The Swan Hotel & Spa
- Style Family watering hole
- Setting The great Lakes
Set in a beautiful hamlet near Windermere The Swan Hotel & Spa is welcome sight after a day of hiking around the Lake District. With fires roaring, local ales pouring, good hearty food being served and comfy bedrooms, this friendly 17th-century inn takes good care of everyone who passes through its doors.
Need to know
- Rooms 52, including seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $162.41 (£99), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full English breakfast.
- Facilities Espa spa and Leighton Denny nail bar, free WiFi throughout, DVD library, sheltered moorings and a gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock and Penhaligon’s products.
- Poolside The beamed pool room has a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and colourful deck chairs dotted around the heated pool.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible for £50. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Cots for babies cost £10; extra beds are £30. The restaurant has a children’s menu.
- Also There are two ground-floor disabled-access bedrooms.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We’d go for one of the three cheerful Junior Suites on the corner (Ruskin, Coleridge or Lonsdale). Each is bright and airy, with its own floral-based colour scheme, and view of the river. Families can’t go wrong with the Potter Suite, which has an extra bedroom, a supply of toys and a PlayStation 2.
- Packing tips A compass, windbreaker and woolly hat, and some Romantic verse to recite on cloud-lonely wanderings.
- Also The Vu Spa has a selection of Espa treatments, starting at £30.
Food and drink at The Swan Hotel & Spa
- Hotel restaurant There are two options: the River Room and the Swan Inn. The former is in the old coach house. It’s spacious, with contemporary country styling, flagstone flooring and exposed beams. Breakfast is served upstairs, in the bright red, high-ceilinged former stable. The menu is varied: you can order excellent pizzas, Fell-bred rack of lamb or butter-poached chicken. The young head chef is fresh from Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saison, and cooking for Jane Seymour before that. The inn plays host to pubby lunches and informal dining.
- Dress code Weathered and waterproof for post-hike lunches in the Swan Inn; slightly more scrubbed-up in the River Room.
- Top table Fireplaces win hands down in both dining areas. Bag a booth in the River Room.
- Last orders Breakfast is 7am until 10am during the week, 8am until 11am at weekends. In the Swan Inn, food is served 12 noon to 9.30pm every day. Lunch is served on Sundays only in the River Room, from 12pm until 3pm. Dinner is 6pm–9pm.
- Room service Selected food and drinks can be ordered 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar The Swan Inn is just the kind of pub you'll be looking for after a day out on the Fells: rustic and cosy in equal measures, with a requisite roaring fire and a hearty, British menu. The bar has padded stools and leather armchairs. Other seating options include painted prayer seats at scrubbed wooden tables, or snug nooks and crannies lined with floral wallpaper. Settle in for a Cumbrian-bred burger and a pint of Dickie Doodle.