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“Bon Vivant - Elegant, Style, Panache”
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Cranleigh Boutique
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I have stayed in the Lakes on many occasions in different hotels, lodges, B&Bs etc. And this place blows everything out of the water.

Refurbished to the highest possible standard and situated less than a mile south of Bowness, Bon Vivant has 3 huge double bedrooms all with ensuite (of course). When entering the property you're in the hall which leads to dining room, lounge, kitchen, cinema room (downstairs) and hot tub (outside). All rooms including the cinema room are controlled by their own designated ipad which is on the wall as you walk in. This controls lighting, music, tv, etc

We stayed here with two other couples, the plan was to go into Bowness at night but we quickly decided to take advantage of this incredible place, we cooked food, drank champagne in the hot tub and watched a movie in the cinema room.

We only stayed for one night but we're definitely looking to book again soon.

Room Tip: All room s equally as good but great views from the front two bedrooms
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

We arrived to The Cranleigh a little early than the check in time of 3pm. The lady on reception apologised that the room was not yet ready but we could leave our car parked at the hotel and she would call us as soon as the room was available.
The reception and lounge area was very inviting with checked carpet and leather sofas and smelled amazing.
We left to have a wander around Bowness and received a call about 40 minutes later to say the room was ready.
Once we were checked in we were taken up to the room, we stayed in room 1 costing £110 for the night, including breakfast.
We were given 2 keys, one card key for the front door which was to be locked at 11pm and another key to our room and our private bathroom which was a few steps down the corridor.
The room itself was fairly small but we had enough room to move around easily, there was a double bed, a tub chair, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a small side table housing the DVD player and kettle etc.
The bed was very comfy with soft pillows and a feather duvet. There was a small box with 4 chocolate truffles, a small spray of pillow mist and some lip balm waiting on the bed along with some information about our booking etc.

There was a DVD palyer and we were assured that a huge DVD library was available to us, there was also an ipod dock in the room which had the radio on when we arrived, the ipod dock may need to be updated as it was an old style fitting and my phone would not fit on it.

Inside the wardrobe was an iron, ironing board and a tower fan, which proved useful as we were unable to open either of the windows in the room.
A few steps down the corridor was our bathroom, it was immaculate, spacious and clean. A large shower with blue lighting, robes and slippers were provided along with Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. Plenty of fresh, clean white towels. A shower cap was included and this is a good thing as the shower head is huge and is a rainfall head so you need to be careful if you don’t want to get your hair wet.
A couple of things I noticed were a large cobweb hanging from the ceiling in our room and the salt and pepper pots at breakfast needed a good clean but other than that the hotel was very clean.

It was very quiet and we both got a great nights sleep, not sure if that was the pillow mist or the beverages we’d had with dinner...

Breakfast was between 8.30 and 10.30 on the Sunday, once sat down for breakfast we ordered tea and coffee and toast and there was a good selection of breakfasts, cereals, pastries, juice and some cold meats, I had the Cranleigh Breakfast, I was able to remove items I didn’t want and was pleased to see the beans came in a separate tub. My husband had the salmon and scrambled eggs. There were Tipp Tree condiments on offer and extra toast was offered.
We found the dining room to be quite a loud place, I think this was due to the fact that there were slate placemats and the waitresses where fairly quick to put down your plates so it made quite a racket and they were not very quiet when clearing the table behind us, lots of crashing and banging, we had to stop talking until she had finished. They did forget to bring our tea and coffee but once I reminded them it did arrive quite quickly.

Check out was very easy and the lady on reception was lovely and said we could leave the car again if we wanted to pop back into town for a while.
This hotel prides it's self on being “all about romance” but my tip would be that if you are booked into room 1 you will need to take your pyjamas for those slightly less romantic moments like when you need the loo in the middle of the night and have to do the dash down the corridor! All in all we had a lovely stay at the Cranleigh and I would absolutely stay there again

Room Tip: Room 1 has a seperate Bathroom
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Stayed for one night and oh how I wish it was for longer. The house is simply stunning. Each room has its own ipad control, very easy to use to change lighting, sound, TV channels even for someone technically challenged like myself.

