Skelwith Bridge Hotel
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely hotel, with the best views and fab service
"Myself, partner and little dog stayed at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel for 4 nights DB&B just before Easter. We were very lucky with the weather, sunny every day. The hotel is fantastic, food plentiful, good variety and always hot. The service was excellent, the staff very friendly and polite. The little dog was welcomed by the hotel and he thoroughly enjoyed his stay too and at 16 years old he still managed to do a bit of walking in the area. The views from the hotel are amazing, the wildlife is so nice to watch. The room was very nicely decorated, nice and warm, very clean and had great views over the river and hills. We all enjoyed our stay so much, we have booked to go again later in the year."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of March 2008
Good experiences at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel
"Booked a long weekend at the Skelwith Bridge as a family celebration in Feb 2008. Meant we had to accommodate a wide range of tastes for all ages. Hotel is well located for walking, public rooms and bedrooms are a little 'homely' but bar and dining room and some of the bedrooms recently renovated.
Food really excellent in terms of choice, quality and volume !
Staff efficient and friendly.
If you're tall you might want to avoid some rooms that have low doors and short baths but that adds to the charm."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
food glorious food
"Our first stay at Skelwith Bridge and definately not our last.
We booked deluxe room and was given a four poster, large and nicely decorated - spa bath was nice after a long walk.
Location was good, out of town but in an area we wanted to walk.
Food was excellent - the breakfast perfectly cooked to order, and plenty of it for a day out on the fells.
Dinner was something you MUST stay at this hotel to try, the menu selections were good and changed each day, food was cooked to perfection and piping hot. Sheer quality of ingredients was evident.
hats off to the Restaurant staff who were very professional, pleasant and efficient.
You really must try this hotel, I thought I had stayed in some good hotels in the Lakes but this is top of my list now."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of February 2008
"This review is a reaction to that of Jenos who appears to have visited around the same time as my wife and I. Contrary to Jenos' experience we found the food piping hot and excellently cooked, both the duck and lamb were slightly pink just as we like it. Our room, which was a deluxe, was very comfortable with a very acceptable bath and shower. The hotel is in an excellent spot particularly if you are a keen walker"
- Travel date: Fri 18th of January 2008
Excellent Location, Shame about the Food
"The hotel itself is very nice, warm and friendly. The location is excellent as you are away from the busy crowds and isolated. The staff are very happy to help and in the main, they are very friendly (save for a gumpy receptionist who may be the owner...).
The open fires and the bar are great to come back to after a day walking. The rooms could do with a bit of updating and I would get a superior room rather than a standard as the standards are very small and do not have a bath.
The bad points about the hotel has to be the food. The breakfast is fantastic but the same cannot be said for the evening meal. They try to be too fancy and often run out of dishes. Also, I had to 2 main courses which had to be returned as they were cold. That is such a shame as the rest of the hotel is excellent."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008
"Having stayed regularly for the last twenty years I felt it is time we gave a review.
Quite simply out of all the places we have stayed UK, Europe,USA , and further afield, the Skelwith Bridge remains our favourite hotel.
If anyone can tell me a more friendly or better value place to stay, in a great location please email me details ASAP."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
Far from the madding crowds
"I used to stay regularly at this hotel in the 1990's but had not frequented its doors with a child in tow. My husband, daughter (9) and I went for a walking break in July 2007. The hotel had not changed much - same welcoming atmosphere as ever. The rooms had been updated and the dining room had been decorated,... We had a deluxe room with a sofa bed for my daughter and it was of an ample size (Room 15). The bathroom was appreciated with a separate bath and shower. The food was of good quality and selection, although rather 'saucy' at times. We like the Skelwith Bridge for its location - far enough away from the crowds of Ambleside and Bowness and close to Elterwater and the Langdales. You can park the car and never see it again, whilst walking from the hotel up into the fells - absolutely magical. Would definitely come back."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007
Relaxing and Friendly!
"We booked the hotel having read the previous reviews and stayed for two nights. Overall it is a very pleasant hotel - friendly staff, clean rooms and a good location in the Lakes. The food was very good, plenty of choice and good sized portions. Maybe slightly lacking in flair, but looked to be popular with the guests.
The majority of guests are of an older generation; nothing wrong with that, though probably not the place for a honeymoon get-away or similar!
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel, especially if you are looking for a bit of old fashioned service and comfort...!"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006
"Just returned from a fantastic weekend at Skelwith Bridge. The room was lovely with great views, very friendly staff and the food in the restaurant is fantastic (as is the local bitter on tap!). Will definitely stay again."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of May 2006
Great Location Great Staff
"Centrally located to provide an excellent selection of walks. The staff are all knowledgable about the area and attractions and always ready to help. Topped off by great food and hospitality, what more could we ask for."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of April 2006
Return to Skelwith Bridge
"Once again another very happy time spent with the family at Skelwith. No matter what the Lakes may throw at you as far as the weather is concerned, the warm welcome you get from the capable and helpful staff, wonderful log fires and fabulous meals make you want to come back - home from home.
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of April 2006
Terrible obnoxious staff
"We stayed in this hotel last weekend and had a truely terribly time. The staff were obnoxoius and rude and the rooms dated and unclean. For the price we were expecting a truelg magical weekend in the lakes but what we found was nothing more than a Blackpool B&B in the mountains."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of March 2006