The Glenburn Hotel & Restaurant

Address: Lake Road, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA23 2EE, United Kingdom | Hotel
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This hotel, located on Lake Road, Windermere, is near Windermere Lake Cruises, The World of Beatrix Potter, Orrest Head, and Lakeland Ltd..
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Glenburn Hotel & Restaurant Windermere

    Spanish guest


    Fantastic long weekend, excellent newly fitted room & bathroom, clean, good service by friendly staff. The resturant serves good fresh food.

    Good value, should be in a higher rating. The owner Colin more than helpfull.

    Will stay again when in the area.

    Good and bad


    We visited Windemere early this year, and stayed at the Riverside Cottage, owned by the Glenburn Hotel. What is not made clear is that the cottage lies behind the hotel, at the end of the rear car park. To reach it, you must drive through a narrow "tunnel", past the kitchen and the garbage bins. Fine during the day, but with no lighting at night, it was a bit difficult to get in and out.

    The cottage has 3 bedrooms: two doubles and a room for the kids with bunkbeds. The downstairs double seems to have an ensuite, but this was locked for some reason. The single bathroom was basic, but did have a decent shower. Fittings were rather shabby, and could do with an update.

    The kitchen had all the usual fittings (no dishwasher), and was fine for all the cooking we did. We ate in the hotel a few times, and the food there was average fare. The lounge in the cottage has 2 small two-seat sofas, and a PC-type flat screen tv (medium size). TV reception was poor, with only BBC1, BBC2, ITV, and Ch4. There was, however, a DVD player - but no DVDs! Staff at the hotel were young, and english was not always their first language. They weren't very helpful when asked to recommend places to eat - and seemed to find it funny that we'd asked!

    Overall, not too bad a place for a few nights, but overpriced for what is described as a "luxury" cottage. The cottage could have done with a bit of a clean - lots of dust around windows, etc., and don't shake those curtains! Oh, and not enough toilet paper!

    The cottage is three bedroom and one family bathroom, the downstairs double does not have an en-suite, the door which is locked is the central heating and cleaning cupboard!

    The cottage is self catering and although guests can use our restaurant and bar there is a wide selection of restaurants in the area, unfortunately most of my staff do not use these, howver had he asked myself or wife to recommend places to eat

    we would have gladly done so

    Our cottage has recently been refurbished to a very high standard, the bathroom is not shabby as it was new just two years ago.

    As far as toilet paper goes, the cottage is self catering, although we do put some basics in for the guests arrival, again if they had come and asked at reception we would have given them more!!!

    Poor food


    Hotel was OK , the rooms were a little shabby and dated. Breakfast was acceptable, however the evening meals were poor: Chicken breast with greasy melted cheese on top (not browned) accompanied by lukewarm jacket potatoes sprinkled with died herbs. One suspects that the budget per dish is very low. We got the impression the Hotel operates on a very low budget in terms of spend per guest on both food and accomodation. We left after one night cutting our losses from a two night booking which we had paid for in full!

    Good all-round Hotel


    Stayed for 2 nights, 24th-26th Feb. We had a family room, very spacious with full size bunk beds. The room was very clean, with good furnishings and ample bathroom. The only minor fault would be the floorboards which were rather noisy above us, but didn't cause us major problems. We ate in the restaurant on the Friday evening, good locally produced food, nice pre-dinner ( + Coffee afterwards ) bar area. The service from the waitresses was excellent.

    The breakfast was ample and well cooked, although you have to make sure you are not down too late as the dining room fills up quickly and you may have to wait.

    The owner Colin was most helpful, he recommended an Italian restaurant in Bowness for the Saturday night which was superb. ( Rastellis I think!)

    The hotel also has its own car park, but once again you need to be early as it fills up quickly, there is however on road parking ( well lit ) 2 minutes walk away.

    The position of the Hotel is great for exploring the area and the must see attractions are all close by.

    The main plus of our short break were the staff and management of the Hotel, who made our visit truly enjoyable. This is not very readily found in a lot of Hotels, especially when you have young children

    Thoroughly recommended we will return......

    River Cottage - Clean, Modern & Functional


    We rented the 3 bedroomed cottage which is situated at the rear of the hotel. It has 2 double bedrooms & 2 bunk beds. Whilst situated just off the main road it is in a pleasant location next to a running stream (safe for children as not directly accessible). The cottage is of modern construction, central heating with electricity included in the tariff along with fresh clean towels. There is a table, chairs and BBQ area at the rear which we envisage would make for a very pleasant summers' evening eating al-fresco.

