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Inn on the Lake
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Glenridding
Basildon, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Weekend break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

What a lovely break, hotel staff where very pleasant ,room was great with a great lake view and balcony, shame the weather wasn't better, would definitely recommend.breakfast and evening meals were very good ,overall a great break

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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manageriotl, General Manager at Inn on the Lake, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for your lovely review, We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future,

Kind regards

Gary
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited the inn on the lake for our 10th wedding anniversary having been married at this hotel in 2003. I had tried to book a room for the weekend many months in advance but it was booked up. Regardless of that I booked a table for dinner for the evening of the 15th September. I must state that this hotel has improved since 2003 and it was very very good back then. I understand that Gary remains the manager , he did a sterling job overseeing our wedding 10 years ago. It's clear to see that the hotel has gone from strength to strength under his leadership , wonderful lounges, orangery, the grounds are beautiful and the whole place has a touch of class which means that people will flock to have their weddings at this iconic setting. I was a little disappointed with the service and food in the restaurant however. After ordering wine I do expect this to arrive before starters are served not just before our main course. My wife had to add ice to her white wine due to it being served in a glass which was warm. My Caesar salad for starters was bland but my lamb for mains was excellent. My wife had pork for mains and it was lacking in flavour. From being shown to our table to finishing desert was 40 minutes and it felt like we were being rushed to get out of the way ! We did mention to a couple of staff that it was our special occasion 10 years on but it didn't really register with anyone. I am a firm believer in balanced reviews and there is so much to admire at the IOTL and as a fellow Yorkshireman I admire Gary and his success at this fine hotel. But high standards sometimes need a bit of a jolt to maintain them and the food and service didn't match what the IOTL have built their reputation on.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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manageriotl, General Manager at Inn on the Lake, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Southyorks

I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and its lovely to see people returning. We do try very hard to constantly improve our standards and not just take things for granted. I'm so sorry the food didn't quite live up to your expectation but we do appreciate honest constructive feedback. In a time when food is very much at the forefront of fashion and tv it is up to restaurants to keep pace and we do constantly try to cater for all tastes.It was lovely to see you and hope its not too long before you revisit.

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Gary
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cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Lovely setting for this hotel but such a shame about the weather. Staff very friendly and hotel lovely. However, our room, 27, was a little small although it was nicely furnished. We had dinner in the restaurant as part of the deal (Travel Zoo) and it was very good. Breakfast also good. Would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a nice quiet break.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view and don't have Room 27 as it is rather small and looking over the kitchen co...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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manageriotl, General Manager at Inn on the Lake, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear Alallbut

Thank you for your very kind review and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay, hope the weather wasn't too of putting, we all know the lakes and when it rains. it rains but what better than sitting in the fire lounge having coffee over looking the most amazing scenery.We look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you well.

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Gary
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Oldham
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Having the Mel Allen photo of the jetty at Ullswater above my fire, I've always wanted to go and see it so my friend and I stayed in Glenridding in July at the camp site and had afternoon tea at the hotel. As we were admiring the stunning views sitting in the gardens I just knew that I would be back soon and would stay at the hotel. Just 3 weeks later I was back with my partner. We were disappointed to find that the view from the window was the Ramblers Inn rooftop. It did put a downer on things initially but the food, service and staff were all amazing which made up for the view a little. This is a prefect setting for a wedding providing the weather is good and who knows......it may just be mine! I'd like to hope that I will be visiting again before the winter sets in.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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manageriotl, General Manager at Inn on the Lake, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for your lovely comments and constructive feedback. So pleased you enjoyed your stay.

G Wilson
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights Monday through Friday. Great room with Lake view comfortable American King size bed, Dinner superb, although should stick with one multi choice menu as A la carte was limited and when choosing from table du hote it was more varied on a day to day basis. Breakfast had good choice but was very slow on 2 out of the four days. Great that it was not a buffet for the hot choices though. Would recommend it but it is expensive so make sure you ask about offers.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are stunning
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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manageriotl, General Manager at Inn on the Lake, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Guest

Its very nice to hear lovely comments and we appreciate constructive feedback. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. As for breakfast, the easy option is to do buffet as made to order can cause a wait especially when lots of guests come down at the same time but as you state people do prefer plated breakfast. I hope this didn't spoil your experience and look forward to seeing you again.

Kind regards

G Wilson
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just back from a short 2 night DB&B package and we were highly impressed. The location is absolutely stunning, just a safe distance away from the crowds of the tourist hotspots.

Service was top notch, and what a breath of fresh air, most of the staff were English. We had some trouble with the wifi, and the Manager in fact tried his best to sort it out with only limited success, if you depend on the internet, pass on this hotel as things stand unless you have all the time in the world as it comes and goes.

The hotel buildings are a mix, the Orangery is a huge, magnificent, new conservatory whilst the corridors are more akin to an old peoples home. Our room was a dog friendly lake view room (10), but I think the previous incumbent must have had a pack of dogs in there because it was unpalatably smelly, even for me, a life long dog owner - management please take note! On the subject of dogs, a few more luxury rooms which accept dogs would be welcome, currently there are only 2. The room itself was a large corner room with incredible views across the lake and a side view to the mountains, the bathroom was huge with a great corner bath.

My food was awesome and of a very high level, although my wife struggled with a tough piece of beef rump one night. Breakfasts, avoid the English cooked breakefast, way below par but the smoked salmon alternative (no extra cost) was divine, pastrys were stale and not edible, fresh fruit delicious.

Lawns, grounds and shoreline are simply incredible, the jewel in the crown and golf, putting, crochet are absolutely FREE.

Dont want to sound too negative, we had a great time and cannot wait to return AND the reception staff even gave me a £20 refund for an accidental overcharge, without any prompting whatsoever, very impressed.

Room Tip: dig deeper and get that LAKESIDE room
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We chose this hotel for a short midweek break as a prelude to a family wedding in Blackpool, just to make a long trip more worthwhile. The setting, the staff and the food were all first rate and the entire experience was positive. There was a wedding there every day in August, which most people would like but some would not (thinking of the evening part). These were well managed as well, and it was pleasure to watch the ceremonies outside with such a stunning view in the background. Pleasant local walks and in a good position to explore the rest of the area. Definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Glenridding
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Glenridding
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Inn on the Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn on the Lake Hotel ia a 4 star hotel that enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District in 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. The Inn on the Lake is only 12 miles from the M6 motorway and the drive is very dramatic with the road curving around the Lake and the backdrop scenery of the fells. There are 47 en-suite bedrooms, all thoughtfully designed with most rooms having breathtaking views, some looking towards the magnificent Helvellyn mountain range, while the majority look over the ever changing Ullswater. Each room is fully equipped with everything you come to expect in this quality 4 star hotel. For that special occasion upgrade to a superior room or one of the very popular, stunning four-poster bedrooms. From the moment you walk into reception you will find an interior that compliments this fabulous setting. This leads through to the popular Lounge Bar where a warm welcome awaits with large bay windows overlooking the well landscaped gardens, which lead to the hotels jetties on Ullswater. Enjoy a drink any time of the day, a light lunch or afternoon tea in the Lounge or on our Lakeside terrace. The award-winning 2 AA Rosette Lake View Restaurant provides something for all tastes, or for less formal dining The Ramblers Bar, situated within the hotel’s grounds, offers the option to enjoy a pint of real ale. The hotel also has its own outdoor activities including pitch & putt, croquet and children's outdoor play area. Gary and his team at The Inn on the Lake Hotel look forward to welcoming you soon. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Inn On The Lake Hotel Glenridding
Inn On The Lake Ullswater
Inn On The Lake Glenridding, England

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