Romance in the Lakes

16 Jan 2014

Romance in the Lakes

A record number of New Year engagements at the UK’s most romantic hotel

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The Cranleigh Boutique has announced a record number of marriage proposals over the holiday period, with six couples becoming engaged at the hotel since the bells pealed to welcome in the New Year. The luxury hotel, based in Bowness-on-Windermere, was named the most romantic hotel in the UK and third in the world last February, by travel giant, Trip Advisor. Since then, the hotel has seen a flurry of couples booking a stay with romance in mind and the establishment plays host to more than 100 proposals each year.

Amy-Elle Robinson stayed at the Cranleigh Boutique over the New Year period and was delighted to accept a proposal of marriage from partner, Christian. “The Cranleigh Boutique was recommended to us and we are now recommending it to our friends,” said Amy-Elle. “It was the perfect place for us to relax and escape. The room, particularly the spa bath, made our stay extra special and of course, a proposal topped off the most magical New Year and hotel stay we have ever had.”

The Cranleigh Boutique has drawn comparisons with some of the capital’s finest hotels, with designer bathrooms, mood lighting and luxury furnishings in each of the eighteen modern, individually designed bedrooms. The very private Hideout house opened in April 2013, with a ‘Cinema Wellness Room’ including a super-sized air spa bath for 2, a 65” hidden cinema screen and complimentary cocktail bar just some of the features enjoyed by those staying. Both venues offer an exclusive concierge service.

“We would like to congratulate Amy-Elle and Christian on their engagement and of course, all the couples who became engaged at the Cranleigh Boutique over the New Year,” said owner, Stephen Hargreaves. “We are obviously very much geared towards romance at the hotel, but six marriage proposals over New Year is a record even for us! Both the team and I work extremely hard to create an unique and unforgettable experience at the Cranleigh and this is clearly a contributory factor for those who choose to create their very special and private moments – such as becoming engaged – here.”

The Cranleigh Boutique, Bowness-on-Windermere, 015394 43293,

About The Cranleigh Boutique

The Cranleigh Boutique in Bowness-on-Windermere was founded in 2007 by owners Stephen and Louise Hargreaves and has become the destination of choice for those seeking a luxury break in the Lake District. In February 2013, it was named the most romantic destination in the UK and third in the world by travel site, Trip Advisor. In September 2013, the Cranleigh Boutique won the award for ‘Best Use of Social Media’ at the National Entrepreneur Awards and was runner up in the ‘Hotel of the Year’ category at the Westmorland Gazette Business and Tourism Awards. In October, they won the award in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category at the CN Group Business Awards.

Together with eighteen designer rooms at the Cranleigh, and now the launch of exclusive boutique house –The Hideout – Stephen and Louise have created a very intimate offering and the ultimate accommodation experience in a beautiful setting.

With great vision for the future, Stephen and Louise will, this year, be launching their next project – a luxury accommodation experience on Lake Windermere, which will be unique. With more than 15 employees at the Cranleigh (12 from the local area), Stephen and Louise are committed to continuing to deliver exceptional customer service and promoting all that is great about the Lake District.

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