Fayrer Garden House Hotel Review
Fayrer Garden House Hotel Review
When you next need to take a well-deserved break from your home business or freelance home office, consider Fayrer Garden House Hotel.
Set in five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, this friendly hotel has a panoramic vista of Lake Windermere [England's largest lake] and the surrounding lush Lakeland Fells.
The grounds is a combination of well manicured areas and wild meadow lands, which the local deer seemed to appreciate, and the guests enjoyed watched them hop around the bottom of the garden and grazing while keeping a beady eye on us.
The views over the lake from most bedrooms and from the patio and dining room are second to none. What a pleasure to eat good food with that fabulous view! Talking of food … the starters we sampled included a Scallop Mousseline with carrot spaghetti, orange and ginger sauce and Pressed Ham Hock Terrine with cowmire cider jelly and grain mustard dressing.
Our favourites were Goats Cheese Mousse with Beetroot Salad and Sweet Beetroot Puree, which was light and fluffy and extremely more-ish, and the Chicken Liver Parfait with Fruit Chutney, Herb Brioche and cumberland sauce, which was sadly home made and thus we couldn’t buy some [or car-loads] to take home.
Main courses were just as fine. The Fillet of Cumberland Beef with Fondant Potato, wild mushrooms, celeraic and tarragon sauce was so tender and tasty, Ken couldn’t resist going another round the second night.
I tried the Supreme of Gressingham Duck with Rosti Pototo, game croquette and port and redcurrant reduction but my best-ist was by far the Kentmere Lamb Three Ways, which is Roasted rump, confit shoulder and pan fried chop with a pea puree, rosemary polenta and lamb jus.
Meals plates were elegantly decorated with tasty swirls, blobs and cushioning typical of French cuisine blending a fusion of tastes. It is always a good sign to see local business owners coming to partake of the restaurant cuisines, especially as there are many hotels in the area with which to take their pick of eating entertainment. We met a lovely couple the first night who raved about their local restaurant at Fayrer Garden House Hotel. They also like to relax in the cosy bar, shown below.
Ian and Jackie Garside bought the hotel in 1990 and have slowly built it up to become a 30 bedroom hotel with a fantastic location for easy access to Lake Windermere and surrounding lake district without being in the middle of the tourist ‘noise’.
Fayrer Garden House Hotel is close to the ferry crossing the lake to Coniston Water and Beatrix Potter land. It is so close to Bowness, in fact we were pleased to see it was within walking distance to the leisure cruise ferry rides around the lake.
Sadly, we only really discovered that the unassuming town of Bowness town centre had lots of interesting retail shops – just as we were leaving – that leaves the break open for re-discovery...
Although we didn’t try this, we heard that The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway gives visitors the chance to experience a journey on a steam train through stunning scenery. Running between Haverthwaite Station and Lakeside Pier, the Railway gives easy access to the Lakes Aquarium and Lakeland Motor Museum and, by transferring by ferry to Bowness [we did a leisure ferry from Bowness to Ambleside], the World of Beatrix Potter.
See an image of the lake at Ambleside below, where we lazed at a local lakeside pub for an afternoon sundowner.
The Fayrer Garden House Hotel gives you launching pad for trips to other parts of the lakes from south at Morecombe Bay, west to the coast and north to the mountains and passes.
Within 30 minutes you can be in very interesting parts of the Lakes and within an hour you’re in the mountains. The central and most popular part of the mountain region is the Lake District National Park, which is the largest national park in England and is home to Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.
The mountain weather is more interchangeable than the Lakes. While the Lake District is known to be one of the dampest parts of the UK, hardly surprising when the countryside is so lush and startlingly green, it has relatively moderate temperatures throughout the year.
March to June are usually the driest months and October to January tend to be the wettest.
We were also amazed at the lovely late evenings with the sun only setting as late as eleven - thus giving us more time on the patio with a bottle of vino or lying in bed watching dusk fade into black from our bedroom Juliette balcony.
On a personal level we found the north mountainous to be very quiet and less developed and thus not as touristy which made the drive leisurely and less intrusive than the Lake trip.
That doesn’t mean we weren’t totally enamoured with the lush beauty of Windermere - we couldn’t keep our eyes of it and now as we are back in our home business we are still looking out our home office windows and ‘seeing’ the view from Fayrer Garden House Hotel , instead of our own. Long may that image in our minds last!
Our bedroom was large and comfortable and I found the TV in the corner was a nice touch as most hotels position the TV right in your face. This can be very intrusive to the room and to the fact that you are supposed to be away on a break thus not watching telly.
One window gave us a permanent soft gurgling of a small tumbling waterfall and the patio doors gave us a full on view of the lake interrupted by only mature trees from the gardens.
All around the front of the hotel a large patio allows you to take advantage of the dry weather [we were thrilled to get this most days] and so we enjoyed a drink on the patio rather than the small cosy bar so we could take in the view and enjoy the surprisingly late sunsets.
Needless to say, a drink on the patio after dinner was also on the menu so just as well the patio was large enough and had such expansive views.
The hotel itself is decorated elegantly without being over the top as some hotels do when they try too hard to impress.
The staff are local and friendly and gave us lots of tips and advice on places to visit, even down to local insider info about where to park in the different villages and where to get home made ginger bread.
They found time to swap stories about the recent rescue expeditions involving fifteen Japanese tourists who got stuck on one of the mountains with luggage in tow. Who would have thought anyone would go up a mountain with their wheelie suitcase – but they did.
One of the hotel staff who had been attached to the mid Wales rescue team told of a stag party that went wrong when a dozen or so chastened young males had to be lifted from Snowdonia in their [hen-party] pajamas.
All in all the region is a perfect place to recharge batteries and really dial up the chill button. If you have to ‘pop in to work online’ Fayrer Garden House Hotel has many quiet areas in the bar or lounge to do so without having to be locked away in your room.
I even found time to write in the lovely sunny lounge area shown below [while Ken took in Wimbledon] and caught up on some edits in my novels - I think Fayrer Garden House Hotel is an ideal spot for a writer [link to author page] to break away as a writing retreat.
There are all kinds of activities available in the Lakes, outdoor activities such as boating, cycling and hiking. If you’re into serious hiking, you need to get your walking boots to places such as Buttermere or for low level hiking, try the Old Man of Coniston - there are paths and routes for all abilities.
We didn’t have enough time to get out walking - well that’s our excuse anyway. Lazy? No, way!
Get a book out of your local library or check out Amazon’s books on the Lakes. There is such a vast network of footpaths surrounding the Lakes, the Lake District is home to some of the UK's finest hiking territory. And if you happen upon Cockermouth, you simply must visit the Barn House Tearooms.
If you’re into cultural heritage, the Lake District won’t disappoint you because places like Grasmere was home to Wordsworth for 14 years and he described it as 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found'.
Fayrer Garden House Hotel is ideal for a short break, either midweek or longer weekend away from your home office or online business. We found it perfect for getting away to recharge, relax and if necessary keep in touch with your business. More on the invigorating, though as the Lakes and indeed the hotel itself oozes with every ingredient needed for well need time-out break.
If you’re a nature lover, as we are, you’ll find that while Windermere is the largest natural lake in the country, Derwent Water is known for its beautiful scenery with forests, Red Deer and carpets of bluebells. Look at some images we took and added to Google.
We planned only two days and ended up staying up staying five – which shows how much we enjoyed it.
Down side – on a nice bright morning it is pretty damn hard to tear yourself away from one of Britain’s prettiest spots and a comfy family run hotel!
"Fayrer Garden House Hotel is a perfect place to recharge batteries and really dial up the chill button."