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Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Hexham
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41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Anniversary treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

I booked the Diners Delight package as a treat for my wife as this year is our 25th wedding anniverasry. We enjoyed afternoon tea on the terrace, then went up to our room (The Tower Room) the veiw was fantastic). The meal was amazing, the amuse bouche was a butternut squash and gruyer soup which was to die for! The staf were friendly and helpful but not over intrusive which was fine for us. It is a good idea to remind them you are on a package as they are very busy and it helps to make sure you get all the items in your package. Will be returning in the future.

Room Tip: Small stair up to the room, lovely view but may be difficult if not so strong on your legs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments; David, our Chef is proud of his amuse bochues and glad that you found his favourite particularly memorable. Room 20 has great views but so do the Rooms 1 to 4; these involve less steps so do ask for these on your next visit.

We all look forward to welcoming you back.

With all good wishes

Andrew and the team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visit at least once a year for a weekend. It's the perfect summer retreat. It's English country charm at its finest.
The Michelin star restaurant is world class - the wine list is damn good, the wine stewards really know their stuff and the staff are refined and attentive.

The views are incredible and dreamy.

I absolutely love this place.
It's one of the north wests best kept secrets. Highly recommended !

  • Stayed September 2012
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you so much for a succinct but rave review!

Look forward to welcoming you back!

With all good wishes

Andrew
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We went for lunch on a Sunday to celebrate my Partner's birthday.

I booked several weeks in advance on the hotel's website and was asked to provide details of any allergies / dietary needs. I took the opportunity to mention that it was my partner's birthday.

The hotel / restaurant is a traditional Victorian stone house with very traditional (art nouveau style) features and furnishings. Very comfortable and attractive.

We arrived at 12pm as arranged and were seated in the lounge. We ordered glasses of champagne and were given some cheesy dip and bread sticks. There were others in the lounge but the atmosphere was a bit "quiet". Perhaps if there was some neutral (classical?) music in the background it might have lightened things up a bit. I know some people hate background "muzak" but it can often help create a nice atmosphere if chosen well.

After choosing our lunch dishes and wine (one glass each as we were driving) we were led though to the dining room. It has lovely oak panels, traditional furniture and a bay window looking out onto the gardens and lake. We were seated right in the window which was lovely.

The food was very tasty and decent sized portions. There was a freebie soup to start and the quality and presentation was what you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant.

My partner's dessert was presented on a plate with "Happy Birthday" in chocolate sauce which was a lovely touch. The staff were all very helpful and courteous.

We opted to have coffee in the lounge (it just wasn't quite warm enough to have it outside). Again, the atmosphere in there was a little hushed!

We had a quick walk around the garden area to admire the fantastic view before leaving. It really isI stunning.

The draw here is the location and view - definitely a place to come for a special meal.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. We all read your comments and really appreciate them. As a result we have introduced some light background piano music which has gone down very well. Also, the Pasty Chef is chuffed you liked the 'Happy Birthday'.

Once again, thank you for your time taken to write a review. It is much appreciated.

With all good wishes

Andrew
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had exclusive use of the Holbeck Ghyll Hotel for our wedding last Thursday and I want to thank all the amazing staff, particularly the lovely Gregory, for everything they did to make our wedding day so magical. Nothing was too much trouble, you were all so welcoming with all our guests and without you our wedding wouldn't have been what it was - a truly wonderful day! The food was excellent to say the least, right down to the homemade petit fours! Every single guest fell in love with the charm of the hotel and were mesmerised by the views. I cannot recommend you highly enough to anyone planning a trip to the Lakes, whether it is a short stay or a long relaxing break. The rooms were all spectacular and we can't wait to come back every year on our anniversary to stay in a different room each time. Thank you so much for everything you did to accommodate us, lots of love Charlotte and Giles xxx

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Dear Charlotte and Giles,

You were fabulous, your guests were fabulous and my whole team enjoyed the occasion; you were so lovely to look after we really want to see you back again - before your anniversary.

Greg did work hard and was chuffed to see his name in 'lights' on tripadvisor.

Thank you so much for your kind review and for being so gracious with my team.

With all good wishes

Andrew
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

We recently spent a night in this hotel to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary with 2 friends we met on our honeymoon. We had the most amazing stay, the staff were lovely, very efficient and our meal in the evening was delicious. The views from the hotel are amazing and i would thoroughly reccomend this hote for a special occasion

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Immaculate service...

Amazing food...

Attention to detail second to none...

Great situation/views...

Away from the hussle and bussle...

Well nigh perfect...

You get what you pay for..if its this good you must expect to pay the price!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. To get such a review from such industry professionals as yourself is very very rewarding. You, personally, are very aware of quality and such a review carries great weight with the team. Again, thank you for taking the time to comments.

Yours sincerely

Andrew
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El Dorado Hills, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

What a great place to stay! Not cheap, but we knew that going in. The staff was marvelous and the view from our room (Squirrel Nutkin and it's hard to type or say with a straight face) was gorgeous. Excellent dinner and breakfasts and the bottle of plum gin in the room was gratefully consumed nightly. We just left today and I already miss it!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank antevasin
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skelbo_11, Owner at Holbeck Ghyll Country House, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your great review; you should try Miss Tiggy Winkle! We are all delighted that you enjoyed your visit to us - and, perhaps, if you do come back to the area, you will return. We would love to welcome you back.

With all good wishes

Andrew and the team.
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Property: Holbeck Ghyll Country House
Address: Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere LA23 1LU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#9 Family Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holbeck Ghyll Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious country house hotel is set in eighteen acres of private woodland and gardens, in England's picturesque Lake District. Holbeck Ghyll offers 23 individually designed en-suite rooms, most with spectacular views over Lake Windermere. The Health Spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, steam room. Food is an integral part of any guests stay, and the Restaurant, which retained a Michelin Star for 14 consecutive years, will not disappoint. ... more   less 
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