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“Fine Hotel and Good Service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Briery Wood Country House Hotel

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Briery Wood Country House Hotel
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fine Hotel and Good Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed for two nights as we were attending a wedding being held at the sister hotel next door. All very comfortable. Nice welcome by reception staff and shown to room. On this occasion we had chosen a twin bedded option which although on the small size suited the purpose. Recently refurbished bathroom again on the small size but excellent shower (no bath).
Very good meal in the evening ( only had one evening meal) and excellent breakfasts. All very warm and homely fine service and altogether an enjoyable stay. Happy to recommend with only observation that at the top end for price - £150/night for two - B&B and one evening meal.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Durham, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

We visit the Briery Wood every year for the Adventure Peaks Christmas Party and there is always a very friendly welcome from Roger and his staff. The location is ideal for Ambleside and visits beyond into the central Lake District. The bedrooms are extremely well looked after with lots of little extra thought e.g. just love the shampoo!! When we've had younger children it's always lovely to get one of the larger family rooms and the hotel even caters for older families. Breakfasts are very filling - too much really. The food at the Christmas Party dinner is splendid and unlike other hotels you are always left feeling full. Look forward to next years visit.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SkinnyJonny
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Preston, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Just returned from a one night stay that we bought off Travelzoo, we took our dog with us,on his first "mini break" We didn't really know how he would be, but the staff were amazing, they gave us a room with a patio door so he could just nip in and out as need be, set up a special table in the bar so we didn't have to leave him in the room on his own whilst we ate and even at breakfast moved us so he could sit with us again. One of the staff told us of a great walk to take him on, which we all loved, and the food was to die for! Will being going back for sure.

Room Tip: If taking a dog the garden rooms are great
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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West Yorkshire
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77 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

My Wife and I spent 2 nights here on a offer from Travel Zoo, cost £140 for the 2 of us for B/B 2 nights and 3 course meal 1st night. Lovely secluded Hotel about a mile from Ambleside, very clean and well maintained, we had room 1 on ground floor, lovely big room with own patio and table and chairs. Meals extremely tasty and red hot .Staff one older lady and a couple of Australian girls very helpful, couldnt do enough for you..Highly recommend. Only "complaint" was beer selection, they had on pump, Guiness, Becks and Tetley bitter, which cost £3.80p a pint,why no local beer ????

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Grizzly277
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We booked the weekend with some friends to explore the area and from the minute we booked under the watchful eye of the manager Roger, we were looked after so well. Beautiful food and the information about the local area was second to none. Information about the villages, boat trips and even where to have a nice meal or a drink was available with nothing too much trouble. The rooms were comfortable and immaculately clean with plenty of hot water after a hard day in the hills.

Definitely will be visiting again - well done Roger and his amazing team !

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank willprescott
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Bingley, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Such mixed feelings! And I see I'm not the only one...We booked a 1 night stay on spur of the moment a week or so before our stay (30-31/10) as we were taking the children to Beatrice Potter and to Brockhole we thought we'd stay over. Food is absolutely fabulous and so is the service! There's not a lot of choice but the quality of the food is superb, and 3 courses for the children, all portions were huge, was only £7.50! We especially enjoyed the magnificent breakfast :)

However, the hotel itself is very tired looking, carpets are threadbare and you can feel every plank of wood. The bathroom looked very old fashioned and when you flushed the toilet it made a noise for nearly five minutes afterwards! I would also strongly encourage families to request NOTto be placed in their family room number 20 as it was right above the kitchen, so lots of slamming of doors, things thrown into recycling bins until quite late, and of course it started early as staff arrived to make breakfasts....and there's a giant extractor fan outside that hums all night! If we had been staying more than one night I would have asked to move rooms but when we realised the kids were already in their pjs and ready for bed.

I think we would come back, mainly for the food, as the location is great, and if we could get it on a deal!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

I am a 74 year old widower accompanied by my daughter and her dog. We had a comfortable large twin room no.14. It was intended as a 4 night relaxing break. We were made to feel at home from our arrival. We stayed on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. Breakfast was superb with a good selection and cooked breakfast done exactly to our specification, and served by lovely friendly staff, who were nevertheless unobtrusive. But if that was great....Dinner was out of this world. A lovely menu, the starters were just right, the main courses were simply delicious, and to cap it all lovely individually prepared desserts. We took coffee in one of the two lounges or the bar lounge. The service was first class, and it was delightful to be served by such attractive friendly dining room staff. Care is needed to access the driveway to the hotel especially if intending turning right towards Ambleside when leaving the hotel. We would love to return to this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Briery Wood Country House Hotel
Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1ES, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Windermere
#11 Family Hotel in Windermere
#13 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Briery Wood Country House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moments from the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and set in seven acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland lies Briery Wood Country House Hotel. This beautiful Lake District hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a country house atmosphere with all the comforts of home, while surrounded by spectacular landscapes, lakes and fells. Briery Wood is within easy reach of the popular villages of Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere, so it's a great base for exploring the Lake District, whether you are looking for a spot of retail therapy or outdoor adventure. The informal and friendly service is so good you'll hardly notice it. It's our job to make you feel at home...Which isn't hard once you sit back and unwind in one of our cosy lounges whilst enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or maybe a glass of chilled wine. ... more   less 
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