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Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Epsom, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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“Perfect romantic break”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

I booked Holbeck Ghyll as a surprise 25th wedding anniversary treat having read a number of reviews and was absolutely delighted with all aspects of the stay. The food was sensational - imaginative, beautifully presented and with the best ingredients. The service was excellent - somehow both very friendly and very professional. We felt genuinely at home with a lovely view over the lake from room 2. I had forgotten how stunning the Lakes are - especially in the sunshine! We even ate on the terrace the 2nd evening - the staff set up the table especially for us and we were outside until 9pm. Can't fault it. It's a little pricey, but not compared to some places we have stayed and actually represents great value for money overall.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
I am delighted to read that you enjoyed yourselves and that the team looked after you so well.
I was also glad to read that we delivered value for money for your visit to us. The Terrace is spectacular; especially if you get the weather to be able to dine outside.

Thank you for taking the time to review us and we hope to welcome you back to us soon.

With all good wishes

Andrew and the Team
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We had our wedding here. We had never visited here before and did not know what to expect. In some ways we took a slight gamble, and dragged 20 members of our family here hoping that it would be everything the internet promised it would be. It was.

It was an incredible day, the level of service was faultless, and the setting is breathtaking. The staff made us feel very welcome and comfortable throughout. The food was generally superb, with the starters and the puddings especially delicious.

If there was a possible area of improvement, it would maybe be in the vegetarian selection, although the gnocchi is as good as I have had.

Otherwise our wedding and all too brief honeymoon was perfect. Thanks to Greg, the wedding planner, who ensured the event ran without any hiccups whatsoever.

Room Tip: The Miss Potter suite has an incredible view out over Lake Windermere towards the fells, and a priva...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thank you for your very kind review and we are so delighted that you enjoyed your wedding.We enjoyed having you with us. I have passed on your constructive comments to our kitchen brigade and Greg is over the moon to be mentioned on TripAdvisor!

Once again, thank you for taking the time to review us and we all look forward to welcoming you back to Holbeck Ghyll soon.

With all good wishes

Andrew
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Kent, UK
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My husband and I stayed for two nights at Holbeck Ghyll in Room 9, a Fell View room.

Positives:
- Excellent food at all times, from sandwiches / scones in the lounge, to breakfast, to the tasting menu evening meal.
- Good sized room with modern bathroom.
- Views from the dining room & lounges are beautiful.
- Service was professional and on the ball at all times. We were never left wanting for anything.
- The sommelier was particularly charming and interesting to chat to during dinner.
- Location – Just a short walk through a little wood and a field (with sheep/lambs and bunnies) down to the lake, with a couple of dining options if needed.

Areas for improvement:
- Both lounges feel quite formal and stuffy. We appreciate somewhere to relax with papers / laptops and these didn’t hit the mark.
- Although the small spa is well presented with lovely facilities, my treatment was quite poor. I wasn’t even asked what kind of pressure I like for a massage and it was very, very light, so as to hardly be worthwhile.
- A more overt offer of help with luggage would have been appreciated (we felt we had to ask).

Overall an enjoyable stay. Not entirely convinced on the value for money, but I expect the proximity to and views over the lake command the premium.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thank you for your comprehensive review. We have taken on board all your constructive suggestions and we always look hard at areas where we can improve. I was also delighted to read the areas that you enjoyed so much. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to the hotel soon and you will be able to experience all the improvements first hand.

With all good wishes

Andrew and the Team.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We spent our honeymoon at this amazing hotel 40 years ago when it was a very homely hotel. The tower room has the most amazing views and we were able to be in there. The little touches like the damson gin etc just made the whole experience very memorable. Dinner was superb and breakfast was to die for - the best Eggs Benedict ever! and we were the only guests in the overflow dining room with the best view in the house. We have been back a few times over the years and we certainly won't be leaving it so long until we are back again!

Room Tip: We love the tower room because of the memories, the views and the character it has
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thank you so much for your very nice review and we also hope that you come back soon! I passed your comments onto Jenny, who was our breakfast chef when you were here; she is delighted.

