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“First time visit to the Lakes”
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Hillthwaite Hotel
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“First time visit to the Lakes”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

It was our first visit to the Lake District and we chose this hotel after reading several reviews. It turned out to be an excellent choice and we thoroughly enjoyed our short break. It was obvious that the management team select the staff for their professionalism and everyone was very friendly and courteous. We had booked the 2 night 'Autumn Escape' which included dinner and the quality and selection of food was excellent. The only downside is the Classic Room was a little on the small side.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for choosing the Hillthwaite for your first stay in the Lake District and I hope it won't be the last! The area has so many things to offer for all types of people so I hope you will come back and we will be happy to recommend a few places that are must sees.
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Just had our second visit, this time with two very good friends. My wife celebrated her birthday on the 20th October and wanted to go somewhere special for two days. It was no contest! we have been here before and knew what an excellent hotel Hillthwaite House is. The room we had in the annex was better than we expected and the view towards the lake and mountains was fabulous. The staff were very good,nothing was too much trouble for them, and the meals could not have been any better. The hotel has a warm comfortable feel to it .and it is very easy to relax in the lounge with a glass of wine or a pint of locally brewed beer.We had a very good two days break and it was a good ending to my wifes birthday celebrations, looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Would recommend annex or south facing room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for your brillant review and I am so pleased that your wife enjoyed her birthday celebrations here.....although I won't say how old she was on this review! I hope to see you again in the future where you will be able to enjoy even more locally brew beer in the Bar! Thanks once again.
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We had booked a family reunion and had asked for certain things to be laid on. Nothing was too much trouble and all our requests had been noted. The staff are, without exception, professional and welcoming, but what makes the whole experience memorable is the quality of the restaurant. Each course of every meal was of the highest standard - quality ingredients, beautifully cooked. No wonder so many people are repeat visitors.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank possie1948
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for your review and we are blessed to have an excellent kitchen team. Philip, the Head Chef prides himself on offering a seasonal menu using local produce. Everything is home made, including the delicious bread which in this economy, is quite rare to find. I hope that you too become one of our 'regulars' and I hope to see you again.
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Sherfield On Loddon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

This was the 3rd time we have stayed at the hotel and the second time in the Autumn. We were extremely fortunate that even at the beginning of October we didn't get a drop of rain over the four days stay.

We stayed in Room 36 in the main hotel with a Lake view. Everything was just as before - excellent food, relaxing atmosphere and the best thing of all - efficient and extremely friendly staff.

It was great to see so many familiar smiling faces in the Reception and Dining Room and a few new ones. Of particular note was a young French chap working very hard in the Bar and Dining room. Despite being rushed off his feet he found time to smile and chat.

This place is home from home and is our little sanctuary in the Lake District. Can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Premier or Superior Rooms are worth paying a little more for.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for your great review and in particular, David will be pleased to receive such a glowing comment. Your pictures are also fantastic especially the one at sunset which just portrays how beautiful and fortunate we are to have that view. Thank you once again and I look forward to seeing you again very soon.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

Lovely hotel with a cosy atmosphere
Amazing food and breakfast with great service
Stunning area even though the weather was wet!

The staff seemed unclear about what room was a cosy double and which was a classic double so make sure you get what you paid for.

Overall would recommend this hotel and would visit again.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for your review and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. I will certainly pass your comments to the members of the team and hopefully, we will see you again soon.
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chester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

I visited this hotel as a group of women on a birthday trip and want to let anyone thinking of staying to do so as they will not be disappointed .the rooms are beautifully decorated and have everything you need.The staff are very friendly and will go out of their way to please.The food was of a very high standard and portion sizes just right.we were full each night.some people have made negative comments about the rooms being small but can I reassure anyone that if a little cosy that should be no problem as the beautiful setting and high quality decor throughout makes up for this 10 fold and hopefully you know the person you are sleeping or sharing with .No negatives for us only positive feed backs all round. The road up to the hotel is slightly steep and may prove difficult for less baled individuals but you can drive up to the reception door and their are disabled facilities once inside with ground floor rooms and ramps but to enjoy the views you do need to be a little higher.Thank you hillthwaite for making a friends 50th very special.

Room Tip: We had 5rooms all of different size and shape and all were great.some with lake views and some with...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
I am so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay with us and we sure did have a few laughs with you that weekend. I am so pleased that you found the Hillthwaite friendly and of a good standard (which we are known for) and I hope you will return with or without the husbands!
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I last visited this hotel in the mid 90's and have always remembered my stay with fondness. Fast forward to last weekend, when I treated my companion to a 2 night stay and can say it is still very welcoming, combining the feeling youre being spoilt with the comfort of a well maintained family home.Beautiful touches in the decor, a lovely bathroom, good food, excellent and friendly service, the pleasure of a pool and sauna... nothing was overlooked.Our room was as described over the phone when I made the booking with lots of towels and white bedding. My favourite bit? Saturday afternoon by a roaring open fire, sippng tea and eating a cream scone with lashings of cream in the lovely lounge.
Very much recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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SOUTHLAKER, General Manager at Hillthwaite Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for your review and I am so pleased that you came to visit us again. I hope you saw a vast improvement in decor since you were last here! I have passed your positive comments to all of the staff and I hope to see you again very soon.
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Property: Hillthwaite Hotel
Address: Thornbarrow Road, Windermere LA23 2DF, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#10 Family Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hillthwaite Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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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