The Swan Hotel & Spa

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Address: Riverside, Newby Bridge, LA12 8NB, England

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

Very new Lakes - with some trad Lakeland touches

The Swan could be a bit of a marmite hotel: love it or loathe it. Completely refurbished after the November 2009 floods, the 18th-century coaching inn now sports a highly stylised new look. It's trendy but there's quality too.

Lots of ideas and thoughtful touches have gone into the transformation of this place and the identity can feel a bit confused at times, but it caters for a whole range of clients from families to corporate events - and seems to do so with some aplomb.

The new-look Swan is still a pretty new venture and some of the more angular design edges will, no doubt, soften over time.

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

Location

At the southern tip of Windermere and on the banks of the River Leven. It's just 20 minutes from junction 36 M6, although be aware the A590 link road can get very congested at peak times.

Bedrooms

All newly redesigned and upgraded, the 52 rooms divide between three classes. I liked the deluxe rooms with more space, river views and iPod docking stations, although the garden-view standards are quieter.

Families are unusually well catered for and the Potter Suite, comprising two interconnecting rooms, has a shared bathroom and a Playstation 3.

Public areas

Well designed and varied. The roraing fire and comfty sofas by reception are welcoming, while the illuminated alcoves with abstract purples vases in the bar is trying too hard.

The Library is a graet resouce for families: a dediacted area for stories, games and DVDs before cokies and milk are served upstairs at bedtime.

Eating and drinking

The Bar, all mismatched tables and cosy corners, covers the all-day bases with a strong lcoal menu, kids' options and a particularly well stocked wine cellar, which recently won the hotel its first award. The Farmer's Platter of local Cumbrian goodies makes for a fine lunch option - £9.95 (small) - washed down by a pint of Loweswater Gold.

Breakfast in the ruby-red upstairs dining room continues the local-produce theme, but the River Room restaurant, the more formal dining area, feels a little out of keeping with its reliance on Italian cuisine.

Leisure facilities

Head downstairs for the gym and 10m pool, an all-glass affair so you can peer at people splashing about in the shallow end while you check in. Upstairs are the treatment rooms for a slew of ESPA treatments in the Vu Spa.

For kids, the grounds are home to an adventure playground and a nature trail.

Service

Given the broad customer range, it's hard to be all things to all things but the smart, friendly staff do a sterling job.

Who stays there

Families will consider it a country-escape haven, weekday corporate clients love it for the mix of design and facilities.

But it's always a good sign when a couple of young, local farmers are to be found propping up the bar over a pint. As was I.

Price advice

Rates hiked for Saturdays and public holidays; standard rooms are spacious enough without paying a supplement.

For families, budget on £10 for an extra Z bed, £10 for an infant cot and £10 for a twin.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Style and substance
  • Family friendly
  • Italian theme to fien dining
  • Decor needs to bed down
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