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Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere LA23 1LU England
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#13 of 19 hotels in Windermere
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4.9
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4.7
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4.4
Value
4.1
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 parking
Free internet
Hot tub
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Free breakfast
Hiking
Tennis court
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
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Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
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NAM wrote a review Oct 3
Bury, United Kingdom1 contribution
Buttermere - it does not have a fell view as described. In fact it has no view at all. The blinds need to be down all the time to avoid being overlooked. A very unpleasant room at best. It is dated. Do not book this room. Miss Potter - It is impossible to sleep in this room with temperatures at night approaching 30C and no realistic way to reduce the underfloor heating. The thermostat takes 24 hours to adjust but the cleaners will increase it back. Avoid this room when the heating is on. The TVs are 1990's so no smart features or Netflix. For a room costing £500 per night this is a disgrace at best. Do not book this room. Overall, this hotel is charging way too much for everything - rooms, food, drinks etc. The quality does not remotely match the prices charged. If I paid half as much as I did I would still be very disappointed, it is that bad.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Pat B wrote a review Sep 2022
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Excellent stay at the Holbeck Ghyll country house hotel for my 80th birthday celebrations with all the family. We were a party of 9 people and were looked after very well. The bedroom accommodation was excellent, food (5 course taster menu) superb and the setting and views from the hotel were outstanding. Rather apprehensive when booking this back in January as the hospitality industry were struggling to find staff after all the covid disruption but with the experience we have just had would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel; couldn’t have wished for better attentive service, tasty food and comfy beds. It is an ideal place to celebrate, treat yourself to a bit of luxury or just to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Pat B, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review following on from your recent double birthday celebrations with us here at Holbeck Ghyll. Your support on TripAdvisor is much appreciated. thank you so much for choosing us to host such a special occasion. I am so pleased to read about the wonderful time you had with us. Thank you for your kind comments on how you found the facilities to be amazing. We are delighted to read that you found our staff to be professional I will share your feedback with the team, they will be so pleased. We already can't wait to welcome you back, so please do come along again soon! For any future reservations, please contact us directly on Stay@holbeckghyll.com and we will be at your assistance. Kindest regards, Thomas Blakeley General Manager
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DB061973 wrote a review Sep 2022
Liverpool, United Kingdom8 contributions
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This is an amazing place to stay,we stayed for 2 nights in room no 4 overlooking Lake Windermere,whilst attending a wedding last weekend,held within the hotel. Tom and his team can’t do enough for you,what a great bunch of staff. The food is truly amazing, full English with top quality produce, cooked to your own specifications. The wedding food was some of the best I’ve eaten. In fact,the onion soup starter was the best starter I’ve possibly ever had. The hotel is historically blessed and set in an idyllic location. To set expectations, it isn’t a brand new boutique hotel,however it has lots of charm and character. If you are looking for a cheap pint get yourself a B&B elsewhere….this is a top quality hotel so you pay higher than average prices for the drinks and food. The quality,service and hotel more than make up for it though. The bed was huge with spotless white linen and the room was immaculate. I’d recommend a stay there anytime.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Gardiner R wrote a review Sep 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina73 contributions29 helpful votes
A very nice, traditional English hotel with full breakfast provided and dinner available in the evenings. A great central base point just south of Ambleside (approx 1.5 miles away) for exploring the Lake District with a rental car (which is definitely necessary if you want to get around the lake district). If you are not inclined to get a car though, there are some hikes in the area and the bus is less than a mile away, although you do have to walk about a half a mile down (and back up!) a significant but not too steep hill to get to the buses on the main road. Hot showers, good water pressure, a nice bar, and friendly helpful staff.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear BlueMonsoon, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review on your recent stay with us at Holbeck Ghyll. Your support on TripAdvisor is much appreciated. I am so pleased that you found the hotel to be very friendly and have Helpful staff . Thank you for describing our Breakfast as a very nice Traditional Breakfast (Best meal of the day) . I will share your feedback with the team, they will be delighted. We already can't wait to welcome you back, so please do come along again soon! For any future reservations, please contact us directly on Stay@holbeckghyll.com and we will be at your assistance. Kindest regards, Thomas Blakeley General Manager
