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Hillthwaite, Windermere, Lake District
Tucked away above busy Windermere, and with uninterrupted views over the lake and fells, Hillthwaite is close but not too close to the bustling heart of the Lake District. A sprawling Victorian villa, Hillthwaite has been turned into a contemporary country-house hotel with stylish looks yet comfort in all the right places. The atmosphere is relaxed rather than look-at-me - ideal for those after a quiet break where good service is valued. Plenty of lounges, plus the dining areas, major on the fab views, plus there's a broad terrace above the hotel's rolling gardens. You need to stump up extra to get a bedroom with good views, but all follow the same sleek décor. Dining is classic British, smartly served, and there's a small indoor pool.
Despite being so close to the tourist centres, the hotel is a peaceful retreat, with gorgeous views to boot.
Lake Windermere is a 10-minute stroll from the hotel. Be sure to take in the stunning vistas by Windermere Lake Cruise.
By car: around 1 hour 45 minutes from Manchester, 3 hours from Birmingham and over 5 hours from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: direct trains to Oxenholme Station from Glasgow Central (1 hour 45 minutes) and London Euston (3 hours). The hotel is a 25-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
People who want a smart, centrally located but peaceful hotel without fussy formality but keeping the best of traditional service will enjoy staying here. We loved the fact we could always find a plump sofa to flop into with a book, or just to gaze at the views.
Service & Facilities
Even when the hotel is full, it never feels crowded.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
A few rooms are pet-friendly, and owners with pets can take their meals in the bar area
Any of the lake-view rooms are a real treat - waking up to those views gets the day off on the right note. Despite the lack of fussy ornaments, there's still the feeling of luxury.
Single, Cosy, Classic, Classic Plus, Occasion, Signature
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A G&T or cocktail of choice before dinner on the terrace is perfect for catching the sunset. If you haven't enough room for dessert, the petits fours with coffee are divine.
The Dining Room: lakeside views, modern British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Mains from £17.
Poet's Bar: bar and lounge, cosy booths. Extensive selection of drinks. Afternoon tea served daily, 12:30-3:30pm.