Hillthwaite House Hotel

Address: Thornbarrow Road, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA23 2DF, United Kingdom | Hotel
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This hotel, located on Thornbarrow Road, Windermere, is near Windermere Lake Cruises, The World of Beatrix Potter, Orrest Head, and Lakeland Ltd..
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Hillthwaite House Hotel Windermere

          Fantastic hotel


          Stayed two nights 21st/22nd July, Only had a standard room as the others where all taken but nothing at all wrong with it, comfortable, clean and nicely furnished. Staff very helpful and friendly, very nice sitting on the terrace after evening meal watching the sunset. As for the food it was probably the best we have had at any Hotel, with an excellent choice, evening meal was 5 courses, it was nice at breakfast to have a menu with a choice for breakfast, not just hot plates left with food on. Our first visit to the Lake District had very enjoyable time.

          An old favourite looking tired


          After moving house and needing a break, we were looking forward to returning to our honeymoon hotel of March 2000. The location is still perfect with fantastic views of Lake Windermere. The five course dinners and vast choice for breakfast still cannot be beaten. Our room just didn't live up to our 2 previous visits. We knew we had paid for a cheap price 3 night break with no added room supplements so no four poster Blue Room this time but our room was tucked away along corridors and upstairs above the sauna by the heat and smell. The main problem was the bathroom. It was truely awful. A sage green bathroom suite which had seen better days and a toliet seat that was chipped and broken underneath and all discloloured. The shower cabinet had a broken door handle. The bathroom flooring was disgusting. I recommend that you pay as much as you can afford for a room here to get one of the best and not have a less perfect stay like we did.

          Food amazing, so peaceful. Staff great


          Have been coming to the Lakes for over twenty years. This small hotel is such a find. Read all the reviews and agree with most. We did unfortunately have a problem with our room, but we were moved within twenty minutes after being shown three alternatives. No complaints there. The hotel itself is furnished to a high standard, the dining room is wonderful. The service five star and the food, fabulous. I am a fussy eater and was catered for throughout with alternatives offered when i struggled with the extensive menu. (I am a fussy eater). Nothing is too much trouble, the wine is well priced and there is a good selection. My husband and i thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be returning in June for another weekend. This is a first for us, we are always on the lookout for something better. No need now, if there is better in the Lakes we would have found it by now. Its small, its friendly and peaceful, what more can you want when away from the kids for a couple of days.

          Compliments to the Chef...


          Hillthwaite House is comfortable but could do with some modernisation, as our room was a little old fashioned. We did have an ongoing problem with the shower in our room which was never adequately resolved however the reception team were always sympathetic and did all they could to resolve the situation i.e. we were allowed to use the facilities in another room.

          Despite the little niggles we experienced, we really enjoyed our stay at Hillthwaite House and would be happy to return (just not in the same room). It is well placed in Windermere and the views of the lakes are lovely (when the weather is nice enough that you can see them) ;o)

          The defining item about this hotel is definitely the food. Our compliments go to John Kelly and his team who provided a fabulous menu for each day of our 3 day stay. You do have to book your table time and food choices in advance which I initially found a little strange however, with reflection, this meant that your food was ready from the moment you sat down and the resulting service in the dining room was superb.

          The meals consist of a set menu for breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, porridge, fresh fruit juices and a range of hot food which is cooked to order. The only word I can use to describe the 5 course evening meals is spectacular, you are spoilt for choice and the quality of the food is superb. I highly recommend the Bailey Cream Mousse which I had on my final night at Hillthwaite House. ;o)

          Little gem


          Stayed at Hillthwaite over the Easter weekend. Superb hotel, fabulous location, with wonderful views, beautifully appointed rooms with all needs catered for. Food is fantastic, and very well presented - top marks to the chef! Staff are exceptional, so caring and friendly, all adds to a homely, warm, relaxed atmosphere, a very enjoyable romantic retreat. We will be back!



          If you want a hotel in a good location, great views, wonderful food, friendly staff, comfortable and warm rooms, then come to Hillthwaite House Hotel.

          We have just come back from a long weekend break at this hotel and we loved it so much, we stayed an extra night.

          I've been ill recently and it was our wedding anniversary and we wanted to stay somewhere special. I used Tripadvisor to help me search through hundreds of luxury hotels in the Lakes area and found Hillthwaite. From the minute I emailed them for details to leaving this morning (22/03/06) the customer service I received has been excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for the lovely staff at this hotel.

