There’s something about the countryside. People are always telling me that if I lived rurally forever, that I’d be bored but I just don’t think that’s the case. Muddy walks with the pups, the way the air is so fresh, the way the seasons are so visually defined and yet all seamlessly roll into one and the way all that natural beauty can calm and clear your mind and body. Being in the country just does something for my soul. Something wonderful.
The Lake District is basically on our doorstep and it’s one of my favourite places to escape to when I feel the overwhelm and need to just feel grounded and peaceful again. Usually we camp but this time we were invited to come and review a luxury Windermere hotel – Beech Hill Hotel & Spa for the night – and who am I to say no to a little adults-only time away!
Here’s how we got on…
Getting to Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
We drove and found the hotel easy to locate using our sat nav and the hotel’s postcode. Unfortunately the road that the hotel sits on was closed for roadworks with a rather misleading sign saying that there was no access to the hotel but we tried anyway and it was perfectly accessible.
Beech Hill hotel & spa is situated on the east shore of lake Windermere, roughly half way between the village of Newby Bridge and the town of Bowness. There is limited parking at the front of the property but a large carpark at the rear. Plenty of taxi’s service the area but to make the most of the surrounding area, I’d definitely recommend having a car.
Beech Hill hotel and check-in
We arrived at the hotel and made our way to reception through the rear of the property, up two flights of stairs and to be honest first impressions were that it was quite run down at the back, with tired carpets and peeling window frames. However once we neared the reception area, which is located at the entrance to the hotel, we could see that there had been extensive modernisation and refurbishment and it was really rather lovely.
Check-in was quick and efficient. The staff were super friendly and helpful which made us feel welcome. After a brief explanation about the room and spa facilities we made a dinner reservation for 19:30 and headed off to find our room.
Our room at Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Our room was lovely, everything was spotlessly clean and inviting – we stayed in room 53, which I think is classed as a Select room. We were surprised by how large and spacious it was with the beds, living area, bathroom and also a balcony. I’m never overly thrilled by twin beds being pushed together to make a double but it wasn’t too much of an issue. The lake views made up for any minor issues and were absolutely lovely – an extra special treat from the full length windows and really this is what you come to the Lake District for.
The bed was quite a bit firmer than we are used to but the linens and pillows were clean, fresh and very inviting. To be honest, we were just excited about getting a full nights sleep! It’s worth noting that the lighting in the room was well thought out and there were power points on both sides of the bed – this might sound like an obvious detail but I’ve lost count of the amount of hotels I’ve stayed in where the power point is the opposite side of the room to the bed.
We loved the little living area, with a huge Samsung flat screen TV on the wall and a well appointed tea and coffee station. The channels were just the basic Freeview package but perfectly adequate – we weren’t there to watch TV anyway! Being dairy free, I was so pleased when I rang reception to ask for Soya Milk and it arrived about 30 seconds later. Nothing ever seemed to much trouble for the friendly staff at this hotel, which was so nice.
We only stayed for one night but if you are thinking of visiting for longer, it’s worth noting that there was a lot of storage available for clothes.
The bathroom was a small ensuite size, nice and modern and clean with a power shower over the top of the bath. The shower was probably the most powerful that I’ve ever been in, which was fantastic but did mean the whole bathroom got absolutely soaked! Water glasses, a shower cap and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries were complimentary along with a good selection of towels. There are no robes in this type of room however and if you want one for the use of the spa you have to hire them from reception.
Without a doubt the crowning glory of this spa is the outdoor hot tub with a lake view. It is stunning and despite it being -1 outside, we braved the cold and immersed ourselves in hot tub life like little hippos wallowing in a pond. Bliss. It’s a big hot tub as well, room for about eight people I think!
The indoor pool I didn’t actually try out because I was too busy lounging on the oh-so-comfy, pool-side loungers and alternating between the steam room and the sauna.
There are two treatment rooms and a whole host of available treatments but we didn’t try them ourselves as there was no availability (book them in advance!) so I can’t comment. They do use the Elemis products though, which I adore.
The only downside to the spa area is the tiny and mixed changing rooms. There are three private changing cubicles but the generic area is way too small and cramped so we scuttled back to our room to sort ourselves out.
Eating and drinking at The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Cream tea, fine dining and a top breakfast – the food was where The Beech Hill hotel really shined brightest and was our favourite part of the stay.
Staff were amazing, so attentive, so friendly and really thoughtful to the fact I was dairy free. The chef in the restaurant, Burlington’s, adapted all of the recipes specially, which is quite a rare thing. If you tell them in advance, I believe they can cater to most allergies.
We enjoyed canapés in the bar and lounge with prosecco and beer. I’m not entirely sure what we had but I can say it was delicious!
Burlington’s restaurant offers a really lovely dining experience. The staff are attentive, the food is really good and the wine list extensive – it’s not hard to see why it was awarded AA rosettes and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Breakfast was equally as lovely. Burlington’s restaurant has wonderful lake views to enjoy whilst you take advantage of the self-service buffet. Catered very much to the British tastes, you could have any hot or cold variety of breakfast you could think of…and we did 🙂
A really lovely, cosy retreat in a great location. If you are looking for hotel with a cosy country feel, open log fires, friendly staff, spacious comfortable rooms and good food then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa.
On our way home we braved the cold and stopped to check out the hotel’s direct access to Lake Windermere – very beautiful but probably one for warmer months!
Thanks to Beech Hill Hotel & Spa for inviting us to stay.