We stayed in the large room one out of two nights. Staff were excellent and breakfast was generous. Handy location with immediate access to restaurants or shops. Note it is on-street parking if you can get it but you are given a permit to show. Only point we did not enjoy was the bed was very uncomfortable, I think the mattress might need replacing. Water pressure is low but that may be a town issue. You need to consider the narrow stairs etc if you have trouble with heavy luggage or mobility but that wasn't a problem for us.
After a nightmare day of travelling, my family and I were absolutely delighted when we arrived at Holly Lodge. Not only was it beautiful to look at, inside and out, but Dianne was a wonderful host who took great care in ensuring that we were well looked after. The breakfasts were wonderful and the town itself is magical! We will be coming again!
We first stayed here in 1989 and stayed numerous times in the 1990's, in 2001, 2002 and the last time in 2004. It had lost it's edge a little for us in the transition from a privately run and owned hotel to part of a chain (Von Essen). Recent developments, a new owner, and good reviews tempted us back and we were not disappointed! It isn't the same as in the days of Francis and Brian - it never could be - but it is still a unique experience. The position on Ullswater couldn't be better (I'd go for the views alone!), the staff were helpful and friendly, the food was exceptional without following fashion. Sharrow Bay always did things it's own way and that was what made it special. The décor and furnishings suit the house and location superbly and I'm pleased to see the Hotel still dares to be different in that respect. We won't leave it as long before our next visit. It is still Simply the Best!
Dave & Caroline from Berkshire
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Location great. Host could not have been more helpful. Room on the small side, but so was the price for the room so no complaints there. Room clean.
A word of warning on Windemere hotels in general however. Their star rating system is not the same as elsewhere, so 4 stars in Windermere is the same as 2 stars elsewhere.
Tim from Wellington, NZ
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Great location and very friendly and accommodating staff. Excellent breakfast. Beds are big and rooms spacious. Toiletries are adequate - I'd recommend bringing your own from home! All in all a lovely place to stay while in the Lakes.
Poptot from North Yorkshire
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Took my wife for our 35th wedding anniversary, upon arrival we were greeted with tea, coffee & biscuits, local restaurants were recommended and Denise the owner made a reservation for us that evening. Our room had a four poster bed and each day had fresh clean towels and his and hers dressing gowns laid out. The breakfast menu catered for all tastes including vegetarian and was all home cooked. I would definately give it a 5 star rating and look forward to staying there again.