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“A very pleasant stay”
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Haweswater Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Bampton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Recently stayed at the Haweswater Hotel whilst on business. The hotel is set by the side of the lake with the most stunning views. My room was the Haweswater suite and was lovely. Very comfortable bed, flat screen TV, and a stunning modern bathroom with TV above the jacuzzi bath...bliss!

The room was one of the more expensive ones and a couple of collegues in other rooms didn't have TV's in their rooms. Not a problem for some but I suppose you would expect a TV as standard these days.

Room was clean and nicely furnished, tea and coffee making facilities and I heard no noise over the 2 nights we stayed.

The food at The Haweswater is fantastic. We ate in the restaurant both nights and the 'Gastropub' menu had an excellent selection and was delicious both nights. Breakfast was a choice of cooked and continental. Good selection of cereals, fruits, yoghurts, juices and the cooked breakfasts were fantastic...all prepared on ordering, succulent sausages, generous portions...suffice to say we were all stuffed afterwards! Even if you don't stay in the hotel I would certainly recommend the restaurant.

We stayed mid-week and the hotel itself seemed quite quiet, perhaps would be busier on the weekends. You certainly feel 'away from it all' at this place as there are no other buildings anywhere nearby. If you enjoy walking/climbing then staying here is ideal as you are a short walk from many of the mountains.

The staff were all very helpful too and everyone seems to 'muck in' with all different jobs, from reception, to barman, to waiter.

A very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: If you want a TV I would suggest one of the more expensive rooms
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed recently in the 'High Street Suite' and paid £109 for the night b and b through laterooms.com. Having visited about 2 years ago we knew that the peace and quiet of the location together with the good food was perfect to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Good points on this room were the large bed, great bathroom/very clean, balcony and plenty of tea/coffee. Negative points were the mattress was very lumpy and you could feel the springs through it and the tv overhung the area where you had to walk at end of bed. TV reception not great. Very dirty glass in tray(looked liked previous guests had used it to store toothbrushes).
Most of the staff were great - young guy working the bar was excellent and all the waiting staff you could not fault. Shame about the ?manager who worked the reception - was definitely a Basil Fawlty type obviously not enjoying the customer service career. Also yellow salt bin at bottom of steps was being used for a rubbish bin - really off putting for your arrival.
Although we have shown some down sides - we really enjoyed our stay at The Haweswater as it is like stepping back in time - it gets you away from it all - and if you want a relaxing atmosphere with people quitely enjoying themselves (no drunks in the bar and nobody slamming doors late at night!) then this is worth a try.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank birdwatcher1971
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Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

Me and my wife stayed for a long weekend I would recommend this hotel to any one wanting a quiet weekend break away from city life staff were friendly pleasant and helpful food was top notch rooms clean modern and comfy the views of the lake and hills breathtaking I'd give it 5stars every time

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank colinjdean
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

just had a short break at the hotel(two nights) and whilst i was dissaponted with the room the veiws from our window made up for this .as soon as we walked in we were greeted and booked in.when we got ot the room it was alot smaller than i expected but still comfy and the bathroom was realy nice with jacuzi bath and t.v.....had a evening meal on both nights and was impressed with both meals..breakfast serves you up for a full day and we had no complaints about the food at all.we found the staff helpfull and freindly always willing to stop and chat if you wanted to but also willing to leave you in peice to enjoy the stunning souroundings.....what it lacked in decor it made up for in charictor and views.....many thanks to all the staff for making our 25 wedding aniversory stay worth while.....les/janet slack.thornwaite room

Room Tip: we stopped in a lake view room and would recomend anyone who is thinking of staying to do the same...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank ClevelandLes
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Having read the mixed reviews, my expectations were not high, but I wanted the location and was prepared to accept a little shabbiness and eccentricity. I was shocked on arrival by the incongruous, garish, motorway fast food billboards advertising the hotel as a gastropub and the menu wasn't promising, but dinner was surprisingly good. Breakfast was ok. Somebody was trying to be a little gastronomic with the stewed figs, anyway, and the coffee was much better than the bitter mud served in most UK hotels. Sadly, the 'specials board' stayed the same for both Friday and Saturday night. The mostly youthful staff were very friendly, the canned music wasn't bad and the view of the lake from bedroom 19 was excellent. The room appeared to have been re-furbished but the lumpy springs suggested that an old mattress had been put on a newish sleigh bed. What is needed is a little tasteful tlc: a decor makeover, the demolition of the unspeakable ladies toilet in the foyer, and quieter fans in the ensuite bathrooms for a start. There are photographs of the drowned valley and a model of the church in the bar but the poignant history of the hotel could be made much more evident.The atmosphere is undoubtedly a bit different, unapologetically old-fashioned, out-of-the-way, in keeping with this lost valley. A new owner needs to give the hotel a coherent identity worthy of the high prices and its poignant story.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Pamela B
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

The view is spectacular, the hotel is well decorated and its a good location for walking. There is, however, nothing for miles around so walking is all you can do.

The lack of attention to detail was truly dissappointing. The bathroom was well decorated and even had a tv. It did not, however, have a toilet roll holder and the door needed a second coat of paint. There was central heating, but no way to turn it on. There were tea making facilities, but no fruit teas etc. Even the most basic B and B can manage to do these things, so why can't a fairly expensive hotel.

The staff were nice but poorly trained and would walk past you at reception, acknowledge you and then wander off. Even having a bell on the reception may have helped and is such a simple thing to do.

The evening dinner quality is adequate and the prices are only slightly over priced. As a vegetarian I was deeply disappointed and I would advise VEGETARIANS NOT TO GO. My options were the pene pasta with tomato sauce ( yes there really are people still doing this as the veggie option) or a ploughmans salad (Cheddar, bread and pickle for just under £10). The special was a mushroom stroganoff, so at least I had one decent option. This was tasty, but not of the greatest quality.

The worst aspect was the breakfast. No continental option, some cheap juice and cereal packets. Adequate for a B and B but not a hotel and they only have enough tables for half the guests. There was a listed vegetarian option, impressive until you realise that it just meant the normal breakfast minus any meat. I wouldn't have minded this if they offered a larger portion, but you are given the same quantity as the normal breakfast, so I was left with a very small breakfast.

This is a hotel that could be really great, but penny pinching and poor management means that I would never go back again.

Room Tip: If you do stay I could only see three rooms that actually faced the lake
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank john b
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The hotel was perfect, quiet location excellent for getting away for a few days of relaxation. The seting is perfect for walking and generally enjoing a relaxing time after an energetic day. The staff were friendly and the food very good.
This would be a pefect hotel for an episode of 'Poirot' and 'A murder mystery weekend'

very good value for the price of the stay.

Room Tip: We had room 9 with a view of the lake, may be a little noisy if the hotel was very busy overlooks t...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank davidtodd0
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Address: Lakeside Road | nr Penrith, Bampton CA10 2RP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eden District > Bampton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bampton
Price Range: $74 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Haweswater Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy The Lake District - as Nature Intended With stunning views over the Lake and Mountains, the Haweswater Hotel is the only building in the Haweswater nature reserve - a stunning, 100 square mile haven for wildlife and home to England's only Golden Eagle. No boats are allowed on the lake, so peace and quiet is assured. If you are looking for relaxation and contemplation, you will find it here. You will also find the best outdoor gym imaginable - cycle, walk, run, explore...Or just admire the view from our rooms and gardens. Please be our guest... ... more   less 
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