The Lake District is beautiful, that’s a fact. Living and working in a city makes you appreciate the quiet and serenity of it all the more. Because there is so much to see and do, one day is not enough to truly appreciate the beauty of the area. Therefore, it is important to find good accommodation for your visit and we think the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa fits the bill completely.
Location and Check In
The hotel itself is situated on the banks of Lake Windermere, which offers a great base for any trip to the Lake District. The closest town is Bowness-on-Windermere which is a mere 7 minutes drive away. The Beech Hill Hotel and Spa has a large, free and secure car park which is more than adequate for the 57 bedroom hotel. The front of the hotel is very welcoming as was the lovely receptionist we dealt with on check in. Check in itself was very swift; we were allocated Room 73 on the first floor. We were offered porterage which we kindly declined (bag carrying is Mr ESLT’s job). However, as the building is quite large and spread out, if your room is at the other end of the hotel and stairs aren’t really your thing then I certainly would take up the offer.
Room and THAT View
Our room was, I believe a mid range room in the hotel. It was a great size for the two of us. Our room had king sized comfortable bed, plenty of storage including wardrobe space to hang our clothes, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV and a 3 piece en suite bathroom complete with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. It was decorated in a modern yet homely style. I think it’s important to remember that the main building of the hotel was built circa 1900 so the odd creaky floorboard is to be expected and in my opinion adds to the character of the building. The pièce de résistance of Room 73 was the view! From the second we entered we were drawn to the massive bay window which offered uninterrupted views of Lake Windermere. We were lucky that it was a clear day and could see all the way across. We fell in love with the view so much that we did not once close the curtains, meaning that when the light streamed in at 5.00am I woke up to the magnificent sight.
The Lakeview Spa at Beech Hill Hotel and Spa really is special. I mean where else can you chill out in a vitality spa pool in a scented garden overlooking Lake Windermere? Together with a 40ft indoor swimming pool, a Himalayan sauna, aromatic steam room and two treatment rooms if you fancy treating yourself to anything from a full body massage to a manicure. It really is the place to relax after a long day exploring the delights the Lake District has to offer. I expected it to be packed however when we visited there was only us and a father and young son using the facilities so plenty of sun loungers and space for us.
Dinner at Burlington’s Restaurant
As Burlington’s has held AA rosettes for the last 20 years we were really looking forward to our evening meal and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Our table was booked for 7pm however we ventured down to the bar area early to enjoy a drink on the terrace over looking Lake Windermere and catch the last of the day’s sun. We were presented with lovely canapes to nibble on whilst we perused the menu. We made our choices and shortly afterwards we were shown to our table in the dining room. All the waiting staff were very poilte professional and eager bringing us fresh warm bread and the relevant cutlery for our choice of meal.
Starter – King Prawn Risotto, fresh dill, parmesan and lobster glaze
Main Course – Fell-bred Fillet Steak, triple cooked chips, cracked peppercorn and blue cheese sauce and grill garnish
Dessert – Chilled Vanilla Crème Brûlée, citrus shortcake
Starter – Sweet Potato and Rosemary Soup
Main Course – Pan-fried Sea Bass Fillet, olive oil and garlic crushed jersey potatoes and pesto
Dessert – “After Eight” Creme de Menthe Mousse, Tobago dark chocolate ganache, tuile biscuit
I can confirm that every morsel that passed our lips was delicious. It is easy to understand why this is an award winning restaurant. I must admit that when my main course was presented to me I did think that the portion was quite small and would not fill me. Well looks can certainly be deceiving as it filled me up nicely. I honestly cannot think of a bad thing to say about the food, the service or the ambience. It is easy to see why non residents visit the restaurant too.
After a wonderful and peaceful sleep – you are in the middle of the countryside after all, we headed down for breakfast which is also served in the Burlington restaurant. The breakfast room was quite full however we were seated quickly and our drinks order taken straight away. The breakfast is buffet style with choice of continental breakfast including cereals, fruits and pastries, and hot cooked breakfast. We both opted for the latter. We noticed that as soon as any of the trays were running low they were replenished straight away. An al a carte menu was also available which included vegetarian breakfasts and a range of eggs. As quite a fussy eater I did like the buffet style as it meant I could choose what I wanted and how much I wanted. We both agreed that it was a tasty filling breakfast and had definitely set us up for the day ahead.
Check out and Summary
Check out was just as quick and easy as check in. We really enjoyed our stay at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa, it was a welcome break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. As wifi is only available in the reception area it was even nice to have a digital detox during our stay, not checking twitter every two seconds was a bitter pill to swallow at first but after 10 minutes it actually felt good to be technology free. At the end of the day you are in such a stunningly beautiful place with postcard scenery there really is no need for smartphones and laptops. It is easy to see why people choose this hotel to get married in, the service is top notch and just imagine the backdrop for the wedding photographs. The three words I would use to sum up the hotel are rustic, homely and welcoming – a great place to stay whatever your reason for visiting the lake district.