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.


Christmas Breaks

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.


Christmas 2021

Thursday 23rd December 2021

Upon arrival, enjoy a warm welcome and piping hot glass of mulled wine together with a mince pie before unwinding and relaxing in our Bar overlooking Lake Windermere and the fells beyond.

We will be serving an informal light lunch throughout the afternoon as everyone settles in prior to the festivities ahead with the chance to meet some familiar faces along with those guests enjoying their first festive break with us here at Waterhead!

The evening begins with the management team welcoming you to a Laurent Perrier Champagne and canapé reception, following which Head Chef Adam Graham will serve a special multi-course menu to the sound of our resident saxophonist.

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

Christmas Eve

Friday 24th December 2021

Following a hearty Lakeland breakfast, why not discover the delights of Ambleside to buy that last minute Christmas present, or simply sit back and relax in our Bar and Lounge!

This morning sees the return of our popular ‘Champagne Walk’ as we explore the local countryside with a brief stop to toast the festive season!

Join us back in the restaurant where we will be serving our afternoon tea followed by a gin and tonic masterclass where guests will be able to sample some of our favourite gins, matched perfectly by a selection of tonics and mixers courtesy of our friends at Fever Tree..

Tonight, begins with welcome drinks and canapes, an informal dinner in the restaurant and then the return of our annual Festive Pub Quiz, with prizes for the lucky winners!

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

Saturday 25th December 2021

Our chimneys will be swept in anticipation of a seasonal visitor and the day begins with presents and a glass of festive bubbly prior to a full Christmas breakfast.

Then, why not enjoy some 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 Brathay Room in the Bar.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy with board games, a Christmas movie, or maybe a drink or two in our Bar and Lounge.

Join us again in the evening for a light buffet supper, the rest of the night 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

Sunday 26th December 2021

Always a day to relax (possibly with a well-deserved lie-in) and today we will be serving brunch in the Bar & Grill throughout the morning. This afternoon, why not take advantage of a complimentary cruise on Lake Windermere or alternatively head for the sales in the village?

Join us back in the restaurant where we will be serving a light lunch, followed by a gingerbread house making competition - the perfect way to spend an afternoon at Waterhead!

Tonight, join us back in the bar and lounge to enjoy a welcome winter cocktail reception, followed by a four course dinner in our restaurant.

Following dinner, why not chance your hand at our ever-popular casino night with the opportunity to win prizes without compromising your wallet!

A drink or two in our lounge and bar will round off a memorable and relaxing Christmas at The Waterhead.

Monday 27th December 2021

For those of you leaving us, 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.

With two Christmas bank holidays following our package however, why not take advantage of our specially discounted rates to extend your stay and make the most of your time in the Lakes?


2021 Tariffs

4 Night Festive Break

Our 4 night festive break, commencing Thursday 23rd December, including all the entertainment and meals detailed above, starts from only £750 per person.

3 Night Festive Break

Our 3 night festive break, commencing Friday 24th December, including all the entertainment and meals detailed above, starts from only £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 - £40 per room per night.

Luxury Lake View Rooms - £90 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 a small number of other double rooms that may be allocated for single occupancy, subject to availability.

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.


2021 Terms & Conditions / Booking & Deposits

Festive Deposit Payments

At the time of booking your Christmas or New Year Festive Package a £200.00 per room deposit will be taken to confirm your break.

Festive Total / Final Payments

The remaining balance is to be paid by 31st October for bookings made before this date.

For bookings made after the 31st October the full amount will be taken at the time of booking.

Festive Package Cancellations

£200.00 per room is deemed a non-refundable / transferable deposit.

Festive Package Total / Final Payment Cancellations

Should you need to cancel your Festive package after the full payment has been taken:

Before 1st December Less the deposit, half of the amount will be transferred to another stay within the 12-month period or transferred to the following years package with the other half of the balance refunded.

After 1st December the total cost would be lost.

We recommend individual holiday insurance be taken out.

Free Festive £200 T&CS

Please see the Terms & Conditions page for further details.


Booking Your Christmas Breaks

Free Festive £200

When you book and pay a £200 deposit on any Christmas or New Year package to secure your booking you will receive an amount of £200 to use on any other online booking. An exclusive link in your Festive package confirmation email will allow you to save up to £200 on your next online booking. This offer will be valid throughout the year on any booking taken by 20th December 2021.

Our Festive Packages are bookable both online or over the phone. For online bookings simply click the buttons below:

3 Night Package

4 Night Package

To book your Christmas Break by phone please call us on:

0333 2203 106
(Lines Open: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 8pm, Weekends 10am - 4pm)

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