Most people go on holiday to get away from the bustle of day-to-day life. And homeowners at Buck Yeats Lodge Park are no different. Set in the heart of the UNESCO Lake District National Park, within 20 acres of private woodland, Buck Yeats prides itself on being the Lakes’ premier spot for exclusive luxury holiday homes. With only a select thirteen lodges on the park, residents are guaranteed the peaceful, luxury Lake District retreat they are searching for here at Buck Yeats Lodge Park.
Life at Buck Yeats Lodge Park
Set on the western shore of Lake Windermere, privacy is the most important consideration for the owners and residents of Buck Yeats Lodge Park. With gated access ensuring only approved residents or visitors can access the park, Buck Yeats provides luxury accommodation in a tranquil location for visiting the world-famous Lake District without the risk of unwanted attention or intrusions from visitors. Leave the busy, touristic atmosphere to the other parks in the area; here you can enjoy the best of the beautiful Lake District without the usual hubbub.
The lodges are each served by private parking and there are private jetties, boat storage and launching facilities on the park’s private pier. With the park’s exclusive location, it’s a great spot for admiring the unrivalled lake views, whether from land or from a vessel on the lake itself. The private piers are perfect for spending a lazy day yachting on the lake, soaking up the sun with a companion; bring a picnic or why not dock at one of the other resorts further along the lake?
Life at Buck Yeats can be as involved with the local area as you like. With substantial living facilities in each lodge, including full kitchen and hosting facilities and a private balcony, it is a joy to host dinner parties and social events – whether indoor or outdoor – with friends at home. It’s a great alternative to visiting the local bars and restaurants, and, as always, Buck Yeats ensures the maximum privacy for you and your guests. The pre-built luxury lodges are well-fitted and modern, with fibre broadband access available in every home, in case swift access to the outside world is needed! Read on to find out more about what there is to do around this beautiful lakeside retreat.
For those who prefer to dine out rather than cook in, there are so many options in the area around Buck Yeats. On the park’s doorstep is the Lakeside Hotel and Spa, which offers five-star dining, tasting menus and afternoon tea. The nearby village of Newby Bridge, only a mile from the park, plays host to the restaurants of the proudly no-fuss Swan Hotel. Here you will find more relaxed dining, with a variety of cuisines on offer, from pizza to pitta breads with afternoon tea in between. A hearty meal is guaranteed at the Swan! Check out their wide range of quirky and interesting gin-based drinks, they are something of a speciality here.
Stays at Buck Yeats are perfectly complimented by a spa day at one of the local facilities. The Lakeside Spa, based at the hotel only a five-minute stroll from Buck Yeats Lodge Park, is the region’s premier spa destination, with sublime views of Windermere, a spa lounge including sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, a 17-metre pool and garden access to take in the fresh Lake District air. Treatments are tailored to guests and both lunch and afternoon tea are available. The best part is, that after all the pampering and tranquillity, you can be back at your lodge just minutes after leaving the spa!
The Swan Hotel in Newby Bridge also features health club facilities, including a pool, thermal rooms, spa treatments and gym. Although it is not as exclusive as the Lakeside Spa, it does offer memberships, so if regular access to health and relaxation facilities is important, the Swan is the place for you!
Attractions and the wider area
The area around Buck Yeats is filled with options for days out. The park itself lies right next to Lakeside railway station, on the heritage Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. This is the perfect opportunity to travel back in time as you climb aboard the steam locomotives that traverse this line between Lakeside and Haverthwaite to the south. The licensed Station Tea Room is open seven days a week and serves home-cooked breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas, with a special Winter Warmer menu being served during the winter months. The tearoom is proud to support local businesses, sourcing ingredients from local suppliers. Why not try the locally brewed Fairburn Ale with your meal?
The railway station links well with many of the local attractions, where discounts are often given for Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway passengers. Windermere Lake Cruises depart directly from Lakeside – again just outside the park – on routes spanning the entire length of the lake to Bowness, Fell Foot and Ambleside. The ferry ride itself is worth the journey, without considering the rewards at the other side; from the Steamer ferry you can catch fantastic panoramas of Lake Windermere and its 18 islands.
Bowness is a traditional Lakeland village situated halfway up the lake’s western shore, with attractions such as The World of Beatrix Potter and the Windermere Jetty (Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories). In a stunning setting, with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, this town is the perfect sample of the Lake District at its best, with excellent panoramic views to boot! The bars and nightlife are also well worth checking out, if you fancy sampling a more vibrant atmosphere once in a while.
Ambleside, at the opposite end of the lake to Buck Yeats, is also jam-packed with attractions to visit, many of which portray much more of the region’s history that Bowness or Lakeside. Bridge House, Ambleside’s iconic 17th-century building that stands over the Stock Beck, remains a firm tourist favourite for photographs. Rydal Mount is another must-see, with glorious views of Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. Currently operated as a writer’s home museum, it was the home of William Wordsworth for nearly forty years. Wordsworth is famed for his love of the Lake District, and many of his works pay tribute to the idyllic scenery of the region.
Other attractions to visit in Ambleside are: Armitt Library and Museum Centre, Wray Castle, a neo-Gothic 19th-century castle which is now owned by the National Trust, and Dove Cottage, another historic house relating to Wordsworth, now functioning as a museum.
What Lake District park guide would be complete without mentioning walking? One of the key reasons why people flock to this region, the walks in the Lake District are some of the most popular in the UK, and Buck Yeats is perfectly located for some spectacular routes.
Fell Foot is probably the closest walking route to the park, with the ten-minute ferry ride departing from Lakeside every thirty minutes to the dedicated Fell Foot jetty. Offering breath-taking views of Windermere and the fells at the northern end of the lake, this National Trust park has a network of good and accessible footpaths to explore; even the most inexperienced of walkers can enjoy this beautiful site! There are rowing boats, kayaks and paddleboards to hire, and the park holds outdoor fitness classes as well as many social events. A great way to extend a walk around Fell Foot is to continue up to the summit of the nearby fell, Gummers How Walk. This 1,053-ft peak is the perfect vantage point for taking in the panoramas of Windermere, the steam from the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and the River Leven which flows into the southern end of the lake from Newby Bridge and beyond.
High Dam, which starts at the Lakeside ferry terminus, is another beginner-level walk, with no fells to scale. Passing through beautiful woodlands, this is the perfect spot for just a short stretch of the legs and is not far from Buck Yeats. Orrest Head, on the northeastern side of the lake (the start point near the Windermere hotel is approximately 25 minutes by car from the park), is slightly further away but a fell that is particularly rewarding once at the summit; in good weather, the views of Windermere and the surrounding fells is remarkable! It is also recommended to watch the sunset from the summit of Orrest Head.
For the more experienced walkers, there are also many firm favourites in the mountaineering community that are must-see routes: England’s tallest peak, Scafell Pike and the hair-raising Helvellyn and Striding Edge are just two of the most popular, and their start points are within 90 and 60 minutes respectively from Buck Yeats by car. On the other hand, to replicate the sense of privacy and retreat from Buck Yeats Lodge Park, why not pay a visit to one of the Lake Districts least crowded lakes, Ennerdale, and experience the magic of the Lake District scenery while uninterrupted by others?
Buck Yeats Lodge Park, Newby Bridge