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Merewood Country House Hotel
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
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Carlisle
2 reviews
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“Thank you Merewood Hotel for the perfect weekend”
Reviewed September 17, 2009

Where to start when everything was just so perfect ?, the staff, the rooms, the location. the food. Our entire immediate family, have just stayed for two nights at the Merewood Country House Hotel September 11 & 12th 2009. Celebrating the wedding of my husbands son Stephen, and his wife Nichola. The weather was fantastic, but even that was outshone by the ambience and cleanliness of the hotel. I cannot praise the cleaning staff enough for the cleanliness of the entire hotel. The room in which we stayed was so clean you would have thought the bathroom had just been completed by the builders. Bath, toilet and floors were sparkling. Bedding crisp, and the bed was huge and so comfortable, ( no problem with sleeping ), and although our room was at the rear of the hotel, there was a great view of the surrounding woodlands and gorgeous tall pine trees. Which is great, if like me you are a bird spotter. We even saw a fox on the first night. The reception and all the staff were full of smiles, but unobtrusive. Thanks especially to Joe the undermanager, and the blond lady who's name I unfortunately didn't get , who was so kind in arranging alterations to the dinner menu for the wedding meal at such short notice. Getting round to the meals, Breakfasts were brilliant with such a lot to choose from and the cooked meals arrived hot, not luke warm. The wedding dinner itself was exquisite, ( compliments to the chef. ), with every course having your taste buds tingling. And the fish and chips at night were just too moresy for words. The bar in the front of the hotel could be used as a location for a nineteen thirties film like Poirot, or some such thing, with sumptuous leather sofas and potted palms it was tremendous. A real touch of class and romance.
And then of course there is the location. Well what can I say to adequately describe this.
Perched high on a hillside overlooking two parts of the lake the hotel has the benefit of the most dramatic sunsets as the sun goes down over the mountains, and fantastic sunrises as the morning mist lifts off the lake. And with several vantage points with ample seating, you can take your drinks outside and just enjoy the ambience on a nice day or if its raining you get just as good a view from inside. An amazing place to spend your family wedding, or just to get away from it all, treat yourself as recooperation if you've been ill, you deserve it. and well worth every penny. I'm already saving up for my next visit and I'm recommending it to everyone I meet. I reckon if you don't like it here you won't be happy anywhere. Keep up the good work Merewood staff and if any of you read this. See you again . Jackie Hunter.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

My daughter Natalie and her husband James held their wedding reception at the Merewood and I can only describe it as the perfect venue. The location is excellent with outstanding views of Windermere and the surrounding countryside. The hotel is warm and inviting and the staff incredibly helpful, friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. Thanks to the professionalism and efficiency of Helen the wedding co-ordiator and her team we were able to relax throughout confidant that we were in capable hands. It was like hosting a huge house party without any of the hard work. The food was fantastic with everything of the finest quality and beautifully presented piping hot - a remarkable feat when catering for 120. The meal and service were the prime topics of conversation both on the day and since with many saying it was one of the best meals that they had ever eaten. Indeed many said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. So thank you Helen and all the staff at the Merewood for your advice, help, friendliness and effort. You made our special day perfect and left us with many happy memories.

  • Stayed July 2009
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

In short, there are three things that make this hotel unique, the staff, the food and location. Having the privilege of stopping at some of the ‘top hotels’ in the world, this hotel does not offer the swimming pool, valet service, and state of the art technology etc, but it does offer a unique experience that we will enjoy time and time again.

This is my first review of any hotel, all I ask if you read this review, consider this hotel, if you are visiting from outside the UK and going to the lake district – make this a must.

Enjoy.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Cheshire
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Reviewed March 18, 2009

We were married at the Merewood in Feb 09 of this year. Our weekend was everything we'd wished for which was largely down to the professionsalism and huge attention to detail by the staff at the hotel. The weekend ran like a dream. Nothing was too much trouble and the personal approach of the management and the team made such a difference. Not to mention the fabulous food, lovely rooms and beautiful setting. I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel, particularly if you want to take over a hotel for the weekend for a wedding or special occasion.

  • Stayed February 2009
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Bolton
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Reviewed December 22, 2008

My husband and I were married at The Merewood on December 13th this year and found the hotel, staff and accomodation to be fantastic!
We booked the entire hotel for the whole of the weekend and from the minute we arrived found the entire experience extremely relaxing (which says a lot when it's your own wedding!) and very pleasant.
The entire weekend was delivered perfectly by Helen, Lorna, Joe and the rest of the staff, as they were very attentive without being too intrusive. The food was absolutely brilliant and this combined with the superb venue - made our wedding so special.
If you are looking for a Christmas wedding venue I would absolutely recommend this hotel, as it is decorated perfectly for Christmas, and this combined with the roaring fires, cosy atmosphere and fantastic views makes it an ideal venue at Christmas.
We had over 70 guests attend the wedding and found the hotel easily accomodated that number and could quite easily accomodate more.
If you are looking for a luxurious and pleasant hotel without the pomp and circumstance then this is definitely the hotel for you. My husband and I will be having our wedding anniversaries with the Merewood without fail each year and would absolutely recommend any couple to consider this hotel for their wedding - you won't be disappointed!

