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Fayrer Garden Hotel, Lake District

The Fayrer Garden Hotel nestles in a beautiful part of the Lake District, about half way between the town of Kendal and the small lakeside resort of Windermere.

The lounge and bar areas of the Fayrer Garden are furnished with plush sofas and deep, comfy armchairs and the overall impression is one of unashamed luxury and comfort, with a touch of history. An ideal place for a quiet weekend, or mid-week break away from it all.

The hotel staff are smart, friendly and helpful – if a little overstretched at times – and you always get the feeling you’re being well looked after.

Our room was a decent size, quite cosy, comfortable and well-equipped, with a giant double bed – worthy of the set of Dallas. The wi-fi, however, only worked in the lounge and it might be a good idea to upgrade that facility, if only for the business travellers, of which there appeared to be quite a few.

But the Fayrer Garden isn’t just for golf-jumpered company execs on awaydays. All kinds of people stay there – from retired couples on second honeymoons to young newlyweds having a crack at it the first time around. From daughters treating their mums, to parents escaping their kids.

If you’re lucky with the weather, as we were, the rooms to the rear of the hotel boast spectacular views. In the near-distance, the hotel’s huge and well kept gardens – and as a breathtaking backdrop, Lake Windermere, dotted with sailing craft and pleasure boats and surrounded by towering tree-topped hills.

We enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks in the lounge, even though the canapés were a little uninspiring. We were then ushered into Fayrer Garden’s “smart but casual” restaurant, where we quickly learned that jeans and T-shirts are frowned upon. Luckily I had packed a suit.

We were serenaded by both Swan Lake and the Greatest Hits of Doris Day, while being served a delicious starter of pigeon with parsnip puree. Our chosen main course was local lamb served on a bed of braised red cabbage, which I personally found a little overpowering. We finished with Crème brûlée, which was perfect.

After dinner we retired to the peaceful hotel garden and drank our coffee as the sun went down over Lake Windermere.

In the morning, we weren’t quite so lucky with the weather, and watched from the restaurant as monsoon-like rain swept across the landscape. However, the Full Lakeside Breakfast did not disappoint – the stars of that show being a brace of sizzling Cumberland Sausages.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Fayrer Garden, and we’d highly recommend a visit to this part of the world for anyone looking to get away from it all for a few days. 6/10

Official Fayrer Garden Web Site