by a reservoir in a district of lakes was the wrong move, but the website made it look so damn peaceful and pretty that I couldn’t resist.  Once checked in, we discovered it was also in a quiet little hikers paradise, with the start of some spectacular walks just down the road (you can read about our first short wander here). In an English summer the sun stays up until late in the evening, so our first dinner was by the bright windows of the dining room. The interiors were modern country with deep grey blue walls, mounted with a deer head or two. This wasn’t exactly to Skymie’s tastes as he’s vegetarian (I was also for a very long …

Weekend in the Lake District, England

A trip to the English countryside always seems like a jolly good idea, so for a romantic and adventurous short break, we head to the fells and farms of Cumbria in the Lake District. We chose the Haweswater as our base, actually a reservoir rather than a lake, which feels like a lucky little secret, as it houses the dreamy Haweswater Hotel and is right in by a number of epic and underrated hikes. After checking in and inquiring about nearby short walks, the concierge suggested we drive to the bottom of the street where we’d find Mardale Head car park, the starting point of a few lovely ambles. As we passed through the fell gate starting point, we peered up at the landscape to see the afternoon sun and passing clouds cast patchy shadows on the undulating mountains. We ascended for around 45 minutes, past winding stone fences, green hills and jutting rocks, all the while looking back at the blue Haweswater below. When we reached a small waterfall edge, we sat down to …

Ace Hotel, Shoreditch, London

Early on a Shoreditch morning, the lobby of the Ace Hotel is simmering with creatives and travellers, drinking coffee, setting up laptops, checking in and out. Vinyl lines the front desk, there’s a photobooth, a fixie bike near the lift, and a mini exhibition by Tokyo-based artist Yu Nagaba in a glass cabinet along the wall. I’ve been looking forward to staying at the Ace almost as much as I’ve been anticipating arriving in London, and I’m immediately smitten. So imagine my delight when we are granted an early check in and an upgrade. And just as we are settling in, turning on the vintage radio, reclining on the window seat, the door knocks and we are presented with a bottle of champagne for our recent engagement. And then they bring flowers from the florist next door. Did you hear that? THEY BROUGHT US FLOWERS! It’s often the little touches that make a great hotel. And there were plenty of those – a channel on the in-room radio of stories being read to help you …