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“5/5 for quirky charm”

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Heaves Country House Hotel
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Kendal
Reviewed 27 July 2012

If you are a demanding hotel guest, with expectations of impeccable service and sleek efficiency, for the love of god DO NOT STAY HERE. If however you fancy a stay in a very English, very rambling B&B, then do give this a go. It is like something out of a movie or perhaps even a sitcom - there's something surreal about this place.

It is hugely informal - we spent an afternoon on the squashy sofas in the TV room playing on their ancient set of Trivial Pursuit, being served tea at £3/tray - and the family team here are amiable and easy-going. It's beautifully situated in grounds and is conveniently close to the M6.

Rooms and bathrooms are enormous; amusingly ours included a TV with two armchairs positioned around it.

You could say that it's all in need of updating, or just appreciate the masses of 'period detail' with plenty of fixtures and fittings that date back to the 60s. Crucially, mattress quality was good, the plumbing worked and rooms were clean.

I can't imagine I'll be in the area again any time soon, but would definitely recommend this place to people looking for something a bit different. If you are going to Cartmel / L'Enclume, minicabs are a bit expensive: £25-40 each way.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2012 via mobile

The hotel is set in beautiful grounds with lovely views. The reception rooms have a stately feel to them and our bedroom on the top floor was spacious, had a comfy bed and antique style furniture. The view was very nice. However the place needs updating. Walls were peeling, furniture and carpets were worn, some were dirty looking and had animal hair on them. Our bathroom was very dated, the shower trickled, ran cold then hot.....then stopped altogether. The staff were friendly and tried hard and the food was very good. This hotel has a certain charm and has so much potential. Someone needs to invest or buy it to bring it up to date. Would I recommend it, probably not, it's not to everyone's taste... Would I go back. Possibly!!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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1  Thank SteveLeicestershire
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

There is something about ‘having seen better days’ that pervades the whole hotel. Rickety furniture, creaking floorboards, dodgy plumbing – but clean enough. We enjoyed both an excellent evening meal and the breakfast. Although easily reached from the motorway, there are no shops or bars etc nearby, I’m sure I would have felt ‘trapped’ there if I were to stay more than a night or two. This strikes me as a hotel you will either love or hate. If you want something different to the bland predictability of the budget chain hotels, staying here will certainly be an experience.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Captain_Coyote
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

I have been to the heaves lots of times for food and I always enjoy it. It is a lovely atmosphere and the staff are very friendly. They are always able to satisfy our needs even when we ask for extra roast potatoes as they are sooo good. I think you should deffo try this place. It is lovely and relaxing a lovely place to be and the value is fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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1  Thank princess-stacy-april
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

We have been staying at the Heaves for many years and we've never been disappointed. It is ideally located for the Lakes and has excellent parking facilities. We recently stayed in the self catering cottages on the site which are excellent, they are centrally heated and well equipped including free wifi, a cosy retreat from the rain outside.
The grounds are well maintained and are sometimes frequented by deer in the early mornings. This is a really friendly family run hotel and the celebrity chef Paul does a great job.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank britonvacation
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Although the hotel could do with a bit of maintenance work it is full of character and has a very warm period atmosphere. the. staff were unassuming yet helpful and the food at the function was of a good standard. the room was very spacious and homely and the adjoining bathroom had both a modern shower and an antique bath. The views of nearby fells were fantastic and it was handy for the South Lakes and Morecambe Bay.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank MeltonJohn
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

Hit upon the hotel whilst visiting Cath's Plants situated in the hotels wall garden, and decided to stay here when we next needed a break. We just felt that the place needed an injection of love and cash. Externally, the building is suffering needing the window frames painted, the gardens were unkept (the lawn mower dumped on the lawn, petrol can left on the hotel steps, no decision made as to where to dump the grass cuttings going by the amount of piles noted, a pile of bread trays left any how to the side of the building). Inside the rooms were a good size but just lacked something - peeling paper and paint, you sat in one lounge looking and listening to the ice cream fridge, furniture was dirty and seen better days. However the staff were friendly and we did eat and enjoy the food - good selection, reasonably priced and plenty of it.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank suzy050813
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Additional Information about Heaves Country House Hotel

Address: Kendal LA8 8EF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Kendal
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Kendal
Price Range: £40 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Heaves Country Hotel
Heaves Country House Hotel Kendal, Lake District

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