    Guests are free to utilise the hotel bar/restaurant for breakfast/dinner. The proprieter, Colin is approachable & friendy.

    The hotel has recently undergone a full refurbishment so get there soon whilst the rooms are at their newest!

    We ate at Jambo which was excellent (need to book in advance after missing out on previous visits when trying to book on the day).

    The Hole in the Wall is an olde worlde pub down in Bowness (15 minute walk) with a welcoming log fire & hot mulled wine. It is located by the church (ask a local - its well worth hunting down).

    Exellent accommodation


    Having travelled from Wales for my second visit to The Lake District , i stopped at the Glenburn Hotel purely by chance --- and was given a verry pleasant welcome by the management and staff .

    The accommodation at the hotel was more than adequate , the hotel is situated in an ideal location on the main road between Windermere and Bowness -- and within comfortable walking distance down to the Lake -

    I was impressed with the interesting multiculturalness of the staff -- who were always extremely polite and helpful ---

    The fact that the room cost included free use of an exellent Leisure facility near by was an added bonus !!!

    I shall definately stay at this hotel the next time i,m in The Lake District --- and highly reccommend the quality of the restraunt food !!!

    Compliments to the chef !!! -- Exellent ----

    Not impressed


    We stayed at this hotel last year and taking up an offer off of Teletext. We checked the website and it looked OK. We paid extra for a better room.

    On arrival we queried the room as it did in our mind justify a premium. We were told that we did indeed have the premium room. The furnishings were looking very jaded and well past their prime. The bathroom toileteries were also very "cheap".

    We unfortunately opted for the inclusive Dinner each evening. The service was very slow and the meals did not live up to expectations. There was definitely cost savings measures in place as the Baileys was definietly missing from the Bread and Butter Pudding!

    Loved the Hotel


    Just got back from a 3 night dinner b&b package at the Glenburn hotel in Windermere, the evening meals are very good, well cooked & the menu changes every day, the room we had ( room 7 ) was very nice with lots of room.

    The staff were very nice and welcoming.

    It is well worth a visit & i will go back on my next visit.

    Fantastic glenburn


    We have just returned from a trip to the lake district, and stayed at the Glenburn Hotel in Windermere.

    I must say that this is a great hotel to stay at, based close to the lake only a short walk, the hotel restaurant is surperb serving fresh honest food far better than you would expect, good service, and rooms far better than you would expect for the hotels rating. In all a most enjoyable stay, we will visit again.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Glenburn Hotel & Restaurant Windermere

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Windermere

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    A travel blog entry by bondytourers on Aug 10, 2015

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    ... moors. The pink and purple of the heather makes for beautiful scenery, however they do lack the Wuthering Heights type bleakness of a few days ago and in Scotland. Only 3 more days to go now, the time has gone so quickly thanks to reasonably good weather, new boots and interesting people along the way. It's a bit different to the West Highland Way though where you met many people every day. Here there are so many more variations and places to stay that chats are less ...


    A travel blog entry by lenjorge on Aug 09, 2015

    1 comment, 10 photos

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    Last day in the lakes :-(

    A travel blog entry by lin.crook.999 on Aug 09, 2015

    10 photos

    ... to get there, oh well, we'd better get our walking feet on then! Left the site and walked the 2 miles or so DOWN into Keswick, out the other side through a few fields into Portinscale, gave a little wave to our cottage and followed the signs to the lake, several miles later we arrived at the bottom of Catbells, skirted around this and onto the waters edge, we weren't really sure where the carving was but soon ...

    Another lovely day in the lakes

    A travel blog entry by lin.crook.999 on Aug 08, 2015

    2 comments, 18 photos

    Go up to a gorgeous day again, breakfast done and dusted we decided it was a walk around Lake Buttermere today. Howard drove (to far to walk), drove through some lovely passes, one being Via Ferrata, Where mad people people hang of the cliff face and walk along, ( go google it and you'll see what I mean!) we were going to have a go but unfortunately it was too busy ;-) made our way to the car parks ...

    What a lovely walk

    A travel blog entry by lin.crook.999 on Aug 07, 2015

    13 photos

    ... sweet shop not the dog shop!) Then it was back to the site up the bloody great hill for a well earn't beer and shower. Tea of French pizza and fried French potato cubes ( blooming delicious). Spent the rest of the evening sat outside the van chatting with Deb n Howard, using Miss Meg as a hot water bottle, no clouds tonight so had got a tad chilly. Lots of Ooooo do you remember this place in Wigan tonight, but all in all a lovely evening. Off on another walk tomorrow. ...