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Reviews - Blenheim Lodge

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Brantfell Road , Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3AE
Friendly non-smoking Blenheim Lodge is situated in the heart of the lake district national park and boasts stunning lake and fell views from all our rooms.

Nestling snugly into hillside acres of fields and woodlands, our secluded B&B is a tranquil retreat. Just a 5-minute walk from our guesthouse is Bowness town centre and Lake Windermere, where visitors can catch cruises on the Lake. From our B&B, it is a minute’s stroll to the countryside behind our house which opens up to numerous pretty walks, including The Dales Way, and 4 viewpoints.

Blenheim Lodge offers a homely comfortable base for guests to relax: handmade beds for rejuvenating sleep; tasty quality local produce; on-site private car park, and FREE WIFI. FREE country club membership and 2 FREE fishing permits are available to guests on a first come first served basis.

Quoted below is what one of our guests said in his REVIEW ON TRIPADVISOR:

** 'Nothing, and l do mean nothing, is too much trouble for Janz and Robert Duncan, from adding an extra guest (our daughter) to sorting out a romantic sailing yacht and evening meal served on board. The Lodge wraps itself around you like a favourite cardigan, welcoming you with its warmth and comfort, from the cosy lounge to the elegant breakfast room and on up to the luxurious bedrooms with those views! Choosing from the extensive breakfast menu is a delight and the local food is cooked and served to perfection.

The Lodge is steeped in a tranquil air that takes all the cares from you the moment you arrive. Just a matter of yards from the rear of the Lodge is a wooded walk where we encountered deer grazing in the evening, and views that make you proud to live in England. FOR THE MOST COMPLETE, WELCOMING AND UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL STAY YOU CANNOT FIND A BETTER HOST AND HOSTESS THAN ROBERT AND JANZ DUNCAN. We are regular visitors to the Lakes: Keswick, Ambleside, Coniston, etc. This Lodge cannot be bettered.

Make sure you know that like many places in the hills it is a steep gradient to the Lodge but GOOD access to all areas, and a good sized marked car park with an easily worked parking system in place. So close to town and steamers etc. but you have to face the short sharp climb up back. Free country club membership for extra value.' **

Our family AA 4-star guesthouse in Bowness-on-Windermere is ideal for singles, couples, and families. FREE ROOM UPGRADES TO A ROOM OF THE NEXT PRICE RANGE UP IS ALWAYS OFFERED TO OUR GUESTS, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY ON ARRIVAL. Please ask for details.

• Built as a gentleman’s residence in 1868, our Bowness guesthouse is hidden at the end of a hilltop residential cul-de-sac, a mere 5-minute walk from town but happily distanced from noisy main road traffic, crowds and late night revellers. However, our back garden adjoins National Trust acres, and The Dales Way is a literal minute’s stroll from our door. In fact, Blenheim Lodge is the first guesthouse off The Dales Way in Bowness-on-Windermere, making our B&B a convenient stopping point for walkers. Amble country paths behind our house to viewpoints with exceptional 360-degree views.

• ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: COMBINE YOUR STAY IN PRETTY B&B ROOMS WITH STUNNING LAKE AND FELL VIEWS WITH THE CONVENIENCE OF A 5-MINUTE WALK TO TOWN CENTRE AMENITIES, ATTRACTIONS, AND LAKE WINDERMERE.

• Blenheim Lodge retains much of its quirky Victorian character and period charm. Rooms are decorated with Laura Ashley colours and bespoke soft furnishings, and most are furnished with antique pieces in keeping with their historic past. FURTHER DETAILS AND PHOTOS OF ALL OUR GUEST ROOMS CAN BE SEEN ON OUR OWN WEBSITE.

• At Blenheim Lodge, we use only quality products, such as luxury original label Dorma bedding, and high GSM bath sheets and hand towels. Every room is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, flat screen HD TV with digital radio channels, WIFI, and hairdryer.

• COMFORTABLE HAND CARVED BEDS WITH BESPOKE HANDMADE MATTRESSES AND FLUFFY NORWEGIAN DUVETS PROMOTE A RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP. Slip under clean, crisp sheets, and listen . . . to the sound of silence. And waken refreshed to the beauty of birdsong and the glorious landscapes that you will see from your room.

