Imagine being invited to stay at a rather grand house where you are made incredibly welcome, and nothing is too much trouble for your hosts. That is Overwater Hall. It is a beautiful house that has not suffered in any way from being made into a hotel several decades ago. It's current owners obviously love the place and that rings through every aspect of your stay.
The rooms are beautifully furnished and exceptionally comfortable - the bathroom of the one in which we stayed was stunning.
We had with us the most awkward of guests - two children aged 6 and 11, plus a retriever. Since our stay the children have been badgering us to return. Despite the place being a car journey (albeit short) from anywhere, our girls fell in love with the hotel - to be honest, I would defy anyone not to.
The food is something that two months on we are still wistful about; it would not be out of place in a celebrity chef's restaurant. Imaginative menu, beautifully cooked and presented - also there was plenty of it - nothing 'cheffy' about the portions!!
The owners and staff were excellent - friendly, efficient, proud of their hotel but never intrusive - without doubt the best we have encountered in many years.
Our comment in the visitor's book was that we felt we had found a beautiful oasis and would be back - something that will be all too true as soon as we have the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Genuine Georgian English country house hotel, family owned and cared for. Set in 18 acres of formal gardens and woodland, and within a short drive of Keswick and the central lakes. Recently refurbished throughout, with modern en-suite bathrooms, free high speed wireless internet and sumptuous three star, two-rosette AA restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Overwater Hall Hotel Bassenthwaite