We kind of went off country house hotels after a series of disappointing experiences where the concept was ruined by avarice, carelessness or just plain ignorance. We decided, for my wife's birthday treat, to give Holbeck Ghyll a try and I am so glad we did. It is difficult to know where to start but the greeting (thanks Viv) was so friendly, the room (23) was exactly as described with superb lake views, the food was magnificent and the overall experience was of money well spent.
It is worth expanding on the food - exceptional local produce, in creative combinations, superbly cooked and delivered by a confident and expert team. Although the base ingredients were the same each of the two nights we stayed the treatment was different - a variation in the cooking method, different presentation, etc. - a clever way of addressing a common problem of similar establishments.
In addition - the light afternoon tea was lovely, the martinis expertly produced (I am fussy), the wine interesting and the general buzz very conducive.
Will we go back? - certainly - leaving aside the location in the heart of the Lakes this is a real gem of a place that deserves every accolade it has garnered.
Thanks to all for making our special treat so much more special.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Windermere
- Holbeck Ghyll Country Hotel
- Holbeck Ghyll Country Windermere
- Holbeck Ghyll Country House Windermere, Lake District