Inn on the Lake

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Address: Ullswater, Glenridding, CA11 0PE, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

The pick of the properties from the local Lake District Hotels group.

The Inn on the Lake is a characteristically Cumbrian hotel: sturdy, grounded, not standing on ceremony. It doesn’t come across as a top-end choice but, looking beyond the slightly ordinary first impressions, it is very well run with lots of professional touches and a clear understanding of its customers.

Lots of chain, albeit small chain, hotels feel very bland and anodyne. The Inn on the Lake impressed me – and that’s without even taking in the views.
 

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

Simply stunning. Dipping its toes in the water at the southern tip of Ullswater, the A592 will whisk you back in Penrith in 20 minutes.

Alternatively, the Ullswater Steamers (see my [node:xx] page), dock in the 15-acre grounds. If you’re out to impress, ask about private use of the helipad.
 

Bedrooms

The 47 en-suite rooms divide between the more modern Superior Lake View rooms with flat-screen TVs and padded headboards, and the more traditional older rooms with frillier touches. It’s worth upgrading to a four-poster room for special occasions.

Views are a big feature with Helvellyn on one side and the ripples on Ullswater the other.

I did notice that the peach-orange hues of the corridors could do with a change of colour scheme.
 

Public areas

The cosiest spot is the Lounge with an open fire, deep-red sofas and a sun-trap conservatory on the side.

The management plan to revamp the whole ground floor over the next year to keep the hotel fresh.

 

Service

The staff are friendly and the service well managed. I liked most of all the way I was made to feel at home.

Who stays there

The whole gamut of Lakes visitors. Retired couples seeking tranquility in one of the quieter corners of the region away from the honey-pot crowds, families with older chidlren using the hotel as a base, walkers. And lots of weddings.

Price advice

Even if you're not staying, try the good-value Sunday lunch, a satisfying three-course banquet with those lake views as a backdrop.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Special occasions
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Lake setting
  • Attention to detail
  • Some older rooms awaiting refurb
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