Damson Dene Hotel
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After a lovely breakfast we packed our overnight bags, had a chat with Ian and Deb, owners of Ewich House, and were on our way to Keswick. Ian convinced Kent to take the Trossachs Trail which took us past a lovely waterfall at Killin and then through beautiful scenery. We made a stop at Aberfoyle for a drink and soon after we joined the motorway. It added about an hour to our journey, but it was worth it. We came off the M6 at Penrith and found our ...
... but we headed straight for the ferry across the lake then took a luxurious bus ride up to Hilltop. This is the home and garden of Beatrix Potter, and now a National Trust exhibit though still a working farm. The house is set out just as Miss Potter wanted it, with rooms you can walk through, full of her favourite things, drawings, letters and paintings.
Back across the lake, this time in a beautiful ...
... the “Tiny B&B” in the middle of Kendal. It was indeed tiny, and charming – a bit like a hobbit hole in a side alley off the main street, and around 400 years old. To cap things off our bag hadn’t been delivered because the Sherpa Van service had broken down, but fortunately we didn’t have to wait too long for some fresh clothes.
The next day is the last of the Dales Way, and a short one of around 10km to Windermere.
... House or Anne Hathaway's as a result. However, we did glimpse the back view of the house as we walked back to the car. Now headed for Newport - on the M5 and scooting along at 120km. We commented this morning that we have not seen any hoons since we've been here and put this down to the fact that you can drive at a speed that's very reasonable. Major roads here are excellent. Just arrived at Newport and enjoying the scenery outside the window - cows. They exist here in ...
... 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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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Damson Dene Hotel Windermere
The brochure does make the hotel look better than it is. I visited with my wife, daughter, son in law and my 18 month old Grandaughter. The staff were exceptionally nice and caring with my Grandaughter -.particularly in the Dining Room -nothing was to much trouble.The meals were good,although portions were a bit small- for the men in particular.
Rooms claustrophobic, cleaning service disgusting, breakfast excellent but evening dinner very poor. This is the first hotel where I have been asked to pay for coffee after the evening dinner and no choice of potatoes and extremely hard vegetables. Lounge deceptively nice in appearance but no springs in seats ! Bar prices ridiculously expensive e.g. £1.90 for glass of J20 and no evening entertainment. We should have stayed three nights but as the hotel and room were uncomfortable we left a day early.The management was indifferent to our comments.
hi aving just stayed at this hotel i thought i would dispel any of the bad comments read so far.
I stayed here with my mum for 2 nites the food was excellent as was all the staff, the rooms could do with a lick of paint but overall were very good.
we are thinking of booking again to go in june and take my grandson with us.
The drinks were abit pricey but no more than you would expect to pay for an hotel.
I booked a '3 night-pay-for 2' deal either side of Valentines Day. The deposit was paid and the brochure came through in good time before we set off. The Brochure was a little misleading and made the hotel look far more attractive than it actually is, which externally looks tired. Internally, the hotel has gone past its best. I booked a four-poster bedroom with jacuzzi. The latter was virtually new and the bathroom area was well appointed; the bedroom was, like most of the hotel, tired and disappointingly cramped. The owners need to do something about the matress which was probably as old as the four poster bed it lay in - lumpy is too kind a description! The leisure club facilities were good, though the steam room didn't work for most of the time we were there. The sauna was good but the solarium was a complete rip-off at eight pounds for 10 minutes.
We have been staying at Damson Dene on our (yearly) visits to the Lakes for the last 5 years, however our most recent visit will be our last.
Very good food, rooms shabby
The food was very nice, a very good standard. The room we had - no 20 was very small and the walls between rooms very thin. There was noise for about 3 hours during our first night - seemed like creaky pipes, it was irritating and kept us awake but the hotel management refused to believe us - "first we have ever heard of that problem". We mentioned the noise to another guest but he had not had any noise during the night. Nice breakfasts. Unfortunately didn't get to try the pool and sauna etc but heard it was quite nice. The hotel is in a lovely area, shame about the noise on our first night. You do need a car to get about, its about 4/5 miles into Bowness and Windermere. Beautiful walks a-plenty close by!
When we were interested in booking this hotel we were told the dates we wanted were available and offered a choice of two rooms. Later when we tried booking the same dates and room as described we were told that they don't accept two nights and were only taking three night bookings! I find this disgraceful as we were really looking forward to this trip! We won't be looking at Damson Dene again and will recommend anyone else not to!
We read the reviews and the brochure, all sounds fantastic, most rooms with jacuzzi,etc etc. We stayed there for a wedding, and can honestly say it is average at best.
We have just booked again for this summer to go back to the Damson Dene Hotel. This will be the third year we have been to this fantastic hotel. The staff are always very polite and helpful, the food is just to die for....we have two children who can not wait to go back. We have raved about it so much that my in laws are coming with us this year. Scenery is stunning, Lake Windermere is just a short drive away. We can recommend this hotel to anyone.
it is off the beaten track and u will need a car to get about.........
the food and the rooms are very nice..............
we were there last nov 2004 and have booked for this nov 2005
the hotel has a well equiped gym and lovelly pool
nice log fire blazing away for november stays..........
very nice walks all around