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Valentine’s Day: Why the Lake District is Perfect for Partners That Love a Tipple (or two…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, nothing says romance like whisking your partner away on a last-minute break to the Lake District.

Not only have the Lakes been voted the most romantic location in the UK, but their gin-themed points of interest, make it perfect for partners that love a tipple (or two…)

To help you plan the perfect gin-themed getaway this upcoming Valentine’s Day, Daffodil Hotel & Spa have mapped out the ultimate gin trail

  • The Lakes Distillery – Treat your loved one to a sharing dinner at the famous ‘The Lakes Gin’ distillery this Valentine’s Day. Round off the meal with a gin tour, or if you’re after a unique experience, visit their alpaca farm.
  • Leapers Rock Orchard – This pick-your-own orchard is perfect for collecting damsons to make your own gin. Or if you’d previously purchased some gin from The Lakes distillery, why not pick some delicious gin garnishes such as apples, cherries, pears and more?
  • Keswick Market – Here traders offer a wide selection of award-winning food and handcrafted gifts, including – you guessed it: gin! Consider picking up some homemade snacks and having a romantic indoor picnic back at your accommodation of choice.
  •  Cumbria Crystal – If you’re feeling extra fancy, you could treat your loved one to a hand-blown, hand-cut luxury Crystal gin glass. Alternatively, you could have a go at making your own glassware with your loved one during a workshop in the factory.  

Gin is having a buzz moment. As independent distillers hit a turnover of £350 million this year alone, a rise of 123% since 2012, gin is fast becoming one of Britain’s favourite alcoholic drinks.

With 315 distilleries in Britain (more than double the number of five years ago) deciding which gin to drink is both exciting and slightly confusing because there are so many flavours to choose from and so many great gin distilleries to visit, particularly in the Lake District. Discover the ultimate Lake District hotspots as well as our Gin Cocktail Cheat Sheet with all the flavours that pair perfectly to make delicious Autumnal cocktails.

If you love gin, we’ve got it covered!


Whether you’re new to the Lakes or a seasoned visitor, with so many places to visit it can be tricky deciding what to do on your Lake District break.

If you’re a gin lover there are some amazing places to go, including the Lakes Distillery which offers tours and tasting experiences, Cumbria Crystal which sells hand-blown luxury English crystal or Keswick Market which offers the best of British gin.

The Gin Cocktail Cheat Sheet

Waiting to explore the Lake District for your next holiday? How about making your own gin tasting experience at home?

Be ready for a party at any moment with our Gin Cocktail Cheat Sheet which shows you the flavours that always pair well together.

Discover the botanicals that make delicious cocktails and make sure that no matter what you have in the house, you’re always ready to entertain.


Overcome the Autumn chill and darker nights with these delicious gin cocktail recipes inspired by the change of season. Have a go at mixing up these seasonal beauties at your next gathering, dinner party or celebration.