With all good wishes


Andrew and the Team.
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Me and my partner took my Mum for 3 nights over the second May Bank Holiday weekend. Me and Mum had previously stayed last year for 4 nights, and am pleased to report that we all had a fantastic time again. We had 2 Lodges this time, numbers 4 & 6 - both were faultless in presentation and have all the necessary amenities, whilst also providing excellent views of the Lake.

The food was outstanding as usual ! I won't bore you with what we had, but do strongly recommend that the scallops are tasted if on the menu - simply divine !!

I had read the night before we left home the review that was posted by "the critical couple" some time ago on their own website - it had left me & my partner slightly concerned. However, I am pleased to say that their experience of HG is nothing like ours - all our food was fab.
(the only small criticism would be the sauce that came with Mum's beef one night was a little too rich for her, but the beef itself was divine she tells me).

I must say that both Tom in the restaurant and Stephan the sommelier were most helpful, welcoming and knowledgeable - a credit to the Hotel.

We will defo be staying again, and would recommend HG to anyone wanting a quality relaxing time in the Lake District.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
What a great review! Tom and Stefan send their regards and the kitchen team are glad you found the food enjoyable. It is a shame that a pretentious website can undo all the hard work that we put in so when we as a team, get good honest feedback from guests who stay with us for a long time, we are over the moon!

Once again, thank you so much for such a good review and we all look forward to welcoming you back to see us again.

With all good wishes


Andrew and the Team
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

please let me start with the only two negative points regarding our stay and then we can focus on the positive:
not being allowed to drink champagne in the hot tub ( I don't mean not allowed to bring your own which I would understand, they will not serve you alcohol in hot tub). The Samling next door are happy to oblige.
Breakfast: the continental buffet has a very limited choice and so does the cooked option. Maybe only aspect where they do not seem to be at the top of their league.

Now the good stuff.
amazing location, all public spaces and our bedroom were impeccable. I always expect the country houses to be in need of refurbishment, not this one.
The best thing about the hotel may be the staff. So friendly, accommodating, professional. But let me insist on the friendliness, all their smiles appear to be genuine. They look happy to be here and to talk with you this includes the night porter who more than made up in friendliness for his lack of knowledge of the whiskeys on offer.
If I had to pick a favourite employee I may be tempted to choose one of the two French young men who looked after us in the dining room, but that could be due to the fact that I am French myself. They were all excellent.
The spa was a great experience too. Both mine and my now wife treatments were excellent.

We will stay there again for sure, and there are not many places we consider going back to with so many hotels to choose from.

Room Tip: room 6 was great with amazing views from the shared terrace.
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thank you so much for your positive review. Kevin and Julian are blushing following your mention! We have taken your comments regarding the alcohol and have purchased plastic glasses and the Chef and I are always looking at how we can improve the food offerings. That aside, I am so glad that you enjoyed your food and the service was as you hoped.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to review us and we do hope to welcome you back very soon.

With all good wishes


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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We recently celebrated our wedding at Holbeck Ghyll and cannot believe how perfect our day was.
All of the staff were nothing short of amazing, nothing was too much trouble, and they were so warm and friendly they really helped to make the day relaxed and informal, but with the sense of occasion such a day requires. The food was outstanding, both the gorgeous afternoon tea and the excellent evening meal. The location and grounds were so beautiful I could not picture a more perfect setting for our special day. Thank you Holbeck Ghyll, we will be returning.

Room Tip: The Miss Tiggy-winkle suite has a beautiful uninterrupted view of Lake Windermere ( Please note ther...
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
We were all delighted you enjoyed you visit to us and we thought you both looked fabulous, (especially the bride!). If you do have any photos you would allow us to share on our facebook page we would be over the moon if you sent one through!

Tom, Greg and I all hope to welcome you back before you 1st wedding anniversary!

With all good wishes

Andrew and the Team.
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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 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#8 Luxury 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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