12. 2 in cottage (with lounge) across courtyard.
all year except 23–27 Dec, 2–30 Jan, lunch served Sun only, Sun dinner for residents only.
2 lounges, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed, no under-5s in dining room in evening.
allowed (£5.50 a night), not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa
 per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £162–£195. Set dinner £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.
VisitEngland Three Star Country House Hotel
Good Hotel Guide Review
When John Remington, vicar of Cartmel, entertained the Duke of Devonshire at this 17th-century stone manor in 1842, he built the fine dining room in his honour (visitors still admire its panelling, bay windows and ornate moulded ceiling today). Owners Christopher and Andrea Varley might not go to quite such lengths, but guests still love what they do. ‘Our favourite place to eat out in Cartmel,’ writes a local fan. ‘Proper food; lovely atmosphere. Chris is such a welcoming host.’ Old-fashioned in the best sense, the house has log fires, deep armchairs, gorgeous views, and ‘space to keep to oneself’ when privacy is desired. In the main house and the converted stable across the courtyard, bedrooms are traditional and well appointed. At a convivial dinner (‘There were 12 other guests, and they really talked at mealtimes, compared to other hotels where whispering is normal’), Gordon Topp cooks a daily-changing menu, perhaps with ‘generous’ portions of guineafowl and leek terrine, apricot and sultana chutney; roast Cumbrian beef sirloin. ‘In a quiet part of the South Lakes, away from the tourist crowds.’ (Judy Rawlins, and others)
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
A magnificent stately home, dating back to the 16th century.
The former home of the painter John Ruskin, offering exhibitions on topics such asthe Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement.
Situated on the edge of Grasmere, Dove Cottage is best known as the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.
In his recent book 'England's Thousand Best Churches',Simon Jenkins says that "Cartmel is the most beautiful church in the north-west".
An Edwardian resort set between the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.