I think the other reviewers (bacardi69, ke1234 bolton, and allanb21) are being quite harsh on what we found to be a pleasant experience. we enjoyed a lovely mid-week break in August 09 and in spite of the terrible weather, found the facilities to offer everything we could have asked for.
The room was fine (neither exceptional, nor terrible) and unlike the other reviewers, found it to be entirely clean and pleasant. The absence of AC did mean we needed to use the fan they had provided though (dare I say) with the opening of a window, we found the air to be perfectly conditioned! nice toiletries (Occitane) too.
breakfast was delicious - choice of fruit salads, cereals, bread and pastries, then a good menu of anything from eggs benedict to full English to American pancakes (the latter was smaller than expected). service was excellent - they couldn't do enough for us.
leisure facilities - understandably sympathetic in design and layout to the old building within which they are located. Fitness room - good overall. pool/sauna/steamroom - average, because of size more than anything else.
evening - bar and restaurant menus were good (esp restaurant) - everything we tried was excellent, esp the risottos, though the bar burger was also great. perhaps a touch pricey but the experience was good. again, the service was excellent.
Vu Spa - massages were very good. very relaxing experience in peaceful surroundings.
The hotel decor in the communal areas had just been redone and we thought was very stylish, with comfortable chairs, cosy corners and enough technology. big screen TV in the 'play room' to watch the Ashes was most appreciated too.
There was a mix of residents - couples of all ages and families - to be expected during the school holidays anywhere in Europe. We acknowledge our experience was in the high season, so probably the busiest the hotel is going to be (esp given school holidays) and yet we still found the staff to be very pleasant and organised. not sure what the other reviewers expected: I can only hypothesise that looking after the wedding results in the rest of the hotel being under-staffed (there wasn't a wedding when we were there)? Or perhaps there is a different set of staff for the weekend?
vicinity - good location overall - opportunity to explore south/mid/west lakes very comfortably. hotel is close to Windermere, Bowness, Grassmere (don't miss the gingerbread shop!) and Ambleside. Coniston/Hawkshead also close by. the drive from bowness to Keswick was beautiful, while Ullswater was worth a drive north, as always.
If you are considering a stay in the lakes, I would recommend a stay here. Certainly better than the Newby Bridge hotel (just opposite the road/river) from The (much superior) Swan.
- 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