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Merewood Country House Hotel
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Another great visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Once again our stay at the Merewood was excellent. We took our 5 yr old granddaughter and she loved her stay there with us. We shared a huge room with two double beds and a fabulous view over lake Windermere The staff were outstanding as was the service and food. I love this hotel it is the epitome of the English Lake District.

Room Tip: No wi fi connection at all in room 5. But it is a lovely room
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

First with the practicalities. Merewood stands at the top of a winding lane surrounded by the grounds that are beautiful, peaceful, well maintained, but are also set at different levels, there are also some decent walks through woods for dogs. The entrance has a small porch (umbrellas provided), ideal for wet muddy wells. You then go into the entrance hall which has a lovely fire, comfy seating, newspapers etc and a small reception. There are fresh flowers in every public room as well as real coal fireplaces. The public rooms include an edwardian conservatory bar, a drawing room with a piano, a wonderful library where the seating looks out over the lakes (most of our evenings following our meal were spent in here as a family & dog, with our after dinner coffee and chocs - playing Jenga), small dining room and large dining room. We stayed in room 5, I chose this room as it had a massive window over looking the lakes (cosy couch to sit and watch the day go by) but also because of the sheer size of the room (it was massive). With a teenage son and a large dog, the size was a real bonus. There are two large beds in this room (I think king or queen) a vanity table with full mirror and lighting (hair dryer provided - decent). For clothes (I find packing in the UK difficult, is it going to be hot, cold, dry, wet, wells/trainers/high heels etc??? - so I take, well usually the full wardrobe with me) there were three bedside cabinets, a set of drawers and a wardrobe with quite a few hangers, there was also the dressing table. The room was very clean, including the lovely soft carpets and the amazingly comfortable beds which had soft mattress comforters and excellent cotton linen under the bedspreads. The bathroom hold a large jacuzzi bath with an electric shower, there is the usual wash handbasin with victorian type taps (great for my stiff fingers) and WC. Products provided were of good quality and support the welfare of the honey bee, these included conditioning shampoo, shower gel, soap and body lotion, lovely fluffy white towels and facecloths were also provided along with a non slip bath mat if needed. There were also tea and coffee making facilities in the room including fruit tea as well as normal tea, coffee, sweeteners, sugar and lovely biscuits which were replenished daily (there was also a bowl of boiled sweets in the room). Now for the best bit - the meals - wow. Evening meal was between 7.00 - 9.00 when you could go down at your leisure. We took canapés in the bar, these were very nice and an extra portion was provided for our son, who was not on the dinner bed and breakfast deal. We were handed a menu while enjoying these and when our starter was ready we were invited into the dining room. The tables are set to a high standard and are again immaculate and there was a selection of wonderful breads on the table. My starters included scallops on the first night, then goats cheese and final night smoked salmon (these all came with delicious accompaniments); then came the soup or sorbet, never thought I'd say this about soup (amazing flavours and completely delicious, I had white onion soup and then pea, mint and yes coconut froth ....absolutely beautiful). For main course I had wonderfully cooked beef on the first night, turbot (quite spicy) second night and then duck. Desserts included the best vanilla panacotta I have ever had which included (I think mango sorbet) nuggets of honeycomb and meringues and also black berries - really lovely combination. I liked this so much I had it twice. On the third night I had bitter chocolate brownie with mint chic chip ice cream (real mint). All meals were finished with tea/coffee and chocs. As mentioned we have a teenage son and of course he did not want all this "fancy stuff", the lovely obliging chef made him fresh chicken nuggets and french fries and the most amazing steak cheeseburger, our son also had chocolate mouse and the brownie (we were charged a very, very reasonable rate for these). The staff at the hotel were also excellent. Kind, well mannered and could not do enough for you - but I have to say they were not in your face and were just very nice. Breakfasts were also lovely. We found this hotel very good value for money, we got a discount for booking early and booked the three day midweek rate. We enjoyed this so much we are going to try and get booked in for October - so a great big thank you to the staff at Merewood. Forgot to mention (as not important to me on holiday- but young people liked) there is also WiFi.

Room Tip: Book a lakeside room
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Went for afternoon tea with my extended family. We had lovely sandwiches , wonderful cakes, tea and a glass of fizz. The hotel has magnificent views and the staff are delightful. Would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

A big thank you to Lorna and all her team.
We first went to The Merewood when our son choose to have his wedding there. We found it to be such a great hotel we went back for a mid week break.
All the staff are helpful and friendly, without being 'gushy'
We enjoyed scones on the terrace and Pimms during the afternoon.
The meal was outstanding, a 4 course meal with canapés and chocolates and coffee to complete the experience.
The rooms are comfortable with all that you need.
Breakfast was freshly prepared, and up to the high standard of the rest of the hotel
I really think it puts the Sharrow Bay to the bottom of our list of places to stay in the Lakes.
We will be going again!

Room Tip: All are good, if you like a lake view then do upgrade
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

went on this trip with my boyfriend in April , we got it on offer from travel zoo
the hotel and the grounds are gorgeous
as soon as we arrived we had tea and scones , which were home made and delicious

our room was lovely , inside the hotel is spectacular
for dinner we had canape's then a 4 course meal , the food was amazing , only stayed one night but it was really nice , would be a fantastic place to get married , staff were helpful and polite

Room Tip: lake views are very nice normally they charge £10 more for this we got ours free of charge
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

My husband and I attended a friends wedding at this hotel this weekend, staying two nights and it was fantastic. The staff were just brilliant, so attentive, and they didnt miss a detail. The food was brilliant, the rooms were lovely, it was very clean, well organised, and there was not enough they could do for the Bride and Groom. There were a large number of the brides side travelling in from the States and I would imagine it gave them nothing but a good impression of a beautiful british country wedding. We had room 4 which was lovely, and the views over the lake are spectacular. Fantastic, a great weekend. Thank you to all the staff who made it a special day for a very special friend.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh
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57 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had our wedding reception at Merewood and although we didn't stay overnight in the hotel, had a wonderful afternoon and evening there. Lucy was fantastic at arranging everything and keeping me up to date by email with preparations etc and the rest of the staff made the day perfect from beginning to end. The location of the hotel is idylic with a sweeping driveway up to the hotel and a view out over Windermere. The reception with its roaring fire, the sumptuous 'green room' where we had the reception and the cosy bar all added to the charm of the place. The menu was well thought out and delicious and the service throughout was attentive. Flowers from Lily Lou's in Ambleside made the table look perfect. We have some fantastic memories of our special day at Merewood, thanks to everyone who made it so special and we'll hopefully be back for our anniversary!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Merewood Country House Hotel

Property: Merewood Country House Hotel
Address: Ecclerigg, Windermere LA23 1LH, England
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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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Windermere
#4 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#4 Green Hotel in Windermere
#5 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#7 Business Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Merewood Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Merewood is a country house hotel of great charm and distinction set in a position of incomparable scenic beauty. The Hotel stands on its own secluded estate, overlooking Lake Windermere and is easily accessible from the main route to and through the Lakes. Merewood's friendly and efficient staff, the relaxed excellence of the service and the wonderful food are all of a quality to match the unparalleled location.The Hotel is open all year including Christmas and New Year and the English Tourist Board has awarded it a "Highly Commended" three stars with silver accolade for food and service. It is often worth checking for late availability as there are special deals and midweek breaks throughout the year. ... more   less 
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