Hill Top aside, it's a 10-minute drive to Grizedale Forest and two up the B5285 to Hawkshead and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
Of the 11 rooms, eight have lake views and all feature lots of nice touches in terms of decor, amenities (some with iPod docking stations) and extras, such a water in each room and black-out blinds.
I particularly liked room five with a modern four-poster bed and a pink-grey motif to the decoration. Room 10 is a deluxe four-poster room with a free-standing spa bath placed in the alcove window (rather than thebathroom) to soak in the bath while ponder Esthwaite and the fells.
The chiming grandfthaer clock in reception and lounge with log fire and a rack of magazines adds to the country-house conviviality.
Eating and drinking
By day the dining area, adorned with artworks from the Ambleside Arts Society, operates as a tearoom for snacks and coffees - often accompanied by sunny views across to Grizedale Forest.
By night, it's open to non residents and takes on a more formal air with a table d'hote menu and an a la carte selection, both majoring on local porduce in season.
For me, the local cheese board, sourced from Kendal's Cheese Larder, was a real treat.
Start dinner with drinks and canapes in the lounge, end it with coffee and Kendal Mint cake back in a comfy armchair.
Professional, respecful not fawning. The restaurant is more relaxed and airy by day, candlelit and intimate by night. The service adapts well to reflect the mood.
Who stays there
The country-house style attracts more mature and discerning guests. No family rooms and pets not welcome, although walking couples will feel at home. Given the ortut and pike potential of nearby Esthwaite Water, it's a surprisingly popular spot with anglers.
Minimum two-night stay on weekends but good mid-week meals. Take a dinner, b&b package to save driving and choose from the good-quality Table d'Hote Menu. It works out at £28 per head, not £35.
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Lake views and mod cons
- Restaurant and rooms
- No internet - yet