20. 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Mon and Tues.
lounges, bar, restaurant, function/private dining rooms, civil wedding licence, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 43-acre grounds include 1-acre kitchen garden.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed but only eight years and older in the restaurant.
allowed in some bedrooms (max. 2 per room, £20 per dog, includes welcome pack).
American Express, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £229–£459, D,B&B £329–£559. 11-course tasting menu £105. Dogs £25 per room
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes this hotel so special.’ Atop a winding driveway, this Gothic confection is ‘light, airy, full of boutiquey charm – and, naturally, has delightful views across Grasmere’. ‘Everything is elegantly understated and themed around the Cumbrian landscape’, whether the decor or the award-winning restaurant. ‘Beautifully turned-out’ bedrooms, a touch on the small side, have a ‘super-comfy’ bed and ‘fantastic bathroom’. Guide readers in 2018 repeat praise for the ‘seamless’ service (‘particularly the easy accommodation of a disabled member of our party’) and ‘superb’ dining. ‘Dinner is a masterpiece.’ The kitchen opens on to the bustling restaurant floor, where diners can watch Michelin-starred chef Kevin Tickle bring marsh herbs, surf clams, even squirrel pâté to the table, alongside more traditional mains (perhaps a ‘good slab’ of shorthorn rib) and an array of vegetarian options. At breakfast, duck eggs, locally smoked salmon and home-made granola start the day. A stroll round the restored gardens completes the afternoon. ‘Well run from start to finish.’ (Ralph Wilson, MW)
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