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I awoke about 6 am to the ominous sound of heavy rain. I made a cup of tea, hopped back into bed and spent a while reading and writing e-mails and checking out upcoming travel arrangements. (Believe it or not, this trip takes a bit of organisation.) I was also lucky enough to be able to Skype both Nicola and Heather… and it was lovely to chat …
An amazing day touring the magnificent Lakes District.
The day started well with a delicious breakfast cooked by Stephen, who not only owns Archway Guest House but is also a chef! I had a super-fluffy omelette – cooked to perfection! The sideboard was also groaning with cereals, fruit and juice but the omelette, a piece of toast and …
Once again I have fallen on my feet with this location; it is something straight out of Escape to the Country.
But before I get to extolling the virtues of Windermere, Bowness and my home away from home, Archway Guesthouse, I need to fill you in on my morning or the detail-Nazi (whom we won't name, of course, but whom you all know by now …
... Stonegarth in Keswick. It is a lovely B and B. The bathroom has a spa bath and walk in shower and the mirror becomes a TV - haven't seen this before. We had a cup of coffee and then went for a walk into Keswick. We found a map which showed it would take us a while to walk to the lake known as Derwent Water so we turned around and went to an Italian restaurant, Casa Bella, for a pizza. We walked back to the B and B and watched yet another Grand ...
... and some ups and downs through nice farmland. We arrived at noon to the welcome sight of Lake Windermere, and strolled down the streets to the beautiful Bowness town centre and lake front. So many people! Probably not as crowded as mid-summer, but after the last few days it was strange to be among so many tourists. We felt relief and a sense of achievement to have made it here.
Our B&B was close by ...
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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)
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...
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.
We were a group of 6 persons coming to enjoy the lakes. Gorgeous area.
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.
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 !