On the quieter west of Windermere and 1.5 miles from the lake-crossing car ferry on the B5285. It's 2.5 miles to Hawkshead.
Surprisingly stylish. There are seven individual rooms, six en suite, with lots of well-though-out touches of home: tea trays, bathrobes, Moulton Brown toiletries and a decanter of sherry upon arrival. A cuddly, black Herdwick sheep awaits you in each room.
I liked the two attic suites with leather sofas in a lounge area and wood-floored bathrooms. Room six has a love theme for have-it-away weekenders; room seven boasts a writing desk and a turquiose theme.
All the rooms have views with the craggy peak of the Old Man of Coniston looming on the horizon.
The cosy bar area, complete with roaring fire and antique furniture, is appropriately littered with copies of walking maps and the Daily Mail.
Eating and drinking
The owners no longer offer evening meals but offer practical advice on where to eat out locally and will book it for you. It's worth noting that the Tower Bank Arms (see my [node:174882} page ) is walking distance.
If the weather turns ugly and you can't face the outside world, you can order a slate of local ham, cheese and pickles to be served by the fire in the lounge - £17 for two people.
There's also afternoon teas, daytime sandwiches and an extensive wine list, plus a small bar by reception for a nightcap.
The breakfast buffer, graoning under the weight of fresh produce and local goodies, earned the hotel a Visit Britain
Breakfast Award. Tasty.
The high standard of service reflects the traditional and meticulous appraoch of the owners.
Who stays there
According to the no-nonsense manager Dee: "Cash-rich retirees, courting couples and a smattering of London trendies." Couldn't put it better myself.
Ask about adding a few extras before arrival - champagne, flowers, chocolates. Romance is not dead.
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Anti-steam mirrors for a good shave
- Fresh look
- Quality service
- No dinner