There is arguably nowhere in the Lake District as special as Storrs Hall on the lake. Built in 1790, this breath-taking hotel is unique in many, many different ways. First of all, when we describe it as Storrs Hall on the Lake, we really mean it. It's not just that the hotel has views over the lake — rather, it is literally on the lake, with the edge of our front lawn doubling as the shoreline of spectacular Lake Windermere.
If you were to imagine the ultimate Lake District hotel, it is Storrs Hall that your imagination would conjure up. A magnificent Georgian mansion house steeped in history and dedicated to luxury, Storrs Hall Windermere also has all of the intimacy and individuality of a family-run hotel. It was purchased 20 years ago by the Hindle family, who since then have invested in the building, individually and sympathetically refurbishing the bedrooms and adding contemporary touches whilst retaining all of the building's historical splendour.
Whilst the interior of the Storrs Hotel will have you gasping in awe, the surrounding nature may actually leave you lost for words. With more than 17 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Storrs Hall Lake District grounds offer not only lakeshore access but beautiful lawns and woodland walks.
Close by, there is the chance to explore vast areas of forests and hills, not to mention museums, castles, historic houses and gardens. You can also take a tour on water, on land or in the air, with boat, steam train, hot-air balloon and helicopter tours all available. Meanwhile, if you're after something altogether more active, take your pick from sailing, rowing, cycling, golf and any number of water sports.
Since the late 1700s when it was built, Storrs Hall Hotel has hosted and inspired some towering figures from English literature. Renowned Lake District poets William Wordsworth and Robert Southey stayed here and Wordsworth recited his famous Daffodils poem here in the drawing room. Beatrix Potter attended many parties here. Throughout the years, the mansion has also played host to an endless stream of distinguished guests from art and culture, industry, politics and the military.
As well as the luxurious standard of accommodation in the Hotel, there is also the opportunity for an ultimate pampering break at The Boathouse. Then there are the self-catering Lodges at Storrs, which are perfectly placed in the hotel’s grounds – a moment’s walk from the main hotel but set in their own peaceful woodland. And if you're after a unique and unforgettable venue for a special occasion such as a wedding reception, an engagement party or an intimate romantic get-together, or even if you just fancy popping in for a relaxing afternoon tea, Storrs Hall is the perfect location.
In short, Storrs Hall Hotel is a wholly unique combination of historical grandeur and contemporary luxury, all of which is enveloped within some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural beauty.