I had a two night stay at the Burn How whilst on a course in the Lake District. The hotel is in an excellent location in Bowness within walking distance of town, very close to Lake Windermere and about 10 minutes in a taxi from Windermere station.
The hotel is separated with some chalet style rooms and an annex with several rooms in. The reception area is very small and backs onto to the bar; straight away you get the feel of a small family hotel rather than a large brand hotel. I checked in with the manager who was very pleasant and promptly showed me to my room in the annex building. The room was a reasonable size and very clean but very dated.
The TV must have been ten years old and gave me 4 channels! The décor was very flowery and the room could do with re-decorating but it was comfy and did the job.
That evening I ate in the hotel and must say the food was excellent. It’s not cheap but the set menu had a good choice, definitely worth a try. The bar is tiny, and they do not serve anything on draft, just bottles and cans. Based on the location there are plenty of good pubs locally so give those a try.
Overall this is a reasonable hotel for a few days in the Lakes.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Burn How Hotel
- Best Western Bowness On Windermere
- Bowness-On-Windermere Best Western
- The Burn How Garden House Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District