all year except 31 Dec–26 Jan.
lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
in lounge and restaurant during mealtimes.
not under 10.
1 small to medium dog allowed, by arrangement, in some bedrooms (£10 per stay), not in public rooms.
per person B&B £59–£74, D,B&B £83–£98. Set dinner £21 residents, £30 non-residents. 2-night min. stay normally required (check for 1-night availability), Sat night reservations must include dinner.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Wordsworth’s Grasmere, with its ‘multitude of small shops, galleries and cafés’, is a magnet for literary sightseers, yet this ‘lovely’ Victorian country house is a ‘haven of peace’. ‘It’s like staying at a friend’s country house.’ Owners Rob van der Palen and Anton Renac are ‘hands-on’ hoteliers; their staff are ‘friendly and attentive’. Arrive to offers of tea and Grasmere gingerbread, then head to ‘modern, spotless’ bedrooms named after the Lake poets and other local luminaries. ‘Small but well equipped’, Wordsworth is on the ground floor, with French doors on to the garden; De Quincey’s bathroom, with its heated stone floor, proved ‘a joy’. The ‘comfortable’ lounge looks out to the garden, where the lawn runs down to the River Rothay. Sample ‘excellent’ canapés (‘different every evening’) with drinks before dinner. In the formal dining room (‘perfect service and timing’), Anton Renac serves modern European dishes like roast guineafowl, pancetta, prunes. ‘Dinner is a highlight – perfectly cooked and presented.’ Breakfast wins praise, too, for both meaty and vegetarian selections, and home-baked bread. (J and DA, Michael Schofield)