Christmas Breaks at the Waterhead, Ambleside

The Waterhead is the Lake District’s only four star townhouse hotel, and the perfect location to enjoy a truly special Christmas. The interior is stylish and luxurious belonging firmly in the twenty-first century, but the exterior views are timeless with the Bar & Grill and many of the 41 rooms looking out over a tranquil Lakeland setting with a backdrop of Wetherlam Fell and Coniston Old Man. Our aim at Waterhead is for you to unwind, relax and completely spoil you with our sumptuous selection of culinary delights throughout your stay, whilst enjoying our home from home atmosphere.

2016 Christmas Breaks Packages

Package details and Tariffs for our 2016 Christmas Breaks will be available shortly. If you have a query or would like to enquire about availabilty then please contact on Tel:

Bookings & Enquiries :0333 2203 106

2015 Christmas Breaks Packages

Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December 2015

Following a warm welcome and glass of our ‘secret recipe’ homemade mulled wine on arrival, you can unwind and relax in our Bar and Lounge whilst enjoying some festive nibbles with stunning views over the Lake to the fells beyond. Suitably refreshed why not discover the delights of Ambleside to buy that last minute Christmas present, or alternatively relax and unwind in our bar and lounge with a glass of your favourite tipple.

Anthony Sutcliffe, Manager of Waterhead and his team will welcome you to the evening celebrations with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a luxurious four course dinner in the stylish surroundings of the Bar & Grill Restaurant. It’s then time for our ever-popular casino night, with blackjack, roulette and the wheel of fortune game. The local parish churches welcome the community and visitors alike for midnight mass and a glass of mulled wine will await your return to the hotel.

Christmas Day - Friday 25th December 2015

Our chimneys will be swept in anticipation of a seasonal visitor who will greet you with presents and a glass or two of Bucks Fizz prior to a full Christmas breakfast. Although we’re sure that for many the rest of the morning may be spent opening gifts, why not enjoy some stimulating and invigorating Lakeland air on one of our local walks where a glass of mulled wine will await your return. Hopefully, you’ll now have some space for our traditional five course Christmas Day lunch served with all the trimmings, followed by the Queen’s speech televised at 3pm in the bar. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the obligatory board game or a Christmas movie, or maybe a cheeky siesta.

Join us again in the evening for a light but sumptuous buffet supper, with the rest of the evening being relaxed and informal and the perfect opportunity to unwind following the exertions of the day.

Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2015

Relax and enjoy a well-earned lie-in! Brunch will be served in the Bar & Grill. Following this, you could take advantage of a complimentary cruise on Lake Windermere or head for the sales in the village.

In the afternoon join the team for a food and drink extravaganza, which will include an array of hearty Cumbrian produce, and the chance to taste the Lakes Distillery spirits including The Lakes Gin, The One blended whisky and The Lakes Vodka, the opportunity to experiment and marry different garnishes to your selected spirit will all be part of the tasting. This evening’s three course dinner will feature our chef’s twist on some traditional British Pub favourites served in the Bar & Grill, keeping with the theme it’s then time to assemble your team for the Waterhead Festive Pub Quiz with prizes for the lucky winners.

A drink or two overlooking Lake Windermere will round off a memorable and relaxing Christmas at The Waterhead.

Sunday 27th December 2015

Following a final hearty Lakeland breakfast the team at the Waterhead will bid you farewell and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Booking your 2015 Christmas Break

To book your Christmas retreat contact the hotel direct by telephone: 0333 2203 106.

NB. Christmas and New Year packages cannot be booked online.

Terms & Conditions

Booking & Deposits

For more information, or to book your Christmas or New Year Holiday, please telephone us or email us. To secure your holiday, a non-refundable deposit of is required at the time of booking. This can be made by simply quoting a credit card number and details, or by sending a cheque which must be received within 7 days of the booking being made.

Festive Terms and Conditions

  1. £100.00 Deposit per adult is taken at the time of booking.
  2. £100.00 Deposit per Child is taken at the time of booking if staying in there own room.
  3. The final balance is required 8 weeks prior to arrival.
  4. Deposits for Festive packages are non-refundable.

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