An award-winning hotel in a classic Victorian lakeland house, Holbeck Ghyll is ivy-clad with steep slate roofs and mullioned windows plus oak panelling and art noveau stained glass. Our latest reporter had a friendly welcome and was impressed by its superb position set back from Lake Windermere, providing both privacy from the bustle of Windermere and grand lake views from the immaculate gardens; also indeed by the two comfortable sitting rooms, both homelike and beautifully furnished with plenty of contrasting harmonious fabrics.
  Bedrooms and bathrooms are beautifully and individually decorated, very spacious, some with their own sitting room. At the top of the house is a very special four-poster room.
  In the Lodge nearby are further (refurbished) rooms, with breathtaking views. Two cottages are also available, which can be self-catering. The food is a clear attraction: pre-dinner canapes are served while you select from the inventive daily-changing menu designed by head chef David McLaughlin. The dining room has retained its Michelin star since 1999, and has earned several local and national awards. The grounds are being developed, and there is now a jogging trail from which you can spot deer and red squirrels, as well as a tennis court, croquet and putting.