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The Grange Hotel in the Lake District

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After a hotel in the Lake District, with a little charm, away from the hustles of Windermere, but not too far to visit, well you need to check out The Grange Hotel. Located in the seaside retreat of Grange-over-Sands on the Southern tip of the Cartmel peninsula, The Grange Hotel is a four-star Victorian resort with an elegant charm. 

The Hotel

The building has the wow factor, grand and regal, with a fabulous terraced lawn. Inside it is much of the same, with gilded armchairs, decadent red-patterned carpets, Rococo mirrors, marble-topped tables, billowing curtains, high ceilings and roaring open fires. 

The communal areas are luxurious and cosy, with several reading nooks and sitting rooms to enjoy if you wish to get away from other guests. The hotel also has leisure facilities including a pool, jacuzzi and steam room, which were a little dated, and they offer beauty treatments such as massages and facials.

Location

We picked this hotel for its location. I’ve always thought that Grange-over-Sands was a cute coastal town and you can’t beat its views over the bay. The hotel is also only 15 mins from Windermere, which means it offers the ideal gateway to the Lake District.

However, do note that the car park is very limited, so you might struggle to find a parking spot as we did on our first night, which wasn’t ideal after a delayed 10-hour car journey.

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Rooms

We treated ourselves to a suite for our visit to The Grange Hotel, staying in the Broughton Suite, complete with a four-poster bed, an in-room roll-top bathtub, a separate TV lounge, and a large bathroom. On paper, it sounds luxurious, and while it was spacious, it lacked any VIP feeling. It was dark and old-fashioned, rather than elegant, and there was no view to speak of.

The main windows/doors overlooked an internal atrium area, which meant the guests opposite could see right into our room if we didn’t keep the curtains closed, I think we would have been better opting for a superior room that had views over the garden.

Would I stay in this suite again – no. Other than the bathtub, which was a nice touch, and the grand bed, this room needs a total rethink.

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Breakfast

I believe that breakfast can make or break a hotel. The Grange, for me, just scraped by with a pass. The old-fashioned hot-and-cold buffet was just OK, I much prefer hotels, especially those that claim to be four-star to offer cooked to order dishes, like an omelette. 

I also found the service, rushed and rude to be honest, I don’t think the staff need to shout across the room to each other. I also didn’t understand why we had to book as there was no thought in where to place us, and everyone was packed in a little too tightly for my liking, especially in these Covid times. It was also hard to order hot drinks and the plates and cutlery weren’t always clean. 

The first morning we went to breakfast quite late, and it was very busy, the second day we went earlier and it was a much better experience. 

Overall – The Grange Hotel

Would I stay again? I’m not sure. The location and grand nature of the hotel is impressive and I thought the communal areas were comfortable, but I would need to look into the other rooms more closely as I wasn’t impressed with our suite for the money we paid.

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