Review Of Waterhead Hotel in The Lake District


The Waterhead Boutique Hotel in the Lake District is located on the banks of Lake Windermere. The Waterhead hotel, near Ambleside, cleverly combines traditional Lakeland elegance and its stunning setting with the comfort of a new luxury four star Town House Hotel.

The Waterhead Boutique Hotel has stunning views across the lake towards Coniston with its backdrop of the magnificent Old Man of Coniston mountain. It is only a 2 minute drive (there is a regular bus service) or a 10 minute walk via a flat pathway to the pretty village of Ambleside were there are many cafes, shops and a cinema. Other well-known Lake District towns and villages are within easy reach including Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick.

The Hotel
The hotel enjoys a unique location on the edge of Lake Windermere. This bespoke hotel boasts its own restaurant, bar, in addition to 41 well-appointed rooms. For me, the highlight of the Waterhead has magnificent views

Due to the layout of the hotel, each room is individual and all rooms vary in size and layout giving each one a character of its own. Beds are large with excellent pillows and toiletries in the modern bathrooms are by The White Company and lake view rooms come with some rather nice extras including gin and tonic with ice bucket, bottled water, nuts, crisps, sweets and a bowl of fruit. Some rooms also have an electric fire in the corner was is great addition especially in the winter months.  Little touches, such as a stocking on Christmas morning and the present from Santa show how loved this hotel is and how much effort they put into making each guests stay special.

The hotel provides dog beds, doggy dishes, doggy dinner mats and doggy treats if you are bringing your four-legged friends. You can breakfast and supper in the bar area (dogs are not allowed in the restaurant).

The Bar and Grill Restaurant at the Waterhead presents diners with a menu championing local ingredients with a modern-day twist on popular, regional dishes set in a bright, modern setting with subdued décor and interesting lighting adding a contemporary element, all of which serves to create an intimate relaxed environment.

The Waterhead Bar and Lounge offers diners an all day menu set in a relaxed, modern environment with a choice of enjoying the lake views from the comfort of the bar or lounge or ‘al fresco’ on the hotel’s lakeside garden and terrace. The gin cocktails here are sublime!

Ambleside and the Lake District
The Waterhead hotel, with its prime position on the shores of Lake Windermere half a mile from Ambleside, is ideally located for exploring the Lakes; walking the fells, taking a cruise on Windermere or simply visiting the many local attractions in Ambleside and nearby towns and villages.

The view from Waterhead provides the perfect ‘Swallows and Amazons’ landscape and a great venue to start any lake district adventure on foot or on water. All guests get a 10% discount at Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre and the pool at our sister hotel has splash times at weekends, half terms and holidays. Plus also all younger children get a Sams Club goody bag on arrival and regular changing children menus to help provide a really fun stay for all the family.

Leisure Facilities
Guests of The Waterhead hotel receive full complimentary membership of our sister hotel’s leisure complex Low Wood Leisure Club located at Low Wood just 1 mile away. Facilities include feature pool, Jaccuzi, steam room, sauna, solarium, gymnasium, squash court and hair and beauty salons.

You might be tempted by other more expensive hotels in the area, but once you have tried the Waterhead boutique hotel, you will keep coming back. It has all the little niceties of a luxury hotel without the slightly antiquated feel that can happen in some English Country House Hotels, (which this certainly isn’t!). Enjoy a a day exploring the Lake District and then an alfresco evening drink with the most immense views over Lake Windermere. What more could you want?

Waterhead Boutique Hotel

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