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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrasmere Hotel
My wife and I stayed here with two other couples as part of our Coast To Coast walk.
We were met on arrival by Rob - one of the owners of this absolutely beautiful hotel. He was very welcoming and check-in for the six of us was very efficient.
The location is perfect. Right in the heart of the gorgeous village of Grasmere.
The grounds are lovely, which is where we had a drink after checking in and getting cleaned up.
Dinner was an experience. Clearly Anton (in the kitchen) and Rob (maitre d) take a great deal of pride in all aspects of their hotel and restaurant. The food was spectacular and the service was perfect. My only criticism would be that we thought Rob was a bit tough on a junior staff member who is clearly learning but still doing a great job. Such is their perfectionism.
After our evening meal, we retired to the lounge for coffee and tea, where Rob brought out a cake for one of our group who was celebrating their birthday.
Breakfast was probably the biggest and highest quality spread we had on the whole Coast to Coast walk.
The packed lunch was of a similar standard to the other meals.
Rob and Anton have renovated the entire hotel with care and pride. The lounge area and dining room were very nice. Our rooms were immaculate and the en-suites amazing. They were much larger than you would expect in a hotel of this age.
I have rated this as 5/5 but would have given it 6 if I could.
My wife and I hope to return one day to do Helvellyn and Striding Edge. It will give us a great excuse to come back and stay again (and for longer) and do some other walks in the area.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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Today we were expecting a shorter and maybe easier day.
However, the temperature soared to 27 degrees (which doesn't seem much until you are walking for hours in the direct sun), there was no breeze, and clouds were few and far between.
And the distance may have been shorter, but the degree of difficulty clearly stepped up a notch.
... a short tour of the middle lake.
Day 2. Another morning on the lake. This time to Lakeside and back. Very pleasant - and oh! what a beautiful day. We came home and changed to our shorts - first time in 3 weeks. Dressed in summery attire we took off to Orrest Head where we had a panoramic view of the lake. It was almost as good as Bariloche, Argentina. The only thing missing in the background was the snow covered Andes! We ...
... to some 'friends of the park' mending the stone wall - their dogs entertained us as we sat and took in the beauty of the area. The leaders had their books out - as we now come to decision time - which path to take, the low route or the alternative route. I chose the alternative route to enjoy the view from the mountain top - bad mistake. A guide from another tour said 'don't under estimate the difficulty, but the going down at the end was fairly kind' ............ ...
We had breakfast in our room (self catering) and headed off at 8.10am. We drove to Bodnant Gardens arriving there just before 9. The car park was empty, then we realised why. The gardens didn't open until 10. It was a beautiful day so we headed down the road to a place we had visited before but couldn't quite remember. It's called Betws-y-Coed (we always pronounce it Betsy Coed). We looked around then drove back to the ...
... this walk was breathtaking. We managed not to get lost, even though some directions were a bit vague. The first part of the walk brought us to a coffee shop over the river, and even though it was not too long since breakfast, we couldn't resist the opportunity to stop and enjoy the ambience. The whole walk took nearly three and a half hours, and it was wonderful. After a cool drink we ...