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  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Carnforth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 17, 2008

We chose the Merewood for our wedding on 18th October and I can't praise the hotel and staff highly enough. From the first time we walked through the door we have been completely in love with the Merewood. The wedding co-ordinator Helen is brilliant, anything we asked her to help with or organise for us was done very efficiently, which when its your wedding day you really appreciate. We booked the hotel for the whole weekend and filled the hotel (and Brierywood next door) with family and friends. This isn't as expensive as it may sound!

From the minute I arrived at the Merewood I felt completely at home, the staff were wonderful and we hosted a cocktail evening the evening before our wedding. This is not a normal Merewood thing but everyone threw themselves into it and we had a fabulous evening.

The actual wedding was wonderful. I didn't have to worry about anything. I felt the staff were completely in control and the whole thing felt very professional but extremely chilled out and friendly.

The food was gorgeous. All our guests were taking pictures of every course because each dish was presented beautifully. The food was not mass catered and everyones meal looked and tasted fabulous. The food in the evening (mini fish and chips and bacon butties) was a great idea.

In all, the rooms are gorgeous. It has a very comfortable, stately home feel to it. All the bedrooms were lovely, especially room 2 which we had as the bridal suite. The food is amazing and is presented with great attention to detail. But I have to say that the jewel in the crown for the Merewood is the staff. They worked so hard to make our day everything we dreamed of and more. I have every faith that they are as wonderful to each and every guest that walks through the door.

Thank you to Lorna, Helen, Joe and all of the other staff for making our day so wonderful.

PS: For the review about the size of the hotel, we had 70 guests to our day and around 100 to the evening and we could have had loads more without it being crowded. The Lonsdale suite is huge and surrounded by mirrors which makes it feel even bigger. Anyone looking for a wedding venue would be silly not to consider the Merewood!

  • Liked — Absolutely everything, I can't fault a thing!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008
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Manchester
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Reviewed July 5, 2008

Me and my girlfriend went to stay at the merewood to see if it would be good venue for our wedding. We have stayed at the cragwood, a sister hotel over the road before and been really impressed.
This lead us to the merewood which is marketed as an excelent wedding hotel on the website and it does look really nice.
We didn't find this to be true, its a bit small, it says it can handle 100 guests but i wouldn't like try, plus theres not much space outside as its on the side of the hill.
The views are stunning, but only at certain points.
As hotels goes it was a nice hotel. The rooms were a bit small but full of features. we had a massive 4 poster bed which was good, trouble was the TV was on a shelf in the corner and the bed post block it. Not the end of the world but we like to watch a little bit of TV in the morning.
The hotel is full of features everywhere including an open fire in reception and the bar and restaurants are lovely.
The food was excelent and the service friendly so as a hotel to stay in its good, but not as a wedding hotel if you've got a lot of guest, 30 -40 maybe.
If your wondering and looking for wedding venues we've booked our wedding at the Langdale Chase. Fantastic!!

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — lack of space outside
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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merewoodhotel, Manager at Merewood Country House Hotel, responded to this review, July 14, 2008
Thank you so much for your kind comments from your recent stay with us. We have taken into account the poor view of the TV and will adjust this when we refurb the room. Whilst we only have 20 bedrooms on site we can actually accommodate weddings up to 120 guests easily in our Lonsdale Suite, I wish you had had the chance to see it as it has recently been redecorated and is looking wonderful! Numbers wise we don’t actually take weddings under 60 guests as the hotel is quite spread out and with sole occupancy guaranteed it needs a good amount of people to create a good atmosphere. One of our sister hotels (nearby) helps us out with overflow bedrooms if they don’t have an event of their own and we also use Langdale Chase for the same purpose.


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Property: Merewood Country House Hotel
Address: Ecclerigg, Windermere LA23 1LH, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Windermere
#4 Green Hotel in Windermere
#4 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#5 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#7 Business Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Merewood Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Merewood is a country house hotel of great charm and distinction set in a position of incomparable scenic beauty. The Hotel stands on its own secluded estate, overlooking Lake Windermere and is easily accessible from the main route to and through the Lakes. Merewood's friendly and efficient staff, the relaxed excellence of the service and the wonderful food are all of a quality to match the unparalleled location.The Hotel is open all year including Christmas and New Year and the English Tourist Board has awarded it a "Highly Commended" three stars with silver accolade for food and service. It is often worth checking for late availability as there are special deals and midweek breaks throughout the year. ... more   less 
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