When it comes to beautiful settings for a hotel, it doesn’t get much better than on the shores of Lake Windermere – and that’s exactly where Storrs Hall is located.
A luxurious four-star hotel in the heart of the Lake District, Storrs Hall is set within 17 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands.
Complete with breathtaking views of Lake Windermere, it provides guests with a wonderfully peaceful retreat.
Location and surroundings
The location of Storrs Hall is the real highlight of this hotel. It’s situated in a prime position on the shores of Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.
Surrounded by picturesque landscapes, the setting is utterly stunning and truly embodies the natural beauty of the Lake District.
With such an inspiring location on the lake, it will come as no surprise that the hotel has hosted a number of poets, including William Wordsworth.
In addition to its stunning lakeside location, Storrs Hall is also conveniently located near several popular tourist attractions.
The hotel is just a short drive away from the charming Lake District town of Bowness-on-Windermere. It’s a bit of a tourist hotspot but a lively hub of activity.
Meander around the local shops and explore the World of Beatrix Potter – who had herself been a guest at Storrs Hall.
Style and interiors
Storrs Hall has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century – and this is reflected in the Georgian and Victorian influences on the buildings and interiors.
Inside the hotel itself, there is a relaxed country house feel with refined decor and nods to its history scattered in the various nooks and crannies.
From almost every window are eye-catching views of the lake. On a nice day, the sunlight appears to bounce off the lake and flood the interiors with a gorgeous golden glow.
Rooms inside the hotel itself are decorated in a statement style with bold colours. The feature rooms have opulent free-standing bathtubs and many of the rooms have lake views.
There are also six splendid Lakeside Suites, which is where I stayed for two nights in June.
Lakeside Suites at Storrs Hall
The luxurious Lakeside Suites at Storrs Hall are a real treat. They are elegantly decorated with contemporary furnishings – think plush bedding, cosy sofas and chic design details.
A modern fireplace adds a homely feel to the suites, perfect for snuggling up next to in the colder months.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the captivating views over Lake Windermere.
Watch the sunset from the terrace of your room before bed, and wake up to the peace and quiet of the lake the next morning. Just dreamy!
Each suite has a spacious ensuite bathroom with all the luxury touches you could need. A large rectangular bath is the real highlight.
Complete with its own TV screen, you can watch a film while you relax in a hot bubble bath.
The Lakeside Suites at Storrs Hall also boast a private outdoor hot tub on the terrace. Ideal for sipping some bubbles (or enjoying a cuppa!) with a book in hand.
If you’re planning to stay at Storrs Hall, I’d really recommend booking into one of the Lakeside Suites.
Especially if you’re travelling with a partner, as it’s a wonderfully romantic retreat with plenty of privacy.
Dining at Storrs Hall
There are two distinct dining options at Storrs Hall: the main Restaurant and the more informal Tower Bar.
The Tower Bar serves food from 12:30-21:00 and the menu is characterised by pub classics. It’s also the family-friendly evening option for those dining with kids.
While over in the main Restaurant, you can indulge in an exceptional meal with views out to the lake.
With a focus on flavour, the food makes the most of the excellent local produce in the area. The hotel’s fish originates from a few miles away at Morecambe Bay, while the lamb is from the Cumbrian fells.
On the first night of my stay, I couldn’t resist ordering room service – and I’m so glad that I did. I ate my dinner out on the terrace, watching the sunset over the lake.
I also opted for a breakfast hamper in the room; again, to make the most of the beautiful setting.
There were plenty of options to choose from for breakfast and everything was delicious.
Indulgent afternoon tea and hearty Sunday lunch menus are also available at Storrs Hall.
Things to do in the area
The hotel’s location provides easy access to the lake, where guests can enjoy various water sports, including sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
Staff at the hotel can also organise boat trips on the lake – where you can be picked up from the hotel’s own private jetty.
Enjoy a two hour private skippered cruise and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and countryside – all with a glass of Prosecco in hand!
Back on dry land, there are of course plenty of hiking trails in the area. Alternatively, take to two wheels and explore the scenery by bike.
In addition to outdoor activities, there are also plenty of cultural experiences to enjoy in the area. Here are a few options:
- Literary History: The Lake District has a rich literary history, with many famous writers having lived or worked in the area. Visitors can explore the World of Beatrix Potter or visit Wordsworth Grasmere.
- Art Galleries: The area also boasts a number of art galleries, showcasing the work of local and international artists. The Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal is a popular option – or simply wander the local high streets for smaller, independent galleries.
- Historic Buildings: The Lake District is home to a number of historic buildings, including castles, stately homes, and churches. Some popular options include the 17th-century Levens Hall and St. Mary’s Church in Ambleside.
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Storrs Hall offers a truly memorable getaway. Its location is unmatched and the hotel makes a great base for exploring some of the most popular areas of the Lake District.
While the hotel itself is lovely, the Lakeside Suites are a real bucket list item. Waking up to that view was utterly dreamy and I’d go back in a heartbeat.
Planning a trip to the beautiful part of the UK? Discover my Lake District travel guide or read more of my Lake District articles:
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- 15 breathtaking waterfalls in the Lake District
- 20 pretty Lake District villages and towns to visit
- 23 best things to do in the Lake District
- 20 Michelin-star restaurants in the Lake District
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