Lodore Falls Hotel
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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 ...
Derwentwater is a 3 mile long, 1 mile wide lake. This is the lakes district but only one is named a lake. All the rest are waters, meres, or taws which are Norse words for lake. The Vikings were here and their names for the lakes stuck. The boat rental place is a couple of miles away in Portinscale so we drive. Good thing we reserved our canoe. Otherwise we'd have to wait for one to come back. The day ...
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!!
... jet-boat speed record between the 1930s and 1960s. He was killed when his boat flipped in a record-breaking attempt in 1967, and his boat and body were not recovered until 2001.
After an hour or so on the beach (we could have stayed there all afternoon!) it was time to find our campsite for the night: a CL with a fantastic view. It was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lodore Falls Hotel Borrowdale
Excellent 3 day break
Just returned from a 3 day break ( 3nights for the price of 2)There is a lot of re furb work going on in the restaurant but the staff and the food more than make up for any in convenience.We were lucky enough or cheeky enough to get an up graded room on the 3rd floor to a suite.The heating was hardly functioning but as soon as it was reported the staff could not have been more helpful.All the staff were really good and polite and especially in the funtion room which doulbled as a restaurant and very well run under the supervision of the French head waiter/restaurant manager.The food is absolutely marvelous,breakfast is everything you could imagine and the evening meals were something to look forward to each night with a superb choice.Small pool and sauna but well run,didnt use the Gym but it looked ok.Great location for walks.Would not hesitate to go back.
Lovely location, not bad at all
We stayed for just one night at the Lodore Falls Hotel. Firstly, the location was great at the south-eastern edge of Derwentwater with a great view across to the fells. A lovely walk/climb at the back of the hotel to the Lodore Falls themselves. However, going around the back showed how old the hotel is and parts are really showing signs of age. eg the car park opposite looks rather grotty and does not give you the nicest first impression. I know they are gradually refurbishing the hotel and I'm sure it will look better in time.
We had a superior lake view room on the first floor and I think this was an unfurbished room, as the wallpaper was damp and peeling, there were bare patches and the windows were full of cobwebs. There was also a wheelbarrow stuck outside our window! Not what you expect from a £100+ room. A decent nights sleep although those noisy hotel doors constantly opening and closing late at night aren't the most relaxing sounds!
Downstairs, the restaurant is very large and pleasant and the breakfast was excellent - a huge range of cold and hot items including even porridge and waffles in addition to the normal things. Staff are mainly foreign and extremely polite. The hotel has a nice atmosphere to it full of lovely pictures of the area. We didn't use the bar and lounge but it looked homely with a nice coal fire. The gym is functional and the pool is small but pleasant, also a decent little sauna.
All in all we enjoyed our stay here but it didn't quite live up to expectations - not as romantic and peaceful as I'd thought and some parts are in dire need of updating and some overall attention on the little touches and the general quality which makes hotels stand out. It is certainly not as luxurious and glossy as the brochure suggests and to avoid any let downs I think they need to attend to the above. However, we would return again as its such a nice spot and will hopefully be better in time.
Great hotel, shame about reception
Lovely hotel in beautiful surroundings with great walks and an impressive waterfall. Rooms very clean with very good facilities. Food excellent as were staff - with the exception of the receptionist who clearly needs a refund on the cost of her customer service training
Luxury in the Lake District
Have just spent 2 days staying at the Lodore Falls and it was a wonderful experience. The hotel is in a brilliant setting, once you park the car you don't need to use it again because you can walk from the hotel onto the fells. The food was superb. Our room was in need of redecoration and next time I will apy extra for a lake view. The leisure facilities were good and it was great to swim in the open air pool after a hard day's walking. The hotel is family friendly and my son rated it one of the best he's stayed in. Unlike many 4 star hotels this one lacked pretention and the staff without exception were cheerful, friendly and helpful. I'll be back.
I stayed at this hotel last year and absolutely loved it, the food was good, the staff were polite, and the location was beautiful. We stayed for 5days and took sailing lessons at the sailing school across the road. A really enjoyable experience
A little bit of heaven
As you wind your way down though the forest,to a little bit of heaven,you come across this lovely hotel. Our room overlooked the beautiful view of the lake.The room was clean,spacious.The staff was very helpful and the full English breakfast fit for a king. We would stay here again.
Feels like home!!
We've visited this hotel on several occassions, the last time being August 2004, each time we have been impressed by the homely feeling of the place, we walk across the road from the car park and feel relaxed.
Although we had reservations about returning to the hotel after it was sold off by Hilton, they were not necessary, the standard is still the same, and looking at the plans for the hotel they look set to rise. A refurbishment program seems to be under way which is good as some of the rooms are a little tired looking.
The food as always is fabulous and the atmosphere relaxed as for the location it can not be beaten.
Basically - we can't wait to go back!!
We stayed two nights here during our recent trip to the Lakes. On the plus side: the location is stunning; the rooms are fairly spacious and attractive and the bathrooms, though small, are really clean and modern; there are lots of sports and leisure facilities; the bar and restaurant are really pleasant and have lovely views; and most of the staff are very helpful and efficient. Minuses: the restaurant menu looked fantastic but as we were not warned that there is a dress code (no jeans, no trainers etc) we couldn't try it out as we had only taken casual clothes for a walking holiday; they have a very old-fashioned policy of restricting children from using the restaurant at certain times, which wouldn't have affected us but just seemed wrong in a family holiday area; the location is stunning but fairly isolated so if you go out for dinner (as we had to!) you have a taxi ride there/back; and the member of staff looking after the leisure facilities needed some customer service training! Overall we really enjoyed it here and would definitely consider staying here again if we return to the area (but we'll take the right clothes for the restaurant!!).
Amazing location. friendly staff and great way to unwind
we stayed at this hotel and had a wondeful time. the location is superb with great walks on your doorstep. Only negatives was that the restaurant lighting was too bright and rather crowded, but the food and the service did make up for it. Wonderful bar for afterdinner drinks and tea and scones! try to massuer, she was great.
Great hotel and staff
The Hilton Keswick Lodore provided such a great atmosphere of friendliness and luxury whilst staying in the Lake District, the rooms were immaculate and the food was out of this world. The main high point is its location, it is in a quiet location overlooking lake derwent and with its very own waterfall at the back, provides perfect escapism from daily grind and perfect place to chill out. The leisure facilities are brilliant, there is much to do.