Sawrey House Hotel

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Address: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, LA22 0LF, England

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

A new boutique neighbour to Cumbria's most famous resident.

It's the old mantra: location, location, location.

Sawrey House is right next door to Hill Top, one of the most popular attractions in the Lakes. The house is still owned by the National Trust with the hotel owners taking the lease. I walked from the front door of the hotel to join the queue for tickets in just five minutes.

The new owners of Sawrey House gutted the grand, old property in 2010 and have reinvented it with a more contemporary take on the country-house hotel. For me, the blend of traditional and modern works well without alienating the core, older clientele.

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

Location

Hill Top aside, it's a 10-minute drive to Grizedale Forest and two up the B5285 to Hawkshead and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Bedrooms

Of the 11 rooms, eight have lake views and all feature lots of nice touches in terms of decor, amenities (some with iPod docking stations) and extras, such a water in each room and black-out blinds.

I particularly liked room five with a modern four-poster bed and a pink-grey motif to the decoration. Room 10 is a deluxe four-poster room with a free-standing spa bath placed in the alcove window (rather than thebathroom) to soak in the bath while ponder Esthwaite and the fells.

Public areas

The chiming grandfthaer clock in reception and lounge with log fire and a rack of magazines adds to the country-house conviviality.

Eating and drinking

By day the dining area, adorned with artworks from the Ambleside Arts Society, operates as a tearoom for snacks and coffees - often accompanied by sunny views across to Grizedale Forest.

By night, it's open to non residents and takes on a more formal air with a table d'hote menu and an a la carte selection, both majoring on local porduce in season.

For me, the local cheese board, sourced from Kendal's Cheese Larder, was a real treat.

Start dinner with drinks and canapes in the lounge, end it with coffee and Kendal Mint cake back in a comfy armchair.

Service

Professional, respecful not fawning. The restaurant is more relaxed and airy by day, candlelit and intimate by night. The service adapts well to reflect the mood.

Who stays there

The country-house style attracts more mature and discerning guests. No family rooms and pets not welcome, although walking couples will feel at home. Given the ortut and pike potential of nearby Esthwaite Water, it's a surprisingly popular spot with anglers.

Price advice

Minimum two-night stay on weekends but good mid-week meals. Take a dinner, b&b package to save driving and choose from the good-quality Table d'Hote Menu. It works out at £28 per head, not £35.

Amenities

  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Lake views and mod cons
  • Restaurant and rooms
  • No internet - yet
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