Holbeck Ghyll Country House
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Well little Willbee groupies... Willbee went to school in Grasmere today. Well we visited a tiny little school called Church of England Grasmere School. Grasmere is a town where Beatrix Potter grew up and wrote her tales of Peter Rabbit a and Jemima Puddleduck. Maybe your teachers will show you some of these little stories. As part of their learning about Beatrix Potter the students made a veggie ...
... an umbrella, the clouds clear and skudding clouds make way for sunshine and a palate of colours from white to 50 shades of grey!!! I have taken a couple of photos from the French doors of our room. I hope you can see the dramatic effect of the sky. By the way, the Comedy of Errors last night was a hoot. Real laughter out loud entertainment. Made me think that Shakespeare wrote this for the masses - good old fashioned comedy or should I say - dramatic ...
... Partly cloudy, light breeze and in the high 60’s. We paddle for about 3 hours going the full length of the lake and back with a stop at an island for lunch, about 7 miles total. The water is pretty warm and I wade around the beach. Families are swimming in the crystal clear water. There’s lots of people enjoying the area. Most either in canoes, kayaks or sail boats. Kids are playing pirate ...
Went Fell walking in the morning. Wonderful views of the lakes from the top of the Fell ridges. Spent the afternoon resting. Early dinner at hotel and then the remaining 16 drove to the 'Theatre by the Lake' in Keswick to see a performance of Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'. Another wonderful day!!
Well today we hit the Lakes District, with our first stop being Bowness on Lake Windermere. It was absolutely HEAVING with people, and we walked along the waterfront (trying to avoid the dogs!) admiring the lakeside views. We caught a bus up to the town of Windermere, which was only about 10 minutes' drive away, and ate lunch in a corner eatery (best iced coffee we've had over here) ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holbeck Ghyll Country House Windermere
Superb as Usual
We came for our 8th anniversary and was our fifth visit in total.
Overall, we were delighted once again with the service and food and to see familiar faces amongst the staff. It is also nice to be recognised as a repeat guest. Although this is relatively simple to do via a hotels guest history system, many places fail miserably to take advantage of this.
We can also bring our dog, which is an added bonus.I would recommend the (long) walk through the farmland and woods to Ambleside (far nicer than Windermere)to tire your pooch out - saves any chance of them getting too mischievous while you are dining downstairs.
A couple of points that I do hope the owners will take note of is that the canapes over the last 12 months seemed to have cheapened - olives and brought in dipping sticks etc. as opposed to the lovely home made ones we had become used to. The duck was, although cooked to perfection, tough - a supplier issue maybe.
Also, we were in room 9 - spend a few hundred quid on the shower, please. If you can, request room 6, overlooking the lake.
If you have a sweet tooth, the chocolate plate is well worth saving yourself for.
We will certainly return.
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.
We have just come back and have to say we have had a fantastic, enjoyable, indulgent time there.
The service was excellent, the food was exemplorary and the views from the hotel were superb.
We stayed in room 8 which was on the second floor, with french doors opening out onto a patio area with views onto the lake - gorgeous.
The room had a CD playing classical music when we arrived with a decanter of sherry waiting to welcome us.
We booked the winter gourmet night so we also had a lovely half bottle of champange in the room which we drank sat on the patio watching the sunset.
The evening meal in the Mitchelin star restaurant was one of the best meals we have ever eaten. Again we couldn't fault the service. Eating the canapes in the lounge and reading the menu was very relaxing and to finish we had coffee back in the lounge.
We would definately like to return and would highly recommend this beautiful hotel in a gorgeous setting.
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!