You'd never find this hotel in a million years. The road leading to the hotel is an 8 mile strech which leads to a dead end. The hotel being right in the middle.
If you want hustle and bustle, night life, sauna, swimming pool of jaquzzi go somewhere else, if you want peace and tranquility with fantastic service, then this is the place.
It's hard to describe the decor of the hotel, it's neither modern or old fashioned..
You look in one corner and can see something remisant of the 1930's, and in the next corner the 70's, or 80's and then modern day.
It's not chiq, it's not old, it's not ultra modern...... it's quirky, and I like that.
Rather than numbers, the rooms appear to be named as local places of interest.
Our room (Artle Crag), was a little small, but clean, functional and adequate.
Some rooms apparently have whirlpool baths, but alas ours didn't, but to be fair, who goes to a hotel for a whirlpool bath ?
Every one of the staff we met were really friendly, and helpful.
It has a few characters.
Our evening staff were Michael, I think John, and a new guy who was there on his first night.
What a team, The new guy was still learning the ropes and all apologetic, The other man (who i think was called John, I feel awful for not remembering his name), was so funny. He had us chuckling at his stories, and then there was Michael who was so friendly and accomodating.
Within 10 minutes, we felt that we'd known him for months.
We met a few of the girls on the morning shift, who were all also really nice, friendly and very helpful.
All of the staff couldn't do enough for you.
The food. Wow. My compliments to the chef.
Because the hotel is a little isolated, we decided to stay in house and eat (normally, we'd go for a walk around).
The food here is really nice. My wife and myself ate there for both evenings of our stay and were really impressed with the quality of the food.
And breakfast was more than ample with a choice of juices, cerials, toast and full breakfast.
The sausage was particularly nice.
I was hoping to grab some shots of the red squirrels, and whilst the squirrels were tough enough to brave the inclement weather, I wasn't,. So I missed the oppotunity to photograph them.
However..... On Saturday night, we were greeted with the presence of a Badger, who apparenty is a frequent evening visitor to the squirrel feeding station.
In almost 50 years, this was my first real live close up badger. Amazing.
I've visited a number of hotels in my time as a tourist or for work, some of which have made an impression, and some havn't.
Did this one... I'd say yes.
Not because it's ultra modern or it has loads of facilities (it has niether), but becuase it's peaceful, it's quirky, the food is good, it makes a great base for the lakes and the staff are brilliant.
Would I go back again ?
We plan on going back in the spring of 2014.
I have one very minor critism..
The TV reception in the room is shocking,.
Whilst we didn't go there to sit and watch TV all day, it's usually nice to watch a little TV whilst relaxing or getting ready to go down to eat etc.
The sky reception was on and off every 30 seconds.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Haweswater Hotel Bampton/Penrith, Cumbria