Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is a former hunting lodge perched above Lake Windermere. It's got accolades galore, including a 2-AA-Rosette, Michelin Guide-listed restaurant, 4 AA Red stars and an extensive wine list which was awarded two out of three stars by The World of Fine Wine in 2015.
On top of that there's a spa with a sauna and a steam room, a gym, a boutique store and a helicopter landing pad in case driving isn't your style.
Eating here is a treat -- expect fresh bread and pastries, fruit, cereals, smoked haddock and local free-range eggs for breakfast. For dinner in the oak-panelled restaurant "foodie heaven is dished up on a plate", says Condé Nast Johansens. There's an award-winning wine list and almost 50 variations of whisky. Port, champagne and cocktails are also on offer.
Bedrooms are split across the main house, The Lodge, which has inter-connecting and dog friendly rooms, and two cottages. The Miss Potter suite has an outdoor hot tub and is where Renée Zellweger stayed while filming the 2006 movie "Miss Potter".
The hotel is a great base from which to explore the local area -- it's halfway between Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, and the town of Windermere is around five minutes by car. Dove Cottage, a 15-minute drive away, is where poet William Wordsworth lived from 1799-1808, during which time he wrote most of his poems. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum which displays his original letters, journals and poems.
Brockhole -- The Lake District Visitor Centre, is a 5-minute drive from the hotel and is a family-focused attraction with landscaped Arts and Crafts gardens, an adventure playground, mini golf, plus bike and boat hire.
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From the press:
"It's all about staggering scenery, culinary genius and profound peace at Holbeck Ghyll" -- Condé Nast Johansens
"One of the top dogs in the Lakes dining scene" -- Lancashire Life magazine
"Holbeck Ghyll sits high up overlooking the majestic Lake Windermere" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
Sauna / Steam Room
No pets allowed
No elevator / lift
24-hour front desk
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Jacuzzi in some rooms
Outdoor space for some rooms
DVD / CD player & library
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Bathrobes and slippers
Bathtub or shower
Accessible path of travel
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Infant's cot/crib and extra beds are not available.
No pets allowed.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
The hotel is between Windermere and Ambleside, close to the village of Troutbeck. There is free parking on site. Windermere train station is around 10 minutes' drive away and has services to Oxenholme, from where trains depart to London Euston. A taxi is around £11-£14, each way.
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