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Close but not too close to busy Windermere, this smart country house-style hotel (no evening meals) combines luxurious, contemporary furnishings with a relaxed atmosphere. Owners Caroline and John Kay are warm and friendly yet provide a top quality service in spoiling bedrooms, excellent breakfasts plus a well-stocked bar.

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On the outskirts of Windermere, on the principal route through the Lake District (A591), it's easy to find and just 20 to 30 minutes from the M6. Windermere station is a handy 10-minute walk. It also makes a good base for exploring the area although, despite being screened by trees, some traffic noise is inevitable. Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston - offering culture, shops, walks and lakes - are within a 10 to 20-minute drive.

By car: 1 hour 30 minutes from Manchester, 3 hours from Edinburgh and just under 5 hours from London. There is free parking on-site.

By train: trains run from Manchester Piccadilly (just over 1 hour), London Euston (3 hours) and Edinburgh (2 hours) to Oxenholme Lake District station. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Oxenholme.

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The hotel has a modern, but not too modern, country house look with bold statement wallpapers, inviting sofas, table lamps and chic chandeliers. Colours are rich, cushions are plump, and throughout there's a feeling of relaxed elegance. Fine original features, such as a plasterwork ceiling in the dining-room and arched windows mingle with bespoke furniture.


The house is spacious enough for guests to spread out between two sitting rooms, the small bar area plus, on warmer days, a paved terrace. The separate Coach House apartment, with its swanky designer furnishings, tucked behind the main house, has its own dining room, sitting room and small kitchen.

  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Room service
  • Electric car charge point
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


With a modern country-house feel - rich fabrics, soft carpets and bold-patterned wallpapers - bedrooms steer a careful line between designer-y and high-quality comfort. There are velvet armchairs and sofas, no unnecessary ornaments, yet bedside lights where you want them.

Room types: Wansfell, Crinkle Crags, Coniston, Windermere, Miller Ground, Langdale & Claife Heights rooms, Coach House, Junior suites

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, Egyptian cotton linen, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi


Breakfast is served in the elegant dining room and offers cold choices, plus cooked-to-order dishes that include pancakes, and smoked haddock and poached egg, as well as the full grill (with vegetarian options). There's a small lounge menu of snacks, plus a rather splendid afternoon tea with homemade scones and cakes.

Breakfast: vegetarian and non-vegetarian grill options and a range of cereals, pastries and jams.

Afternoon tea: full tea service. Served 1.30-4pm Thurs-Mon. £24.95 per person (plus a glass of Prosecco £29.95 per person).

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