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Briery Wood Country House Hotel
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Stayed at the Briery Wood for 1 night over the Bank Holiday weekend. Location of the hotel is great, really convenient for visiting Windermere, Bowness or Ambleside, just off the main lake road just outside of Windermere.

I booked a room reasonably last minute through Late Rooms and the price was incredibly competitive for the location and time of year. Also really useful that the Briery Wood didn't have minimum stay limits in place over the weekend as most similarly priced Hotels did have.

Hotel is set back from the Ambleside Road in pretty grounds with plenty of space for parking, so guaranteed a quite night regardless of the position of the room. I had a double room with an ensuite. The room itself wasn't huge but was perfectly spacious for me. The room I had was nicely decorated, modern finisihings with a nice flat screen tv. Ensuite bath and shower was very modern and looked recently renovated, very nice.

I stayed on a B&B rate, breakfast started a little late for me @ 8.30 but choice was very good and service at breakfast was great so probably worth the wait.

Would definitely recommend this hotel as a very reasonably priced alternative to some of the larger Windermere hotels.

Stayed: May 2012
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Briery, Assistant Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2012

Dear Sarabel10,
Thank you for your review of the Briery Wood. We really appreciate all of our guests' comments & compliments - it helps us to improve the service we offer.
We have offered a 1 night stay on a Bank Holiday weekend for some time in response to the demand for it. Lots of people do not want to stay here for an extended period of time & we have the flexibility to be able to offer 1 night at a reasonable price for those who require it. It proves a popular option every time.
Our gardeners work very hard to keep our 7 acres of grounds in great condition, I'm glad you enjoyed them.
Our rooms are redecorated on a rolling programme & our housekeeping team do a wonderful job in keeping them clean, whilst adding those little extra touches to ensure our guests have all they need for a comfortable stay.
I'm so glad you enjoyed your breakfast. It is one of our favourite ways of spoiling our guests. It gives us chance to get to know everybody a bit better whilst they refuel for the day ahead. For those wanting an earlier breakfast, we can provide an early cold buffet at prior arrangement.
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us - your recommendation to others is much appreciated & we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel soon.
With kind regards, Jennifer Braithwaite, Assistant Manager.

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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Our party arrived at The Briery Wood on Saturday 7th April at 10 o'clock. We were attending a wedding nearby and had set off early in case the traffic was bad. Unsure what our wecolme would be at such an early hour for check in we approached reception with trepidation. We need not have worried. Jennifer couldnt have been more welcoming and friendly. She even managed to rustle up bacon butties for everyone!! In fact all the staff were helpful and friendly. After a quick turn round we were able to access all the rooms before we set off for the wedding at 11.45. What a difference that made to our day. The rooms were clean and very comfortable.Would definitely recommend the hotel.
Thanks again to Jennifer!
Note to self. Remember glasses when trying to operate door code at 1am!!
PS. My daughter found her phone charger! But many thanks again to the gentleman on reception for offering to return it if you found it later.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
Thank mal158
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Briery, Assistant Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2012

Thank you mal 158 for your kind review of the Briery Wood. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay here with us.
Although we cannot guarantee that our rooms will be ready for check-in until 2pm, we try our best to help guests who require an earlier check-in. We understand how helpful this can be, especially for those of our guests attending weddings. I'm really pleased that we were able to help all of you to check in as soon as possible.
Our housekeeping team works very hard to keep our hotel clean, whilst adding those little comforting touches to our rooms.
We enjoy making our guests as comfortable & relaxed as possible - we take a genuine interest in providing a great level of customer service to everyone. It makes us smile to know we've done a good job & that our guests enjoy staying with us.
Thank you once again for your review, we hope to welcome you all back to the hotel in the near future.
With kind regards, Jennifer Braithwaite, Assistant Manager.

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We stayed at Briery Wood Hotel for two nights and found the staff very welcoming and friendly. Our room was both clean and provided a lovely view of the grounds. The hotel was quiet and provided a perfect get away. It was so lovely to return in an evening to a real fire in one of the hotel lounges and to benefit from using the free WiFi. It would appear that a few areas of the hotel would benefit from re decoration and new carpets, but overall a lovely stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bill_Vanessa
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Briery, Assistant Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2012

Dear Bill_Vanessa,
Thank you for your review of the Briery Wood Hotel. We appreciate the time you have taken to do so & your comments help us to improve our service to our guests.
Here at the Briery Wood we pride ourselves on our warm & friendly welcome. We know that it is always nice to see a smiling face at the end of a journey.
Our grounds are beautiful at this time of year, with the spring flowers beginning to bloom & lots of wildlife to spot. Our gardener takes great pride in his work - it is great to hear you like it too.
Our real log fire keeps the cold at bay throughout these chilly months & our free wifi keeps our guests in touch with the outside world...should they wish :)
All of our communal areas, along with our bedrooms, are on a rolling programme of refurbishment & redecoration. Our maintenance & housekeeping teams work every day to improve these areas & keep them clean. Your comments on this have been noted & will be passed on to the relevant people.
Again, thank you for your comments, we are glad you had a lovely stay & look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel soon.
With kind regards, Jennifer Braithwaite, Assistant Manager.

