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“Fantastic Food and Service”
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Hillthwaite Hotel
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 18, 2009

It's really difficult to get a room for one night only at the weekend in the Lakes, so we were over the moon when Hillthwaite House said they could accommodate us. Having checked the reviews before we left we were excited about our stay.

The Hotel is situated in a marvellous position with views across to the Hills and Lake Windermere. It benefits as well from being an easy walk into Windermere or to Bowness.

The room that we were allocated was in the annexe, actually a 70's build house within the grounds, which came as a little bit of a surprise as the main house itself is rather grand. It was roomy, with a leather sofa to snuggle into whilst watching the massive flatscreen TV and had an enormous bed. The bathroom was a disappointment though and is in need of some updating for this room to be lifted from comfortable to luxury as the Hotel is billed. Everything was absolutely spotless and very toasty, which was lovely on a chilly Autumn evening.

Where this Hotel excels is in its restaurant. The food was wonderful and the service exemplory. Each course delivered in a timely but unrushed pace, packed full of flavour and portioned ideally. Great care is given to the presentation of the food which was greatly appreciated. Breakfast would certainly set you up for a day yomping in the hills.

On closing we would return to Hillthwaite House but would choose to stay in the main house as I hear they have a four poster bed!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at Hillthwaite House and we were pleasently surprised at the high standards of service. We had booked room 15 (highly recommend) great four poster and balcony with views over the lake and mountains. The two lounges were inviting with comfortable traditional style furnishings and even a log fire which gave a cosy atmosphere. The conservatory was pleasent to sit in and enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea.

The swimming pool although not large served our purpose and it was nice to have the choice of the sauna or steam room to relax after a hard days walking.

The choice for breakfast and dinner was very good and served by pleasent staff who had obviously been well trained in their role, being friendly but unintrusive in pleasent surroundings.

Externally there is an elevated terrace with seating overlooking the lake. The hotel is well placed between Windemere and Bowness. People with mobility problems may find difficulty walking up the steep drive to the hotel but the views are worth it.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

Stayed here for 3 days and was luxury and brilliant rooms , stayed with partner and 14 year old teenager . The food was brill quality but the choice was very sparing and anyone under 18 would not like the choice of food. Location could not be better dosent need explaining. But price was sky high for everything. Good stay but not the best !

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2009

The Hillthwaite is THE BEST hotel we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in a fair few down the years. The restaurant is simply beyond compare, the staff are ultra friendly and helpful, if you want to be well looked after with fantastic food, then this is the place to stay!!! Hey and get this ... if you want room service, they don't charge you extra. Afternoon tea and cake is in with the deal and doesn't cost you extra either. Overall, we are proud to say we are friends of Hillthwaite

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

After spending many hours searching online for a B&B that would take a late checkin, we finally found this wonderful hotel. It was everything we were looking for and more. We are already looking at dates to book our return trip with friends. Tom greeted us weary travellers with a smile, offering to help with bags, and a couple of cold beers. Perfect. We normally prefer more modern/contempory hotels but this place just seemed to fit in with the Windermere area. The room was clean, the jets in the tub fantastic after a long day of walking. We slept better than we had in months. Other reviews commented on the decor being a bit out of date. The decor somehow works though. It fits with the style of the building and the Lake District. It felt a bit like going home.

The restaurant was fantastic....food better than we ever would have expected. The chef really did a fantastic job. Lots of staff on hand in the restaurant as well. The food was superb It really was. Next time I will bring nicer clothes for dinner as most of the guests were dressed a bit nicer than us (clean jeans, dressy top).

We forgot our bathing suits so we didn't use the pool...we'll remember them next time. There is a large binder with dozens of local walks you can take - easy to difficult. Pick the walks that interest you and they'll give you a photocopy.

Thanks for a fantastic weekend!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

Stayed here for three nites during the week. After reading some reviews on this website, I had cause for concern. But after staying here I think some people should anaylis themselves and not the hotel, because it is a perfect hotel, rooms are faultlessly clean and well maintained, food is excellent and service second to none, the staff couldnt do enough for you, it was clearly seen they were well groomed by the management to ensure the client were and felt looked after.
The pool, some might say is on the smaller size, but we found it too be grand. Its not like everyone swims 5km every morning anyway.

The hotel location might be off the beaten track a small bit, but we found it only took us literally 5 mins to walk to either Windermere Town Centre or Bowness, so we felt the hotel location was actually perfect for both.

Eating out, there is an Italian Restaurant in Bowness, down the end of the cobbled street, I forget the name, but if you enquire about it Im sure its well known because the food and service is 5 star.
The garlic bread came out looking like a 12 inch pizza dripping in cheese, yummy.

This part of the world is mainly for hill walking and sailing on the lakes
The views around some of the lakes are spectacular.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank AliIreland
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

We spent 2 nights at the hotel and found the staff very friendly.
Our bedroom was in the annexe but, if we stay again I would prefere to stay in the hotel.
Food good.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank horriblehorace
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Additional Information about Hillthwaite Hotel

Address: Thornbarrow Road, Windermere LA23 2DF, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Windermere
#9 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range: $182 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hillthwaite Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will find Hillthwaite House Hotel is the most ideal accommodation for all types of breaks including short breaks or for use as a base for your walking holiday in the Lake District National Park. Impeccable service and comfort, lovely food sourced from local produce, friendly, attentive staff and the many guests that return to us time after time speak for itself. For Lake District Hotels please look no further than Hillthwaite House Hotel. ... more   less 
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Hillthwaite Hotel Windermere, Lake District
Hillthwaite House Hotel

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