The Masons Arms is one of the cosiest. During the winter it has open fires in the dining room. The views are great and it’s in a handy location. The Drunken Duck is similar, perhaps a bit more luxurious with under floor heating and a fancier menu. It’s also a bit more isolated but still has nice views.
It is right at the bottom of Windermere. The boats leave from right outside the hotel so you can go up the full length of the lake for to Ambleside, potter about for a few hours and get the boat back.
Gorgeous spa, food is divine and the atmosphere is cosy. We've stayed a few times, including with kids and always been so well looked after. I love that has a bit of "old world" charm about it. It's one of my favourite places.