Guide to Storrs Hall Hotel
If you are looking for a hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere, which is close to Bowness-on-Windermere, you won’t find a more romantic and beautiful location than Storrs Hall. You can enjoy direct access to the lake and attractions while benefiting from the comfort and tranquility of the hotel.
The Hall is set in 17 acres of grounds and enjoys spectacular views of Lake Windermere and surrounding fells. While there are many hotels to choose from in Windermere, Storrs Hall stands out from the crowd because of its history and unique location.
Lake Windermere is set in the Lake District National Park, which is one of the most tranquil and scenic parts of the British Isles. Since 2017, the Lake District has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving it the recognition it deserves as one of the most stunning places on the planet. Lake Windermere is famed for its glittering, clear waters, picturesque small islands, and its views of the spectacular hills and fells of the national park. The lake is 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and around 220 feet deep, and it was part of the inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s 1930 children’s story Swallows and Amazons. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, and visitors from all around the world are drawn to the scenery, lakeside walks, boat trips and the historic town of Bowness-on-Windermere.
Storrs Hall – 4 Star Luxury Hotel near Bowness-on-Windermere
Storrs Hall is a magnificent Grade-II listed Georgian mansion house, which is set right on the shores of Lake Windermere. It was built in the 1790s by the Yorkshire landowner Sir John Legard, who sailed his boat ‘Victory’ on the lake. Due to his love of the water, Legard built a boathouse and a ‘Temple of Heroes’ that was dedicated to the British naval heroes of the late 18th century. The Hall was then briefly owned by David Pike Watts, uncle of the famous painter of the ‘Hay Wain’, John Constable, who stayed at a cottage at Storrs Hall in 1806. In 1808 the house was bought by John Bolton, who was born in Ulverston and became one of the richest self-made men of his generation. Bolton decorated and furnished Storrs Hall as a country home for himself and his wife.
Bolton was well integrated into local social life, and his organised morning cavalcades through the estate, moonlight boating on the lake and sparkling regattas. It was during one of Bolton’s lavish parties that George Canning, Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, and Robert Southey visited during a regatta in 1825. Following Bolton’s death, his wife Elizabeth remained in the house, receiving Queen Adelaide, the Queen Dowager, as a visitor in 1840. During its golden age as a private house Beatrix Potter, who lived nearby, attended many parties here and the County Ball – one of the highlights of Lake District social life – was held at Storrs Hall for more than 50 years.
Following the death of its last owner, the Reverend Thomas Staniforth in 1886, the hall was sold and established as a hotel. The hotel’s spectacular bar was bought into the hotel by North British Trust Hotels in 1943, from Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, along with some of the other more unusual features. Storrs Hall was finally purchased 20 years ago by the Hindle Family who have sympathetically furnished all the bedrooms with modern comforts without sacrificing their historical and unique character. The hotel combines its history with the warm welcome of a family-run hotel.