Storrs Hall Hotel

, Windermere, United Kingdom
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Storrs Hall Hotel

, Windermere
3 star

Rooms: 8

Storrs Park - Windermere - England - LA23 3LG - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01539447111
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1/10
Be a better Retirement Home
Submitted by: S in 07/10/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
Unprofessional not luxury. Cold no heating at all throughout stay. Then when you complain and they give you a plug in heater for a £264 a night plus tariff. Luxury large room they said they accommodate you and the General Manager laughs on your comments about your stay. Room attendant started working on your room whilst you were still in it for their next guest. The toiletries were nothing more than you get in a £60 a night hotel. They made the bed ready for the next guest without changing the covers. Breakfast was a brick, worst ever. You couldn't cut through the food, when I got home I made some toast which I enjoyed. The staff on reception were arrogant. The water bottled drinks in the room had already been opened and drunk from by previous guests. Not a special occasion here to be rememeberd. Never go again. Only good thing was the view, but the exterior is shabby too, can't afford to repair the hotel properly by cutting corners and painting over the damage.
1/10
Poor self catering
Submitted by: robert in 22/11/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Extremely expensive for 3 star quality.
Stayed in a Self Catering lodge - many of the kitchen appliances didnt function, the lodge had a nasty smell which the cleaner tried to mask with air refreshner. The climb from the car park to the lodges is extreme and made worse by very poor lighting and dangerous steps -
no attempt had been made to clear the very wet leaves from the steps.
The hotel allows dogs in the lodges which if you are not a dog lover can be irritating ( the WEB site says that only lodges 7,8 and 9 allow lodges - well , we stayed in lodge 4 and there was a very noisy dog next to us preventing us from sleeping. The Lodge was dirty - a beige carpet in the living area looked extremely grubby. The lodges are not comfortable or cozy. The view, however, is excellent and wasted on such poor accomodation. We booked three nights but left after two.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Storrs Hall Hotel

Our Night At Storrs Hall

from lizsherriff
We have just returned from a night at Storrs Hall to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. It was recommended to us by friends. I am in shock at reading one of the previous negative reviews as we thought the person was talking about another hotel ! Storrs was exactly what we expected. Olde worlde charm, magnificently decorated rooms and very friendly and courteous staff. We felt we had been transported back in time and half expected Poirot to turn up ! The views of Lake Windemere are stunning. The breakfast was most enjoyable and set us up for the day. Our only negative comments are that it is very expensive so if you are not well off (like us !) you would only go for a very special occasion. Also, we stayed in a basic room for a £176 for the two of us and the room was tiny ! It was almost as if it used to be a cupboard ! We expected something much bigger for what we had paid. So if anyone decides to book in future, steer clear of room 12 ! We also thought that easy listening background music would have been nice playing in the bar in the evening. We didn't stay in the restaurant for dinner as no jeans were allowed plus i didn't fancy paying £80 for a meal for two ! We got a great meal in the town at Rumours - fab food ! I would definitely return to Storrs Hall in the future. Liz Sherriff, Wigan

Disgraceful appearance, totally over-priced!

from qwerty01
I stayed at this hotel as part of a friends wedding day. I’m sorry to say this was a terrible hotel, very old and shabby, begging to be renovated. I agree it’s trying to appeal to those whom like the old world feel, lots of flowery . . . everything’s and dark wood ‘effect’ tables and the like but this was just too far gone.
The place seemed as though it had been neglected for many many years, the room and large damp patches, ripped curtains, mold everywhere, the table in the room was decrepit and could be deemed dangerous and the nasty fake detailing around the edge was half off, with nails hanging off, it could have taken an eye out!
They ask so much for each room and it just cannot deliver! If I have the chance again I would not go back there, at a push I still wouldn’t pay half of the asking price, its just not that worth it!
Bad, very bad, stay away! You have been warned!

Failed to Impress

from k2jkm
Tired and extremely worn rooms. What was once the pride of the Lake District is now a struggling museum piece. Extortionate price for 2-3 star package. Caters for corporate clients first and foremost. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or expect a 4 star establishment you will disappointed. Shabby, stained, ripped and torn furnishings. Non-functional electrical sockets, dripping taps and no sky channels. No safe, no fridge, fixed menus and the general public and their animals are welcomed in the hotel and allowed to foul the grounds. General amenities closed and occupied by corporate groups. Restaurant primarily catering for the noisy corporate groups and paying guests are pushed into the corners. The great view is destroyed by the interference of corporate games apparatus on the lawn.
Not what you expect from what they call a Luxury Hotel.
Sent in a complaint but was politely fobbed off. Learn by our experience, if you crave and expect the best, this is one hotel to forget about. Photos available.

