Hubby, disabled mother-in-law and I stayed at The Cragwood earlier this month, for 1 night D,B&B. We were delighted with the hotel and certainly look forward to returning.
I’d never been to the Lakes before, but we were looking for somewhere to take MIL away for her birthday, that wasn’t too far driving distance from Manchester, where she lives. Cragwood was just as lovely as all the reviews on Trip Advisor had led us to expect.
MIL’s room (no 23) on the ground floor in the modern part of the hotel, just past the main reception desk, was perfect for her - large spacious modern bedroom with French doors opening onto a water feature in the grounds and a good size wet-room. (Finding a hotel with good disabled facilities for her was one of my top criteria when looking for somewhere to book.) She said it was the nicest hotel room she's ever stayed in!
Our room (no 4) was upstairs in the old part of the hotel, down a few higgledy-piggledy corridors, had a lovely bay window overlooking the lake. The room was a good size with comfortable canopied bed, but the bathroom was the tiniest I’ve ever seen. Fortunately, it was explained to me at time of booking that the bathroom was very small (“basically, you can stand in one place and do everything”), so it wasn’t a surprise, but I can imagine people will be horrified if bathroom size isn’t mentioned ahead of their arrival. Seriously, the floor space is smaller than a standard sized bathmat. I went ahead with booking room 4 on the basis that more time is spent in the bedroom than the bathroom and views over the lake were more important than a spacious bathroom. As long as it had all the necessaries was the main thing. The bed linen was very good quality and not rough/starchy as found in many 4-5* hotels I’ve stayed in and towels were soft and fluffy.
Dinner and breakfast were very high standard. If I had any criticisms, I’d say that perhaps for the dinner menu the hotel was trying just that bit too hard to be special - offerings of squid ink and caviar on canapés / pigeon as a main course, rather than something a little plainer for less refined or adventurous palates. But the food was delicious and service absolutely faultless. Surprisingly, we were the only diners in the restaurant for dinner, so there was little ambience in the dining room or adjacent bar. Breakfast was a bit busier but clearly it was a quieter weekend at the end of the school holidays.
Overall it was a fantastic first experience of the Lakes and I can’t wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the shores of England’s longest and most beautiful lake you will find Cragwood Country House Hotel.Set in its own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland and with stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere, it’s hard to resist a relaxing Lake District break at Cragwood. As soon as you step through the front door of this beautiful country house, you’ll discover an oasis of comfort, warmth and relaxation.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 or drawing rooms and take in the spectacular lake views over a freshly brewed coffee or maybe a glass of chilled wine.From the mouth-watering food and drink to the stylish and comfy bedrooms, a short break at Cragwood will leave you feeling pampered, stress-free….and wanting more.If you are looking for the perfect Lake District hotel then look no further...you have just found us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cragwood Country Hotel
- Cragwood Country House Hotel Windermere, Lake District