Family watering hole
The great lakes
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Rates from (inc tax)$146.58 If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days. Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.
Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
Family watering hole
The great lakes
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An Espa gift set
51, including seven suites.
11am, but flexible for £50. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $146.58 (£120), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days. Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP144.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP144.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
Rates include full English breakfast.
Spa and nail bar, free WiFi throughout, DVD library, sheltered moorings and a gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV and Espa products.
We’d go for one of the three cheerful Junior Suites on the corner (Ruskin, Coleridge or Lonsdale). Each is bright and airy, with its own floral-based colour scheme, and view of the river. Families can’t go wrong with the Potter Suite, which has an extra bedroom, a supply of toys and a PlayStation 2.
The beamed pool room has a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and colourful deck chairs dotted around the heated pool.
The Vu Spa has a selection of Espa treatments, starting at £30. There is also a Leighton Denny nail bar, using products by the fashion-set's favourite manicurist.
A compass, windbreaker and woolly hat, and some Romantic verse to recite on cloud-lonely wanderings.
There are two ground-floor disabled-access bedrooms.
Cots for babies cost £10; extra beds (for under-14s) are £30. The restaurant has a children’s menu.
Mini ramblers who love being outdoors.
All Junior Suites have sofa beds, but the Potter Suite has an extra bedroom, as well as toys in the room and its own PlayStation 2.
The grounds have an adventure playground and a nature trail.
There’s an indoor pool that’s just over a metre deep. Arm-bands and inflatables are on offer.
The restaurant welcomes children at any time of the day to pick from a dedicated menu.
There’s a library room filled with toys and books, and colouring packs in the restaurant. A toy or magazine is given to kids on arrival.
Milk and cookies can be brought up at bedtime free. Baby-monitoring is possible via the bedroom phones.
Fireplaces win hands down in both dining areas. Bag a booth in the River Room.
Weathered and waterproof for post-hike lunches in the Swan Inn; slightly more scrubbed-up in the River Room.
There are two options: the River Room and the Swan Inn. The former is in the old coach house. It’s spacious, with contemporary country styling, flagstone flooring and exposed beams. Breakfast is served upstairs, in the bright red, high-ceilinged former stable. The menu is varied: you can order excellent pizzas, Fell-bred rack of lamb or butter-poached chicken. The young head chef is fresh from Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saison, and cooking for Jane Seymour before that. The inn is a more relaxed affair, playing host to pubby lunches and informal dining.
The Swan Inn is just the kind of pub you'll be looking for after a day out on the Fells: rustic and cosy in equal measures, with a requisite roaring fire and a hearty, British menu. The bar has padded stools and leather armchairs. Other seating options include painted prayer seats at scrubbed wooden tables, or snug nooks and crannies lined with floral wallpaper. Settle in for a Cumbrian-bred burger and a pint of Dickie Doodle.
Breakfast is 7am until 10am during the week, 8am until 11am at weekends. In the Swan Inn, food is served 12 noon to 9.30pm every day. Lunch is served on Sundays only in the River Room, from 12pm until 3pm. Dinner is 6pm–9pm.
Selected food and drinks can be ordered 24 hours a day.
The nearest airport is Manchester, an hour and a half away by car. Get here direct from other destinations in the UK and Europe, as well as longer-haul places such as Doha, Dubai, Chicago and Atlanta.
Oxenholme station is roughly 15 minutes from the hotel. From here, Virgin Trains (www.virgintrains.co.uk) will get you straight to London Euston in just under three hours.
The hotel is 20 minutes out of Kendal. From the M6, take Junction 36 and follow the A590 towards Barrow and Newby Bridge. Once you’ve entered Newby Bridge, continue across the roundabout and then take the first right over the eponymous crossing.
Artistic types will enjoy a visit to Brantwood, John Ruskin’s former residence, Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s one-time pad, or Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s estate. The Lakes are also a place for the active: start with some cycling, walking and fishing, then take to water on the old steam boat regularly crossing Coniston (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola).
The Punch Bowl (+44 (0)1539 568237; www.punchbowlinns.co.uk) in Crosthwaite serves up great British grub from in and around Cumbria; try the pigeon and roast lakeland beef. L’Enclume (+44 (0)1539 536362; www.lenclume.co.uk) on Cavendish Street in Cartmel is one of the best restaurants around so book a table as soon as you can. The Michelin-starred Simon Rogan champions organic produce and high-quality local ingredients in his extensive tasting menus, such as Muncaster crab, wild sea-bass and suckling pig with wormwood.
In Ambleside, stock up on supplies at specialist grocers, deli and café, Lucy’s of Ambleside (+44 (0)1539 432288; www.lucysofambleside.co.uk).
Hike up Gummer’s How, stopping on the way for views out across Windermere and a well-deserved pint at The Masons Arms (+44 (0)15395 568486; www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk).
The food at the restaurant, the ambience of the hotel, quality of decor and friendliness of staff.
Location, staff, decor. Lakeside railway and boat trips.
Rooms were really nice, new and clean. The steam train is a little boys dream and the excursions with the boat from Lakeside are highly recommendable.
Taxis or public transportation being easily available. Anything extra or out of the ordinary.
The location, the decor, the excellent service and the relaxing atmosphere. Fabulous walk along Lake Windermere, with ferry across to Bowness and steamer back to Lakeside
Decor. Atmosphere. Friendly relaxed staff not formal at all but totally professional.
The location. We enjoyed a meal in the pub attached to the hotel opposite
The cleanliness of the rooms and hotel. Food brilliant, breakfast sets you up until evening meal! Good gastropubs in Hawkshead, 25 mins drive away
Nothing to do in Newby Bridge. Only downside you have to travel for everything, even a good walk.
The breakfast room and the pool area. Great staff.
The weather to be good all the time!
The restaurant and the spa
Very efficient booking in. The whole process of booking with Mr and Mrs Smith was straightforward. The room was lovely and the food was good. The staff were helpful and eager to please. The entire Lake District is accessible as is the coast around Grange and above.
A formal experience in the dining room. Very informal but the service was good and the food was good.
Michelin star cuisine
Everything about this hotel. They were friendly and accommodating and the food, bedroom and facilities were excellent. The ferry from Lakeside (1 mile from the hotel) to Ambleside stopping at Bowness is well worth doing. We were travelling with our 10 week old baby.
The lobby and river view from the room.
The sun to shine all the time!
The setting by the river at the start of lake Windermere. The staff were very good and friendly.
An extensive menu, although the food was generally very good.
All in a lovely hotel. A good solid 4 star hotel.
A stuffy environment.
Dogs on the premises. When I pay boutique hotel prices, personally I do not expect to have to put up with dogs in the hotel. Had I known they were dog friendy I would not have booked to stay!
the views of the river
The location, the various comfy lounging areas, the pool etc and the food.
The location next the lakeside.