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Bower House Inn
Ranked #4 of 10 Eskdale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Make it Right!”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

We should have stayed for a Valentine Weekend in 2011. We had to cancel within the
allotted time and the receptionist Gail told us there was not a problem and we would be able to arrange another date. However, the
Manager, Malcolm took the full amount of our weekend accommodation, including meals, which were untaken
from our bank account. We only realised he had done this on looking at our bank statement
the following month!

We have made many telephone calls to the hotel since and been totally ignored.

Our last telephone call was in February, 2012 and the facts were informed to a bar person
with a promise to return our call - but again this has been ignored!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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10 Thank HRHBlackpool
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davidm084, Manager at Bower House Inn, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
This matter was dealt with over 12 months ago by the manager at the time who has since sadly passed away. The business is now under new management. We think it is highly innapropriate to post a second reveiw as the manager at the time made his feelings quite clear both to the customer herself and by replying to the previous review. To veiw his reply please see the reveiw titled "conned!". This will explain in more detail the situation.
Many thanks Dave and Louise Managers
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English first
Preston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2012

Visited here a couple of times on business last year and always enjoyed a pleasant stay! Clean rooms with a nice bar and food menu! Great views and a very relaxing place! would recommend to anybody!

Room Tip: Rooms above the bar are handy but rooms in the surrounding buildings are also nice!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Woodzy2004
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davidm084, Manager at Bower House Inn, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words. We endevor to make everyones stay here at the bower house inn enjoyable and relaxing. We hope to be able to welcome you again in the near future.
Many Thanks Louise and Dave (managers)
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2012

We stayed for 3 nights as a young couple and the stay was excellent. Stayed in the main building, the room was quirky and a bit small in the doorways, but I am over 6ft so it's to be expected. If you wanted to stay somewhere with a lot to do around then this isn't the place for you but if you want walking and beer, then it is great. We ate at the Bower House one night and portions are great, not a massive selection hence why we only ate there once. The waiter did drop my food on my lap but dealt with it properly and gave me a couple of free drinks to make up for it. Good job I didn't have my good clothes on! Breakfast was decent too, a bit improv. due to no menu etc but you ask for something and they will make it. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would probably go back again but with a few more walking maps to really enjoy the area.

Room Tip: Ask for one at the back of the original building, best views and least road noise.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Elliott Y
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davidm084, Manager at Bower House Inn, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Thank you for your review. Let me apologise again for the waiter dropping your food into your lap. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again soon. Many thanks Louise and Dave (Managers)
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2012

3 night stay making a long weekend at end of February. From a choice picked Windermere in main building. Very warm and clean and comfortable. Good bathroom with strong shower over bath. Double bed was two large singles pushed together -enormous.
Ate in all 3 nights. Helpings large-good straightforward food with chips perhaps a £1 more expensive than expected for a main course.Breakfasts served in bar ,again more than adequate portions for "full English" but no menu,kippers were produced on request.
Place very quiet,quiet position but also few customers-surprising as traditional beers were "on form"
Staff smiling,willing and eager to please but overall the Inn could be a more professionally run.
Stay again -yes works well as an Inn rather than hotel.

Room Tip: Windermere has views to hills and over fields .
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank bridgeman17
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Shipley
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

Stayed with family for a birthday. Quiet between Xmas & New year but satisfactory. Friendly service and all needs sorted. Breakfast excellent dinner was good.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank JohnPShipley
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2012

Booked at short notice, £35 for a single premium room good value i thought. After a hairy trip across Berker Fell at night arrived at a deserted inn. Pleasent greeting, place looked quaint and adequate. I was asked if i preferrred bath or shower room, agreed on shower, nice of them to ask.
Chap put me in a double in main building, Eskdale room, we agreed breakfast was at 8am, but he mentioned he would around from about 7.40am, more of this later. Room looked fine at first glance, spacious, tea/coffee, flat screen tv, lots of character. Bedding was clean, fluffy white towels. Sink and toilet all well cleaned etc. Genorous free toiletries and drink making supplies.

