Travel Blogs from Grasmere
... 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 ...
... course, but we still managed to go slightly off course a couple of times. One of these we’re blaming on a herd of cattle we’re sure were deliberately hiding the gate we should have gone through.
Finally we saw Kendal in the distance. The Dales Way actually goes through Burnside, but our accommodation was in Kendal about 4km to the south. Being Sunday there were no buses, trains or taxis so after our 20km day we had this extra stretch before ...
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 ...
... and earlier in the day, but we enjoyed visits to the lolly shop, loo and fruit shop (pears and cox pippin apples) before making our way to our accommodation about 3km out of town. Along the lane we were stopped by a woman on a quad bike who said some cows had got out. Lucky for us we weren’t in the lane a few minutes earlier or would have been in our own “running of ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Waterside Hotel Grasmere
We have just held our wedding at The Prince of Wales Hotel, and I cant praise the hotel enough for the excellent service they provided. From start to finish, nothing was too much trouble. The staff provided a first class service without being intrusive and ensured that even the tiniest of details were perfect. All our meals were provided in a private room, the food was gorgeous and the staff friendly and efficient. Flowers from the hotel were placed in our room.
This hotel and the staff were very accommodating and any request was most politely and quickly carried out. I had a medical problem that happened while at Grasmere, the manager of the hotel found out what happened and when we came downstairs for breakfast the next morning, a doctors appt. had been made and directions to get there could not have been easier.
We booked two nights at this hotel in August 2005 and despite the very high price of the room we decided to treat ourselves expecting that the standard of the hotel would reflect the price.
We booked a room for a two day stay over a weekend in August. The booking was made six months ahead of our trip and it was for a weekend. When we arrived at the hotel we found that the setting was quite nice although it was on a main road - the rooms seemed to overlook the lake. We were then put into a tiny room at the back of the hotel but charged more than tiny prices. The bathroom was adequate but was in need of refurbishment as was the whole hotel. We asked for a lake view but were declined as a wedding was taking place - even though we were part of the wedding group - and were never asked if we wanted a lake view when we booked over 6 months previously. Our room also was up two flights of stairs (no lift).
We stayed at the Price of Wales hotel just outside of Grasmere on the bank holiday weekend and I have to say that I was very impressed and had a really nice weekend. The village of Grasmere itself sits just to the North of Grasmere Lake on the A591 and is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the more tourist orientated Windermere an Ambleside. Not to say that Grasmere doesn't cater for tourists because it certainly does. There are plenty of shops geared towards Lake District gifts, postcards, books and confectionary and the place is full of weekend hikers eagerly buying guide books, gingerbread and fudge and planning walks around the area but you still get that feeling of peace and serenity of a small village and the impression that you might have stepped back in time.
The lake view room looked out over the car with the lake beyond. There was no noise from the road. The room was big enough, clean and very comfortable with an enormous comfortable bed.
Breakfast was excellent as was service. We couldn't have dinner as the dining room had been completely booked for a function so had to drive to Ambleside to eat in the evening.
No proper English beer in the bar just gas fired Euro keg so had to drink wine.
There was a pleasant small lounge downstairs and a nice garden next to the lake which would be lovely in Spring & Summer.
Recommended, but would call to find out if dinner was available before booking next time.
This hotel is a bit of chimera. It sits in a beautiful setting adjacent to a small lake, north of the larger lakes, in the "Lake Country" of England across the street from Wordsworth Dove Cottage.. We were there in the off season, which apparently is a good thing. The hotel is cut up into numerous little hallways, cubbies and stairways that are fine for the physically fit, but are a challenge for the elderly or mobility disabled. There is no elevator or lift for moving to upper floors, and at the time we were there, the staff were not readily available to schlep the luggage up steep and cramped stairways. Moreover, our room was adjacent to the main road in and out of the area and traffic is an issue because the street noise is significant.The bathroom was not particularly clean with a moldy bath/shower and dirty floors. At the time of our stay, the staff indicated that the hotel was being sold to another group. It remains to be seen whether the new owners take advantage of the lovely natural setting on which the hotel lies and improves the overall ambiance and accessibility. The breakfast, which was included in our room rate, was very good and service good. Overall, the staff were accomodating, but surly folks in the bar more interested in the soccer game televised in the room next door were a downer.
We booked a lakeview room for a three day stay over a weekend in August. The booking was made three months ahead of our trip and confirmed again just before flying to UK. When we arrived we were told, with no apology, that we had been bumped from our room as they had a wedding on this weekend and 'all the guests wanted a lakeview room" The fault they said was made by a booking clerk 'no longer working with them.'
Pleasant, if rather old fashioned.
A pleasant, if rather old fashioned hotel, in a good location. Friendly staff. Much of it's business seems to come from bus tours, which might put some people off (not really a problem for us, but we didn't fancy a romantic dinner with a busload of pensioners next to us, so we walked over the road to an Italian restaurant which was excellent)
A nice hotel on the outskirts of a lovely village (Grasmere), good value for money.
We just returned from our wonderful trip to England, which included Grasmere and the Lakes. Fortunately, our hotel (the Thistle) was located in this charming, beautiful little town. We found Grasmere to be much more quaint and peaceful than the more well-known and completely crowded and overrun-with-tourists-and-tourist-trappings towns of Windermere and Ambleside.Grasmere has managed to retain its peace and beauty, with just the right balance of shops, restaurants, and sites. The Thistle is directly across the street from Dove Cottage, which has a wonderful, very informative guided tour that must be taken whether you are a Wordsworth fan or not. Also, don't forget Sarah Nelson's gingerbread shop - wow, gingerbread as you've never tasted, especially with a hot cup of tea! It was wonderful, the smell luring you into the tiny bakery by the old town church.Stay here for an authentic feel for what the Lakes are all about - beauty, serenity, reflection. Grasmere will not disappoint your highest expectations.