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Historical Traveler Reviews Storrs Hall Windermere
A Superb Experience
My wife and I spent two glorious nights here August 2006. The room was wonderful, the restaurant amazing and the staff very professional - particularly so with the restaurant Maitre D'. There is simply nothing to criticize - highly recommended.
Wonderful weekend stay
We have just returned from a one night stay at Storrs Hall. This hotel is one of the best we have ever stayed in. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed in Room 1 - when we arrived the television in the room didn't work however, TV was changed with 15 mins no problem. Room was very large and well appointed. The room could have done with a larger opening window as it was very hot mind you the outside temperature was at least 28+ degrees. Bed was very comfortable. The grounds and views from the hotel are out of this world. Lovely grounds to walk in. Stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate for £210.00. Before we went we thought that this was overpriced however, after the stay we felt it justified the price. Evening meal was superb - good choice on the menu and a very comprehensive wine list. Breakfast was of an equal quality - no buffet (horray!!) everything was cooked to order. A wonderful weekend stay!
Our second stay at Storrs, mainly for the stunning location on the edge of WIndemere. We had a lake view room which was a lovely treat. We didn't have dinner as it is expensive but well worth it if you fancy a treat. The breakfast was delicous. We didnt take our dogs this year as a cost of £30 was too steep. I love Storrs but it is expensive, well worth it though for a treat.
Had a one night stopover at the Storrs. Staff were very friendly and helpful from booking in to leaving. The Hotel was quiet, especially given it was half-term but the place still exuded a certain atmosphere. Food was lovely, though not overboard on choice, and the wine was fine. We paid extra for a feature room and were not disappointed with the vista from the windows. Yes, there is the odd sign of wear and tear but this does not detract from the ambiance of the place. Would return.
Understated if slightly faded luxury
Your first impressions may be of slightly faded decor, but after a long weekend of excellent service and good food the lasting memory is of an overall well above average small country hotel.
Our "feature" room was pleasant but nothing special. Fittings were old but clean, the large bed comfortable and the bathroom functional. The heating however was difficult to moderate. If you are looking for hi-tech and super modern you will be disapointed. Yet somehow all this seems add to its character, something sadly lacking in many other hotels of this price range.
The star features of Storrs Hall are its location, the food (breakfasts are superb) and friendly, unobtrusive and efficient staff.
This is a place to relax, unwind and forget the pressures of modern life. We would take the real fires and good service over chrome and sparkle every time. I would however look out for the regular special offers to moderate their not inconsiderable charges.
We have just arrived back from a trip to Storrs Hall. It was a birthday treat for me and I was expecting Luxury, Luxury, Luxury. The first thing that I found disappointing was the room. We had booked a luxury room which I was expecting to be fab but how wrong I was. The room itself was a decent size with a seating area. The bathroom was fine with nice bath and shower. But we had two single beds pushed together with blankets (we prefer a quilts, this was a mistake we were told on checking out,we should of had a double bed). There were stains on the wall were it looked as though it had rained in and no lake view. These things were not too bad and we went out to Bowness for a meal. Things only started to get annoying when we decided to go to bed. Our room (room 10) was directly over the bar an I had to endure the noise till 01.45hrs with the smell of cigarette smoke drifting up into our non smoking room. Then when I finally got to sleep was woken by the sound of hovering outside our room. Breakfast was nice though and a walk around the grounds lovely. To sum it up a lovely hotel but disappointed in the rooms, I have stayed at nicer for less money.
Terrible housekeeping, and upstairs rooms in need of refurb
The good points: the location is superb, the hotel sits on a very nice plot on the banks of Lake Windermere and the views are great. Downstairs has the feel of a reasonably nice country house hotel, the food is excellent.
BUT...think long and hard before staying here. We were assigned room 4, a 'classic lake view' room for £198 (and this was with 30% discount would you believe!) which was just a disaster area. As you go upstairs to the rooms it suddenly strikes you that there are all sorts of marks and scuffs on the walls. It looks as if water has been running down the walls and left tell-tale marks. The door to our room was dirty, and I've always found this to be an alarm bell in the past, and it was... The room was very small (ok, not much they can do about that), very dark, and very dirty. There were cobwebs all over the place, within seconds I noticed that behind one of the bedside tables was a wall splattered with tea? spillage, just foul. The wallpaper was peeling off the ceiling, the neon light was flickering, the carpet was dirty, and the complimentary biscuits had been half eaten.
What clinched matters for me was when we pulled back the outer covering of the bedspread, it was stained in the most horrible way all over. It didn't need laundering, it needed burning. We eventually got a room change to the one next door, their 'bridal suite', which was bigger and cleaner, but I'm not sure even then that I'd take my bride there.
Whatever other failings any hotel or b&b has, I'm sure all of us would agree that the unforgivable one is not being clean. However basic the room, you still expect it to be clean. This place looks as if it is gradually being allowed to go downhill, and the housekeeping staff should frankly be sacked en masse, there's just no excuse for this at all. And boy, do they know all about charging top prices! NOT recommended at all.
The best money can buy
We stayed at this hotel very recently and i was very impressed. We got what we paid for and more and would certainly reccommend this hotel to all.
We stayed in room 6, one of the bridal suites and i was so immpressed with the room, the furnishings and style were very impressive and within keeping of the hotels dates.
The food was to die for, the chef has got a talent not to be ignored, you have got to try the food there. If you stay make sure you stay full board, you wont be dissapointed.
The staff were wonderful, they made sure i got everything i wanted and even more. Even though something wasnt on the menu, i got what i wanted ( sticky toffee pudding for dessert ).
We walked around the 17 acres of land that the hotel is in and were bowled over, the scenery was fantastic, so much wild life to see.
This is deffinatly a hotel to indulge yourself with. A must for all romantics. And the fact that no children under 12 are reccommended to stay is a deffinate plus in my books.
So take yourself along to Storrs Hall for a luxurious few days and enjoy the sumptious food they serve up, and the peace and quiet of the area. I can reccommend a luxury lake view room going full board .............. if i won the lottery id stay there 7 days a week!!!!!!!
If i can help you make up your mind to stay there please feel free to email me.
A Beautiful Hotel, A Real Treat.
The most impressive Georgian Mansion, set in own grounds with the most spectacular views over lake Windermere.
The Hotel is only 3 star, can not understand why is not 5 Star. It is pure luxury. The staff are great, the food fabulous, it has 2 red rossetts, Its not Cheap, but its well worth it.
Over-priced and over-rated
For this sort of cost, certain levels of expectation must be met, sadly this wasn't the case. We arrived as part of a wedding party taking over the entire hotel - a situation Im sure they are more than used to. On the Friday night after the local pub had closed, we piled back to find only one member of staff manning the front desk and the bar this meant we waited over half an hour to be served. At breakfast the next day, which we took with the groom, we had to ask 4 times for the tea and toast to be brought to the table, and one of the group who asked for yoghurt and fruit had just the fruit delivered with no mention of the missing yoghurt. I could continue to list individually insignificant events that at an averagely priced hotel could be seen as acceptable, but that is not at a hotel that prices itself at the top of the market.
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