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Short Break - Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside

PUBLISHED: 01:16 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:52 23 March 2016

Short Break - Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside

Short Break - Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside

A Lake District hotel not only allows you to create your own room, but you can even choose your own pillow. Roger Borrell gave it a try

There was a time when the hardest questions you had to answer when booking a hotel room involved smoking or non-smoking, alarm call or lie-in and when would you like to eat? (They always offered you a table an hour earlier or an hour later than your stomach demanded).


Today’s level of service has made it a far more complex procedure and one hotel has turned it into an art form -quite literally. The four-star Waterhead on the shores of Windermere must have one of the most spectacular aspects, as well as some beautifully appointed public rooms, good food and smart, sophisticated bedrooms.

It’s a combination which made them a winner in the Lancashire and Lake
District Life Food and Drink Awards in recent years. But they haven’t been
content to rest on their laurels.


Now you can chose the look of your room and the accoutrements that go with it. So, when you book you can select the original work of art that will
hang on your wall, the type of teapot you want a brew in (antique silver or novelty china with bath and duck, sir?), the variety of cut flowers you would like in your vase and even the aromas and the free sweets. In all, there are ten different things you can chose for your room.


Of them all, the one that caught my eye was the choice of pillow. Anyone
who stays regularly in hotels will suffer from stiff neck syndrome, a medical condition which results in sufferers sitting rigidly at breakfast unable to move their heads from side to side.


The Waterhead has made five of its most luxurious rooms available for customers who want that extra level of personal service.Whether or not you think it’s a gimmick, it shows they are committed to offer guests something different. And in an area packed to the gunnels with hotels and guest houses, standing out from the crowd is no mean feat.


The truth is, though, that welcome as all those innovative touches are, the Waterhead already stands out from the crowd for its stunning location and some spot-on, friendly service. I spent more time looking out of my window at the stunning view across the gardens to the lake than I did at looking at the pretty oil painting on my wall. And I always make my brew in the cup.


Waterhead Hotel, Lake Road, Ambleside. 015394 32566

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