The Grasmere Hotel

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’. More

Contact details

The Grasmere Hotel
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA
England
015394 35277
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

11.

Open

all year except 31 Dec–26 Jan.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in lounge and restaurant during mealtimes.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

1 small to medium dog allowed, by arrangement, in some bedrooms (£10 per stay), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

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)

Map

The Grasmere Hotel
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA

Guest comments

'Just about faultless-on owner/chef; food excellent; rooms modern and spotless. After our 5th visit it still exudes the atmosphere of staying in a friend's country house. ' - Michael Schofield - March, 2015
'It would be hard to beat such excellence in a small hotel. It has its own car park at the front, with space for every guest. Inside, the rooms are very quiet, despite the busy road outside. All the staff were well trained and never faltered. Rob and Anton are experienced and successful hoteliers. Our downstairs bedroom (Wordsworth) was small but well equipped;French doors opened onto the peaceful garden. The handbook for guests was particularly informative. There was a huge walk in wardrobe, large chests, comfortable twin beds and excellent heating. Two minor blips: poor bedside lighting and captive coathangers. The public areas were superbly comfortable. The lighting in all areas was thoughtfully placed. Much thought had gone into every aspect of the business, including trays by the front door for walkers' boots, which were then cleaned and returned. The dining room was comfortable: perfect lighting, well-placed tables (different one each night), perfect service and timing. Excellent canapés served with drinks in the lounge before dinner. We were never rushed. Anton produced some splendid dishes, perfectly executed and garnished with aplomb. The fish dishes were outstanding, the trio of lamb to die for. ' - Janet & Dennis Allom - October, 2014

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