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    Sunday, 8 April 2018


    When it comes to choosing a place to rest your legs after a long day absorbing the beauty of the Lake District, you’re not short of options. How though, do you choose the right place for you? My good friend Sophia has been lucky enough to be a guest at some of the most beautiful bases in the area and will be sharing her top tips to help you find your own little spot of luxury over the next few weeks. Because, if you’re anything like me (indecisive and slightly dubious), a little steer is only a good thing....

    Is Beech Hill Hotel & Spa right for me? 
    As much as I hate to be vague here, Beech Hill Hotel ticks the boxes for every type of guest that the Lakes attract (I know, I’m sorry!). If you’re looking for a venue that offers you serenity and a spa, Beech Hill can cater for it. If you’re looking for a venue sitting practically on Lake Windermere, enabling you to wake up and channel your inner Bear Grylls, Beech Hill can cater for it. If you’re looking for a venue where you can enjoy a fine dining menu then Beech Hill can cater for it! Essentially, it’s that person you know who has everything and no matter how hard you try, you can’t fault them (don't worry, I’m quietly envious of that person too).

    What are the bedrooms like? 
    Traditional yet spacious, these bedrooms are fit for purpose. The bedding is that high quality, fluffy welcome that you long for after a lakeside excursion and many of the 57 bedrooms have private balconies or access to the garden (which we’ll get to later!) This means that you can simply open the glass doors, breathe in the fresh Cumbrian air and enjoy the unrivaled views of Windermere and the vast, calm waters – something that is surprisingly hard to come by in the area!
    Large hotel bedroom
    How’s the food? 
    Before getting started on the grub, let’s pause a moment (slightly out of character for me!) and talk about the restaurant itself. Burlington’s is situated in the hotel and it’s what I’d call ‘traditionally beautiful’. If you’re lucky enough to get a window seat, you’ll be enjoying your meals whilst looking out at breath-taking views. The evening menu is sophisticated and bursting with flavours and you’re very quickly transported from a cosy hotel to a fine dining restaurant. I mean that quite literally, as the lovely waiters will briskly escort you to your table from the bar, but not before you’ve enjoyed canapés on the sofa first!

    I went for the Stornaway Gold Medal Black Pudding followed by the Crispy Duck Confit, which had the most amazing flavour and succulent texture. The marmalade glaze that covered it is something I’d like to try at home but alas, my cooking skills only take me as far as spreading marmalade from a jar! Dessert was recommended by the waiter and was the hot strawberry soufflé. Light and sweet – it was exactly what I needed after the rich duck dish.

    Will the spa relax me? 
    It’s impossible not to feel relaxed when you visit Beech Hill. Its rooftop hot tub (yes, you heard me right) is perfect all year round and offers stunning views of Lake Windermere whilst you’re being tickled by the warm bubbles of the Jacuzzi. If you do decide that you want to remain under a roof (although I can’t encourage you enough to experience the hot tub!), you’ll be able to enjoy the tranquility of the indoor pool and plush beds.

    Is it pricey? 
    Rooms start from £115 for a Classic Single (breakfast included) and go up to £358 for its luxurious Ruskin Suite (breakfast included). The restaurant’s two-course menu is £26.95 but you can also choose from a three course (£34.95) or five course (£39.95) feast.

    The best part of this hotel – what is it? 
    For me, the highlight of Beech Hill has to be its proximity to Lake Windermere. Finding a venue which has its gardens touch the lip of the lake is rare and it means that you will be leaving your break having only inhaled the freshest air imaginable. Not a deal-breaker for some but when you’re returning to London and it’s ‘Eu De Pollution’, you’ll definitely appreciate this like I did!
    View of the Lake District
    Are there any offers that I can take advantage of? 
    I always prefer to make the most of a deal when I go away - it makes the whole experience feel a little more exciting and like I’ve been a true bargain hunter (I choose to think that David Dickinson, Martin Lewis and my very own mother would be proud). Beech Hill has tonnes of offers available but my favourite is the ‘Romantic Lakes Escape’, details below:

    Save over 50% on all the extras that make this Lakes Escape so charming. Stay two nights including 5 course dinner on the first night, bed and breakfast on the second. Plus chilled Louis Dornier Champagne & Strawberries in the room on arrival and tickets for a cruise on Windermere. And take your time on departure with a late check out to 1pm. Offer is available to be booked Sunday through to Thursday and is subject to availability and terms.

    I don’t know the Lakes very well, are there activities nearby? 
    Absolutely! You can take a short walk down to the ferry port, make the most of the miles and miles of mountainous / lakeside paths or you can hire a bike and whizz off on wheels. If you take the short ferry over to Ambleside, you can also enjoy the gentle Lakeside stroll down to Wray Castle.

    I need to book! 
    You can book directly through the Beech Hill Hotel here:

    * Sophia's received a complimentary stay in exchange for this review

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