19. 2 in bungalow in the grounds, 2 suitable for disabled.
all year except 3 weeks Jan.
lounge, drawing room, bar, 2 dining rooms, meeting/conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, 1-acre garden (croquet), free access to local leisure centre.
all day in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 4 rooms and drawing room, not in bar or restaurant.
per room B&B from £135, D,B&B from £211. À la carte £42.50. 1-night bookings often refused Sat.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In large, landscaped gardens a stroll from Lake Windermere, this ‘friendly’, traditional hotel, after 50 years in the same hands, has new owners, Jenna and James Shail. ‘Everything has been spruced up,’ say Guide inspectors in 2016. Many staff have stayed on from the old regime; Peter Sinclair (who in the evening ‘took orders, served food and was ready to chat’) remains as manager. Most of the bedrooms are in the Regency house; for more space, splurge on a suite in a bungalow in the grounds. ‘Our pretty, charming room had a balcony overlooking the garden. There was a comfy bed, good storage, a small but efficient bathroom. Tea and biscuits were willingly brought to us on the lawn.’ In the candlelit restaurant, Brandon Shepherd, the ‘ambitious’ new chef, cooks ‘very fancy’ dishes. ‘We had a curious starter of heritage tomatoes with a mint sorbet; enjoyable turbot on green vegetables. Climbers would choke at the minute size of the starters and puddings, though.’ Find leaf teas and a ‘decent’ buffet at breakfast; ‘boring’ toast is saved by ‘delicious’ marmalade.
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This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
Hill Top is a time-capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in one of her tales.
45-minute to three-hour cruises across Lake Windermere.
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.