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“Lovely guesthouse in the heart of the lakes”
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The Howbeck
Ranked #14 of 108 Windermere B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Lovely guesthouse in the heart of the lakes”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Just returned from a lovely stay at The Howbeck in Windermere. We usually stay at another hotel in the area but I saw the offer on secret escapes and thought we would have a change. Lovely room (Deepdale) with a few added extras rose petals and fairy lights and wine and chocolates were a really nice touch. Room was incredibly clean and massive bed was very comfortable! We dined in the restaurant off the 3 course menu - food was good but not sure if I think it was 5 star standard (my fiancé had lamb and there was very little lamb on his plate!) although what we had was nice and extremely reasonably priced! Staff were the most helpful. Overall a lovely stay at a really well appointed guesthouse.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Manageress_12, Manager at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Dear guests, we are thrilled to be awarded yet another 5 star review and receive such lovely feedback - Many thanks! We're sorry the portion of lamb wasn't as big as expected, this has been passed onto the kitchen and they send their apologies. We are pleased that you decided to have a change of hotel and hope you will visit us again on your next visit to The Lakes. Thank you from all at The Howbeck.
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

My husband spent many hours researching hotels/guest houses in Windermere/Bowness and we finally decided on The Howbeck and I'm so glad we did. Had a lovely 2 night break and couldn't fault the service or accommodation. Had a 3 course meal on the first night which was superb and a cooked breakfast on both mornings. We stayed in the Glenridding room which had a lovely jet spa bath which was enjoyed along with the bottle of wine and chocolates which was in our room on arrival. Situated close to Windermere and a nice stroll to Bowness. Nice to have private car parking too. Big thanks to the staff for their help and kindess. Hope to return soon ;-)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manageress_12, Manager at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Dear the new Mr and Mrs, we are all so pleased that after much deliberating, you opted to stay with us at The Howbeck for your mini-moon. To hear that you 'couldn't fault the service or accommodation' is most wonderful and makes all the hard work seem worth it - Thank you! We wish you both all the very best in your married life together, and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We have just got back from The Howbeck today (5 August) after staying 4 nights here for our Honeymoon in The Retreat. We didn't want to come home!!

The first impressions were really good, all staff were excellent, very friendly and accommodating.

The room is just gorgeous, there was a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us which was a nice touch (even though I couldn't drink it due to me being pregnant but my Husband loved it). The bed is amazing, I wanted to take that home with me as I haven't slept so well in months. Same with my Husband, he slept really well too. The bathroom was stunning, the big whirlpool bath with mood lighting was divine (it can comfortably fit two people). Not forgetting the mood light jet shower too. There is a TV in there but shamefully it doesn't get good signal on some channels but once we found a channel with something good on TV we were really happy. It isn't everyday you get to watch TV in the bath now.

We had breakfast delivered to our room every morning, the staff that delivered this too us were always friendly and cheerful. The breakfast was lovely each time, there is such a selection to chose from. We was going to eat in the restaurant but after looking at the menu there wasn't anything the pregnant lady could have (which isn't The Howbecks fault at all) it is just that we have to avoid pretty much most things such as prawns, certain cheeses etc...I must say though, the starters and desserts sounded lovely, lots to choose from. Don't let this put you off eating here as there is a great selection of food, including mains.

A big thank you to everyone at The Howbeck for making our Honeymoon feel special. We will return (can't wait).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manageress_12, Manager at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Dear newly weds, it was our pleasure to welcome you for your honeymoon and it's great to know you plan to return - we welcome babies in The Retreat, so maybe you could return once the little one arrives!? All of your kind comments have been shared with all of the team and we'd all like to thank you for sharing such a fabulous review.
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed at The Howbeck towards the end of July and we stayed for 3 nights in Lingmell room. The room was fantastic with the lovely surprise of lights over the headboard, a box of chocolates, bottle of wine and rose petals on the bed cover. This stay was arranged by our 3 daughters for our 30th wedding anniversary. The room was a good size with a large comfy bed and a en suite shower. The room was at the front of the hotel on the ground floor but the noise from traffic was not a problem. The flowers in the window boxes and also the blinds provided you with all the privacy you needed. The staff were all very friendly, helpful and polite. The hotel was immaculately clean and tidy. The excellent choice of breakfast was prepared for your individual choice. The staff make you feel that it has been a privilege that you have stayed with them and they give you the service and the personal touch to make your stay special. The Howbeck is about five minutes walk into Windermere and about twenty - thirty minutes walk into Bowness. We will definitely go back again for another stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pauline F
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Manageress_12, Manager at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Dear guests, it sounds like your daughters did you proud - what a lovely treat for such a special occasion. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your wonderful comments are all greatly appreciated, particularly your comments regarding the staff as they all work extremely hard to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable and memorable stay. We look forward to your next visit - remember to mention you have stayed before and we will guarantee you our very best rates.
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed at The Howbeck, again, at the end of last month. We cannot recommend this hotel too highly. The service is first class, the food delicious (and not over-priced either) it is immaculately clean and tidy and the staff are unfailingly courteous, friendly and helpful. As you may see, we have stayed there now on several occasions and would not dream of staying at any other hotel when down in Windermere.

Don't take our word for it - try it out for yourself!

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are very quiet - with very little noise from passing traffic or peop...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manageress_12, Owner at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear guests, it is always such a pleasure to welcome you back to The Howbeck, time and time again. Your comments about the service and the staff will be shared with all of the team, and likewise your lovely comment about the food.

We are all looking forward to your next visit and would like to thank you for your valuable repeat custom.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Lovely weekend in Windermere staying at The Howbeck. We stayed two nights in the Deepdale room. Tasteful decor and a large bed it was perfect for us. Although at the front of the hotel road noise was not an issue and flowers in windowsill planters provided a clever way to protect privacy. The staff were always very friendly and there is a genuine personal touch to every aspect of the hotel. From the excellent breakfast being prepared based on individual preference to advice on local attractions, everything seemed to have been thought of and was just there when we needed it! Access to a great spa in Bowness was the icing on the cake. All in all highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manageress_12, Manager at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear Russell, we are so pleased that you found your 'gem in the Lakes' and enjoyed your time with us.

Your comments regarding the room and facilities, the service received and the breakfast are all warmly received and will be shared with the rest of the staff.

We all hope to welcome you back in the not so distant future - please contact us direct for our very best rates (we will always beat every other price) :)
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Rowley Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We would highly recommend staying at this beautiful hotel. We stayed in the Windergill for four nights which was lovely. There is lovely attention to detail all around the hotel and the staff are lovely and very welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. The food is excellent and we would recommend dining there every night if you can, as it is as good as any of the restaurants in Windermere and Bowness if not better and great value for money! The rooms are cleaned everyday, the choice you have for breakfast is brilliant. We will definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Any of the rooms would be suitable, noise level very low.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Suzanne F
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Manageress_12, Manager at The Howbeck, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear Suzanne, Thank you for publishing such a fab review following your stay with. It is extremely rewarding to be awarded 5/5 in all categories and also to receive such warm, kind comments.

Your comments regarding the staff and our food will be shared with all of the team, who I'm sure will be very grateful.

Thank you, and we hope to welcome you both back in the future.
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Property: The Howbeck
Address: Howbeck New Road, Windermere LA23 2LA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #14 of 108 B&Bs / Inns in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Howbeck 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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! ... more   less 
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