Holbeck Ghyll Country House
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So the plan was to break the eleven hour journey to Skye with a good nights sleep. As you will know from the previous blog, our last drive to Scotland was epic, however by the end of it we were, shall we say, somewhat delirious. Having stayed at the caravan park at Westmorland previously, and managing to secure a good last minute rate, we decided to stop for the night just past junction 38 on the M6. It doesn't sound very appealing, but is actually quite ...
... of it. We ordered our beer and lunch at the counter and grabbed a table under the stairwell. Lunch showed up nice and warm and it was a comfort after all the cold for the day. The sandwich I got was a ham and cheese which was pressed shut around the edges to keep all the warm food inside when it was toasted. Logan had a baked potato with chili and cheese on top. Delicious!
After lunch we went back out and walked around the area where the pub was. ...
... finding a warm hat to wear was very important. After going through several stores, I found one and was much more comfortable, especially since it continued to snow and get colder. After some time walking through shops, we decided that the hike was not going to take place and the best option would be to drive around the lake and take in the views as we went. We headed back to the car, changed into warmer shoes and headed out toward ...
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holbeck Ghyll Country House Windermere
We came for our 8th anniversary and was our fifth visit in total.
I booked this hotel for a special 40th birthday for my husband. I found out about Holbeck Ghyll after searching the internet and reading reviews on Trip Advisor.
A super place
An excellent hotel - very well run with a highly committed and professional team of managers. It is only small so the types and size of room vary enormously - ask for details and you will get straight answers. The location, ambience and food are all fantastic. They also accept pets and we were made very welcome with our dog.
Great Views, Fantastic Food & Friendly Service
We stayed here over Easter 2005. We had a lodge room with a lake view, for £130 pp for dinner, bed & breakfast. The location is spectacular, with sweeping views over Windermere. The lodge room was good, large, with a big bathroom and tea & coffee facilities. A bit chintzy for me, but clean and comfortable. Lovely fluffy robes too. The dinner in their Michelin starred restaurant is not to be missed, if you enjoy your food. Service was impeccable. I had a spa treatment too, which was very nice. There is a woodland trek though the hotel grounds and a private tennis court.
If you're going to the Lakes, give this place serious consideration - although we also stayed at The Samling and preferred that.
We stayed at Holbeck for 2 nights between Christmas and New Year in a Lodge Room. I cannot fault the hotel in any way. The views were magnificent, the service impeccable and the food in the Restaurant was the best we've ever experienced. Our Golden Retriever was made most welcome and the location of the Lodge Rooms and the small kitchenette made looking after her very easy. We'll be back and hopefully for longer next time.
Charming English Country House
Stayed four nights at Holbeck Ghyll and enjoyed every moment. Our lodge room with four-poster bed had magnificent views overlooking green pastures to Lake Windermere and hills beyond. The bathroom was large with walk-in shower and spa bath. The bedroom could have used a bit more "finishing-off" such as a painting over the fireplace. We looked at several rooms in the main house and found them to have a more charming "Country House" feel with antiques and more lavish fabrics and, if one had a suite with lake views, I would choose that accommodation over the Lodge. The staff and owners were warm and very professional without being intrusive in anyway. We can't say enough about the Michelin-rated restaurant. The 4-course meals were superb and the presentation exquisite.
£27 ($40 US) may seem a lot to pay per person for lunch, but it was an absolutely perfect meal. The restaurant is part of a hotel that sits high up affording great views of Lake Windermere. The staff were perfectly attentive and the whole experience lasted about 2 and a half hours. If you like good gourmet style food you have to give this a go. Totally memorable.
One of our best hotels ever, young friendly staff seemed keen to attend to our every need.Delicious food with impeccable service. We had a lovely room with magnificent views. This is a small hotel and rather pricey but we felt it was worth it , and the labradors are friendly too!
This small, sophisticated, country manor is ideally located for people wanting to explore the lakes. You need to climb Helvellyn first to justify your dinner, which can only be decribed as a gastronomic delight. Tea and scones for afternoon tea are another treat. Overall, pricey, but worth it. Take your partner to celebrate an anniversary and you will be rewarded !
Loved the food!
I stayed here a couple of years ago the food was some of the best I have ever had. The presentation was beautiful, a work of art.
I stayed one night in the main house and the rooms were ok but moved to the anex were they were modern, larger, and fantastic views.
The best part of the experience was the food and service!