This was a fabulous house and setting for a fairly large family get together.The whole house is beautifully and tastefully appointed and decorated.We all enjoyed our stay and would come back again!
Adequate, at best.
I stayed in this house for a week as one of a party of 13 celebrating a family occasion. First impressions were good; the hall is roomy and in most places well-lit with some decent (albeit mismatch) furniture. However, after a day or so certain key elements of the property began to frustrate.
Firstly, the hall had been left empty for a week before our arrival so it was as cold as a tomb. There were few logs left for the wood burner and none for the open fire; it took over a day to heat the place fully. We contacted someone on the first day to come and check a radiator in a child's bedroom; nobody turned up. Secondly, the plumbing was average at best. Although the radiators eventually did their job, water pressure was an issue, meaning that only one or two of the places' many electric showers could be used at a time without rendering others freezing cold, and my bathroom basin tap didn't yield any running hot water at all - I had to boil the kettle to wet-shave. Worst of all though was the constant stink of damp in the main living room.
Overall, this is a major disappointment for the money. Everywhere you look there are cracks in plasterwork, paint flaking off internal windows, walls that should have been redecorated years ago, holes in furniture, cobwebs, and appliances that are merely adequate. The dishwasher trays fall off their rails easily and it only works altogether when its door is rammed shut. The tumble dryer makes an awful noise more akin to a cement mixer. The TV and wifi reception in the kitchen are sporadic. There isn't a single shaver socket in the entire building. Even the toaster doesn't toast bread properly, even on the maximum setting. After a week, I find myself struggling for reasons to recommend this property. If you and your party can tolerate all the above, great; if not, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Brilliant spacious house for a family gathering!
We stayed at Meathop Hall this week - a group of 10 adults, 3 children and 2 little dogs from the one family, all there to celebrate my mother-in-law's 60th birthday! We were amazed at the size of the house and the location of the bedrooms/bathrooms were just perfect for our group. We all had our own little area of the house with our own bathrooms plus we had plenty of social spaces to gather all together. The kitchen/breakfast room was bright and cheery (loved the bunting!), the kitchen was spacious and had just about everything we needed in terms of utensils, oven trays, etc. We had a full roast dinner on the Sunday, cooked in the ovens, and had no problems with them at all.
We also all managed to fit around the dining table, slightly squashed up but we're all one family so that wasn't a problem for us.
The house and furnishings are quirky, slightly worn in places but wonderful. They fit the style of the house. Each bedroom was decorated and furnished in a completely different style and we all enjoyed choosing our favourite to sleep in. The kids enjoyed the 2 staircases and played hide and seek just about every day. They also loved trying to play tunes on the piano! A lot!!!!
The front garden was totally enclosed and safe to let our little dogs run around.
We spent the evenings sitting around the wood-burning stove which was lovely.
The house was warm and cosy. Storm Brian hit while we were there and we had no leaks or draughts. The bathrooms were warm which is a good thing when stepping out of a hot shower on an October morning!
All in all, we loved our stay here. It was a lovely old house with lots of little secret places. The decor wasn't immaculate but it didn't take away anything from our holiday. It made the place feel "lived in" and I would certainly go back here for a future visit.
Dirty, damp, cobwebs, tired
Just returned from a 3 night family weekend for 13 people. This could be such a fantastic property but feels neglected. It has amazing space and character, but clearly suffers from a damp problem which has been around for a number of years as other people mention it in reviews going back to 2013. As a result, the downstairs bedroom and tv lounge are overwhelmingly musty and even with the scented candles we bought are not pleasant places to be. There are patches of black mould in the downstairs shower room and the house was full of dust and cobwebs. Although advertised as sleeping 13, the dining room table is not big enough for so many people, and it's details such as this which detract from the overall experience. Carpets need replacing throughout, woodwork needs painting. The list is long, and the place needs some investment to live up to what it's advertised to be.
First of all I have to say that Meathop Hall offers a great space for 13 people, good size bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms. Also in a great location with easy access to Bowness and Windermere. But that's where it stops.
The house is extremely damp and the smell in certain areas is terrible.
The large downstairs lounge which would be great for everyone to gather had an overwhelming smell of damp as did the downstairs kingsize bedroom. The downstairs bathroom had a very strong chemical smell which can only be compared to industrial strength Dettol and mould on the walls was very unpleasant.
We had to buy scented candles and air fresheners to try and disguise the smell.
One of the upstairs bathrooms also had a very unpleasant smell somewhere between a sewer smell and damp.
The dining table is not big enough to seat 13 people comfortably.
The oven does not heat up enough to cook in normal times so our first meal was a long process.
There were no tea towels provided and only 1 bath towel each which is not enough.
The downstairs twin bedroom has 2 skylights which do not have blinds so at 5.30am the room was flooded with daylight so the occupants were wide awake.
The fridge in the utility room was rusty inside and unhygienic.
We had a constant battle with flies as we had to have the windows open to try and get rid of the damp smell. The kitchen and dining room had a constant stream of ants.
The general upkeep of the house is poor. Dust and cobwebs everywhere. Carpets stained and dirty.
The house desperately needs some tlc, paintwork and woodwork is in desperate need of attention.
We would not return to Meathop Hall.