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Heaves Country House Hotel
Ranked #10 of 14 Hotels in Kendal
London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“beautiful and individual”
Reviewed 31 January 2009

We had the privilege of using the Heaves Hotel for a family Wedding. The house itself looks like a French Chateau rising out of beautiful,cared-for grounds. Inside,the atmosphere of elegance continues. There is a marvelous curved staircase rising up from the entrance hall,large paintings and enormous antique mirrors hanging on the walls. Each room is different and individual with none of that anonymous 'corporate entertaining' feel which drains the atmosphere out of any occasion. The staff could not have been more helpful,before,during and after the event,all clearly taking pride in maintaining the traditions of a family-run Hotel. The food was all sourced locally, (Morecambe Bay Shrimps,Cumbrian lamb etc.) and the portions were generous and tasted fantastic. Because the setting is so glorious,with wonderful walks from the door this is a perfect spot for a celebration of any kind. Thank you Heaves Hotel!

  • Liked — Beautiful and individual
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
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4 Thank Zenoria
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2008

This hotel was booked for us - so when we read the reviews we were worried.
But what a delightful 2-night stay. We had the enormous and lovely Gandy Room with a bathroom to fit a large family. Previous stayers included Elgar - and he was inspired! The staff were delightful, breakfast superb - we didn't stay for dinner.
This ancient and beautiful house could indeed do with the odd £1M spending on it - I offered to repaint the oil paintings free! But what character. American visitors would love it.
We also looked at several other rooms - all looked pleasant.
So don't be put off by disparaging comments above - enjoy some old England.

  • Liked — very large spacious rooms
  • Disliked — the electric fires - rather than log fires
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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4 Thank Rieverrover
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Cheshire, England
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2008

all we needed was to see Manuel appear from behind the reception desk ..... nobody else did!

This place could be fantastic but is in dire need of refurbishment - it was shabby, old fashioned and dirty. We tried not to look too much at the room for fear at what we might find. The bathroom was awful - plastic shower curtain, cracked sink, carpeted floor. There was a TV but it didn't work, a kettle with no lead, etc etc - a place best avoided!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Josephs_8
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scotland
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2008

Dire, absolutely dire.

Staff invisible & not particularly helpful when they did appear.
Furnishings left a LOT to be desired -old, dirty & in some cases, downright dangerous.
Room on top floor was dirty, cold & badly needed decorating. When we finally managed to wedge the window open, there was just a very uninspiring view of an overgrown bit of wasteland and a wall! Great disappointment considering this is possibly the most scenic county in England!

Grounds are also very neglected which is a great shame as there's potential for this to be a lovely, genuine country hotel.

Probably best avoided until some renovations have been carried out. In our opinion, there is NO way this place warrants a star rating - there are many much nicer places on offer for this price.

  • Liked — not a lot - probably it's location
  • Disliked — all of it
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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2 Thank babyhaggis
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glasgow
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75 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2007

Living in Glasgow and having a husband orginally from the Lakes we have stayed in many hotels in and around the Lakes.

We had passed this hotel several times and decided to give it a go. Firstly great price £60 for both of us B&B.

On arriving at the Hotel it was clear that it was quite run down, our room was ok, nice and big but very tired looking - just like the rest of the Hotel. The room was also very dusty and had lots of cobwebs!

I think it's the first Hotel in the Lakes that we didn't feel very welcome. We attempted to check out the 'bar' but stood for 10 mins on a Saturday night to find no-one around (including any guests) and gave up.

On a plus note they do allow dogs BUT only in the rooms - not even in the bar if it's empty.

Breakfast was ok and it has lovely grounds to walk in - but not much else.

Next time we will pay an extra £10 and head to the Abbey House.

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — How great this Hotel could be
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank katrb
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Scotland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2007

We stayed at the Heaves Hotel in early May 2007. Being unable to find many reviews of the place, I was a little worried that it seemed to promise too much for too little money.

Heaves is a large country house hotel, family run, and well-located for the Lake District and the western Yorkshire Dales. It's a grand old pile, a little frayed at the edges but - in some ways - perhaps the more appealing for it. The grounds, like the house, are also appealing, although but again with the potential for a revamp.

Some of the Heaves public areas are a bit tired looking, and as I ascending to our top floor room I was a little concerned about what I might find. Fortunately, our room (£60/night) was spacious and comfortable. It wasn't cutting-edge in design or decor but you don't expect (or even want) that in a place like this. The top-floor plumbing caused us some alarm at first - but the flick of a switch sorted that (ask if you've any worries!).

Breakfast in the library was fine, perhaps not as huge as some places but the quality was good.

Overall, Heaves delivered more than we expected, which is always a good sign. Don't go expecting the last word in luxury, or the wallpaper to have been changed every six months but for what you pay, you more than get yours money's worth.
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  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank DNGlasgow
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Property: Heaves Country House Hotel
Address: Kendal LA8 8EF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Kendal
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Ranked #10 of 14 Hotels in Kendal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
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Heaves Country Hotel
Heaves Country House Hotel Kendal, Lake District

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