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The Howbeck & Retreat

Howbeck New Road, Windermere LA23 2LA England
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#46 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Windermere
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Luxury AA Rated 5 star highly recommended, recently fully refurbished guest house just 2 mins walk from Windermere centre. A member of the "Best loved hotels of the world" all rooms have fantastic en-suites some with jacuzzis & massage showers. We have 1 luxury suite with private entrance and patio, double jacuzzi air bath, mood lighting, 2 tv's etc. If you are looking for somewhere special you will not find better in Windermere!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Shared lounge / TV area
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Allergy-free room
Flatscreen TV
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Polish
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AnE F wrote a review Dec 2020
York, England, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a fantastic visit here in December, all appropriate covid precautions were adhered to and we felt extremely safe. We were made very welcome and even had some complimentary wine in our room to celebrate our anniversary. Its little touches like that which you remember and make you want to return, and we really do! We cant wait.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Judy L wrote a review Dec 2020
Brentwood, United Kingdom330 contributions127 helpful votes
This is a very different review from the usual type as we were meant to stay in this hotel for a family reunion of 9 people last May. Obviously this wasn’t possible and as we don’t know what is happening next year we asked for a refund of our deposit. We were so looking forward to our stay but I really must congratulate this hotel and their staff for the amazing way they managed all our dealings with them. We needed specific types of rooms and this was the only hotel we found that could provide what what we requested. Then when we couldn’t go they had no hesitation in kindly refunding all the deposit. When we do eventually get to Windermere I will definitely be contacting the Howbeck. Thank you
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Colin M, Owner at The Howbeck & Retreat
Responded Dec 12, 2020
Hi Judy This is very kind of you, thank you very much for leaving a lovely review. These times are unpredictable and can be challenging for everyone, we like to give our guests a scene of peace when they book with us We hope to see you in the near future Take care Naomi
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Adventurer569656 wrote a review Dec 2020
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Had a 2 night get away with my partner in the retreat suite and cannot wait to return. The hotel has exceptional Covid measures in place and the staff can’t do enough to make you feel welcome. The retreat suite was beautifully clean, very spacious and the comfiest bed, also great having your own private entrance, meaning even less social contact with other guests. Beautiful breakfast also delivered to your room at a selected time and lots to choose from. (Latest time to choose is 9:30-45am so anyone who would like a lazy morning be aware!). Also note the Wi-Fi is very weak in the room - but this wasn’t an issue for us. The only minor thing I would change is to maybe have hooks on the back of the bathroom / closet door as there was no where to hang the robes provided or outdoor coats other than in the wardrobe on coat hangers. But other than that, it is perfect and definitely value for money. Excellent location too - 2 minute walk from bars and restaurants. Looking forward to returning!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Colin M, Owner at The Howbeck & Retreat
Responded Dec 12, 2020
Dear guest Thank you for taking the time share your experience We are glad to see you enjoyed your stay, we will look into all the points you made We hope to see you again soon Kind regards
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Kelly R wrote a review Nov 2020
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Excellent 4 night stay in the retreat spa room, couldn’t fault the room. Fantastic breakfast each day. Bathroom was amazing. Staff very accommodating and friendly would definitely return. Adhered to COVID regulations 😊
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Danielle_Leyland wrote a review Oct 2020
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Me and my partner stayed for one night mid week and could not have chosen a better place to stay. The breakfast was incredible (didn't need any food for the rest of the day!), we got access to a local spa and gym and the staff were so lovely. The destination was so convenient and we will definitely be back - 100% recommend
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Date of stay: October 2020
$135 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Howbeck & Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to The Howbeck & Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Thuline Studio - Gallery (0.2 miles), Cookhouse Gallery (0.2 miles), and The Northern Line (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Howbeck & Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Howbeck & Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Howbeck & Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Howbeck & Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Smith, Homeground Coffee + Kitchen, and Francine's.
Is The Howbeck & Retreat located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Windermere.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Howbeck & Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Howbeck & Retreat?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Townend (2.5 miles), Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House (2.4 miles), and Bridge House (4.4 miles).