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“The Only Place to Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Annesdale House
Ranked #36 of 112 Windermere B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The Only Place to Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

Annesdale House is quite simply the most relaxing and welcoming place we have had the pleasure of staying at in the Lake District. Our suite, Applethwaite, was so homely and spacious we could have stayed forever. The suite was beautifully presented and had a wonderful view over the garden.
Alena and Roger were the perfect hosts - they made us feel as welcome as family or friends. The breakfasts were delicious and brought to our room to enjoy. We were totally spoiled. Thank you Alena and Roger. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, October 22, 2011
We were very pleased that you have enjoyed your stay at Annesdale House and found everything to your liking. Having spent all of our lives in the Hotel & Restaurant Business experience taught us where lies the true value of hospitality and we are trying to apply it here.
Do come and stay again, you were delightful guests to look after, and bring your friends.
Thank you again for a wonderful review.

Sincerely

Roger & Alena
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Elleray Suite and were extremely impressed. We usually stay in large hotel chains (such as W or Hilton) when traveling, so were looking for something spacious and modern in the Lake District. Annesdale House was the perfect mix of elegant interior and beautiful English gardens. The spacious marble bathroom was really a treat, with heated floor, separate shower, and full bathtub. The bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed the option of having breakfast in our room as well. The entire suite was immaculately clean and fresh. No musty old B&B here. The only slight flaw I could find was that the wifi signal was not very strong in the room but was fine in the common areas. Alena was a wonderful hostess and helped to make our stay the best it could be. We will definitely stay again during our next visit to the area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, October 19, 2011
We were delighted to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you also for pointing out that the Wi-Fi signal is not very strong in the Elleray suite. We shall definitely look into this. It is good when people tell us about these things as we naturally do not stay in the suites ourselves.
It was kind of you to take the trouble to write and we are very grateful for your appreciation. Hope it is not too long before you come and see us again.
Wishing you well in your studies and your busy lives in London and looking forward to the next time,

