Located on the A5074 Crook Road, the hotel is a short drive to Bowness and the lake. It's a 20-minute ride by taxi to Oxenholme station for mainline connections.
Of the 30 rooms, divided into four categories, three are located in a separate annexe and open to dog owners.
In the main house, preferred rooms boast king-sized beds and Roberts iPod docking systems; some have lake views too.
Luxury lake view suites, of which number four is my favourite, are split between a larger bedroom and separate bathroom with a walk-in shower, free-standing bath and a TV embedded in the bathroom mirror.
The Loft Suite is the flagship, attic-style room with a huge oval bath, a ounge area with a telescope to the skylight and a fireplace – but no lake view.
The latest addition is a new extension of rooms, of which room 21 is a lake-view suite with a private, wooden hot tub on the terrace.
The reception area with an open fire leads through to a lounge with lake views for afternoon tea. Beyond is a conservatory with wicker chairs for sundowner drinks.
The dark-purple bar area has tropical fish and a purple-velour sofa, plus four local beers by the bottle.
Outside, 14 acres of grounds include a croquet lawn and a private tarn.
Eating and drinking
Three dining areas, of which the Mirror Room is the main space for formal dining with views across the grounds. The menu is modern British (set menu £52 per person).
For more relaxed dining, the Terrace Menu, served in the lounge area, has light snacks and sandwiches. It's not cheap but the lake views are superb on a sunny day. Better still, take your coffee outside to the terrace.
In-room treatments start from £48 for a one-hour reflexology or aromatherapy.
Understated, unobtrusive but professional. No sense of rush.
Who stays there
Couples, romantic breakers, retired people touring the area.
Dogs are charged at £9 per night. Check the booking tool above for details of short-break packages.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Travellers with pets
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Free water in rooms
- Molton Brown toiletries in all rooms
- Set dinner menu does not include coffee
- Standard rooms are a bit small – best pay for an upgrade