There are some getaways that will stick with you for many years to come, this is one of them. This couldn’t have come at a better time as the week before I was feeling so down and out, to be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to go…Thank god, I did. Scenery that you could only imagine appearing in the movies, breath-taking views and a getaway that worked wonders for my mind, body and soul.
Please note that this experience was gifted, and this is my honest opinion.
Located in Waterhead, across Lake Windermere and Ambleside Pier on your doorstep, you couldn’t get a more perfect location. It’s a 3-hour journey from Birmingham and we found the journey on a Friday morning quite easy-going. Built in the 1980s, Romney Grange is located in a prestigious development on the previous site of the Romney Hotel. There is parking available and also visitor parking on the next level, checking in is very easy and within five minutes we were in. The apartment offers two en-suite bedrooms, spacious living, and stunning views across Lake Windermere
As the door opens, our eyes lit up and we both dropped our bags in amazement. The first thing that comes to mind is how stunning this apartment is and how HUGE it is, you could fit a party of 30 and more in here. Beautiful throughout, each room is decorated to the highest standards and the apartment offers westerly views over the lake and onto the Langdale pikes, as well as far-reaching southerly views down Lake Windermere itself. Sliding doors lead from the lounge onto the balcony, creating a private outdoor space to relax and unwind, this was perfect for our morning coffee. The apartment was spotless from top to bottom, not even Kim Woodburn would pick up a speck of dirt in here!
The kitchen/dining area was my favourite room especially when the sun was going down which was beautiful. The living room was so spacious, I think on one sofa you could fit a family of six on – I looked like a right little hobbit on it, it even made my partner James who is 6 ft 6 look tiny! Everything you need is there from extra towels to milk to an interactive guide on the iPad – Which came in very handy as Natalie (The Owner) provided all the best recommendations from restaurants to bars to walks in the area – I hardly did any investigating at all! On a table, there were maps, guidebooks and everything you need to feel comfortable and prepared for your trip to the Lakes.
The bedrooms were also stunning, nice and spacious with en-suites. That bath was utter bliss and yes, I went to town with the bubble bath. Walk-in showers that provided plenty of space to wash and do the Gangnam style dance. James couldn’t believe he could fit under the shower as a tall lad he struggles with life 90% of the time so, it was nice to see him get excited about this. Plenty of wardrobe space is available and each room provided a lovely view of the Countryside.
Waterhead is an ideal location; it is utterly charming and the perfect starting point for your Lakes getaway! The Pier is stunning and your able to travel to different parts of Lake Windermere via boat which came in very handy – We did use the boat and we also found travelling from car was pretty easy to do too. There is bus stops right outside the apartment making it extremely easy to visit other places such as Grasmere, Bowness and Hawkshead. Travelling around from the apartment I can guarantee you will find it extremely easy. I will do a full Lake District guide on this providing bar, restaurant and things to do recommendations – keep a look out for this over the next month. There was a lovely little coffee shop just outside the apartment (literally opposite) where we popped down for a morning coffee and sandwich, it was lovely, and they do a banging cheese and onion cob! Also, opposite the apartment was a fish and chip shop, restaurant, pet shop, and post office.
You can walk to Ambleside town centre from Waterhead – It will take you 10 minutes. A lovely little town perfect to have a pint, a little shop and enjoy a lovely cooked meal. For food, I would recommend Lucy’s on a plate where I believe I found the bargain of the century – two courses for £20 where the food was just WOW! Baby Bobotie – EH? I thought what the heck is this reading the menu but then I was politely told it’s curried mince topped with egg custard, GENIUS! For mains I had the Lamb Tagine – I was lambing mad and totally cured of my lamb obsession after eating it – truly wonderful stuff from Lucy’s. Plenty of pubs you can pop into for a pint or tea rooms for a good cream team so I would recommend popping down to Ambleside.
I was spoilt for choice, as I had two bedrooms to choose from. I can confirm both beds offer a comfortable sleep, my back never felt that good after waking up! In regard to noise, I found the apartment to be very quiet, I rarely heard anyone. Mostly every morning I went onto the balcony with a cup of coffee taking in the views, I was able to write which is something I have been struggling for a while to really concentrate on, but I just couldn’t stop my pen continuously hitting off my page. Fully engrossed in my writing, I have to thank Natalie for that! A perfect place for struggling Artists that’s for sure!
Natalie was helpful throughout, always there if we needed any help or any recommendations. The perfect host! We were just left to ourselves which was lovely really and if I had any questions I could just message Natalie and she was very quick to respond. To be honest, everything we needed was on the IPAD which provided a list of rules, instructions on electronics and basic information about the apartment, so we rarely had to contact Natalie other than to say, how bloody happy we were!
We couldn’t have asked for something more perfect, No.10 was just what we needed to get away from the hectic city life we live and enjoy a bit of quiet time. Waking up to stunning views of the Lakes with a cup of coffee – A real pinch-me moment and trust me, you will have plenty of these when you stay here. Natalie is the perfect host, the apartment was wonderful, and we were so relaxed, It was just flawless. If you’re looking somewhere to stay in the Lakes then book No.10, I bet my beret on it you will love it…and I bloody love my beret! Truly wonderful, thank you to Natalie for inviting me.