New Year Breaks at 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 the Waterhead is for you to unwind, relax and completely spoil yourselves with great food, fantastic wines and a real home from home atmosphere.

Booking your 2017 New Year Break

To book your New Year Break telephone:0333 2203 106

(Christmas and New Year Breaks cannot be booked online.)

A Sparkling New Year at Waterhead

Friday 29th December 2017

Following a warm welcome and glass of our homemade mulled wine on arrival, unwind and relax in our Bar and Lounge and enjoy stunning views over the Lake to the fells beyond.

In the afternoon we will be serving a light arrival buffet as everyone settles in prior to the festivities ahead and tonight.

Tonight, join Hotel Manager Anthony Sutcliffe and his team for a champagne and canapé reception, courtesy of our friends at Laurent Perrier, followed by head chef Nick Martin’s special multi-course Cumbrian tasting menu, celebrating some of the very best produce and dishes the region has to offer.

After dinner we will have plenty of festive games in our bar area for you to enjoy, a glass of your favourite tipple will help the night along!!!

Saturday 30th December 2017

Following a hearty Lakeland breakfast, the day is free to relax or explore the local area with our annual Festive Treasure Hunt.

Join us back in the restaurant where an afternoon of Swiss delight will await as you enjoy your very own fondue creations! Tea and coffee will also be available.

Suitably refreshed, why not discover the delights of Ambleside to browse the sales, or alternatively take advantage of the leisure facilities at the nearby, newly refurbished Low Wood Spa?

Tonight, join the team as a chilled glass of champagne awaits you prior to a Monte Carlo-inspired four course dinner in our restaurant followed by our ever-popular casino night with the opportunity to chance your hand without compromising your wallet!

New Year’s Eve - Sunday 31st December 2017

Enjoy your last breakfast of 2016, and then why not tackle the fells or enjoy a complimentary lake cruise on Windermere?

After breakfast join Anthony on a Champagne walk to Rydal Caves enjoying some fresh air before the big night ahead.

This afternoon, and prior to tonight’s celebrations, a delicious afternoon tea will be served in our Bar and Lounge leaving plenty of time to prepare yourselves for the celebration this evening! The team then welcome you to a champagne and canapé reception before we serve the NYE gourmet six course gala dinner in our Restaurant (black tie preferred but not essential).

Our resident DJ will then raise the tempo, count down the last moments of 2016 and welcome in the New Year to the sounds of Big Ben and popping champagne corks.

New Year’s Day - Monday 1st January 2018

Relax and start 2017 with a well-earned lie-in. This morning we will serve a leisurely brunch from 9.00am.

After brunch why not enjoy a complimentary lake cruise on Windermere or 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!

Then join us back in the bar and restaurant where this afternoon we will be serving a light but sumptuous buffet together with tea and coffee.

This evening join us for a gin and tonic reception prior to dinner and the opportunity to assemble your teams for our annual 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

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

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.


Our four night New Year’s break, commencing Friday 29th December, including all the entertainment and meals detailed above starts from only £685 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 £625 per person.

Please note that participation in any hotel-arranged walks will be dependent on the wearing of appropriate footwear, and whether the walk itself occurs will be subject to the prevailing weather conditions.

Room Supplements

Classic 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.

Children's Rates

The Waterhead’s festive break are 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 room per night for bed and breakfast in a House Room on 27th and 28th December. Extend your break for a special one off rate from £70.00 per room bed and breakfast in a house room for the 2nd and 3rd January 2018.

Waterhead New Year Break Offer

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.

Bookings & Enquiries :0333 2203 106

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.