The best thing about visiting a hotel you’ve not tried before is when it far surpasses your expectations. Thus was the joyous experience my Girlfriend and I have just been lucky enough to experience in the Lake District over Easter.
We only decide to go up there in March and found our first choice of Hotel fully booked. But they kindly recommended The Wordsworth and having spoken to a charming-sounding lady on reception, I booked a standard room for 4 nights over the Easter bank holiday. We hadn’t actually planned on spending too much money and thus were not looking for anything too pricey. And for some strange reason and lack of my usual attention to detail on the internet, I booked the hotel without even spotting the fact it had a pool and spa area. I somehow missed this extra treat and was thus over-the-moon when we discovered the sauna, pool and Jacuzzi in which to relax after a long walk on the hills.
I had only been to the Lake District once before and that was also at Easter 5 years ago. When I came to book this visit, I did not actually realise that Grasmere is probably the most romantic, peaceful and enchanting of all the main touristy villages. Windermere is larger and thus less peaceful and whilst Ambleside has the most lovely shops, it is still not as quaint and romantic as Grasmere. And so ending up in what I consider to be the most lovely of the three main villages was yet another unexpected bonus.
The Wordsworth is so homely: there are 4 different drawings rooms to choose from, something I have never encountered before. Each one boasts sumptuous sofas in which to read, chat or even snooze after a long walk. And so charming were the staff that they were more than happy to let us eat our deserts in one of the drawing rooms after each dinner. Wi-fi is free and stable which was a particular bonus on the Monday when we took refuge from bad weather and used our Laptop and iPad in the main drawing room to pass some of the day.
One of the things that one always hopes for in any hotel is good food. With a restaurant sporting two ‘rosettes’, we had our hopes up and I am delighted to say that we were not disappointed. We found the food exquisite: a delicious and generous menu with sensibly sized portions, even for someone as tall as myself (6’8”). We chose the Bed/Breakfast/Dinner inclusive package; and when you think that we paid £200/night for ‘both’ of us for our room, a fabulous full-menu breakfast and such a high-quality dinner each night, I felt that £800 for the entire 4-night stay was fantastically good value. Of course you can pay more if you choose a larger room with a four-poster bed etc, etc; but we felt out standard room was more than big enough for our needs and boasted a particularly fresh and lovely bathroom that appeared to have been recently refurbished.
I could ramble on about the Lake District in general and how utterly stunning it all is: but I will keep this review specific to the Wordsworth and say in summary that I would more than happily recommend this lovely hotel to anyone needing a comfortable, well-priced and romantic retreat in one of the loveliest villages in the whole area. We could not fault our stay. Go see for yourselves and enjoy the stunning hospitality, atmosphere and utterly charming staff of The Wordsworth. Ciao for now- Mark.
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