Kind regards,

Alena and Roger
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

My wife and I spent three days and nights from July 23 through 26, 2011, at Annesdale House. They were the three best days of our three-week vacation in the UK and Ireland. We are going to go back to Windermere just so that we are able to spend some more time in this beautiful property.
There are two luxury suites on the ground floor of this gorgeous, lovingly restored house made of local stone, and they are probably bigger than any European five-star hotel. The suites are called Applethwaite and Elleray -- we had the Elleray. We were given a tour of the property before the guests in the other suite came in, and we saw that the Elleray had the bigger bathroom, but the Applethwaite has an extra living area, which I should think would be nice to lounge in if the weather isn’t too good and you can’t sit out.
The suites have every convenience that you can imagine – much more than the standard B&B anywhere would provide. The bed is huge and very comfortable, there are sofas and couches, a writing table and chair, a mini fridge, TV, DVD player, music system, tea/coffee maker and all basic furniture in the room. The room is beautifully done up, with a gorgeous bedspread, lovely paintings and fresh flowers in the vase.
Both the room and bathroom have high-end lights and fittings, underfloor heating, and heated towel rods. We went in July, but I should think that the difference that bathroom makes would be the most obvious in colder weather.
The house is surrounded by an enchanting garden, laid out on three levels on the gentle hill slope. The centrepiece is a maple tree with magic red leaves, and another, much larger and older tree at the far end. There are creepers and flowering plants and herbs of many varieties, planted in the ground and in pots everywhere. There’s a beautiful stone fountain, and some lovely stone statues, which give the garden a really regal, old-world feel.
The Elleray has the larger of the two sitouts, but there is no physical barrier preventing you from sprawling over to the other sitout, so long as no one minds. There are wrought iron chairs and garden umbrellas for you to sit under with a beer or glass of wine, and simply gaze out at the greenery in front. We were extremely lucky to have had three straight days of beautiful sunshine, and if any reader of this review gets equally lucky, I can assure them that the experience is heavenly.
The house is off the main road, but set back and above from street level, and curtained by thick foliage, so there is virtually no traffic noise. It is completely private, no one can see you sitting in the garden, and you have nothing in your field of vision that is disturbing or intrusive. During the day, when the owners are out on their day jobs, you literally have a lovely, cut-off castle with a fairytale garden entirely of your own to enjoy.
The location of Annesdale House is a massive advantage, we thought. It is perhaps 600 metres from the railway station, so it was ideal for us, who came to Windermere by train. If you come by car, as local UK and some continental tourists might, you park in the large parking space that the property offers, and walk around the town. There is an impressive supermarket at the station which, along with a shopping mall next door, offers you everything that you might need. There are four or five cash machines around, the tourist information centre is next to the station and, should anyone want to go on a bus trip around the Lakes, a minibus tour operator called Mountain Goat has its offices right there. A terrific value-for-money all-day open-top bus leaves from the station every 20 minutes or so, and is ideal for visiting Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried, and other Lake district towns like Ambleside or Kendal.
About 4 km down the road from the station/tourist centre/Annesdale House is the village of Bowness, which is the nearest point on Lake Windermere. There is a cluster of about 25-30 restaurants of all kinds and budgets about 500 metres down this road, where all those who stay at Annesdale House might want to eat. We had six meals there in four different restaurants, and each one was delicious and very classy. As you get closer to Bowness though, the road gets packed cheek by jowl with B&Bs and shops. On sunny days, this area gets so crowded that you can hardly walk; there are traffic jams and people literally fall over you, and the honking cars can make you quite ill. Living here can’t be pleasant, we thought, and though everyone must – and does — visit Bowness, it is probably a much better idea to keep the actual staying to Windermere.
On the question of food, Annesdale House serves a very substantial, delicious and nutritious breakfast of eggs, sausages, bacon, fruit, yogurt, mushrooms, etc. along with several kinds of toast, jams, tea and coffee. You can have it out in the garden, or upstairs in the owners’ beautifully done up dining room. Roger, the host, is a professional chef, and the quality of the cooking is exceptional. Alena, his wife, doesn’t cook for a living, but should she decide to do so some day, I would imagine she would give Roger a serious run for his money.
But at the end of it all, the greatest strength of Annesdale House really is its owners, the wonderful, hospitable, charming Alena and Roger Pergl-Wilson.
We were surprised and delighted when they said they would pick us up from the railway station when we arrived. We thought, gratefully, that they were going out of the way to make us feel comfortable because we had happened to tell them that we had never been to the Lake District before and knew nothing about Windermere -- but we were amazed to learn that they do it as a matter of habit, for every one of their guests.
Roger was waiting for us at the station, and picked our bags up and hauled them to his car like they were his own. Alena was not in town that day, but she had made some cake for us to have with our tea once we arrived. The next day, she came down to chat with us, and we ended up spending the whole morning telling her about ourselves and listening to the fascinating story of her own life and that of their businesses in Windermere.
That afternoon, she brought down a bottle of wine and lots of canapés for us, Roger joined us after he returned from work, and the wonderful conversation continued.
And the evening before we were leaving, Alena decided to give us a tour of the areas of the Lake District that we hadn’t had the chance to see, and drove us around the gorgeous hills and breathtaking lakes for a good two hours, describing the area to us, explaining the peculiarities of the landscape, the vegetation and the weather.
The day we were leaving, she came to the station to drop us, and stood there waving till the doors shut and the train actually started moving. We had never seen hotel/B&B owners like Alena and Roger, and if we hadn’t met them, we wouldn’t have known such people existed. The last hug that we gave her was the one for real friends whom we might have known for years and years, not just someone in whose B&B we had spent three days.
May God bless you, Alena and Roger, we can’t thank you enough for the time we had at your home, and we are grateful and honoured to have made your acquaintance. Thank you for your hospitality, your thoughtfulness, and those wonderful, priceless conversations. All that you do for your guests, you really don’t need to do; but you do it so naturally and unselfconsciously, that you probably don’t even realise how much extra you are offering to them.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, October 19, 2011
It was not only a great honor but also a lot of fun to have you staying with us. We only wished it was for longer as we have so much enjoyed you company.
Thank you for being so generous in all your praises - it made us almost blushed with pride!
Wonderful guests make our job so rewarding and pleasurable. Do come again before too long to and bring us some warmth, sun and fun all the way from Delhi.
Many thanks again for taking time and trouble to give us such a generous review.
Affectionately,

