It was almost clear of snow when we approached Bowness from the north over the Kirkstone Pass but it was still cold! The hotel on the other hand was warm and welcoming. We had booked for two nights B&B in a Superb room through Travelzoo and had made reservations for the restaurant both nights.
The room (11) was very clean and well laid out (lots of hangers in the wardrobe!); the bathroom was immaculate with power shower over the corner jacuzzi bath, robes and big fluffy towels. There was a good view over the extensive grounds towards the lake although the view was obscured by mist and rain.
The hotel was lightly occupied and very quiet- we were one of only half a dozen couples in the restaurant on the first night. The food was excellent. The menu was the same on both nights but there was sufficient variety of meats and fish to satisfy us. Of particular note was the twice baked cheese and chive souffle- my wife's favourite. A good selection of wines by the glass was offered at sensible prices. Serving staff were friendly, smoothly professional and attentive - top marks! The bar has a very good selection of spirits, as well as Theakstons on tap. Breakfasts were standard fare but very well presented and served.
We could not over-praise the hotel staff, particularly but not exclusively, Duncan the General Manager and we left reluctantly after two excellent nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Windermere's best kept secret. Situated in 5 acres of secluded grounds, this elegant country house hotel sits overlooking Lake Windermere. Our stunning restaurant has fabulous lake views and serves an exciting menu carefully constructed using locally sourced ingredients. Our welcoming lounges and bedrooms are individually designed and decorated to a high standard. All bedrooms are en-suite with most lake view rooms boasting whirlpool baths. We have a selection of pet friendly accommodation. Please contact the hotel directly for details. Please note that dogs are charged at £20.00 per dog per stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fayrer Garden Hotel
- Hotel Fayrer Garden
- The Ryebeck Bowness-On-Windermere, Lake District, England