On the downside, the shower cubicle had black mould in the grouting in quite a few places and the room in general looked as though it was due a quick lick of paint and perhaps a deep clean. Though as mentioned it was clean no dust etc.

The biggest downside and the only reason i wouldn't stay again was the bed ! as previous reviewers have mentioned it really was the most uncomfertable mattress i have ever encountered. You could feel every spring and made for a poor nights sleep. I also woke up cold during the night and unfortunatley there was no addidtional bedding in the room. Of course i could have asked earlier if i had known and i'm sure they would have been most willing to provide. Perhaps as the quilt is a thin summer type add an extra blanket during winter, remember this is the Lakes in winter !

Also being at the front of the property you do get road noise from about 6am, this is partly due to the old windows which of course are character to the building and i wouldn't expect modern upvc !! but worth mentioning none the less if you like a lie in.

As for breakfast well can't comment greatly as i didnt have any cooked food. I went down at 7.45am to find the place emptyand in darkness, back down at 8am still both breakfast areas in darkness.....did find a very friendly foreign lady just taking her coat of who seemed surprised to see me !

She was most apolajectic and quickly arranged some cereal and coffee and offered to call a cook if required. I declined as cereal was fine for me, she seated me in the residents bar ? and what i had was adequate. As i mentioned i was heading off walking for the day she also offered to make me a packed lunch and quickly rustled up some cheese n ham sandwiches, an apple and some water, this was very kind and much appreciated.

At this i left, i think i was the only person staying this night. If the bed was comforatble and at the price paid (or even more) this would be a great bargain of a place but as a good nights sleep is fundamental to a bed and breakfast, without this rectifying i cannot recommend it. Despite the very friendly staff and location. Of course i could wonder perhaps other rooms have better beds ????

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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5 Thank Wazza999
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Derbyshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2012

Hi,just a short review based on the 3 nights i stayed over xmas 2011.27th Dec-30th Dec. First thoughts on seeing the inn was very pleasant,looks very homely,cozy and welcoming..On entering i was greeted with a smile (which is always nice) and showed to my room. The room was out in the converted barn which from the outside looked lovely..The double groundfloor room was really nice and because i had taken my younge springer (Jura) with me i was given a room with double doors that opened directly onto the carpark..Perfect and thoughtfull..
The staff were very helpfull,the room was really warm,quite large and clean,the food-delicious and the area around and the views-breathtaking..
Definatly be returning this year..Thanks to all at Bower ;-) Russ.Bedford

Room Tip: If you have a dog, ask for one of the rooms in the barn with doors that open onto the carpark
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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2 Thank RussnJura
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Property: Bower House Inn
Address: | Irton, Eskdale CA19 1TD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eskdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Eskdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bower House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Eskdale valley, The Bower House Inn is situated 4 miles from the Cumbrian Coast and three miles from the A595, ensuring easy access to all local locations. This 17th century 3 star inn offers superb food, open log fires and a warm welcome. Whether you are a businessman working in the surrounding area wanting a relaxing home from home experience or a traveller seeking a comfortable room, the Bower House is the ideal place. The perfect base for those looking to immerse themselves in nature, with the Lake District National park just moments away and a great start point for those looking to explore the surrounding peaks of Scafell and Great Gable and with Wastwater within easy reach, there are lots of great trails for the more leisurely walker. All 20 rooms are traditional but have their own unique quality and are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and TV. There is also a modern and well equipped two bedroom flat suitable for families or business parties working in the area. The Bower House Inn provides a number of amenities, including luggage storage, free Wi-Fi, telephones and packed lunches if required. Relax in our beautiful garden set along the back drop of Muncaster Fell, the Bower House Inn boasts the best views in the Eskdale valley. Also why not enjoy a round of golf at discounted rates on Eskdale's spectacular golf course, or relax at one of our local fishing spots. Our bar and dining room have traditional low beamed ceilings where we offer a wide range of local ales, locally sourced produce and an extensive menu produced by a team of highly motivated chefs. Start your day with a good hearty Bower House Breakfast and within minutes you can be on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Miniature Railway, exploring the area and all it has to offer. ... more   less 
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