If you are going to stay in Windermere, you simply must stay somewhere on the lake itself.
This stunning expanse of water is 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep and is a constant hive of activity which is mesmerising.
We found the perfect spot in the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa, where stunning views, superb food and careful consideration for your every comfort combine to define what is one of Windermere`s most distinctive 4 Star hotels.
Here, on the shores of one of the Lake District`s most beautiful locations, we could relax, take time out and be looked after by their team of experts.
From the eastern bank of Windermere, the dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells are nothing short of breath-taking. This constantly changing scene serves as a living picture postcard of this most beautiful countryside, an eloquent backdrop to the captivating charm that is the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa.
Arriving quite late after a packed day in the area, we decided that as it was such a perfect summer evening, we would grab a couple of gin and tonics and enjoy the tranquillity of the lake from the terrace before dinner. This was one of the best hours ever for just watching life go by; a couple of water skiers entertained us with their dexterity, a couple of tourist steam cruisers sailed by and as the sun started to set there was nothing but peace and quiet.
Putting this fabulous setting and the gorgeous views over Windermere to one side for a moment, the undoubted jewel in the crown at Beech Hill is Burlington’s Restaurant. Highly regarded by local people, Burlington’s Restaurant offers a culinary experience you won’t forget, it has held AA rosettes for the last 20 years.
As we were to discover, dinner at Burlington’s begins with fresh canapés in the lounge while you enjoy a pre-dinner drink looking over the menus.
The food is beautifully presented, using exemplary locally-sourced ingredients, developing rich and complex flavours, our evening meal didn’t disappoint, and neither did the service. Nothing was too much trouble for the restaurant team, it was such a pleasure to see a busy hotel restaurant running with no stress.
For our starters we chose Stornaway Gold Medal Black Pudding with fried free range egg, carrot crush and pork scratching crumble and Ham and Egg; local ham terrine topped with soft boiled hens egg and homemade piccalilli. Both were a picture on the plate and each tasted equally good, we were off to a good start.
The mains comprised of Roast Saddleback Pork Belly with dauphinoise, Swiss chard ad apple relish and Cumbrian Fell Bred Beef Daube Bourguignon, shallots, mushroom and lardon thyme mash with a red wine fumet. Excellent, filling and really well cooked and presented.
It must have been all the walking as we managed dessert! Ok we shared a dessert of Sweet Shots; mini crème brulee-lemon and raspberry posset and Tobago dark chocolate mousse. The perfect end to a perfect meal, accompanied by a rather good bottle of Malbec.
We decided to go back to the terrace for some fresh air before retiring back to our room for a well-earned sleep.
We had big plans for the following morning; after breakfast we paid a visit to the famous Lakeland superstore before spending the rest of the day in Windermere and Bowness.
We checked out the shops, discovered a couple of hidden gems selling fantastic and very different things for the home and wandered around a boat shop, dreaming of the perfect boat for our next trip to The Lakes!
All too soon it was time to leave; our adventure in The Lake District was over…for now. But we will be back and definitely staying at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa, that lakeside view will be hard to beat so there’s no point in looking anywhere else.
Newby Bridge Road, Windermere
Cumbria LA23 3LR
Tel: 0333 444 6835
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