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“High Quality food”
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Craig Manor Hotel
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“High Quality food”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We stayed on a 2 day travel zoo offer with dinner which was fantastic value - this was the cheapest of 3 hotels we staying in this week, the other two being top class. Consequently we perceived this as what we had paid for slightly budget although we feel we got good value for money. The way that reception was done gave the impression of a guest house feel rather than a hotel (see later though as this was far from the case).

The food was really nice and the service OK. One particular waitress was over attentive to the point of annoyance - 10/10 for effort but more of a focus on servicing and less about herself would be better. The other waitresses/waiters seemed to be compensating for this and offered good service if having the appearance of inexperience. Of particular note was the chicken and ham pie starter which was delicious and I was surprised a few times at the standard of mundane sounding dishes that turned out to be really good.

The lounge area had an amazing view highly elevated above Windermere and was really pleasant for drinks. The breakfast was good and had a good selection of standard fair. I was pleased to find the kippers were not at a premium but the Manx kipper offered was rather dry.

We found the room small and perfectly formed and although facing the road we did not find road noise a problem in practice.

In summary, not the best or worst hotel we have been to and about what was expected for a reasonable cost. I would have awarded 3 stars for the hotel but the unexpectedly high standard of food and elevated views of Windermere pulled it up to a 4 star - well done on that and thanks for your effort.

Room Tip: rear of hotel has the views and the front the main road
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cramlington, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Stayed at his hotel for just one night with my husband and family from Belgium.Rooms were fine although there was a problem with both showers which I am sure will be sorted now as staff are helpful and very friendly. Food was very good although I would suggest you ask when ordering your meal that you would like a bit of time between courses. We were asked to give our choices before going to table and first course arrived as we sat down but unfortunately the next two courses arrived straight after taking dirty plates away which meant we had no time to rest between courses. This spoilt what we hoped would have been a relaxing evening. Definitely no complaints about the food though.

Location is good just a few minutes walk into centre.

Would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Yorkshire
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75 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

My husband & I visited this hotel one Valentines weekend (it wasn't this year by the way - but I had to pick one) and all I can say is WOW, this hotel is stunning from the entrance, right to the rooms. It was luxuriously appointed with views over the fells to die for. The room we stayed in was well proportioned and the bed was very comfortable. The staff are attentive - prices themselves are not cheap, but well worth it for the treat.

This is one of the best hotels we've stayed in - and we've stayed in a few of them over the years - I'm not a walker, but I still love the area

Room Tip: ask for a fell view room
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Just returned from a shorts stay at craig manor. Our 4th visit. Customer service in all areas 5★★★★★ booked on line, website crashed, rang hotel to confirm. Lady called patti sorted reservation out and upgraded us to superior room on first floor at no extra charge. On arrival had quiet drink in the bar, and then went to bowness for shopping. I asked if they could leave an ice bucket and two champagne glasses in our room. When we went up to the room, the balloon I had ordered was there, as was the ice bucket and glasses on the extra large bed, were two fluffy dreding gowns, the bathroom had a massive p shaped jacuzzi bath and power shower, the room gad a seating area with arm chairs and a table and stunning views of the lake, mountains and gardens, the four course evening meal was absolutley delicious, we aske for a windows seat and got it. The breakfast next day was very comprehensive, hot and tasty. Everything we asked for on this visit we got. All the staff we met in every area were so pleasant and friendly and superbly efficient. This is not a chain hotel, it is privately owned and the staff go the extra mile. My partner got birthday wishes from everyone, and a complimentary helium balloon waited at our dinner table. I know there are some negative comments on here, this is a 3★★★ hotel, but the food, service and comfort are all 5★★★★★ cant wait for my next visit

Room Tip: Rear room, away from the road, lovely views, first floor the best for space. No lift so if have mob...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

After a bit of confusion over our room we thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at this hotel in June. The staff were extremely helpful and offered us a free two course meal on our first night over the room confusion . The hotel is situated central between the town of Windermere and Bowness on the lake. It is extremely comfortable but our view room was a little small, room 217 and has limited view of the lake. We will definitely return to the hotel in the future

Room Tip: Avoid room 217 as it is small and has no bath.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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hull
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here as we visited the lakes for a wedding at Newby Bridge & my dad's birthday.
We booked The Lord & Lady of the Manor deal plus an extra night. Brilliant value deal. The restaurant food was delicious, in fact it was that nice we are there again on the third evening. All had something different and enjoyed it. Breakfast was great, cereal, fruit & full English with options of eggs cooked to order.
The rooms were small but really clean. As we had an infant with us in a cot bed it did feel even smaller however had there been just two adults, like in my parents room it would have been fine. We poss should have upgraded to a family room (so our fault). The shower was brilliant & really powerful not a little trickle.
Staff were really friendly & helpful with any help or enquiries. We requested a balloon for our breakfast table on the second morning which was on the table as requested. Waiting staff were really friendly.
The only one comment is that the decor is a little old fashioned & could do with tidying up, but can't fault anything else, would definitely stay again due to the location. You can walk easily into Bowness & Windermere from the hotel so it's perfect.

Stayed July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary. On arrival we were greeted by a very professional receptionist who explained everything to us. We were very pleased to find that we had been upgraded to a lake view room. The room itself was spacious with a very nice large bed that was so comfortable.
Once we dropped our bags into the room we walked down into Bowness. The town has everything you can ask for. On our first night we had the 4 course dinner menu, the food was amazing and the roast of the day and sticky toffee pudding are a must try. We had thought we would eat in town on the other 2 nights but quickly changed our minds and continued to eat at the hotel.

We walked up the hill to Windermere on 2 separate occasions and on both times were lucky enough to find to lovely coffee shops. Due to the weather we had to buy a large umbrella but it only rained for about half the day.
I just wished we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: Lakeview rooms are lush. Very quiet and only woken up by the noise of the sheep at around 8am.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Craig Manor Hotel
Address: Lake Road, Windermere LA23 2JF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Windermere
#14 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Craig Manor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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