Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel
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Located in Lakes, Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is on a lake and convenient to Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre and Townend. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Wray Castle and Armitt Museum and Gallery.
Make yourself at home in one of the 30 guestrooms featuring DVD players. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as coffee/tea makers and a turndown service.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor tennis court and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. This hotel has 3 meeting rooms available for events. Free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
My wife and another couple stayed 4 nights in the Ghyllside Cottage on the grounds of this old country manor house. The cottage is brilliantly situated with an extraordinary view of the manor house and Lake Windermere, see below. The house dates to the late 1800’s but the Cottage is only around 10 years old. It’s a very nice spot for 2 couples to share. There’s a private hot tub, a large common area with TV and a CD player and large windows to enjoy the view. There are 3 bedrooms, one has only a twin size mattress, the other 2 have Queen size mattresses. There are 2 bathrooms, one ensuite to a bedroom.
There is also a kitchen with electric stove top and microwave, an electric hot water kettle, but no pots, pans or utensils. There is also a small refrigerator and a combi clothes washer/dryer. Instant coffee and tea bags are supplied as is a small bottle of complimentary flavored gin!
We did not utilize the spa. We did eat breakfast there each morning and there is a good choice of both cold and hot breakfasts. Of course they also serve high tea: it looked very good and very nicely done, but we did not partake.
We also ate dinner there one night. While the Michelin Star left with the chef a few years ago , the new chef’s meal was excellent.
Our friends recently moved to London from the USA and they are definitely going to come back for a long weekend again.
We visited a few other places which may have had a slightly nicer physical plant (i.e., The Gilpin) but none had the combination of a great view and luxurious accommodations.
The hotel’s staff was superb!
I booked this hotel for my partner's birthday and paid extra to upgrade to the Contemporary Junior Suite as the views looked spectacular. On arrival we were taken to a lodge and i complained because i had paid extra for the suite and was quite disappointed with the lodge room in comparison. We headed out for dinner and the staff were very helpful and told me that they would sort this out for us by the time we got back. I'm pleased to say that they had. Because they had double booked the Contemporary Suite we were upgraded to the Beatrix Potter Suite which i have to say, is beautiful and worth the extra money for a special occasion. The rooms are spacious and it has a stunning view, free standing bath in a large bathroom and a large terrace with hot tub. Renee Zellweger stayed in the suite while she filmed Miss Potter (hence the name) and it was genuinely a special place to stay. Our stay also included a three course dinner which was nice although we personally found the food sophisticated and beautifully presented but unmemorable (£72 per head if you book separately). There is an excellent wine list though and my partner liked his cheese board. I would definitely recommend this hotel to those wishing to experience the magic of the lakes - the location is fabulous. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly and we had a wonderful time. The only point i would give to the management is to be careful on overbooking on upgraded rooms - if you pay extra you expect to receive this. Otherwise a lovely hotel and lovely stay which i personally felt was good value for money if you want something a little more special.
Stayed at several lovely country house hotels in the area and this is certainly right up there. We got a room upgrade which really made it. Superb views over Windermere.
Great food and service. Pretty much fautless.
We just came back from a 2 night stay at Holbeck Ghyll. This was our first visit for 15 years - between 1999 and 2003 we stayed here at least 7 times and always found it to be a real treat, not just the breathtaking location but the accommodation and especially the food which was truly sublime. We were therefore really looking forward to returning.
We have dogs and therefore opted for one of the lodge rooms - in the past we had always stayed in one of these.
On arrival we were greeted by friendly and courteous staff - in fact I would say that during our stay we could not fault the service we received.
On entering the room we were immediately struck by the fact that apart from a flat screen TV the room was exactly as it had been 15 years previously. Same furnishings, wallpaper, carpets etc. The net result being that the room felt tired and somewhat shabby. In the past there used to be a jug of fresh milk in the room fridge (also a bottle of fizz if memory serves me well) but now you get little UHT cartons of milk and coffee in sachets. No different to a Premier Inn in other words. The bed mattress was so old and soft that when you sat on the edge the frame of the four poster dug into your thighs when you tried to stand up.
OK we thought, let's see what dinner brings.
Since our last visit they have created a new bar area. All perfectly fine and nicely furnished.
We knew to expect a modern/minimalist style of menu. When we used to stay here they had a Michelin star and the menus were never extensive in terms of choice - normally 3 or 4 starters and mains - however always a good choice.
