East of town-centre Kendal on the A684 and set back from the road in verdant grounds. Note: the nearest mainline station is Oxenholme (not Kendal) – ideal for mainline connections and five minutes by taxi to the hotel.
Rooms cover all the bases - family, couples, business - but all come with contemporary furnishngs and lots of practical home touches, such as flat-screen TVs.
I liked the fact that rooms are generally spacious, hence ideal for families as it's easy to accommodate z-beds or a cot.
The executive rooms, located in the original part of the hotel, have a lounge area, while the more traditional four-poster rooms are more intimate and romantic.
Eating and drinking
The Greenhouse Restaurant is more of a fine-dining affair with a menu of Modern British cuisine supervised by Executive Chef Justin Woods. My fillet of Cumbrian beef, served with mashed potato, roasted garlic, shallots and spring greens, was tender, moist and tasty.
The Greenhouse is also home to the morning breakfast buffet, again stocked with lots of local produce.
For something more informal, Alexander'spub in the hotel grounds has bar meals and local real ales on tap. If you don't fancy a taxi into Kendal, it's a nice chill-out spot for a no-fuss supper.
The Pulse Health and Fitness Club boasts two fully equipped gyms with a range of free weights and resistance equipment.
The Green Room Spa has a range of restorative and rejuvenating aromatherapy treatments.
I loved the pool for a few wake-up lengths before breakfast.
Friendly, efficient with a healthy dose of local character.
Who stays there
Everyone. It's especially good for families but also popular with business travellers mid week. A good all-round option overall.
Rates include complimentary use of the swimming pool, gym and steam room.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Complimentary fitness facilities
- Refreshed rooms
- Real ale pub in grounds
- A bit too far to walk into town