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 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 Breaks Programme

Sunday 23rd December 2018

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

We will be serving a light arrival buffet as everyone settles in prior to the festivities ahead. This afternoon we have selected a Christmas movie for you to relax and enjoy and really get into the festive spirit. 

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 Adam Graham will then serve a special multi-course 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

Monday 24th December 2018

Following a hearty Cumbrian breakfast, why not discover the delights of Ambleside to buy that last minute Christmas present, or simply sit back and relax with your favourite tipple!

Following breakfast join Anthony and some of the team on a walk with a difference as we invite you to join our Champagne trail to Rydal caves where we will toast this festive season.

Join us back in the restaurant where an afternoon of Bavarian fun will commence as we serve some continental classics as well as a sampling of European Beer. Tea and coffee will also be available!

Following lunch we will then host our all new treasure challenge before you go off and relax before the big night ahead.

This evening join us in our bar and lounge where the team will serve one of our signature gin and tonics for your pre dinner 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

Tuesday 25th December 2018

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

Wednesday 26th December 2018

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?

Join us back in the restaurant where an afternoon of Swiss delight will await as you enjoy your very own fondue creations! A light buffet and tea and coffee will also be available, as well as our very own gin tasting with Fever-Tree Tonic where you can get creative with various garnishes!!!

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.

Thursday 27th December 2018

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. 


Our 4 night festive break, commencing Sunday 23rd December, including all the entertainment and meals detailed above, starts from only £695 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.

Terms & Conditions

To secure your festive break, a 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. Full payment of the outstanding balance is required 8 weeks prior to your stay and is non-refundable.

Booking Your Christmas Breaks

Our Christmas Breaks cannot be booked online. To book you Christmas Break please call us on:

0333 2203 106
(Lines Open: Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm, Weekends 10am - 4pm)

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