Absolutely Fabulous!

from HelenMP
This was an unexpected visit, having had to cancel a visit to Venice due to a family bereavement (see Foscari Palace, Venice, Aug 07). We had been to Storrs Hall 5 years ago to a wedding & it was outstanding then, so we wanted to see if it was still as good. We turned up on the day, having been to 2 other hotels in Bowness, to see what sort of rooms they had & what the prices were. We were shown a classic lake view room for £116 b & b (for both of us) which was gorgeous - a very big room & beautifully clasic design. As it was we ended up being upgraded to a luxury room (3 windows overlooking Lake WIndermere - out of this world!). From start to finish our short break was sheer luxury. All the staff were friendly, professional and SO corteous. The food was exquisite (we had dinner one night - not cheap at £39.50 a head, but the 4 courses ended up being 6.The grounds of this hotel are just blissful - sit by the lake and listen to the complete silence, look at the glass- like lake & see the families of ducks gently wander by or walk round the lake edge and scim stones. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough for a peaceful break. Not for familes and you'd feel uncomfortable here with young kids (we left ours at home with Grandma!) but it welcomes dogs & they'd love the lake (there were some staying & we didn't hear so much as a yap! Just Go - and enjoy

Lovely place, but you might be hungry after dinner!

from JBCH
Have not got a problem really with this hotel. The setting is stunning, with pleasant walks in the grounds of the hotel. The hotel looks really nice from the exterior, though some areas of the grounds need a little attention.

Inside, the public rooms are very plush and relaxing, i particularly liked the rotunda feature in the roof above the entrance hall. Our room was at the side, not a nice view as it was of the staff quarters at the back of the hotel. The room was very large, with a seating area and nice big bathroom with what looked like a new suite and good powerful shower. My only gripes however are, why put a fitted carpet in a bathoom?, it looked new but it won't be long before it becomes damp and smelly especially around the base of the loo area -yuk!. Also the sofa was looking a little grubby. It was nice and quiet though. and the massive bed was very comfy.

Dinner was the only real dissapointment. The menu reads better than the reality of the food. Portions are TINY!. The food is very tasty and skilfully prepared, but an inch square of sticky toffee pudding seems just to be meaness to me. I know i'm used to Yorkshire portions , but when dinner is 40 quid a head i at least want to feel like i've had something to eat. The restaurant is a lovely place to sit, but we went into Bowness on the second night to eat.

All in all a really nice hotel, would probably return, though only after trying lots of other hotels in The Lakes.

Can understand it not being 5 star!

from mysonjohn
Arrived during a wedding service and were met at the door and told to wait in a bar.
We was hungry after a long trip so ordered the food available which was bar snack sandwiches, cost between £6-£10, waited 30mins for it to arrive and it was stale. sat in bar for ages with many stuffed animals and a draught and cigarette smoke from the smokers hovering around the doorway .
Eventually got to our room, had view of a fire escape, stairwell and spider webs on a mossy white painted wall. (most rooms do have a nice view) bedroom decor tacky, lots of modern wallpaper (90s) and 80s dark green tiling in the bathroom, white plastic shower curtain and mouldy bath edges with yellowing enamel on floor of bath itself, and stained carpets in room and bathroom.
Bedroom and bathroom was large with a handy dressing room. Lovely large soft towels and variety of coffees, trousers press, teas, water etc. Telly and plug sockets.
First night of our 2 night stay was cold, we had paid £150 a night for a family room for myself my husband and our child, we all had had to share 2 single beds pushed together and they were very short, so even with my 5'6 height, my legs hung over the end. my partner had to sleep sideways across the bottom with his legs on a chair, so we both got bad cramp, couldnt use top cover for warmth as it had lots of blood or coffee stains on so rang reception at 3 am in a very tired and cold state, but he wasnt interested. so i used a dressing gown for cover. Missed breakfast due to trying to sleep when the heating came on at 5.30am.
The next day we got a camp bed for our child which helped a lot! and noticed the top sheet had been removed whilst we were out, also got extra complementary shower gel and towels for our child which was good.
The actual hotel, although was very grand with original paintings and burr walnut and taxidermy, it missed the regal feel it tried to create due to a mix of some repro furniture and peeling gold painted edges around hotel, and 75% foreign staff. polish, french. Although these were good staff and efficient.
A drink of water in bar is around £1.50 as with lemonade, crisps £3.50. if you want your dinner here it is 39.00 per person.
A good hotel for wedding parties and for the staff, very friendly and helpful, well trained and polite, letting you feel at home and not making themselves too visible although were there if needed.
second day breakfast was lovely and tasty. grounds were nice and jetty over the lake to feed swan, try to book a boat cruise with canapies if you get chance. Great location, nice homely hotel if you get a good room and ask for a bed that isnt 2 pushed together. All in all i wouldnt go back and feel our £300 plus, could have been better spent. But would still recommend it for a pleasant break.

