The Grade II* listed building has undergone renovation work costing more than £500,000. Available to book from September 2016, its guests will be able to enjoy the totally private luxury accommodation with stunning views across the lake.
Guests will access the 200-year-old boathouse via a keypad at the handmade gates. The building’s refurbishment includes bespoke fixtures and fittings, from the unique American black walnut bed, Arte three-dimensional textile wall coverings and a Keuco bathroom, to an iPad-controlled mood-lighting and sound system which controls everything from the window blinds to the Sonos music equipment. This historic building has been reinvented with solid oak woodwork, a huge spa shower which becomes a steam room, and underfloor heating.
Both the bed and the bath face the picture window, making the most of the beautiful location. There’s a 50-inch television, but with views this good, it may not even get a look-in – guests can use it to enjoy the lake’s vista without even venturing outside thanks to the personal CCTV system.
The boathouse has been designed for those who want to be totally pampered. If guests want to hide away, a Storrs Hall chef will barbecue for them at the side of their own lily pond, or they can have room service, delivered to their door and served by the staff. If they choose to dine in the main hotel, they can take a wander through the lovely gardens or be transported across the estate by golf buggy. Outside, there is a private hot-tub and fire pit along with terrace dining for six people, all with the backdrop of the world-famous Windermere lake.
There are other exclusive boathouse treats too. Hunter wellies are lined up at the door, along with cosy Harris Tweed blankets for cooler evenings. Inside, there are full-sized Bath House toiletries, made in nearby Sedburgh, along with a mini afternoon tea on arrival, and a food hamper with everything a guest needs if they fancy a midnight feast after Storrs Hall staff have provided an evening turn-down service.
Mark Hindle, the owner of Storrs Hall, said: “We are creating the perfect holiday destination with total privacy for those who want all the service and luxury this lovely hotel has to offer.
“Guests will be able to relax in total peace, in the most luxurious surroundings, yet have all the facilities of Storrs Hall on their doorstep – but only if they want them. If they plan to hide away and not speak to anyone for a week, that’s fine. We’ll bring everything they need to their door - stocking their fridge with the exact wines they want, delivering dinner from our award-winning restaurant, or arranging a barbecue on the terrace.
“We will also offer a bespoke service to look after everything from dealing with their personal laundry and making dinner bookings, to arranging transport or activities during their stay.
“I love the idea that boathouse guests will be able to explore the lake, perhaps hiring a boat and taking along a picnic made by the Storrs Hall chefs, then come back to relax, with a glass of Champagne at their side, from their private hot tub. The views of the lake from Storrs Hall’s sweeping lawns are renowned, but being able to enjoy the vista from your own exclusive accommodation will be a whole new experience.”
The transformation of the boathouse is part of a massive renovation project at Storrs Hall by the Hindle family. Since 2013, the public areas and nearly all of the 30 bedrooms and suites have been refurbished, with the rest of the rooms due to be completed by early 2017. More renovation work is then planned for the rest of the Storrs Hall estate, including its self-catering lakeside lodges.
More than £50,000 is being spent on each room and suite in the hotel. They have been individually designed to feature Italian marble, contemporary bathrooms and décor to frame the lake views many of the rooms enjoy.