Like most people, we stayed at Hillthwaite House on an exclusive deal. We did however decide to upgrade the room and add on an extra nights stay.
Check in was friendly and efficient and we were promptly taken to our room. Not the largest room we've stayed in but quite comfortable and it did have a large bathroom. It was clean and had all of the facilities that you needed. Not sure what we quite got for the room upgrade, if it was extra space then I hate to think how small some of the rooms must be!
Breakfast was very good, freshly cooked to order with nice thick bacon and lovely 'orange' eggs. Plus there was plenty of choice for those who wanted something different - Eggs Benedict, kippers etc. The restaurant is nice, light and airy and had lovely views (although it was very misty the first day, so we couldn't see much!). And, as we were only a table of two, we didn't particularly feel cramped nor exposed, which you can in some restaurants.
We had an inclusive afternoon tea, which consisted of a lovely freshly baked (warm) scone with plenty of jam and cream. We took this in the 'conservatory' area.
We enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on the terrace (the sun was shining for once) and this is a lovely, relaxing area.
Dinner was very good. There was plenty of choice, which was good news for me (restricted diet). There was quite a hefty supplement for steak though, which we both paid. We did comment that it was quite a supplement considering the other meats available on the menu (that did not have supplement). The steak was however beautifully cooked and presented.
The hotel is within walking distance of the town, so if like us you stay more than one night, there's plenty of choice of restaurants within walking distance. The hotel has a great location for discovering the lakes and ample car parking.
I'm not sure whether we would return to the hotel, only because there are so many other places that we would like to try. There were plans on the wall for a propsed extension / conservatory, and, once this work is complete, this will be a truly exceptional venue.
All staff were friendly and helpful - a credit to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will find Hillthwaite House Hotel is the most ideal accommodation for all types of breaks including short breaks or for use as a base for your walking holiday in the Lake District National Park. Impeccable service and comfort, lovely food sourced from local produce, friendly, attentive staff and the many guests that return to us time after time speak for itself. For Lake District Hotels please look no further than Hillthwaite House Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hillthwaite Hotel Windermere, Lake District
- Hillthwaite House Hotel