Roger & Alena

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

We have just spent 3 nights in Annesdale House, and were not dissapointed.From the moment of our arrival we were made very welcome by Alena who showed us to the immaculate Applethwaite Suite.
We were looking for a relaxing weekend and got exactly that .Peace and quiet ,beautiful gardens and the most comfortable bed.
The room was provided with a large selection of coffee and teas , fresh milk in the fridge and the most delicious home baked biscuits.
Breakfast , perfectly prepared and brought to the room at exactly the time requested,what more could you want?
Annesdale House was reccomended to us by friends and we would highly reccomend to anyone else.
Our thanks to Alena and Roger for a lovely weekend .
Jeff and Linda Thomas

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, September 8, 2011
Dear Mr & Mrs Thomas,
we were delighted to read your generous review and so pleased you have found our house so welcoming and relaxing. We try to provide privacy, peaceful surrounding and personalised service when required and it is nice to know we are achieving our objective.
Please, come again and tell your friends about Annesdale House.

Thank you and best wishes to you both.

Roger & Alena
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Norwich, UK.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed in the Applethwaite Suite, having read the reviews on Trip Advisor about how luxurious it is. I have to say it actually exceeded our expectations. Compared with an ordinary B and B, the amount of space we had was just wonderful. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable, the sitting room was large and airy, and we loved the private patio area. The bathroom was high-end spec - underfloor heating, superb shower,LED mirror, enormous towels. The breakfast was excellent and was served in our suite. Roger and Alena are extremely affable, helpful and very laid-back. Our only regret was that we only stayed one night, next time we will definitely stay for longer.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, August 24, 2011
We are grateful for such a generous review after staying with us for such a short time. Roger and I are so pleased you will be visiting us again in the future for longer and we are looking forward to that.
Our house is very private, spacious and quiet. We would like to keep it that way, as this is what we like ourselves when we go away.
Thank you again for coming to stay with us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed here for two nights with my family so we had the place to ourselves. The house is beautiful, with lovely gardens (we sat out on the terrace one evening in the sun and had a glass of wine). Both guest rooms are comfortable, spacious and well thought out (e.g underfloor heating). It was nice to have fresh milk in the fridge for teas - some biscuits would have been a nice addition to the tea tray. Breakfasts were truly amazing - great choice and beautifully cooked and presented. The hosts were attentive but left you in peace, a perfect balance for us. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Thank Doh100
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, August 16, 2011
So kind of you to take the trouble to write and thank you very much for such a positive comments. We have certainly taken notice of your feedback regarding biscuits and I'll set about baking very soon. It is greatly appreciated when we read how we can improve and give even better service.
We hope you will tell your friends about us and we are looking forward to your next family visit.

Thank you and best wishes to you all,

Alena & Roger
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

We recently stayed here as part of our celebrations for our 25th wedding anniversary - our first break without our teenagers! I found the details through trip advisor and can only echo all the positive comments. Our hosts Alena and Roger couldn't be more helpful or thoughtful. Alena had put a dozen red roses in the room and a bottle of fizz was already chilled for us! Our room had a lounge, where you can take breakfast if preferred. The house and gardens are beautiful with sunny areas to sit - yes, even the sun came out for us! It is a short walk around the corner to all the amenities of Windermere - we parked the car on arrival and didn't use it again. You can walk to Bowness (1.5 miles), catch a ferry to Ambleside and walk up to the village (1 mile)
Would recommend the walk up Orrest Head - the views are spectacular and the path is just up the road near the Tourist Info place.
Basically, if you are staying in Windermere don't look anywhere else - just hope they are not booked up and you can get one of the two rooms. Thank you Alena and Roger

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank EJR1963
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AnnesdaleWindermere, Owner at Annesdale House, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thank you for being so appreciative of our efforts here and we are delighted that you have enjoyed your Silver Wedding celebration at Annesdale House. As our house is such an atypical BB we are glad that you felt here like staying with friends. This is exactly what we like to hear. We try to be personal without being intrusive and hope that we are getting this balance right.
Glad to hear that you have found your house still standing after your kids were 'parents free' for the first time. It just shows that you can come and see us again soon.

Thank you again for your wonderful comments and we wish you well.

Roger & Alena
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Property: Annesdale House
Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1BA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #36 of 112 B&Bs / Inns in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
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A haven of peace and tranquility in Windermere, 2 beautiful garden suites just moments from the centre of the village and railway station. A perfect base to explore the Lakes. ... more   less 
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