Not long arrived back from a wonderful 2 nights and 3 days at Lake Windermere. We were looking for a simple B&B that provided good value for money and the Hazledene exceeded our expectations. Directions by car were emailed to us (including a map) and were extremely clear and easy to understand – effectively there is only one main road from Windermere to Bowness so getting lost is almost impossible! Parking is a 1 minute walk around the back of the building off the main road. Arriving by train is also simple if you have the ability to read signposts. Head towards Bowness and walk in a straight line for 15-20 minutes and the Hazledene is situated at the Bowness end of the lake on Lake Road, just a few buildings down from the charming original 1920s cinema. It’s hard to resist watching a film there.
The Hazledene is after all a B&B but does that very well indeed. Breakfast was excellent and was far superior to the greased up slop served in many higher priced hotels. Bacon was grilled to perfection and, thankfully, nothing was fried except for the egg, which was spot-on. I had scrambled egg which was equally as good. Golden toast complemented a variety of home made preserves. Our favourites were the Plum, grape and brandy, Apricot and Amaretto and Strawberry and Apple. Fruit juice was fresh and the coffee was fragrant. After the 7 years or so of perfecting his art I’m confident Paul would certainly dish up an appetizing vegetarian option if requested. Muesli, Cornflakes or Branflakes were available as a lighter option.
Paul and Lesley’s attention to detail has ensured that simple things are done extremely well and that has made a difference, down to the scissors that accompanied the in-room hot drinks selection! The rooms are actually larger than the photos would suggest and are about the size you would expect in a period property – not huge. In room 4 this more than compensated for by the stunning view of Lake Windermere and its changeable cloud formations. The shower room and toilet were more than adequate and the pressure in the shower was good. Really didn’t find the need for a fridge in the room as there are so many options on your doorstep it’d be pointless staying in. We found good quality restaurants on each evening.
If you’re the type of person who wants to sit in around a lounge then it’s not the place for you. However, if you want genuine hospitality in a quiet, relaxing environment, that is spotlessly clean and retains some of its old world charm, the Hazledene provides the perfect backdrop.
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- Hazeldene Guest House Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District