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“The Lakeland winter hideaway of your dreams”

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Low Graythwaite Hall
Ranked #1 of 1 Graythwaite B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“The Lakeland winter hideaway of your dreams”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2009

Having stayed at Low Graythwaite 4-5 years ago, when it was under different management, I was a little anxious about whether it'd still be as good. I needn't have worried. It still has all its character and charm (and the location remains idyllic; so peaceful!) but it's looking better than ever, and has all sorts of little touches that raise it out of the B&B class and closer - as one reviewer has suggested - to a boutique hotel.

Stylish furniture, spotless decor, Molton Brown toiletries, digital radio and a flask of fruit cordial in the room. (We stayed in Catbells, and although the 4-ft high bed was a little startling at first, it was extremely comfortable). The friendliest resident cat you'll ever meet, and huge, fresh, localy-sourced breakfasts (you can meet the hens responsible for the eggs just outside, by the beck. Big, clean wineglasses and a corkscrew thoughtfully left out in the lounge...

Caroline, the manager, is an absolute sweetheart, and her nowledge of local pubs and restaurants was encyclopedic and spot-on.

The only reservation we had was about the temperature. The rooms are big, and as the thermometer outside dipped to -5C, the Hall's central heating didn't really keep on top of things. But of course, this was a freakishly cold snap by UK standards; at normal UK winter temperatures it would have been more than cosy enough. And sitting on those big comfy sofas round the log fire with some friends and a glass of wine as midnight struck was pretty much my ideal New Year's Eve.

  • Liked — Wonderful old building
  • Disliked — Central heating didn't quite cope with extreme conditions
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2008

Having seen an earlier review criticising the Catbells room I had some doubts. However I think the previous reviewer imagined they had booked into a 5 star hotel instead of a very reasonably priced country house bed and breakfast and I can state quite categorically that none of the criticism holds water. The spacious Catbells room is full of character and pleasantly quirky. The wonderful timber bed is very high and not for the frail or vertigo sufferers. The shower is compact, but unless you are a hippo or a giraffe, no problem. The loo with a view (from inside and outside) is unusual, but no big deal. As for having to lean a long way to turn off the bedside lights, if you really find this an issue, I pity you. And yes, the TV reception is poor, but who goes to the Lake District for television?

The rest of the manor house is impressive. I didn't see any other bedrooms, but there is a large comfortable guest lounge, attractive dining room and beautiful grounds complete with hens and stream full of ducks. The bubbly welcoming hostess is full of information and very anxious to make sure you are happy. Breakfast is very filling.

The manor is some way from the nearest hostelries, so you will have to drive to dinner. The best we found is the Kings Arms in Hawkshead (, very small so booking recommended)

  • Liked — The bed
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2008

Just returned home after a wonderful two night break at Low Graithwaite Hall. It is set in a peaceful location within lovely grounds - there were happy hens and ducks who provided the breakfast eggs. Caroline was very welcoming and friendly, couldnt have wished for more. The reception, dining room and lounge had been beautifully restored and were comfortable an welcoming. I had Room No2 which was beautiful and spacious - I was able to lie in a hot tub at the end of the day and look out through the window at a lovely view. Nice toiletries too. Not too keen on the coffee and tea provided in the room - would have preferred freetrade, but that is not a big deal just a personal preference.
Definitely a get away from it all location. No local pubs or restaurants which could be a problem, but friendly local taxi service if you do want to go into Hawkshead which is just 5 miles away (10 mins by car). I will definitely be visiting them again - I didnt want to leave.
Didnt realise was in Ulverston - shame isnt listed under Hawkshead - it was Hawkshead Tourist Info who had advised me about Low Graythwaite Hall.

