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Holbeck Ghyll Country House

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#16 of 20 hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
This luxurious country house hotel is set in eighteen acres of private woodland and gardens, in England's picturesque Lake District. Holbeck Ghyll offers 32 individually designed en-suite rooms, most with spectacular views over Lake Windermere. The Health Spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, steam room. Food is an integral part of any guests stay and the award-winning fine-dining restaurant will not disappoint.
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Free Internet
Free parking
Room service
Breakfast included
Dry Cleaning
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Tennis Court
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51Somewhat walkable
Grade: 51 out of 100
271Restaurantswithin 5 miles
103Attractionswithin 5 miles
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Dinner at £72/head (£50 for residents) was in the "Oak Room" which has 12 tables and is overcrowded for the size of the room. The tables are very old oak/mahogany wood and are in poor condition. There were no place mats or table cloths with the chairs being odd styles, hard backs and worn seat padding making them uncomfortable. The general ambiance of the room was tired to the point of being shabby. Food had originality and was very good. Wine choices were very good but overpriced - our choice came at £42 / bottle for the house Sauvignon Blanc. Service at dinner was good. Breakfast was in the same Oak room with all it's shortcomings. Food quality was good on day 1 and "satisfactory' on day 2 ; breakfast service was just about OK.
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The outlook is fabulous, and the interior decor is beautiful Art Deco, straight out of C R Mackintosh. Unbeatable sleep quality due to excellent large bed with high quality linen, perfect darkness and zero noise. I've read some of the reviews and they make some valid points, including the fact that some staff don't have very good (or clear) English. The place is not perfect. Our room had some worn carpet that is overdue for replacement, and a light bulb not working, which is something that should be easily & promptly fixed when housekeeping must know. We both agreed that the breakfast was our best ever, excellent food cooked to perfection and presented perfectly. (I had to laugh at the reviewer that compared it with Little Chef and then complained that there were no baked-beans. LOL) But despite some language issues, I stress that all the staff were very attentive and professional; in fact it is impressive to see such experienced professional people in such a small establishment.
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This was our first return after a five year gap and it's still one of our favourite hotels. The view, the peaceful setting and the wonderful 'country house' atmosphere are very special. The breakfasts are first rate and evening dining is, as before, superb. Thank you for a lovely stay. Just one or two comments that you might find helpful. Our room, number 23, has a great aspect, but it did seem overdue for a refit. The carpets and floor tiles all in a poor state and we had a problem with the bathroom radiator that took two days to fix. Its control knob was missing so we had no way to turn it down or off and at night time it was rather noisy. We booked for four nights, with two dining in, but for our second night dining in the staff weren't expecting us and we got a table at the back of the room and the same menu as three days previously. On top of that we found we had been charged twice for those meals. The staff were very apologetic and put it right of course, but we were left with the impression that the management was a bit disorganised this time.
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My wife and I arrived for a 3 day break. We chose Holbeck as it allows dogs. On arrival we were shown to our lodge room, which is a very short distance from the main hotel. Beautiful room overlooking the lake with a private terrace, with a dog bed for Bertie or dog. The Terrace is beautiful and we had many drinks overlooking lake windemere watching the fighter jets race across, really amazing spectacle! The restaurant is very traditional however does not allow dogs which is understandable . The food is classic with french twist, however we did feel the menu included in our stay was a little limited and needed more choice. Before each meal we were served canapes, which were very good , but again did not change from day to day so became a little boring. Breakfast was very good and menu had a good choice of hot/cold dishes. You could also opt to have afternoon tea /lunch of the terrace which was very nice. Staff could not have been more polite and helpful, however there are areas that need tweaking. For instance on the terrace there were no sun umbrellas so it became very uncomfortable sitting in direct sunlight especially if you have dogs. The door on our lodge room was very flimsy and our dog managed to open our door and "escape on several occasions as there was no lock. A proper key lock would be a welcomed addition. But overall it was a very relaxing stay and we will be visiting again at some point.
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I think Holbeck Ghyll is going through a bit of a transformation at present. There is a bit of refurbishment going on in some of the outbuildings and the bar / restaurant staff are clearly all new and under training with a varying grasp of the English language. A work in progress. The main house part of the hotel is stunning. For fans of the Arts & Crafts Movement a visit is essential. The communal rooms especially the lobby and dining room are exquisite. Many of the rooms are in much newer outbuildings. We booked a lake view junior suite which, on a half board basis was not extravagantly expensive, though far from bargain cheap. The suite itself was in a slightly tired 70's building a little way from the main house though the interior was lovely and the views simply stunning. The exterior aesthetic and approach to the room may not be to our taste but we could not fault the accommodation in any way. Dinner was a voyage of discovery. Service a bit haphazard and the dinner menu was very limited though toe food was fine, if not exceptional. The highlight was probably the cheeseboard, beautifully explained to us by the maitre d' with a wonderful selection of locally sourced cheeses. The atmosphere was convivial and with a few added Sybil Fawlty moments we had a very entertaining evening. I would go back for sure though I think some of the other hotels / restaurants in the area have somewhat left Holbeck Ghyll behind a bit. I think they are trying very hard to catch up.
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$193 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandLake DistrictWindermere
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