Hillthwaite House Hotel, Windermere
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great stayfrom mybike321
Regular Touristfrom RegularTripper
We really liked Hillthwaite Housefrom rosieh
We stayed in the "Lodge" or annex, which is a separate building connected to the main house by covered walkway. Because we left it quite late to book we couldn't get an exec room, however the room we did get (double with jacuzzi bath but no lake view) was very nice. Large comfy bed, spotlessly clean, and well decorated/furnished.
The hotel is no more than a short stroll away so you don't feel "out of it" in the annex.
All of the staff were helpful and friendly, at check in, during our stay and when checking out. In particular there is a young Australian couple who seem to work incredibly hard at keeping things ticking over (and they are both a dab hand at multi-tasking).
The food is excellent, and there is a good wine list with wine/prices to suit most tastes. The dinner included in our rate was 5 courses, and the choice on the menu was well thought out. Breakfast menu is also extensive. The quality of the food is superb and it is very well cooked.
Overall the hotel has a nice atmosphere... nice mix of people/age groups and not at all stuffy (as sometimes this type of hotel can be, in my experience).
Hillthwaite House is situated between Windermere and Bowness - about a 20 minute stroll from each. The road up to the hotel is a slight hill and then the hotel drive gets quite steep (but it's short and manageable). It was nice to leave the car behind for a day and walk around/take boats and buses.
The pool and sauna are nice to spend a little time in before breakfast or dinner.
I would struggle to criticise this hotel - apart from the creaky floorboards in the room above ours!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I would recommend this hotel for anybody looking for a relaxing break in a great location with excellent food.
Fantastic food and servicefrom lindai
The best aspect of our stay was the delicious food - every meal was fantastic. In particular I was impressed with the quality and choice of vegetarian food. If you don't like what is on the evening menu, there is also an alternative vegetarian menu with around 6 choices of both starters and main courses. I'd definitely recommend the goats cheese puddings - I've asked the chef for the recipe! My husband reports that the meat dishes were also exceptional. We would definitely recommend Hillthwaite House and are looking forward to returning for another trip. It offers great food, friendly staff, comfortable accommodation and lovely views - and overall we felt our trip was great value for money.
what a let downfrom firstclassalltheway
Fantastic stayfrom memberld
The weekend was booked by our son and his new wife as a thank you for all the help that we had given them for their wedding recently, and they were concerned as they booked it on recommendation from acquaintances of theirs, but we will certainly be visiting the hotel again.
Tired, shabby and in need of serious refurb!!from MrChunkywunky
Good but not quite there...from spal
There are lots of good things about the Hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful and helped keep the surprise of us all attending. They were also helpful in setting up the birthday cake, etc, on one afternoon. The position of the hotel is very good with excellent views over the lake and the hills. The food was very good, although perhaps a bit of a limited choice.
However, the decoration generally of the hotel is a little tired and a bit shabby in some places and is not helped by the displays of plastic flowers. Our room, which was a lake view room supposed to be above the standard level of a double room was small and the ceiling paper had clearly come off due to damp at some stage and had been roughly and not completely stuck back.
The Hotel is supposed to be generally non-smoking, except for designated areas, yet by brother's room smelt very strongly of smoke, more so than perhaps someone just lighting up as a one off.
My daughter who had a single room looked out on to the inner courtyard area and the back door to the kitchens and was kept awake late at night and early morning by tidying and preparation.
Note that there is no lift - so disabled persons would have to be on the ground floor with limited view.
We also had probelms with hot water in some rooms when there was high demand in the early evening.
Whilst the food was good the service was slow. The hotel was relatively full but they seemed to have too few staff on duty to cope with the numbers, dspite having 1/4 hour time slots for dinner. At breakfast on both mornings we had to wait 20 minutes+ for our cooked breakfast, with tea and toast delivered earlier so was cold and needed replacing.
The Hotel pool "complex" consisted of a very small pool (10 meters long?) and a small steam room and sauna. There were no secure lockers in the pool area. If you got more than about 6 people in the pool it was full.
So overall, whilst we can't say the this family event was spoiled I think the general feeling of the group was that it was perhaps not quite as good as it could have been. We wouldn't throw our hands up in horror if someone said they were going here, but we won't be rushing back all the same.
A Peaceful Retreatfrom lLevidoll
Top Local Tips for Windermere
There are some excellent walks nearby. Excellent walks nearby. A visit to Brockhole visitor centre - It's free to get in, you just pay for parking in the pay & display car park. It has a great adventure play area for kids and you can get down to the lake & get a boat trip from the jetty on a small boat.
A very busy town If you are looking for a quite weekend away avoid Windermere town centre, take yourself further afield to a smaller town or village where there will be less people and you can really enjoy the Lakes experience. Too many tourists in Winderemere!
Blackwell if you like looking around houses, the wonderful Arts & Crafts house, Blackwell is only a few miles away
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- Address: Thornbarrow Road - Windermere - England - LA23 2DF - United Kingdom
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