When we turned into the junction for the hotel we saw a very attractive building peering over an old stone bridge. (Please note turn right after you've gone over the bridge to head to the car park- not overly clear)
We were warmly welcomed by the reception staff at check in and the reception of the hotel was tastefully and impressively decorated.
We shared a light lunch of a BBQ pulled pork flatbread which was laden with pork/jalapeños/tortilla crisps&peppers, garnished with coriander and a portion of seasoned fries. The flatbread was a delicious fusion of flavours-we would definitely recommend!
Unfortunately the afternoon we arrived the heavens opened so we didn't venture out of the hotel after check in.
We checked into our room and we were very pleased. Although we had selected a 'standard room' the room was still beautiful and spacious, with a king size bed, a small seating area, tea&coffee facilities, built in wardrobes & lovely crisp white bedlinen. The bathroom was contemporary, spotless and with full sized complimentary toiletries to use during your stay.
We had opted for a 'river view' which was lovely from our window, until a disabled car parked outside, however it wasn't there for too long and there are double yellow lines to stop other people parking there.
We used the pool/sauna/jacuzzi/steam room facilities which were all clean, the lockers were free and towels were provided.
We booked a table in the restaurant, intimate lighting, again tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings with a flourish of feminine floral classic touches and complete with a large open fireplace. Service was smooth and leant itself to being a relaxing environment, generous portions and beautifully presented dishes. My husband chose the fish and chips and I had sirloin steak and chips. My husband was very impressed with the large fish and the mound of chips he was presented with and my steak had been cooked to perfection served alongside real home made chips and large lightly battered onion rings. We then ordered deserts: mars bar cheesecake and crème brulee served with lavender shortbread. The mars bar cheesecake is a tower of gooey naughtiness and very sweet- again presentation beautiful! The crème brulee was a generous pot of yumminess and the lavender shortbread (a first for me) was delicate and moreish!
Next day we woke early and decided to have a small walk pre-breakfast since we hadn't gone outside the hotel since 1pm when we had arrived the previous day, then headed for breakfast which is in a room above the restaurant we had dined in the night before. Upstairs was a spacious loft with a large wooden breakfast table as its centerpeice offering continental breakfast of cereals, pastries, fruit, milk, & juice all served in rustic baskets or spode-like design jugs and bowls. Breakfast is cooked to order- we both went for the Cumbrian cooked breakfast which consisted of: 2 large sausage, 2 thick cuts of smoked bacon (best I've tasted!), beans, perfect runny fried egg (no grease), a round of mixed toast, and it also came with mushrooms, a large tomato and black pudding but we requested to not have any of these three items as we are not keen.
In our room we had been left an information sheet with the days forecast and suggested things to see or do, we decided to do the suggested walk around High Dam which was up the road from the hotel, this is a lovely walk which took us a leisurely 1.5hours - beware some of the paths consist of jagged, cracked rocks and tree roots so wear suitable shoes and believe it or not even though the path starts in the middle of practically nowhere there's a parking meter!
Fantastic stay, wonderful location, delicious food and excellent staff. Would recommend to couples. I would love to go back some time in the future!
We were in Room 103 which was on the bottom floor first few rooms from reception- if you select a 'river view' you will be on the path/road so you will have the odd person walking past your room, they can't see in however you do see their heads bobbing past!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the picturesque River Leven at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, this 17th-century coaching inn is full of character and charm, but also offers well-equipped rooms, first-class leisure facilities and a fabulous ESPA spa. Enjoy the cosy, traditional lounges with roaring log fires, sample a unique local ale and enjoy a first-class dinner from the extensive hotel menu. The chef makes a point of finding the very best natural ingredients from local sources. If you're planning on a family trip, you'll find that The Swan has excellent facilities for children. Whether it's books and toys available in the library, a special restaurant menu or the complimentary milk and cookies served up at bedtime, younger guests are well looked after. Of course, there are many opportunities for them to play too - both in the hotel's 14 acres and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Whatever the reason for your trip, business or pleasure, you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes and will have the perfect base for exploring the wonderful beauty of the Lake District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swan Newby Bridge
- Swan Hotel Newby Bridge
- Swan Hotel & Spa Newby Bridge, Lake District