Located in the beautiful Lake District in the North West of England, Storrs Hall offers a remarkable combination of stunning natural scenery, history and architectural pleasure.
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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.
If you are looking at Lake Windermere hotels and Bowness-on-Windermere hotels, 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, including areas of woodland and immaculately kept lawns, much of which have spectacular views of the Lake and nearby 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. For this reason, this finest of hotels in lake Windermere has enchanted its many visitors since the 19th century.
Storrs Hall – the finest of hotels on Lake 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.
Things to do in the Windermere area
If you are staying at one of the hotels at Windermere, you'll find there is plenty to do in this area, beginning with the chance to explore the beautiful forests, hills and fells of the Lake District National Park. There are also a number of world-class museums, castles, historic houses and gardens that are worth visiting all year round. You can take a tour on water, on land or in the air, with boats, a steam train, and even hot-air balloon and helicopter tours available. Meanwhile, if you're after something more active, take your pick from sailing, rowing, cycling, golf, fishing and any number of water sports. With 101 sights and landmarks, 156 activities, 39 museums, and 43 boat tours all listed on TripAdvisor within close proximity, you'll be spoiled for choice. At Storrs Hall, our staff will be more than happy to help you with recommendations for a day out, whatever the weather. You can even ask them to create a picnic hamper for you to take with you. Here are just a handful of the possibilities for activities close to our luxury hotel in Windermere.
The World of Beatrix Potter
As Beatrix Potter was a visitor to the Hall, so the first recommendation for our guests is to an attraction that is dedicated to her memory. The World of Beatrix Potter is just five miles from the hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, and it is open all year round from 10am to 5.30pm. Here, you can watch a short film about Potter's life, see her characters brought to life in the exhibits, learn about the author's inspiration from the Lake District countryside, and visit the Peter Rabbit garden. This attraction is a delight for Beatrix Potter fans young and old.
Just over ten minutes by road from Storrs Hall, Holehird is well worth a visit. The gardens feature many interesting plants that provide colour all year round, including daffodils, hydrangeas, azaleas and alpines. Tucked into a hillside, there are many places to take in spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes. This attraction, including the walled garden and rockery, is lovingly maintained by volunteers, and it will provide inspiration to all gardeners and plant enthusiasts.
This is a 30-40 minute walk up a hill that starts from the north end of Windermere, to a viewpoint that allows you, on a clear day, to take in the most famous fells of the Lake District, including the Old Man of Coniston, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Fairfield and the Langdale Pike, along with Lake Windermere itself.
Ten miles from Storrs Hall by road, or a gentle boat trip from Bowness or Ambleside, this National Trust property on the lake shore is a Victorian mock-Gothic castle with turrets and towers. There are year-round activities for families, including a Peter Rabbit adventure, and a wonderful collection of trees in the grounds.
At the edge of Grasmere, and just over ten miles from the hotel, this is the location where William Wordsworth wrote some of the most famous poetry in the English language and where Dorothy Wordsworth kept her famous 'Grasmere Journal'. No visit to the Lake District is complete without a pilgrimage to the Lake District's most famous son. Wordsworth's five children were born here and little has changed in the cottage since the 18th century, including the furnishings and some of the family's belongings. You can also visit the next-door Wordsworth museum, with the world's greatest collection of Wordsworth's letters, journals and poems, Dorothy Wordsworth's journal, and regularly updated exhibitions. Finally, take a walk in Dove Cottage Garden, which has been lovingly restored according to the spirit of the Wordsworth from local plants, such as those referred to in their letters and journals.
The nearest town to Storrs Hall, Bowness-on-Windermere (or just 'Bowness'), boasts an attractive promenade with ducks, swans and gardens, and it is the location of many cafes, restaurants, shops and pubs. Bowness is the starting point for many of the boating activities on Lake Windermere and the steam railway.
There are scheduled tours around this craft brewery four times a week. Sample the delights of Windermere Pale, Brodie's Prime and Lakeland Gold. Hawkshead Brewery is in the village of Staveley, half way between Kendall and Windermere.
Windermere Lake Cruises
An essential part of your trip to Windermere will be a cruise on the lake. The nearest pier to Storrs Hall, is Bowness, two miles away, and you can take trips between Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside.
Storrs Hall one of the best luxury hotels in Windermere & the Lake District
There are several types of room for you to choose from as a guest at Storrs Hall, but even our entry-level Classic Rooms (and Classic Rooms with Lake view) feature lush fabrics, comfy beds and stylish, contemporary bathrooms with a shower and a bath. Our Executive Suites (and Executive Suites with Lake view) have a large living space and easy chairs where you can relax in comfort. These bedrooms have light décor, which reflects our woodland surroundings, and they are beautifully finished with a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings. Their bathrooms are equipped with a bath with an Aquavision TV and a waterfall shower with body jets for the ultimate in relaxation.
Our Feature Rooms have a selection of more contemporary furnishings, easy chairs, and a view of Lake Windermere through large sash windows. They have a luxurious freestanding bath in the bedroom and a wet room with underfloor heating. If you book one of our Superior Rooms (and Superior Rooms with lake view), you will enjoy beautiful cosy furnishings and elegant modern bathrooms. Finally, our Junior Suites are ideal for families. These rooms provide you with a large living space, a sofa bed that is suitable for children and easy chairs for you to relax in. All our Junior Suites have their own spacious bathrooms.
All of the bedrooms at Storrs Hall Hotel have the following features:
24-hour room service
Molton Brown toiletries in the bathrooms
Tea and coffee-making facilities, including coffee makers and home-made biscuits
Freeview flatscreen TV
Hair-dryer, iron and ironing board
There are also multi-room suite options, and you can use the free WiFi throughout the Hotel.
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Under the careful attention of our Head Chef, Storrs Hall's restaurant is a feast for all the senses, whether you're there to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy delicious food as you gaze out on views of Lake Windermere and the fells. Our Tower Bar is ideal for an evening in front of the fire or relaxed dining. Afternoon tea can be served in the restaurant, drawing room or library, all of which have scenic views. The drawing room can also be used for drinks.
As well as the luxurious standard of accommodation in the hotel, there is also the opportunity for an ultimate pampering break at The Boathouse, with its own outdoor hot tub, private terrace, steam room and fire pit. Just picture yourself enjoying the sound of the water and woods, or waking up to the thought of a spa shower and a walk around the estate. We also have nine self-catering lodges in the grounds of Storrs Hall, which are perfect at 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.
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