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The Burn How Garden House Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2008

I booked this hotel through bestwestern.com at a rate of £81 per night including breakfast.
The hotel itself is walking distance into Windermere, so whilst there is a car park, the bonus is that a night out means you can drink because you won't need your car.
Upon arriving you are met with an unusual set up - the hotel is made up of what seems to be three sectors - the main reception and restaurant (and possibly some rooms). Then across the courtyard there is the main rooms building which is where we were and then there appears to be some chalet type rooms. Unusual for any hotel in the UK, but not unpleasant.
Our room (20), was fine. The decor, like the building, is fairly old so don't expect any refurbished accommodation because it most certainly isn't. But, the bed was huge and the television also a fair size. The bathroom was clean and well kept.
We ate in the restaurant for breakfast on both days of our stay and found the food to be above average. Try the salmon with egg - they present it in an unusual way but I found it the best I have ever had.
The staff at the hotel were super friendly and very welcoming - we didn't meet any curt staff at all and that can be a downside of any hotel in the Lakes.
Overall, if you are looking for reasonably priced accommodation in a pleasant environment, you wouldn't go wrong here. But, don't expect an ultra-modern room.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2007

When checking in at reception they didnt have us booked down at first then they found us but they had got the details wrong. The chalet had dirty towels, dirty cups, dirty saucers etc. At midnight the heating went off completely and as the weather has been not good we were freezing by 3.00am. I telephoned emergency but they were NOT bothered, they said maybe it will come back on in a few minutes. It didnt so I rang again at 4.00am as our whole family was up at this time COLD! They said they had nothing to say when I rang them again for help at reception and did NOTHING. We just had to put up with it being cold. IT WAS LIKE SLEEPING IN OUR GARAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We immediately left the hotel asap when it was convenient for us to leave with our children and ruined my mothers 60TH as soon as we could! We stayed here being a 'Best Western' but obviously Best Western dont care about this one! They CUT CORNERS here alright. The service in the so called bar was rubbish too the night before. Its the foreign staff again, cheap labour who are crap.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 February 2007

My husband and self came for a 4 night stay in one of the 4 poster rooms. We had been before and enjoyed it so we returned! We had a lovely stay. The room was spotless and extremely comfortable and the bathroom was also very clean.
Loads of tea, coffee etc and well replenished every day.
The staff were most friendly and courteous and even took the trouble to show us the "Bay room" as it was unoccupied and we want to return later in the year and stay there.
The food was excellent and staff are prepared to vary what is on the menu if you prefer a simpler dish to the ones on offer.
The restaurant and lounge areas are cosy and delightfully furnished and make for a really relaxing atmosphere.
We are looking forward to going back and recommend this hotel very highly.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed 9 January 2007

My husband and I decided last minute to have a short break in the Lake District at New Year.We were given the name of the hotel by the Tourist Information Office as they had heard of a vacancy due to a prior cancellation.
It wasn't cheap but the whole experience from arrival to departure was wonderful.
We arrived on New Year's Eve and were given a good welcome We were shown to our room which had a four poster bed and had obviously been newly decorated with a new bathroom, new carpets and curtains.Coffee, tea, chocolate, water, fruit juice and biscuits were in plentiful supply.
The two day break had been well-organised by the hotel.New Year's Eve dinner comprised Bucks Fizz and canapes followed by a 6 course dinner, champagne and fireworks to celebrate the start of 2007. The tables were arranged to seat 4-6 people which encouraged everyone to socialize.
New Year's Day started off with a hearty breakfast, a free boat trip on Lake Windermere, afternoon tea and another 6 course evening dinner followed by by an optional game of charades. We left after a very tasty breakfast the following day.
What can we say about the food?!!- absolutely delicious- an excellent choice of menu, very well presented and served.
My husband and I regularly stay in hotels but there was something very special about the Burn How Hotel which many hotels fail to provide - pleasant staff who treat you personally, as if they care and can't do enough to make your stay memorable.
We can't compliment the hotel Manager and his staff enough.
I'm sure we shall return.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2006

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 29 March 2006

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed 27 August 2005

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Address: Back Belsfield Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#9 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: £74 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Burn How Garden House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This unique Lake District hotel only two minutes stroll from Lake Windermere and the village of Bowness, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The Burn How's unique layout is refreshingly different to most hotels; all of the bedrooms are located outside of the main building within the private grounds making the stay peaceful and relaxing for the discerning guest. You can take picturesque walks from the hotel, or cruise on Lake Windermere, and if you take the Post Knott walk and you find the hotels bench, bring back the inscription and you will have a drink on us. For the shopping magnets find a special Lakeland gift in the village only two minutes walk away. On your return from a full day, relax and meet friends or family in the congenial atmosphere of the lounge and bar, or on pleasant summers evening sit out on the patio and take in the beautiful surroundings. Relax in the comfort of your room choosing from modern chalet style to four poster or traditional bedrooms. Most have private sun terraces. All have ensuite bathrooms, colour televisions, telephones and hot beverages. Rooms on the ground floor have direct access to the rose garden and patio, with some having disabled facilities. There is ample free parking available. Experience English and French Cuisine made only from the freshest produce and served in the style in which Burn How Garden House Hotel is famous. Three courses and coffee is around £35.00 Per person. At the end of the day relax with family and friends in the congenial atmosphere of the lounge and bar or on a pleasant summers evening take in the beautiful surroundings of the patio and gardens. Shoppers and browsers will delight in the speciality stores and attractions in nearby Windermere and Bowness. Whilst a drive over the Hard Knott pass is for the courageous with its 1 in 3 and 2.5 Gradients - but the views are spectacular. ... more   less 
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Burn How Hotel
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