We picked this place based on the location, the rooms looked clean and bright, the fact breakfast was included, the free use of a nearby recreation centre (in case it rains) and that a parking permit was included because we heard parking was difficult in Windermere, especially so that we were staying over the Easter Bank holiday period.
The location was perfect. The White House is hidden in the old historic narrow streets of Bowness. The parking lot is only two minutes walk away, the shops and lake are also a very short walk. It could get noisy during the warmer months only if the outside sitting area gets really busy.
The White House is a three-in-one act. It's a bar/pub, restaurant and bed & breakfast all in one building. The bar/pub section has a large outdoor sitting area and small indoor sitting area. The restaurant serves some nicely plated dishes and the food itself is decent. The breakfasts were the stand out though. Three choices; the typical English cooked breakfast, smoked haddock with a poach egg and grilled kippers. The smoked haddock was the pick but the poached egg was overcooked on the second day (different cook maybe?) The English breakfast was just right in size (not too filling), nicely presented and quite tasty. One thing to mention too was that the service was really good.
The rooms however were so so. We stayed in room 2, which according to our other party was slightly bigger than theirs (room 3). The bathroom was tiny and not designed well. The door to the bathroom should have opened outwards instead of inwards and the shower door should of been hinged on the left instead of the right. With these improvements then the bathroom would have been more accessible. The room was spacious but lacking a table and the cloak cupboard was too small. There are some rooms that are larger (as can be seen on the website) but we weren't sure which rooms they were. To be fair it is an old place so don't expect too much.
We didn't use the recreation facility but it's good to have in case it rains or you have run out of things to do! So overall, I would recommend it but if you are looking for a fancy room, then look elsewhere. Other than that, the service, breakfasts and the location were excellent.
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- Also Known As:
- The White House Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District