As a late escape the Lake District can be a little daunting as the year round popularity can make it difficult to go there on a whim. This time the whim was easily filled as a couple of hotels had vacancies for the late May bank holiday. Arriving at the hotel the trip seemed doomed to failure and looked to be turning into a disaster as the booked double room was a twin and the weather was simply torrential rain.
Happily the staff were very helpful and a little shuffling around of rooms by manager soon had us in a double with views of the lake and hills.
As to the weather, well you cant go to the lake district and rely on getting hot dry weather all of the time, the clouds parted a lot of the time allowing at least some sun and dry weather and as to the rain, well thats why you always need to carry waterproofs there. Its not unusual to get all 4 seaons in one day. By sticking to the low level areas we managed to only experience 3 seasons, spring summer and autumn, but discussions in the hotel bar at night confirmed that the missing season for us was still there and winter was just hiding a little higher up the hills. One very happy walker who did the rigours of Helvelyn and Striding Edge was extremely happy that she had completed both parts of her walk and had only cried twice !! One of the times she cried was due to the hailstones crashing down on her. The smile on her face and her obvious pride at completing both walks was clear to see.
Food in the hotel was great, breakfast was the usual full fry up, with fruit and porridge available too. The evening meal was different every night with at least 5 choices of main course, nice size portions and excellent service. unresevedly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Patterdale Hotel sits on the main Penrith to Windermere route. Lying at the head of Ullswater, England's most beautiful lake, the village is in a fabulous central position for exploring the Lake District. The hotel is a popular base for both walking and activity holidays as well as more peaceful, relaxing break. Surrounding areas offer some of the world's most scenic walks and trails, and Keswick, Ambleside and Penrith are all within 15 miles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Patterdale
- Patterdale The Hotel
- The Patterdale Hotel Lake District