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Grizedale Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Grizedale B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

Think of a time when you were extremely tired, very cold, and truly concerned you might not actually find somewhere to sleep or at least shelter for the night, and be stuck in a deserted forest with just a bag of nuts and raisins, half a bottle of day-old water and 7 inches of SNOW for comfort......
Now think of hearing the words "Are you alright?" and "We run the bed and breakfast" and "we're closed because friends are visiting but I'm sure we can find you a bed, we wont see you out in the cold",.... then being towed to safety, being told to sit down and warm up next to a welcoming wood burning fire, offered tea and biscuits and told to make ourselves at home. We did just that and within the hour it felt like we were visiting relatives.

Richard and Deborah were an excellent host and hostess. Our room was very comfortable, crisp quality white linen sheets, furniture that has been thoughtfully selected, a long bath with instant hot water (I'm 5'10") and a hostess tray finished with Cath Kitson homeware.....it's the small things, the details in this place that make you feel as though these guys want you to stay.

The Lodge is in an excellent location, it has a beautiful rolling stretch of garden that sweeps away from the Lodge and gets lost in the forest. The charm of being somewhere like Grizedale, sat in the lounge watching the night draw in or opening your curtains to an early morning sun will give you an amazing sense of wellbeing, peace and fullness.

Now food, admittedly we were unexpected guests so the usual menu wasn't on offer, however the food Deborah prepared was a condensed version stretched to include us and it was obvious that everything was freshly prepared, made quality (probably local) ingredients and she was a damn good cook!!! Again, it's the small details in this place that make you feel as though these guys want you to stay, AND if you didn't have to go back to work on Monday then you will definitely be thinking how you could easily stay an extra night.....

This place rocks and we hope to return to the Lake District in warmer weather to explore it's beauty further....there is no doubt about where we would stay!!

Room Tip: Ask for the room above the lounge, great views, spacious, peaceful
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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richardgrizedale, Owner at Grizedale Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2012

Thank you for your comments, and we look forward to seeing you again, in better weather, when of course Debs will be doing her full evening menu. All the best Richard & Debs

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Just arrived home from a long weekend at Grizedale Lodge, and to be honest we didn’t want to leave! Richard and Debs couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome, going out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. We loved the lounge with the wood burner, so cosy, and great for relaxing in the evening. The breakfasts were epic, so much so that we had to lie down for a while after!
The location of the lodge is brilliant, with so much to do within walking distance, including Go-ape, mountain bike trails, plenty of walking and an excellent visitors centre and cafe.
Can't wait to get back to Grizedale for another relaxing weekend at the lodge.
Ruth & Tim :-)

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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richardgrizedale, Owner at Grizedale Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2012

We are both so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and we would love you to come and stay for longer - preferably when serious study commitments are all over, so you can completely relax next time.
All the very best Richard & Deb

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

My husband, son aged 5 and I stayed for three nights in February. After getting a bit lost and stuck in the snow we were very glad to see Richard come out to meet us. Richard and Debs are fantastic hosts. They made every effort to look after all our needs. We had a lovely dinner when we arrived and on Saturday morning after a delicious breakfast we were going to visit the nearby anilmal park, but our car broke down! Richard was out again and helped us discover the problem. He then proceeded to ring local garages and was really helpful - above and beyond.

We finally had things sorted by late afternoon after a trip to Barrow and then had a lovely walk in the woods just at the bottom of the road where the tourist centre is located. We watched some people going accross the zip wires at 'go ape' which is set out in the woods, that was a giggle.

Its in a lovely location and if you want to get out a bit further, only 20-30 minutes drive to Coniston, Ambleside and many other lovely places.

All in all after a rocky start we had a really lovely break at Grizedale Lodge. The lodge itself is lovely and I liked the cozy guest lounge. Food excellent, room (1) was a great large and comfortable rrom for the three of us. Richard and Debs very helpful and lovely hosts. We will go again (soon I hope).

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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richardgrizedale, Owner at Grizedale Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It was a pity we could not fix the car, but I am pleased a garage was found to get you up and running again - the prospect of having to stop your holiday early was not what anyone wanted. I am pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and I hope to see you again - but without the snow! Richard

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend here and as usual everything was top notch.. many thanks.. Roy & Linz..

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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richardgrizedale, Owner at Grizedale Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2012

I am glad you enjoyed your stay again, and for your kind comments. Also for taking the time to call me with some tips on marketing - much appreciated. Richard

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Reviewed February 29, 2012

My family and I spent a wonderful evening in Grizedale Lodge...Debs and Richard were superb hosts, accommodating, understanding and most hospitable. Our breakfast was superb...first class porridge!! We will definitely return :))

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

we have just returned home from a lovely weekend break at grizedale lodge .We have stayed
there several times. This time with new owners Richard & Debbie who were great hosts & could'nt do enough for us & made us feel very welcome.
The food was excellent & the new lounge is a welcome addition.
as we take our dog with us it is a great location for dog walking.
Lorna & Phil Hall &Maisie dog Stalybridge.

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

Had a fantastic
Stay great location very welcoming great value RIchard and Debbie were excellent hosts food excellent especially the whiskey porridge would highly recommend it .We will be back in the near future hope to see you soon.chris,dave,Lauren,Harvey.

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Additional Information about Grizedale Lodge

Address: Grizedale LA22 0QL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grizedale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Grizedale
Price Range: $119 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grizedale Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grizedale Lodge is a former hunting lodge set in the breathtaking setting of Grizedale Forest, just two miles from the famous village of Hawkshead, with its quaint historic shops, pubs and restaurants. Under new ownership since April 2011, this friendly high quality guest house welcomes walkers, cyclists, couples and families alike. Home cooked breakfast is included,; there's free parking on-site and well behaved dogs are welcome at a small charge. Grizedale Lodge recently gained a TripAdvisor award for achieving exceptional reviews on a continual basis. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grizedale Hotel Hawkshead
Grizedale Hotel Coniston

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