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... a bit as you had now woken up, and then finally, finally starting to drift off again, she would then make it known in her own delightful way that she needed to go again. Needless to say, driving off in the morning, we were equally, if not more tired, then we would have been had we not just driven through the night. Still on the bright side, Murray slept all the way to Skye, and we got to see the amazing Scottish glens in all their snow-capped, mist-filled ...
... 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 ...
... of rain, so people are happy there will be a good harvest this year. The main issues now are with security, we have quite a bit of expensive equipment with the solar and the water tank etc. We need to repair and replace some of the boundary fencing, and gate, which is broken. We would like to plant a fast growing hedge around the boundary as well. We would also really like to paint the community centre in order to protect the cement and doors etc.
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 The Samling Hotel Windermere
We stayed at The Samling as a treat to celebrate a special occasion. We are difficult to please as we hate noise - not just from busy roads etc but from adjoining rooms. We booked The Bothy, which is a detached suite in the hotel grounds, specifically for this reason and weren't disappointed as the walls are solid stone. It is next to the car park & opposite the office, but we didn't find this a problem. The suite is lovely - very comfortable, big bed with crisp white linen plus a lovely sunny sitting room overlooking the lake. Both the bedroom and sitting room have patio doors out to a private terrace.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for 2 nights in the Easter week. We got a really good midweek rate (150 per room per night including breakfast) and when we arrived we got upgraded from Barker Brow to Lethera. It is a gorgeous room, on 3 levels, with massive bathroom (lots of Molton Brown products) with huge tub and shower at the bottom, then a lounge with fire, cosy sofa, TV and then on the 3rd level a lovely big bed with gorgeous soft linens and pillows. Our room overlooked the lake and is in a separate building from the main house, near to the outdoor hot tub. The view is amazing!
We stayed here on the final night of our honeymoon and we had very high expectations as it was so much more expensive than we could normally afford. When we told them that we were honeymooners we were told that a bottle of Champagne would be forthcoming but alas it never materialised. The rooms here are smaller than you may expect but very comfortable with an open fire and just the best view of Lake Windermere in the world. The service was very good but inconsistent. The dining experience was very uncomfortable as you are expected to know "the form" and taking canapes in the drawing room before hand is most certainly not us. A lovely setting, nice (but unexceptional - no tea or coffee facilities for example) rooms and the best breakfast I have ever had in my life. Go for the bacon butties alone!
What a lovely location! Wonderful views, a beautiful building and the best room we have ever stayed in (Manmire). This hotel is blessed with the most wonderful setting! We had a lovely time however, not a five star review due to the following:
Most Romantic place
There are simply no words to descibe how wonderful everything about The Samling is. We got married there Feb 2004, and could not have wished for a more special/romantic venue. Everything from a-z was taken care of. The rooms are simply gorgeous, fire places, amazing views, breakfast in bed etc. Honestly, both my husband and I are hard to impress, and we have yet to beat The Samling in our books. It is pricy but worth every cent.
Lovely Lake District Retreat
We were lucky with the weather in the Lake District when we went up in May but even if the sun hadn't shone our stay at the Samling would have been really lovely I believe. We stayed in the Blue Room in the main house. It was very spacious, with a great view over the lake. We really appreciated the relaxed attitude of the staff; they were attentive, friendly, chatty but paid incredible attention to detail without being stiff. The Drawing Room for pre-dinner drinks was very comfy. The food was very good and if you have food allergies they take those into account. Breakfast in your room was a great idea too. An all round very pleasant experience.
Very bad for booking
You can't book until 12 weeks prior to the date you stay which means trying to organise a summer holiday is impossible. I think they should stop thinking about trying to hold out for wedding parties and cater for everyone. Hopefully they will have a few empty rooms at peak times which will make them think twice.
of the best eating experiences of my life. the samling came highly recommended by several friends. location and the hotel was all you would expect, comfortable, homely, warm fires. service was attentive almost to the point of being pushy. restaurant ambiance and decor was decidedly average, food was not much better, took ages between courses..and when the food arrived it was not as good as one would expect for the price.
Save up-take someone you love and have the time of your life !! It just doesn't get any better than this July 2003
Everything about The Samling whispers gently understated elegance and luxury. We stayed for two nights and although we've both travelled extensively and consider ourselves pretty hard to impress, we found it to be the best hotel we've stayed in by far. The bathroom was opulent with a huge double-ended bath, candles and a large jug of bath oil - perfect for that champagne-in-the-bath experience. We had a beautiful lounge area and a gorgeous galleried bedroom. Breakfast is served in your suite (unless you request otherwise) and so we started each day swathed in white robes, gazing over Lake Windermere whilst enjoying our breakfast feast - if this sounds sumptuous, it's intended to. Food at The Samling is absolutely delicious - we were amazed at the wonderful flavours, and I reiterate - we're really hard to impress. The service is impeccable, couldn't fault it at all. Go and be pampered - it's worth it. We've now got a Samling Fund for the next visit, because there will definitely be a next visit!