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Richard D wrote a review Sep 2022
Welford on Avon, United Kingdom74 contributions43 helpful votes
We celebrated 2 birthdays, the first on Saturday the second on Sunday and couldn't have been happier with our stay at Holbeck Ghyll. From the friendly greeting on our arrival, (made that little bit more personal by James on reception who worked out who we were before we announced ourselves and welcomed us by name - nice touch). We were shown to our rooms and our every request was met with a cheerful and positive response. 8 adults (& 1 dog) then had the pleasure of a delicious 8 course taster menu in a private dining room (some Veggie's, some not), perfect for our first birthday celebration. After a good (if short) night's sleep in very comfortable (and large) rooms, we were served hot breakfast in 'our' dining room which set us up well to continue our celebrations. The team is small and professional and took the time to understand us, meaning we truly felt like guests in this lovely country house.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear RichardD469, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review following on from your recent double birthday bash with us here at Holbeck Ghyll. Your support on TripAdvisor is much appreciated. I am so pleased to read about the wonderful time you had with us. Thank you for your kind comments on how you found your own private dining space to continue all your celebrations in was lovely and how you found the facilities to be amazing. We are delighted to read that you found our staff to be professional I will share your feedback with the team, they will be so pleased. especially James. We already can't wait to welcome you back, so please do come along again soon! For any future reservations, please contact us directly on Stay@holbeckghyll.com and we will be at your assistance. Kindest regards, Thomas Blakeley General Manager
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Diamond280 wrote a review Sep 2022
Northallerton, United Kingdom394 contributions217 helpful votes
Over many years I have written glowing reviews with regards to this establishment but this summer was the final stay. I anticipated that the refurbishment would have elevated this hotel but I saw mainly fairly basic refurbishment- the development of the bar area is a good addition. However the room was tired, dated and the bathroom whilst large unwelcoming and no modernisation whatsoever. The views were stunning as always. Dinner was a fairly sparse experience- whilst not big eaters the portion sizes were not over generous. Food cooking was acceptable though. No wine sommelier which was previously a superb experience for the diner but no more. The staff were friendly and I wish this establishment every success for the future.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Dear Diamond280, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review on your recent stay with us at Holbeck Ghyll. Your support on TripAdvisor is much appreciated. any feed back that we receive we always try to act on to improve the service/ product for all our guests. I am so pleased that you found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming . I will share your feedback with the team, they will be delighted. I have passed on your feedback regarding the food to our chef who will be discussing this with his team. once again thank you for your review and For any future reservations, please contact us directly on Stay@holbeckghyll.com and we will be at your assistance. Kindest regards, Thomas Blakeley General Manager
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ShaunPC wrote a review Sep 2022
North West England, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
Had a great 4 night stay at fhe Holbeck Ghyll. Brilliant location with stunning views over the lake and beyond. Food was excellent and staff all very helpful and friendly. Will certainly be staying again and wish you every success Tom and the team.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear ShaunPC, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review on your recent stay with us at Holbeck Ghyll. Your support on TripAdvisor is much appreciated. I am so pleased that you found the hotel to have stunning views . Thank you for describing our food as Excellent, we do pride our product on the staff that deliver it so i'm so glad to read that you also noticed how great they are.. I will share your feedback with the team, they will be delighted. We already can't wait to welcome you back, so please do come along again soon! For any future reservations, please contact us directly on Stay@holbeckghyll.com and we will be at your assistance. Kindest regards, Thomas Blakeley General Manager