          The rooms are of different standards and we chose and luxury, four poster bed with lake view room and thats what we got.

          On arrival, it was easy to check in and we were helped with our considerable amount of luggage, the champagne and chocolates i'd pre-ordered were waiting in the room for us. In the room there was plenty of fresh towels, white fluffy bathrobes, toiletries, hairdryer, extra sheets and pillows, lots of tea/coffee and loads of storage space. Jacuzzi bath. And the TV worked fine too.

          We ate breakfast and evening meals here and the food was amazing. They even managed to get the eggs just right. They will get you anything you ask for. There is an extensive wine list and well stocked bar.

          The facilities include a modest size swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

          The hotel itself is in a good location, near to the shops and places like Ambleside, Bowness and Grasmere. There are some good walks around this area. We went on one challenging walk and one not so.

          The prices are extremely good considering the class of hotel. I expected to pay more.

          I also believe this is a "dog-friendly" hotel.

          To sum up: We had a perfect time here and truly did not want to leave. We will be back when possible. This is the place to stay for a bit of pampering.

          The only negatives that cropped up where very, very minor. The TV channels did "play up" a bit. They had a habit of being interrupted for some reason by the SKY TV programme planner being turned on. The DVD's that are played each night at 9.00pm also seem to have problems.

          The decor in some areas of the hotel looks a little bit tired. But it seems they are dealing with this.

          Thanks to all at Hillthwaite House. You made our anniversary so special.

          Nice hotel


          We stayed at Hillthwaite for New Years in 2005. Our room was clean and nice with a view over the lake although the lake is a fair away from the hotel. The layout of the hotel is a bit confusing with multiple doors, stairs and corridors in between reception and our room (and some room numbers our of order!). Check in and out was easy with no hassles. Kids were well catered for with a kids' menu. There were also vegetarian choices on the menu. The food was ok, not outstanding. Some of the wait staff seemed like they had been brought in for the occasion as they did not seem to be "professional" wait staff (eg just piling dirty glasses into bread baskets to remove them and things like that). There is an internal pool and sauna which is quite good. No internet access but there is a cafe called T2 I think just down the road (head to Bowness for about 10 minutes walk on the right) with pretty fast broadband access and quite good light food.

          Really enjoyed Hillthwaite House


          My husband and I have just returned from a 3 day break at the Hillthwaite House Hotel and would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in the Lake District. We had a four poster room with jacuzzi bath and lovely view of the lake from our bedroom.

          The hotel is well located, midway between Windermere and Bowness in an elevated position - it's a short walk to either village and to the Bowness pier. We thoroughly enjoyed using the hotel's small indoor pool and sauna/steam room facilities, and playing chess in the comfy lounge with log fire, where after dinner coffee can be served. The hotel staff were very friendly and welcoming. The restaurant served excellent food, with a good choice for dinner each night and a range of options for breakfast. We will definitely be returning to Hillthwaite in the near future.

          Beautiful hotel, fabulous food!


          Myself and my partner have recently come back from a lovely break at this hotel, we booked one of the executive rooms. It was amazing complimentary wine & water, huge four poster bed and a bay window with the most wonderful view of lake Windermere I have ever seen!! Our en-suite was spacious with jacuzzi bath, bliss. Dinner was delicious a full 5 course menu with a great selection, the food is simply mouth-watering!! My husband is vegetarian and quite fussy but the receptionist presented him with a a different menu strictly for vegetarians, for him to choose from, with a fantastic selection (very rare for hotels to offer a good vegetarian selection these days) and he also said his meal was delicious, result!! After dinner we where served coffee and petit fours by the log fire very romantic! Service is also fantastic very attentative and friendly but not obtrusive, the perfect balance. The views here are also simply stunning, the lounge & restaurant overlook the lake, with a huge terrace which unfortunatley couldn,t enjoy due to bad weather, its in such a great position, so you get the best views of lake Windermere I have seen from a hotel in Bowness/Windermere, even compared to those right on the lake shore. The room was pricey but worth evry penny, such a romantic retreat. We are going to return on my birthday, I Hope!!

          A nice friendly hotel, well worth a visit


          The Hillthwaite is located away from the main road and situated in an elevated position enjoying excellent views of lake windermere and surrounding countryside. The hotel enjoys a small swimming pool and sauna/steam room, all quite new when we stayed. The room was very good and very comfortable. The staff were very friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The restaurant was excellent, in fact faultless. A good location with good all round facilities.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Hillthwaite House Hotel Windermere

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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