We stayed as a family group – gathering eight of us in total, from 22 to 86 years old – at Overwater Hall from Friday night through to Monday morning. None of us wanted to leave! A perfect break, tucked away amongst the trees out of the wind in stunning surroundings, looked after with careful attention to every detail by Angela, Stephen, Luke and the other excellent staff. Polite friendliness is a difficult balance to achieve, but the Overwater Hall team succeed superbly. Not once did anyone hover, yet there was always miraculously someone on hand to provide our every need.
From the classic elegance of the rooms – all different, all with character, comfort and views of the Lakeland scenery, some like our bedroom (Room 2) with separate seating alcoves looking out over the hills, and spacious bathrooms – through the garden walks, back to tea in the lounge and superb cuisine in the evening, it was faultless. Red squirrels raid the hazelnut boxes strategically placed outside the lounge windows and front door, and deer can be glimpsed in the garden copses. Early morning walks down to nearby Overwater Lake, or over the fields, raised the appetite to ensure full enjoyment of the excellent, locally sourced breakfast, then more exercise during the day justified the beautifully presented evening meals in the elegant dining room, the menus at each meal having just the right level of choice. Truly a gem of a discovery, and we can’t wait to have an opportunity to return. We cannot recommend this hotel more highly.
In the visitors’ book we were genuinely able to write “Simply perfect”.
- 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