Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Beech Hill Hotel And Spa Lake Windermere Review

The Beech Hill Hotel and Spa is a boutique four-star hotel on Lake Windermere. We were invited recently to visit the hotel and report back to my readers on our experience. 

It was a long drive from South Wales, but we welcomed the change of scene and stopped in Liverpool along the way. The area around the hotel is beautiful. and just as Mr W said, 'shall we stop here to take a photo?' we came across the hotel!



We parked our car in the large car park and then went to check in. From the road, the hotel didn't look as grand as it was inside.



Beautifully decorated with lovely furnishings and a magnificent chandelier, we were both impressed. 




Although the room was not quite ready as we were early, we didn't mind as it was a lovely sunny day, so we sat outside and took in the wonderful view. 





We took some photos and then I ordered some lunch and sat with Marcus talking to other guests.  The egg mayonnaise baguette was crusty and super fresh, served with coleslaw and crisps, it was enough to share.



One elderly lady had come here from Blackpool by taxi and was impressed with the view. Another lady said it was her first time year and couldn't believe how peaceful it was.

The Room



Before long our room was ready and we were on the second floor. Our room was a 'select' room, a little bigger than a standard size but with a lake view. There are 57 different rooms from suites to family rooms. The decor was modern with an impressive leather headboard, beech looking wooden furniture and a wall mounted flat screen TV.



The chocolates on the bed were a lovely little touch.

There were two large mirrors in the room which I was pleased about as Mr W always hogs one, as well as an illuminated mirror in the bathroom. The room was in good condition, the carpet actually looked new although there was the odd scuff on the furniture.



The bathroom was spotless, with large white tiles on the walls and black tiles on the floor. 



There was a bath and over the bath shower. Toiletries were Gilchrist and Soames which smelt amazing.


A tea making tray was set up in the room, always a nice touch and expected in a luxury hotel. The room also had free Wi-Fi, although it was a little spotty on times but fine to check your emails. The room also had two chairs and a little table, right by the window and perfect for the lake view. A desk was also a useful addition. 



The view was to die for!

Dinner


Dinner was at the Burlington restaurant. The restaurant under the management of head chef Lukasz, specialises in French and English cuisine, using local seasonal produce.  The restaurant holds AA rosettes and prides itself on its attentive but unobtrusive service. 




The menu has new dishes on a regular basis and has some excellent set courses.


As we sat down we were given a menu. Now although Mr W isn't a vegetarian he doesn't eat fish, seafood and most red meat so I noticed on the website they had a vegetarian menu and asked for that, and they were happy to oblige.

The menu options sounded good. Mr W being contrary, did decide to go for the chicken in the end but asked for it without mushrooms and they were happy to accommodate him.



Before our starters came they brought us bread. The bread was warm and came with salted butter, oil and balsamic vinegar. It tasted good but I thought it could have been a little fresher.






It wasn't long before our starters came. Both starters were well presented, and my ox cheek especially looked very appetising. The soup was well seasoned and had a good flavour whilst the ox cheek was tender and the apple sauce added a nice sweetness, with the cubes of crackling and a julienne of vegetables added a nice crunch. A very good starter indeed.





Once the starters were cleared, we waited a short while for our main courses.  Again when they came the presentation was excellent. Mr W's chicken was part boned and served with dauphinoise potatoes and carrots with a light jus. My sea bass was on a bed of roasted potatoes and pea puree. The potatoes were roasted well and the pea puree added some lightness to the dish.



For dessert, we both ordered Tart Tatin. Tart Tatin is made traditionally in a cast iron pan, and it can be hard to get the caramel right without burning the sugar. This Tart Tatin was very good indeed, the caramel did not taste bitter and the vanilla ice cream was rich and added a lovely vanilla flavour. 

Breakfast



The next morning breakfast was served in the same dining room.  Unfortunately, it was misty and raining or we would have had a lovely view over Lake Windermere again.


There was a menu where you could order food cooked to order, such as porridge and a vegetarian breakfast. There was also a decent buffet which included fresh fruit, croissants, cereals and a hot buffet breakfast with bacon, sausages, mushrooms, black pudding, beans and grilled tomatoes.

We helped ourselves to the buffet. The restaurant was busy this morning. The fruit was good, not tinned, although the juice wasn't fresh juice. We ordered tea and coffee and it was brought over quickly as well as freshly made toast. I asked for soya milk, and they had some which I was pleased about.

The Spa


We had a peek at the Lakeview Spa and pool and it looked really lovely. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to take a dip in the undercover swimming pool or the hot tub with a view of Lake Windermere. 

The spa treatments were Elemis and included manicures, pedicures, massages and all the usual treatments you would expect. Having a spa in a hotel like this is a big bonus and if we return we will definitely use the facilities.  

Here is a video Mr W made for our dedicated travel blog Fly Drive Explore.



Overall we liked the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa. The public areas are very nice and have a classy, luxury feel, the food in the Burlington restaurant was very good indeed and the lake view and position is hard to beat. Having the added bonus of a pool and spa is also a big plus point. We will return if we are ever in the area. Recommended. 

The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Newby Bridge Road,
Windermere,
Cumbria.
LA23 3LR

Tel 0333 444 6835

https://beechhillhotel.co.uk/

*We were given a complimentary stay in return for a review, all opinions are our own
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14 comments

  1. Some amazing pictures here! That food looks superb! Sounds like you had a good time though. Thankyou for sharing.

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    1. The food was superb Gemma and if you are a foodie it's certainly a great place to come.

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  2. What a lovely spa hotel! Always great to see vegetarian menus and the view is wonderful.

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  3. The food looks really tasty and it's nice that you got to get away, sometimes a nice long drive can be nice x

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  4. This looks like a great hotel and the menu looks great.

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  5. This looks amazing. We went to Cumbria this summer; I wish we stayed in this place instead because it looks so pretty.

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  6. I've never been to the Lake District but this looks like a great place to stay and explore it.

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  7. I've never been to the Lake District before, it's somewhere I've always wanted to go though. Everything looks lovely and I love the sound of the spa treatments!

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    1. It is a lovely area and the hotel was a great base to explore.

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  8. What stunning views, I love the Lake District and it sounds like a great base to stay and explore in luxury

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