Lakeland Lark

The dramatic landscape of England's Lake District has long acted as muse to artist and writer alike. It's easy to imagine nature enthusiast and future poet laureate William Wordsworth getting inspired during his visits in the early 19th century, rent in hand, to the home of his landlord on Lake Windermere's northeastern shore. That same house is now the Samling, an 11-bedroom hotel nestled in 27 hectares of pastures and woodland with gorgeous views of the lake.

No wonder the Georgian house is occasionally hired out exclusively (and discreetly) to celebrity guests who appreciate its family-home feel. You...

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