My fourth stay here, usually coupled to a good walk to the top of Helvellyn, but never the same way twice.
My wife and I both like this place, but over the four or so years we have been comming here it was starting to look a bit dated. The hotel has a separate A le Carte restaurant if you want to eat somewhere quiet and the food generally is very good standard. Also, there is a more public eating area attached to the hotel, serving a more varied menu, yes including burger and chips and opposte that, there is the butty and cake shop.
Again, there is the quiet lounge bar or you can watch live sport in the more public bar. I say more public because on match day it is always packed with locals, giving it a really good atmosphere.
There is a tiny lift that will get you between floors, although I am not too sure about wheelchair access and if you don't use the lift, it's all stairs and a lot of them.
The lounge area is a comfortable place, but as stated earlier a little dated.
The room was comfortable with all the usual accessories. Not over large, but big enough.
The car park can be a problem as it only takes maybe 12 cars comfortably. There is a large pay and display across the road, but after saying that I have always managed to find a spot.
The surrounding area is fantastic with lots of different walks or if you want it relaxing a sail down the lake. Unfortunately for us Helvellyn was in cloud when we got there so we didn't get the usual views across Cumbria. Never mind, we will be back.
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