Booked a much needed break in the Lake District and, after reading all the positive reviews, I booked a room in Thornbank House. The area itself is lovely and the location of the B&B is great (halfway between Windermere and Bowness), but that's really where the good points ended.
We found the owner quite frosty on arrival, which was not a great start, and not really that welcoming throughout our stay if I'm honest, so we didn't ask for too much advice about the area. However, we were given leaflets on what we could do which was helpful.
The room itself was really, really small. There was barely any room to get round to the side of the bed on either side and there was neither empty space to set out your things or drawers you could use. There was a wardrobe squeezed in though. It was a real squeeze when both of us were trying to get changed. The bathroom was fine, but had carpeted floor which is a pet hate of mine. Towels were rough and a bit tatty.
You have to specify what you want for breakfast by 7pm the night before, which I thought was a little odd. There were good options of cooked and continental breakfasts though; we opted for the cooked on the first morning which was fine but not the greatest I've ever had. Everything is grilled which makes it a little healthier but I would give the rubbery grilled mushrooms a miss.
Overall, the place was basic and clean but not really what I was expecting or looking for. I wanted a relaxing getaway and whilst I cannot fault the area, I would not chose this B&B as my base again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornbank House is privately owned and run by Jane and Mark Hibbitt. We are just 10 minutes walk from Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, where there is a wide selection of shops and fabulous restaurants. We offer bed and breakfast with a personal service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thornbank Guest House Windermere, Lake District