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Thornbarrow Road, Windermere LA23 2DF England
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#9 of 20 in Windermere
Travellers' Choice
Hillthwaite strives to offer all it's guests the very best in Lake District hospitality, run by a dedicated and long standing team you can be assured of a friendly and pleasant stay. We are the ideal accommodation for all types of breaks; including short romantic getaways or as a base camp for longer walking holidays in the beautiful National Park we are situated in. Impeccable service and comfort will be found throughout, with delicious breakfasts sourced from local produce with friendly and attentive staff.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
24-hour security
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Hair dryer
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Heather C wrote a review 16 May
Warwickshire26 contributions17 helpful votes
Such a great hotel. The staff are so helpful, great service. Great food. The décor is modern and there was a new carpet smell to our room. We have DBB and enjoyed use of the pool. Lovely views from the hotel so nice to enjoy a pre dinner drink on the terrace. The bed was so comfortable, lovely big fluffy towels. All the little touches that made this not just a a great stay but a REALLY great stay. A great location for both Windermere and Bowness.
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Date of stay: May 2022
JT2287 wrote a review 14 May
Sunderland, United Kingdom22 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed for one night as a last minute getaway after my recovery from surgery, we wanted somewhere that was near to restaurants and the lake but not to close for noise or crowded areas as it was the bank holiday weekend and Hillthwaite House was certainly that. The hotel is immaculate, staff are extremely friendly and polite and the rooms were beautiful just like the views from any side of the building. Lovely quiet lobby areas to sit in and have a drink or chill out in and look at the views, smallish but well stocked bar with a very helpful barman Florian. Our room (number 19) had lovely views with a lounge area including a sofabed, tv and chairs by the window, a spacious bedroom with kingsize bed, wardrobes and tv and bathroom with overhead shower. Everything if needed was availble in the room including; kettle, cups, glasses, bottled water, tea, coffe, sugar, biscuits, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, towels and much more. The bed was so comfy that I haven't slept good since returning home lol! Breakfast was included in the package we had booked; there was an endless choice from cereals, fruit, yoghurt, and pastries to a very tasty cooked breakfast. I liked the fact that it wasn't a buffet style breakfast so there was no queuing or waiting for options to be refilled and the service was quite quick after ordering from the kitchen. My other half opted for poached eggs with his breakfast and they were cooked perfectly - not always achievable in restaurants/hotels. We can't wait to return for another break soon!
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Date of stay: April 2022
ronron2555 wrote a review 14 May
Coventry, United Kingdom29 contributions17 helpful votes
Only stayed here for one night and was in the annexe part of the hotel, lovely clean spacious room, ate in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast and both meals were very tasty and well presented all of the staff were very friendly and polite. The hotel is situated in the middle of Windermere and Bowness with great views from across lake Windermere, would reccomend this hotel and hope to return for a longer stay in the future.
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Date of stay: February 2022
Bex642 wrote a review 11 May
Nottingham, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
Beautiful hotel with beautiful views. The staff were all lovely and very helpful. The breakfast was amazing. The pool and spa facilities were superb. I'd definitely recommend staying here and would love to stay again if we were passing through the Lake District again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Hillthwaite Marketing, General Manager at Hillthwaite
Responded 1 week ago
Dear 'Bex642' Thank you for your review, delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Matt & the Hillthwaite Team
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Kerryann Warwick wrote a review Apr 2022
Washington, United Kingdom1 contribution
Stayed here for 2 nights during the Easter holidays and we are so glad we found it. I had looked at a lot of hotels trying to find something which offered a DBB package for a reasonable price…… not easy during Easter hols. I came across Hillthwaite and decided to go with it. Firstly the position…. Perfectly placed only a pleasant 15 minute walk to either Windermere or Bowness meant we could park the car and leave it till we left. It’s up a hill but it’s not that bad to walk up and the view from the hotel is well worth the walk. Next the welcome… friendly from the minute we walked through the door. The hotel feels warm and comfortable….. probably the plus side of not being a huge place means you get a more personal service. The Room…. We opted for a slightly more expensive option and booked an occasion room. I asked if a balcony was available and it turned out one of those rooms has one. We got room 241 in the annex (Tendal Howe). It’s attached to the main house via a covered walkway but also has its own private entrance and parking right outside. Absolutely spotlessly clean with a beautiful view. The room was a good size with two comfy armchairs and a bathroom with separate bath and large walk in shower. There was also a mini fridge for personal use and a bottle of wine was left in there chilling with compliments from the hotel to either drink there or take home with you….. nice touch! Now the food…… all we can say is compliments to the chef! They ask if possible that you pre order your meal by 5ish each day….. I guess so the chef doesn’t waste food that isn’t needed. Not a problem for us at all it’s not a big ask. The food was absolutely amazing both nights with a small but varied selection of 3 courses and a daily special available as well. Breakfast is plentiful and fresh. You get continental and cooked and nothing is too much trouble….. my poached eggs were particularly excellent. The bar is small but well stocked and there are numerous lounges to enjoy your drinks in all with the same beautiful views. Lastly I think a special mention should be made for the staff. Every one of them had a smile and they were all friendly and welcoming from the start. The manager was present at dinner and worked equally as hard as his staff, cleaning tables and chatting with guests (many of whom were repeat guests many times over - a good sign I think). So thank you Hillthwaite for making our short stay so nice. We will definitely be coming back.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Pay the little bit extra for the occasion room and get 241 if it’s available
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Response from Hillthwaite Marketing, General Manager at Hillthwaite
Responded 1 week ago
Dear '393kerryannw' Thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive review. Our team work really hard to deliver an excellent experience for our guests and it is nice for this to be recognised and good to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. In terms of the view, it makes me smile when someone who hasn't been here before arrives, I guess we take it for granted but still enjoy the ever changing views from the terrace. We look forward to welcoming you back. Matt & the Hillthwaite Team
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US$158 - US$246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hillthwaite
Which popular attractions are close to Hillthwaite?
Nearby attractions include Lakeland (1.1 km), Royalty Cinema (0.6 km), and The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hillthwaite?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Hillthwaite?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Hillthwaite?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hillthwaite?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dr Brews Coffee, Graze, and The Windermere Speakeasy.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hillthwaite?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Is Hillthwaite located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Windermere.
Are there any historical sites close to Hillthwaite?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Townend (4.7 km), Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts house (3.1 km), and Bridge House (7.6 km).
Does Hillthwaite have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.