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Newest reviews for The Howbeck & The Retreat In Windermere

  • Graham
      United Kingdom
    September 1, 2014

    cigarette ends they need an ashtray by the door

    7.1

  • Pauline
      United Kingdom
    August 27, 2014

    Friendly staff Great breakfast Lovely large bathroom Comfortable bed Great location

    T.V wasn't working Room bit dark - too much pine furniture in there

    7.1

  • Arthur
      United Kingdom
    August 26, 2014

    THE STAFF WERE SO FRIENDLY & HELPFUL EXCELLENT ROOM LOCATION GREAT BREAKFAST

    NARROW ACCESS TO CAR PARK. I WAS ALRIGHT BUT A 4x4 WOULD STRUGGLE.

    9.2

  • Scott
      United Kingdom
    August 19, 2014

    The staff, rooms and food are absolutely superb.

    Couldnt get a table for evening meal but that shows the quality of the menu and food. The Lingmell had no bath either which was a little disappointing.

    10

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    August 17, 2014

    Wonderful staff, nothing was too much trouble. Perfect cleanliness. This guest house takes pride in its service.

    9.6

  • Claire
      United Kingdom
    August 17, 2014

    Really friendly staff and great breakfast

    7.9

  • Gillian
      United Kingdom
    August 13, 2014

    The location was out of this world, it was so close to the lake, shops and the surrounding countryside. The Howbeck inside was beautiful, the furniture was amazing. The staff were lovely, very friendly the breakfast was one of the best we have ever had. We would stay there again and have already recommended it to other people. Shower and bath were fantastic.

    The only negatives were, no Wi-Fi in our room but, you can live without it!!! Our room was over the kitchen and could be a bit noisy in the morning, good job we were up and about to take full advantage of the surroundings.

    10

  • Deana
      United Kingdom
    August 5, 2014

    The staff, the room & the breakfast -a lovely stay

    8.3

  • Nicola
      United Kingdom
    August 2, 2014

    The service from all staff the minute we stepped into the hotel. The room as it was just lovely as well as being clean and presented beautifully with pre-ordered champagne and flowers for our anniversary. The rose petals were not ordered and Dani one of the staff members took the time out of her day to make extra effort to make it special for us which was just a lovely thing to do. The breakfast, cooked perfectly and really tasty. The cost as I found for what we received the price was reasonable and it was a last minute booking.

    There was nothing negative in any way.

    10

  • Bernadette
      United Kingdom
    July 29, 2014

    breakfast and spa bath and staff

    the fact the spa and pool where in another hotel 20 mins walk away.

    7.5

  • Anonymous
      Netherlands
    July 13, 2014

    Nothing special

    The location, no bar.

    4.6

  • Darren
      United Kingdom
    June 30, 2014

    the room was lovely, very cosy. loved the whirlpool bath, very relaxing. loved the bathroom, very tastefull. loved the twinkly lights round the bedroom. lovely bedroom furniture and beautiful four poster bed

    10

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    June 22, 2014

    Location & friendly,helpful staff.

    Poor room,cramped,with a faulty venetian blind that kept us awake at night because it couldn't shut, Staff were very helpful at short notice but the solution was to hang a cloth over it making the room dark by day, but at least we could sleep at night.Poor value for money.Getting in or out of the bath/shower was risky for the elderley. (we are 82).No hand holds or rails nor any anti-slip mat in the bath.

    5.8

  • Alexandra
      United Kingdom
    May 6, 2014

    Location was really good

    Not as amazing as the description put forward

    5.8

  • Kevin
      United Kingdom
    April 30, 2014

    The staff were extremely helpful and polite, the standard of cleanliness was excellent as was the food and service at breakfast. They also awarded us a little extra time to vacate our rooms.

    It was closer to the road than I had expected especially if you are sleeping at the front of the house. Last breakfast 9.30 was a little early for a Sat/Weekend.

    8.3

  • Lisa
      United Kingdom
    April 29, 2014

    The location, rooms were gorgeous! staff very friendly and helpful

    the wifi was quite poor.

    10

  • Sarah
      United Kingdom
    April 24, 2014

    Large comfortable room and quiet

    8.3

  • Karla
      United Kingdom
    April 1, 2014

    Excellent hotel staff were lovely will definitely stay here again

    10

  • Debra
      United Kingdom
    March 15, 2014

    everything ! very friendly hotel jess was excellent on reception a pleasure x

    10

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    January 8, 2014

    Very clean rooms, friendly staff and an amazing breakfast!

    Expensive for the facilities provided.

    6.7

  • Angela
      United Kingdom
    November 26, 2013

    The hotel was clean and nicely decorated. Good location. good breakfast and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

    The advert was misleading, there is no spa at The Howbeck, it is in a different hotel in a different town and you only have a 2 hour slot. The Howbeck is a B & B and not a spa hotel as the ad led me to believe. Wifi did not work and even though my booking for a 'Superior Double' was confirmed via bookings.com the room was double booked and we went into a much smaller standard room. As this was a treat for my husbands birthday it was especially disappointing.

    7.1

  • Dave
      United Kingdom
    November 15, 2013

    Spotlessly clean, friendly staff, great breakfast! Room was a little on the small side but not uncomfortable, and made up for by the spa bath. Would definitely come back!

    8.8

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    October 31, 2013

    i did not not like anything, i stayed in the windergill suite and it had just about enough room to walk in, they smelt smoke in the corrider and i am not a smoker and they fined me 200pound without any evidence, i mean i dont smoke, i do not recommend this to anyone, the staff on entry was unprofessionall and not welcoming

    i hated it it should not be 5 stars should be 1 star. iv stayed in hotels that are 2 star with better service than this, food was horrible eewww. Stayed 3 nights the worst nights of my life

    2.5

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    October 16, 2013

    Beautiful hotel, very clean, lovely atmosphere. Staff very helpful and friendly. Although I am limited to what I can eat, what I did have was excellent.

    10

  • Jamie
      United Kingdom
    September 27, 2013

    the staff were very attentive, polite and friendly, the hotel was immaculate

    we stayed in the Mickleden and we both thought the room would be better without a four poster bed, we felt this would give the room more light and make it feel a little larger

    8.3

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