It is glorious in the English Lake District at this time of year. The countryside is bursting with life, and spring bluebells and primroses sprinkle the grass verges. The Lakes are a dramatic and beautiful landscape and few hotels can offer the stunning view out across the largest of those lakes, Lake Windermere, that is offered by the Beech Hill Hotel.
Right on the shores of the lake, it has its own lake access and is set in landscaped gardens with easy access from both Newby Bridge and Bowness and lots of free parking. A great location to explore the rest of the Lake District, the Beech Hill Hotel has an AA Rosette restaurant and a spa centre with an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Most fun of all is the outdoor heated jacuzzi overlooking the beautiful lake itself. There are spacious rooms with all mod cons and themed suites, like the Wordsworth suite, are available with in room hot tubs and four poster beds if you really want to push the boat out!
Relaxing at Beech Hill
The restaurant at Beech Hill is very good indeed and offers lake views. Burlington’s Restaurant serves a modern British menu of award-winning food. The Polish chef obviously takes pride in his work and I had a delicious duck in plum sauce one evening and a beautiful chicken supreme with dauphinoise potatoes, a particular favourite of mine, on another. The dessert shots of three different mini puddings were very popular and I enjoyed a plum crumble with ice cream and cream, which was to die for. The breakfasts were also substantial without compromising quantity for quality. I haven’t had black pudding that tasty for a while. The Griffin Bar and Lounge serves afternoon tea and light snacks, and a large terrace with a great view. In the winter time the log fires are lit to make it extra cosy.
Around Beech Hill Hotel
Beech Hill is very well situated for exploring the rest of the Lake District. It’s only four miles from Bowness, which is one of the busiest towns in the Lakes and only a few more miles away from Hawkshead, which is one of the prettiest villages here. This area was home to Beatrix Potter and has a small museum attraction there dedicated to her and the very famous animal characters she created. You can almost imagine Peter Rabbit scampering through the narrow streets past the grey Lakeland slate cottages. Ambleside is another favourite tourist spot with cafes and souvenir shops galore. These towns can get very very busy in the summer but you don’t have to go too far to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trail.
Accommodation at Beech Hill Hotel
There are 57 rooms at Beech Hill many with balconies and great views of the lake right on your doorstep. They are all ensuite with TV WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. Two special suites named after romantic poets Ruskin and Wordsworth are also available. They also include access to the Spa.
In the grounds of the hotel there is also a five star cottage which can be hired separately.
Walking in the Lakes
The Lake District is the UK’s favourite destination for walkers of all ages and abilities. There is a wide variety of walking routes, with lots of different terrain from very challenging hill walking to a gentle lakeside stroll.
Many classic walks by lakes or through valleys have been made famous by a host of articles and guide books. And of course, the Lake District is celebrated by famous poets like Wordsworth who fell under the spell of the Lake District’s majestic landscape.
Most famous walks are accessible from lake district towns, or are served by public transport all year round. We did our own walks: first a short walk around a little tarn (small lake) through some bluebell woods, which was very pretty, and then a more challenging climb into a dramatic slate quarry at Hodge Close, which was a lot more tricky!
Expect a warm welcome at the Beech Hill Hotel
The Beech Hill Hotel works very hard to please its guests and their many repeat visitors are a testament to this. The spacious rooms, many with a pretty awesome view (ask for room 74 for the best view ever!) and the first class restaurant make for a very pleasant stay indeed. The new spa and outdoor jacuzzi area a welcome addition and the hotel also has lots and lots of events to keep visitors entertained. You can attend everything from a summer ball, to a champagne and strawberry evening to Christmas party nights. There is something for everyone here. If you want to explore the English Lake District, this is a great place to have as your touring base. You can stay B&B from 75.90 GBP / 111 USD to 349.80 GBP / 512 USD with some special saver rates available. Check out the website for seasonal offers.