This place certainly ranks highly on my "must return" list, and this is inspite of the horrendously wet rained that welcomed us. We stayed here for three nights last weekend.
Location: Fabulously tranquil, yet within easy reach of Keswick. It has the some of the best grounds I've ever visited. We had some lovely strolls in the garden, and also on the board walk, with little puppet. But if you are a keen rambler/hiker, then you could easily go on for miles and miles on various trails. I'd like to make a little suggestion to have some sort of water facility by the entrance to clean boots/doggies after a muddy walk. Luckily puppet is small enough for me to carry into the room and dunked in the bath. But I hesitate to imagine what happens to the larger dogs.
Staff and Service: Easily rivalled any of the leading hotels of the world. What more can I say?
Food: We dined at the restaurant twice and neither meals disappointed. Pre-dinner canapes were delicious and set the tone for the entire meal. For starters, if it's on the menu, try the king scallop and lobster ravioli, which is served with a lightly thai fragrant sauce. I had the home hot-smoked salmon on the second night, and wow, that was some smoked salmon. We then feasted on a trio of cumbrian lamb and rare beef fillet. Both were perfectly executed although my friend's beef fillet was served rather too well done instead of rare as ordered. The fish course was again cook to perfection, being moist and not overly dry. I can't say much about desserts as I had the cheese platter both nights but my husband had nothing to complain about. Cheeses were local but the best was the home made chutney. It was so good that I wanted to take some home!
Breakfast was cooked to order. Do try the home-made muesli although my husband did find it a little too filling if you have the cooked breakfast as well. Nice selection of croissant and pastries, as well as fruit jams.
Bedroom: We booked the Garden Room downstairs as I liked the idea of having a drink on the patio. Disappointingly, we didn't get the chance. But the room was spacious and comfortable, with a very large bathroom but a small flat screen TV. Plenty of storage space. I found the decor a little old and dated, and the TV a little too small. but that might just be a personal thing. My friends had one of the superior rooms upstairs (room 4) and I liked that room very much. I also had a peek of the Turret Room, which was also very nice. Next time, I'll have one of those instead.
Dogs: They certainly are very welcomed here, which is refreshing. My only complaint is that Puppet's dinners were nothing special. He had beef for the first night (don't think it was steak) which was far too over cooked), and plain grilled chicken the second night which was fine. They were cheap at £5 per meal but I would prefer to pay more for something more special like rump steak, chicken livers or calves livers.
All in all, we loved the place and will recommend this to all our friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Genuine Georgian English country house hotel, family owned and cared for. Set in 18 acres of formal gardens and woodland, and within a short drive of Keswick and the central lakes. Recently refurbished throughout, with modern en-suite bathrooms, free high speed wireless internet and sumptuous three star, two-rosette AA restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Overwater Hall Hotel Bassenthwaite
- Overwater Hall Ireby, Lake District