Christmas Breaks at Waterhead

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 yourselves with great food, fantastic wines and a real home from home atmosphere.

2017 Christmas Breaks Programme

Saturday 23rd December

Arrive to a warm welcome and piping hot glass of our ‘secret recipe’ Winter Punch together before unwinding and relaxing in our Bar and Lounge overlooking Windermere and the fells beyond.

We will be serving a light arrival buffet as everyone settles in prior to the festivities ahead.

Join Hotel Manager Anthony Sutcliffe and his team for a champagne and canapé reception, courtesy of our friends at Laurent Perrier, whilst our resident saxophonist entertains during the early part of the evening. Head Chef Nick Martin will then serve a 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!!!

Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December

Following a hearty Cumbrian breakfast, why not discover the delights of Ambleside to buy that last minute Christmas present, take up the challenge of our all-new Treasure Hunt, or simply sit back and relax with your favourite tipple!

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.

In the evening the team will serve one of our signature gin and tonics for your reception along with canapés. A four course dinner in our restaurant awaits followed by our ever-popular casino night with the opportunity to chance your hand without compromising your wallet!

Our 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 - Monday 25th December

Our chimneys will be swept in anticipation of a seasonal visitor who will greet you with presents and a glass of Festive 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 before returning to the hotel 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 with obligatory board games, a Christmas movie, or maybe a cheeky siesta.

Join us again in the evening for a light buffet supper, the rest of the evening being relaxed and informal - the perfect opportunity to unwind following the exertions of the day or maybe to challenge family and friends to a game of giant Jenga!

Boxing Day – Tuesday 26th December

Relax and enjoy a well-earned lie-in! Brunch will be served in the Bar & Grill and then why not take advantage of a complimentary cruise on Lake Windermere or alternatively head for the sales in the village?

In the afternoon we will be serving a luxurious champagne afternoon tea which will feature some traditional classics, along with tea and coffee.

This evening join us for a champagne 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 lounge and bar will round off a memorable and relaxing Christmas at The Waterhead.

Wednesday 27th December

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

Christmas Breaks Tariffs

Our 4 night festive break, commencing Saturday 23rd December, including all the entertainment and meals detailed above, starts from only £685 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.


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 breaks 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 Christmas Break - 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd - £99.00 per room per night for Bed and Breakfast, or a special rate of £99 per room per night for bed and breakfast on the 27th or 28th December.

Waterhead Christmas 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.

Booking Your Christmas Break

To book a Christmas Break at Waterhead call 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 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.