Lodge Evaluate: The Holbeck Ghyll, Lake District, England

The Holbeck Ghyll is a nation home resort with breathtaking views, welcoming workers and fabulous delicacies. It  manages to mix beautiful consideration to element and not using a stroke of stuffiness. Particularly when the final supervisor, Marco Frik, is at all times readily available to supply heat welcoming chat everytime you step into the primary home. His amiable presence knocks away any of the pomposity generally present in good boutique resorts.

The  foremost home of the Holbeck Ghyll was constructed within the 19th Century, and purchased in 1888 by Lord Lonsdale, one of many richest males within the nation, to make use of as his searching lodge. In 1973 it was transformed to a resort.

The 18 acre property is contains nation gardens and historical woodland. A layered canvas worthy of a Turner masterpiece, the place the far reaching vista of Lake Windermere provides solution to close by hills, grassy fells and, within the far distance, snow capped mountains.

For particular events and celebrations  there are a selection of pretty non-public eating rooms.

Who for

The Holbeck Ghyll welcomes adults and youngsters – interesting to each since this magnificent nation home resort feels so completely cosy.


The lodging on the Holbeck Ghyll contains 32 luxurious rooms and suites, some in the primary home and others situated in lodges within the grounds.

There are superbly spacious bedrooms in the primary home in addition to lodges within the grounds, some with patios and all set towards a panoramic view excessive above Lake Windermere.

Bright and spacious rooms at Holbeck Ghyll

Brilliant and spacious rooms (c) The Holbeck Ghyll

We booked into the moderately sweetly named Miss Potter Suite – effectively Beatrice is the poster lady for this neck of the woods – just some yards from the primary home.

Comprising a wise bed room, modern lavatory and separate lounge, it additionally opens onto a slate terrace  with an out of doors sizzling tub.

But our suite additionally made us really feel like we have been ‘enjoying home’ – just a little bolt gap away from the rattle and hum of the skin world.

Foods and drinks

Although Ambleside and its panoply of eating places is barely a 5 minute drive away, the resort has turn into one thing of a magnet for foodies. That is due to the high-quality eating provided in its award profitable restaurant by its 26 yr previous – sure, that’s simply 26 – head chef Jake Jones, who has launched trendy British model high-quality eating to the Holbeck Ghyll. Solely a yr into the job, he has already snagged his third AA Rosette.

The Oak Dining Room Holbeck Ghyll

The Oak Eating Room Holbeck Ghyll

The menu, served in a chic eating room gives a variety of mouth-watering fish and meat dishes – together with gigha sea halibut,orange king carrot, smoked butter and sea lettuce – all sourced from native elements, while the pressured rhubarb white chocolate, almond dessert crushes any hope of conserving to that food plan.

Jake  even manages to make vegetarian meals – so usually the poor relation on good menus – fascinating and the reminiscence of his caramelised cauliflower with, toasted barley, gooseberry nonetheless lingers.

It was solely the prospect of a critical stroll the next morning which meant we may get pleasure from his scrumptious menu in addition to the over ample breakfast served within the oak panelled eating room.


While the energetic could need to have a sport on the resort tennis court docket, the Holbeck Ghyll can be residence to a luxurious spa with sauna, steam room, and a rest room. All this alongside an out of doors sizzling tub overlooking Windermere.

A skilled aromatherapist can mix important oils particularly to go well with every particular person  while the spa gives a variety of therapies. And although tough to decide on I opted for the delux luxurious facial utilizing dreamy Espa merchandise. (£85 for 55 minutes) while my husband loved a full  physique sport  therapeutic massage (£75 for 60 minutes). We left feeling completely boneless and profoundly relaxed.

The great thing about this sort of lodging is that in order for you crackling logs , inglenook fireplaces and the hushed cosy opulence of a rustic home resort you may merely take up residence in one of many luxurious lounges of the primary resort.

Is WiFi Obtainable

Sure, WiFi is accessible all through the resort and you’ll log in by the visitor portal. For those who choose to not submit your private data, simply communicate to the entrance desk and so they can give you some complimentary WiFi vouchers.

Room Charges

Room charges fluctuate considerably relying on the seasons. A fundamental double begins at £160 per night time (with breakfast) based mostly on two folks sharing. In excessive season a set (with breakfast) begins at £410 per night time. Dinner is an extra £50 per night time (excluding drinks).

SPECIAL OFFER: E book earlier than 30th April 2018 and you may get  luxurious rooms for a charge of £149 per night time based mostly on mattress and breakfast, or £249 per night time based mostly on dinner, mattress and breakfast.

What’s close by

There are such a lot of pretty walks to do across the Holbeck Ghyll. Or you may drive into Bowness, solely three miles away, and take a  boat journey across the lake. Certainly Bowness on Windermere with its teeming streets, charming retailers and countless eateries is a vacationer honey pot. Or if you happen to fancy one thing just a little quieter and you like a little bit of historical past there’s  the turrets and towers of  Victorian neo-gothic Wray Fortress.

Getting there

All the things is kind of unfold out within the Lake District so the one solution to entry the resort is by automotive or taxi. Contact The Holbeck Ghyll upfront if you need them to rearrange a chauffeur service.

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