Nestled in the gloriously scenic Lyth Valley off the A5074 yet just five miles to the attractions of Windermere; see my [node:174840] page.
The eight rooms and one suite all have individual appeal with underfloor heating, Roberts radios and warm decor. Cooper has one of the best valley views and features a rustic, four-poster bed for a peaceful sleep in.
I did feel, however, that the interior design now looks rather dated compared to some of the most character-driven boutique properties that have followed in The Punchbowl's wake.
There are no family rooms.
Away from the rooms, the property centres around a long, rustic bar with lots of cosy alcoves and private break-out spaces. The decor is smart with touches of coaching-inn tradition.
Eating and drinking
Chef Chris Meredith was previously Michelin starred at other local foodie stalwarts.
His all-day menu is served throughout the more relaxed bar and the more formal, 100-seat restaurant. Prices are gastropub steep with a dish of roasted guinea fowl with pak choi at £16.95, while a three-course a la carte menu in the latter costs £35.
If you're splashing out, a glass of Punchbowl Champagne costs £7.95. I preferred a pint of Bluebird from the Coniston Brewery, the best of the local ales on tap.
A bit stiff and cool. I felt like they thought they were doing me a favour at times.
Who stays there
An older clientele devoted to good food, fine wine and happy to spend big to mark a special occasion.
Book ahead and expect steep rate hikes for bank holidays; single occupancy gets a 25 per cent discount on rack rates.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Perfect foodie escape
- Tranquillity yet close to Windermere
- Small beds
- Cool reception at times