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Howbeck New Road, Windermere LA23 2LA England
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#41 of 103 in Windermere
Travelers' Choice
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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
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Allergy-free room
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
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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Sarah R wrote a review Jun 11
London, United Kingdom111 contributions24 helpful votes
The perfect little guest house! The room was cosy, fresh and clean, good comfortable bed, good shower and delicious breakfast. Free parking (plenty of it). 2 mins walk from Windermere and 15 to Bowness. Staff were friendly and helpful. We would definitely return if back in the area!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
gweng57 wrote a review May 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed for 1 night to celebrate a friends Birthday and received a very warm welcome before being given a lovely room. Great location and fabulous breakfast. Aga was so friendly and made us feel so welcome we will definitely be returning for a longer stay in the future. Thank you !
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Parking available on site . Variety of alcoholic drinks available in the lounge with an honesty...
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Mandy D wrote a review Apr 2022
York, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
We have just returned from an amazing three night stay at the Howbeck, we stayed in the Greenburn mini suite and it was fabulous. The whole experience from arrival to departure was first class. The breakfasts were great quality and really set you up for the day. We will definitely return!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
Ralph Brand wrote a review Mar 2022
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Had a fantastic stay here!! Brilliant location and fabulous staff led by Steve who all could’ve be more helpful!! Delightful room topped off with a jacuzzi!! Wouldn’t look anywhere else when we return!! Added bonuses were discounted restaurants and free health spa pass in connection with the Howbeck!! Thank you all 👌
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Don M wrote a review Mar 2022
Malton,North Yorkshire2 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed for 5 nights. Room was spacious, warm and welcoming. Thoughtful decor throughout, successfully mixing some beautiful antiques with some modern pieces. Very clean throughout. Spacious bathroom with spa bath and excellent shower. The breakfasts were exceptional with a large choice of hot meals. Would reccommend! Steve, Aga and Danielle made us feel welcome and were professional and happy to help. Definitely returning to this one !
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Date of stay: March 2022
craig wrote a review Mar 2022
Altrincham, United Kingdom4 contributions5 helpful votes
Had a two night stay- the Howbeck is a short walk to Windermere (not Bowness). Clean, tidy and friendly staff. Breakfast is a quality meal, setting you up for a fun filled day of excisions and the highest bar is a nice touch.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
K88fxy wrote a review Mar 2022
Preston, United Kingdom51 contributions11 helpful votes
We visited recently and stayed in the retreat. The location is brilliant for both Bo’ness and Windermere. The room is spacious I just feel it needs updating it’s not as nicely decorated compared to the other rooms in my opinion. The decor didn’t go together. The table didn’t feel stable at all I was worried to cut my breakfast up on it as it tilted. Having said that the room is as pictures but once there it’s the impression I got. You get quite a large outside area which would be lovely in summer it’s private and secluded. The breakfast in our retreat was a lovely surprise my partner didn’t realise we got that when he booked it, you pre order the night before and select what time you want it and it comes to your room. It was really nice. The bathroom is modern and the bath, wow it’s amazing. No TV in the bathroom after 10pm as it needs to be loud over the jets so that’s understandable for other guests. Overall we was pleasantly impressed and we would return.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Paul H wrote a review Mar 2022
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Stayed at the Howbeck for one night whilst attending a wedding in the area. Wouldn’t rate this 5* to be honest. Our draughty room on the ground floor front of house had no heating for our stay. Not great when it’s frosty outside. We struggled to get any sleep it was that cold. Decor and furnishings about passable for 3/4* but certainly not 5* luxury. Breakfast was passable, again certainly nothing to write positive comments about. Only thing going for it is it’s location. and on-site parking. Needless to say we won’t be back!
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: Bring your own heater!
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jane w wrote a review Mar 2022
Enfield, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
What a fantastic place to stay! I booked this trip for my husband for Christmas and what a god choice it was. Situated in a great spot within walking distance of both Bowness and Windermere. The room was gorgeous and the bathroom had a spa bath which was so needed after a day walking around Windermere. The host Steve was brilliant - helping to advise on walks around the lake and places to visit. He was so welcoming and friendly. We are definitely coming back!
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Date of stay: March 2022
Sue wrote a review Feb 2022
Derbyshire, United Kingdom133 contributions72 helpful votes
Had a lovely time, nice guest house, good location, we stayed in the Lingmell room ,right next to the front door, nicely decorated, just a bit noisy due to people coming in and out at night, wardrobe could do with being updated as didn’t shut, tv situated right in front of the mirror so awkward to see through for drying hair, mirror in bathroom in awkward place to dark , needs a pull out mirror near sink, very clean, kettle in bedroom, with Tea , coffee, hot chocolate, facilities,good breakfast, the young lady that served our breakfast was lovely, very polite, bit misleading re the spa facilities as you have to drive, so we didn’t use it, they have a nice lounge with a honesty bar, but have to be out at 23.00 hrs, we would stay again but in different room
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Parking to rear of property, shops 5 mins walk , the pig in do lovely food , just up the road to...
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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 Lakeland Gardens (0.08 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 Bandito Burrito, Homeground Coffee + Kitchen, and Francine's Restaurant.
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).