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Overwater Hall
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ireby
Certificate of Excellence
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding!”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

We stayed for the first time for one night only on 24 October but would have stayed longer had we known what welcome awaited us! Having stayed in many hotels throughout the UK over many years we have to rate this as the best one - the welcome we received, the hospitality throughout our stay, and the food. All aspects of our stay were superb and we extend our thanks to Stephen and his team for making our stay a memorable one. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Penrith, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We’ve stayed and dined at Overwater for over twenty years now and it never fails to disappoint. Over the years we’ve watched as Overwater has become the benchmark for all other hotels to aspire to. Much has been written on this site about the exquisite food, the impeccable service, the stunning location and I would thoroughly echo all those comments. But the one thing that sets this hotel apart from the others is the feeling that you, the guest are special and that your overall experience is the staff’s top priority. This is how a country house hotel should be run! All the staff are equally deserving of praise. They all have a smile for you and address you by name as they pass you on the stairs or call you to the dining room for dinner. Overwater feels like a happy place to work and this positive atmosphere feeds through to the guests. It’ s a credit to the management skills of the enthusiastic owners, who are constantly on hand to ensure that guest’s needs are met with discreet efficiency. A visit to Overwater is always a wonderful and memorable experience. Here’s to the next twenty years at this very special hotel.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic, but room 3 have Red squirrels climbing the tree outside the window
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Just back from four nights at Overwater Hall with my elderly mother. We occupied the ground floor garden room which meant she didn't have to contend with the stairs. I did wonder if it would be too quiet for her as she lives alone but we both had a lovely time; as she said it was lovely to be able to sit and read a book in the morning without feeling guilty. We also enjoyed watching the red squirrels and the nuthatches and woodpecker at the feeders.
The food was beautifully prepared and served and the service unobtrusive. It's the little things which make a big difference; Stephen, the co-owner, noticing that we had returned from a trip out and coming to open the second half of the front door to enable my mother to enter more easily.
I'm looking forward to a return visit with my husband to try out some of the local walks. Thank you for creating such a rural idyll.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2013

We recently had an absolutely wonderful weekend at Overwater Hall. It was chosen partly because of its extensive grounds as we had young children with us. The rooms were lovely and the food was excellent (one of the best!) but what made it special as far as I was concerned was the friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Room Tip: All the rooms at the front and the garden room are lovely - very comfortable.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed in August of 2013, and loved every moment. Our room was on the ground floor and just beautiful. A door leads to a small porch with bird feeder and I spent quite a bit of time bird and red-squirrel watching, and with the views of the mountains beyond, it was idyllic. The en-suite bathroom was large and well appointed. The food is just amazing - we stayed for 5 nights and enjoyed every mouthful! The staff were so wonderful and helpful. Can't say enough nice things about this lovely hotel.

Room Tip: The ground floor garden room is just lovely and perfect for those with stair issues. Enjoy the bird...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

We have been visiting Overwater ( with our dogs ) for more than ten years. It continues to be our favourite hotel anywhere . The owners and staff are welcoming, professional, and friendly. Over the years, the levels of comfort have continued to improve, and the food - mostly organic and locally sourced - gets better and better.
On a recent mid week visit, the grounds were magnificent in their autumn colours, Stephen and Angela were as usual impeccable front of house, and Adrian took time out of the kitchen to show off his two beautiful Labradors. Food highlights included a perfect fillet steak, and a fantastic trio of game. Overwater remains a magical place to visit. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We had booked for one night only but we wished we could have stayed for longer. We received a friendly greeting from Stephen who carried our bag to our room. We had a lovely room and found our stay very restful. We had a little walk around the grounds, which are extensive and interesting. Very pleased with our stay. We hope to return again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Overwater Hall

Property: Overwater Hall
Address: Overwater, Ireby CA7 1HH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ireby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ireby
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Overwater Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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Overwater Hall Ireby, Lake District

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