Holbeck Ghyll Country House
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... Stonegarth in Keswick. It is a lovely B and B. The bathroom has a spa bath and walk in shower and the mirror becomes a TV - haven't seen this before. We had a cup of coffee and then went for a walk into Keswick. We found a map which showed it would take us a while to walk to the lake known as Derwent Water so we turned around and went to an Italian restaurant, Casa Bella, for a pizza. We walked back to the B and B and watched yet another Grand ...
... but we headed straight for the ferry across the lake then took a luxurious bus ride up to Hilltop. This is the home and garden of Beatrix Potter, and now a National Trust exhibit though still a working farm. The house is set out just as Miss Potter wanted it, with rooms you can walk through, full of her favourite things, drawings, letters and paintings.
Back across the lake, this time in a beautiful ...
We got away early as this was to be one of our longest days at 20km. There was more sunshine than any day so far, so it was t-shirts again, and we even put our sunnies on! More luscious blackberries awaited us demanding to be eaten, along with a few beautiful raspberries.
We crossed countless meadows, some very boggy, and followed the crystal clear Lune River through groves of alder and oak. When our boots got too muddy they would invariably be cleaned as we ...
Headed off later than hoped but reached Stratford-on-Avon around 1pm. Full of tourists. Lots of people enjoying the weather - overcast but warm. Found a beaut market and enjoyed looking around. Waited 50 minutes for toasted sandwiches that didn't come, so after waiting that length of time, followed Dave's lead and walked out. Ended up with a sausage in a roll from one of the market vendor's. Not a patch on Tasman sausages and HXUC market day bread! No time to see ...
Another fine breakfast fuelled us up for another day on the trail. Early progress was hampered by the need to stop, pick and eat some of the many ripe blackberries growing by the side of the track. It was overcast still but windless and warm, so it was down to t-shirts until around lunch time when we passed through the beautiful little village of Dent, home of the geology pioneer ...
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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!