The bedrooms were luxuriously done, very comfortable - all ensuite and I have never seen a bath so huge in any hotel I've stayed in.

The highlight of the property for me was the cinema room. Its amazing. A large selection of movies on offer (took us ages to decide on one!), reclining chairs, fantastic surround sound and picture quality - just so enjoyable with popcorn and prosecco.

Great kitchen and hot tub - there's just no need to go out.

All in all a very enjoyable day/evening.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

I have stayed in the Lake District many times and am a lover of the hotel-life, but I have had my head completely turned by Bon Vivant! What an amazing property. We stayed there last week (sadly for only one night) and with 3 bedrooms all with their own fabulous bathrooms, it was perfect for us (as we were 3 couples).

On arriving at the house, we were met by Steve who gave us a very comprehensive tour of the property to ensure we knew how to work the state of the art technology (ipads in every room which control the TVs, heat, blinds and even changeable mood lighting) and after spying the cinema room and hot tub, we quickly decided that we were having a night in! Both didn’t disappoint and are an absolute must to try if you are going to stay here. We were definitely living a life of luxury for the night!

The whole property has been finished to extremely high standard, thick carpets, underfloor heating, gorgeous wallpaper and fabrics and an amazing kitchen, we were told that the house has been recently refurbished so everything is brand spanking new, totally luxurious and state of the art.

Bon Vivant is a true 5 star experience and I am already planning to book it again next year for my 50th birthday. Can’t wait!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

This house is just stunning!

Cinema room is the stand out feature being just awesome. A great way to spend an evening with friends sipping good wine and watching a movie on a big screen with an unbelievable sound - I want one at home now!!!

However, the rest of the house just blew us away as well, great outdoor hot tub, rooms really well done and everything iPad operated which was easy to get the hang of.

Overall a 5star stay less than a mile from Bowness!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Me and partner stayed for 2 nights from the 19th-21st for my birthday. We both loved staying her and would recommend to any couple who wants to get away for a couple of days. 5* all the way for us. The little extras were because we booked the birthday package but still worth it. The facilities were amazing. Everything you could want for a trip away.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

We have stayed here 7 times now and the last time was three and a half years ago. We were a bit disappointed last time, so we stayed away. The issue we experienced last time we're still apparent.

Cleanliness. The Cranleigh is dusty. It has dusty rooms and you don't even need to go looking for it. It's right there for the guests to see. We had dust on the skirting board of our room, so we went to reception and reported it then went out for a couple of hours so that they could fix it, which they did. Well most of it. We were given a complimentary bottle of champagne as an apology.

The lovely Spanish young lady on reception informed us that they had been really busy and hadn't been able to do the deep cleaning recently. In a place like the Cranleigh, this should not be an issue. This is supposed to be setting the pace, not being left behind by better organised, smaller guest houses. She did have the room cleaned again for us although the missed the dusty blind in the bathroom.

The room was a high standard though. Good quality fixtures and fittings and all round nice quality.

One thing that did wind us up was on day 2, we informed the reception that their prices for the Fizzy Tarte were wrong and we had spent £10 more on an afternoon tea than the Cranleigh stated. The blonde lady (English accent) snapped at us and said that they are two different businesses and that they are not responsible for the price change. Fair enough but they are all the same business group. We hadn't asked for a refund- we were just pointing out the mistake. What a terrible attitude with no apology for the error.

Breakfast was good and the service was friendly.

I think the Cranleigh management need to take back responsibility and take some accountability. We are voting with our feet and choosing to stay away for good this time. We've graded this 3 as the place is lovely and it's easy to be wowed by the outer appearance.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3EW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#10 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: $201 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cranleigh Boutique 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Boutique accommodation, Rooms Suites and Boutique Houses. All perfectly located in the Heart of the English Lake District.Each Individually designed with features including: private hot tubs, super sized air spa baths, free Wifi, free car parking, and access to leisure and spa facilities. Adult only accommodation. International multi award winning accommodation, completely unique to the area. ... more   less 
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