Yoga, Rest & Play – Escape to the Lakes

Find your own level of active, and choose whether to step it up or slow it down

Yoga & optional rowing on Lake Windermere for a rejuvenating weekend escape

A weekend of rest and play with yoga classes surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the Lake District will do you a world of good.

Good for:  Anyone wanting to feel exhilarated amongst the hills and lakes and then stretch their body out after a day’s fun and exploration.

24-26 August 2019
Ambleside, The LakeDistrict

Relaxing after class
Relaxing after class

What do we mean by Rest & Play?
On this weekend you can choose whether to have a more active time in the Lakes or a more relaxing one, opting in or out of the activities available.

To stretch out and reconnect with your body, there will be yoga classes at the start and end of the day.

To take advantage of our amazing location on the shores of Lake Windermere, we’re offering some fun on the water. There’s a chance to experience rowing a whaling boat across the lake.

Taking a boat out on the Lake will release your playful side! Joining a yoga class or strolling along the lake can give you some restful time that your mind and body needs.

Choose how much you’d like to get involved & how much free time you prefer.

Brathay Hall and Lake Windermere, Cumbria
Brathay Hall and Lake Windermere, Cumbria

Location & Venue

The Lake District has been awarded Unesco World Heritage status, in recognition of its beauty and breath-taking landscape, and  is home to England’s largest natural lake – Windermere – and it’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike.

Ambleside is a charming town with pubs, restaurants and  cinemas. Being situated on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, it’s an idyllic spot with stunning views.

We have chosen to stay in Brathay Hall for more than just its wonderful location – although that’s definitely a very strong reason! With great facilities and a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, it’s situated in 360 acres of woodland on the shores of Lake Windermere, giving you space to reconnect with nature and the chance to soak up amazing views, both of mountains and the lake.

Brathay Hall & Lake Windermere

The Brathay Trust’s mission is to improve the life chances of children and young people, whatever their background, by inspiring and supporting them to engage positively in their communities. Working with around 7,000 young people each year – many facing few opportunities in life – they help them to feel empowered and more confident to make choices that can benefit them and their communities.

You can read more stories about their work on their website

SIMPLY ESCAPE shares Brathay Trust’s values of inclusivity and belief in the transformational power of people working together.  We are proud that by staying here, in our small way we are supporting their charitable work.

What’s on offer?

You can join 4 yoga sessions with an experienced & welcoming teacher, as well as the optional extra of a whaling boat rowing experience.


Yoga works the whole body to improve strength and posture. It has a strong mind/body connection.
If practised regularly it will strengthen and improve muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced flexibility and strength is less prone to injuries.

There are many physical and health benefits to practising yoga – from relieving tightness and greater flexibility to calming the mind.

This is a combination of Sivananda and Ashtanga yoga. Tony has an inclusive teaching style, guiding beginners & non-beginners through a flow of poses and sequences that will improve flexibility, stamina & strength, enhancing posture & encouraging a sense of well-being.

This is an optional extra
This is a novel opportunity to get out on to Lake Windermere itself and enjoy the views from a different perspective. Each whaling boat takes between about 5-8 people, and we allow about 3 hours for the experience. This could be after breakfast, in the afternoon or early evening.

In the warmer months when we’ll be there, one option is to take the boat out in the early evening, which adds another dimension to the experience.

A whaling boat (Courtesy of Brathay Trust)
A whaling boat (Courtesy of Brathay Trust)

You may choose to see how you feel closer to the time, and not make any additional plans right now. You might prefer to explore the hills and Lakes at your own speed, and do your own thing. It’s your weekend and you can do what suits you best.

The whaling boat rowing trip is run by the experienced team of instructors and guides at Brathay Hall.

Some of us on our last rowing trip on Lake Windermere

Once you have booked you will be asked if you are interested in this. Once we know numbers and the level of interest then nearer the time we will be able to confirm your place.

This is an optional extra and is not included in the price below. Once numbers are confrmed of those interested, it can be paid separately nearer the time


Tony offers alternatives throughout his sessions, making them suitable for most people whatever your level of fitness and experience.

Some basic level of fitness is required to row the boat. You can of course adjust the pace to what mosts suits the group – we’re not planning for it to be a competition!

There is also the opportunity for someone to be the skipper and not take part in the rowing if someone is keen to join but not as confident in their abilities.

If you have any questions about suitability please contact us to have a chat.

If you would like to join and bring a partner or friend who doesn’t wish to take part in the classes or activities, then please contact us for more details.

Everyone is welcome. Come alone or bring a friend.


We have secured a choice of rooms to suit your needs. There are single en-suites; standard en-suites with twin or double beds as well as premium twin/double en-suites with woodland, mountain or lake views.
We have also reserved a self-catering house facing Lake Windermere.
This is a good option if you’d like more control over your dietary or budgetary needs.


Scafell Lodges have been thoughtfully designed to include many sustainable and environmentally friendly features, offering a unique blend of comfort and contemporary design, with solid oak furniture and a flat screen plasma television. Each room has an en-suite shower and a large window to capture the fantastic scenery.

