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Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SW. Tel: +44(0)15394 35592.
Fax: +44(0)15394 35765. Email: enquiry@wordsworth-grasmere.co.uk
Stars: 4. Room Price Guide: Single room, standard rate from 82.00 GBP to 124.00 GBP. Double room, standard

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      19.01.2001 19:04
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      Here's an excellent hotel if you fancy a weekend in the Lake District. The Wordsworth Hotel is for those who are after something a little more luxurious than the many B & B's in the area, and perhaps more for the sightseers than the long distance walkers with their muddy boots! Also, it's around £100 a night for a double room - so is likely to be for the special occasion. I would definitely recommend it for a romantic weekend, say, for an anniversary treat, or a honeymoon. It's a popular hotel for weddings - ideal facilities for wedding receptions, and beautiful gardens for those wedding photos. There are wonderful views, with green hills all around, and it's a very peaceful place to be. It's situated in the centre of Grasmere, but somehow manages to feel apart from the tourist hustle. The hotel has around 40 bedrooms, so it's not huge and impersonal, and the staff are very welcoming. There's an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, overlooking the garden, and also a sauna. 24-hour room service is available. On a whim I requested a hot chocolate - having no idea whether it was on the menu or not - which was promptly supplied. It's also the kind of hotel where you can put your shoes in the corridor and they'll be beautifully polished for you in the morning (I don't recall there being a charge for this either). Disabled visitors shouldn't have any insurmountable problems - there is a lift, and the staff are very keyed up over such matters. The restaurant is in a conservatory style building at the front of the hotel. Eating breakfast there was a delight. I'll remember the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon all my life - served on a juicy toasted crumpet, the eggs was cooked to perfection. The fresh fruit juice was also delicious - we were so keen on the apple juice we asked the waiter what brand it was, hoping to be able to buy some later, only to be told it is imported from France. S o, we now have to go either across the Channel, or back to the Wordsworth if we want any more! The breakfast cost an additional £12.00, but was worth it. On my next visit there I certainly intend to dine in the restaurant for the evening meal, as it was evident that there is an emphasis on the quality of the food and drink served. There are plenty of other things to do in Grasmere itself - Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy once lived, is worth a visit; and there's the gingerbread shop (actually located in the school where Wordsworth once taught), one of the tiniest shops I've ever been into, very quaint, and the gingerbread is pretty fine, too. His grave, and those of other family members, are in the churchyard nearby. Rydal Mount is only a couple of miles away - where Wordsworth spent his later years. Then, of course, there's the Lake District itself? Grasmere is an ideal base for further exploration: such landmarks as Windermere, (England's largest lake) and Scafell Pike (England's tallest mountain), and endless opportunities for walking, water-skiing, mountain biking, climbing, or just taking in the scenery. If you're looking for somewhere special, and a willing to spend a little more than average, the Wordsworth Hotel is a wonderful place to stay while you're in the Lakes. Telephone 015394 35592

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