It’s not often a hotel ticks every box.
Usually when searching for somewhere for a romantic mini-break there’s something from my list which has to give.
But after a stay at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa on Windermere, Cumbria, in the Lake District – I’ve seen for myself you actually can have it all – and more.
That included a hotel room with its own private rooftop garden – complete with hot tub and sun loungers, a spa with an indoor pool and outdoor rooftop vitality spa pool, superb food and breathtaking views across Lake Windermere – which are undoubtedly the jewel in this hotels crown.
I have to admit, from the outside, the hotel is completely unassuming – I was totally underwhelmed when we first drove up. It’s on the roadside and it really doesn’t tell the story of what awaits.
From the front of you hotel you can’t see the breathtaking dramatic views across Lake Windermere this hotel has. From the front you can’t appreciate how warm and homely it is inside, nor can you see how sumptuous the bedrooms are.
The Wordsworth Suite
Due to it being my partner’s birthday, I’d splashed out on the Wordsworth Suite – and this is the one you need to book if you want the private garden and hot tub.
Many of the 57 bedrooms have balconies or access to the garden with the unrivalled views of Windermere, but this is the only one with the hot tub.
Online you can view the rooms and choose the one you want, so you will know the treat you are in for when you book.
The Wordsworth Suite mixes extravagance with modern touches.
The seven foot antique oak bed guarantees a good night’s sleep and from here, or from the two leather sofa chairs you can lazy and enjoy the lake and mountain view through the floor to ceiling panoramic windows.
In the huge bathroom there’s a roll-top bath, double walk-in shower and fluffy robes.
We spent hours on our secluded rooftop garden, lazing in the sun and relaxing in the hot tub. We had taken our portable speaker, so with the music, room service on tap, sunshine and the views, we really didn’t need anything else – it was absolute bliss.
I’ll be totally honest, we took our bikes with us with the intention of going for a ride before relaxing in the hot tub to soothe our aching muscles – but the bikes didn’t even make it out of the car.
The beauty of this room too is that it’s right next door to the spa entrance, so if you fancy a swim in the indoor pool, or want to mix with others, you are just a few footsteps away.
The Lakeview Spa
My favourite area of the spa was the vitality spa pool, in a scented garden, where you have unrivalled views of Windermere and the snow capped ranges beyond.
Inside the spa, there’s a 40ft swimming pool, two spa treatment rooms, a Himalayan Sauna and a aromatic steam room. There’s plenty of loungers to relax on too.
The hotel ambience
Perched on a hill, the hotel has a lovely homely and old-fashioned country feel about it. Staff are pleasant and there are plenty of communal areas to relax.
You won’t be blown away when you wander around the though. There are areas which need a spruce up, with carpets threadbare in some communal corridoors. The hotel is on many levels and is a bit like a maze trying to find your room, up and then down stairs.
We were keen to head out to the jetty at the bottom of the hotel grounds, hoping for a short walk along the water’s edge, but there was not actually any sort of pathway, so you can’t use the hotel as a base for lakeside walk.
As well as the suites, there are family rooms, and the hotel also hosts weddings.
Dining at the hotel
Burlington’s is the main restaurant with two AA rosettes. As soon as we were seated we were presented with delicious canapes while we looked at the menu.
Here you can enjoy two courses for £29.95, three for £39.95 or five courses for £44.95. Considering the quality of the fine food, this was very good value. A three-course meal for children is £14.95.
Starters options include everything from wood pigeon breast, mussels and goat’s cheese and beetroot. There’s seven mains dishes to choose from, including steak, sea bass and lamb. There are also seven desserts to choose from (plus cheese and biscuits), including sticky toffee pudding, roasted orchard plum crumble and mango souffle.
Our food was perfectly presented and tasted amazing with rich and complex flavours. Portion sizes were generous and I’d not hesitate to recommend the food itself.
But the dining experience wasn’t completely perfect. The restaurant seemed a touch old-fashioned – with one large room and tables in rows. Each couple who arrived were sat next to the last ones, until the restaurant was uniformly filled – which was odd!
If you fancy something less fancy, simple bar food in Griffin Bar includes tasty fish and chips and cheese burgers, with a more casual leather sofas and bar seating.
The menu can be viewed here.
The surrounding area
Bowness-on-Windermere is about a ten-minute drive from the hotel and is a lovely little town on the lake with some really nice boutiques, pubs and restaurants. Windermere train station is six miles away or just take the M6.
Yes, the hotel is a two hour and 40 minute drive from Hull – but the view alone is worth it, trust me!
So come prepared to rest, relax and recharge – while taking in the stunning vistas of Windermere and the fells beyond.
Newby Bridge, Road, Windermere, LA23 3LR.
Call: 0333 444 6835
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