Review: A Breathtaking Break at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa
Paul Seath visited Windermere’s most distinctive 4 star hotel and the charming atmosphere and dramatic views did not disappoint.
Located on the shores of one of the Lake District’s most beautiful locations, the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa in Windermere is the perfect place to indulge, without straying too far from home.
On arrival we were greeted by a friendly receptionist (unfortunately, we didn’t catch her name) who directed us to our room, showed us around the bar and spa facilities and informed us of the dinner and breakfast details. With eager anticipation, we made our way to our room and wow, we were not disappointed. The room itself was beautiful, a good size and spotlessly clean, but the centrepiece had to be the breathtaking view overlooking Lake Windermere.
Before dinner we headed down to the Spa, where we had use of the indoor swimming pool, outside jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. We were lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of sunshine and it felt incredibly relaxing, sunning ourselves while soaking in the outdoor hot tub and watching boats pass by.
When we could prise ourselves away from the spa, we went to get our glad rags on for the main event, the evening meal. While waiting, we of course, took full advantage of the two for one cocktail offer in place between 5pm and 7pm. The friendly bar staff were only too happy to concoct us the best cocktails we have ever tasted – two Pina Coladas and made correctly, at that.
Having planned to eat at 8pm, we were sat in the lounge area waiting to be seated, when a selection of canapes were served to us, these included, tortilla sticks, garlic mayo rolls and cheese pastries, all homemade. We were then taken to our lovely lake-view window seat in the restaurant.
For the starters we enjoyed ham and chicken terrine and then tucked into a beautiful dish of chicken supreme for the main course. For dessert I opted for my usual downfall, the cheese board and was not disappointed, meanwhile Mrs Seath gave her creme brulee top marks. We both rated the food and dining experience an impressive 10 out of 10.
With full stomach’s, we retired to the lounge area where we took in the fantastic views of the lake over a post-dinner tipple. Every window looked out onto a stunning view, but the scenery was just as breathtaking inside, with beautiful details such as the glass blown fruit chandelier.
Fed and watered, we retreated to the room where we enjoyed one of the best nights sleep we have ever had – and not just because we’d left the kids at home. At breakfast the next morning, there was a hot and cold buffet to fill up on before we left, at which the food was also exceptional.
Throughout our stay at the Beech Hill Hotel and spa, we were attended to by professional and helpful staff, who couldn’t do enough to make our stay as pleasant as possible. And they succeeded. The hotel was a dream, the food exquisite and the service impeccable, it was all in all an excellent stay. We would return in a heartbeat to this gem in the Lake District.
To book your stay and for more information visit www.beechhillhotel.co.uk