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... services are privately owned and they even have their own farm shop, and you know how much we like our food!! The hotel is tucked away out the back with great views of the hills, and upon checking in we discovered a duck pond directly underneath our window, complete with quacking ducks, and guess what, we were in room 22!! (one for all the bingo fans - that's you Uncy xx).
Anyway after a couple of beers, a very, very nice sandwich for us, and ...
Heading toward Keswick was an adventure. He made the GPS take us through the scenic route. This in turn took us up the mountains and around the edge of the lakes. The views were beautiful, at least the ones we could see through the snow. The further we went, the more it snowed and it was making driving the 2 wheel drive Ford Focus a bit of a challenge. We stopped at a couple of over looks to try to get a better look but the visibility was pretty bad so ...
... nothing that would cause us to cancel our plans for the weekend, overcast during the day and showers in the evening. The weather looked promising when we left the apartment and were excited about the day. We drove up the M6 and managed to not hit any traffic on the way up (AMAZING). After a couple of hours, we took the exit to the lake district and headed down to Lake Windermere.
The lake was a beautiful sight. There was ...
... So much gratitude and love to you all from here in Zimbabwe.
The internet is too expensive to download photos, we have hundreds of great photos we will share when we get back, including the ones we have just taken of me and the children around the lap top as I write!
Love Samara (Love Zimbabwe trustee)
Now I have shaked hands with all the children and thanked them for their help with writing this letter and ideas for the ...
I departed Oxenholme station in late afternoon, after waving my family goodbye I settled into the first stage of my long journey across the world.
After several hours on the virgin train from the north I arrived in
london at Euston, I crossed to Notting hill gate to meet natascha, my
first host of the long trip! She showed me around the area of london
where she lives and we went for a cheeky pint in a lovely little pub.
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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.