Beech House Hotel

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Address: 40 Greenside, Kendal, LA9 4LD, England

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.6

The pick of the b&bs at the heart of Kendal.

For a no-chintz option in the centre of Kendal, this place is hard to beat. It's modern and stylish yet comfortable and homely with a friendly - but not fussy - Cumbrian sense of place. As soon as I walked in the front door, I felt right at home.

Set in a classic old townhouse, it typifies the new breed of great British b&bs with its easy-going mix of boutique charm, homely ambiance and lots of nice little extras, such as digital radios in each room and an honesty bar with a DVD library in the lounge.

Cartoon fans alert: keep an eye out for the sign for the old Beast Bank Post Office down the road. Postman Pat, Cumbria's favourite postie and cat lover, was born here in 1978 in the house where the author John Cunliffe lived.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

On a quiet street uphill from the centre of Kendal. It's a five-minute walk to the tourist information centre, while a taxi to Oxenholme train station for mainline rail connections costs around £6.

Bedrooms

Five rooms, all stylish, divided between classic and deluxe; the latter are larger with bath and shower. Go for one of the front-facing rooms for lots of sunshine.

A nice touch is a tea tray in each room, complete with Kendal Mint Cake.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast in the cosy lounge, centred around a large fireplace, is cosier than the communal-table dining room. Expect a hearty spread with lots of fresh fruit and yoghurt, plus walker-fuelling cooked breakfasts - the pancakes are particularly good.

I arrived early for breakfast to bag the bay-window table with a view across the garden.

There's no dinner but the owners will advise on the latest in places to eat in Kendal.

Service

Homely, relaxed, no airs and graces. The owners suggested I catch the Thursday-night live music session at the Riflemans Arms pub down the road and it was a top night.

Who stays there

Lots of people on business during the week; couples, walkers and urban escapees at weekends. If you're going to a show at the Brewery Arts Centre (see my [node:174831] page), then it's walking distance. Result.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of walking guides and tourist information at your disposal
  • Home from home
  • Good local knowledge
  • Less privacy given small scale
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