We did struggle to find dishes that we liked the sound of. This was not helped by the fact that some of the stated ingredients were unusual to say the least - 'yuzu' anyone ? How about Minus 8 as an ingredient ?
I went for a chopped beef starter followed by a rabbit main - my wife had crab followed by
We were shown into the dining room and were pleased to find that we had been allocated a table in the main window overlooking the lake - always our favourite spot in the past. This was as good as it got however.
First problem. On the table behind us was a family with a small child - probably no more than 5 or 6 years old (the hotel say that only children over 8 years old are allowed in the dining room but this one clearly wasn't). Not the child's fault because she shouldn't have been put in this situation, but she was noisy, wouldn't sit still and generally behaved in a way which was very disruptive. We have nothing against children but there is a time and a place - certainly not when you are having a 'fine' dining experience.
Second problem. There were a lot of flies in the dining room. Yes, it had been a hot day but if the staff had taken care not to leave doors open prior to service this could have been greatly reduced. As it was we spent most of the meal swatting flies away - not pleasant.
The amuse bouches come which are OK but nothing special.
Wine is served along with a home made bread roll which again was OK.
Starters arrive. Mine consists of a tablespoon sized portion smothered in what looked like a crumble topping - I think this is what modern chefs refer to as 'soil'. My wife's starter was a similar size.
You don't expect plates heaving with food when it comes to this style of cuisine but the portions really were tiny - a couple of forkfulls and they'd gone.
You would be prepared to forgive the size if the taste is really special. However, my dish tasted of very little and the topping overwhelmed the dish - it was dry and tasteless. My wife's starter was not much better and contained two or three pieces of crab shell.
Not a great start.
Mains arrive. Mine is served on a black, pitted finished stoneware plate. Rather like eating off an upturned Le Creuset casserole lid. Again, lacking in taste and the rough texture of the plate made it almost impossible to eat the carrot puree underneath the rabbit dish. Also, very noisy - all you could hear in the dining room was cutlery scraping on dishes which were all some form of stoneware with a rough finish. What is wrong with porcelain I don't know.
For dessert we had lemon meringue - served with a quenelle of lemon sorbet. At least this tasted lemony but again not mind-blowing.
All in all very disappointing. When you factor in drinks (we had two half bottles of wine at over £30 a pop) you are looking at well over £100 a head. When I'm paying this kind of money for a meal I expect something pretty special and memorable. Certainly this had always been the case on previous visits. What we had however, miniscule portions notwithstanding, was a meal which fundamentally lacked flavour and was really uninspiring. I appreciate that at this level you are in many ways paying for the chefs skill and technical prowess and whilst you could see some evidence of this in the dishes served it does not alter the fact that the food was simply bland and unexciting. Style over substance.
Breakfasts were fine - but then again not much to get wrong with these.
All in all really disappointing. Holbeck Ghyll is an expensive place to stay by any measure and when you're paying the best part of £400 a night on a dinner/bed/breakfast basis you have every right to expect something truly special.
It seemed to us that this hotel is trading on past reputation. It needs some serious investment to bring the lodge rooms up to scratch - money has been spent on the main hotel at least but outside there are areas which look shabby or unfinished. As other reviewers have mentioned there are plenty of other hotels locally which have got their acts together and provide serious competition - just look a what is being spent on Low Wood Bay (smack in front of Holbeck Ghyll) and you'll see what we mean.
It will be a while before we return I'm afraid.
What a wonderful start to our very first trip to the Lake District. We stayed at the venue for 2 nights.
This is a beautiful hotel, set in well-kept grounds.
I loved the little touches, like a small box of truffles & a card awaiting the birthday boy in our fab room.
Plus the Damson Gin, left for us, was rather nice!
The food is delicious (& the chef appreciates useful feedback) - both the Afternoon Tea & Tasting menu are worth a try. The ajoining Spa, whilst small, is still functional - the staff were helpful, when a item ran out during a shower. There’s an outside hot tub, an inside sauna & steam room - so bring your cossie!
However, the main asset to this hotel is definitely all the wonderful staff. They were some of the warmest & friendliest that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.
Plus they were very professional, with nothing being too much trouble (even setting up a TV in a side room, so guests could be watch the England-v-Croatia semi final together, whilst still being served drinks & food)!
Such a great place to stay - go on, treat yourself!