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.
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.
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.
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.
Even if you're not staying, try the good-value Sunday lunch, a satisfying three-course banquet with those lake views as a backdrop.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
- No fuss
- Chilling out
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Lake setting
- Attention to detail
- Some older rooms awaiting refurb