On a quiet street uphill from the centre of Kendal. It's a five-minute walk to the tourist information centre, while a taxi to Oxenholme train station for mainline rail connections costs around £6.
Five rooms, all stylish, divided between classic and deluxe; the latter are larger with bath and shower. Go for one of the front-facing rooms for lots of sunshine.
A nice touch is a tea tray in each room, complete with Kendal Mint Cake.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast in the cosy lounge, centred around a large fireplace, is cosier than the communal-table dining room. Expect a hearty spread with lots of fresh fruit and yoghurt, plus walker-fuelling cooked breakfasts - the pancakes are particularly good.
I arrived early for breakfast to bag the bay-window table with a view across the garden.
There's no dinner but the owners will advise on the latest in places to eat in Kendal.
Homely, relaxed, no airs and graces. The owners suggested I catch the Thursday-night live music session at the Riflemans Arms pub down the road and it was a top night.
Who stays there
Lots of people on business during the week; couples, walkers and urban escapees at weekends. If you're going to a show at the Brewery Arts Centre (see my [node:174831] page), then it's walking distance. Result.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Lots of walking guides and tourist information at your disposal
- Home from home
- Good local knowledge
- Less privacy given small scale