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Laura Ashley’s love of creating beautiful homes has expanded to the hotel environment. Set within stunning British locations these hotels are the perfect excuse to get away and relax in pure Laura Ashley heaven. Needing a weekend away herself the wonderful Louise from The Vintage Room tried out The Belsfield and tells us just how much she loved her stay…
Now everyone knows how much I love Laura Ashley as a brand and I’m also partial to a luxury hotel mini break so when I got the chance to go and stay in the beautiful Laura Ashley hotel The Belsfield I quite literally jumped at it! My husband had a week off work when the hotel had availability so we booked flights to Liverpool from Belfast and hired a car to drive to the gorgeous Lake District.
The Belsfield is set in 6 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and looks right over Lake Windermere with stunning views wherever you look. We were so lucky to have blue skies & sunshine during our stay and the views from our suite were out of this world!
Our room was absolutely stunning with beautiful Laura Ashley soft furnishings and accessories with a lovely seating area with a sofa and chairs to sit and relax. The bed was huge and super comfy with Egyptian cotton bed linen and the most gorgeous velvet headboard which I now want in my own bedroom!
The Hotel itself is the most stunning period property and is a wonderful example of Victorian Italianate architecture. It was built in 1845 as a private residence for Baroness Von Sternberg and was then bought in 1869 by the steel magnate Henry Schnieder and was converted to a hotel in 1892 and was extended shortly before the First World War. I’m a great lover of Victorian properties as my childhood home was a beautiful old Victorian bank house so all the details hugely appealed to me. There is beauty wherever you look in this stunning building and I was in my element snapping pics of all the beautiful reception rooms.
The hotel was refurbished in 2014 by the Laura Ashley Design Service and the result is utter perfection. Laura Ashley interior designer Kay Cullen used the archive chinoiserie range of wallpapers within the hotel to stunning effect thus enhancing all the beautiful period features whilst remaining true to the buildings heritage and the Laura Ashley furnishings throughout create a feeling of luxury in keeping with such a beautiful period property.
My personal favourite had to be the Drawing Room with its duck egg blue & gold decor and we sat there after dinner at night having tea and looking over the lake as dusk fell which was magical.
There are two dining rooms to choose from, both with beautiful lake views, the more informal Brasserie is where we ate on the first night and the food was amazing. There is also a Lounge Bar in the centre of the building with lovely seating areas and gorgeous decor where you can sit and watch the world go by.
The AA Rosette awarded Belsfield Restaurant is the more formal dining room with spectacular views over the lakes and hills and breakfast is also served in this beautiful room.
The Hotel is perfectly situated in the pretty little Lakeside town of Bowness and it’s literally a 5 minute walk from the hotel grounds to both the Lake and the town centre and we loved wandering around the pretty shops and cafes. It really was the most perfect mini break and during our stay, I posted lots of pics on my FB & IG and I had so many messages from people who had fallen in love with the beautiful Belsfield and it’s stunning decor and surroundings. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and I can’t wait to go back!