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“Luxurious Lakeland New Year break”
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1 Park Road
Ranked #41 of 107 Windermere B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Huge thanks to Philip, Mary and Maggie (both of them) for hosting a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration in the Lakes.

Our New Year’s Eve began with a prompt pick-up at Windermere Train Station – kindly provided by Mary - followed by the chance to reacquaint ourselves with the delights of Room 1 where we had stayed 12 months previously.

Featuring an ample king-size bed; brand-new leather couch; TV and DVD player; fluffy his-and-hers dressing gowns; the latest editions of glossy lifestyle magazines - plus a well-stocked tea and coffee tray - our every need was truly catered for.

The evening began on a high with homemade cider punch and gorgeous canapés in the residents’ lounge – beautifully decorated for Christmas with atmospheric ‘Big Band’ tunes in full swing. This was our first opportunity to meet our fellow guests. What a friendly and hospitable bunch they were! No worries here about awkward silences or stilted conversation as we made our leisurely selections from the perfectly-appointed wine and drinks menu before moving into the romantically-lit dining room for our four-course meal.

Philip and Mary had tempted our tastebuds well in advance – emailing us a variety of options to mull over in the run-up to Christmas. Every course trumped the last as we tucked into curried carrot soup; cheese soufflé; sea bass; a gin palate cleanser and sticky toffee pudding. In between courses we worked our way through trivia questions, which has been thoughtfully placed on the table for entertaining.

Then it was time to roll ourselves into the lounge ‘comfortably replete’ for the evening’s entertainment – old-fashioned parlour games!

No effort on the planning front had been spared as we worked (argued) our way through Maggie’s picture quiz; learned how to play the ‘Mickey Mouse Game’; debated the rules of the ‘Murder-Detective Game’ and tried to eat After Eights by squirming them down our faces!

At the stroke of midnight there was champagne (included in the price) and a stroll out onto the porch to watch fireworks explode across Windermere. My husband – owing to his dark-haired curls - was nominated for First Footing duties and earned a lump of coal and a shot of whiskey for his trouble.

The following morning Philip led us on a bracing walk round the edge of the Lake before returning to 1 Park Road for Buck’s Fizz and brunch. Talk about starting 2014 on a high!
That evening we indulged in one of Philip’s fantastic platters with fruit beers in our room – an absolute bargain at only £16 per person – while sampling the latest DVD releases from the free DVD library.

When we got peckish later on we tiptoed downstairs in our dressing gowns to enquire after some crisps. Something of a crisp connoisseur we were treated to a sample from Philip’s own collection.

After so much fun and luxury it was a wrench to return to the ‘real world’ on 2 January, but our dismay is tempered by the knowledge we will be returning soon to indulge once again in Philip and Mary’s wonderful company and hospitality.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Julia and I have just returned from a new year break at number 1. Slightly apprehensive whilst travelling there unsure what to expect, but no need...... Fantastic hosts, gorgeous food and a most enjoyable new years eve, our faces are still aching from all the laughter.

Our hosts Philip and Mary, with the assistance of Maggie went out of their way to make us feel welcome, (including foxy our dog) just like long lost friends. We enjoyed so much that we extended our two night stay to three and will certainly be returning.

Mark, Julia and Foxy.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

My husband and I spent one night at 1 Park Road and we would be happy to recommend this B&B to friends. The charming hotel was very clean, had lovely rooms, breakfast was excellent and the hosts were very welcoming. We hope to return again one day.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Sue and I have just returned from a lovely weekend in the Lakes
Staying for two nights in a luxury room at 1 Park Road. We also took our dog
Stella who was made most welcome by owners Phil and Mary Burton.
Phil showed us to our room and whilst I brought the cases from the car he kindly
Set up the dog cage for Stella.
We were then invited down to the lounge for a coffee and cake.
We decided to eat in on our first night and the food and presentation was excellent.
Our room ( No 6 top floor ) was a good size and comfortable with a nice King Size bed and two seat sofa.
The ensuite was on the small size and contained a shower cubicle, toilet and basin. It was more than adequate. Ample supplies of quality soaps/shampoo etc and the towels and gowns were of good quality.
The tea making facilities were well above average with an excellent selection of speciality teas and filter coffees.
Milk was also plentiful and available from a fridge just outside the room. This is so much nicer than the little cartons of UHT milk you normally get. You could also store your own drinks in the fridge for use in your room.
I Park Road is well situated for a short stroll into the centre of Windermere ( Less than 5 minutes )
Bowness and the Lake is a nice 20 minute downhill stroll but a little harder coming back!!

A park approx. 200 yards from the property is ideal for early or late doggie walks.
Breakfast on both mornings were excellent and plentiful and the dining room light and airy.

To sum up I will list the Pro’s and Con’s if choosing 1 Park Road for your Windermere stay.

Pro’s

Location
Nice Rooms
Good Food
Nice owners

Con’s

Very few but in fairness to tripadvisor readers I will mention a couple of niggles.

Towels only changed if you stay 3 days or more unless you ask and are charged at £5 per room. I have never come across that before in any hotel that I have stayed.
Drinks are a little expensive @ £3.75 a bottle upwards.

A note for us oldies:-

All sleeping accommodation is on floors one and two, so not ideal for anyone with walking difficulties.
Limited off street parking for 3 cars but the street has plenty of unrestricted parking.

Thank you Philip and Mary for your Hospitality.
Tom

Room Tip: Luxury rooms if available will give you a little more space. No 1 & No 6 are nice. Didn't se...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

1 Park Place is a wonderful and very charming small boutique-style hotel with the warmth and friendliness of a B&B. Philip and Mary were the perfect hosts and felt like old friends within a short time of meeting them. Their breakfasts rival those in any of the 5* hotels that we have stayed in; our rooms were very clean and comfortable with lovely White Company bathroom products and it was only a short walk into Windermere from the hotel.

Our children keep asking us when we can return and the answer has to be as soon as we can!
Sarah & Neil

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

My girlfriend and I spent 4 nights at 1 park road and we can both easily say it was worth every penny. The hosts Philip and Mary were very welcoming. The rooms were very clean with all the amenities expected and more. Great range to choose from at breakfast. The calming, tranquil music playing in the background was a nice touch also.

P.s. Many thanks Mary for returning the p.j bottoms

  • Stayed: November 2013
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1  Thank dannythomps
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Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Had an absolutely grand stay. Made to feel at home straight away. Philip and Mary are the perfect host. Breakfast was a delight with probablybthe best scrambled eggs i have ever tasted. Room was very clean spacious. Would recommend this BnB to anyone. Will definitely be coming back in the future.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Park Road, Windermere LA23 2AW, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #41 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in Windermere
Price Range: £79 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 1 Park Road 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1 Park Road is an award-winning luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Windermere village. A recently refurbished former gentleman's residence that has a wonderful laid-back feel. 6 Spacious ensuite rooms with comfortable beds- three with king sized beds, flat screened TV's, DVD and Ipod docking stations. All rooms have The White Company soaps and bath robes and lotions from Pure Company. There is proper fresh coffee, tea pots and fresh milk- very important. We are fully licensed with an interesting selection of wines and bottled beers from around the world. We offer freshly cooked dinners at week ends and either cold meat or cheese platters the rest of the week- subject to availability. ... more   less 
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