It comes as no secret that the Lake District is one of my favourite places to visit. Over the last couple of Summer’s, we have visited for a couple of days to explore the beautiful Lakeland landscapes. You can read about my visit to the Lake District here and everywhere we visited on this Summer’s trip. Today’s post is all about the second hotel that we visited which was located about 10 minutes south of Bowness-on-Windemere. The Beech Hill Hotel and Spa is in a prime location overlooking the stunning Lake Windermere. After a long day of exploring the nearby area, we headed over to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon.
Beech Hill Hotel & Spa is located on the main road circulating Lake Windemere and it’s a great place if you are visiting Bowness-On-Windermere or even taking the ferry over to the well-loved Hill Top House which was the former home of Beatrix Potter. The hotel has a huge car park but I’d advise unloading outside the main entrance otherwise you’ll have to take a lot of steps up-to reception. We quickly checked in and the staff on reception were really lovely, explaining how to access to spa and offering tips and advice on places to visit in the area. The reception area was pretty stunning as it followed through to the bar which offered incredible views out to the lake. A lovely place to enjoy a few drinks with a view.
We headed up to our room which I believe was one of their classic rooms. It has everything we needed including that all-important view out to the lake. I would say the room was a little dated and on the small side but as I said it had all the amenities we needed. There was the lovely touch of having little chocolates on our pillows though which were very much appreciated by myself. The thing I was most excited about staying at Beech Hill Hotel was their Lakeview spa. We quickly got changed and headed down to the spa to see what it was all about.
The Beech Hill Spa included a lovely big swimming pool, heated jacuzzi overlooking Lake Windemere, a Himalayan Sauna and an aromatic Steam Room. Honestly, it’s the beautiful surrounding that makes you feel even more relaxed. We headed straight to the vitality whirlpool outside which was an absolute delight. We could watch the boats on Lake Windemere pass and it was just lovely. I didn’t take too many photos as it was quite a busy time in the spa and I wanted to respect the other guests’ privacy.
Later that evening, we headed to the Burlington’s Restaurant at Beech Hill. The restaurant was lovely with tables right in the window but unfortunately, there was none available but still had a little view out to Lake Windemere. The service in the restaurant was impeccable, we were getting rather a fine dining experience. The restaurant has held for the last 20 years and you can tell they really take pride in the experience. A two-course menu starts at £29.95 but we had three courses which were £39.95.
As we were deliberating over the menu, we were served a selection of appetizers to nibble on. Additionally, we were also given some freshly baked bread rolls which were delicious. For the starter, I had ordered the sticky BBQ glazed pork cheek served with crackling and apple sauce. The pork was cooked to perfection as the meal just peeled away and was packed with flavour. Stefan went for the Ham Hock Terrine and although he said it was delicious, I could see him eyeing up my dish.
For our mains, I ordered the Chicken Supreme which was served with dauphinoise potatoes and a selection of vegetables. I really enjoyed the chicken and all the different flavours – The dish also came exceptionally served. Stefan is always looking to try something new so he went for the Venison dish as it’s something he’s never had before. I’m not too sure he was 100% keen on the meat but he did overall enjoy the dish. I’m not too sure he will be having venison again though.
Finally, we came to my favourite part of any meal. The dessert. I went for the Strawberry Mousse which was served with ice cream and fresh strawberries. Stefan went for the Sweet Shots which were a trio of sorbets and ice creams. If I can remember correctly it was watermelon sorbet, strawberry ice cream and mango sorbet. Stefan isn’t a huge dessert person but does love having an ice cream or sorbet so this was an ideal dessert for him.
After finishing off the meal, we headed over to the lounge bar for a few drinks. The bar had a great selection of flavoured gins, much to our approval and I went for the Boé Violet Gin which has been a firm favourite of mine this year. We enjoyed our drinks out on the terrace with unreal views of Lake Windermere.
The next morning, we headed down to Burlington’s Restaurant for breakfast. Alongside a full continental buffet, they did full English too. The food was excellent but we didn’t think the service was too good, especially after the wonderful evening we had in Burlington’s.
The best thing about this hotel is the unrivalled views over Lake Windermere and the convenient location to some of the top sights in the Lake District. I was also really impressed with the standard of food served at Beech Hill Hotel. It certainly would make a great place to dine at for a special occasion.
Have you ever visited the Lake District?
* My Stay at Beech Hill Hotel & Spa and dining experience at Burlington’s Restaurant was complimentary but all thoughts and views are my own.