My husband. dog and I went for a last minute weekend as we wanted to take advantage of the rare British summer and we found this place on the internet; it also came with a very good review from Trip Advisor and with very good reason.
From the outset they were incredibly helpful (phone calls on the way up to ensure we wanted any dinner or extra beds), being met in the car park and managing to get us in to dinner on time (they stop dinner at 8.30pm and we turned up then still in shorts and a t shirt (there is a dress poilcy which really sets the tone)
The setting is wonderful and for anyone travelling with dogs it couldnt be better; there is a beautiful walk around the grounds where we saw dear, rabbits and sheep (dog was a little too interested in them so we didnt see them for long!) and everywhere you look you can see the rolling hills and countryside that make the lake district so wonderful.
As we were walking the following day they very helpfully lent us a map and a walking guide and when we returned there was a large drink served in the garden, a bucket of water for the dog and something to clean the peat bog off of her.
We ate in the restaurant both nights and mornings and there wasnt a thing we could fault. The service was tremendous without being overbearing, the food was wonderful with a great choice of local produce which partly changed each evening so we never felt we were eating "second choice" the next night. Breakfast was one of the nicest I have had in a restaurant (and we have had a fair few!) and again cooked impeccably.
We were in room 8 (one of their cheaper rooms I think?) but it was very large, had a lovely view (although a little overlooked but not really an issue) and the bathroom was very spacious. It was also next to fire exit so we didnt have to trapse the dog through the hotel to get her out for a walk.
The location is stunning though beware of some sat navs, as we followed the good old fashioned sign and ours said we were going the worng way! If you want to walk about and not see or hear other people or the modern world then stay here. If you want an array of pubs, restaurants and mobile service then I would stay closer to one of the towns nearby such as Keswick. We never wanted for anything here and were very sad to leave.
Absolutely wonderful romantic getaway that I would also love to take the family back to as well. Thanks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Genuine Georgian English country house hotel, family owned and cared for. Set in 18 acres of formal gardens and woodland, and within a short drive of Keswick and the central lakes. Recently refurbished throughout, with modern en-suite bathrooms, free high speed wireless internet and sumptuous three star, two-rosette AA restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Overwater Hall Hotel Bassenthwaite