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Historical Traveler Reviews Archway Guesthouse Windermere
You will love this place!
First time I popped in for a weekend-trip. Then I got addicted to it and came back several times just to stay at the Archway. Of course, the full English breakfast is splendid but you should as well try the banana pancake - lovely! The rooms are large, nicely decorated and extremely comfortable. In each room you will find a huge range of different teas and even homemade cookies. Highly recommend.
Go for the top room with the incredible view - even in the bathroom!
We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Archway. Everything was perfect! The B&B is the perfect location for all activities. Jennifer is always happy to help and give you ideas. I must also say about the cookies and cake that she made whilst we were there, I would return simply for those!!! The breakfast was lovely and to be honest we were spoilt for choice. The rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet. We are looking forward to staying here again.
Home away from home!
Everything was perfect! Jennifer was friendly, always happy to help and fill up our water bottles! The room was cosy, clean and we were kept happy with a supply of delicious home made cookies! There were lots of DVDs to choose from, she had helpful tips of where to eat, and lots of guidebooks. Breakfast was delicious, there was a great selection, all from local produce, and so much of it that I put on a little weight!
I highly recommend it - you'll have a wonderful stay!
A reference in quality
My partner and I booked through the tourist info office in Windermere. We asked for a quite, comfortable typical B&B that wasn't chinzy. The Archway delivered exactly!!! All the charm of a British B&B, with top notch customer service thrown in.
We had a great room, with fantastic view, lovely spacious bathroom, wonderful bed, silky smooth sheets, even a teddy-bear just in case. The usual TV plus DVD and those often mentioned cookies!
Nothing to say other than if you're looking for a B&B, the Archway is undoubtedly a reference point in quality.
Robert & Roma
(Buenos Aires - Argentina)
Couldn't have been better!
Everything about it was great. The beds were literally the most comfortable I've ever slept in -- wonderful matress, 200-thread count linens, and great quality, thick feather pillows. Jennifer is a great cook, as well. I enjoyed the homemade muesli and granola, and the generous portions of banana pancakes and french toast. And she was very gracious when I spilled my tea all over her white tablecloth at breakfast...
Jennifer keeps a great selection of guidebooks and maps in the breakfast room, so I didn't need to worry that I had not bought any of my own. She helped my friend and I find some good hikes to take and provided us with maps.
Everything was clean and as cute as can be, and Jennifer is very helpful and friendly. The location is convenient for seeing the area and easy to find (5 min walk from the bus station). It was overall a fabulous weekend. I highly recommend the Archway!
Relaxing, quiet stay in Windermere
Jennifer put a jar of freshly baked cookies in our room for munching. She serves full English breakfast, or any combination of breakfast foods that we liked. The location is on a quiet one way street, but just around the corner is the High street. We walked to the lake, visited the Honister slate mine, took the Windermere steam-powered boat. It was a delightful stay.
Everything you wish for
We were a group of 6 persons coming to enjoy the lakes. Gorgeous area.
Breathtaking landscape. The B&B seems to emerge from a post card or from one of the Beatrix Potter's book ... everything you can think of is there: firm and comfy bed, de luxe bathroom en suite, all-wood wardrobe, TV/ DVD player in the room, personal design, great view of the forest surrounding the lakes, the killer being the homemade cookies absolute delish!!! In the living/dining room almost every kind of breakfast options have ever dreamed of : one egg so many possibilities, ultimate panckes, amazing choices of jam ( homemade as well) , different fruit juices, breads, cereals, vegetarian option.
Board games for all age to relax in the evening.
If you fancy a long walk/picnic up the hills you might have to ask for your own private guide/story teller AKA Jenny's dad, he's got an anecdote for every stone and every tree... Jenny is always there greeting you with a big smile after your day out in the wild and you can ask her for anything from restaurants to wine shops, from next boat to best pub in town, you name it ... 5 minutes walk from the train station (7 during bank holidays because of the traffic :-)) It's a fantastic, cosy, warm, welcoming B&B that makes you feel at home so much you don't want to leave the place. It's got everything you wish for so don't wait any longer ...call Jenny on our behalf, you won't regret it !!!
Best place I've ever stayed
Myself and five friends stayed at the Archway for the August bank holiday weekend in 2006. I thought it was fantastic - the nicest place I've ever stayed. The owner fell over herself to do whatever she could to make us happy. She helped us with recommending and booking the nicest restaurants in town (no mean feat on the busiest weekend of the year). She organised walks for us, which included historical points of interest and a packed lunch.
The hotel iteself is lovely. Elegant, but cosy, it gives one a relaxed feeling that lingers after your stay.
And finally, I must mention the breakfasts! Usually when one stays in a B&B, the biggest surprise at breakfast is whether or not you can substitute extra sausages for pudding. At the Archway, not only do they have a standard breakfast menu of five choices, they also offer a special menu which changes daily!
Archway to Heaven....
Best place I have ever stayed in, bar none. The menu (not to mention the food itself) is impressive, and the people are very friendly and helpful :)
Of course, the location could not be better - perfectly suited for walking trips around the lake to catch some of the breathtaking scenery.
This will most definitely not be my last visit to the Lake District or the Archway!
Really special guest house in the lakes
We were recommended by friends who had been a number of times. The house was in great order and the welcome was warm. There were loads of extra little touches such as home made biscuits in the rooms and the bed was really comfy.
The owner is obviously really trying to make this different, she was enthusiastic about the region and helped with a walk route.
We have a car but you could manage here without one. Try it !
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