  • Liked — Clean, comfortable and welcoming
  • Disliked — Just the tea and coffee in the room, but I did drink it!!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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jugsholme
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2008

We were looking forward to our stay at Low Graithwaite, the website promises a great deal and the reviews on Trip Advisor have been excellent. The owners are doing a great job of improving the hall, making it comfortable and giving it a modern twist. We stayed for 2 nights in Catbells. The weather had been very wet and the room smelt musty I would have liked to open the window but I was unable to. The bed was very comfortable, if unusually high but the bedside lights were at the absolute limit of my reach and it involved an unnecessarily amount of leaning and stretching each time I had to switch them on or off. I'm not tall (5ft 3in) which didn't help We were unable to get an acceptable signal on the television other than on ITV, we didn't complain at the time and it probably could have been fixed. The large fluffy bathsheets promised on the website had gone walkabout but the towels that we had were at least sparklingly clean and white. A problem for us was that my husband is over 6ft and found it very difficult to fit in the shower cubicle, it isn't very high and it is very cramped - very tricky trying to wash hair.  He just didn't bother showering on the second morning. The ceiling of the shower cubicle had both mildew and cobwebs adorning it. The window next to the lavatory which goes down to the floor and has a view of the road had a sheer curtains. The fittings in the bathroom are very average but very nice organic shampoo, body wash and Moulton Brown hand is soap provided. Breakfast times on the website are given as 8.30 to 9.30 am  but when we asked for breakfast at 9.30 we were told that 9am was the latest. My husband rises at 5.30am on each working day so we really appreciate a leisurely start to the day.I am making it sound horrible which it isn't but the experience that we had did not match the impression given by the website. I also suspect that the contributors to Trip Advisor had stayed in a different room - The bathrooms on the website look perfectly lovely which was a major factor in choosing Low Graythwaite - I mistakenly thought they would all be of a similar calibre. Perhaps the owners, if they have not already done so, should spend a night in the room.On the plus side Caroline is enthusiastic and charming, she is full of helpful information, the house itself is wonderful and had some delightful features. I would recommend the place but not the room yet - I'm sure some of the things that we found a problem are on their list of things to address.We ate locally at the Swan at Newby Bridge in the brasserie which was very good and the staff were charming and the following night at the Drunken Duck which is the other side of Hawkshead which was great. Caroline had rightly recommended both and also a local taxi driver to ferry us about who was lovely.

  • Liked — The house and owner
  • Disliked — The shower
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2008

We had an amazing stay at Low Graythwaite Hall. The location is stunning, the drive into the grounds is breathtaking.

Caroline was an excellent hostess with a winning smile.

We stayed in room 4, which has a contemporary style with a traditional twist.

The breakfast was a real treat and set us up for the day.

Located a short walk from lake Windermere and a short drive from Griezedale forest, easy access to Hawkshead or follow the road to Windermere.

We would definitely recommend Low Graythwaite as a must stay.

Nigel

  • Liked — Location, Rooms And Friendly Staff
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Bradford
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2008

My wife and I were recommended to stay at Low Graythwaite by a work colleague.

We like the lakes and have camped there many times and the opportunity to stay in some comfort and luxury was very tempting.

It is a beatiful place; quiet and tranquil and you can feel the stresses of the working week melt away as you make your approach. Giant topiary hedges, welcome you as you drive in, and add to the character of the place.

The rooms are all individual and delightfully decorated. There's none of that faceless - which hotel am I in - nonsense here. You could never confuse it with anywhere else. Its handy for both Newby Bridge and Hawkshead, where there are some good eateries, but the culinery highlight of the weekend is the breakfast. Clean and perfectly cooked full English, a plethora of cereals and juices.....heaven.

Dr Tony King (PhD)
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Stayed April 2008
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Property: Low Graythwaite Hall
Address: Low Graythwaite | Nr Hawkshead, Graythwaite LA12 8AZ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Graythwaite
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Graythwaite
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Low Graythwaite Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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A beautiful 15th century hall, set in its own grounds, in the centre of the lake district near Hawkshead. Also self catering holiday cottage available. ... more   less 
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