• At Blenheim Lodge, we are particularly blessed with fabulous Lake and fell views from all our public and guest rooms. CLICK ON THE HOTEL GALLERY TAB TO SEE UNEDITED IMAGES OF OUR ROOMS AND THE VIEWS FROM THEM.

• For breakfast, we serve quality local Lakeland produce: hearty butcher-made sausage and hand-cured and cut bacon. A local dairy delivers fresh eggs and milk daily. We also offer vegetarian choices.

• WE OFFER FREE: WIFI, ON-SITE CAR PARK, COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERSHIP, AND BOOKABLE LOCAL FISHING PERMITS. There is a nice guest lounge with lovely Lake and fell views for guests to enjoy. (Please note: ‘WIFI is offered but not guaranteed as it depends ultimately on the provider for consistency. Some rooms may not get WIFI if there is a weak signal, in which case you can use our public areas, lounge, hall and porch, to get a better signal. Out of courtesy to other diners at breakfast time, we do not offer WIFI in our dining room.’)

• Blenheim Lodge is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District. Windermere Railway is 1 mile south. Local main roads, buses and ferries provide easy links to other parts of the Lake District. And we can help arrange minibus and private tours that will pick up and drop off our guests at Blenheim Lodge.

• THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE LAKE DISTRICT. Within walking distance are the walks behind our house, cruises on Lake Windermere, Bowness town amenities and attractions, such as The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and The Old Laundry Theatre, and shops, salons, pubs, cafes, and restaurants galore. Anglers can fish from Lake Windermere and boating enthusiasts can hire rowboats, kayaks and canoes.

• Within a 5-mile radius of Blenheim Lodge, there are more walks and viewpoints, streams and waterfalls, activities including horse-riding, scrambling, golf and other outdoor sports. Enjoy a day out climbing, taking to the treetops with adventurous high-level walks and zip-lining, or enjoy some mountain biking, Segway rides, fishing etc. WE CAN HELP YOU ARRANGE ALL THESE ACTIVITIES AND MORE. WE CAN ALSO ARRANGE WALKING AND CLIMBING GUIDES AND FISHING TUITION.

Finally, we are here to help our guests. If, prior to or after booking, you require further information or assistance with booking activities, etc., please feel free to contact Blenheim Lodge and we will do our best to help you.

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst we would love to cater to all people, our Lodge was built on a hill with a steep gradient, leaving no possible means of creating a ramp for wheelchairs.

Note: There is £1.75 charge for the use of debit cards registered in the UK to a UK bank and UK address. For all other debit or credit cards, there is a 2.75% card fee.

IMPORTANT: The guest house will not accept guests who want to accommodate more than the strict number of persons appearing in the booking confirmation.
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Guest Reviews Based on 26 reviews
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96% recommended this accommodation to a friend 96% would stay again
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Beautiful lodge, friendly, helpful, clean and fabulous breakfast

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Lisa Nevens

From Cramlington, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

Couple

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Very helpful
This was a last minute booking as my company had made an error with my dates and my partners assistant helped to find this B&B for me while I drove from London to Windermere. The hosts/owners were very helpful and accommodating and happy to hold my room until my late arrival. The room was small but comfortable and the poached eggs for breakfast were perfect. Many thanks for your hospitality and I would definitely stay again when next visiting Windermere.

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Jill H

From UK
Who stayed in August 2014

Travelling alone

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Had a very pleasant stay great people Robert and Janz Will definetly recommend to friends and family and will certainly go back

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Audrey Greenoff

From Hornchurch, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

Couple

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Lovely friendly place to stay
Stayed alone and was made to feel so welcome, lovely accommodation with superb views over the lake, will definitely return again soon

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Julie H

From Darlington, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Great Stay!
Booked Blenheim Lodge the day before and was really pleased with the whole experience! Lovely lake views from the room, customer service excellent and everything spotlessly clean.

