Briery Wood Country House Hotel and Restaurant is located along the eastern shores of Lake Windermere, disguised from the road within seven acres of gardens and woodland.
We stayed at the hotel after our wedding with both sets of parents and it was the ideal place for us to unwind after all the excitement.
Opposite the Langdale Chase hotel it was easy for us to move across after our big day, but it was also perfect for our overspill of guests who were staying for our evening celebrations too.
The hotel were accommodating when it came to booking our rooms as we initially booked them for our wedding guests and then later decided to take them for ourselves when they were left vacant. They moved our names acorss efficiently and with no fuss.
We stayed in rooms 1, 2 and 3, all of which had a door leading out onto an adjoining patio at the back. I would suggest of you are staying with family that you book these rooms so you can sit out on the patio with each other; a drink in hand, admiring the view of the trees and lawns that surround you.
The room was of a medium size, with large comfortable bed, tea and coffee making facilities, a dressing table and wardrobe. The bathroom was small, with fluffy white towels and complimentary toiletries to indulge in. The view over the gardens lures you into thinking you are in the middle of nowhere and is certainly the room’s best asset.
We enjoyed a drink in the lounge area before our evening meal, which I strongly recommend. A comfortable place that is just like sitting in your own living room! With the bar right next door, you can have a coffee or an alcoholic drink while you wait to be seated.
For our evening meal we had the three course menu, sat at a large round table so we could all dine together- the dining room looks out onto the landscaped gardens, so a beautiful backdrop while you enjoy your food. I am shocked to find that hotel has not received any sort of award for its food, for the presentation and creativity certainly warrant some recognition in my opinion. The head chef has a real talent that we all appreciated and enjoyed immensely.
The breakfast was buffet style for juices, pastries and cereals, and waitress service for the cooked meal. The English breakfasts were well cooked and presented. The staff were happy to take an alternative order to those that were on the menu as my Mum is gluten free, so that had to be taken into account with some of the ingredients on offer.
The staff were friendly and we had a laugh or two with one member in particular (who I won’t embarrass), who made our dining experience all the more enjoyable.
The hotel is a quiet little haven in the heart of the Lake District, despite being just set back from the road, we heard no noise for the duration of our stay. We only found out about it recently when we were looking for hotels for our guests and I am glad we did. The staff are pleasant and the rooms have everything you could desire for a restful stay. If you are not in need of accommodation, I would suggest that you pay them a visit for an evening meal as the food is delicious and of a very high quality. A humble and homely hotel that we plan to revisit at the end of the year for my father’s 60th birthday celebrations.