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Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“NIce traditional hotel and restaurant”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

We noticed the Holbeck Ghyll on the Small Luxury Hotels of the World website and booked a couple of days on a DB&B basis. Although we normally go to the Lakes for a couple of days at this time of the year we tend to stay in Grasmere because we find the village so charming. We stayed at The Swan last time, but although it was as welcoming as usual the rooms are beyond tired now, and until it gets a refit, we won't be going back!

Anyway, this is supposed to be a review of the Holbeck Ghyll. The entrance hall was warm and welcoming (a fire was crackling in the grate), although the reception staff were somewhat impersonal. We were shown up a few flights of stairs in the main house past tired looking decor to what turned out to be a very nice room overlooking the lake.

We chose from the menu in the lounge with a drink before dinner, with complementary hors d'oeuvres. We ate from the standard table d'hote menu which was included with our rate, and found the selection of dishes very good on both nights. The wine list was excellent also, and we had a very nice bottle of red. I enjoyed my dessert so much the first night that I ordered it again on the second! (try 'Lemon' if this is on the menu, as it consists of all things lemony - miniature creme brulee, lemon tart, sorbet etc - delicious!). Some of the chairs in the dining room are a bit uncomfortable though - traditional straight-backed wooden jobs, so choose your table carefully. The breakfast was excellent, and I must say the restaurant staff were very friendly and attentive.

The weather was not so good when we were there - but you take pot luck this time of year, and being the lakes you must take your mac and wellies anyway, so this didn't really detract from our visit.

The hotel is situated on a hill and the views are lovely. You can walk around the grounds or further afield - it's all on your doorstep. The spa is very compact, and although we looked in we didnt use it on this occasion.

If i'm honest, the price was a little on the high side really, even for a two day 'treat'. Saying that, the hotel seemed full, so they must be pitching it right.

Incidentally, I accidentally watched a re-run of the TV programme 'The Trip' (starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan) after our trip and it just happened to be the episode set in the Holbeck Ghyll restaurant - I thought it seemed familiar when I started watching it. They enjoyed their dinner as well.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 11 May 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

beautiful location and views over windermere and the food is fab. they love well behaved dogs too. not to be missed

Room Tip: the suite are all nice. the main house is also lovely but dogs not allowed in there. rooms over loo...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

It is hard to fault our recent DB&B stay at Holbeck until you check-out and realise that, in these days of austerity, you could have had something similar, for quite a bit less. Our room was very comfortable, the staff excellent and the food delightful - so where am I going with this?

Well, where things get a bit silly is when you consider how much it costs to stay there in the first place - should there really be a £3 surcharge when ordering a starter with scallops? Unlike similar establishments in the area, the 'dinner' part of DB&B is simply 3 courses (make that 5 at Sharrow Bay or The Samling) and they seem to tolerate, rather than embrace, any kind of special dietary requirements.

The atmosphere in the dining room is a little stuffy and most people ordering the a la carte will probably not grumble that they are in and out so quickly. We paid extra for the tasting menu however (and the accompanying wines to go with it) but that added a further £33 and £45 (per head) respectively and meant we were in there for the long haul...

For the £90 we did get 5 reasonable glasses of sherry/wine/port that was well matched with the food - apart from one course that I didn't fancy when I got the same red wine to match my wife's meat with an alternate fish dish. Having said that, when you tot up the sums we paid the best part of £500 for the experience - in one of their standard rooms - this feels at least £100 too much when compared to other places I could mention (and already have in this review).

Yes we enjoyed ourselves, the food is a real highlight from an evidently talented kitchen and we're glad we've been and experienced it. At these prices however, I doubt we'll be back in a hurry. If 'money is no object' and you're a playing a game of 'Lake District Michelin Star Culinary Bingo' (hey - that might catch on!) then I'm sure you'll like it. If you are considering options, weigh them up carefully - there is some real competition for your hard-earned cash out there.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

just had another great weekend at holbeck the staff are all so welcomming from the grounds man giving advice on parking to the friendly smile from house keepers Andrew the manager really nice chap if its like me you want walks then you have them on your doorstep then afternoon tea when you get back followed by a great evening in the restaurant for the best food in the lakes then wake up to veiws that just say stunning all you need now is breaksfast and you will not be dissatisfied hope you enjoy this fantastict hotel .

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend for one just night during March (I believe they usually have a two night minimum but happened to have a room free for just one night, so it's worth checking!). I loved everything about our stay and will definitely return.

The hotel has the perfect location with amazing views of the lake. It's a very short walk (through fields) down to the lake and from there about a 30 minute walk to Ambleside. All fo the public rooms in the hotel - the dining rooms and lounges - are comfortable and have great views and the terrace is also lovely (bit cold still during our stay but would be lovely to sit out in warmer months!) We didn't use the spa so I can't comment on it.

Our room had a great lake view and was very comfortable. Little things such as decent proper coffee and nice toiletries also made our stay feel very luxurious. Our bathroom was also large and the bath (which had jacuzzi jets) was great.

We had dinner and breakfast at Holbeck Ghyll during our stay and were very very happy with both meals. Drinks in the lounge before dinner was very relaxing and we really enjoyed the pace of the meal as well as the delicious food. We weren't waiting long for any course but also had plenty of time to chat and enjoy each course. The wine list was also great - so much choice and we had a lovely bottle of wine for about £30, plenty of choice at that price too. The food was absolutely amazing - everything on the menu was very appealing and we loved every course at dinner as well as lovely cooked breakfast the next day.

What really made this a great break was the staff - everyone we met and dealt with was very friendly and helpful, and genuinely interested in making sure that we enjoyed our stay. That really helped!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 20 - great lake view.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We recently stayed at Holbeck Ghyll to celebrate our honeymoon. From initially booking our break over the phone to checking out on the last day the staff were fantastic. We stayed in the Beatrix Potter suite which was lovely and very comfortable. The hotel was clean and the food well deserving of its Michelin star. We both enjoyed relaxing treatments at the spa. Overall a fantastic place to stay. Many thanks to all the staff, especially Andrew the manager.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

This was our second stay at Holbeck Ghyll, although we have eaten at the restuarant on a number of occasions. A most enjoyable stay, the staff are particularly friendly and listened carefully to dietary requirement when confirming the booking. The rooms are of a good size although the only slight complaint would be that the duvet was very warm.. The restaurant experience is an absolute delight from start to finish, meriting the well deserved Michelin Star. Pre dinner drinks and canapes are taken in the lounge whilst perusing the menu. The wine list is second to none and the waiters are exceedingly knowledgeable around the menu/wine list as you would expect. Following a first class dining experience (the food just gets better and better!) coffee and petit fours are taken in the lounge area.The service in the restaurant is always very professional and attentive. The next day commenced with an excellent full English and whilst my partner enjoyed a reflexology session in the Spa - I managed to tick off a few more Wainwrights. A delightful hotel and a particularly relaxing winter break. We will be back again, when funds permit. This is without doubt our favourite luxury hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Address: Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere LA23 1LU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#9 Family Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Holbeck Ghyll Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious country house hotel is set in eighteen acres of private woodland and gardens, in England's picturesque Lake District. Holbeck Ghyll offers 23 individually designed en-suite rooms, most with spectacular views over Lake Windermere. The Health Spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, steam room. Food is an integral part of any guests stay, and the Restaurant, which retained a Michelin Star for 14 consecutive years, will not disappoint. ... more   less 
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