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“Good and v quiet hotel on shores of lake”

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Cragwood Country House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
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Berlin, Germany
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“Good and v quiet hotel on shores of lake”
Reviewed 23 September 2011

Having stayed here a week ago for 3 nights on my own, purely for the purposes of walking on the nearby fells, I was initially dismayed with the impression that one needed a car to either get there or leave. This impression soon dispelled though by a helpful waitress at breakfast, who pointed me to the boat station right next door to the hotel - in a touristy Lake District Visitors Centre, from where one could get a ferry into Ambleside or along the lake to Bowness.

My stay in the hotel was v quiet - to say the staff are unobtrusive is perhaps an understatement. They only appear when you want them or ring a bell, making you feel that its actually a large deserted B&B. The B&B feeling is reinforced at dinner, where the food is plentiful and heavy (for my tastes). The dining room is like someones home dining room and its easy to feel a little uncomfortable as if intruding on a someone else's quaint domestic scene.

The rooms are excellent and clean (certainly 5 star standard) and the service good when needed. Its ideal for someone who wants that "i'm not in a hotel" feel. I enjoyed the stay and would probably go back again. After a day walking in the fells though, its sometimes nice to have a little more life and bustle around you in the evening.

I hesitate to say the hotel is inexpensive, as thats usually taken by the management as an invitation to bump up the prices, but for someone used to staying in good hotels, paying £200 for 3 nights stay including breakfast and dinner everyday (and a few large scotches) is a bargain.

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Crookham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

Well how delighted were we to have found this place. Well equipped room, very comfortable superking size bed, fantastic breakfast (the porridge is to die for!) and the staff were all without exception so pleasant, friendly and helpful. The grounds are beautiful and the views from the gardens/lounges are stunning. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

The hotel is right by the lake with a delightful garden. We spent an enjoyable three night break here. We found it well placed to walk from or to drive to visit other lakes. Our comfortable room appeared to have been recently decorated and had a small but adequate bathroom. All the staff here are excellent and we thought the food outstanding and enjoyed the dinner on the three nights that we stayed and were glad to have taken the half board offer.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

From the moment we found this place we knew we had found our perfect wedding venue, and they didnt disappoint on the day....far from it! The location is beautiful, the views are honestly breath-taking and the staff are faultless. The rooms are spotlessly clean, well equipped and good value compared to other hotels of the same sort. We had countless comments on how good the food was, and we had a few fussy eaters! Phil the manager is excellent at his job, keeping everything to schedule and has a good sense of humour too! Words dont do the place justice, go and book it!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

Professional and friendly staff, superb service with nothing being too much trouble.

Food magnificent, imaginative and beautifully presented.

Couldn't be better

  • Stayed August 2011
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

Superb stay. Comfortable room with spectacular views. Delightful staff. Food to die for. It was like staying in someone's lovely home. Gardens were a picture. Manager and staff to be congratulated on a first class establishment. Hope to be back in the autumn to see the changing colours.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

We stayed 3 nights for a wedding and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Nothing was too much trouble and the wedding day ran like clockwork. We were lucky with the weather , the gardens looked beautiful and we held the ceremony in the gazebo. The food was excellent and beautifully presented, the staff were attentive and friendly. We even had a boat trip round lake windermere from the hotel jetty (booked independently). Our party filled the entire hotel and we didn't hear anyone who was disatisfied with any aspect of their stay. We would definately recommend a stay here and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Cragwood Country House Hotel
Address: Cragwood House Ecclerigg, Windermere LA23 1LQ, 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#2 Business Hotel in Windermere
#2 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#2 Family Hotel in Windermere
#2 Best Value Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cragwood Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the shores of England’s longest and most beautiful lake you will find Cragwood Country House Hotel.Set in its own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland and with stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere, it’s hard to resist a relaxing Lake District break at Cragwood. As soon as you step through the front door of this beautiful country house, you’ll discover an oasis of comfort, warmth and relaxation.The informal and friendly service is so good you’ll hardly notice it. It’s our job to make you feel at home…which isn’t hard once you sit back and unwind in one of our cosy lounges or drawing rooms and take in the spectacular lake views over a freshly brewed coffee or maybe a glass of chilled wine.From the mouth-watering food and drink to the stylish and comfy bedrooms, a short break at Cragwood will leave you feeling pampered, stress-free….and wanting more.If you are looking for the perfect Lake District hotel then look no further...you have just found us! ... more   less 
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