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Inn on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Glenridding
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 26, 2006

I made a reservation at the Inn on the Lake as part of a 50th birthday celebration, where there had to be a special location and memorable ambience. I took one of the larger old rooms, where was a special treat. The hotel is a large old hotel, well maintained, along the shore near Ullswater. The town is an easy drive towards the north end of the Lake District, and there are lots of opportunities for walks in the hills and along the water nearby.

The checkin was polite and efficient, and the room, was spectacular. It had a big bay window overlooking the lake and a large four-poster bed that was great. The bathroom was a bit cramped by comparison but complete, and the hotel was quiet even though there was a large wedding party staying throughout the hotel.

The restaurant in the hotel is really good: they have a big breakfast buffet and elegant dinners which were first-class. Coffee in the drawing room was a nice touch afterwards, and the hotel has a small fitness center to help you work things off.

Overall, the hotel is a fitting backdrop to celebrating the start of life's second half. I'd recommend embracing the best that it has to offer: the larger rooms and the dinners, and not to use it as a casual room to use as a base for exploring the region. (The B&B's in the vicinity are better for that)

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 26, 2006

This is the first time we have been away for Christmas and WOW! What a fantastic hotel, not cheap but worth every penny. We have had the most fabulous time! The service, quality and food is second to none. We have stayed in some top hotels but this one will take some beating! Every little detail is catered for; just one example is that a group of us went out with the deputy manager for a walk on Boxing Day and were taken aback when half way through the walk we were greeted by hotel staff who had set up a table with sandwiches, hot chocolate, soup, cakes etc etc "just to keep us going"! You don't get this kind of service in some of the best 5* hotels. The staff are fantastic and very friendly, nothing is too much trouble; in fact, my partner started with a cold on christmas eve and the staff went to great lengths to get him cold remedies (and copious hot toddies!) to make sure his Christmas wasn't spoilt! If it wasn't for the fact that our holidays for christmas 2007 were already booked we would be returning to The Inn on The Lake. Would recommend this hotel to anyone and we will return in the very near future!

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank WarringtonJayne
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Reviewed December 6, 2006

The location and public rooms are excellent, but forget dining there - as the food during our stay was awful. The evening dinner (costing around 32GBP each) went as follows:-
Starter > home made vegetable soup, this smelled and tasted of curry!
Main course > 2 meats steak, one steak was tiny and they had completely ignored how I asked for it to be cooked, the other was flakes of overcooked braised steak reconstituted into a wad that looked and probaby tasted like dog food.
Dessert > One of our party had what should have been a soft sponge cake, but it appeared to have been microwaved extensively and was like a fossil in the middle!

Breakfasts were not much better, with just one rasher of bacon the first day and 2 rashers the second, which were either over cooked or under cooked (depending on where on the pile they were when cooked). Breakfast also included a black badly cooked egg (probably cooked in with the mushrooms), so bad that it was inedible.

On our second night we eat out. When we were leaving the hotel I mentioned the quality of the food to the receptionist. She seemed incredulous that anyone had dared complain about the food because "The chef has just won a rosette for his food"

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 22, 2006

Stayed two nights for a friend's wedding in November.

As stated in previous reviews the Hotel is in a great location, not just for the wedding photos but for walking in the Lakes. The Wedding was excellent, the wedding party seemed to be very well looked after and the Hotel looked great with all the Christmas decorations out.

We had a fell-view room at the front of the Hotel, the room was very large, clean and a delight to stay in.

On a negative side it is pricey, both to stay at and also at the bar - around £12 for two small glasses of wine and a G&T. It is annoying that you have to stay a minumum of 2 nights at the weekend and have no option other than Bed, Breakfast and Dinner but this seems fairly standard for Hotels in this area.

I did feel that at breakfast, as part of a large wedding group, you weren't given quite the same level of attention as other guests. This is because they sit all the wedding guests at two or three large tables so the staff are not aware of everyone arriving at the tables, on one day after waiting for 10 minutes we had to eventually approach a member of staff to ask for coffee, toast and clean cups.

To summarise if you don't mind paying extra then stay here but if you want a reasonably priced bed then go for a B&B.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank baxi
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Reviewed October 8, 2006

This hotel could be perfection. The hotels position at the base of Lake Ullswater is stunning. Beautifull gardens, great views and a host of activities. We had a top floor four poster room overlooking the lake, what can i say, the views are awesome. The room was very clean and a very good size. The food was good, there was loads of activities including golf, steamers, walks, leisure centre and kayaking. The hotels grounds and especially the views are amazing. BUT.... the only downside to our stay were the staff in both the Ramblers bar and the hotels main bar. They seemed so depressed and never smiled all the two days we were there. The service was good, but a freindly smile goes a long way.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2006

We spent two nights at the Hotel for our daughters wedding, everything was superb. I know we had a four poster bedroom but everywhere was spotless. The staff were all very polite, the food for breakfast, evening and the wedding reception was fantastic!!! I would recommend anyone who is thinking of getting married to go to the Hotel as its the best you could ever wish for.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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7  Thank Vonny75
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Reviewed July 5, 2006

We got married here in June 2006. It was perfect. The staff could not do enough for us and they were all so friendly. We stayed for two nights as did most of our wedding party. The food in the restaurant the night before was excellent and so was our wedding breakfast.
I don't think that you could find a more beautiful place. I would recommend booking a lake view room as the views are fantastic. We had a four poster room which was really impressive and very clean.
I would definitely recommend staying here. It is expensive but if you want to go away for something special or just want to treat yourselves then this is the place! We will hopefully be going back there very soon.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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6  Thank KateP1
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Address: Glenridding CA11 0PE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Glenridding
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Glenridding
Price Range: $165 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Inn on the Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn on the Lake Hotel ia a 4 star hotel that enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District in 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. The Inn on the Lake is only 12 miles from the M6 motorway and the drive is very dramatic with the road curving around the Lake and the backdrop scenery of the fells. There are 47 en-suite bedrooms, all thoughtfully designed with most rooms having breathtaking views, some looking towards the magnificent Helvellyn mountain range, while the majority look over the ever changing Ullswater. Each room is fully equipped with everything you come to expect in this quality 4 star hotel. For that special occasion upgrade to a superior room or one of the very popular, stunning four-poster bedrooms. From the moment you walk into reception you will find an interior that compliments this fabulous setting. This leads through to the popular Lounge Bar where a warm welcome awaits with large bay windows overlooking the well landscaped gardens, which lead to the hotels jetties on Ullswater. Enjoy a drink any time of the day, a light lunch or afternoon tea in the Lounge or on our Lakeside terrace. The award-winning 2 AA Rosette Lake View Restaurant provides something for all tastes, or for less formal dining The Ramblers Bar, situated within the hotel’s grounds, offers the option to enjoy a pint of real ale. The hotel also has its own outdoor activities including pitch & putt, croquet and children's outdoor play area. Gary and his team at The Inn on the Lake Hotel look forward to welcoming you soon. ... more   less 
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Inn On The Lake Ullswater
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