I've stayed here several times over the years, and this was our first trip with the new owners. Rooms were fantastic as normal, impeccably clean, modern bathroom and thoughtful extras (fridge in room, wine glasses and corkscrew, decent toiletries,good storage etc.).
We met Ian and his lovely dog on arrival, he was very welcoming and it was great to meet him.
Usually you get tea and cake on arrival, but we got there fresh from breakfast in Windermere at 9.30, and our companions did not realise this was the service, and just thought a cup of tea was being offered and turned it down! It was early for cake to be fair, and it would have been nice to be offered this later, or if they had been told what was being offered.
We had a great nights sleep, the bed was incredibly comfy, we didn't want to get up! We were in Room 7 on the 2nd floor, which was small but perfectly formed. It was a lovely cosy room, and they have definitely made the best of the space provided. Shower was great, powerful and really blew the cobwebs away.
They also have an affiliation with the Old England Hotel in the centre of Bowness, so for a couple of pounds, you can use their pool and spa facilities! Take them up on this, it's a great way to relax in the afternoon after a long morning of walking!
Breakfast comprises of buffet choices and a freshly cooked hot breakfast. I ordered smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. The eggs were perfectly cooked and seasoned, only complaint was the smoked salmon which seemed to have been defrosted as the texture was not great.
My boyfriend had the cooked breakfast which he could not fault. Plenty of toast was brought, with a choice of white and granary (so much nicer than brown), and Ian kept a careful eye on the room offering more drinks and toast regularly. We also asked for a few changes to the menu, and he did not bat an eyelid. Very accommodating. Ian has also introduced home made yoghurt and granola to the usual cereals and fruit that are available whilst waiting for the breakfast. I had a bit of both, and they were gorgeous! Neither were too sweet, a lovely way to start the day.
If you're looking for a B&B in Bowness, you won't go wrong here, couldn't recommend it more.
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- Dene House Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District