Luxurious experience

from WolverineTraveller
The level of service at Storrs Hall is exceptional. Whenever possible, they will arrange to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We were upgraded to a luxury room when we arrived. Also, when they were not able to accomodate us for a dinner reservation we had made, they arranged for a cab to take us to another restaurant and left a nice note and champagne and chocolates in our room. The hotel and the well manicured grounds on which it lies are exquisite. I recommend this hotel to anyone who is planning a special occasion or enjoys the finer things in life.

Beautiful Setting

from AnonymousCheshire
A very beautiful hotel in a fantastic setting right on the lake side. The grounds of the hotel are what make this place so memorable, we where lucky enough to have a room with a fantastic view of the lake (room 19), it had a huge bed which was very comfortable & very romantic. Would definately recommend this room for a romantic stay.

Lady for a Night

from tim_m
Fabulous! Out for a weekend celebration in the Lakes and chose Storrs Hall fairly randomly from a brochure (although did gulp a bit at the price!). What a situation with lawn down to Windermere Lake complete with National Trust Temple (unfortunately closed following storm damage)!
Reception was friendly & efficient; room nice 'period' feel with smart tiled bathroom; four-poster as comfortable as any bed we have slept in. Dinner was out of this world - try to get a deal which includes it as it sets off the whole experience; unhurried luxury with super service - but leave room for the great breakfast! The normal dinner menu was enhanced by an alternative 'visiting chef' option. Lovely fires in the public rooms tempted us to sit around until 1 minute before the 11.00 deadline for vacating the room.
In short, a mixture of the simple done perfectly and food to die for - brilliant!

Luxury retreat!

from laura_honey
Myself and my boyfriend took advantage of the hotel's fabulous sunday deal, which includes morning coffee and biscuits, free paper, three course sunday lunch and afternoon tea (£29.50), and decided to pay extra (around £54 per person) to stay over that night.

Having phoned to book last minute (and thinking that there would be no room!) I was told that they would be happy to fit us in, although there were no lake view rooms left.

From the moment we arrived, we were fantastically looked after. The staff's friendly and helpful attitude was flawless. Upon arrival the lady on reception offered to show me the room to check it was suitable, and also warned me that the bed in the room, although lovely, was fairly small. When I told her that my boyfriend was 6"2, she immediately changed the room without me even saying a thing, saying that the bed would be unsuitable, and we got an instant upgrade to a gorgeous lake view room! (speaking to some other friends who went recently I found that they had also been upgraded, so I assume that if a better room is available on the day, you may get a free upgrade)

We spent the day lounging around the hotel, and admiring the stunning views from the lakeside position - the location surely must be one of the best around for the price we paid. The food was lovely, and there was plenty of it to satisfy even the biggest of appetites! The staff serving the food were also extremely pleasant and helpful.

upon returning later at night, after an evening in Bowness, I was also peasantly surprised to find that the curtains had been drawn and the bed turned down - something which I'm not used to! (I obviously don't stay in hotels like this much!)

Top Local Tips for Windermere

bullying If you have a soft heart then storrs is not the place, foreign waiter/ess are spoken to in a terrible wayas is the other memebers of staff.

Restaurants The Punch Bowl - Crosthwaite www.the-punchbowl.co.uk and The Masons Arms www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk

Use a Taxi Whilst staying at the hotel we wished to go into Bowness. The parking charges are high and for only short periods. I would highly reccommend taking a taxi to and from the town and not having to worry about parking.

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  • Address: Storrs Park - Windermere - England - LA23 3LG - United Kingdom
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