A leisurely 25 minute drive away from Borrowdale Gates lies The Lakes Distillery, one of Cumbria’s newest attractions. It’s a must-see for those who enjoy the finer things in life, whether that’s vodka or Victorian architecture.
Nestled in the picturesque heart of the Lake District National Park, The Lakes Distillery is next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surrounded by breathtaking nature – though you may not be up to any hiking after a visit here.
The distillery is located in a refurbished model farm, originally built in the 1850s, but lovingly renovated to contain the business. The main barn is home to the mash and still houses, while one cattle shed houses the main warehouse. Other cattle sheds now contain the on-site bar, bistro and gift shop, all filled with sophisticated Cumbrian fare.
The recently opened distillery offers hourly tours from 11am to 5pm, which includes a tour of the distillery premises, a journey through two centuries of distilling heritage, and a tasting session of three of the business’s best artisan tipples.
Try The ONE (finely blended malt whisky), The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka alongside expert advice on how best to enjoy each one. The price of a tour ticket also includes a £5 discount voucher for any 700ml bottle purchased in the retail store.
The Borrowdale Gates Hotel obviously does not condone drinking and driving: instead, buy a bottle of your favourite spirit to savour as a nightcap while you relax in style in our luxurious four star hotel.