Month: September 2018

We can’t think of a better combination for a luxury Windermere break than a stay with us and some foodie trips out. And we love a chandelier and inspiring interiors here at the Windermere Suites, so the Gaddum at Brockhole was an obvious choice for one of our lunch or afternoon tea reviews.


The restaurant decor is gorgeous they have gone with the history of the building and picked an Arts and Craft style which has been done really well and even though it was the beginning of September they had the fire lit and it felt lovely and cosy.

The girl working there was really welcoming and friendly. It was quiet as it was a Monday but I would highly recommend booking ahead so that you don’t miss out at busier times.

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Matilda had the Cumbrian Beef and cracked wheat salad and I had the Pan fried Seabass. The presentation was stunning from the glassware and crockery to the cutlery choices, and most importantly the food was every bit as tasty as it looked. The potatoes that came to accompany the main course had a delicious wild garlic mayonnaise drizzled on them …heavenly.

We opted for puddings instead of starters and Matilda had her favourite Sticky Toffee (just look at that sauce!) and I had the Donut (this is definitely not a donut as you may think you know it!).


What’s truly fantastic about this restaurant is that it’s part of Brockhole, now managed by the Lake District National Park Authority but once the home the Gaddum family. As you enjoy your lunch in the beautiful Arts and Crafts inspired setting, there are terrific views of Lake Windermere, the gardens, and the backdrop of the Lake District. We really are so lucky to be located in the heart of this world-class landscape!

At the Windermere Suites, we pride ourselves on being an incredibly romantic hotel in the Lake District. Just a short walk from Lake Windermere, you can enjoy the stunning scenery in our elegant and luxurious accommodation.

Romantic Hotel – Windermere

To help you hit the romantic high notes, we’ve put together our top tips on making the most out of your stay with us.

5 ways to create the perfect weekend in our romantic hotel in the Lake District

1. Share a bubble bath in one of our huge air baths designed specifically for two. Why not make this even more romantic and choose your favourite playlist to listen to whilst you soak in the bubbles and enjoy the sensual lighting?

Romantic hotel in the Lake District

2. Pick out a selection of both of your favourite nibbles from one of the local shops or delicatessens (we’d be more than happy to recommend a few places) and enjoy a picnic by the lake. Head to a quiet spot for Champagne at sunrise to really boost the level of romance.

Romantic hotel in the Lake District

3. Treat yourselves to some of our in-room extras and have a romantic night in together. Think Champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate, plus plenty of other luxuries. We haven’t been named one of the top romantic hotels in the Lake District for nothing!

Romantic hotel in the Lake District

4. Take a romantic hand-held walk to explore the unrivalled Lake District landscape. One of our personal favourites is the stunning Tarn Hows – it’s nothing too strenuous so don’t worry if you’re not massively into walking. You’ll have your super king-size bed with luxuriously sumptuous bedding to come back to afterwards!

Romantic hotel in the Lake District

5. Go for a romantic candlelit dinner in one of the local restaurants just a stone’s throw away from the Suites – believe us, there is a fantastic selection! You’ll be spoilt for choice. Some of our personal favourites include San Pietro’s, Hooked and Francine’s Coffee House and Restaurant but with such a wide variety of places on offer, we’d be more than happy to recommend somewhere that’s perfect for your tastes.

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Here at the Windermere Suites, you can be confident that a weekend away with us will be truly filled with romance. The Telegraph listed us as one of the most romantic hotels in the Lake District and we pride ourselves on being one of the best Lake District hotels for indulgence and privacy.

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So what are you waiting for? Book a stay at one of the most romantic hotels in the Lake District for an unforgettable weekend away!

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Located less than a five minute walk away from our boutique hotel Windermere Suites, is the newly-opened San Pietro’s restaurant. Combining a mixture of Sicilian heritage with modern techniques – how could we resist trying it out for ourselves?

We chose to head down for an early dinner at 5pm, which would be perfect for anyone who’s in need of some delicious food after a busy day exploring the Lake District.

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Either that or take some time relaxing in your Suite then stroll over for a romantic evening meal for two.

Situated in the old Giotto’s restaurant, San Pietro’s is owned by the wonderful chef Jason Turner who has previously worked with Marco Pierre White. If that’s still not enough to convince you to go, then just have a look at the photos of the delicious food on offer. They also have some fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor.

My personal favourite was the seafood linguini with mussels and prawns and I will be recommending this to any seafood lovers staying at our boutique hotel in the Lake District! It was flavoursome, filling and complemented my glass of wine perfectly.

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San Pietro’s is merely a stone’s throw away from Windermere Suites and is now definitely up there as one of our favourite local restaurants. With lovely staff and delicious food in a wonderful setting, it’s a must visit during your stay in the Lake District.

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Here at Windermere Suites we’re more than happy to recommend places to eat and drink during your stay with us – in fact, our team of testers is more than happy trying out all these wonderful places. We love sharing our favourite spots with all of our guests, so don’t hesitate to ask!


We’ve recently been researching lunch and afternoon tea options for our guests enjoying a Windermere stay. Our handy location in Windermere village means we are an easy walk from a great selection of eateries – from casual bistros and traditional pubs to more formal restaurants.

The 1st Floor Cafe at Lakeland was one of our first review stops (I had help from my daughter Matilda, who is happy to share the load when it comes to scouting great places to eat and drink!). The cake counter is an immediate distraction as you can see.

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When we arrived it was busy in the café but we still got a table and didn’t have to wait long for friendly service. When the menu arrived, the savoury choices were just as appealing as the cake counter. I tried one of the vegetarian options as the menu had some excellent choices: the Chickpea Falafel Burger.

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I’m so glad I did as it was delicious! Matilda chose the Sticky Sesame Korean Chicken which she tells me tasted just as good as it looked.

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Top tip 1: This is a great spot for guests arriving by, or waiting for, the train as it is right by the train station.

Top tip 2: If you’re staying with us near Christmas, you can combine lunch with some shopping downstairs in the iconic Lakeland store (we particularly love some of their foodie stocking filler ideas and the recipe book selection).

Lakeland – Part of Your Windermere Stay

Lakeland is a fantastic store for those of us who love a bit of retail therapy with a focus on the kitchen. Here’s how Lakeland describe themselves:

“As one of the UK’s home shopping pioneers with over 50 years of experience under our belts, Lakeland offer an unrivalled collection of creative kitchenware, practical ideas for the home and garden, and inspiring gifts from all over the world. Our Buyers search for innovative products that make life easier, before putting them through a rigorous selection and testing process to ensure they meet our exacting standards.

From everyday utensils and preserving basics, to never-seen-before cookware; if they’ve made it into our range, you can be sure they’ll be long-lasting and offer great value for money. We are so confident of this that every item is backed by our guarantee, if you’re not delighted with your purchase or our service, or find the same product elsewhere for less, please tell us so that we can put it right. It’s this kind of dedication to service that has gained us such a loyal customer following over the years.”

Leave a bit of time either side of brunch or lunch to wander downstairs and pick up a few home treats!


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