Terrific lake views; easy access to Windermere and Ambleside
Large fitness center with spin bikes, cardio machines, and free weights
Indoor swimming pool with attached hot tub
Spa services available
Flat-screen TVs and electric kettles/coffee presses in quaint guest rooms
Full marina and water-based sports center
Meeting rooms and event space available along with 24-hour reception
Free parking and Wi-Fi
Extra fee for lake-view rooms
Some rooms a tad dated
This lovely mid-range waterfront hotel
situated between Windermere and Ambleside looks the part of a perfect Lake
District escape. The huge fitness center with a large pool as well as the water-sports center are among the many activities
available. Guests seeking a more relaxing holiday can enjoy the spa. Quaint rooms vary
in size and decor but are clean and comfy with big bathtubs, free Wi-Fi,
flat-screen TVs, and electric kettles. There are three
restaurants on-site and lots of additional eating options in the neighboring
Family-friendly, active, and romantic, all at the same time
This property offers a terrific place from which
to branch out to enjoy all Lake District has to offer. The
classic-looking white structure -- which is beautifully accented by colored ivy
and flower boxes on the facade and framed by expansive green lawns -- is
actually four buildings connected by interior corridors, so guests don't have to
go outside in inclement weather. One building is dedicated to the leisure
center and the other three house rooms and common spaces.
The lobby is spacious
with high-arched doorways, leather furniture, dark-wood accents, and crystal chandeliers.
There are plenty of common spaces with a friendly vibe where guests can be
found reading, chatting, or taking in the views. Though some visitors might be
there on business, most people are at Low Wood Bay to vacation.
Located in the center of Lake District on the shores of Lake Windermere
The hotel is right on the shores of
Lake Windermere and is almost equidistant between Ambleside and Windermere,
with an array of shops, restaurants, and bars in both towns. Only one road passes by; it's quite busy during the day but deserted at night.
Still, even during the more traffic-heavy times, the property is still very quiet.
The area immediately surrounding Low Wood Bay is lush and green with panoramic
views of the Lakeland Fells and beyond. The proximity to the lake is its
biggest draw -- you can't get much closer!
Rooms vary in size and decor, but most have quaint details and modern amenities.
Rooms vary in decor and
size. House Double Rooms are the simplest and smallest, offering the brightest
colors, with red-striped wallpaper and accents. Lake View Rooms live up to their
name and are worth the extra price. Some of the Feature Rooms include four-poster canopy
beds and Victorian-style furnishings. Family Rooms -- some split-level -- are available
as well, with generally large beds for the parents and twin beds for the wee ones.
Though the hotel says it
has a rolling refurbishment of rooms in place, some of the units are more
dated than others, so ask to look at a different room if
you’re not happy with what you initially see. All spaces have flat-screen TVs,
free Wi-Fi, and electric water kettles with coffee presses and tea. Bathrooms
are also spacious and include separate bathtubs and showers, with some spaces even
having hot tubs. Heated towel racks and/or in-bathroom radiators are a welcome
touch in cooler times, especially against the tile floors, which are kept
spotless. Spa-grade toiletries and plush robes are available as well.
Three restaurants, afternoon tea, large fitness facilities with pool, and spa treatments
Low Wood Bay has a variety of dining options. The site of the daily free breakfast, The Windermere Restaurant, is the most upscale of the eateries with its high ceilings,
chandeliers, wood floors, and varied menu of classic European dishes. Gustav Klimt paintings grace the
walls while lake views set the scene, giving the entire space a sumptuous feel.
The almost Mediterranean-looking Café del Lago has lots of tile work, wrought-iron
and wicker furnishings, and lake-view outdoor seating, weather
permitting. The menus here are more oriented toward light bites. Finally, Langdale
Lounge & Bar is sleek and contemporary with its big wooden bar
and checkered-tile flooring. It serves as a coffee bar until noon and then turns
into a popular spot for an informal lunch, dinner, or drink; afternoon tea is
If taking advantage of
the lake is on your priority list, there are ample opportunities thanks to the
on-site Low Wood WatersportsCentre and Marina which offers a range of
instructional courses -- such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and sailing -- with kayaks, canoes, sailboats, and other items for rent. The fitness facilities here are huge and open nearly all day. Not only is there a large swimming
pool with lap lanes and an attached hot tub, but there’s also a full gym with
cardio machines, free weights, and circuit equipment, among other amenities. You
can also book spa treatments with a sauna, Turkish bath, and outdoor hot tub available as well. Parking is free and plentiful and the hotel is very