My wife and I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in January.
All in all, we had a great time. The hotel is very clean, and fairly freshly decorated. I thought it looked like it had been done in the style of the 1980's - but that's to say it looked new, but based on old styles!
Most of the other guests were 60 plus. That's neither a bad thing, nor the hotel's fault - in fact in many cases it ensures the place is clean and the staff attentive. However it did seem to be the root of the things, that at our age (33 and 35), we found odd or slightly annoying.
Breakfast was served between 8.30 and 9.30, with the guidance that you should try to sit at the table you were at the night before, and that they would give everyone the opportunity to sit at the window seats at some point.
Dinner was only 1930 to 2030, with a few rules, one of note being "Children are requested not to attend the dining room at night, for the comfort of other guests" We didn't take our children, and didn't intend to eat there, so it didn't really matter, but it sums up the hotel well. Most of the old chaps wore ties and jumpers, and the ladies were a riot of differing patterns and colours in their twinsets.. Again, not a critism, it just paints a picture.
Breakfast was tasty, and the service was good, if a bit slow. The dinner looked fine too, and, relative to other ridiculously priced Grasmere eateries, was good value.
The other clientel ranged from friendly and bubbly to cantakerous and grumpy. Again, not the hotels' fault. One morning an old couple sat down for breakfast, and looked like they were up for an arguement - they eventually found one by deciding that the sun was in their faces. Instead of turning their chairs round, they complained, and asked the waiter to shut the curtains. When the curtains were attempted to be shut, the couple on the table with the window view complained that they didn't want them shut! Causing yet more bother.
I expect these couples go to the hotel a lot, and some regard you with a hostile suspicion, as it's their terratory. We overheard many of them talking to their friends, saying things like "I've only seen HER 2 or 3 times here, and they've NEVER wanted to mingle" Like it's a crime.
However, this is all very negative for a hotel that I have, on balance, given 4 stars.
The actual hotel, if you look past the old fashioned quirks, has good facilities, is very clean, good value, with good staff. It's in an amazing position - we could see fields, the lake, and moutains. Grasmere is almost too beautiful for words, and the walks are stunning.
We had a great time, and all the above doesn't really bother me much. We found that we kept different hours to the usual clientel - when we were going for pre dinner drinks before leaving for the village, they'd be in afternnon naps or in the bath, so we could enjoy a quiet drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand At Grasmere is a stunning lake district country house hotel in Grasmere with a unique bar & restaurant. Ideally located within its own gardens between Grasmere lake & Grasmere village our cosy rooms feature stunning views over the surround fells or the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gold Rill Country House Hotel Grasmere
- Gold Rill Country Hotel
- Gold Rill Country Grasmere
- Grand At Grasmere Lake District