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Angela G

From Guisborough, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Had a great time, room small but adequate for us, extremely clean and adored the view of the lake
Definitely go back to this bed and breakfast, had a lovely time, especially not getting dark until after 10.30. Plenty of breakfast. I had to have injections every day and they were such nice people to allow me to put my injections in the fridge the whole time we were there. Couldn't fault them at all.

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Sandra Harding

From Basildon, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Room with a view
Excellent value for money, attentive owners,very good breakfast choice, I would stay there again.

ManagementResponse

Hello Mr Young, Thank you so much for your great remarks. It was lovely meeting you and having you to stay with us. And thank you so so very much for looking after your room so nicely too! We are really pleased that you enjoyed the Lake view from your single room and that you found our place ‘excellent value for money’. Our single rooms are great for guests travelling on their own if what they are looking for is a single room with en-suite and lake views as it means that they need not pay double room rates unless they specifically wish to have a double bed to sleep in. We are truly pleased that you enjoyed your breakfasts in our guest house. You may know that we order our supplies fresh from the local butcher and dairy and that the sausage and bacon are handmade and hand-cut. Indeed, the sausages are made to a recipe by the butcher specifically for us! The eggs and milk are delivered fresh each morning at our door too and this is reflected in their quality. We are very happy that you would return to stay with us and you are definitelymost welcome to return to stay with us again at anytime. We love having repeat guests because it gives us to chance to get to know them, and them us, so that Blenheim Lodge truly does become ‘a home from home’ for them. Indeed, this weekend we are welcoming back again some guests who will be visiting us for their 12th stay-over in as many years. We cannot wait to see them again and share a cuppa together! We look forward to welcoming you back to our home.

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Raymond Young

From Bembridge, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

Travelling alone

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Panoramic views only 10min walk from the piers
Stunning view of the lake from my room (the cosy 'Eyrie' at the top of the lodge) with small but modern and super clean shower room. I had a chance to look at a couple of vacant rooms, very individual and full of character due to the thought put into the antique furniture selected. Great views again from the guest lounge, and from the front porch of the lodge if you fancy relaxing outdoors as the sun goes down. I was initially a little dismayed (not having a car) by the hill leading up to the guest house, but it was absolutely worth it for those amazing views, the additional peace and quiet, and for working off the enormous portions served in the town restaurants! Lodge owners were lovely, and total superstars for phoning me fast after check-out when I'd left a valuable behind. Thanks!

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Tricia C

From Dartford, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

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I did not have breakfast as it was not served until 08:30 and I needed to get on with my day earlier than that

ManagementResponse

Thank you, Dr Tarzey, for taking the time to write this review and for giving us great scores for customer service, cleanliness of accommodation, quality of room and value for money. However, we are sorry that you missed breakfast because we did not know that you required an earlier start on Saturday until you rang the bell at 8:10 am to say that you were not staying for breakfast and was checking out after your one-night booking. Breakfast normally starts at 8:30 am, but we wish that you had mentioned that you needed to leave early at check-in as we would have done our utmost to accommodate an early breakfast just for you, either by offering an earlier time if you had wanted a sit down breakfast or by providing a packed breakfast that you could have taken away with you. In fact, during the weekend that you stayed at Blenheim Lodge, we had organisers of the Great North Swim staying with us who needed to be on site by 7:30 am each of the three days they were here - an hour before our usual breakfast time - and we were more than happy to provide them with packed breakfasts of delicious and filling handmade croissants and muffins to take away with them. Another time, one of our guests required a hot cooked breakfast early in order to take part in a sailing rally, so each morning we rose an hour early especially to cook and serve him breakfast. On yet another occasion, we had two engineers working on site across Lake Windermere who needed to get to work early, and again we made sure that we gave them a good start to the day by cooking full breakfasts for them as requested during their 4-night stay. So, it is really unfortunate that we did not know that you required an early breakfast. If we had known, we would have made sure you had your breakfast and served it with pleasure.

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Robert T

From Windsor, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

Travelling alone

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Had a lovely few days break. The hotel was in an excellent location ( even with the hill climb). Nothing was too much trouble and good advice on walks was given. We also enjoyed a nice pot of tea and biscuits on arriving. Would defiantly stay again.

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D Bristow

From Goole, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

Couple

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