My girlfriend and I visited for the August bank holiday weekend. We were really happy with the Elleray. Windermere Town is nicer than Bowness-on-Windermere in our opinion, especially at this busy time of year. Bowness (which is closer to the lake) is just a 15 minute walk anyway.
The pub downstairs is very quiet, but that was cool, we had a couple of drinks one night. There are busier pubs within metres anyway.
You have to pay on arrival but this meant we could leave easily at any time so all good there.
The rooms where very comfy, and had everything we needed. Even a jug and coffee/tea. The breakfast was outstanding.
Limited parking but it didn't bother us. The street to the left you can park on for free with an Elleray sign in your window from staff, it was full on the 1st day but we got a park on the 2nd. Also the street in front is free parking between 6pm and 10am, and the train station is only £3.60 for 24 hours and very close.
All of the staff were great, and when we found a park out front Paul came out without prompting and gave us the Elleray parking sign to put in our window.
We also recommend hiring a boat in Bowness with a steering wheel, they are dead easy to drive. We walked passed the little red boat hire place, and instead hired the slightly bigger white ones from the next place along which have a blue sun-roof type thing. We then took a left and drove away from town, which was nice and quiet.
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