Weekend treat: Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
A warm welcome awaits at this luxurious Lakeland getaway, Lindsay Price discovers
Located in beautiful grounds on the outskirts of the charming market town of Kendal, Castle Green Hotel is the perfect location from which to explore the Lake District. The hotel has been recently refurbished to a very high standard and houses the fabulous Greenhouse Restaurant serving a variety of menus using locally-sourced ingredients.
Style and character
Castle Green is the first hotel in the Lake District to be added to the Best Western Premier Collection. The hotel combines a mixture of traditional charm and modern design with unspoiled views of the lakes and mountains beyond and features everything any traveller could require for a comfortable break.
Service and facilities
There are a variety of complimentary fitness and leisure facilities on offer. If you are looking for ultimate relaxation, head to the spa where you can unwind and recharge with a selection of indulgent treatments and a steam room, or take a dip in the swimming pool. For the more active guest, the hotel offers two impressive gyms with free weights and resistance equipment. There is even an onsite woodland walk. There’s also free wi-fi and onsite parking.
We found the staff very accommodating – nothing is too much to ask and each member of staff has an excellent knowledge of the local area and, most importantly, a smile.
Each guest room features a large-screen TV, complimentary toiletries, plus tea and coffee-making facilities. The bedrooms are spotlessly clean and modern yet cosy, with sumptuous bedding and magnificent views.
The hotel is just 15 minutes from the motorway and within walking distance of Kendal town centre. Lake Windermere is a short drive away, where you’ll find a variety of watersports and quaint towns to explore. If walking is your thing then you won’t be disappointed – the Lake District offers a multitude of trails for all abilities and is the perfect way to take in the areas breathtaking views. For a more cultural excursion take the Windermere car ferry from Bowness to Sawrey (£4.40 for a car) and explore Hill Top, the cottage Beatrix Potter bought with the proceeds from her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. For more information and prices visit nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
After a long day exploring, treat yourself to the Ultimate Aromatherapy Associates Facial in the Green Rooms spa. Alternatively, stop off at The Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley to sample some of the local ales and see how they are produced on a brewery tour. These run four times a week: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. For details visit hawksheadbrewery.co.uk
Food and drink
There are two onsite eateries. Alexanders – situated in the old stable block – serves rustic pub meals and a variety of local ales. For a refined dining experience, visit The Greenhouse Restaurant, which has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes. Offering the best of Cumbrian cuisine, the restaurant features a five-course tasting menu alongside individually priced dishes and an extensive wine list. The food really is stunning and tastes as good as it looks! Nearby Kendal also offers a plethora of culinary delights, or for a Michelin Star dining experience visit the Holbeck Ghyll near Windermere. holbeckghyll.com
Midweek prices start from around £67.50 per person per night, including bed and breakfast, for two people sharing a twin or double room. Deals are offered via its website castlegreen.co.uk