10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
lovely atmosphere and good food
"We booked on impulse and, bearing in mind the very reasonable room rate, would have settled for clean and comfortable with edible food. We were very pleased to get a lot better than that. The family are lovely and look after their guests without fussing, our room was large with a marvellous big old bed (with new mattress) and nice new bathroom. And the food was really, really good with a very good value set menu,"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of March 2008
"This hotel deserves more than 2 AA stars. The owners and their daughters are friendly, attentive and accommodating. The rooms are are spacious and inviting with quality decor. Its an old hotel so the bathrooms are not the new marble type and the shower was adequate in comparison but this was a minor point. The bed was extremely comfortable and the window overlooked the lovely garden.
We were even allowed to take our pet staffordshire Bull Terrier and she could go pretty much where she liked in the hotel as the owners have dogs, but we didnt let her! The food for breakfast and evening meals was excellent. I am wheat-free and i only had to mention it in my booking and thay had it all organised. One night we ate elsewhere - at a supposedly michelin starred place - but the food at the hotel was far better and very reasonably priced. Most of the guests were of the older variety but my boyfriend and i who are in our mid 30's didnt feel out of place, but we are a bit theatrical! Not much going on in Grange-over-sands of an evening but a good base to tour the lakes if you like driving."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of October 2007
Well worth a visit
"I could only find one minor quibble - the tea tray was a bit sparse. Other than that we could fault nothing. The room was clean with adequate space and furnishings, beds comfortable, shower room fine, location beautiful and peaceful. The owners were welcoming and amiable without being over-bearing and the food delicious. We would certainly return."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of July 2007
"We found this wonderful place quite by accident on the internet. The house and location looked very nice on their website - but both turned out to be even nicer once we got there. A peaceful, lush and scenic spot with panoramic views from the terrace and several of the tastefully decorated rooms. We loved the cosy lounge bar full of antique furniture and happily sampled our way through an impressive choice of regional beers, ciders (even an organic one!) and whiskeys. Yet our highest praise has to go to the owner's admirables take on British cuisine. We only had one evening meal in the hotel's dining room but it left us with a strong desire for more. To name just a few of our culinary discoveries: lovely creamy mussels, gorgeous homemade patÃ©s, impossibly delicious Lamb Henry and a sticky toffee pudding that will stick in this reviewer's memory for a very long time indeed. It's amazing how much the new owners have achieved within just a few months. Considering this hotel's excellent potential as a foodie haven, might I point out one area with some room for improvement: the breakfast, while perfectly fine, could, should and presumably in time will be much more of an advertisement for the proprietor's delightful cuisine. We certainly look forward to our next visit.
Rose and Brian, in case you come across this: many thanks again for the free wash and the lamb recipe!"
- Travel date: Tue 26th of June 2007
What more can you ask?
"In previous years I have stayed at Hampsfell simply because of it's lovely grounds and vews, and it's location (on the door step od town yet secluded in the woods), but since the new owners have taken over there are new reasons.
Gone is the old menu which tasted like it was out of a tin/packet and in are some of the home made classics (my Lamb Shank was Excellent and the Sticky Toffee Pudding was to die for) that you would come to expect from a rustic country eating house.
In addition to that the family run feel of the place is very welcoming and the refurbishments that have/are taking place are a breath of fresh air, a brand new bathroom in my room and a lovely new "open plan" bar area. I also found the route planner on their new website [---] extremeley helpful when trying to direct friends that had never visited before.
To the owners I say "more of the same please" and to those thinking of booking "if you like home made food and a warm welcome your in the right place!"
I for one shall be back again in the summer !"
- Travel date: Thu 8th of March 2007
Not good at all!
"Our stay was not good at all. Breakfast was very poor and not at good as the one we had when we stayed in Feb 2006. Current owners were difficult and rooms were not up to standard. Price has fallen but then so has the quality too. I would stay away from Hampsfell Hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of February 2007
relax and unwind
"A delightful hotel tucked away at the end of a tree lined drive that makes you feel welcome and comfortable.The hotel is spotlessly clean,bedrooms are cosy and warm and the one I stayed in looked over the side garden and beyond,the view was beautiful.The dinner menu cleverly combines new and traditional dishes and the vegetarian option was delicious, it was quality not quantity.Overall, a peaceful place to recharge batteries,enjoy the scenery and be spoilt at the same time!"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of October 2005
"We stayed one night at this hotel while passing through the Lake District and found it very pleasant. The owner had taken it over only three weeks previously, but was doing a grand job. The room we stayed in (No.3) had lovely views of the hotel garden and surrounding area and was very comfortable. The town itself is very quiet with a bird sanctuary at its centre which makes for a relaxing walk. The lakes are only a short drive away so the hotel is ideally situated. We would definitely use this hotel again."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of August 2005
A wonderful hotel - well worth a visit!
"We really enjoyed our stay at the hotel in May and would recommend it to anyone. The food was first rate, the setting was blissfull and the quality of the accomodation was good too! Our meals were home cooked and sophisticated and if anyone fancies a weekend away in a quiet part of the Lakes - then this is the place to go!"
- Travel date: Tue 28th of June 2005
relaxed and homely
"The weekend at Hamsfell House was a treat, with great food and a relaxed atmosphere we went home very satisfied.
- Travel date: Sun 15th of August 2004