New Year 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.

2016/17 New Year Breaks Packages

Package details and Tariffs for our 2016/17 New Year 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 New Year Breaks - Programme

Tuesday 29th December 2015

Following a warm welcome and glass of our ‘secret recipe’ homemade Spiced rum punch 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 browse the sales, or alternatively take advantage of the leisure facilities at the Low Wood club.

Our Head Chef and his brigade along with Stephen Fox our Food and Beverage Manager and his team will then welcome you to the evening celebrations with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a sumptuous four course dinner in the Restaurant to begin the really New Year celebrations.

Wednesday 30th December 2015

Following a Lakeland breakfast, the day is free for you to relax, tackle the fells or enjoy a lake cruise on Windermere. In the afternoon we will be serving an afternoon tea selection which will feature some traditional classics and champagne, tea and coffee will also be part of the choice but not compulsory!!

Anthony Sutcliffe, Manager of Waterhead, and the team then welcome you to the evening’s celebrations beginning with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a gourmet four course dinner in the Restaurant. This year after dinner will feature our very own Gin and Jazz night, giving you the opportunity to taste some of our great local gins, experiment with flavoured tonics and various garnishes whilst enjoying some soothing Jazz from our local saxophonist.

New Year’s Eve - Thursday 31st December 2015

Enjoy your last breakfast of 2015, which will be served until 11am. Before tonight’s celebrations why not explore the local area or venture out into that superb scenery with a complimentary Windermere cruise. A hearty Cumbrian hot pot will be served in the afternoon to put you on before the night’s celebrations.

The evening’s festivities which commence with a champagne and canapé reception. We then invite you to our six-course gala dinner (black tie preferred, but not essential!). Our resident DJ will then raise the tempo, count down the last moments of 2015 and welcome in the New Year to the sounds of Big Ben, popping champagne corks and bacon butties will follow to keep you going into the early hours.

New Year’s Day – Friday 1st January 2016

Relax and start 2015 with a well-earned lie-in. This morning we will serve a leisurely brunch from 9.00am. For those of you wanting some fresh Lakeland air there will be local walk information available along with a flask of strong coffee for those nursing a sore head.

In the afternoon join the team for a food and drink extravaganza, which will include an array of hearty Cumbrian produce. This evenings three course dinner will feature our Head Chef’s take on some traditional British Pub favourites served in the Restaurant, 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 in our Bar and Lounge overlooking Lake Windermere will round off a memorable and relaxing New Year at The Waterhead.

Saturday 2nd January 2016

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, but why not stay another night at a specially reduced rate? If commitments do pull you away, then we will have to say our fond farewells after a final hearty Lakeland breakfast.

New Year Breaks Tariffs 2015


Our four night New Year’s break, commencing 29th December, including all the entertainment and meals detailed above starts from only £650 per person. If commitments do not allow you a four night break, then we can also offer a 3 night break commencing 30th December, for £575 per person.

Room Supplements

Lake view rooms - £25 per room per night
Luxury lake view room - £60 per room per night
Single occupancy - we have two single rooms. Once these have been sold, a supplement of £75 per night will apply to double rooms required for single occupancy.


If there are three or more couples in your party, and you will be requiring a table of six or more for meals, then you may all be eligible for a 5% discount. Please contact us for details.

Children's Rates

The Waterhead’s festive break is not suited to young children and so we are unable to welcome those under 15. Any young adults over this age will be charged at the full adult rate.

Additional Nights

Extend your New Year Break - receive a special rate of £100 per person for dinner, bed and breakfast in a House Room on 27th and 28th December. Extend your break for the special one off rate from £80.00 per person Dinner, bed and breakfast in a house room for dates from the 2nd January.

Booking your 2015 New Year Break

Our New Year Breaks Packages now have limited availability. To see 2016 in style please call us to Book or enquire about available packages.

Bookings & Enquiries :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 £100 per adult 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. Full payment of the outstanding balance is required 6 weeks prior to your stay.

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 their 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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