Scafell Lodges at Brathay Hall
Scafell Lodges at Brathay Hall

Room facilities: mountain view, en-suite bathroom with a shower, toiletries and towels; armchairs; flat-screen TV; radio; safety deposit box; desk; heating; hardwood/Parquet floors; wardrobe/closet; hairdryer; kettle & teas & coffee. 
Bed Size(s): 1 extra-large double bed or 2 single beds.

Scafell Lodges
Scafell Lodges

These rooms have either one king-size bed or two single beds and offer a unique panorama of Wansfell Pike and the surrounding countryside. The rooms have oak furnishings and are stocked with hot drinks and enjoy en-suite bathrooms.

Room facilities: Lake view and/or a mountain view; en-suite  bathroom with toiletries and towels; flat-screen TV; radio; safety deposit box; a dressing table/desk; wardrobe/closet; hairdryer and electric kettle.

Standard twin or double bedroom

These rooms have all the modern comforts you might need. They are situated in the property’s grounds and all have woodland views.

Room facilities: mountain view; flat-screen TV; radio; safety deposit box; desk; wardrobe/closet; hairdryer; electric kettle; en-suite bathroom with a shower, toiletries and towels.

This newly-refurbished cottage faces Lake Windermere & includes a single room, a twin and 2 rooms for up to 4 people. It includes a well-equipped kitchen and dining area where you can prepare your own meals. This is a good option if you would like more control over your dietary or budgetary needs. The lounge has sofas, a flatscreen television and an iPod docking station and views of Lake Winderemere.

Self-catering cottage

We will only be able to offer the cottage if there is enough interest. Contact us using the form at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in this option.


A 2-course meal on Saturday evening and a hot and cold English breakfast both mornings are included, and we’ll be having these in a lovely glass-fronted dining area with views over-looking the lake.

We’ll make reservations at a restaurant for a meal on Sunday evening to round off our day. We’ll let you know more nearer the time, and you can decide then whether you’d like to join or whether you prefer to make your own arrangements.

Our Yoga Instructor

Sensei Tony Mousah is a highly experienced instructor and a 5th Dan black belt in martial arts. He has been practising yoga & teaching for over 15 years.

Always enjoyable, you’ll leave the class wondering where all the time has gone!

You will be able to check into you room from 5pm, although you are more than welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the facilities and grounds.

The first yoga will be on Saturday evening, which we expect to start at *6pm, with a short interval afterwards to give us some time to ourselves before our 2-course evening meal with specatacular views of Lake Windermere.

On Sunday there will be a class before breakfast,  and one in the evening,  with our last session on Monday morning. The whaling boat trip will be for around 3 hours on either Saturday or Sunday.

The amount of free time you have depends on your choice of activities. If you prefer to join the classes only, then you will have the whole of Sunday daytime to enjoy the Lake District in which ever way suits you.
*Please note: Exact times will be confirmed closer to the date.

Jetty outside the boathouse
Jetty outside the boathouse

Transport and Parking
If travelling on public transport, the nearest train station is Windermere, then either a taxi to the venue or a bus to Ambleside.  There is plenty of parking available on site if you intend to come by car.

What’s included

  • 2 nights in your chosen accommodation
  • Your chosen activities: 4 sessions of yoga
  • A 2-course meal together on Saturday evening **
  • A hot and cold English breakfast both mornings**
  • Refreshments throughout the weekend
  • Use of all the facilities, including a licensed bar; vast grounds & stunning lakeside views
  • Option to join a rowing trip on Lake Windermere (at an additional cost)

**Please note, cooked meals are included unless you choose the self-catering cottage option. In this case breakfast items will be provided in the cottage and you will be able to prepare your own. The Saturday evening meal can be added on nearer the time if that’s what you’d like to do.

Relaxing by lake Windermere after Pilates
Relaxing by Lake Windermere after a class

If you’d like to bring a friend or partner who’d prefer not to join the yoga, then contact us using the form below.


Prices are based on full occupancy of the accommodation chosen.

The following places are available:

Single en-suite: £299 p.p.
Standard twin en-suite: £289 p.p.
Superior twin double or en-suite: £319 p.p.

The prices for the self-catering cottage are, subject to enough interest:

Private room for one person: £259 p.p.
Twin en-suite: £249 p.p.
Place in a shared room for 3 or 4 people: £219 p.p.

Deposits and Payment
Full payment, or a minimum non-refundable deposit of £50 secures your place.  Payment is due in full for bookings made after the 26th May.
Please read our T&Cs here.

Method of payment
Payment is possible through bank transfer. Please use the form below to
tell us which event you would like to book, the type of room you prefer and the number of people you would like to book for.

Once we receive your request we will confirm whether there is availability of your preferred room, and reserve it for 48 hours. Once payment is received we will confirm your booking.

The details are:
Bank: NatWest
Account name: SIMPLY ESCAPE
Sort code: 01-02-96
Account number:  26738562

If you have any questions just drop us a line using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.