Hillthwaite House Hotel
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... before the alarm went off at 7.55am. Now whether it was the very nice treats left by the hotel, the big fat chips that we couldn't finish, or just the excitement of being somewhere new, Murray needed to visit the little doggies room, or in other words the lashing-rain-soaked, swamp like patch of grass out the front of the hotel, a good five times throughout the night. And she very nicely spaced them out so that by the time you were dried off, back in ...
... on. We hoped that once we got into Keswick and had some lunch the snow would lighten up and we would be able to see the area covered in powder.
Once in Keswick, we dug around the car for some change to be able to park. We are quickly learning that all parking is paid and about 90% of it required change. These particular meters were picky about which change denomination it would take and it didn't give change back so we had enough for half an ...
... town surrounding the edges of it with plenty of shopping and food. We walked around the main dock area where they had daily cruises and boats for rent. Since the weather was starting to get rainy and windy, we opted out of the cruise but did walk around and take pictures. They even sold duck food since there were ducks and swans all around the area and they knew about the food, they followed you! I tried to get a picture with ...
... every day! Sometimes twice a day. So we appreciate your support. The children are still standing around me excitedly, and now they are munching boiled sweetcorn that we have bought from the local market, they love the story I am writing about them, and I am very impressed that they can read and understand every word! We would like to purchase some small trees, mango, banana and papaya, so that in a few years when we visit there is plenty of fruit to go ...
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 Hillthwaite House Hotel Windermere
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.