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Reviewed 1 February 2012

An off season visit, we were one of the only guests. Well priced, quiet and a generous sized room. TV WiFi etc with well appointed bathroom. We opted for the dinner/bed/breakfast offer. Food was fabulous! Staff warm & helpful. Could use a bit of an upgrade on decor, but would recommend to friends

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Travillinman
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Briery, Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2012

Thank you for your review Travillinman, we do appreciate you taking the time to share your views.
During the Winter months, the area can be quieter, giving us the opportunity to offer some great special deals for those staying at The Briery Wood - we are pleased you found us well priced.
We try our best to appoint our rooms in a way our guests appreciate, whether that is with our eco-friendly bathroom products, complimentary TV & Wi-Fi or sweeties.
Chef works very hard to ensure the quality of food is the highest possible throughout each day & all of our team enjoy helping our guests to enjoy their stay to the fullest.
We are really glad you enjoyed you stay here with us at the Briery Wood and hope to welcome you back to the hotel soon.
With kind regards, Jennifer Braithwaite, Assistant Manager.

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

It is an old fashioned country house, but is clean and well equiped. Staff could not be more helpful and the food and bar are great.. it is a beautiful peaceful location where rest and reaxation are possible. it is situated between Windermere and Ambleside giving you easy access to lakeland fells the lake etc

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Briery, Assistant Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2012

Thank you for your review nev666, your comments are really appreciated.
We try our hardest to fulfill guest expectations and I'm pleased you found us so clean, well-equipped & helpful.
There is much history attached to our old fashioned country house. From the stories we tell to the 150 year old monkey puzzle tree in our grounds, the Briery Wood loves its heritage. Our peaceful grounds are home to some wonderful wildlife too.
With our location making access to the fells and valleys so easy, we hope you choose to visit us here at The Briery Wood again soon.
With kind regards,
Jennifer Braithwaite (Assistant Manager).

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Reviewed 1 January 2012

For the last 21 years four of us have visited a different country house hotel for the New Year period. This year we choose Briery Wood for our break. None of us had even heard of this hotel but their online offer looked what we wanted and after a short telecon we booked up in October.
We arrived in time for a warm welcome and a cup of tea thereafter our experience of this wonderful hotel just grew and grew.
Well furnished, clean and warm with lovely Xmas decorations not over the top.
The food out of this world hot tasty and beautifully served by the ever helpful staff and what a wonderful wine list.
Nothing was too much trouble and we had the BEST New Year ever culminating in a seven course gala dinner on New Year's Eve.......fantastic
Should also mention the inclusive boat trip on Windermere on New Year's Eve morning followed by a club sandwhich and a warming festive drink. The weather was terrible.

Room Tip: Groud floor rooms easy access
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Briery, Assistant Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2012

Dear Michael B,
Thank you so much firstly for choosing to spend your New Year with us, and secondly for taking the time to write this review.
Our Christmas & New Year packages always prove popular with guests and I'm glad this year is no exception. We put a lot of time & effort into planning these breaks, so to hear that they have been a success is great news.
The team here at Briery Wood pride ourselves on our warm welcome, tasty food, cleanliness and helpful attitude.
Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We are so pleased you enjoyed our hospitality - the four of you were truly a delight to spend time with.
We look forward to seeing you at the hotel again soon,
With kindest regards,
Jennifer Braithwaite (Assistant Manager).

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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Briery Wood is a nice place to stay, with clean, comfortable rooms and ample free parking. Breakfast was very good (even if it was only open until 9.30am), with freshly cooked full English alongside many other choices.

The surrounding gardens are pleasant and peaceful, and the staff friendly and helpful.

The rate of £70 per person per night makes a double room quite expensive for what is on offer, but I did not check many other options in the area to compare.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Briery, Assistant Manager at Briery Wood Country House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2012

Thank you for your review of The Briery Wood, we really appreciate all of feedback that we receive.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us here, our staff do their utmost to ensure all of our guests have a comfortable stay in a clean, relaxed atmosphere.
Our breakfast is one of our favourite ways to spoil our guests, with many cooked & cold options available for an hour each morning to set them up for a day on the fells or keep them going until they reach home.
Our standard rate includes many special touches for our guests - from complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits & sweets in our rooms, to our eco friendly bathroom products, free newspapers & wi-fi. We also have special rates on offer through our website, facebook and direct from the hotel.
Thank you once again for taking the time to review our hotel, we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the future.
With kind regards, Jennifer Braithwaite (Assistant Manager)

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Additional Information about Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1ES, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Price Range: $131 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Briery Wood Country House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moments from the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and set in seven acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland lies Briery Wood Country House Hotel. This beautiful Lake District hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a country house atmosphere with all the comforts of home, while surrounded by spectacular landscapes, lakes and fells. Briery Wood is within easy reach of the popular villages of Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere, so it's a great base for exploring the Lake District, whether you are looking for a spot of retail therapy or outdoor adventure. The informal and friendly service is so good you'll hardly notice it. It's our job to make you feel at home...Which isn't hard once you sit back and unwind in one of our cosy lounges whilst enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or maybe a glass of chilled wine. ... more   less 
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