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... 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 ...
... then up to our room. We then took our morning cabby's advice and headed for the carvery for a cheap and filling buffet roast looking straight out over the lake.
Yorkshire – a Poem
Your valleys are called dales
Your pubs serve fine ales
The weather is often dreary
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Your meadows are green
And full English breakfasts keep us lean
We got away early as this was to be one of our longest days at 20km. There was more sunshine than any day so far, so it was t-shirts again, and we even put our sunnies on! More luscious blackberries awaited us demanding to be eaten, along with a few beautiful raspberries.
We crossed countless meadows, some very boggy, and followed the crystal clear Lune River through groves of alder and oak. When our boots got too muddy they would invariably be cleaned as we ...
Headed off later than hoped but reached Stratford-on-Avon around 1pm. Full of tourists. Lots of people enjoying the weather - overcast but warm. Found a beaut market and enjoyed looking around. Waited 50 minutes for toasted sandwiches that didn't come, so after waiting that length of time, followed Dave's lead and walked out. Ended up with a sausage in a roll from one of the market vendor's. Not a patch on Tasman sausages and HXUC market day bread! No time to see ...
... We even struck up a conversation with local descendent Jack Sedgwick who was a typically friendly Yorkshireman.
Soon after Dent a fine drizzle developed, and this steadily increased as the afternoon went on so by the time we reached Sedbergh (England’s book capital) around 3pm we were in full rain gear.A visit to this lovely town would have been nicer in ...
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Beech Hill Hotel Windermere
We've been here several times over the years and it has become our favourite hotel. All of the rooms, which are on tiered floors, have a spectacular view across Lake Windermere and they are comfortably furnished. The long lounge and dining room also overlook the lake and it's well worth sampling the hotel in different seasons. In summer, you can sit outside sipping a drink on the terraces; in winter, you can curl up with a hot toddy in front of the blazing log fire and play board games. The food is excellent - a great menu and superbly cooked and presented. Good wines too! I've also used the Beech Hill for a business meeting and some of the admin lacked a bit of sharpness but everyone thought it was a great venue anyway and we plan to use it again. Mobile phones struggle for a signal here - so that's another plus! I guess the only wanring is that most of the rooms involve a lot of stair climbing and there are no lifts. Other than that, it's a great place to stay so enjoy it if you go.
Excellent location and stunning views.Room fine and food good.
Service could be better and staff could be more pleasant.
The food far excedes what we expected!
Having been unable to our usual hotel for our brief summer break (june 04) we were unsure of what to expect on arriving at The Beech Hill , but the minute we opened the front door our breath was taken away by the spectacular panoramic view of the lake and mountains. Our room, though not huge, was well appointed, comfortable and clean with a private terrace area with sunloungers and the same fantastic view!We eventually made our way to the restaurant to find that it enjoyed the same view and at sunset it was truly magical. We had expected the food to be at most adequate but it was outstandingly good, the flavours and presentation were superb. We normally stay in far more expensive and more highly regarded hotels but take our advise -dont waste your money-
I loved this place and wished we had planned to stay longer! Delightful from the moment we stepped in and I caught my breath at the cushy, inviting sitting areas with views out the large picture windows onto the Lake. Hotel has an old world/antique wood ambience with clean, up to date facilities and well maintained furnishings. Offered complimentary tea and biscuits while waiting to see if there was an upgrade available...there was and we had a small but charming room with a sitting area in the bay window overlooking the lake. Rainy day but we still enjoyed our walk on the pier and up the hill side. Breakfast buffet in the lovely restaurant with same wide open views of the lake and very attentive wait staff. Enjoyed several more cups of coffee in the sitting area with the newspaper and classical music in the background. My most favorite spot and incredibly relaxing. Very helpful staff with our travel questions. We want to come back...and will stay longer!
Having stayed in the Lake District over a hundred times during the past twentyyears, I have been able to compare many of the local hotels. My Family have been guests at the Beech Hill on something like twenty occasions and simply love the place! The food is excellent (2 AA rosettes, which is a notable achievement for a hotel of its size and type). Top quality local ingredients are prepared with great care and considerable skill and there is always a good menu choice. The views from the Gallery Restaurant are stunning. The ambience relaxed, but professional. The hotel has been gradually extended over the years and is arranged over seven floors. The layout precludes a lift, but guests who cannot manage stairs can be accommodated on the ground floor, subject to availability. The staff are always friendly and helpful and the accommodation extremely comfortable. We have always been more than satisfied with the facilities and standard of housekeeping. The hotel also has an excellent and secluded jetty which visitors are welcome to use.
What a place!! Fantastic hotel, with a view to die for.This was our first visit, we were recommended by friends - how right they were!We were given a lovely room with a stunning view over lake Windermere. The food was excellent, as were the staff. We hope to be back for a few days in May, can't wait.My advice, try this place - i'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as we did, oh and don't forget to bring some trunks, the pool is wonderful!
On our way to visit friends in the Borders recently (September 2), we decided to make the drive a leisurely one and stop en route. Living by the sea in Cornwall we decided to avoid getting homesick for the water, we'd stop in the Lakes. And so we discovered The Beech Hill Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. It was only a short stay but from the time we arrived to the time we left - almost reluctantly, I can say that nothing was too much trouble for any of the young staff. The manager made a point of meeting us and actually made us feel that what we thought mattered! Our double room had a splendid view of the Lake and I liked the fact that it had quirky touches and some beautiful antiques.
A terrible place. Filthy room and bedspread. Bath that the spa kicked out black gunge. Manager asked myself and my new husband to leave by the Wednesday because as he said " my expectations of cleanliness were higher than his. Needless lo say Im waiting for my photos then I am sending them to their head office.
BW Beech Hill Hotel has a magnificent location-right on Windermere- not too close to the congested town of Windermere and Bowness. The hotel has many odd-shaped and odd-sized rooms. The first one we had had mold in the bathroom and a horrible mattress. When we complained the next morning they were only too happy to exchange our room for another and gave us a choice of every room they had available. We selected a room with a king-sized bed, a sofa and a beautiful bathroom for the same rate as our much smaller room. Breakfast is in a lovely dining room overlooking Windermere and the staff is very attentive. The hotel is an older property and as long as you're not looking for American cookie-cutter style this is an excellent choice. Again...check out the room before agreeing to stay in it. Also, the hotel offers a package that includes a very elegant dinner (which we did not choose). The Lakes District is something really spectacular with breathtaking views everywhere you look. The roads are VERY narrow with hidden stones in the verge and rock walls on each side. Not to be missed-the road through Wrynose and Hardknot Passes and the Roman ruins at the top. Don't try to drive this with a car larger than a Vectra (in some places road width is only 6 1/2' wide and it's a 2-way road). Would go back at any time.