Waking up after what felt like the longest week since I moved to Yorkshire, Elliott and I ran around the flat packing our bags for our first romantic break of 2017.
We decided to take the scenic route (my granddad would be proud) to Lake Windermere, and I’m glad we did! The views that we encountered on the way up to Cumbria were breath-taking.
Hungry and fed up of sitting in the car for 3.5 hours due to following a road closure diversion, as you can imagine I was so relieved to see the hotel that had taken such a journey to get to!
The Beech Hill Hotel is around a 10 minute drive away from Windermere town centre. However if you don’t have a form of transport this hotel isn’t for you, as there are no local amenities and it wouldn’t be a short walk into Windermere.
Greeted by friendly, well-kept staff, you feel as if you have walked into a 1950s film set. Big old leather sofas surround an open fire in the reception/lounge area (where free WIFI is available), the walls are covered in old paintings, maps and a stag’s head hangs impressively on one of the walls. Tucked around the corner of this big room is the bar where you could buy drinks and snacks in the afternoon. Peering in through French windows is a fabulous view of Lake Windermere.
In dire need of some relaxation, we went upstairs to check out our room (a standard double with an en-suite). It was clean, towels were provided and we were treated to another fantastic view of the lake. We quickly grabbed our swimming costumes and went down to the spa.
There are two treatment rooms, where experienced beauticians can privately pamper you. There is also a unisex changing room, kitted out with three rooms (two with showers and one with a baby changing table) and lockers to hold your belongings.
The spa itself was lovely, with one big room holding a 40ft swimming pool, a sauna and a steam room (which was closed on our visit due to maintenance). However the main seller for me (and I’m sure it’s the same for any visitor) was the outside hot tub overlooking Lake Windermere. It was like getting into a hot bath, and immediately spun us into true relaxation!
After mulling around in bliss for what felt like the majority of the afternoon, the emptiness in our bellies called out for attention. We got changed and spent the early hours of the evening in the lounge by the bar playing trivial pursuit, drinking alcohol and eating cheese, (there is a selection of board games available in reception).
The remainder of our evening was spent in the Burlington’s restaurant (onsite). After some confusion with our reservation, we waited and ordered in the lounge before being shown to our table. The restaurant is pristine, the staff extremely well-mannered, friendly, and you are very well looked after from start to finish, just what you would expect from fine dining. The food was beautiful, no big portions here, but plenty to fill you up.
I had Grilled Mackerel Fillet for my starter; tender and beautifully smoked. Elliott chose the Pork Cheek. He was surprised how much meat was on it and wished the portion was bigger. After a 10 minute breather the main courses were elegantly carried out. I chose the Swordfish Fillet with potato and mussels. It was delicious and quite a rich dish, but the flavours worked perfectly. Elliott decided on the Sea Bass with fondant potato, marsh samphire-ice salad and asparagus. He said it was delicious and beautifully cooked.
Still slightly hungry we decided to have dessert. I opted for the Sweet Shots, a trio of mini puddings with Lemon Crème Brulee, Raspberry Posset and Tobago Dark Chocolate Mousse. Out of the three the mousse was definitely the best, it was rich, creamy and exactly what I needed after such a fishy dinner. Elliott had the Chilled Egg Custard Crème Brulee (as well as tasting mine), he said it was delicious and we made our compliments to the chef.
We ended our evening by sitting in the communal lounge in front of the fire before retiring to our bed.
Well rested after a well needed nights sleep, we got up early and went down to breakfast. With a more relaxed atmosphere, you can help yourself to refreshing fruit juices, yoghurts, fruit and fine cereals, or indulge in fresh-baked pastries before selecting whatever you fancy from the traditional full English cooked breakfast buffet. Burlington’s also has a made-to-order menu.
I would recommend The Beech Hill Hotel to couples who are wanting a quiet and reclusive weekend away, where they can spend time together in a romantic location, surrounded by good food and friendly people; and with a short drive into Windermere for some civilisation, The Beech Hill Hotel gives you the best of both worlds.
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