Close to Lakeside at the southern tip of Laek Windermere, the hotel is set back from the main A590 to Ulverston at the heart of Newby Bridge. It's a 15-minute hop to junction 36 M6.
The 41 rooms feel a bit more contemporary than the public areas, althiough standard rooms have small bathrooms.
The Four Poster rooms with Jacuzzi baths offer more space and a traditional ambience.
The decor of the labyrinthine corridors feels a bit tired with worn carpets and dark walls. I like the panoramic photos of Lake views but I'm not so sure about the Italian renaissance art.
Eating and drinking
The Garden View Restaurant feels very old school at dinner with oak panels and white tablecloths. It doubles as the breakfast room, where the tinned grapefruit appeals t Seventies kitsch fans.
More homely is the Huntsmans Bar, a traditional pub with local ales, friendly locals, bar food and horse brasses. Siting by the open fire with the dog at your feet is a perfect way to spend an evening.
A small leisure centre with pool, gym and steam room; the terace gardens are a great place for a stroll.
Friendly overall but the yawning waitress at breakfast was either very haungover, or extremely bored.
Who stays there
An older crowd, some coach business and business people attending corporate events in the area.
Children aged three to 15 are charged £12 b&b; dogs charged at £10 per stay.
Guests receive a voucher for 10 per cent off admission to the nearby Lakeland Motor Museum.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Travellers with pets
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Cosy hotel bar
- Small bathrooms
- Erratic shower