Pilates, Laughs & Relaxation

Pilates, Laughs & Relaxation


Ambleside, The Lake District
17-19 September 2021

With Cilla Thwaites

*This is now fully booked but you can join the waiting list here .
If any spaces become available we’ll be in touch straightaway. πŸ™‚*

What’s on offer

Join us for a much-needed weekend of relaxation, Pilates & Stretch, as well as lots of laughs in the glorious Lake District.

On this welcoming and friendly weekend, you’ll enjoy breathtaking lakeside views with plenty of time to soak up the tranquility and fresh air around Lake Windermere.

In the evenings you’ll welcome a lovely stretch for the whole body before settling down to a truly delicous meal.

The weekend is yours to spend however makes you happy.

Some of us will go for an invigorating hike on Saturday while others might want to slow everything down, and see where they end up. There’s plenty to do – from a cruise on the lake to meandering around the shops and sampling the delights of independent cafes – Ambleside is a lovely place to spend a weekend.

Just take it all at your own pace. . . 😊

Pilates weekend in Ambleside
Pilates weekend in Ambleside

Who’s this weekend for?

This would be a great escape for you if:

βœ… Every day feels like Groundhog Day. You really need a change of scenery.

βœ… Your body is tense & stiff. You’re holding on to a lot of tension.

βœ… You crave some socialising but want to dip in or out, depending how you feel on the day.

βœ… You need to let your hair down and have some fun.

βœ… You’ve been stuck indoors too much. You miss the countryside and wide, open views .

βœ… Your mind & body need some TLC. Gentle exercise plus lots of laughs in a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people will do you a power of good.

Venue & Location

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, fantastic restaurants (including some superb vegetarian ones!) 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’ll stay at Brathay Hall. It’s situated in 360 acres of woodland right on the shores of Lake Windermere, and boasts great facilities. Here you have space to reconnect with nature and the chance to soak up amazing views, both of mountains and the lake.

Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere

But we’ve chosen to stay here for more than just the wonderful location.

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.

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.

Stretch and Pilates Sessions

Stretch is a wonderful refreshing tonic for the whole body, helping keep muscles flexible, strong & healthy. Flexibility allows us to maintain a range of motion in the joints, helping prevent muscles from shortening and becoming tight.

Regular deep stretching enhances our physical performance and helps reduce risks of injury, and by releasing tension and knots through stretching, the body also feels really good!

Pilates works the deep stabilising muscles to improve strength and posture. It has a strong mind/body connection, so you might like it if you like yoga.

It involves precise moves and specific breathing techniques and increases body awareness which in turn encourages efficient and graceful movement.


Cilla offers alternatives throughout her classes making them suitable for most people, whatever your level of fitness and experience. 

If you’d like to join and bring a partner or friend who doesn’t wish to take part in the sessions, contact us to discuss possibilities.

If you’ve any questions about suitability please contact us using the form below to arrange a chat.

Everyone is welcome. We’re very friendly – come alone or bring a friend.

Our Instructor, Cilla Thwaites

Cilla has over 20 years experience in teaching fitness and Pilates classes, and makes everyone feel incredibly welcome, whatever their ability-level. She keeps classes light-hearted & enjoyable whilst providing clear technical guidance.

You’ll begin to feel looser and more relaxed with each class.

Cilla Thwaites


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. 

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.

Premium 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.

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.

Standard en-suite room

Standard 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.

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

Single 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.

What’s Included

  • 2 nights in your chosen en-suite room
  • 2 sessions each of Pilates & Stretch (4 in total) 
  • A tasty 2-course meal on Friday with lovely views of the Lake
  • A hot and cold English breakfast both mornings
  • Refreshments throughout the weekend
  • Use of all the facilities, including a licensed bar; a private jetty; vast grounds & stunning lakeside views 

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

What’s Not Included

  • Transport to the venue
  • Lunch & evening meal on the Saturday


We’ll enjoy a delicious 2-course meal together on Friday evening. The chef at Brathay Hall has always delighted us with his culinary skills, so we can unwind and chat together over a lovely meal after our first class with Cilla.

On both mornings there is a full hot and cold English breakfast. We’ll be having these in a lovely glass-fronted dining area with views overlooking the lake.

We’ll make reservations at a restaurant for a meal on Saturday 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.


On Friday evening we’ll have our first class with Cilla before our evening meal.

You’ll be able to check into your room from 5pm, although you are more than welcome to arrive earlier in the day and enjoy the facilities and grounds. Our 4th session with Cilla will be before breakfast on Sunday morning, leaving the whole of Sunday to enjoy the location.

The exact schedule will be finalised closer to the time.

Transport & Parking

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

*This is now fully booked but you can join the waiting list here .
If any spaces become available we’ll be in touch straightaway. πŸ™‚*

Β£289 p.p.  Standard Twin/Double room with en-suite

Β£329 p.p. Superior Twin/Double en-suite

Β£329 p.p. Single en-suite 

Prices are based on full occupancy of the accommodation chosen.  

See photos from previous weekends here and what people say here 😊

Read our T&Cs here

Payment Options

A non-refundable deposit of Β£50 secures your place, with the balance due no later than 15th June.

The balance can be split into monthly payments as long as it is paid in full, no later than 15th June. Just let us know if you’d like to do that.

Payment Method

The deposit can be made by bank transfer – please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page for details.

By the End of the Weekend

By Sunday evening you’ll have:

😊 Escaped the routine of the every day

😊 Given yourself a much-needed break 

😊 Soaked up the fresh Cumbrian air 

😊 Reconnected with your body through Pilates 

😊 Melted away built-up tension with nourishing Stretch sessions

😊 Connected back to nature & the great outdoors  

😊 Hiked across mountains or strolled along Lake Windermere

😊 Enjoyed wonderful meals with stunning lakeside views

😊 Had lots of laughs with like-minded people

If you’ve any questions or would like to save your spot,  drop us a line using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.