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Karen G wrote a review Sep 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We booked this hotel as it was dog friendly and was recommended for its food. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming we stayed in The Benjamin Bunny Lodge which was comfortable and clean but in need of a renovation. The food was lovely well prepared and executed. It was peaceful and quiet with gorgeous views and lovely gardens. Many thanks to Tom for the sausage each morning for our beloved dog she really enjoyed them and for making me a wonderful espresso martini.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear H6984KEkareng, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review on your recent stay with us at Holbeck Ghyll. Your support on TripAdvisor is much appreciated. I am so pleased that you found the hotel to be very friendly and welcoming . Thank you for describing our food as well prepared and executed. I will share your feedback with the team, they will be delighted. We already can't wait to welcome you back, so please do come along again soon! For any future reservations, please contact us directly on Stay@holbeckghyll.com and we will be at your assistance. Kindest regards, Thomas Blakeley General Manager
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Julia S wrote a review Sep 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our second stay at Holbeck Ghyll but, unfortunately it will be our last. We had booked a lodge suite for 2 nights following a year of cancer treatment. The idea was to relax , have lovely food and leave refreshed. On arrival we were told that the lodge suite had not been reserved for us as planned and instead we were put into room 7. This room had dirty, stained carpets, a plank of wood was holding up the bed, the bathroom sink had a huge crack in it and the mattress so so soft it should have been thrown out years ago!!!! Tom, the manager, told us that we could use the door from the garden as our front door but actually this turned out to be the fire escape!!!! We ordered room service for dinner. Goodness!!! £31.50 for potato gnocchi and £42.00 for a steak and any accompanying garnished had to be paid for separately!!! We ordered a burger and fries each which came with a spoonful of coleslaw at £23.50 each, a bottle of white wine at £38.00 , absolutely nothing special, a cheese board with 3 slivers of cheese and 4 crackers for £17.50 and a parfait at £10.50 that had been made several days before and I could not eat. I went down to reception after dinner and cancelled the rest of our stay as we were so disappointed. The bill for this one night was £528.06 which quite frankly was scandalous. We were so disappointed and I honestly would not recommend Holbeck Ghyll to anyone at this present time. We were offered a return one night stay with breakfast rather than a refund which is what we had requested. Very disappointed!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Stay somewhere else. Room 7 is above or near the kitchen so you stay is very noisy!!!
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Tim.brand505@mac.com wrote a review Aug 2022
Langport, United Kingdom10 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed 3 nights with my wife in August. I would not return. The hotel is slightly down at heel and has clearly seen better days. The staff were very good; both friendly and efficient; they would have been even better if they had worn some sort of uniform. The food and restaurant service also good. My bill was wildly inaccurate on the final morning. It would seem that the staff had charged Room 2 (mine) with items from lodge 2. The result was a bill some £300 + too high. This was swiftly corrected and I paid the correct amount. That evening I noted that the hotel had taken £800 (as authorised) from my bank account and also £377 (not authorised). I rang to complain but could not get through to the hotel at all. The next day I was assured that the £377 would be returned within hours: it took 4 days. Simply not good enough!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Many other 4* hotels to choose from in the area
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Response from Thomas Blakeley, General Manager at Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear TimBrand505 I am disappointed to read your review on your most recent stay with us at Holbeck Ghyll. We highly appreciate the positive comments on our great, accommodating and friendly team. coupled with our fine dining food. We are open to all kinds of customer feedback as it is integral to our operations and is always taken on board constructively. Upon my investigation, I have found that we as a whole had a system error, adding bills from past stays on to new relevant bookings. this of course was out of our control but has since been rectified and improved. as a company policy for refunds we do advise that this can take up to 5 working days for the banks to process. Again, thank you very much for the positive comments on our team and your feedback. Warmest regards, Thomas Blakeley, General Manager
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$165 - $292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictWindermere
NUMBER OF ROOMS
32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Nearby attractions include Michael Coates Clay Shooting (4.7 miles), Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins (1.7 miles), and Holehird Gardens (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dr Brews Coffee, The Old Stamp House Restaurant, and Graze.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Holbeck Ghyll Country House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Townend (1.0 miles), Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts house (4.8 miles), and Rydal Mount & Gardens (3.4 miles).
Does Holbeck Ghyll Country House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Holbeck Ghyll Country House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.