The Cragwood is probably my favourite hotel in the world! A bold statement indeed, especially as I’ve been lucky enough to stay in fine hotels all over the globe, but this reasonably small, beautiful country house on the shores of Lake Windermere is a real cracker. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly (especially Andrew!) and give the place a wonderfully relaxed ambiance. Originally built in 1910 for a wealthy industrialist it retains a lot of its original charm with wood panelling, open fires, deep Chesterfield sofas etc. We first stayed here on our first weekend away together and 7 years on (and now married) we decided to revisit the Lakes for a romantic break and stay at The Cragwood again. “Never go back” is an often used adage but in this case the intervening time had seen no dropping of standards. We stayed on a 3 nights for 2 deal on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. After a long day walking on the fells (fueled by a hearty breakfast) it is wonderful to come back and relax on the terrace with a bottle of fine chilled wine before going back to our four poster bedded room to prepare for dinner. Over a pre-dinner aperitif and the Chef’s amuse bouche, we would peruse the night’s four course menu which had plenty of local, seasonal choices and is very good indeed. They have a wide selection of wine and the post meal coffee with homemade chocolates, enjoyed in the lounge, is a lovely way to finish the evening. In truth I've stayed in grander, more luxurious (and more expensive!) hotels but The Cragwood is a sheer delight, with fantastic views and a warm, homely feeling that I cannot recommend too highly. A true gem.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cragwood Country Hotel
- Cragwood Country House Hotel Windermere, Lake District